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Newsletter for Week starting on the 01st September 2019 :22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

HOLY CROSS CHURCH CATFORD
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HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH
208 Sangley Road, Catford, London SE6 2JS
 Fr Antony Megalan Sellam [Parish Priest] – 02086983672
Email: antonymegalan@rcaos.org.uk or catford@rcaos.org.uk     
Website: www.holycross-catford.org.uk

31st August /01st September 2019 [22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time]

Parish Contacts
Parish Office: Lisa O’Hara  , Josepha  Flahive [02086983672]
Hartley Hall [Angela Allen]
Culverley Road, SE6 2LD
Email: hartleyhall@holycross-catford.org.uk
Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate
Holy Cross Bookshop [02034418240]
4 Brownhill Road, Catford
www.holycrossbooks.co.uk
Holy Cross School [020 8698 2675]
Executive Headteacher: Miss Mary Collins
Head of School: Miss Giovanna Finaldi
www.holycross.lewisham.sch.uk
St Vincent De Paul 07835 188411
Safeguarding Line 07598 524024
Third Thursday Time TTT
Email thirdthursdaytime@gmail.com
Finance: Loose £565.10  SO: £483.00

Newsletter matters to be sent to antonymegalan@rcaos.org.uk by Wednesday.

Holy Hour: It being the First Friday [6 Sept], we shall celebrate the Holy Hour from 7pm to 8pm. Come and encounter our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer. St. Pius X says:  “The devotion to the Eucharist is the most noble because it has God as its object; it is the most profitable for salvation, because It gives us the Author of Grace; it is the sweetest, because the Lord is Sweetness Itself,”

First Holy Communion 2020: Application forms for preparation of the First Reconciliation and Holy Communion are now available at the back of the church, or on the parish website. Closing date 9th September 2019

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 ossiefolkes1@gmail.com

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.  To include anyone’s name kindly contact Lesley Allen: lesleyaallen@btopenworld.com

Diocesan Day for Catechists: At St George’s Cathedral Southwark on Saturday 28th September. This Day is for all the Catechists of the diocese, including those involved in Children’s Liturgy of the Word and the RCIA process. The Day runs from Coffee and arrival at 10.30am until the Commissioning Mass which starts at 4pm. If you have never been to a Catechists Day take the opportunity to be commissioned by his Grace Archbishop John Wilson, our newly installed archbishop. Sandwich lunch provided. Please see Fr Antony or Ossie Folkes if you are interested.
Holiday at Home: Thanks to all the parish for supporting our holiday at home family fun days with either your time or the generous donations of money or food items, all four were well supported with the first having 92 people and the highlight being the trip to the seaside, we look forward to more in the future.

Parish Walk: If there is any remaining sponsorship money from the parish walk or donations to our Ghana project please bring these in by the 7 th Sept, in an envelope marked Ghana.

The Diamond club looks forward to resuming on the 10 th September and the Tai chi, cha, Cha, cha seated dance classes resume on the 19th and 26th Sept as well as the 3 rd October 2-3.30 in Hartley hall culminating in an exhibition day of older people’s talents  on the 5 th October as part of Lewisham's festival of creative ageing and Catford Arts trail. For more info contact Lesley on 07729785843 or lesleyaallen@btopenworld.com

                        Holy Cross Parish Feast Day: We celebrate our Parish Feast day, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross  on Saturday 14th September at the 6.30pm Mass.
Parish Feast Day Choir:  We will be practising the music to celebrate the occasion on 12th September at 7.30pm, in the church. Please come and join us.
Parish Mass Books will be introduced in our parish from December. This book contains the Order of the Holy Mass, many prayers and all readings of the Holy Week liturgy, Christmas and important feasts. Any suggestions, kindly bring it to Fr Antony.
School Refereces: kindly submit your applications to the parish office any time, or post them in the presbytery.  You may collect the completed forms the following week on either Tuesdays between 10am and 12 noon.
Want to Baptise your child?
1.     Complete the Baptism Application Form (either collect it from the Grotto Corner of the church or download it from the parish website)
2.     Make an appointment with Fr Antony and submit the completed form with evidence of Parents’ and God Parents’ religion. The evidence can be either their Baptism/Confirmation CertificateS, certificate of marriage in the Catholic Church or a letter from their parish priest.
3.      Participate in the Baptism Preparation Course.
4.     Fix a date for the celebration of the sacrament of Baptism.
5.     Receive Baptism Certificate in any one of the following Sunday Mass.
Live Streaming: Our parish will routinely provide live streaming of Mass, especially the 11.30am Mass on Sundays, from 15th September. For the time being, only the sanctuary will be seen in the streaming. This can be zoomed out to the first pew when we celebrate weddings, Baptism, funerals and so on. This will be a great help for those housebound, parishioners now living in other parts of the world and fo 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: http://www.holycross-catford.org.uk/livestreaming.php
R.I. P: Kindly pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Thomas Egan whose funeral service will be at Hither Green Crematorium  on Tuesday 3 September at 1.45pm, and for Ellen Deborah Parsons whose funeral Mass will be on on Friday 11th September at 1.45pm. Also pray for March London whose funeral mass will be on the 26th September at 11.30pm. May they rest in peace.
Fr John Mulligan Memorial Stained Glass Window: We fondly remember and pray for Fr John Mulligam as we offer Mass on the 1st Anniversary of his death next Saturday [7th september] in our parish, we bless and dedicate a stained glass window in the front porch in memory of him after the 6.30pm Mass.




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