Newsletter for Week starting on the 21st July 2019 :16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - HOLY CROSS CATFORD NEWS - HOLY CROSS CHURCH CATFORD


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Newsletter for Week starting on the 21st July 2019 :16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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HOLYCROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH                                                 
208 Sangley Road
London, SE6 2JS
Tel : 020 8698 3672
Parish Secretary : Lisa O’Hara (volunteer)
Office hours : Open Weds 10am-1pm

Fr Antony Megalan Sellam
Parish Priest
Parish email :
Parish mobile:  07367 426492

Please join
Rosary:Mon Tues Thurs 9.40am  / Wed 8.50am
Chaplet of Divine  Mercy: Wed 9.40am
Parish Surgery Fri 6 pm
Confessions: Sat 6 pm

Parish Diary

Baptism Course 10-11.30am, 20th/27th July

Parish Contacts

Holy Cross Bookshop
4 Brownhill Road, Catford
Tel: 020 8461 0896

[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

Hartley Hall
Parish Community Centre
Culverley Road, SE6  2LD

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Finance: Loose £701.67   SO: £503.00
Apostleship of the Sea £196.28

Installation of the Most Reverend John Wilson: We are pleased to inform that the Diocese intends to live-broadcast the Installation of the Most Reverend John Wilson as Archbishop of Southwark from St George's Cathedral next Thursday, 25th July 2019. The aim is to enable each parishioner to engage with this important new beginning for Southwark.
The broadcast will take place via the RC Southwark YouTube Channel.  If you are not able to join this event in person, you are welcome to tune in from 11.50 am on the day (the actual service will commence at 12 noon).  All you need to do is place the following link in your browser:

Baptism Preparation Sessions: The next session is on 27th July 10am -11.30am in Hartley Hall. Please ensure you have completed and returned a Baptism Application form before that date.

Parent and Toddler Group is in need of 2 volunteers to assist from September.  The group meets on Mondays (9 – 11.30am) and Wednesdays (9 – 11.30am) term time only.  This is a very well established group and not only benefits Holy Cross but also the wider community.  Eileen would love to keep this great group open but sadly without the assistance of volunteers the group will have to close.  Those interested, please kindly contact Fr Antony.

Family Fun days – for Families
Once schools break up, the summer holidays can be a very long and isolating period for families. To help families, Holy Cross and St Andrews are running 4 Family Fun Days 11am – 3pm, during the holidays on 6th and 13th August at St Andrews Church Hall, Sandhurst Road, Catford SE6 1XD. A coach trip to the seaside on 22nd August and a Day out in a local Park on 29th August.
All events are free, lunch and drinks will be provided. Children need to be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over.
If you are interested in any or all events please email or come along to the first session on 6th August at 11am to register.

                        Family Fun Days – Parishioners
We are particularly relying on your help and support by:
Volunteering to be a helper at one of the events, for the day or part of the day.
Donating: Refreshments e.g. squash, juices, biscuits, crisps, fruit, pre-wrapped individual items.
Offering to run an activity on 6th or 13th, e.g. art/craft, pampering (for parents), Bingo, Disco.
Providing funds to support the venture.

First Holy Communion 2020: Application forms for preparation for First Reconciliation and Holy Communion are now available at the back of the church, or on the parish website. Closing date 9th September 2019.
Legion of Mary: The Legion of Mary from Lewisham will be holding its meeting on Thursday, 25th 6:30pm in Holland room, Hartley Hall. All parishioners who wish to become members of the Legion of Mary are warmly invited to join them.
The Holiday Season: Many people will be going away on holiday. If you are a reader or Lay Minister of Communion, please remember to plan ahead and arrange a substitute for your absence. Many Thanks.
On behalf of all at Ahotokurom, Ghana – please may we offer our sincere thanks to all engaged in the annual parish walk. Your loyal support over the years is greatly valued. Without you so many of our children would not have survived and developed. You are the ‘good news’ for our community. May God richly bless you all.
Requiem Mass: Please pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Clifford Aristide. His Requiem Mass will be here on Thursday 25th July at 12.30pm.  Please also pray for Catherine Ndeley whose funeral Mass will be on Friday 23 August at 12 noon. We also pray for these families at this difficult time.
                        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.  
MASS INTENTIONS:There are envelopes available in the church to request for Masses for your loved ones anniversaries, birthdays, get well wishes, exam success, thanksgiving and so on.
Today’s Gospel Relection: The Story of Jesus in the home of Martha and Mary complements the story of the Good Samaritan, which immediately precedes it in Luke's Gospel. The Samaritan is an example of how a disciple should see and act. Mary is an example of how a disciple should listen. Just as a Samaritan would not be a model for neighbourliness, so a woman would not sit with the men around the feet of a teacher. Both stories exemplify how a disciple is to fulfill the dual command which begins chapter 10 - love of God (Mary) and love of neighbour (the Samaritan). These are the two essentials of life in the kingdom.  By using the examples of a Samaritan and a woman, however, Jesus is saying something more. Social codes and boundaries were strict in Jesus' time.   Yet to love God with all one's heart and one's neighbour requires breaking those rules.

Holiday Best Wishes:  The summer holidays are upon us.  I wish you all a fabulous, fun and fulfilling break, a wonderful time with your family and friends creating memories to enjoy and cherish.  Some of you are leaving and embarking on a new chapter in your lives.  Wherever you go, we wish you every success and all the very best for much joy and happiness in your lives.  God bless you always with the warmth and the light of His love.
Bible Verse to remember: Lord, who shall dwell on your holy mountain? He who walks without fault; he who acts with justice and speaks the truth from his heart; he who does not slander with his tongue [Ps 14:2].

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