The German-speaking Catholic community of the Cape Peninsula is the community for all German-speaking Catholics (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Namibia) and their families who live in the Archdiocese of Cape Town. Therefore, many South African citizens are also part of our community. The community offers those who live and work here, a piece of home.
But that alone would certainly not be enough. Foreign missions like ours are part of the great social upheaval taking place in South Africa and contribute to the success of an equal opportunity society. Beyond it we have racially mixed or inter-denominational couples and families - that is why our community is always a place of dialogue between faiths and religions.
We have a Parish Council where we plan – together with the chaplain - our activities and problems and the progress of the community as such.
To communicate with our parishioners, we issue a three-monthly Newsletter, called “FORUM”. It contains articles about developments in the Church worldwide, information about the parish and the Archdiocese, as well as a schedule for Holy Masses. The Newsletter is posted to everyone who is interested and whose postal address we have. The “FORUM” is on display at church and in the community centre “Mediterranean Villa”.
Our financiel receipts come from collection during Mass and some donations, but we also get some support from the Foreign Missions Office of the German Bishops' Conference. The Mediterranean Villa also operates as an international guest house and generates income for the community.