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Newsletter for Week starting on the 10th March 2019 :1st Sunday of Lent

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HOLYCROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH                                                        
208 Sangley road
London, SE6 2JS

Fr Antony Megalan
Parish Priest
Tel : 0208 698 3672
Parish email :
  Parish mobile: 07367426492
Hartley Hall - Parish Community Centre
Culverley Road, SE6 2LD
HOLY CROSS SCHOOL 020 8698 2675 Headteacher: Miss Mary Collins

Please join
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9.40 am, Wed 8.50 am
Stations of the Cross:
Wed  9.40 am and Fri 7.30 pm
Confessions: Sat 10 - 11 am and 6 pm
Parish Diary
Palm Sunday: 14th April
Lenten Confessions:16th  April 7.30 pm
Good Friday: 19th April
Easter Vigil  20th April 8 pm
Easter: 21st April
First Holy Communion:11th /  12th May
Bishop Pat ‘s visit 17-19 May:
Confirmation 18 May
Next Baptism Course: May  2019
Finance : Loose: £762.20    
Standing orders: £503
Parish Office Opening Hours: The parish office will be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am – 12 noon.
Hartley Hall Bookings and Enquiries:  Please note that all bookings and enquiries should be emailed to this address:
EXTRA ORDINARY MINISTERS of HOLY COMMUNION:   If you are an Extraordinary Minister please collect a letter from the Information Corner by the Grotto, (with your name on it), containing the rota and contact details for other EMHCs.
Prayers and Reflection: The Pope asks us to pray that Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.
Mother’s Baby and Toddler Group Help is needed on Mondays and Wednesdays 8.30am – 11.30am.  If you can, please come along to Hartley Hall and speak to Eileen Hanlon.
Holy Communion Our thanks to the Holy Communion children who, last weekend, provided food for the Holy Cross School food bank.  This is then collected by the SVP and distributed twice a year.
UCM The UCM soup evening that followed the Ash Wednesday Mass was a great success and through your generosity we raised £95.00.  Thank you very much, this will be sent to Mother Teresa’s Helpers.
CAFOD Family Fast Day is Friday 15th March, please join us by giving up one of your meals and praying for those that are not fortunate to have access to clean water and food. Rachelle Thevathas is our CAFOD representative and she will update us soon about the Family Fast Day.
Lent is a transition time, a time to look honestly at our journey of faith as we walk with Jesus to the cross.
Jesus’s wilderness experience was a pivotal moment in his journey and his extended period of temptation was a profound time, which would determine how he would move forward. Jesus faced himself, and his willingness to stay true to God’s path.
·        How can we allow this Lent period to be a time of looking honestly at our journey of faith and our willingness to say YES to God.
·        During this week, take some time to reflect upon the things that fill your heart.
·        Does your heart belong to God, or are you easily led by other distractions.
·        In what ways is Jesus your bread of life?
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.
Pope’s Lenten Message:  “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rom 8:19)

Our Holy Cross Parish SVP groups, (Adult group, Youth SVP and Mini Vinnies) are all volunteers, aiming where we can to provide practical help, friendship and support.   We are entirely dependant on donations.  To boost our funds we have a second collection after all Masses on the weekend of 9th/10th March, and we have a coffee morning after the 10 am Mass on Sunday 10th March.  Please do come to support us, gain information about SVP, learn how you might help - and enjoy some home-made cake.
HOLIDAYS AT HOME COMMUNITY PROJECT. Come along if you wish to volunteer for “Bring Me Sunshine” Holidays at Home Community Project, Thursday 14th March, 7-9pm, Hartley Hall. Offering 12 events across the year for older adults across 3 venues, Hartley Hall, St. Andrew’s Church, Brownhill Baptist Church, the evening will consist of a Dementia Friends awareness session and a presentation. For more information contact or telephone 07729785843.  

Rite of Election.  Please keep in your prayers our RCIA group, who attended the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, at St George’s Cathedral on Saturday. They were called by Archbishop Peter to continue their journey to the Easter Vigil, and reception into the Catholic Church.

Fr John Mulligan’s Remembrance Mass There will be a planning meeting on Tuesday 19th March at 7.30 pm in Hartley Hall.  You are very welcome.

THIS WEEK (9-16  March)
SAT   6.30 pm Mary and Steve Baldwin
SUN 10.00 am  People of the parish    
       11.30 am  Bernadette Jeyachandra’s Birthday TG
MON 9.15 am Thierry Gnanakumar RIP
TUE  9.15 am Margaret King
WED 9.15 am Fr Anthony TG
THU  9.15 am Linda for safe child delivery
FRI    8.00 pm The Dunbar Family TG
SAT   9.15 am  No Mass Intention

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