Our Lady Star of the Sea - Catholic - Amanzimtoti
Sunday Service Times: 8:00am | 5:00pm
Physical Address: 24 Riverside Road, Amanzimtoti, Durban
Telephone: 031 903 3328
Our Lady Star of the Sea is a small little parish Catholic parish in Amanzimtoti.
The community from Our Lady Star of the Sea is a warm collection of folk; ranging from the young and enthusiastic to the not so young, yet wise, and at times just as enthusiastic.
Our parish has been blessed with such amazing priests throughout the years, the last of these shepherds, currently residing and overlooking our parish is Fr. John Dalais who has managed to grow onto our little community, a part of the furniture at Our Lady Star of the Sea.
St. Joseph's Parish - Catholic - Morningside
Sunday Service Times: 7:30am | 9:15am | 10:55am | 4:30pm | 6:15pm
Physical Address: 212 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban
Telephone: 031 303 1890
OUR CHURCH HISTORY
The parish began in 1852 by Father Sabon, the first parish priest of Durban. He built the first Catholic church placed under the protection of St.Joseph on the corner Grey street. As the years went by the town’s population increased and he began to make plans for a bigger church and it was not until 1881 that work could be started. It was situated on the thoroughfare of West Street, and the tower could be seen from all parts of the town.
Father Sabon, worn out by hard work, died in 1883. In November 1902 arrangements were made for the removal of the entire building, which has to be rebuilt in Stamford Hill Road, Greyville in 1903 was out of the “country”. The foundation of this St. Joseph’s parish was laid on New Year’s Day 1903, and on the 12th of June 1904, St. Joseph’s was opened for Divine Worship.
As the years passed, Greyville became industrialised and residents moved away. New major road developments were taking place in Durban and a new site for St. Joseph’s was required. It was then the site on Florida Road was purchased and in 1975, the parish moved to the new St. Joseph’s in Morningside. On the 26th of January 1976, the present St. Joseph’s was officially blessed by Archbishop Denis Hurley, OMI. The present church was consecrated by Archbishop (now Cardinal Napier, OFM) on the 3rd of October 1993.
St. Francis Zavier - Catholic - Bluff
Sunday Service Times:
Mon, Wed 8:00am
Tue, Thu 5:30pm
Sun 8:00am | 5:30pm
Sat 4:30pm to 5:00pm
Physical Address: 21 Sormany Road, Brighton Beach, Durban
Telephone: 031 467 0524
Was it Farewell or Fynn? Gardiner or Cloete? Or was it the tinkers and tailors, the bakers and artisans escaping from the depression and tribulations of Industrialising England in the 1850’s, brave, adaptable and resourceful who prepared the pattern on which Durban has developed to it’s present status?
Chroniclers have awarded the accolade of founder to Lieutenant Francis Farewell, a fortune seeking adventurer who, for all his faults was the first to extol the virtues of the Bay of Natal as a site of a flourishing port and it is with Farewell that the drama of the story of Durban opens.
The story of those very early days is neither pretty no elegant; the characters do not emerge as dedicated empire builders but as uninhibited fortune hunters who saw in the untamed coastlands and the unknown interior of Natal an opportunity to make money.
For 25 years the settlement, remote and unwanted, stagnated, little more than a collection of wattle and daub huts scattered in the scrub with elephants roaming the forests of the Berea behind them, and hippos splashing in the reedy foreshore of the Bay.
Worries in Cape Town and Whitehall over the infiltration of the trekkers from the Cape, and raids by African tribesmen, led to the establishment of a permanent military garrison.
With this established and the short lived Boer Republic dismantled, the arrival of settlers from England, where the prim respectability of the young Queen Victoria had replaced the extravagant permissiveness of her uncles, the tenor of life in Durban began to change.
Buildings replaced huts. Although the licence of a frontier town persisted, it was these honest … and sometimes not so honest … burghers and burgesses who took over.
By trial and error and a great deal of determination in the face of changing fortunes, these men and women, laid the foundations of a city and a port that ranks among the finest and busiest in the world.
The Emmanuel Cathedral - Durban
Sunday Service Times:
Mass: Mon to Fri 06:30am
Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00am
Sat 7:00am | 5:30pm
Sun 7:45 English | 10:00am bilingual | 12:00pm Zulu
Sat 11:00am to 4:30pm
Physical Address: 48 Cathedral Road, Durban, Kwazulu-Natal
Telephone: 031 306 3595
Language: See service times.
Ministries: Multiple, see website.
We at Emmanuel Cathedral are truly blessed to be in one of the most challenging parts of the City of Durban. Our Lord Jesus always wanted to be with the hungry, lame, widows, sick, sinners and those needing justice and here we are in the thick of it all. We believe that we are called to be challenged as a diverse community serving humanity from the grass roots up. It’s wonderful to see people of so many languages and cultures worshipping, meeting and challenging each other as we strive be a light in the darkness. Daily, people of all faiths can be seen entering the Cathedral to pray quietly. Our Denis Hurley Centre which is under construction will serve the pastoral needs of the parish community and the over 4000 people with many physical, spiritual and social needs who seek help and solace at our doors every month. Pray we stay faithful to our mission to serve God through the poor and marginalized.
Fr Nkosinathi Ngcobo