Newsletter for Week starting on Sunday 08th March 2020: 2nd Sunday of Lent 2020 - HOLY CROSS CATFORD NEWS - HOLY CROSS CHURCH CATFORD


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Newsletter for Week starting on Sunday 08th March 2020: 2nd Sunday of Lent 2020

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208 Sangley Road, Catford, London SE6 2JS
Fr Antony Megalan Sellam [Parish Priest] – 02086983672
Email: or     
07th Mar / 08th Mar 2020 [02nd 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:  £774.50; SO £503

Newsletter matters to be sent to by Wednesday.

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

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 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.

U    Mar 13 – SVP; Mar 20 – Readers;  
U  Mar 27 – Diamond Club; Apr 3 – Altar Servers & Sacristans

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

Legion of Mary:
We welcome John B McLoughlin, a Member of the Legion of Mary. He will speak briefly at all Masses this weekend and share some of his experiences promoting the Word of God. You will have a chance to join the Legion of Mary.

NEW CHOIR AT HOLY CROSS - Calling all singers!  
You are most welcome to join the Holy Cross Church Choir, whether you are new to singing as part of a choir or not.  For further information please see the notice board.  Practices start this Thursday 12th March – 7. 30 – 8.30 pm in the church and will be on Thursdays thereafter

Diocesan Job Vacancies:
We currently have two job opportunities available Marriage Tribunal Administrator – full time based in Tooting Bec and Safeguarding Office Administrator – based on the Cathedral site London.  If you would like more information about either of them, please look on the Diocese’s website

Bible Quiz – Numbers
What is the    Hebrew name for the Book of Numbers?
What are the 3 wilderness locations in this    book?
Why Moses could not enter the promised    land?
Who was Balaam?
Email answers    to:
Winners of    last week’s quiz are:
Mary Burke & Hannah Burke,
Irene Ero

St Ursula’s Convent School
is looking for a Teacher of Maths.  Please see their website for further details.

Pray for former Archbishop Peter Smith
who has been diagnosed with cancer. Very sadly, the medical team have advised that, given Archbishop Peter’s diagnosis of cancer, there are no treatment options available. Please pray for him.

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.  

Please pray for the repose of the souls of William Patrick Curtin whose funeral service will be on Tuesday 10th March at 1.30pm in Hither Green Cemetry Chapel, and Harry West whose funeral service is on Wedneday 18th March at 3.15pm in Hither Green Crematorium. Also pray for John Van-Hill who has died recently. Please pray for their families at this difficult time.

In his letters, Saint Paul is adamant that we should not be ashamed of being followers of Christ. Good stewards are not ashamed of their allegiance to Christ. They do not hide their faith. Reflect on this question: Are you willing to speak about following Christ Jesus no matter who your listeners happen to be?

Stewardship of Treasure
How is your Lent going? We hope you have found a way to make space in your heart for God and neighbour.If you remembered to bring your Lenten Promise card please put it in the offertory basket, (There are more spare cards if you have forgotten.) There are Standing Order Forms and Gift Aid forms available from the Information corner if you need to complete and return one.

Lewisham Deanery Day of Recollection for Extraorinary Ministers: on Saturday 14th March at the Good Shepherd Hall Downham,
starting at 10am with registration and coffee. 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. We will conclude the morning with Benediction in the Church at 12.15pm.

YSVP Coffee Morning – this weekend
after the 10am Mass in Hartley Hall.  They support works for the SVP groups, so please join them.

Holy Cross Nigerian Communion will be meeting on Sunday 29 March 2020 after the 11:30 Mass at Hartley Hall to prepare for the June Mass they will be leading.

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

                        Holy Cross Food Bank/Collectionthis weekend
trolleys will be in both church porches from before the 6.30pm Mass on Saturday until the start of the 10am Mass on Sunday, then in Hartley Hall Library during the coffee morning after the 10am Mass. Donations gratefully received. However, if you or anyone you know is in need, please feel free to take items from the trolleys. We are grateful to all who donate, and those of you who distribute to local people.

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