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History of the Church

The Parish was effectively established on 1 February 1989 with Fr Michael D Ward as the first Parish Priest. Canonical separation from the parent parish of “Our Lady of the Assumption” Brooklyn took effect on 1 August 1989.

Table View, Bloubergstrand, Melkbosstrand, Dynefontein and Morning Star fall within the parish which is bounded to the south by the Diep River and Rietvlei, to the East by Potsdam Road and part of the N7 and part of the old Darling Road, to the North by the Koeberg Power Station and to the West by the sea.

The Parish has seen and continues to experience rapid growth, as one housing development follows another, particularly in Table View where a very large area to it’s north is steadily being developed and built-up and has vast potential for future development. Examples are provided by the Blouberg Sands area between the West Coast Road and Bloubergrant; the construction of two Retirement Centres, one at Flamingo Vlei and one adjacent to Bayside Centre; as well as Sunningdale. In time to come, Melkbosstrand will grow towards the south and east and encompass some 40000 housing units, according to the existing structure plan.

 

Early Days

The pioneer days of the Church in the area go back to 1962 when the people of Table View and areas beyond, could attend Sunday Mass celebrated by the late Fr Bernard Costello at Maryvale, the convent of the Good Shepherd Sisters at Killarney. Fr Costello served the people of the area from Maryvale and later from Bothasig, until he passed away on 29 October 1977. The children of Table View attended Catechism classes given by the Good Shepherd Sisters at the convent. In 1972, Sr Conlith of the Holy Cross Sisters, assisted by Mrs Elanah Egan, took over the Catechism classes which were attended by some 30 Children. Mrs Meg Hewitt started teaching in 1977 and by 1981 there were 80 children and 6 teachers.

When the Convent was closed down in 1973, Fr Ward said the first Sunday Mass in the future Table View parish in the home of the Geard family at 26 Elphintone Avenue. Later he hired the Municipal Hall at Table View where he regularly celebrated Mass on Sunday evenings at 6pm.  This venue is now the minor hall of the Leibrandt van Niekerk complex. Eventually this arrangement fell away when Fr Ward regained use of the Maryvale Convent Chapel. Mass was celebrated with regular assistance from the Salesians, particularly the late Fr Vincent O’Gorman. Catechism was taught there on a regular basis until the middle of 1986 where the new owners wanted occupation. Sr Loreto of the Holy Cross Sisters took over co-ordination of Catechetics and Fr Ward leased a flat at 3 Dick’s Place, South Road, where Catechism classes were held.

The church site in Janssens Avenue was purchased by the Archdiocese using proceeds from the sale of four residential erven in Table View which had been bequeathed to the Church. The first stage of development of this site, undertaken by Basile Builders, was commenced in May 1986 and completed during July 1986, to provide a Mass Centre for the people of the area which had started growing rapidly.

Mass was first celebrated in Melkbosstrand at the then unused restaurant of the Ou Skip Caravan Park on Saturday evening, 17 May 1980. This Saturday evening Mass remained a regular feature of life in Melkbosstrand, making use of various other venues such as private homes and eventually for 7 years at the Van Riebeeckstrand Primary School. This venue was used for the last time on 3 December 1989, because Saturday evening Masses commenced at the Church of the Resurrection from the beginning of 1990.

 

Parish Clergy

The first Parish Priest, Fr Michael Ward, took up residence in the new presbytery soon after it’s completion in August 1988. After a tragic car accident Fr William Doran acted as Parish Priest until the middle of November. No priest was resident in the Parish until 8 December when Fr Michael van Heerden, on leave from the St John Vianney Seminar, took over for the duration of the vacation.  Fr Michael Hulgraine was appointed Parish Priest with effect from 1 February 1992. He was parish priest for 17 years. He retired in January 2009. Fr David Anderson was the parish priest. He moved to Facterton parish.  Fr Kevin Dadswell was appointment Parish Priest October 2011. Fr Frank Whyte joined our parish as the Assistant Parish Priest in January 2016 and retired in August 2016 and now lives at Nazareth House. Fr Kevin has moved to the Mowbray Parish after serving our parish for 6 years. Presently our parish priest is Fr Carlo Adams who joined our parish on the October 2017 and our Assistant Parish Priest is Fr Christopher Ovies.