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Newsletter for Week starting on the 23rd December 2018 : 4th Sunday of Advent

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Date   22nd/23rd  Dec
208 Sangley Road
Catford, London SE6 2JS
Tel: 020 8698 3672
Part of RC Archdiocese of Southwark
Registered charity number: 1173050
The magic of Christmas is not in the presents,
but in His presence!
May the joy of Christmas and the peace which the Birth of the Saviour brings into the world be in your hearts forever- Fr Antony
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.
This 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.
Surprises of Heaven: “But it is on the night of Christmas that the biggest surprise comes: The Most High is a small child. To celebrate
Christmas, then, is to welcome the surprises of Heaven on earth” – Pope Francis.
Please sign up for ONE of the Christmas and New Year Masses, there are still lots of spaces. The sheet is located on the table near the Lourdes Grotto. Thank you if you have committed already. Remember if you are ever unable to fulfil your commitment you should contact someone and arrange cover.
A very warm welcome if you have recently moved into our parish. Do please introduce yourself to Fr. Antony and the welcomers, and complete a Parish Registration form for you and your family. You can do so online via the parish website or complete a form available in the Lourdes Grotto corner.  If you have  young children (babies to 4 year olds), do please come with them to Children’s Liturgy of the Word in Hartley Hall during the first part of the Mass, to meet other parents and families.
If you are a visiting friends or family over the Christmas holiday period, do please come and join us as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour.
REFLECTION As we draw close to the Feast of the Nativity, we hear the great stewardship proclamation twice in today’s second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews: “Behold, I come to do your will, O God!” Who is this Jesus? Who are we that we should follow him? Many want him as a friend, a guide, a king, an advocate. We long to see the face of God. Jesus reveals the nature of God, the servant sent to give us new life in Him. Take time to ponder: Do we have the courage to follow Jesus? To show others the face of God? To say to the Lord: “Behold, I come to do your will?”
Christmas Masses
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 the homily.
Christmas Eve Monday 24th  
5pm Family Mass
7pm Vigil Mass
MIDNIGHT Carols and Midnight Mass
Christmas Day
10am Tuesday 25th
11.30am Tuesday 25th
New Year’s Eve
Midnight Mass  Monday 31st December
New Year’s Day  1st January 2019
10am Mass
Mass intentions
If you would like to offer a Holy Mass for your family [for a particular intention or thanksgiving] or pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of your beloved departed ones, kindly complete a Mass request envelope found near the Children’s Corner and hand it over to Fr Antony. We, our parishioners as family, pray for your intentions.
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
            5pm Family Mass [Angela Wipp]
            7pm Mass of the vigil of Nativity
            11pm Christmas Carols
            12pm People of the Parish
Tues    Christmas Day
            10am Matt Cleary
            11.30am Shantini TG
Wed      St Stephen’s Day             
            10am Dominic & Elizabeth TG
Thur    St John. Apostle. Evangelist.
            10am Stella & Philomin TG            
Fri         Holy Innocents Martyrs
            10am John Baptiste Thomas RIP              
Sat        6.30 Mr Steve Clark RIP
Sun     Holy Family               
           10.00 Mary Monaghan RIP
           11.30 People of the Parish
Mon     10am Mary Holden
            Midnight Mass Augustine Carnell
Tues     Mary Mother of God
            10am Titus Nwachukwu RIP.
Please note: During Christmas week, we shall have morning 10am Mass [not 9.15am].
Please pray for those whom our Ministers visit with HOLY COMMUNION:
Clifford Aristide, James Barlow, Mary Barry,  Rose Calver, Bridget Doyle, Eileen Embury,  Ellesdene Edwards,  Elizabeth Marie Forde,  Elizabeth Goba, Margaret Doherty, Audrey Fitzsimmons, Theresa Harney, Peter Hughes, William Keogh, Nino Leone, Agatha Lewis, Gala Lobo Anthony Marshall,  Ivy Mulroney, Susan Murphy,   Florence Nosegbe,  Eleanor Martin, Mabel Martin, Charity Oparaji, Josephine Patterson, Rex Phillips, Anthony Renouf, Casimar Santhiapillai,Jean Scott,  Irene Stone, Bridget Sullivan, Genevieve Stanislaus, Vera Pollock, Sheila Tagg,
Patricia Vesey,  Ann Whitington,
Kindly complete a form kept in the Grotto Corner 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.
Special Ministers of Holy Communion
This weekend 4th   Sunday (22nd/23rd Dec)
 6.30pm Neville Fernandes, Beatrice Orodje, Prexy Rajendram
1)Brendan Downton 2) IsabellaVan Schslwyk  P) Margaret Folkes
10am Dilys Grant , Shirley Lench, Wendy Abiola, Sam Jayakaram
1) Millie Lemonius, 2 )Ijeoma Agbonye, P / Cath Sanderson
11.30 John Ogunbadawa, Kate Middleton, Frank Afful, Vera Onongaya,
1) Petrina Douglas2) Rosa Candita Simpkins P) Vacant
Next weekend 5th    Sunday (29th/30 Dec )
6.30pm Bridgette Laing, Chris Joyce
1)      Pat Barber, 2) , Rubi Erangey,P) Rahel Leul
10am Joe Baptiste, Caroline Cleary, Francesca Dunbar, Dilys Grant, Eta Ngobe
1) Francesca Savanmut  2) Ben Travers P) Diane Ukah   
11.30am John Ogunbadawa, John Walsh, Franck Acquibi
1) , 2) Dillon Augustin, P) *
FINANCE    £742.84 Standing orders £503.
        Many Thanks
The offerings at Christmas services will be your personal gift to Fr Antony
If you would like to see a Spanish crib then visit 69 Bargery Rd SE6 2LP on Sat 29th December between 15.00 and 18.00
…this year goes to ‘The Catholic Children’s Society’.
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!
How can I bring the Joy of Christmas to…
At least 78 homeless people died in the UK on the streets and in temporary accommodation this winter, bringing the number of recorded homeless deaths to more than 300 since 2013.
Rough sleeping has increased by 169% nationally since 2010. An estimated 4,751 people bedded down outside in 2017, but charities say the official statistics fail to capture the true level of street homelessness.
4.5 million UK children are living in poverty.

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