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Newsletter for Week starting on Sunday 16th February 2020: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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208 Sangley Road, Catford, London SE6 2JS
Fr Antony Megalan Sellam [Parish Priest] – 02086983672
Email: or     
15th Feb / 16th Feb 2020 [6th 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:  £494.57; SO £503
Racial Justice :£76.25
Newsletter matters to be sent to by Wednesday.

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
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

The God Who Speaks: Year of the Word

·        The five books of Moses are collectively called the Pentateuch
·        Genesis contains mention of famous biblical figures including Adam (1-3), Noah (4-9), Abraham (10-25:18), Isaac (25:19-35:29) and Jacob (36-50)
·        Everything is grounded on God’s creation of people in his own image.
o   God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.” (Gen. 1:26)
o   So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Gen. 1:27)
o   When God created humankind, he made them in the likeness of God. (Gen. 5:1)

Bible Quiz – Genesis
1.     What is the name of Jacob’s fourth son?
2.     When Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, who were saved?
3.     Who was the oldest man in the Bible, how many years did he live for?
4.     What are those two important covenants did God make in Genesis?
Email answers to:

Please join
the Diamond club for their spring sale on Tuesday 3 March 8am-2pm in Hartley Hall. Commencing with bacon butties at 8am. There will be lots of stalls including, fancy goods and home crafts as well as cakes and vintage clothing, raffles and a warm welcome to you all.
Third Thursday Time on the 20th February in Hartley Hall  5.30-8.30pm will be presenting from multi disciplinary artist Owain Nicholls a talk on the importance of his art with an introduction by the coordinator of the recent Catford Street  art initiative Caroline Hughes. There will also be massage, Tai chi and a spiritual exercise as well as some light refreshments.
Gospel Reflection  
In today’s Gospel, part of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus does not speak of replacing the law of the Old Testament. He goes beyond it. He obliges his followers to work at being holier than even the strictest of Pharisees. But the work is not accomplished by following a religious “law”, it requires growing in love for other human beings. Followers of Jesus know they are required to be good stewards of others. In what way will you exercise good stewardship over other people this week?
Bible Verse to remember:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
Meet Fr Antony
without an appointment on Monday and Tuesday immediately after 9.15am Mass.

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Lee are seeking to recruit a Parish Secretary, who could start in March. This will initially be a six-month fixed term contract. The role is to provide ongoing support and administration of the parish office; operate the Diocese’s online accounting systems; liaise with volunteers and lay ministers; liaise with St Winifred’s School.  The ideal candidate will have 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).  Terms: 10 hours per week – actual hours/days to be mutually agreed; £10 per hour.  If you would like to apply, email a copy of your CV to by 1st March 2020

                        Holy Cross Parish Food/Household Items Bank – Second Sundays  
A big thank you to all the generous people who donated, and those who took items. As well as what was taken from the porches, we were able to give bags of goods  to two people known to SVP, a small local food bank and a homeless hostel. Please spread the word to anyone you know who may benefit, and next month feel free to take items for your friends or neighbours who may be in need as we all need help sometimes, and you may know someone locally. Thank you.  Any ideas, suggestions and offers of help
(young people very welcome)    Next collection 7th/8th March

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.

Parish Group Leaders  
Thursday 5th March 7 pm. Safeguarding updating for all parish group leaders. It is imperative that every group is represented.
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.  

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

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