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Sunday 3rd April 2022 : 5th Sunday of Lent

Published by AFAN in News · 2 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 3rd April 2022 : 5th Sunday of Lent

You can find the Readings from here

Today’s Gospel shows Jesus being tested. Was he going to uphold the laws of Moses and allow the woman to be stoned, and thereby be seen as a ‘Good Jew’, but at the same time lose some of his standing as a compassionate man, or would he uphold the Roman prohibition banning the local Jewish custom of capital punishment for those caught in adultery?

Also he probably noticed that only the woman was brought before him but the capital punishment was equally applicable to the man who was caught committing adultery! Was this a double standard?

Jesus turned it all on its head by finding a third way. Jesus just said ‘If there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’ and went back to drawing in the sand. By giving the crowd time to ponder on his words and not being drawn into an argument on the rights and wrongs of Jewish laws or Roman bans, he gave them time to realise their hypocrisy and they went away.

Jesus then, by his refusing to condemn the woman but also refusing to ignore her sin left open the possibility for her to accept him, a forgiving person, as mentor. The woman could thereby enter a new path, a personal relationship with our Lord. He maintained the delicate balance of forgiving the sinner while not condoning the sin: “From now on, do not commit sin.”

Fr Antony

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Please take a copy of the Newsletter home with you - please do not leave it in the church. Thank you.

  • PALM SUNDAY: Next week is Palm Sunday. On this day, the Church recalls the entrance of Christ the Lord into Jerusalem to accomplish the Paschal Mystery.
  1. The church will be decorated with Palms
  2. If you have palm trees in your Garden, kindly bring them with pots or bring some branches to church on Saturday morning [2 April 2022]. Catherine Sanderson and team will decorate the church with palms this year.

  • 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

  • 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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