HOLY CROSS CHURCH
208 Sangley Road
Catford, London, SE6 2JS
Tel: 020 8698 3672
Part of RC Archdiocese of Southwark
Registered charity number: 1173050
Parish Priest: Fr Antony Megalan
Saturday: 6.30pm Vigil Mass
Sunday: 10.00am & 11.30am
Reconciliation: Saturday 6pm
PARISH COMMUNITY CENTRE
Culverley Road, SE6 2LD
Tel: 020 8698 3672
Mrs Mary Baldwin
Tel: 020 8698 3672
HOLY CROSS SCHOOL
Headteacher: Miss Mary Collins
Tel: 020 8698 2675 Fax: 020 8697 7137
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : www.holycross.lewisham.sch.uk
St Vincent De Paul Number
Special Ministers of Holy Communion
This weekend 3rd Sunday (15th/16th Dec )
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 Christine Ukah, P Bina Augustin
11.30am Tina Ibe, Bernadette Jeyachandra, Phil Loughnane, Paul Njoku, Vacant.
1) Ronald Jeyachandra, 2nd Merlyn Clark, P Brian Trevathas.
Next weekend 4th Sunday (22nd/23rd Dec )
6.30pm Neville Fernandes, Beatrice Orodje, Prexy Rajendram
1) Brendan Downton 2) Vacant P) Margaret Folkes
10am Dilys Grant , Shirley Lench Phil Umerah, Wendy Abiola, Sam Jayakaram
1) Millie Lemonius, 2)Ijeoma Agbonye, P)Cath Sanderson
11.30 John Ogunbadawa, Kate Middleton, Frank Afful, Vera Onongaya, Victor Santhiapillai
1) Petrina Douglas 2) Rosa Candita Simpkins P) Thaja Ajanaku
FINANCE £665.60 standing orders £503 Many Thanks
Sat 6.30 Hugh Loughnane RIP
Sun 3rd Sunday of Advent
10.00 Joseph Monaghan RIP
11.30 Cecilia Minapo-Londeley RIP
Mon 9.15 Theresa Green RIP
Tue 9.15 Fr Thomas Keating RIP
Wed 8.50 Rosary
9.15 Siluvairaja & Theresa MMA RIP
9.40 Divine Mercy
Thur 9.15 Anton Gnanaseelan RIP
Fri 9.15am Mina Bernardi RIP
Followed by Exposition & Benediction
7pm Penitential Service
Sat 6.30 People of the Parish
Sun 4th Sunday of the Advent
10.00 Michael Herlihy (F)
11.30 Francesca C Simpkins RIP
4pm Christmas Carols
Mon Christmas Eve
9.15 Doherty & Delaney Families RIP
5pm Family Mass
7pm Mass of the vigil of Nativity
11pm Christmas Carols
12pm People of the Parish
Tues Christmas Day
10am Matt Cleary RIP
11.30am Shantini TG
New Year  thanksgiving service and Mass
At the end of the year 2018, we are going to spend an hour of adoration of the blessed sacrament in our parish to thank and praise for all God’s blessing. Holy Mass will begin at midnight to welcome the new year in a prayerful atmosphere. All welcome.
DECK THE HALLS
The Filipino community will be decorating the tree in the church today at 2.30pm and this will be followed by refreshments in Hartley Hall
For the Family Mass, kindly dress your children up like shepherds or any other characters of the crib please. They will be gathered in front of the altar during homily.
CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT
…on Sunday 23rd December at 4pm in the church. Come and sing praises then have a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie in the hall afterwards.
ALTAR SERVER’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
Saturday 22nd December 3pm-4pm in Hartley Hall.
Please add your name to the list in the Sacristy if you intend to be present for catering purposes.
YSVP CHRISTMAS DINNER
NEXT SATURDAY (22ND Dec) 7.30-9.30pm.
Tickets now available after Mass this weekend for anyone aged 11-18. £4 for a 3 course Christmas dinner, raffle,games,quiz and secret santa present. Please see one of the YSVP helpers on the door or call Phil on 07894058489.
Christmas gathering. All welcome.
Quiet space, book swap, art materials and traditional games for anyone who would like to join in. Also, small table sale 5.30pm-8pm.
The parishioners of Holy Cross, St Lawrence and St Andrew are making a pilgrimage to Walsingham on the 29th of May [Wednesday]. This is a new initiative and only 17 pilgrims are accepted from each parish. Kindly give your names to Fr Antony. First come first served!
Readers and Extraordinary Ministers Christmas Rotas.
Please sign up for ONE of the Christmas and New Year Masses. The sheet is located on the table near the Lourdes Grotto. Remember if you are ever unable to fulfil your commitment you should contact someone and arrange cover.
There have been lots of items left behind in church over the last few weeks. Anything found after masses is placed on the Lost Property trolley in the corner of the church near the Lourdes Grotto.
In today’s Gospel we hear the prophet John the Baptist being asked a profound stewardship question: “What should we do?” Each group wants to know the appropriate response to John’s call; each reply points to how they should treat others. John does not simply say, “Be baptized.” Rather, he points them to their jobs and personal relationships. John’s message is simple: judgment is near, and repentance includes treating others well. We should be willing to share what we have with those in need. To listen to John the Baptist is to be called to account. Do I give only of my excess, or am I the good steward who is willing to sacrifice in order to help others?
Home Visit by Fr Antony
Kindly complete a form kept in the Grotto Corner and online in the "Forms" section to invite Fr Antony to visit your home to bless your family and family home. Please note that the preferred date and time may not be available sometimes because of the number of requests he has been receiving.
Bible Verse to Remember:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life [John3:16].
“We Christians are called to safeguard and spread the joy of waiting: we await God who loves us infinitely and at the same time we are awaited by Him. In this way, life becomes a great betrothal,”
Today we light the third candle of the Advent. The 3rd Sunday in Advent is Gaudete Sunday (from the Latin meaning “rejoice”) which is taken from Philippians 4:4-5, the Entrance Antiphon of the day.
If you are going away please take an envelope this weekend and use it for Fr Antony’s Christmas offering.
…this year goes to ‘The Catholic Children’s Society’.