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CHRISTMAS EDITION 2009

A Christmas miracle

In December 2008 Noluvuyo sang with the choir during our Christmas show. She was a sweet and loving girl, who was suffering the ravages of cancer. Noluvuyo died in August having lived a life knowing she was loved. Noluvuyo is now transformed from a life of bodily pain to a higher calling with the Lord.

Noluvuyo

We know that death is an integral part of living. Our time on earth is not measured by how long one lives, but rather by the quality of one’s life. Noluvuyo enjoyed her childhood and she left us in a state of grace.

Noluvuyo participated in life affirming activities, receiving love and respect from her family, from the little patients that lived in her ward, from the staff, who cared for her, and from the support and prayers of the Pallottine Sisters. Noluvuyo’s suffering may have been unknown to many, but she was never invisible!

Her transition from this life was made as comfortable, and as joyful as possible. We are proud of Noluvuyo and glad for the difference we were able to make in her life, but we are most grateful for the difference she made in our lives.

Christmas is a time of new beginnings. We do not struggle with the mysteries of death, we have our faith and remain affirmed that Noluvuyo is on a path to a new beginning.

May God bless Noluvuyo and may the Lord keep all his children in an embrace of love. We are proud to honour Noluvuyo as our miracle child.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Mother Teresa

Christmas tree

We are grateful for the support from DG Murray Trust, from the Joan St. Leger Lindbergh Charitable Trust, and from the Soroptimist Society, Cape of Good Hope for providing the needed funding to renovate the Sunflower Medical Ward Bathrooms.

We still have four more medical wards that need your help. With your help we can make it happen.

Sunflower bathroom

Newly renovated Sunflower bathroom

A Christmas message

Bethlehem star

We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice.

Pope Paul VI

Xstrata logo

Thank you Xstrata, you are our first corporate sponsor of a medical ward for 2009 - 2010. The Protea boys send a big thank you.

In the quiet of our hearts we reflect on the mystery of our lives and the great love that God has for us.

Dancing

St. Joseph’s would be ever grateful for a Christmas gift under your Christmas tree. A re-occurring donation on behalf of all the little patients who need St. Joseph’s Home is a selfless, life affirming gift. It is only because you care, that we are able to make a difference.

Mind the Gap logo

Suggested levels of “Mind the Gap” support

Level one: R166 per month
Level two: R1,000 per month
Level three: R2,000 per month

A Zulu Proverb:
“Umuzi ngumuzi ngokuphanjukelwa”
“A home is a home if it is visited.”

St. Joseph’s Home is blessed with wonderful visitors. For us it is a sign of the generous heart and open arms that embrace the lives of our little patients. If your feet have not yet walked down our path, perhaps it is time to make our home, your home.

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everyone, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.

Mother Teresa

St Joseph's Home kids

St Joseph's Home choir

Merry Christmas and God bless you!

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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).
NPO # 002-908.

Tel : +27 (0)21 934 0352 | Fax: +27 (0)21 934 7404
Email: info@stjosephshome.org.za | Web: www.stjosephshome.org.za

If you would like to tour the Home and see the manner in which God expresses love for his children please call our Resource Development office in Cape Town (+27 (0)21-934-0352) to arrange your visit or e-mail us your request to: info@stjosephshome.org.za
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