Meet Our Parish Council 2019 -2022Serving our community
A short bio
I was born in Worcester of Portuguese parents to a fairly large family of 5 children (I have 3 sisters and a brother). Family is important to me and key to my identity. My mother was a devout catholic and my earliest memories of spending time with her, was about attending mass and praying the rosary. She guided my faith formation as a catholic.
I studied law at UCT and thereafter moved to KZN to complete articles. I loved KZN so much that I am still living here. I practiced law for a few years before deciding to move to the corporate world, joining Sanlam in 1995, where I have been ever since, progressing through the managerial ranks. Currently I work as a Business Manager with Sanlam East Coast which provides me with the privilege of growing and developing others.
I enjoy all sports, especially cycling, golf and gym. I love being creative; I take particular delight in turning my hand to a bit of woodwork. My passion is travelling and learning about different cultures.
I joined St. Joseph’s in early 2012. For many years thereafter, until her death in 2016, I nursed my invalid mother which curtailed somewhat my participation in Parish life. I see now that this was in preparation for my onward Faith journey.
I am humbled to step up now and serve my parish as Chairperson of the PPC. My portfolio includes responsibility includes Leadership Development. Together with Fr Brett and the PPC, I am excited to assist in guiding the Parish on the journey from Maintenance to Mission! I believe every parishioner at St Josephs has a part to play as we grow together in Discipleship. Let’s learn from each other and help one another to develop to our fullest potential.
I am 34 years old and married to Natasha, who was received into the Church during the Easter Vigil 2019. I have a beautiful daughter, Tracey, aged 10 and Natasha and I are expecting with great joy our first child later this year. Family is important to me. Being a dad is both a wonderful privilege and an awesome responsibility.
We cannot fulfill our roles as Parents, Workers and Christians on our own. We need God’s help and we need each other. As it is written in the Sacred Scripture: “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing”.1 Thes 5:11 and also in Proverbs 27:17: “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
That’s why I am so passionate about the Mens Ministry here at St Josephs. We are trying to create a brotherhood, a safe space for men to come relax with other men and connect with God encouraging deeper commitment to family life and service in the parish. My portfolio also includes Ministers of Hospitality – a great team who are working hard at being the hands of God inviting and assisting parishioners at the masses. Both these ministries are open to everyone.
Professionally I work as a Prestige Financial Advisor at Discovery and also run my own financial consultancy business. In the little free time I have, I enjoy watching all types of sport but my blood is “Liverpool Red”.
As a new PPC team, we are creating a “can do” culture here at St Josephs, where every person has a role to play in growing our community and answering the call of Discipleship.
I’m married to Tony who is stepdad to my two girls (Sinead 34 and Aleshea (special needs) 31) I am a believer in the presence of angels that walk with us every day. Animals are one of my great loves and I am mommy to two cats and two dogs. I know for a fact that a cup of tea makes every problem easier to solve hence you will always see me with a huge mug in hand. I run my own bookkeeping practice servicing various companies. I am a Eucharistic minister at the 09h00 Mass, part of the Alpha core team and represent the PPC at the Parish Finance Council (PFC).
My PPC portfolio “Family Life” is a broad one (shared with Paula Pather). It includes all the challenges families face; divorce, single parent homes, addiction, LGBT and trauma of any kind. Having been a single parent for many years and a special needs mom to my daughter Alecia, I know the pain of families in crisis. It is an awesome responsibility and a great privilege to be able to assist others facing similar burdens. I am excited to be able to create a home here at St Josephs for everyone who feels that don’t belong anywhere else.
My name is Craig Govender and I have been a parishioner at St. Joseph’s since 1994. I have worked in the printing industry for 30 years. Although pressurized and stressful, it is a job I thoroughly enjoy. I have been married for 27 years to my wife Samantha and we have 3 beautiful children. My family is where my true passion lies. Guiding my children, moulding them from a tender age and teaching them about the Word of God have proven to be extremely rewarding. Other interests include watching sport, fitness, keeping up to date with current news and reading Scripture daily.
My favourite Verse from the Bible is John 3:16, “for God so Loved the World that he gave us his only begotten Son, that who so believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life”. My Favourite Saint is Francis of Assisi. Like him, I have a great passion of working and caring for the poor. People fail to realise that God is all you need until God is all you got.
