About the Parish
Our Parish is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast is commemorated on 8 December each year. The celebration of Mary's conception has a long and interesting history in the Church. While Mary's Immaculate Conception was already popular tradition and belief among Catholic scholars and clergy, it wasn't until 1854, when Pope Pius IX published Ineffabilis Deus, that the doctrine of Mary's Immaculate Conception became official Church dogma. Pope Pius IX also fully defined the dogma which, prior to Ineffabilis Deus, existed in many different forms throughout the universal church. The Immaculate Conception is not the celebration of Jesus' conception by the Holy Spirit, nor is it the miracle of the virgin birth. The Immaculate Conception refers wholly to Mary's conception without the stain of original sin. In Pope Pius IX th words, the Blessed Virgin Mary "in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin." Through Baptism, we remove the stain of original sin , but this stain was never on Mary's soul. It was excluded entirely. She was created as Adam and Eve were, without original sin. In fact Mary is known as the new or second Eve, who became mother to the new Adam, the Saviour of all humankind.
To be a dynamic, thriving Catholic parish which utilises the considerable spiritual, intellectual and financial resources, as well as the talents of all of its members to: Propagate the teachings of Christ and the Church Be a haven where parishioner's spiritual, liturgical and pastoral needs are satisfied in a welcoming, family-oriented, inclusive community that provides support and guidance throughout new life experiences. This is be achieved by aligning individual's spiritual life with the daily challenges of an increasingly secular world Fully understand the needs of its existing and prospective parishioners Reach out within and beyond the parish to evangelise and be a source of spiritual refuge, care and compassion Promote ecumenism through collaboration with other parishes, Christian faiths and other religions Be seen as professionally managed, theologically and liturgically compliant and an integral part of the Diocese
The Catholic parish of the Immaculate Conception in Rosebank Johannesburg comprises one priest and two deacons, who provide pastoral ministry and leadership through a wide range of parish activities. The parish also includes a very diverse congregation of at least 1400 Catholic families, who adhere to the tenets of their faith to various degrees in a wide catchment area in the northern suburbs. Under the direction of the Diocese, the parish seeks to evangelise by responding to the spiritual and human needs (through catechetics, contextual evangelical mission, education, pastoral work, the sacraments, lay movements and the nurturing of the community) of a predominantly secular, increasingly youthful society, experiencing the challenges of dramatic societal change.