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We are part of the Lewisham Deanery and a parish of Archdiocese of Southwark
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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

Week starting on the 11th November 2018 : 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

You can find the Homilies and Readings from here

Gospel Reflection 32nd Sunday
In this week’s Gospel, Jesus gets right to the point – Christian Stewards are all called to give money to support the mission of the Church, regardless of our circumstance.  No gift is too small or insignificant!  Giving money to support the mission of our local parish is a matter of our faith, just like praying and participating in parish ministries.   When you make a financial offering, is it from your “first fruits” or from what is “left over”?

Please be aware that Fr Antony’s email address is: antonymegalan@rcaos.org.uk

Next weekend – Archbishop’s Admin Fund.
24th/25th November Catholic Youth Services

A thank you to all those parishioners who joined together to make my Induction Liturgy a reverent and memorable occasion that brought great credit to our parish. Thanks to those who welcomed our guests and gave them great hospitality on the night. A particular thank you to the core team who cleaned up at the end of the evening. Well done! – Fr Antony

.. those who have been called to eternal life.
This weekend we remember those who have died in our parish this year. Each person will be named and a candle will be lit for them during each Mass of that weekend.

You are needed
Do you have talent in arranging flowers and the time to do it in our church?
Also, if you are an electrician, painter, carpenter, plumber, CCTV and security alarm specialist…
Please speak to Fr Antony

Annual Cemetery Procession
Cemetery Procession: Lewisham Deanery annual procession through Hither Green Cemetery takes place on Remembrance Sunday 11th November at 2.30pm. We assemble at the Main Gate in Verdant Lane from 2.15 and process to the Catholic section where priests and deacons are available to accompany you to the grave of your loved ones.

As we anticipate the new Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) we invite all RCIA catechists to come together and look at the current practice, share wisdom and resources and build a stronger network of catechists in each of the areas in the diocese.
Monday 12th November 2018 (7pm for 7.30pm) Hartley Hall Catford.

Monday, 12th November, 7-9m, Rushey Green School.
TTT and Holiday at Home scheme (run in conjunction with the Diamond Club) are on the shortlist for grants, but we need YOUR votes. Voting ends at 8.15pm, so if you could arrive in good time to support these Parish initiatives it would be greatly appreciated

This Thursday, 15th, 5.30-8.30pm, drop in to Hartley Hall to refresh your mental well-being by relaxing in friendly company, mindfulness, making Christmas decorations and more.
There will be an opportunity to take part in a remembrance exercise praying by candlelight, a spiritual remembrance labyrinth.
This will be at 7 pm. Come along and explore this prayer method.
It’s open to all local people and their friends over 16, why not give us a try?

This annual day of recollection will take place at Bishop Thomas Grant on Saturday 17th November.
Bishop Patrick Lynch and Fr Saju Pinakattu OFM.CAP will talk on the theme of the journey in St Luke’s Gospel.
The day begins at 10.30am and finishes with Mass at 3pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
Please contact the parish office on catford@rcaos.org.uk by 4th November.

Pope Francis has explained to us many times that we are all Missionary Disciples. It is in that context that we’d like to thank you all who regularly support the Pope’s own mission charity, Missio. Through Missio, the Universal Church reaches out to those who have not yet heard the gospel message. Missio is particularly grateful to all our parishioners of Holy Cross for their continued support through the Red Box Appeal, funds will be sent to where the needs are greatest. Our Local Secretary is Brian Thevathas. His contact detail will be given to you so that you may contact him.

I would like a world without the poor. We must fight for this. But I am a believer and I know that sin is always within us. And there is always human greed, the lack of solidarity, the selfishness that creates poverty. Therefore, would seem difficult to me to imagine a world without the poor. If you think about children exploited for slave labour, or sexually abused children. And another form of exploitation: children killed for the trafficking of organs. Killing children to remove their organs is greed. Therefore, I do not know if we will be able to make a world without poverty, because sin is always there and leads to selfishness. But we must always fight, always ...” Pope Francis

Bible verse to remember:
Blessed is he who cares for the poor; the LORD will deliver him in the day of trouble [Psalm 41:1].

Parish Priest

Fr Antony Megalan Sellam

Fr. Antony Megalan Sellam
Contact us

Tel: 020 8698 3672

Mrs Mary Baldwin
Tel: 0208 698 3672
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