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Newsletter for Week starting on Sunday 01st March 2020 : 01st Sunday of Lent 2020

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208 Sangley Road, Catford, London SE6 2JS
Fr Antony Megalan Sellam [Parish Priest] – 02086983672
Email: or     
29th Feb / 01st Mar 2020 [01st Sunday of Lent 2020]

Parish Contacts
Parish Office -  Open Wed & Fri [10am -3pm]
020 8698 3672
Josepha Flahive  [secretary]
Lisa O’Hara  [volunteer]

Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate
Holy Cross  Bookshop, 020 3441 8240
Holy Cross School
[020  8698 2675]
Miss Mary Collins & Miss Giovanna Finaldi

To buy gifts and  cards, the church shop is open after all weekend Masses.
St Vincent De Paul [SVP]    07835 188411
Safeguarding  Line 07598 524024
Third Thursday Time TTT
Hartley Hall [Angela Allen]
Culverley Road, SE6  2LD

Finance:  £804.96; SO £503
Poor Parishes:£186.97

Newsletter matters to be sent to by Wednesday.

Meet Fr Antony without an appointment on Monday and Thursday after the 9.15am Masses.

*Food Bank collection: every 2 Sunday (next 7/8th March 2020)*

Please join:
Rosary: Mon Tues Thurs 9.40am / Wed 8.50am, Chaplet of Divine Mercy: Wed 9.40am, Confessions: Sat 6pm, Church cleaning and Decoration: Thurs 10am

Parish Diary
Altar Servers Training Feb 29, Mar 21, 28
Liturgical Committee Meeting - March 21
Mothers Day - March 22
Ecumenical Stations Of The Cross – March  29
Lenten Confessions – March 31
Ecumenical Palm Sunday Liturgy - April 5 At 9.45am
Walk Of Mercy – April 8
Maundy Thursday -April 9
Good Friday – April 10
Holy Saturday - Morning Prayer Of The Church At 10am
Easter – April 12
New Parishioners Welcome Day – May 3
First Holy Communion - May 9/10,16/17
Confirmation – May 19

Lenten Confessions – March 31st from 7.30 pm.
Priests will be available to hear your confession in different lauguages including Spanish, Portugese, Polish, and Tamil.

Thank you to the UCM for providing soup after the 7pm Mass.

U     Mar 6 - UCM Mar; Mar 13 – SVP;  Mar 20 – Readers;   
U   Mar 27 – Diamond Club; Apr 3 – Altar Servers & Sacristans
Parish Group Leaders – Thursday 5th March 7.00pm.
Safeguarding updating for all parish group leaders. It is imperative that every group is represented – Pat Barber.

Meet Fr Antony
without    an appointment on Monday and Thursday after the 9.15am Masses.
           Stewardship: During Lent we have our ‘Holy Cross” on the sanctuary once again. This year we think about Treasure, and you will be invited to make a Lenten promise to make space in your heart for God by using your treasure for the love of God and others. Over the coming week think how you will do this. You are also invited to actively support the mission of the parish, if you are able to gift aid your offertory. Please take a pledge card and leaflet home with you.  “For it is by giving that we receive.”  St Francis
Lewisham Deanery Day of Recollection for Extraorinary Ministers: The Annual Day of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers in the Lewisham Deanery will take place on Saturday 14th March at Good Shepherd  Hall Downham, from 10am with registration and Coffee.  The first session starts at 10.30am.  To mark the Year of the Word of God “The God who speaks”, we have Chris Chapman from the Diocesan Spirituality Commission who will lead the Day and give us all a very positive experience of Prayer. Copies of the Diocesan Prayer Pack will also be available. We will conclude the morning with Benediction in the Church at 12.15pm.
Please pray for the repose of the souls of Harry West, John Van-Hill and William Patrick Curtin who have died recently. Please pray for their families at this difficult time.

Please join
the Diamond club for their spring sale on Tuesday 3 March 8am-2pm in Hartley Hall. Commencing with bacon butties at 8am. There will be lots of stalls including, fancy goods and home crafts as well as cakes and vintage clothing, raffles and a warm welcome to you all.

Legion of Mary:
A Member of the Legion of Mary, John B McLoughlin is visiting us from Ireland.  He will speak briefly at our weekend Masses (March 7th/8th) and share some of his experiences promoting the Word of God. You will have a chance to join the Legion of Mary.

Prayer of the Faithful:
Giovanna Finaldi [01/03]; Aggie Clement [08/03]; Lesley Allen [15/03]; Michael Malley [22/03]; Amy Quinn [29/03]

Bible Quiz – Leviticus
How often was the Year of Jubilee?
What was offered in a Burnt Offering?
Name the seven festivals given by God to celebrate?
Which offerings were done according to wealth?
Email answers to:
Winners of last week’s quiz are:
Mary Burke & Hannah Burke, Alla Kodjo

The Book of Leviticus
is hard to read.  It consists of various laws that God gave to the Israelites through Moses as rules for the covenant which he had made with them.  These laws can be understood as footnotes to the Ten Commandments.  They explain how the Commandments can be lived in society. The Book shows us the practical ramifications of living out God's commandments.  It also impresses upon us the utter holiness of God who ought to be approached with careful preparation and who desires the total surrender of his followers.

Pray for the sick:
Let us pray for the sick including Pat Doyle, Gloria Israel, Mariam Philomin, Rose Calver, Joan Loughnane, Agatha Lewis, Myra Hannon, Elizabeth Goba, Florence Nosegbe, Gala Lobo and Ann Whitington.  

Guild of St Stephen Altar Servers Rally - Saturday 9 May 2020 - Aylesford Priory, Kent.  
Servers, who have served holy Mass for at least six months, are invited to enrol into The Guild of St Stephen.  Servers already in the Guild will renew their promises to do their best to serve regularly, with reverence and understanding, for the glory of God, the service of the Church and their own eternal salvation.  This is a special day for all servers, their families and friends.  Please see the poster displayed for further details or visit the diocesan website.
The ecumenical  Women’s World day of Prayer
service in Holy Cross is on Friday 6th March at 11am, followed by tea and cake in Hartley Hall.The theme this year is Zimbabwe “”rise up, pick up your mat and walk” - all are welcome. If you would like to participate, there is a practice session on Tuesday 3rd March at 3pm in the church.

Training/Formation Day for Readers  Saturday March 7th at 10.00am in the church.
This is an invitation to all readers, both new and old, to learn more about the Ministry of the Word, go through some of the procedures for reading at Mass, practice reading, and also to meet others involved in this important Ministry. Please come along

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