Newsletter for Week starting on the 25th August 2019 : 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - HOLY CROSS CATFORD NEWS - HOLY CROSS CHURCH CATFORD


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Newsletter for Week starting on the 25th August 2019 : 21st 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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24th/25th August 2019 [21st Sunday in Ordinary Time]

Parish Contacts
Parish Office: Lisa O’Hara  , 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 £565.10  SO: £483.00

Newsletter matters to be sent to by Wednesday.

From Bishop Patrick’s Pastoral Visit Report: …Parishioners at Holy Cross come from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds e.g. Britain and Ireland, Granada, St. Lucia and other islands in the Carribean, Sri Lanka and India, Nigeria, Ghana and other parts of West Africa, Italy and Spain and more recently from Eastern Europe particularly from Poland.  While this changing profile of the parish is very noticeable in the school, the parish of Holy Cross is an excellent example of how a parish community can reach out to, welcome, integrate in a very practical way people of different social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds in the life and mission of the Church.  This ever-changing cultural diversity of parishioners is a great gift to the parish of Holy Cross but is also a continuous challenge.  One of the challenges identified during the parish meeting was to find ways through which the spiritual traditions of the different cultural communities might be celebrated and shared and thus create a greater mutual understanding and unity in the parish…

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

Want to become a Catholic or to find more about our faith? The RCIA Programme (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), starts on 30th September at 7.30pm in Hartley Hall. 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!
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
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.  To include anyone’s name kindly contact Lesley Allen:
If you are sick at home and would like Holy Communion brought to you, please give your name, address and telephone number to Fr. Antony or Lesley Allen and a Eucharistic Minister will get in touch with you. Also, if you are aware of a parishioner who is housebound or ill please let us know. If you are in the hospital and wish to speak to a priest, please ask the staff to contact the Catholic Chaplain.

Family Fun Day: The final Family Fun Day is on Thursday 29th August in Mountsfield Park between 11am and 3pm.  It is open to all children and parents. Either come for the whole session or drop-in for a shorter time.  Meet near the Bandstand, look out for a Gazebo with a HOLY CROSS sign. Please bring your own sandwiches but snacks will be provided.

Diocesan Day for Catechists: At St George’s Cathedral Southwark on Saturday 28th September. This Day is for all the Catechists of the diocese, including those involved in Children’s Liturgy of the Word and the RCIA process. The Day runs from Coffee and arrival at 10.30 until the Commissioning Mass which starts at 4pm. If you have never been to a Catechists Day take the opportunity to be commissioned by his Grace
Archbishop John Wilson, our newly installed archbishop. Sandwich lunch provided. Please see Fr Antony or Ossie Folkes if you are interested.

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 29th August and 12th September at 7.30pm, in the church. Please come and join us.
GCSE Exam Results: Lots of our young people will be receiving their results now. Many congratulations to you all. Some of you will be relieved and overjoyed, some of you might be feeling disappointed. Notwithstanding the results, we wish you all the best and every happiness in your future endeavours, and we will remember you in our prayers as you start your new journey.  May God bless you always.
Congregation for Catholic Education: “Male and Female He Created Them:” In the midst of ongoing debate about human gender identity, many Catholics are seeking guidance from the Church in relation to the challenges that emerge within modern society today. The Congregation for Catholic Education has produced a document to help Catholics in their understanding of Catholic teaching, to remain open to dialogue on gender, without embracing the secular ideology surrounding it. For the online copy use the link below or order a 2019 copy from
Live Streaming: Our parish will routinely provide live streaming of Mass, especially the 11.30am Mass on Sundays, from September. For the time being, only the sanctuary will be seen in the streaming. This can be zoomed out till the first pew when we celebrate weddings, Baptism, funerals and so on. This will be a great help for those housebound, parishioners now living in other parts of the world and fo those family members whose beloved ones’ sacraments are celebrated here in Holy Cross. To access this, kindly log on to our parish website or click:
R.I. P: Kindly pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Thomas Egan whose funeral service will be at Hither Green Crematorium  on Tuesday 3 September at 1.45pm, and for Ellen Deborah Parsons whose funeral Mass will be on on Friday 11th September at 1.45pm. May they rest in peace.
Want to receive any certificate from the Parish Office? Kindly bring your proof of address: Our diocese advises as follows: It would be required to have the person requesting the certificates show a form of ID. This would demonstrate compliance with preventing potential third party access to personal information and that we are taking security measures seriously. Something like a driving licence or a utility bill to ensure personal details match the ones on the ID shown would be a good idea. Some form of ‘check’ needs to be undertaken prior to any personal information being given out.

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