Liturgical authority and responsibility falls into the jurisdiction of the Parish Priest and my PPC portfolio is to assist him wherever and whenever required. I oversee the Ministry of the Word and Eucharist; Sacristans, Flowers, Overhead Projector, Holy Hour, Praise & Worship and the Prayer Ministry. The task of overseeing these Ministries and working with the members is a humbling experience and one I look forward to contributing to for the next three years. We pray together that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide us on our Journey as a Family of St. Joseph’s growing in faith.
I am a recent convert to Catholicism (Easter Vigil 2017). The decision to become a Catholic has been the bestI have ever made. I was baptised Anglican and brought up Pentecostal, yet it has been in the Catholic Church that I have felt that I truly “belong”. I married my husband Clinton, a cradle Catholic, 22 years ago. We have a beautiful daughter Megan who is currently preparing to receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion.
Being Catholic has become part of my DNA, I have become who God meant me to be!
One of my favourite past times is to listen to contemporary gospel music, especially Catholic artists such as Matt Maher and Audrey Assad. I also enjoy reading Christian literature.
My PPC portfolio is “Living The Sacraments”, with a specific focus on Baptism, Pre-Marriage, Marriage Enrichment and Vine Groups. I feel incredibly privileged to be given this portfolio. The Catholic Church is sacramental. We believe that the sacraments are God’s channels for supplying His grace to us. Christ instituted the sacraments and He acts in and through them. He is present each time that a sacrament is celebrated. Receiving a sacrament is a life-changing moment in which we truly experience God’s salvation and Christ’s sacrifice for us. It is for this very reason that I am excited about my portfolio and working with the respective ministries to enable parishioners to fully understand, appreciate and live the applicable sacraments.
“For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE” – Jer 29:11
I’m Caitlin and at 19 years old, am the youngest member of the PPC however I can proudly boast that I have been involved in Ministry here at St Josephs for about 8 years and that is all thanks to the humble example of service set by my family. My parents Shamain and Lloyd, have been actively involved in Ministry for many years and always encouraged and nurtured my brother Blaine and I to do the same. I started altar serving at age 11 and was later appointed as head altar server. Currently I serve on the Young Adults Alpha core and am a catechism teacher.
I am studying towards a Bachelor of Social Sciences, majoring in psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
My portfolio on the PPC includes Altar Servers, social life of teenagers and children and communications. I am excited to bring a young and fresh perspective to all these ministries and to create a space where young people are not just accepted but where we belong. At St Joseph’s, there is something for every young person to get involved with, get excited about and grow together in Faith.
I’m challenging every young person out there to “Come home to St Josephs and let’s grow together”
My name is Sarah Ahmed and I am 23 years old. I am a full time student currently studying towards my Law Degree through UNISA. I also work full time at a law firm on Innes Road as a Paralegal.
I joined St Joseph’s in 2012. At the time the Catholic faith was very new to me since I was previously practicing in the Muslim faith. I discovered a lot about my faith and grew to love being a Catholic Christian so I joined RCIA and in 2013 I received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
I am currently a core member of LifeTeen, and in 2016 I was privileged to attend World Youth Day in Poland. This experience gave me a greater perspective of the role of youth in our faith and I returned eager to share God’s Word. I am an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and Minister of Hospitality at 5.00pm Mass.
As a member of the PPC, I am responsible for communication and my portfolio covers the Repository and Advertising/Marketing. I look forward to assisting in this and helping it grow further in order to reach its full potential.
As a person I am very interested in learning more about society and the difficulties we as Catholics go through. I make it a priority to grow more in knowledge of my faith. I enjoy participating in conversations with other Catholics, especially the youth, to listening to their opinions on matters that concern the Church.
My name is Tyron Owen Chetty, born on 6th February 1987. I have 3 siblings, Natasha, Kyle and Chante. We were raised in the Catholic Christian Faith even though my dad, Arun, was not of the Faith. (He subsequently converted). My mum, Antoinette, was adamant that the children be raised Catholic. One of the best decisions I have made was to marry my beautiful wife Anastacia – she is my rock and an amazing gift from God
I took the plunge and opened my own funeral business at the end of 2017. It has been a considerable task but I fall back on my business degree which helps me to think out of the box. Each day brings something new and exciting.
