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Newsletter for Week starting on Sunday 08th December 2019: 02nd Sunday of Advent

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208 Sangley Road, Catford, London SE6 2JS
Fr Antony Megalan Sellam [Parish Priest] – 02086983672
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07thDec / 08th Dec 2019 [02nd Sunday of Advent]

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

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:  £650.06; SO £503
Newsletter matters to be sent to by Wednesday.

Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight,
and all mankind shall see the salvation of God. [Luke 3:4,6]
The Second Week of Advent
Parish Mass Book Index
I    Confess …                      Page 8
I    believe in God …            Page 12
Preface    of Advent …        Page 65
Eucharistic    Prayer ...       Page 24
Our    Father …                     Page 56

           Father, in this second week of Advent, keep us in perfect peace as our mind is stayed on the truth of your powerful love. Thank you for your mighty, sovereign hand. Help us to trust fully in you and rest in the peace that you offer. It’s in the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.  

Carol Service with an International Flavour, will be in the church on Sunday, 15th December at 4pm, followed by mince pies and mulled wine in the Hall. In addition to the usual well known repertoire, we already have carols from the Nigerian, Tamil and Polish groups in our community; if you would like to join in any of these, please speak to Fr Antony. If you could help with a song representing e.g. the Caribbean or Filipino members of the parish, please introduce yourselves. There will also be a practice in church for the 'choir' on Thursday 5th and 12th December, 7.30pm. If you would like to take part, please come along.

Pray for the sick: Let us pray for the sick including Mariam Philomin, Rose Calver, Charlie Hyam, Agatha Lewis, Elizabeth Goba, Florence Nosgobie, Gala Lobo and Ann Whitington.  Please pray for Anthony Sullivan who is admitted to St Christopher Hospice. Also pray for Myra Hannon who has had a stroke recently.
Children’s Mass Books: Parents are asked to encourage their young children to follow the Mass using the new Children’s Mass Books.  Please place them at the back of the church before you leave.
All Readers At Mass renew the commitment of their ministry in all weekend masses this week. Applications for the new readers are welcomed from those in the Parish. If you are aged 16 and above and wish to become a reader at Mass, please fill in the form, which is available in the Welcome Corner, and hand it over to Rob Dunbar or Fr Antony. There will be an induction day, as well as training days for all readers.
“Bring me Sunshine“ is on Tuesday 10th December ● St Andrews church hall ●11am-3pm ● free for the over 60s ● Lovely entertainment and hospitality.
                        The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) liturgy in Holy Cross as follows:
Saturday 14th December – 10-11.30 am – Holy Communion candidates and parents
Friday 20th December – 6.30-8.00 pm – all parishioners
Every Saturday at 6pm – all parishioners

Christmas Eve 5pm Family Mass
For the Family Mass, kindly dress your children up like shepherds or any other characters of the crib please. They will be gathered in front of the altar during homily.
U Mon Tue Thu ● Rosary ● 9.40am U   Wed ● Divine Mercy Chaplet ●9.40am U  
        Every Friday during Advent • 7.00-8.00 pm    • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction

                        Baptisms in December   Please pray for Angelica C Ofoegbu and Aniya Chloe Faith Bethel who will be baptised at Holy Cross during the month of December.  May they and their families always be blessed with God’s everlasting love.
Holy Cross Christmas Tree   Our Christmas tree is being put up and decorated on Wednesday 11th December from 6.30 pm. We thank the Filipino community who will be organising the evening and ensuring we have a beautiful Christmas tree in our church.  
Christmas Fayre   A big thank you to everyone who made our fundraising event a success.  With your support we raised just over £2,000 towards the refurbishment of the sacristy. Our Grand Draw ticket winners were ticket nos:
1st Prize 3346    2nd Prize 3111    3rd Prize 3151    4th Prize 2079
Altar Servers Christmas Party Saturday 21 December 2019 3-5pm in Hartley Hall.
Please add your name to the list in the sacristy for catering purposes.
Sisters of St. Peter Claver
The Sisters of St. Peter Claver wish to thank all the parishioners of Holy Cross Church for their generous giving towards the sale of their Mission Calendar this year – your generosity amounted to £284.70.  We are very grateful for your support and may God reward you all.
Have a safe journey: If you are making a journey to your native land to celebrate Christmas, please be assured of our prayers for you and your family. Though we will miss you here in these days, we wish you a blessed and joyful time with your family members and friends. Kindly remember Psalm 91:11 when you travel: “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways…”.  Have a safe journey and we wish you a Happy Christmas.

Bidding Prayer Composing Team: Many thanks for the following parishioners who have come forward to compose Sunday bidding prayers: Luca Finaldi, John Bonici, Franck Anguibi, Anne Mellis, Marie Bernard, Justin Gold, Mary Baldwin, Ossie Folkes, Margaret Folkes, Rachelle Thevathas, Francisca Dunba, Giovanna Finaldi, Luca Finaldi, Kate Cleevely, Alberto Domingo, Elena Finaldi, Aggie Clement, Lesley Allan, Michael Malley, Rob Dunbar, Amy Quinn, Judy Chen, Nick Wimberley, Joyce Joseph, Samantha Tiffany Duncan, Neville Fernandes and the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate. Luca Finaldi will coordinate this team and make a rota for them. If you want to join this team, kindly contact Fr Antony.

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