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Sunday 24th April 2022 : Divine Mercy Sunday

Published by AFAN in News · 22 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

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Sunday 24th April 2022 : Divine Mercy Sunday

You can find the Readings from here

The Gospel today celebrates Jesus’ appearance to the apostles as well as the coming of the Holy Spirit.

The Apostles were huddled behind locked doors “for fear of the Jews”. There they were: immobilised with fear, terrified that they might be next. They were also guilt-ridden for having abandoned Jesus so miserably.

Jesus came through the locked door and stood before them. We might expect Jesus - who was betrayed by Judas, denied three times by Peter, and abandoned by all except John - to ’have a go at them’, the men he had called “friends” at the Last Supper. Some friends! His greeting however was “Shalom”. He repeated it – perhaps because of the startled looks on his Apostles’ faces when he did not censure or denounce them.

This one word, means simply ‘Peace’. However it is more than that Peace can be dictated but Shalom has to be by mutual agreement? A Peace Treaty can be made but Shalom is the condition of peace. Peace can be partial but Shalom is whole.

The apostles’ experience of forgiveness in todays’ Gospel keeps us rooted in Jesus who forgave his apostles without condition and forgives us the same way. With his loving forgiveness and its effect on us, he sends forth his disciples and us to preach and to practice what we preach
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.

  • Money Matters (Loose Collections)
Poor Fund (Maundy Thursday): £350
Holy Places (Good Friday): £475
Easter Vigil & Easter Sunday offering: £2040
Thank you all for your kindness and generosity.

  • Second Collection: This Sunday there will be a second collection for the maintenance of Saint George’s Cathedral.

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


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.

  • 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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