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Newsletter for week starting on the 30th December 2018 : Holy Family

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Date 29th/30th Dec  
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
Monday-Thursday : 9.15am
Friday 8pm
Saturday:  6.30pm Vigil Mass
Sunday: 10.00am & 11.30am
Reconciliation: Saturday 6pm
Culverley Road, SE6 2LD
Tel: 020 8698 3672
Mrs Mary Baldwin
Tel: 020 8698 3672
Headteacher: Miss Mary Collins
Tel: 020 8698 2675  Fax: 020 8697 7137
Email :
Website :
St Vincent De Paul Number 07835188411
Safeguarding Line 07598524024
Special Ministers of Holy Communion
This weekend  5th Sunday (29th/30th 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, Vacant for today
1) Francesca Savanmut 2) Frances Travers P) Diane Ukah
11.30  John Ogunbadewa  John Walsh, Franck Anguibi
1) Vacant, 2) Dillon Augustin, P) Vacant
Next weekend 1st Sunday (5th/6th Jan)
6.30pm Lesley Allen, Pat Monaghan,
1)Malcolm Jonesm 2) Eunice Conroy P) Pat Barber
10am Iotha Lorde, Marigold Okor, Kathleen O’Sullivan, Shirine Sukhran, Rafel Skrzyp.
1) Amos Kong 2) Frances Travers P) Kesia Palmer
11.30am Jude Ibe, Anne Mellis, Cynthia Myers, Franck Anguibi, Vacant.
1) Ngozi Adedj, 2) Lisa O’Hara 3) Vacant
I would like to thank you for all your cards, good wishes and gifts over Christmas and your generous Christmas offering - Fr Antony
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 People of the Parish
Tues     Mary Mother of God
           10am Titus Nwachukwu RIP
           Midnight Mass People of the Parish            
Wed     Sts Basil and Gregory
           8.50 Rosary
           9.15 Virginia Teresa Desousa
           9.40 Divine Mercy
Thur    Most Holy Name of Jesus
           9.15 Margaret Jones RIP (St Joseph’s)
           9.40 Rosary
Fri        7.30 Exposition & Benediction
            8pm Virginia Soromenho               
Sat       6.30 David Champ RIP (Baldwin)
Sun      Epiphany of the Lord  
           10.00 Ann Nelligan
           11.30 Gino & Rita Biasi
New Year [2019] 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.
As we are welcoming the New Year 2019, we also look back and give thanks for the joys of the old and permit me to say a few words of thanks on behalf of you all.
to our Altar Servers and the Parish M.C.s, our Catechist teams for Baptism, First Holy Communion & Reconciliation, Confirmation, Children’s Liturgies, and the RCIA course, our Cantors at mass, the Choir, our truly dedicated Organists and the Band, all the Church Cleaners and Maintainers, the Christmas Tree Decorators, the Sunday Coffee organisers, our Collection Takers and Counters,  the Crib Builder, the helpers that carry the statues for the crib, the school ‘signing-in’ helpers,  the Database updater, the Deanery Pastoral Council rep, the Diamond Club Leader and Helpers team, our Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors, the Flower Ladies, the Gift Aid Organiser, the Hartley Hall Committee, Parent & Toddler leader and helpers, Parish Administrator, the parish Registers keeper, the Parish Pastoral Council, the Sacristans, our School Headteachers, Staff and Governors, the Parish Treasurer, our Readers at mass, the Readers co-ordinator, the SVP, our Ushers at mass, the Union of Catholic Mothers, Website Manager and all who lead and take part in our Prayer Groups and the :   - Indeed a big THANK YOU to everyone who helps to carry the mission of our Parish in Catford forward (including those I may have accidentally missed out in this list!!).
What Makes a Family Holy? – Pope Francis
1. First: the family prays.…
I would like to ask you, dear families: Do you pray together from time to time as a family?  …Praying the Our Father together, around the table, is not something extraordinary: it’s easy. And praying the Rosary together, as a family, is very beautiful and a source of great strength!  And also praying for one another! The husband for his wife, the wife for her husband, both together for their children, the children for their grandparents….praying for each other.  This is what it means to pray in the family and it is what makes the family strong: prayer.
2. Next, the family keeps the faith.
Here too, we can ask: How do we keep our faith as a family? Christian families are missionary families. …They are missionary in everyday life, in their doing everyday things, as they bring to everything the salt and the leaven of faith! Keeping the faith in families and bringing to everyday things the salt and the leaven of faith.
3. And finally: the family experiences joy.
Dear families, you know very well that the true joy which we experience in the family is not superficial; it does not come from material objects, from the fact that everything seems to be going well…  True joy comes from a profound harmony between persons, something which we all feel in our hearts and which makes us experience the beauty of togetherness, of mutual support along life’s journey.  But the basis of this feeling of deep joy is the presence of God, the presence of God in the family and his love, which is welcoming, merciful, and respectful towards all.  And above all, a love which is patient: patience is a virtue of God and he teaches us how to cultivate it in family life, how to be patient, and lovingly so, with each other. To be patient among ourselves. A patient love.  God alone knows how to create harmony from differences.  But if God’s love is lacking, the family loses its harmony, self-centredness prevails and joy fades.  But the family which experiences the joy of faith communicates it naturally. That family is the salt of the earth and the light of the world, it is the leaven of society as a whole.
Reflection Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
The ultimate aim of Saint Paul’s Letter to the Colossians is to teach the community how to deepen its relationship with Christ Jesus. His list of virtues summarizes the ideals of communal stewardship: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. For Paul, practicing these virtues opens our hearts to Christ as individuals and as a worshipping community. This is how the Christian community ought to live. This is how its members should behave in their dealings with others, particularly with fellow believers. As we approach the New Year, how might we embrace one of these virtues more fully in order to deepen our relationship with Jesus?
Happy New Year 2019
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.”
The joy and peace of the Lord be always with you! - Fr Antony
..those who have died, namely David Gabriel. David was the brother of Desmond, husband of Donna and father of Christopher.
Also, Eileen Kelly who was Mary Baldwin’s sister. May the rest in peace.
Please get your school form to the parish office by Friday 4th January in order to get it signed before Fr Antony goes away.

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