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Sunday 10th Oct 2021 : 28th Sunday in Ordinary time

Published by AFAN in News · 9 October 2021

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
(Monday and Friday)
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 Oct 2021 : 28th Sunday in Ordinary time

You can find the Readings from here

Three Years in Holy Cross

I am glad to inform you that today marks the 3rd anniversary of me being at Holy Cross, Catford. On 10 October 2018 I arrived in Catford with a broken knee and broken ribs following the unfortunate car accident I was involved in early September. I gratefully remember your prayers and support in that time of need.
Over the 36 months, almost half of the time has been spent in the Coronavirus Pandemic. It was a bleak and uncertain time for us, however, we did not waste the time doing nothing. We took the opportunity to do all the necessary building works and took care of one another, especially the needy. Every morning throughout the Pandemic, an eight minute Morning Blessing was recorded and sent to more than 1000 people and we have continued doing the 9pm Monestary [the Night Prayer of the Church] via Zoom.
It has been a great blessing during the lockdowns that the Mass was livestreamed everyday and the recorded Mass was sent to people via the social media. The livestream is still available for the housebound. Please use this link to view and participate in the Mass and the celebration of the sacraments: Angelcam | Live video from Holy Cross Stream camera (click2stream.com)

What is Next?
Just before the Pandemic, our Parish Council members stepped down after completing their term. We gratefully remember all their commitment and goodwill. A few had served more than 20 years as members of the Parish Council. We shall honour them in due course in our parish after the Pandemic is over.
Now it is time for us to have a new Parish Council. According to the diocesan guidelines, we will also have teams for Formation, Catechises and Evangelisation.
The members have been chosen for these teams and now they are ready to begin. If anyone would like to join, please put your name forward or suggest anyone who is willing to serve in this role.
Once again, many thanks for your prayers, friendship and support these last three years. It has been a hectic time for me as a lot of time was spent on the building works. I hope and pray that it will again become a hectic time to reinvigorate our Parish community. With the help of God and the support of God’s people, we can build God’s kingdom in our midst.

Please be assured of my warmest best wishes and prayers

Yours in Christ
Fr Antony

  • Please Remember: The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary

  • We plan to begin the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after the Mass every Tuesday from this Advent.                                                          
  • Parish Surgery: This coming week the Parish Office will be open on Tuesday and Friday, 10:00am to 3:00pm

  • APPEAL: The Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver will be in our Parish to sell their Mission Calendars this week end on 9h /10th October 2021. Having a Mission Calendar is a way of reminding ourselves all the year round of our duty to sustain the missions by our prayer and sacrifice. Please help the sisters generously.

  • RCIA: Welcome also to those practicing Catholics interested in sharing their faith with others, and those NEW to the Catholic Church who are interested to learn more. The RCIA program will continue from the first Saturday in October through to next June 2022. You are all most welcome to come along to Hartley Hall each Saturday after the 6:30pm Mass and find out more - Refreshments and enrolment forms will be available.

  • Catechises, Formation and Evangelization Teams in Holy Cross: anyone who would like to join these teams, please contact 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.


URGENT: COVID-19 Update-> Holy Cross Church is OPEN
COVID SECURITY GUIDELINES : Following the recent changes(Monday 19 July) 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 Covid-19 Route Map - Step 4

  • 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

  • Until the End of the Pandemic:
  1. Please ensure you sanitise your hands as you enter and leave the church.
  2. 9pm for Night Prayer [every day except Saturday]: In this Pandemic, let us pray together as God’s family and receive His blessings before going to sleep.
   Please invite your family also to join prayer. Meeting ID: 7578777461; Passcode: 20212021.

  • The Holy Mass is offered everyday  via Livestream
  • Diamond Club Magazine is available here

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