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Newsletter for Week starting on Sunday 08th February 2020 :5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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208 Sangley Road, Catford, London SE6 2JS
Fr Antony Megalan Sellam [Parish Priest] – 02086983672
Email: or     
08th Feb / 09th Feb 2020 [5th Sunday in Ordinary Time]

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:  £714.60; SO £503
Newsletter matters to be sent to by Wednesday.

Parish Diary
                 Ash Wednesday – February 26  
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

With Gratitude…
Many thanks to all parish councillors of Holy Cross who, after nearly ten years of good works in our parish and community, completed their term and would like new people to take up the responsibilities. We gratefully remember their good works and thank them.
The information about the new Parish Pastoral Council will be given in due time.

Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)  Award: We are proud to announce that one of our parishioners BRENDA EMMANUS made a recent visit to Buckingham Palace having been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The award for services to Broadcasting and Diversity was presented to Brenda by the Princess Royal. Brenda has been an Arts, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent for The BBC for over 17 years as well as holding a number of Trustee and Board roles for arts and Creative Industry organisations. We at Holy Cross offer our congratulations.
                                                  Holy Cross Parish Food/Household Items Bank – Second Sundays  This weekend a trolley will be in each Church porch during 6.30pm vigil Mass and before 10am Mass, and in Hartley Hall Library during the YSVP coffee morning after 10am Mass, for donations of food and household items and Parishioners who may be finding it hard to make ends meet to take what they need. Parish organisations have suggested examples of possible donations, including breakfast cereals, coffee, tea, washing powder, toilet rolls, sanitary towels, washing up liquid, tinned goods, biscuits etc. Carrier bags are also welcome. Any items remaining at the end of the coffee morning will be given to people in need known to SVP or for Parish groups or local organisations to use.  Ideas, suggestions, offers of help to      Thank you.

Knights of Columba The Young People’s Seminar will take place at Hainsley Hall, Leeds from 21st to 24th July.  Please see the poster at the back of the church, which gives further details of their invitation to young Catholic people aged 16 – 23.  Their contact number is 0141 883 5700 if you would like to book a place.
    Gospel Reflection  In this weekend’s readings and psalm, the prevailing theme is that of light: We are the light of the world; our light breaks forth like the dawn; our light shines in the darkness; our light reflects generosity and justice. Good stewards know they are the lamp, and Christ is the flame that, through them, illuminates the earth. They know that they carry Christ’s light in their hearts, and let it shine through their words and deeds. What are we doing to shine Christ’s light on the hungry, the homeless and others most in need of God’s mercy? How do we exercise good stewardship over the light of Christ that burns within each of us?

Bible Verse to remember
Remember to save the date, 27th June, for Archbishop John Wilson’s special diocesan gathering in Aylesford.
Meet Fr Antony without an appointment on Monday 9.45am - 11.45am and Friday 5pm – 6pm.
Racial Justice Sunday: Second Collection for this weekend is for Racial Justice initiatives.

Welcome and     Congratulations to our new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Eucharist.
The following     parishioners of Holy Cross were commissioned by the Archbishop John Wilson     in St Georges’ Cathedral on the 1st of February.
They are: Judy     Chen, Aggie Clement, Brian Thevathas, Jayanthy Thevathas and Lisa O’Hara

                 Holy Hour in Holy Cross: Please note, from now on Holy Hour will be celebrated every Friday from 7pm to 8pm. “When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now,”- Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  
Missio - Red Box Appeal. Missio ignites God’s love by helping local missionaries to work alongside global communities that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. Missio plays a vital part in creating a vibrant Catholic Church for the future. At Missio we give thanks for the prayers and support you shared with us throughout last year and with your help will continue to ignite God’s love throughout the world in 2020.  Please contact your Local Secretary - Brian Thevathas - or 07470866691 to express your interest and continue your contribution towards the organisation.

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 Nosgobie, Gala Lobo and Ann Whitington.  

                                                  Baptisms in February: Please pray for Alven Jovaz Salema who will be baptised this weekend.

Funerals:  Please pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of John Taylor, whose funeral will be on Monday 17th February at 12.30pm.  Please also include in your prayers Charlie Hyam whose funeral Mass will be on 27th February at 9.15am. May their souls rest in peace.  We pray for their families at this difficult time that they are blessed with much comfort, peace and love.

Training for Servers with Red cord medals, or new Servers, who have received their First Holy Communion, not yet enrolled into The Guild of St Stephen, takes place on Saturday 15th February at 4.30pm. Without participating in this training, new servers will not be allowed to serve at the altar.

Prayers of the Faithful this month: Ossie Folkes [09/02]; Margaret Folkes [16/02]; Rachelle Thevathas [23/02]; Ash Wednesday – Francisca Dunbar [26/02]
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


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