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Newsletter for Week starting on Sunday 15th December 2019 :03rd 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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14thDec / 15th Dec 2019 [03rd 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:  £631.90; SO £503
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fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. No, your beauty should come from within you- the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. This beauty will never disappear and it is worth very much to God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4
The Third Week of Advent Prayer
Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Reflection: From the loneliness of his prison cell John the Baptist asks of Jesus: “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” The weeks before Christmas offer much to be joyous about, celebrating with family and friends, the glitter of seasonal decorations, the excitement of gift giving and receiving. But in our midst there are the lonely and neglected, the poor, the hospitalized, the wayward, the shut-ins. There are those who feel that they have no hope. To whom should they look? Discipleship in the Lord includes being good stewards of others. Are there those in our family, our neighbourhood, our community to whom we can reach out to show them a sign of Christ’s presence in their midst?


Readers and Extraordinary Ministers - Christmas Rota: Please volunteer to cover one of the slots on the Christmas Rota. Go to the Welcome desk and offer to fill one of the slots. Thank you.  If you would like to do a reading at one of the Christmas services, please make sure you provide an email address so that we can send you the reading. You will be expected to attend a practice session (details will be in your email).
Altar Servers:  Christmas Masses 2019:  Please sign up for ONE Christmas Mass on the sheet in the sacristy and arrive at least ten minutes before the Mass to pray and give thanks for God's greatest gift.  Thank you!
Christmas    Mass Times
5pm – Family Mass
7pm – Vigil Mass
11.15pm – Carols
12 midnight –    Festive Mass
Christmas Day
10am and 11.30am
           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.

Welcome Corner: the welcoming ministers after weekend Masses help you to find the following: Parish registration Form, Baptism Aplication Form, Baptism Certificate Request Form, Altar Servers Application Form, New Readers Application Form, Standing Order Form, Gift Aid Form, New Volunteers Form, SVP Referal Form, Third Thursday Time Application Form and so on. You may also find the Holy Mass request Form there. Kindly use it.
Requiem Mass: Please pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Marilyn Williams who will have her Funeral Mass at Holy Cross on Wednesday 18th December at 12.30 pm. We pray for her family at this difficult time. Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Anthony Sullivan who passed away recently.

Pray for the sick: Let us pray for the sick including Pat Doyle, Gloria Israel, Mariam Philomin, Rose Calver, Charlie Hyam, Anthony Sullivan, Agatha Lewis, Myra Hannon, Elizabeth Goba, Florence Nosgobie, Gala Lobo and Ann Whitington.  

Third Thursday Time: This Thursday, 19th, 5.30-8.30, Christmas Party with Motown Tai Chi session, paper bag star making, entertainment and party food. All welcome, please drop in and bring your friends and neighbours!                                                                              

Sacrament of Reconcilliation
Friday 20th    from 6.30pm

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.

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.
Please note between Christmas and New Year, morning Masses will be at 10.00am.

Christmas Tree and Crib We thank the Filipino community for putting up the lovely Christmas tree and decorating the church so beautifully.  And thank you to Tony and Marian Early for once again putting together the Nativity crib.

Adoration and    Benediction from 11pm
New Year Mass    begins at midnight
Holy Mass in    Tamil - 7.30am
New Year Day    Mass – 10.00am
                                   Carol Service with an International Flavour, will be in the church on this 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 take part, please come along.

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.

Father Tomas (Tom) Creagh-Fuller, a former parish priest of St William of York Church, Forest Hill, died on Tuesday 5th November 2019. His Requiem Mass will be at St William of York Church, Forest Hill, on Tuesday 17th December at 7pm. His Funeral Mass will be Wednesday 18th at 12 noon in St Edmund of Canterbury Church, Beckenham. May he rest in peace.

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 have 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.

The Holiday Season: Many people will be going away on holiday. If you are a reader or Lay Minister of Communion, please remember to plan ahead and arrange a substitute for your absence. Many thanks.

Meet our Parish Priest without an appointment on Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 12 noon.
Please join: U  Mon Tue Thu ● Rosary ● 9.40am / Wed ● 8.50am U   Wed ● Divine Mercy Chaplet ● 9.40am U
         Every Friday during    Advent • 7.00-8.00 pm • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction         
           Confessions: Sat 6pm U  Church cleaning and Decoration: every Thursday 10am  

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