HOLY CROSS CHURCH
New Mass time from the first of September to the End of the Pandemic Covid -19
Please note, that in order to help those parishioners who are not able to come to church in the evening, we shall be celebrating Holy Mass on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from the beginning of September, and whilst the attendance figures remain low, there will be no Sunday evening Mass at 7pm.
Please find below the new Mass times which will take effect from 1st September to the end of the Pandemic:
Monday – 7pm;
Tuesday – 9.15am;
Wednesday – 9.15am;
Thursday – no Mass for the Public;
Friday – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the sacrament of
Reconciliation at 7pm and the Holy Mass at 7.30pm;
Saturday – 7pm [Vigil Mass];
Sunday – 9am and 11.30am. On Sundays, a Holy Mass will be available for
the housebound and sent to people via WhatsApp.
All Masses are also available on live-stream.
The obligation to participate in Sunday Mass remains suspended.
Where possible, please try to attend a weekday Mass to ensure Sunday attendance remains manageable.
Toilet facilities in churches should remain closed to prevent any risk of transmission of infection.
From today we shall be following the Diocesan guidelines at Holy Cross: during the Communion procession, “... communicants are stewarded forward in an orderly manner to receive Holy Communion, and then immediately leave the Church.
Currently only 20% of our parishioners are coming to church and as there is no offertory collection, we would ask you to consider making your offerings via Standing Order or Donorbox. Standing Order forms are available at the entrance of the church and the link to the Donorbox is:
o Repaired the ceiling of the church
o Installed new audio equipment in Hartley Hall
o Renovated the Sacristy and laid a new ceramic floor
o Repaired the Church roof in a few places
o Re-pointed the brickwork where needed
o Repaired the storage areas and installed 3 UPVC doors
o Polished, renewed, electroplated and lacquered the six big century old candle stands and two antique crosses, and bought four new processional candle holders with stands
o Installed two noticeboards and a First-Aid Box
o And, we are going to install a new kitchen in Hartley Hall and repair the Hartley Hall office.
The RCIA will restart before Christmas, if you have someone in your family or social circle who might be interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church do please speak to Fr Antony about it. The RCIA is also for Catholics who want to find out a bit more about their faith. Speak to Fr Antony if you are interested.
Sacrament of Confirmation 2020: The final session [the Gifts of the Holy Spirit] will be held on 30th
Wednesday at 6.30pm in the church and the celebration of the Sacrament will be 13th and 14th October at
6.30pm and 17th October at 10am and 18th October at 5pm. More information to follow
Sick Visits and Visiting the Housebound: I am on call to Lewisham Hospital on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If anyone is admitted there and would like me visit them, please do let me know. If you are housebound and would like to receive Holy Communion, please give me a call  as I am now able to do home visits, and I will be happy to support you
Remember them: We shall be celebrating a Requiem Mass on 26 September for all who died during this Pandemic. Families of the deceased can also ask for a special Mass for their beloved ones.
Entry into Mass will be on a first come first served basis, and where the maximum number is met, those awaiting entry shall be asked to kindly attend an alternative Mass.
Face Mask: The one-meter distance rule applies and all parishioners (excluding very young children) are required to wear a face mask and to sanitise their hands.
United in Christ we are never alone,