HOLY CROSS CHURCH
208 Sangley Road
Catford, London, SE6 2JS
Tel: 020 8698 3672
Part of RC Archdiocese of Southwark
Registered charity number: 1173050
Parish Priest: Fr Doug Bull
Saturday: 6.30pm Vigil Mass
Sunday: 10.00am & 11.30am
Reconciliation: Saturday 6pm
PARISH COMMUNITY CENTRE
Culverley Road, SE6 2LD
Tel: 020 8698 3672
Our Lady, help of Christians, Beulieu, Grenada
The Community of Ahotokurom, Ghana
Mrs Mary Baldwin
Tel: 020 8698 3672
HOLY CROSS SCHOOL
Headteacher: Miss Mary Collins
Tel: 020 8698 2675 Fax: 020 8697 7137
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : www.holycross.lewisham.sch.uk
St Vincent De Paul Number
Special Ministers of Holy Communion
This weekend 3rd Sunday (16th/17th Dec )
6.30pm Pat Healy, Bridgette Laing , Chris Joyce
1) Jenushan Justin 2) Daniell Evan P) Maureen Gabriel
10am Gwen Williams, Marian Perez, Francisca Dunbar, Elena Travers, Marco Munoz.
1st Gillian Yip, 2nd Rob Dunbar, P Bina Augustin
11.30am Debo Akinbode, Pat Ellis ,Barbara Heathcote, Phil Loughnane, Vacant.
1) Vacant 2nd Merlyn Clark, P Mitchelle Mbaeri
Next weekend 4th Sunday ( 24th/25th )
6.30pm Denise Coutino, Beatrice Orodje, Prexy Rajendram
1) Vacant 2) Vacant P) Margaret Folkes
10am Dilys Grant , Shirley Lench Phil Umerah Victor Santhiapillai, Wendy Abiola.
1) Millie Lemonius, 2)Brendan Downton P Scouts / Cath Sanderson
11.30 John Ogunbadawa, Kate Middleton, Frank Afful, Vera Onongaya
1) Petrina Douglas2) Rosa Candita Simpkins P) Vacant
FINANCE £1384.10 Grenada £84.10 Many Thanks
Sat 6.30 Christopher & Christina Rajendram
Sun 3rd Sunday of Advent (16th/17th Dec)
10.00 Ann-Marie Doyle RIP (Doyle)
11.30 Dilys & Bill Meadow RIP (Lewis)
Mon 9.15 Theresa Green RIP (Hubbard)
Tue 9.15 Jim Gallagher RIP (Gallagher)
Wed 8.50 Rosary
9.15 Myra Hannon TG (Allen)
9.40 Divine Mercy
7pm Penitential Service
Thur 9.15 Mina Bernardi RIP
Fri 7.30pm Exposition of the Blessed
8pm Michael Herlihy RIP (F)
Sat 6.30 Francesca Candita Simpkins RIP
Sun 4th Sunday of Advent (24th /25th)
10.00 Theresa Green RIP (Hubbard)
11.30 Private Intention (Baldwin)
Christmas Eve (24th Dec)
6.30pm TG Our Lady (Rajendram)
Midnight Mass Joe Czanowski (O’Connell)
The Nativity of our Lord (25th Dec)
10am Matt Cleary RIP (Cleary)
11.30am Mary Monaghan RIP
There will be no coffee morning this Sunday in order to the hall for our charity Christmas concert at 4pm.
IT’S FINALLY HERE
Our Ghana fundraising nativity and concert is on this Sunday, 17th December at 4 pm.
Cost £5 adults and £1 children.
Tickets obtained from stewards after masses A chance to share in the nativity with Carols and readings and more delivered by our talented parishioners. Children welcome to dress up as their favourite nativity character. Seasonal refreshments available on Hartley Hall after the concert. If you can’t make the concert you can still support the event by buying a raffle ticket.
Top prize is a luxury Christmas hamper. £1 for a strip of tickets.
IT’S A BUSY TIME
Next weekend it is the usual Sunday services and goes straight into Christmas
with the usual Christmas services also beginning on Sunday evening. Please take away one of the sheets to stick on your fridge.
Please note there is NO Mass on St Stephen’s Day this year.
The Christmas Day offering collection is your personal gift to Fr Doug. Please put your offerings in the offertory basket at Christmas OR drop it in at any time to the presbytery.
If you wish to GIFT AID your offering then please write on the envelope
1) I wish to Gift Aid the enclosed donations
2) Sign it and write your name and address
READERS AND SPECIAL MINISTERS
Please write your names down for Christmas services. Lists are in the Sacristy.
THE CATFORD PARISH SVP GROUP
Wish to thank staff, pupils and parents of Holy Cross School for their generous donations to Christmas hampers for local people, and Mini Vinnies for preparing them so beautifully. Thanks also to pupils at Christ the King College for their kind donations, which are very much appreciated.
FLOWERS FOR CHRISTMAS
If you would like to contribute towards the flowers for Christmas there is a box in the wall next to the Sangley Rd porch. Your generosity is appreciated.
BAPTISMAL PREPARATION CLASSES
The next one will be in January. Please complete an application form (these are situated at the back of the church). Attach a COPY of the long version of your child’s BIRTH certificate and a copy of your own baptism certificate and submit it to the parish office.
READERS DAY LEE.
Advance notice:- Lewisham Deanery is holding a Formation Day for Readers on Saturday 27th January 2018, 9.30am -1 2.30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Lee, both experienced and those thinking about taking on this important Ministry are warmly invited. More information and booking details closer to the time.
DAY OF PRAYER AND RECOLLECTION
Save the date, 7th July 2018 Convent of St Andrews Belmont Hill (Very Advanced notice, more details closer to the time.)
In today’s second reading Paul concludes his letter to the Christian community at Thessalonica by providing it with actions to take as they wait for the return of the
Lord. The first action is to rejoice always and give thanks in all circumstances. This sounds easy but it’s not. The two words that make this task difficult are “always” and
“all”. This means giving thanks and rejoicing even when our circumstances are not always moments of joy and thanksgiving, or when we are confronted with a broken
world. Prayerful stewards rejoice and give thanks in all circumstances because they are people of hope. A good refection this week would be how the season of Advent can give you reason to hope.
…Father may use the ‘I confess’ and the words are here…
I confess to almighty God
And to you, my brothers and sisters,
That I have greatly sinned,
In my thoughts and in my words,
In what I have done and what I have failed to do,
And, striking their breast, they say
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
Then they continue:
Therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
All the Angels and Saints,
And you, my brothers and sisters,
To pray for me to the Lord or God.
Please note, the penitential service will be here at 7pm on WEDNESDAY 20th December at 7pm NOT Tuesday as advertised in last week’s newsletter.