HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH
208 Sangley Road, Catford, London SE6 2JS
Fr Antony Megalan Sellam [Parish Priest] – 02086983672
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Parish Office is Open
(Tuesday and Thursday)
10am - 3pm
020 8698 3672
Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate
Holy Cross Bookshop, 020 3441 8240
Holy Cross School
[020 8698 2675]
Miss Mary Collins
St Vincent De Paul [SVP] 07835 188411
Safeguarding Line 07598 524024
Pat Barber and Kate Cleevely - firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Thursday Time TTT
Hartley Hall [Tony Early]
Culverley Road, SE6 2LD
Newsletter matters to be sent to email@example.com by Wednesday
Sunday 05th June 2022 : Pentecost
You can find the Readings from here
This weekend we celebrate one of the “big three” solemnities in the liturgical year: Pentecost. Pentecost stands alongside Jesus’ birth and resurrection. It is not as popular or even known among non-churchgoers as are the other two because our society has not made it a day for giving/receiving gifts or eggs. Pentecost is 100% spiritual; zero material payback.
The main difference between the disciples before and after the Pentecost experience is not the flames dancing on their heads or the wondrous communication skills they gained. Pentecost is fundamentally the revelation of the Third Person of the Triune God. It is also a story about the disciples’ courage, the overcoming of their fear of being arrested and their fear of those who might angrily, even murderously, protest their proclaiming of the message of Christ.
We can choose either to allow ourselves to live in fear or to live in faith; that is, have a complete trust in God the Father - just as Jesus did. We can courageously approach life one day at a time. Spirit-driven courage makes our approach to living a challenge, not a dread. We can step up and face a world full of fearsome things and also recognise, first and foremost, the wind and the fire of God in our souls because it is already there, waiting.
Come, Holy Spirit – enkindle in our hearts the fire of your love and the courage to use our God-given gifts to spread the Good News.
Please take a copy of the Newsletter home with you - please do not leave it in the church. Thank you.
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: In order to prepare ourselves to celebrate the solemnity of Pentecost and to be replenished with the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit, we shall have prayers and the adoration 30 minutes before all this weekend Masses
- School Signing In: If you have children of school age who require a parish priest reference for their school application, please note that from Saturday 21st May you will need to complete the signing in sheets that will be available at the school side entrance only, every week after
- Sacrament of Confirmation: Our young people are going to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday the 12th June 2022. We will have an additional Mass on that day at 1.30pm. Please keep them in your prayers. Applications are available for those who wish to be confirmed next year. From this year, we will also include year 8 students, meaning to say if you are now studying in year 7, you can now receive the application form from Fr Antony
- Mass Intentions:There are several unfilled slots for Mass Intentions going forward. If you wish to have a loved one remembered or celebrate another occasion please let the Parish Office know at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out a brown Mass Intention Envelope which is available in the side porch, and hand to any of the Welcome Ministers. Thank you
- Application Forms – 2022/23: The application forms for First Holy Communion, Confirmation and RCIA for next year, will be available from Monday 23rd May. Please collect the forms you require from Fr Antony after any of the weekday Masses. The deadline to submit your application form will be 23rd July. All programmes are due to start in September 2022.
- Films :Hartley Hall it has been suggested that we could hold ‘Film Nights’. Suggestions for suitable timings, films that could be shown and anything else please contact Fr Antony.
OUR PARISH RESPONSE TO COVID 19 PANDEMIC - Updates
COVID SECURITY GUIDELINES : Following the recent changes(Friday 10 dec) in the regulations from the Government, the parish has issued updated guidelines for continued safe and covid-secure worship in the church.The latest document is Guidances for Churches December 2021
- Please note that the Mass times have been reviewed : See below (Mass Times and Intentions)
All the Masses will be live-streamed: https://holy-cross-stream.click2stream.com
- With respect to the current situation with the omicron variant it is important to ensure the following points are followed in our churches:
That people displaying any symptoms of covid-19 should stay at home and not travel to church or participate in person.
- That there is good ventilation and air throughput in the building; in this case, because of climatic conditions, please do wrap up warmly when coming to the church as we may need to leave doors open.
- The Holy Mass is offered everyday via Livestream
- Diamond Club Magazine is available here