Newsletter for Week starting on the 09 September 2018: 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time - HOLY CROSS CATFORD NEWS - HOLY CROSS CHURCH CATFORD


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Newsletter for Week starting on the 09 September 2018: 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

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208 Sangley Road
Catford, London, SE6 2JS
Tel: 020 8698 3672
Part of RC Archdiocese of Southwark
Registered charity number: 1173050
Parish Priest: Fr Doug Bull
Monday-Thursday: 9.15am
Friday 8pm
Saturday:  6.30pm Vigil Mass
Sunday: 10.00am & 11.30am
Reconciliation: Saturday 6pm
Culverley Road, SE6 2LD
Tel: 020 8698 3672
The Community of Ahotokurom, Ghana.
Mrs Mary Baldwin
Tel: 020 8698 3672
Headteacher: Miss Mary Collins
Tel: 020 8698 2675  Fax: 020 8697 7137
Email :
Website :
St Vincent De Paul Number
Safeguarding Line
Special Ministers of Holy Communion
This weekend 2nd Sunday (8th/9th Sept)
6.30pm Marian Philomin, Myra Hannon, Prema Louth,
1) UCM, 2) UCM, P) UCM
10am Joe Baptiste, Caroline Cleary, Ossie Folkes, Cyril Mbaeri, Ray Williams.
1) Kimberley Kong, 2) Ashley Lench P) Christina S
11.30 Jerome, Adeji, Mary Lewis, Vincent Okonji, John Walsh, Rosa Candita Simpkins.
1) Elsa Pascal, 2) Frank Afful, P) Mitchelle Mbaeri
Next weekend 3rd  Sunday   (15th/16th Sept )
 6.30pm Pat Healy, Bridgette Laing , Chris Joyce
1) Jenushan Justin 2) Reuben Gabriel P) Maureen Gabriel
10am Gwen Williams, Marian Perez, Francisca Dunbar, Elena Travers, Marco Munoz.
1st Gillian Yip, 2nd Christina Ukah, P Bina Augustin
11.30am Bernadette Jeyachandra, Phil Loughnane, Paul Njoku,  2 Vacant positions.
1) Ronald Jeyachandra, 2nd  Merlyn Clark, P Brian Trevathas.
FINANCE    £1240.35
SVP Flood appeal £812.90         Many Thanks
Sat       6.30 Pat Pead wellbeing (UCM)
Sun    23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
                  (8th/9th September)
           10.00 Pat Doyle (Monaghan)
           11.30 Priest’s Intention
Mon    9.15 Jim Foley RIP (Cleary)
           9.40 Rosary
Tue      9.15 Thierry Gnankumar RIP
           9.40 Rosary
Wed     Most Holy Name of Mary
           8.50 Rosary
           9.15 Priest’s Intention
9.40 Divine Mercy
Thur   St John Chrystostom, Bishop.
           Doctor of the Church
           9.15 Priest’s Intention
           9.40 Rosary
Fri        Exaltation of the Holy Cross
           7.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
           8pm Matt Cleary RIP (Cleary)
Sat       6.30
Sun     24thSunday of Ordinary Time
           (15th/16th Sept)
           10.00 Mary Monaghan RIP (Monaghan)
           11.30 Henry & Eileen Killick RIP (Killick)
           11.30 Welcome Reymo Maria Finaldi
           12.30 Baptism   Reymo Maria Finaldi          
Please pray for those whom our Ministers visit with HOLY COMMUNION:
Clifford Aristide, James Barlow, Mary Barry,  Rose Calver, Margaret Doherty, Bridget Doyle, Ellesdene Edwards, Eileen Embury, Audrey Fitsimmons, Elizabeth Marie Forde,    Elizabeth Goba, Theresa Harney, Peter Hughes, William Keogh,  Agatha Lewis, Gala Lobo, Anthony Marshall,  Ivy Mulroney, Susan Murphy,   Florence Nosegbe, Eleanor Martin, Mabel Martin,  Charity Oparaji,  Rex Phillips,  Anthony Renouf, Casimar Santhiapillai,  Jean Scott, Irene Stone, Bridget Sullivan, Genevieve Stanislaus, Vera Pollock, Sheila Tagg, Patricia Vesey, Ann Whitington,
It is with much sadness that we inform you of the death of Father John Mulligan who died in his presbytery on 6th September 2018. Fr. John served Holy Cross Parish as curate and then Parish Priest. Please remember him in your prayers. Funeral details to follow
May he rest in peace.
Fr John Mulligan

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Josephine Patterson who has died.
May she rest in peace.
The Parish office will be closed from Monday 10th-14th September.
Application forms are now available on the
Parish website:
You will find the link halfway down the left hand side of the homepage: Holy Communion
The closing date for applications is the 17th September.
Having submitted your application, Baptism certificates and payment will be needed at the introductory meeting on 24th September.
Have you completed a Parish registration form for yourself and your family yet?
Please pray for the success of the Eucharistic conference taking place this weekend in Liverpool.
There are still some Prayer cards available at the back of the Church See the Diocesan Web site for details of streaming Liverpool.
Following the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress parishes in the deanery will take it in turns to offer an example of a spiritual event each month to whish parishioners from the rest of the Deanery are invited. An important element will be the opportunity for people to meet others and so develop the Deanery network.
The first of these events is on Saturday 15th Sept 4-5pm, St William of York Forest Hill
Holy Cross Catford will host the October event on Thursday 11 October 7.30-8.30pm.
St Saviour’s Lewisham will host an Advent Penitential service 15 December at 11.30am.
RCIA starts Monday 1st October at 7.30pm in Hartley Hall. Please visit the parish website to find out about the RCIA and to download an application form or contact
There will be a Second Collection after each Mass this weekend to support the work of the Catholic EDUCATION SERVICE (CES)
The Catholic Education Service acts on behalf of the Catholic Bishops Conference to support Catholic Education. They have a strong and positive working relationship with the British and Welsh governments, sharing the aims of high academic standards for all, and increased parental choice. There are over 2,000 Catholic schools, academies and colleges in England and Wales, educating over 800,000 students. The Catholic Church and the Church of England together provide one third of all the school in the country. The CES is the chief negotiating and advisory body on matters affecting all aspects of Catholic education, and it also provides financial assistance for school transport in rural areas.
If you are an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, (EMHC), and have not been commissioned by the Archdiocese, then the next event takes place on Saturday 13th October 2018 from 10.00am concluding with Mass at 2.30pm at: Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George Lambeth Road, Southwark, SE1 6HY.
You will receive a certificate once you have been commissioned. Please let the Parish Office know by 1st October if you wish to attend
A Prayer of Thomas Merton
My Lord God I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and will never leave me to face my perils alone
St. James teaches that those who are perceived to be poor in the eyes of society are the ones who have been chosen to inherit the Kingdom of God. Indeed, we are saved because of our poverty and redeemed out of our need, not because of our material wealth or achievements that the world finds praiseworthy. St. James also suggests that we are stewards of others, especially the poor and it is how we respond to the poor and needy that will define our relationship with the Lord. Can you identify the poverty, whether spiritual or material, that is in your own life? How can that “poverty” be redeemed? As stewards of others, how do we respond to the poverty that exists right in our own parish?

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