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Parish Priest

Fr. Antony Megalan Sellam
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Parish Office
Josepha Flahive   [secretary]
Lisa O’Hara   [volunteer]
Hartley Hall
[Angela Allen]
Culverley Road,
Email: hartleyhall@
Franciscan   Sisters of the Immaculate
Holy Cross Bookshop [02034418240]
4 Brownhill Road, Catford

Holy Cross School [020 8698   2675]
Executive   Headteacher:Miss Mary Collins
St   Vincent De Paul      07835 188411
Safeguarding Line       07598 524024

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Newsletter matters to be sent to antonymegalan@rcaos.org.uk by Wednesday.

We are part of the Lewisham Deanery and a parish of Archdiocese of Southwark
Please take a  look inside our Church.

Whenever we come into the presence of God in this holy church of
Holy Cross - Catford,we experience both invisible communion with God
and visible communion with each other. For more than a century, this beautiful church has been a spiritual power House for people
to have shared in this invisible and visible communion.
Please come and taste this unconditional love of God and to experience this friendly atmosphere in our Holy Cross parish.
Fr Antony

Sunday 13th June 2021 : 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

You can find the Readings from here

COVID SECURITY GUIDELINES – UPDATE FROM THE DIOCESE: Following the recent changes in the regulations from the Government, the Diocese has issued updated guidelines for continued safe and covid-secure worship in the church.

Dear Parishioner,
I hope you are enjoying the sunshine this Spring and are eagerly looking forward to the easing of all restrictions. It will be a great time for us to sing and praise the Lord again soon as we used to do as God’s community. From the beginning of the Pandemic, we have not been able to have our singing, children’s liturgy, gatherings... the church is half empty now due to the 1m restrictions. The Pandemic taught us the lessons of isolation, restrictions, lockdowns, fears, pains, loss and deaths... And now it is a time for us to have a great reset... - a reset in our personal life...to set our feet towards Jesus Christ and to change our way of life to have a peaceful and meaning life with our fellow human beings and with nature. - a reset in our community life...to establish God’s Kingdom in our midst [Luke 17:21]. In order to achieve this vision in our parish and in our community, we are planning to create parish teams for Catechesis, Formation and Evangelisation. If you feel a call to join in these initiatives, please talk to me. May the Almighty God bless us and our people as we are getting ready for this reset. Fr Antony


  • 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 always keep 1m distance between families/people/bubbles inside and outside the church. Please note: Keeping 1m distance is your responsibility and the Welcome Ministers are there to support you.
  2. Please wear a face mask at all times, unless you are exempt.
  3. Please ensure you sanitise your hands as you enter and leave the church.
  4. 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.
  1. Baptism Congratulations: Last Saturday 5th June we baptised Emmanuel Chisom Opara, the son of Cajetan and Annatasia. On Sunday 6th June those at the 11.30 Mass witnessed the Baptism of Jacobo Alonso Lopez, son of Enrique and Fatima. Many congratulations to Emmanuel and Jacobo and their parents from all at Holy Cross.
  2. First Holy Communion: There will be two Masses for the children to receive their First Holy Communion - Saturday, July 17th and Saturday July 24th, both at 10.00 a.m. Please keep the children in your prayers. First Holy Communion Celebration for Both the 2020 And 2021 Children: In September this year, we will have the final sessions and celebration for the children who received this Sacrament in both 2020 and 2021. The dates for each session will be given nearer the time. All the children will be presented with their certificates at that time.
  3. Confirmation: The next session will take place on the 19thJune at 5pm in Hartley Hall. The catechises will be given by Ossie and Margaret Folkes.

  • Holy Mass from Saturday 26th June: Fr Antony and one other Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharistic will be distributing the Holy Sacrament at all weekend Masses. Parishioners can return to their seats to receive the final blessings. Please follow the guidance of the Welcome Ministers as you leave. You may remain in the church for your personal prayers for a short time, up to 5 minutes when a bell will be rung, as the church will need to be sanitised.

  • Altar Servers: A message for all those who would like to return to their mission as Altar Servers AND for those who would like to become Altar Servers, please collect a form from Fr Antony after any Mass.

  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: It was good to see you all renew the commitment to your ministry last weekend – my congratulations to you all. Many thanks to those of you who joined the zoom meeting, and for your valuable input. I will follow up on the points raised and will be in touch again soon before the weekend of 26th June, when we hope to reintroduce your participation at Mass. In addition, we would like to restart making home visits.

  • Message for School Parents: Once you have dropped off your children, please can you not stay outside the church. You are very welcome to come into the church for quiet prayer before Mass, which starts at 9.15am, Monday to Thursday.

  • Thank you! A big thank you to our Holy Cross Social Hospitality Team who provided a tasty spread of delicious food for the priests at the Deanery meeting held earlier this week. Your smiling faces and friendly services contributed a lot to ensure our enjoyment. Thank you!

  • 9 pm for Night Prayer Everyday: 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.

  • Virtual Meeting with Fr Antony via Zoom: If you would like to speak to Fr Antony, please use the undernoted link, on Thursday this week from 10am. If there is someone before you, please wait in the Zoom Waiting Room. Meeting ID: 7578777461; Passcode: 20212021

  • According to the guidelines of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales [Vade Mecum for Holy Week 2021], we follow the following at Holy Cross.
This year, the Celebrations for Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum will be in the presence of Christ’s faithful. This differs from the situation faced last year when acts of public worship were suspended because of the covid-19 pandemic.
Please remember that we follow...
  1. The wearing of face coverings in church by the faithful (unless the person has a valid exemption from this regulation)
  2. Social distancing of people within the church building
  3. Frequent hand cleansing with sanitiser
  4. Good ventilation of the church building to refresh the air quality within
  5. Cleaning of the church building after each act of public worship
  6. The timely dispersing of the faithful after the acts of worship avoiding congregating in car parks or on the streets outside the church.


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    Monday and Friday:
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    Tel: 020 8698 3672

    Parish Priest : antonymegalan@rcaos.org.uk

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