SUNDAY MASS AT THE JESUIT INSTITUTE – Palm Sunday – Year A – 5 April, 9am

Presider: Fr Russell Pollitt SJ

Welcome! If you cannot see the video window below, please click here. We will be broadcasting Mass from St Ignatius Chapel at the Jesuit Institute South Africa in Auckland Park every Sunday, as well as on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Please check our Mass page for the times of the services. This morning’s Mass will start at 9am, but will remain available at this link, should you wish to watch it later.

While you wait, we invite you to pray the Prayer of the Church, as offered by our Jesuit Parish in Braamfontein, Holy Trinity Catholic Church. This is Morning Prayer for the 5th Sunday of Lent, sung by Mr Cameron Upchurch.

Click here to download the text to pray together.

Holy Week offerings from the Jesuit Institute

  • Are you worried about NOT going to confession this Holy Week? Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ explains why you need not worry HERE.
  • The Jesuit Institute is offering an online directed Triduum retreat. Cost: R300. You can register by emailing
  • The Holy Week Triduum Services will be broadcast from the Jesuit Institute website as follows:
    • Holy Thursday, 9 April 2020 at 18.00
    • Good Friday, 10 April 2020 at 15.00
    • Easter Sunday, 12 April 2020 at at 09.00
  • Sung morning Prayer of the Church for Palm Sunday is available HERE.
  • Are you looking for a way to live this Triduum? The Jesuit Institute will be offering audio reflections for the Sacred Triduum. They will be available on the website – FREE – at the following times:
    • Holy Thursday. 9 April 2020 at 17.00
    • Good Friday. 10 April 2020 at 08.00
    • Holy Saturday. 11 April 2020 at 08.00
    • Easter Sunday. 12 April 2020 at 08.00
  • Holy Week Gospel Wordsearches for Children from the Jesuit Institute.

Please see our Resources page for various resources for COVID-19 and praying during the Lockdown. Please read ‘Hope and faith in the time of Corona‘ and ‘What is Spiritual Communion?, ‘Finding God in a time of lockdown‘ as well as our reflection for this week: ‘What can we do on Palm Sunday?

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In the Week

Anxious about being unable to go to Confession before Easter? Listen to Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ share advice from Pope Francis about what to do.

The Journey Series

Our reflections and Sunday Homily

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Some Spiritual Resources

Finding God in a time of lockdown

Finding God in a time of lockdown

As we enter lockdown, we find ourselves in unfamiliar and daunting territory. Those of us who live alone may fear loneliness. Families with children face the challenges of keeping their children entertained and happy. Those with conflict at home may dread being confined with their partner. Some face financial anxieties. We grapple with many emotions: the grief of not being able to spend time physically with loved ones, the indefinite postponement of events we looked ...
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What is Spiritual Communion?

What is Spiritual Communion?

What do we do when for good reason we cannot get to Sunday Mass, cannot receive Communion? This is no longer a matter of theological speculation but – as a result of the global Coronavirus outbreak – a matter of practical urgency. Bishops around the world have dispensed Catholics from Sunday Mass obligation. Some people have been worried about this, even questioned the decision to do this. Many of us feel a great sense of ...
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Faith in a time of pandemic

Faith in a time of pandemic

It’s happened before. Plagues and viruses have been with us since the dawn of humanity. So too has the sense of panic and powerlessness epidemics evoke. The challenge to us all, particularly Christians, is how we respond to it. In the mid-14th Century, the bubonic plague spread from Asia into Europe. An estimated 40% of Europeans died over the course of a few years. One hundred years ago, the global Spanish Influenza killed roughly 50 ...
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Hope and faith in the time of Corona

Hope and faith in the time of Corona

Dear Friends, As the Jesuit Institute continues to study, think and reflect upon the global and local challenge of the spreading COVID-19, we are convinced that we need to face this time together and find ways of nurturing and growing our faith. The world is changing rapidly and we have extraordinary challenges facing us. This rapid change also affects, we have come to see, the way we worship and live out our faith. God, we ...
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