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Sunday 10th April 2022 : Palm Sunday

Published by AFAN in News · 8 April 2022

208 Sangley Road, Catford, London SE6 2JS
Fr Antony Megalan Sellam [Parish Priest] – 02086983672
Email: antonymegalan@rcaos.org.uk or catford@rcaos.org.uk     
Website: www.holycross-catford.org.uk

Parish Contacts
Parish Office is Open
(Tuesday and Thursday)
10am - 3pm
020 8698 3672
Josepha Flahive  
Lisa O’Hara  

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 - catfordsg2@safeguardrcaos.org.uk
Third Thursday Time TTT
Email: thirdthursdaytime@gmail.com
Hartley Hall [Tony Early]
Culverley Road, SE6  2LD

Newsletter matters to be sent to antonymegalan@rcaos.org.uk by Wednesday

Sunday 10th April 2022 : Palm Sunday

You can find the Readings from here

HOLY WEEK— Holy Week is the most sacred time in the liturgical year. It is a time of blessing and a time of cherishing God’s salvation for us all. This week in history changed the world. From Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, there were many events that are vital to our faith, including the Institution of the Eucharist, the Passion of Jesus, and His Resurrection from the dead.

Holy Week, particularly Christ’s Passion and Death, is a great reminder of God’s Love for humanity.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (paragraph 604) says: “By giving up his own Son for our sins, God manifests that his plan for us is one of benevolent love, prior to any merit on our part: “In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.” God “shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”

After two years of troubles and worries due to the Pandemic we are now able to celebrate Holy Week in a worthy manner. In our parish, we have arranged special times for prayer, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Reconciliation [Confession] and so on.

The Sacrament of Confession is a great gift given to us to experience God’s forgiving and unconditional love. There will be many priests hearing confession in our parish for three days after the 7pm Mass. Please make use of this opportunity to prepare yourself to celebrate the Paschal Feast in a worthy way. Please be an apostle to your family members and friends by bringing them to Church at this most blessed time of the year. I wish you and your family a blessed and grace-filled Holy Week.

Fr Antony

  • Our Newsletter is available by visiting our webpage with updates on how and when to register for the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation and RCIA
Please take a copy of the Newsletter home with you - please do not leave it in the church. Thank you.

  • 2nd Collection: On Friday, after the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, there will be a retiring collection for the Holy Places. The places connected with Our Lord's Passion have always been centres of veneration and pilgrimage. This Good Friday collection is sent for their upkeep, and to help maintain Christian schooling in the area.

  • Good Friday Walk of Witness: This year we begin the Good Friday Walk of Witness commemorating the Lord’s Passion by praying the Stations of the Cross through the roads of Catford beginning from St Andrews to St Laurence via Holy Cross from 9am. When the procession reaches Holy Cross church, we shall also pray the Mid-morning Prayer of the Church. We need four Cross bearers from our parish. Please join.

  • CHILDREN’S CHOIR AT HOLY CROSS We are now in training to have a children’s choir in our parish. Many thanks to Rachael Wibberley and Francisca Dunbar who came forward to help support our children in singing to the Lord. They are going to sing for the first time at the Easter Sunday 9:00am Mass. If you are still interested in your children joining them, please contact either Rachael or Francisca at catfordsupport@rcaos.org.uk Rehearsals on Saturdays at 11:30 am

  • First Holy Communion, Confirmation and RCIA for next year. Applications for are available from this week. Please collect them from Fr Antony

     Stations of the Cross: Every Friday after the 7pm Mass
     Divine Mercy Chaplet: Every Wednesday after the 9.15am


URGENT: COVID-19 Update-> Holy Cross Church is Open
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 hand sanitiser is used by everyone attending the Church.

  • Concerning face masks, some form of face covering will be required in most public indoor venues, including places of worship. However, exemptions exist for various reasons: legitimate health reasons, as has always been the case.

  • 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.

  • That people who are engaged in a form of pastoral ministry which involves ministry to the housebound, sick, and vulnerable, should take regular lateral flow tests to ensure they are safe to do so. These are free from the NHS.

  • The Holy Mass is offered everyday  via Livestream

  • Diamond Club Magazine is available here

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