Newsletter for Week starting on the 06th October 2019 : 27th SUnday in Ordinary Time - HOLY CROSS CATFORD NEWS - HOLY CROSS CHURCH CATFORD


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Newsletter for Week starting on the 06th October 2019 : 27th 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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05th/06th September 2019 [27th 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
Finance: Loose £708.65   SO: £483.00

Newsletter matters to be sent to by Wednesday.

The next Altar Servers Club is at 4.30pm on Saturday 12th October 2019.
This is a great opportunity for new Altar Servers to join the team.  Children should be in Year Three or above and made their first Holy communion.  Our aim is to do our best, to serve with reverence, understanding and regularity, for the glory of God and our eternal salvation.

Our car park
has limited capacity. Please be considerate by observing all markings and notices. Only park in available DESIGNATED BAYS . Parking anywhere else creates an obstruction- especially when an emergency / first responder vehicle  may need to access Parish or School premises

The First Holy Communion
first session is on Saturday 12th October, in Hartley Hall, starting promptly at 10.00 a.m.

Kindly find the first draft of the year Plan 2020 for our Holy Cross parish in the notice boards and give your suggestions to Fr Antony.

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.  

The Diamond Club
have exhibited their creative talents as part of the creative ageing festival and Catford arts trail this weekend.  If you didn’t get a chance to attend many of the works will still be on display at the coffee morning following the 10 am Mass.  The next  “Bring me Sunshine” event is at Brownhill Rd Baptist church on Saturday 12th October, 11am-3pm for older adults with lunch, entertainment and R&B line dancing come and celebrate Windrush.  Contact Lesley Allen  07729785843

Stewardship Reflection October 5/6, 2019 [by Ossie Folks]
From today’s second reading, we are made to realize, like Timothy, that Christ’s call to follow him is meant for us all. Good stewards realize they have everything necessary to live for Christ. “Stir up the fire that is already burning inside you.” Another way to express this thought in the vocabulary of stewardship is: “Use your gifts now! Serve the Lord now! Get involved now! God put the fire inside you but you have to stir up the flame! Let it burn!” Everyone can give witness to Christ’s presence in the world, and most of us can do more than one thing for the Lord. How exactly do you “stir into flame” God’s unique gifts you hold within you?

Mass for the Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman & display of relic
There will be a diocesan Mass for the Canonisation of John Henry Newman at St George's Cathedral on Sunday 27th October at 11.30 am. The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop John. All welcome.
In addition, a relic of John Henry Newman will be available for people to see and venerate from Sunday 6th October until Sunday 27th.

Migrant Help
has been awarded funding from the Home Office to raise awareness of the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) among vulnerable EU citizens, and to assist with the application process.  EU citizens and their family members living in the UK need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021. For further information please contact Migrant Help: | 01304 806732 |

Primary & Secondary School Applications
Supplementary forms can be can be signed on this Friday (between 4pm – 6pm).  
Cafod - family fast day Friday 4th October
 Thank you to those of you who participated in the Family Fast Day.  Please ensure your envelope is returned during the retiring collection.  Many thanks for you generosity.

Please note there will be no session this Monday 7th October.  The next session of the RCIA will be on Monday 14th October in Hartley Hall, 7.30-9pm.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Faith, or if you know someone who is please come along and bring them with you.  A very warm welcome awaits you.

St Ursula’s Convent School is looking to recruit a Teacher of Science (required for January 2020 or sooner) and a Head of Science (required January 2020).  For further information on these roles, please visit the school website at

Wedding Blessings :
Harin Karunakaran and Mary Sepamalai will celebrate their wedding here at Holy Cross on Friday 19th October.  As they become one in Christ, we pray for their happiness and more joy and blessings.

Christmas Parish Fayre.
This year’s Parish Fayre will be on Saturday 30th November.
This is a wonderful opportunity for all to participate and contribute your gifts and talents to great fundraising day.
If you would like to join a small team to help plan and organise the day please make yourself known known to Fr Antony as soon as possible. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Request from a family:
Female personal assistant required  to provide 1:1 support to our 35 year old daughter who has autism, mild learning disabilities and some mental health issues connected to autism.  Similar or younger age person with enhanced DBS Certificate required.  Catholic preferred.  £12.90/hour gross pay, up to approx 16 hours per week spread across the week. In Catford . Contact 07944 711 594 between 11.00am and 5.00pm Mon Sat.

Parish Carol Service this year
on Sunday 15th December at 4pm, in the church.

please pray for th peaceful repose of the soul of Connie Gomes whose funeral Mass will be on Wednesday 15th October at 1.15pm. also pray for Tony Green, father of Jo Flahive, whose funeral Mass will be on Wednesday 23rd October at 10am in Saint Mary’s Church, Croydon.

Mass for the Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman & display of relic will be on Sunday 27th October at 11.30 am in St Georges Cathedral. All welcome.

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