Societies & Sodalities

Men’s group

This group is not currently active. They used meet weekly  every Thursday evening at the Parish Centre for an hour starting at 19h00. The formalities were prayer and open discussions e.g. men’s health, crime in our area, youth development and assisting various sodalities and parishioners etc. Anyone interested in resuscitating this group is invited to contact: Archbishop Buti Tlhagale has identified this as an area of great need in our society.

Basil: 082 486 8872
Henry: 082 937 2734
Fred: 073 823 7556.

Catholic Women’s League

The Catholic Women’s League is a National organisation affiliated to the World Union of Catholic women’s Organisations.  Their motto is Charity, Work and Loyalty.

The Catholic Women’s League aims to a spiritual growth of members and at a diocesan level undertake various work in the  Welfare Sector,  including Family Welfare, Adoption  and supporting the Mary Immaculate Queen Centre for preschool children.  At parish level they assist  with parish fundraising and community activities.

The Maryvale branch  always  welcomes new members  who can then participate in a more meaningful way in the life of the parish and have a sense of belonging.. Women wishing to join can contact the president or secretary or simply come to the monthly meeting after the 8am Mass on the first Saturday of the month. The meetings are held in the Parish Centre.
Contact Cheryl Birtles.

Couples for Christ

Couples for Christ (CFC) is a movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian Families. CFC is committed to help individuals, families, and the parish by providing a support environment that deepens our relationship with God and with other families. CFC is governed by the International Council in accordance with its statutes as described in the official web site of the Pontifical Council for the Laity in The Vatican, Rome. As an entry point for the CFC ministry, a couple or individual must go to a CFC Christian Life Program (CLP) held in various parishes in particular dioceses. It could be done in a 12 or an 8-weekly session or on 2 Saturdays or on a whole weekend.

Visit the CFC South African web site at www.cfcsouthafrica.co.za.
Contact the parish representatives via the parish secretary: Mrs Neja Duchenne (011-6403154, or: info@ourladyofthewayside.co.za).

The Knights of da Gama

The Knights of Da Gama are a brotherhood whose members “aim to be better Christians and who will, by their action and example, contribute to the spread of the Kingdom of Christ on earth.”

They strive towards spiritual, social and charitable works involving members and their families.  It differs from other organisations in its spiritual values and its use of heraldic ritual and symbolism based on medieval orders of chivalry.   There are geographic located local councils of the Order which form into Regions with the Supreme Council, which is the governing body.

Membership is open to Catholic men who practice their Faith, are in full communion with the Church and are prepared to uphold the Order’s aims and traditions.

Under the care of The Knights of Da Gama are Alan Woodrow Park Retirement Villages in Boksburg, Brakpan, Pretoria, Welkom and St Mary’s in Hyde Park; Toys for Happiness; Put Christ Back into Christmas campaign; Reverence of the Holy Names, Perpetual Novena for peace in South Africa, Knights Insurance Brokers; Public Speakers’ Circles, and assistance in parish affairs by serving on parish councils and parish finance committees.  Substantial financial support is given to Radio Veritas and the social network site Awestruck.

If you feel that you would like to give of your time and talents for the benefit of the Church, your parish, your fellow men, women and children, and you would like to know more about the Order and its works, then contact  John Tipping of Council No 21, Maryvale:  

Visit the Knights of da Gama website at www.kdg.co.za

St Vincent de Paul

The St Vincent de Paul Society is an International Catholic Lay Group which originated as a debating group, founded by Fredric Ozanam, Paris, in 1833 to defend the Catholic Church.  It was soon realised that “deeds not words” were needed and the society became a charity visiting the poor and offering assistance.  The different sectors of the Society are known as Conferences.

Their objectives are both Human and Divine, that is, to provide material help and to bear witness to Christian charitable action to bring blessings on the helper and the helped.

Works would include helping those in need of food, clothing, cash; advice or friendship and visiting hospitals, goals and institutions.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Maryvale Parish assists Frederic Place, a home for the aged in Coronationville; Everton, a place for homeless children;  the African Mission Schools Feeding Scheme and more needy Conferences.  Funds are provided by donations, bequests, parish appeals, jumble sales, etc.  The Society has also opened a store to sell second-hand clothes, furniture, etc The Society is a welfare organisation of the Catholic Church that is affiliated to, and operates in co-operation with, the world-wide Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. For more information contact the parish office or Sandra Quarsingh. Meetings take place at 6.30pm on the first Tuesday of the month in the Parish Centre

Justice & Peace

The Justice and Peace Group meet every month on the 3rd Monday from 19h00 to 20h30 in the Parish Centre.

On 19th July Maryvale  J& P will be hosting a seminar for the Northern Deanery entitled, Immigrants Refugees and Migrants deserve Dignity and Respect in the afternoon followed by  the evening Mass at 17h30For more information contact Marumagae at  marumagaem@ananzi.co.za     

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary in Maryvale meets weekly on Saturdays at 2pm in the Parish Centre. The meetings are a combination of prayer (where the rosary and other Legion prayers are prayed), work assignments and report back. Members are committed to approaching lapsed Catholics and other Christians, in order to encourage them to return to their respective churches. Members also make visits to retirement homes, hospitals and the sick who are housebound.
Visit the Legion of Mary website for more information at www.legionofmary.com
or contact Florence:
e-mail: info@ourladyofthewayside.co.za

Sacred Heart Sodality

For more information or if you are interested in joining the sodality can contact :

Florence Xaba : 083 530 9886.

Schoenstatt Family Movement

The Schoenstatt Catholic Movement is a Marian Apostolic movement that promotes the growth of faith and the religious and moral renewal of the Church and world.
To learn more about Schoenstatt visit the international site at www.schoenstatt.org/en

St Anne’s Sodality

    The Sodality was formed for married women has three main aims:
  • The personal formation and sanctification of its members;
  • Mutual prayer and support so as to enable each one to fulfil her obligation toward God, her family and her neighbour;
  • Serve the family, serve the Church, serve the community.

For more information contact  Gertrude Tshoaedi

Focolare Movement

Focolare invites people of all walks of life to put the Gospel into practice with special emphasis on living for mutual love and unity. Each month a sentence from Scripture is chosen with the aim of “living” this sentence in every situation and circumstance.

On the last Thursday of every month from 7.30pm to 9pm those who are interested in helping each other to live the Word of Life meet together in one of the homes of the group. For information about these meetings contact  Robbie Young

Tel: 011 8879957.

For more information on Focolare visit the international site at www.focolare.org/en