The prophet Jeremiah minces no words in today’s first reading: “Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings ... whose heart turns away from the LORD.” And the prophet’s “beatitude” resembles that of Jesus’ teaching in today’s Gospel reading when he proclaims: “Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD.” Good stewards understand that what the world values is not consistent with Gospel values. They realize that God has placed in their midst all the gifts, charisms, and resources needed to bring Christ to a world desperately in need of his loving presence. But to exercise good stewardship over God’s gifts takes a great deal of trust. How does our stewardship reflect our trust in the Lord? What did we do today to give others hope in Christ Jesus?
Mary Baldwin our parish Secretary has had to resign from
her post because of her personal commitments. We have no one in the parish
office at the moment so if you wish to make contact please email or leave a
phone message. In the short term we will look for some volunteer coverage
during the week. If you feel you can help do please speak to Fr. Antony.
Council meets on Tuesday 26th
February at 8pm, when members will look at plans for Lent and the coming
year and see how we can continue to make Holy Cross more responsive to the
needs of our parish and local community.
A very successful day for Readers was held last week with twenty of our readers. A period of Eucharistic exposition and adoration set the scene followed by a stimulating presentation on the ministry of Reader by Piero Finaldi. Rob Dunbar is the co-ordinator for all readers and he should be contacted if are interested in undertaking training / formation to be a reader.
If you wish to have your baby baptised then please complete an application form for the preparation course and attach a COPY of the child’s BIRTH CERT and a COPY of your own Baptism certificate and submit it to the parish office.
It the biggest Catholic youth event in the UK with Music festival, symposium, reflection etc. Parish encourages young people of 18-25 years to participate in it. Parish will sponsor the tickets. If anyone is interested please contact a priest or parish office.
Youth group meetings will be on the following dates over February and March:
February:18th, March: 11th & 25th
Meetings run from 19:30-20:30 and are for ages 11-18."
HUMANAE VITAE STUDY GROUP.
the Catholic Mothers Apostolate study group every Thursday 10.30 am-12 pm in
the Diamond Room. This year the group will have the opportunity to spend some
time studying Humane Vitae. The key message of this document is understanding
the inseparable dependency of authentic love and truth in human relationships.
This is Pope Paul VI’s long-awaited and 'controversial' encyclical explaining
the beauty of marriage and the sanctity of human life within that bond. This
study is important because it addresses many questions modern Catholics have battled
in today's culture dealing with human love in relationships. It is an important
topic to discuss and a great resource in understanding why the Church so
strongly guides us towards honouring our dignity within intimate relationships
and God's very hand in procreation. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for
more info or just turn up on the day!
Want to participate in the following programmes, please contact Fr Antony.
Literature & the Catholic Imagination
Date and time: Thursday 28th February 2019, 7 pm for 7.30 pm Venue: CCF Tooting Bec Cost: Free Admission Speaker: Dr Victoria Seed, Catechetical Development Officer at CBCEW
YOU 60 +
Come and experience a Irish holiday type
experience (holidays at home) on the 25 and 26 February 11-4 at the Irish centre
Davenport Rd, Rushey Green. Experience Irish music,dancing food and culture.Please let Lesley know for catering purposes.
LEWISHAM DEANERY SPIRITUAL PILGRIMAGE
The next event in the Deanery Spiritual Pilgrimage is a follow up of the presentation to the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool, at Our Lady and St Philip Neri, Sydenham, on Friday 1st March at 7.30pm. There will be an opportunity to meet with others from across the deanery after the presentation over refreshments.
MINISTRY OF WELCOME
As part of our Baptism and Christian heritage we all have a responsibility to welcome the stranger and offer hospitality. If you are a welcomer or have thought about finding out about the Ministry of Welcome, please note the date, Saturday 2nd March, 10am - 2.30pm Hartley Hall. There will be a formation/training day for all those interested. The day will be of interest to all involved in sacramental preparation and outreach within our community. If you cannot make the whole day come for part of it. For more details see the Posters in the entrances, or take a flier from one of our Welcomers at the end of Mass.