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Newsletter for Week starting on the 11th August 2019 :19th 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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10th/11th August 2019 [19th Sunday in Ordinary Time]

Parish Contacts
Parish Office: Lisa O’Hara [available from September]      
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 £760.90   SO: £487.00

Newsletter matters to be sent to by Wednesday.

Legion of Mary Visit [Peregrinatio Pro  Christo] Report by John B. McLaughlin [Team Leader from Ireland]
The Parish  Priest, Fr Antony, has experience of the Legion of Mary and consequently knew  what he was doing when he agreed to have a Peregrinatio Pro Christo Team of  eight (4 brothers & 4 sisters) work in his Parish - June 30th to July 6th  2019. The Parishioners rallied behind the Project, hosted the Legionaries,  shared the preparation of a lunchtime meal and one Parishioner provided  dinner daily throughout the Project.
The Morning  Meeting was held at 8.10am followed by Mass at 9.15am. The daily routine was  typical of that, followed by Peregrinatio Teams with a morning session from  10.15am to 1pm, afternoon session 2.30pm to 5.30pm and the evening session  6.30am to 8.30am after which the Notes were written up.
We visited in  excess of 2500 houses with a 50 per cent 'no reply' rate which is a  relatively good return. The percentage of Catholic folk met was low -  2.5 per cent of total calls, 5 per cent of  actual contacts with non-practising Catholics coming in at 3.5 per cent of  total calls, 7 of actual contacts. A very small number of five thought that  they might possibly one day be interested in finding out more about the  Catholic Faith with only one possibly prepared to consider it in the autumn.  We distributed up to 700 Miraculous Medals.
Primary School Visit: Two of the Team visited the local Primary School  and met separately with the two final year classes. They spoke simply and  briefly about the Legion of Mary, the work being undertaken in the Parish and  the Miraculous Medal. They recommended the Miraculous Medal Power Point  Presentation and they gave the Medal to 80 children.
The weather was brilliant. The Team members were  committed. The Priest and Parishioners were very hospitable and worked hard  to make the visitors feel wanted and comfortable. The meals were top class  with plenty of food to be consumed. The hosts and hostesses made family  sacrifices to make their guests feel at home. Thanks to all concerned. We pray  that some of the seeds sown will contribute to a good harvest. The Shepherd  of the Flock deserves it.

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

           RCIA Programme (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), starts again on 29th September at 7.30pm in Hartley Hall: Are you interested in finding out more about our Faith and joining the Catholic Church? 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!
A very warm welcome is extended to those who have been away from the Church and feel they might like to begin the journey back to the practice of their faith. 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

Family Fun Days – for Families is a great success and there were 92 participants on Tuesday last week. We still require donations of fruit shoots or Individual cartons of juice and wrapped individual cake bars - although we have lots of squash and shared crisps. Anyone with contact for little disposable lunch boxes, and some buckets and spades would be useful.

Bring me Sunshine holiday activities for over 60s will meet at St Andrews church Hall,Sandhurst /Torridon Rd. on 14,15 and 16 August 11am – 3pm. Come along for delicious food, entertainment and fellowship. Contact Lesley Allen on 07729785843 if you need to know more or email Please note all volunteers are needed to be there at 9am to help set up.
This coming Thursday, 15 August,
will be the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Holy Day of Obligation.There will an additional mass in the evening at 7pm.

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. All parishioners are invited to celebrate our Feast Day and join us afterwards in the School Hall for a shared celebration. Families and individuals new to our parish are especially welcome. Please put your name on the appropriate list at the back of the church if you are able to help, and what items of food/drink you would like to bring on that day.
Parish Feast Day Choir:
We will be practising the music to celebrate the occasion on 22nd and 29th August, and 12th September at 7.30pm, in the church. Please come and join us.

Requiem Mass:
Please pray for Catherine Ndeley whose funeral Mass will be on Friday 23 August at 12.30pm. We also pray for this family at this difficult time.
Sacrament of Confirmation:
If you are starting Year 9 in September and feel it is time to take the next step in your life of faith, we will be starting our journey towards the Sacrament of Confirmation in October. Please write a letter with your full contact details including email to Fr Antony (by 25th September) explaining why you want to receive this important Sacrament of the Holy Spirit. Our first meeting (with parents) will be on Friday 27th September at 6:30pm and we will spend until Christmas getting involved in the Parish service projects. Bishop Pat will come to confirm those who have completed the course on Tuesday 19th May 2020 at 7:30pm.
Third Thursday Time
All welcome to drop in 5.30 - 8.30pm, this Thursday, 15th August. Our friendly cafe has refreshments and activities aimed at mental well being. This month only, Morris Dancing at 6.30pm on - come and watch, or take advantage of  the chance to try it out. We look forward to meeting you.
Legion of Mary: The Legion of Mary from Lewisham will be holding its meeting on Fridays at 6:00pm in Holland room, Hartley Hall. All parishioners who wish to become members of the Legion of Mary are warmly invited to join.

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