St Joseph's Home for chronically ill children, Cape Town
St Joseph's Home for chronically ill children, Cape Town

A Christmas miracle

Christmas is a wondrous time, marking the birth of Christianity. Just as most did not realised the impact the infant Jesus would have at the time, few would know the impact that a blind, paralyzed girl who cannot speak would have on the lives of those around her.

St Josephs Home, Cape Town - Coline

Coline has been at St. Joseph's since she was 4 years old. She was abandoned by her family, and at the time, doctor's did not expect her to survive beyond a few months. No one considered the impact that the Pallottine Sisters would have on Coline. Today she is 19 years old and remains in the care and prayers of the Sisters and the nurses who care for her.

Coline challenges us to go beyond our comfort zone. She makes all of us better people, by allowing us to extend a helping hand to someone, who could easily be left to die the slow death of negligence. Though incapable of answering, the nurses who care for her take comfort in speaking with her. In the quiet stillness of her life, she creates opportunities for cathartic experiences. She teaches us to appreciate the blessings we have in our own life.

The future for Coline will not change, she will not get better, and she will remain totally dependent on the capacity for goodness that resides in us all.

Until such time as we locate an adult facility for Coline, we will not abandon her. We embrace the miracle of her life, and we are proud to honour Coline as our miracle child for this Christmas Season. May the blessings of the Lord, continue to keep her well.

"Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching, and live like its heaven on earth."

Mark Twain

Donation from Spar Western Cape

Bill Brown - Divisional Managing Director for SPAR Western Cape presents a cheque generously raised by SPAR and the SPAR suppliers at their annual golf classic. Sr. Ann Marie and Sr. Simone accept this gift on behalf of St. Joseph's.

Christmas Message from Archbishop Brislin

When properly understood Christmas reminds us of the value of human life and that life comes from God. By becoming man, God affirms the dignity of each person. Man's cruelty to man, that has been part of every era of human history, is evidence that we do not appreciate the nobility and sacredness of life.

In recent times there has been a tendency to understand life in terms of functionality, where a person's worth is measured according to his/her perceived usefulness. Those who are not seen as "useful" are considered a burden on others.

Archbishop Brislin

The strength of any society can be assessed according to the extent it protects and cares for its most vulnerable members. The life of each and every person comes from God and Christ's total identification and immersion into human life, which we celebrate at Christmas, is indeed proof of this.

While humans have their own shallow and "skin-deep" understanding of beauty, Christmas helps us to see beauty as God sees it - beyond the deception of the physical and the "useful". True beauty lies in the shining goodness and love that exists in the hearts of people.

Nativity scene

"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins."

Matthew 1:21

Christmas tree

Please consider a Christmas gift to St. Joseph's on behalf of that special someone in your life.

We will send each person a St. Joseph's Christmas card designed by a child, to inform them of your precious gift.

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Christmas tree

Christmas tree

May the miracle of Christmas touch your life!

Christmas collage

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Donations received are used for and by ‘St. Joseph's Home for Children’ in carrying out its mission to serve medically fragile and handicapped children.

‘St. Joseph's Home for Children’ is a registered Non-Profit organization based on the Non-Profit Organization Act (Act 71 of 1997).
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