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Newsletter for Week starting on Sunday 15th September 2019:24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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208 Sangley Road, Catford, London SE6 2JS
Fr Antony Megalan Sellam [Parish Priest] – 02086983672
Email: or     

14th September /15th September 2019 [24th 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

The Holy Cross is where we find the spiritual strength and the courage to rise to meet the challenges in our daily lives. The Holy Cross unites us all with our shared burdens, our shared sorrows in this life. The Holy Cross unites us to Jesus, Our Saviour, who has redeemed the world.

May the Holy Cross remind us of what it means to be a follower of Jesus, and how we are all called to rise from beneath our sins and our limitations, to accept our crosses, and to follow Jesus in the plan that God has for our life.  May the Lord Jesus, the Blessed Redeemer, the Savior of the World, bless you and your families always.

                        The Holy Cross is the Power of God: "The message of the cross is complete absurdity to those who are headed for ruin, but to us who are experiencing salvation it is the power of God." [1 Corinthians 1:18-19]

The Throne of God: “The message of the Teacher is clear: while the great of the earth build themselves ‘thrones’ for their own power, God chooses an uncomfortable throne, the cross, from which he reigns giving his life,” – Pope Francis.
Want to become a Catholic or to find more about our faith? The RCIA Programme (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), starts on 30th September at 7.30pm in Hartley Hall. Please come and see if this is for you. If you are a parishioner, be brave, invite friends, family members and acquaintances to take the opportunity to look at their lives and maybe find some answers to the big questions. Come and see!
If you are interested please speak to Fr Antony, look at the parish website to find out more about the RCIA and download the application form or contact
Holy Cross School has Nursery places available for children aged 3 and 4. We offer part-time and full-time places in our fantastic Nursery. Please call the School on 0208 698 2675 for further information.
Meeting for Parents of Children entering a Reception Class in 2020.
Holy Cross School will be holding an open meeting for parents of children who are due to start Reception Class in the 2020/21 academic year on Wednesday 25 September at 7pm in the school hall. The meeting will explain the process involved in applying for a school place.
FLAT TO LET - Sangley Road
A newly refurbished 2 bedroom flat is available to let.
Please email: - for more details.

We are looking to recruit a Parish Secretary, who could    start in October.  This will    initially be for a 6 month fixed term contract.  The role is to provide ongoing support    and administration of the parish office; take responsibility for Hartley    Hall bookings; operate the Diocese’s online accounting systems; liaise with    volunteers and lay ministers; liaise with Holy Cross School. The ideal    candidate will have previous secretarial experience and a good knowledge of    the Catholic church.  Good    communication skills at all levels and an excellent working knowledge of    main IT products (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, etc) are essential.  Terms: 10 hours per week – actual    hours/days to be mutually agreed; £10.00 per hour.  If you would like to apply please email a    copy of your CV to by  1st October 2019.
                                   Many thanks to Bishop Patrick for sharing our joy by being with us as we celebrate our parish feast in Holy Cross.
Many thanks to our Holy Cross Choir who sing to the Lord for the second time on this day of our parish feast.
Sacrament of Confirmation:
If you are starting Year 9 in September and feel it is time to take the next step in your life of faith, we will be starting our journey towards the Sacrament of Confirmation in October. Please write a letter with your full contact details including email to Fr Antony (by 25th September) explaining why you want to receive this important Sacrament of the Holy Spirit.
Live Streaming: Our parish will routinely provide live streaming of Mass, especially the 11.30am Mass on Sundays, from 15th September. This will be a great help for those housebound, parishioners now living in other parts of the world and for those family members whose beloved ones’ sacraments are celebrated here in Holy Cross. To access this, kindly log on to our parish website or click: Please note: all altar servers and readers who are below 18 years old must get your parents’ consent if you want to serve at the altar or to do the readings at 11.30am Mass on Sundays. You may find the forms in the sacristy.
Pray for the sick: Let us pray for the sick including Mariam Philomin, Charlie Hyam, Rose Calver, Agatha Lewis, Elizabeth Goba, Florence Nosgobie, Gala Lobo and Ann Whitington.
R.I.P: Kindly pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Fraulene Marjorie London whose funeral mass will be on the 26th September at 11.30pm. May she rest in peace.
First Holy Communion: Thank you to everyone who has returned their forms. Please attend the information meeting at 7.30pm on Monday 16th September in Hartley Hall. Please note this meeting is only for those who have returned their application forms.

Blessings: Olamide Olatokunbo Mariam OLANREWAJU and Luke Christian SANDERSON are getting married in Holy Cross on 20th September at 1pm. As you become one in Christ, we wish you more joy and blessings.

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