Klerksdorp, 09 August, 2021 / 8:05 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Klerksdorp Diocese has announced the consecration of his Episcopal See to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary on separate days during which the people of God who the Bishop says are struggling to survive will pray for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his August 6 pastoral letter, which ACI Africa obtained, Bishop Victor Phalana laments that many people have died and others lost their sources of livelihoods owing to COVID-19 and invites the people to offer their “spiritual war” against the pandemic.
“In the light of the Coronavirus crisis, I am calling for a time of prayer… The Pandemic has taken the lives of our loved ones. I have lost many Christians in this Diocese in the past 18 months. Among them, we have Priests, our Bishop emeritus, Lay ministers, Catechists, members of sodalities and Lay Associations, and many other committed Catholics of goodwill,” Bishop Phalana says.
He adds, “As the pandemic continues, let us take a stand and fight a spiritual war against Covid. Let us also pray for those who lost loved ones. Let us pray for those who lost their jobs, their salaries and other income-generating activities. Let us pray for the mental and physical health of our Laity, Priests and the Religious. Let us pray for the finances of our Diocese. We have been hit hard by Covid and we are struggling to survive.”
The Catholic Bishop expresses gratitude to the people who continue to support the Diocese during the difficult times, adding, “We pray during this time that we can have more people who can be generous enough to support the diocese. Please remember the Diocese of Klerksdorp in your last will and testament.”