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Newsletter for Week starting on Sunday 10th November 2019 : 32nd Sunday in Ordinary time

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208 Sangley Road, Catford, London SE6 2JS
Fr Antony Megalan Sellam [Parish Priest] – 02086983672
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09th/10th Novtember 2019 [32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time]

Parish Contacts
Parish Office: Lisa O’Hara      
Josepha  Flahive [02086983672]
Hartley Hall [Angela Allen]
Culverley Road, SE6 2LD
Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate
Holy Cross Bookshop [02034418240]
4 Brownhill Road, Catford
Holy Cross School [020 8698 2675]
Executive Headteacher: Miss Mary Collins
Head of School: Miss Giovanna Finaldi
St Vincent De Paul 07835 188411
Safeguarding Line 07598 524024
Third Thursday Time TTT
Finance: Loose £758.58   SO: £483.00
Newsletter matters to be sent to by Wednesday.

                        Remembrance Sunday
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

The next Altar Servers Club is on Saturday 16 November 2019 at 4.30pm.  New Servers are always welcome.  Children should be in Year Three or above and have made their First Holy Communion.   The spotlight is on Christ, Our King, as we soon journey through the season of Advent to welcome the infant King, Our light and Word made flesh, at the joyful feast of Christmas.   Our gifts to Him are our prayer through serving with reverence, understanding and regularity.
Fr Antony’s Annual Retreat: in Knock, from November 18th to 21st. I’ll be praying for you.

Remembrance Day Procession:
Lewisham Deanery will host their annual procession through Hither Green Cemetery on Remembrance Day Sunday 10th November. They will assemble at the main gate in Verdant Lane from 2.15pm and proceed to the Catholic section where priests and deacons are available to accompany you to the grave of your loved ones.  

At Holy Cross Church:
During all of the weekend Masses, we shall be lighting candles for all parishioners who have passed away over the last year.  Please remember them and their families in your prayers.  
Eternal rest grant unto them, oh Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace.
Parish Christmas Fayre for Sacristy Refurbishment:  
There are now only three weeks until our Christmas
Fayre which is on Saturday 30th November from 11:30am-14:30pm in Holy Cross School ●The prize draw is our best fundraiser and the first prize is £500 ● If you would like to donate please place your donation (cash or cheque)in an envelope marked FAO Fr Antony or Angela Allen (many thanks to those of you who have donated already) ● If you are able to volunteer to help in any way, either on the Friday or Saturday or with donations for raffle prizes etc, please put your name and contact details at the back of the Church ● All are welcome so we look forward to seeing you on the day.

Parish Finances:
Parish income for the year to 31st December 2018.There was a fall in total income from 2017 of £5725 mainly due to a fall in offertories of £5764. After repairs and other expenses there was a small surplus of £2053 for the year.

The Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver
will be in our Parish to sell their Mission Calendars on the weekend of 23rd / 24th November 2019.  Having a Mission Calendar is a way of reminding ourselves all the year round of our duty to sustain the missions by our prayer and sacrifice.  Please help the sisters generously.

Holy Cross Quiz Night:
Many thanks to everyone who supported the Holy Cross Quiz Night which raised £500 towards a New Year lunch for housebound and UCM charities.

A Teaching Assistant
is needed in St Winifred’s Catholic Primary School. Want to apply? Please kindly email to

Meet Fr Antony
this week without an appointment: Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 12pm, and Friday from 5.30pm.

Second Collection  
Please note there is a second collection this weekend for The Archbishops’ Administration Fund.

Bible verse to remember:
“Now he is God, not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all men are in fact alive.” [Luke 20:38]

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion and Readers:
You are invited to join Bishop Pat Lynch and Fr Saju Pinkkattu to attend a Day of Recollection on Saturday 16th November.  This will take place at Bishop Thomas Grant School, and will begin with registration at 10.30am, ending with Mass at 3.00pm.  It is encouraged that you attend and we would be grateful if you could let the parish office know as soon as possible if you can.

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.  

Requiem Mass:
Please pray for Francis Faluyi whose Funeral Mass will be on Monday 11th November at 12.30pm. We also pray for his family at this difficult time.

Foundation Masses
A Foundation Mass is a Mass Intention that lasts for 25 years.  If you would like to request a Foundation Mass, please give details for whom the Mass is to be offered together with the intention to Fr Antony.  Please also include the date and time of the Mass together with your name and contact details.  The cost is £300 (cheque made payable to RC Archdiocese of Southwark).

YSVP Pizza Event [no charge]:
The Youth SVP are holding a pizza event in Hartley Hall, on Saturday 16th November 2019 from 4.15 to 6.15pm. This event is for anyone between the ages of 12 &18. We will be starting with a short prayer session and finishing with Mass at 6.30pm. Any parent who would like to pick up his/ her child before that, please come at 6.15 to Hartley Hall otherwise you can meet them at the Church after Mass. Come along and meet people in the parish and find out what YSVP do. Call Phil on 07894058498 to find out more or just turn up on the day. Parental approval letters available at the back of the Church.

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