ST ANNE GUILD in Yeoville South Africa
Background and Establishment:
Yeoville St Anne started in 2010 with a few members( from humble beginnings to noble ends). At present it has about 80 members, 60 active inclusive of those awaiting bestowment . We work hand in hand with St Anne Pretoria under the ZimCatholic Gauteng Chaplaincy. The group conducts
its meetings every 3rd and 4th week of the month at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Yeoville.
The group is involved in numerous charity works and regularly support church activities .We collect preloved clothing and donate to homes, we have already donated to numerous homes in Gauteng province. Charity begins at home, so we support St Francis soup kitchen. This year we went beyond our immediate community we held our first Annual Charity event at Magaliesburg Marian shrine in which we supported their soup kitchen with perishable and non –perishable foodstuffs. Being the custodians of the Catholic community the Yeoville St Anne has made it their responsibility to take care of the underprivileged in the community.
As Women of St Anne, we are identified by our uniforms:-
- Full members – Brown skirt, cream top, cream had and scapular carrying the St Anne Medal.Initiates (Vaedzwa/Amathwasa) – Brown wrap over skirt, yellow t-shirt, brown doek or brown pencil skirt, brown waistcoat and cream shirt and doek.Meaning and significance of the colours on our uniform
BROWN: Represents maturity
CREAM: Represents dust – from dust we came, to dust we shall return
- The brown skirt has 6 panels each panel representing the 6 continents of the world as St Anne can be found in all continents. The skirt also has a zip on the side to remind us to only talk constructively and not to hurt others
- The cream top has 5 buttons representing the 5 wounds of Jesus Christ
- The fold on the cuff of the sleeve represents humility
- The top has long sleeves to show dignity
- The Hat has 6 panels as well as a round edging representing the crown of thorns that Jesus carried for us. The hat shows that we are taking up the crown of thorns for our families, the parish, the guild and the community at large
Chairlady-Mrs C. Mpala, Vice chairlady -Mrs R. Nkala Secretary-Mrs F. Muvoti Vice secretary -Mrs C. Ndlovu Treasurer – Mrs M. Ncube Welfare -Mrs S. Tshuma Liturgy -Mrs P. Tshabangu Committee members- Mrs C. Sengai, Mrs V. Sithole, Mrs R. Mhlanga
Mrs Mpala 071 763 7584
Saint Anne Medal
Our uniform is not complete without our St Anne medal. When we wear our Saint Anne medal, we are praying and asking for her intercession, for the strength and courage to be loving Christian mothers and grandmothers.
We ask St Anne to intercede for us so that we may have wisdom to make the right choices in raising our families and in the community at large. When we look at the medal of Saint Anne, we are reminded of what a Christian mother should be. The medal is universal, wherever you find Women of St Anne, the medal is the same.
Our members are encouraged to use the scapular and not chains for the medal as chains are mainly for the religious.
- National Flower of Zimbabwe (national emblem) just like the protea in RSA
- Because of its progressive character and tendencies (progress in Christ) it grows whenever or wherever even under difficult and unlikely conditions
- In good soil and sunshine it grows and progresses beautifully
- Amongst trees and rocky soil or ground it still progresses, winding on trees
- Its colour is fiery (red and orange) just like tongues of fire. The Holy Spirit descending upon the Apostles at Pentecost