“Donate more than your normal amount to assist the needy”: South African Archbishop

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale of Johannesburg Archdiocese in South Africa.

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese has appealed to the faithful in his jurisdiction to continue supporting the initiatives of the local church, going beyond their “normal amount” so that the growing list of needy parishioners can be catered for amid protracted COVID-19 restrictions.

“During these difficult times if you can donate more than your normal amount, this is appreciated and will help with the efforts we are making to assist the needy at this time. The list of needy is growing rapidly on a daily basis and our church cannot ignore this,” the Archbishop of Johannesburg, Buti Joseph Tlhagale has said in a June 10 statement seen by ACI Africa.

The member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) has explained, “We are well aware that without Masses, and regular contact, receiving donations is difficult, so I implore you to please continue with your donations to your parish,”

In the two-page letter, the 72-year-old Prelate goes on to remind the faithful that it is from their donations to the parishes that the Archdiocese gets finances to meet its obligations such as supporting parishes in need as well as other religious and community projects.

“Your goodness and your generosity will not go unnoticed,” the Archbishop has assured the parishioners and added making reference to St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."


Though South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa announced that places of worship could resume their activities starting June 1, several dioceses in the country have postponed resumption of Public  Mass in order to put in place the necessary COVID-19 protocols.

“May the temporary loss of the Mass and meeting in church face to face instill a deep solidarity, create greater appreciation for each other and for the priesthood, and inspire a deep hunger within us for the return to attending Mass and a greater appreciation for what it really is,” Archbishop Buti has said.