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Newsletter for Week starting on Sunday 23rd February 2020 :7th 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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22nd Feb / 23rd Feb 2020 [7th 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:  £621.02; SO £503

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

                        Lenten discipleship is about the simplification of day to day living. By letting go, at least for a while, of things which are less necessary and focusing on what matters most we enter the desert with Christ. We expose our inner being more acutely to the truths of His kingdom. We walk more surely in the steps of the Lord Jesus so as to die and rise with Him, the pattern of our earthly and eternal existence… [Archbishop John].
ASH WEDNESDAY [26th Feb – page 147 Parish Mass book], a day of fasting and abstinence. Ashes are blessed and distributed during Masses at 9.15am and 7pm.  The UCM will be offering soup after the 7pm Mass in Hartley Hall – all donations for Mother Teresa’s Helpers.  Everyone is invited so please do come along.

Fasting and abstinence: fasting is a form of Penance. Catholics between 18 and 60 are obliged to Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Catholics who have reached the age of 14 are obliged to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent.
Lenten Confessions – March 31st from 7.30 pm. Priests will be available to hear your confession in different lauguages including, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Polish, and Tamil.

Feb 28 – Parish Council
Mar  6 - UCM
Mar  13 – SVP
Mar 20 – Readers
Mar  27 – Diamond Club
Apr  3 – Altar Servers & Sacristans
Funerals:  Please pray for the repose of the souls of Mariora Ionita, Patricia Olisakwe, Agatha Jones and Avelino González Alfageme who have died recently. Also pray for Charlie Hyam whose funeral Mass will be on Thursday 27th February at 9.15am.   Please pray for their families at this difficult time.
Hartley Hall Committee Meeting – Monday 24th February at 7.00pm in the priest’s house.
Choir Meeting – Tuesday 25th February at 7.30pm in the priest’s house.
Parish Group Leaders – Thursday 5th March 7.00pm. Safeguarding updating for all parish group leaders. It is imperative that every group is represented.

Please    note today there is a Second Collection for Poor Parishes.
Thank you
           Altar Servers: Mass serving in the sanctuary is a special privilege and honour.  We serve not only our Lord, who made heaven and earth, but also God’s holy people.  Our next training session for beginners is at 3.30pm on Saturday 29 February, beginning with refreshments in the hall.  As we journey, in faith and friendship with Jesus, towards the beautiful ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter there are many tasks for the Altar Server.  We look forward to welcoming you.
Guild of St Stephen Altar Servers Rally - Saturday 9 May 2020 - Aylesford Priory, Kent.  Servers, who have served holy Mass for at least six months, are invited to enrol into The Guild of St Stephen.  Servers already in the Guild will renew their promises to do their best to serve regularly, with reverence and understanding, for the glory of God, the service of the Church and their own eternal salvation.  This is a special day for all servers, their families and friends.  Please see the poster displayed for further details or visit the diocesan website.
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.
Holy Cross Parish Food/Household Items Bank – Second Sundays. Next collection 7th/8th March

Meet Fr Antony without an appointment on Monday after 9.15am Mass.
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.  

The second book of the Pentateuch is called Exodus, from the Greek word for “departure,” because its central event was understood by the Septuagint’s translators to be the departure of the Israelites from Egypt. Its Hebrew title, Shemoth (“Names”), is from the book’s opening phrase, “These are the names….” Continuing the history of Israel from the point where the Book of Genesis leaves off, Exodus recounts the Egyptian oppression of Jacob’s ever-increasing descendants and their miraculous deliverance by God through Moses, who led them across the Red Sea to Mount Sinai where they entered into a covenant with the Lord. Covenantal laws and detailed prescriptions for the tabernacle (a portable sanctuary foreshadowing the Jerusalem Temple) and its service are followed by a dramatic episode of rebellion, repentance, and divine mercy. After the broken covenant is renewed, the tabernacle is constructed, and the cloud signifying God’s glorious presence descends to cover it.

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