In terms of Parish life, I am involved in many ministries- Minister of the Word and hospitality, extra ordinary minister of Holy Communion, and more recently, Young Adults.
My PPC portfolio is Alpha and Young Adults. I’ve been on the Alpha Course numerous times and learn something new each time. Everyone, including non-Christians should go on a course at least once in a life time. It takes place in an open, inviting, non-judgmental environment that encourages discussion in a safe, informal setting.
Young adults are the future and it is exciting to witness that portfolio grow and develop. We anticipate great interest from our very large component of young people. We take our direction from God’s word from the book of Jeremiah 1:4-5;7: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you ; Before you were born I set you apart. Do not say, Lord I am too young, for now you will go on the mission entrusted to you”
At St Josephs, we know this. We know God has a special plan for every young person – He needs us to grow his kingdom. We encourage everyone to
- Come and see
- Come and share
- Come invite a friend
I am 50 years young (Being happily married to Kelman keeps me that way!) Family is important to me – I love being mom to my 2 adult children and now proud grandmother of 2 gorgeous boys. My job as an Account Manager keeps me active and fulfilled. I am driven in helping others and enjoy travelling, both domestic and international destinations.
You will always find me surrounded by people and the various ministries with which I am involved reflect this viz L.I.F.T (Ladies In Faith Together), HeBrews Coffee Shop, Vine Group Leader and Mentoring newly married couples. Event and function planning is a challenge I absolutely love even though it exposes my “over the top” nature!
My portfolio on the PPC includes L.I.F.T, CWL, Hebrews Coffee Shop and Adult Formation. I am thrilled having those ministries in my portfolio and look forward to working closely with relevant leaders in outreach programmes, spiritual retreats and fun family activities.
There is a place for everyone here at St Josephs . Chat to me if you are still trying to find your niche in the parish – Lets build our faith family together.
I’ve been a parishioner at St Joseph’s since 2012. Being a single mum with 3 children (1 son & 2 daughters) has not always been an easy journey, but here at St Josephs, I have found a family of friends who have walked with me and helped me carry the load on those difficult days. My youngest daughter Dominique was confirmed in January 2019 and is an altar server.
I belong to an amazing faith and fitness running group at the parish called the Pink Panthers. The group has evolved into a Small Christian Community (Vine Group) as we together support one another on the journey from Maintenance to Mission. I am also inspired by the LIFT group I attend where a safe space is created for women of all ages and life stages to connect and grow in faith together.
I am employed as a Property Administration Manager at Dube TradePort. My portfolio is Family Life. I know God has placed me right here now to answer his call to serve in this way. I am looking forward to developing this portfolio (shared with Lizette Martins) as there is currently no existing portfolio dealing specifically with this.
My name is Lelethu and I’m 30 years old. I am a princess as my Father is King of all!
It’s taken me a while to make that statement out loud. I’m not a cradle Catholic. I was born and baptized into a Methodist and spent most of my childhood there. At age 12, my mother forced the family to join the Catholic Church as this was the Faith of her childhood. Of course as a preteen who wanted to make her own decisions, I hated being part of the Catholic faith. But God was not done with me, he touched my hardened heart while I was studying at varsity which saw me being confirmed via RCIA in Easter 2009 and the rest is, as they say, history.
I’m naturally a shy person but I have taught myself to get out of my shell because I love learning from others and growing. Reading sci-fi novels and watching sci-fi movies are another secret passion of mine and I love the style and drama that Beyoncè brings to the table.
I am called to youth formation. The year I was confirmed I was asked to help teach the Zulu speaking Confirmation kids in my then parish. I joined LifeTeen there and continued until I moved to Morningside. It was natural that I would be part of LifeTeen when I joined St Joseph’s and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of engagement with youth through Lifeteen and Confirmation classes.
I answered the call to be part of the PPC because I know I can make a positive impact particularly on youth related Ministries such as Lifeteen and formation for the young.
I challenge all the young people out there, who may not be sure what God is asking of them in their lives using the words of Pope Francis at recent world youth day in Panama – “ Young people, you are not the future ; No you are the Present. Realise the dreams God has for you today “
Come be part of the present here at St Jospeh’s.