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Parish Priest



Fr. Antony Megalan Sellam
antonymegalan@rcaos.org.uk
Parish   Contacts
  
Parish Office
CLOSED
Josepha Flahive   [secretary]
Lisa O’Hara   [volunteer]
02086983672
catford@rcaos.org.uk
       
Hartley Hall
CLOSED
[Angela Allen]
Culverley Road,
SE6 2LD
Email: hartleyhall@
holycross-catford.org.uk
  
Franciscan   Sisters of the Immaculate
CLOSED
Holy Cross Bookshop [02034418240]
4 Brownhill Road, Catford
www.holycrossbooks.co.uk

Holy Cross School [020 8698   2675]
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Executive   Headteacher:Miss Mary Collins
Head of School: Miss Giovanna Finaldi
www.holycross.lewisham.sch.uk
  
St   Vincent De Paul      07835 188411
Safeguarding Line       07598 524024

Repository
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Third   Thursday Time TTT
Email thirdthursdaytime@gmail.com

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

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

7th Sunday of Easter : Sunday 24th May 2020

You can find the Readings from here

URGENT: COVID-19 Update ->ALL PARISH ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
You should find all the official documents and decisions regarding the effect of the pandemic COVID-19 on the parish activities.Please do visit this page regurlarly to keep yourself updated.The latest document is the Information for Familes & Carers in the Community

The re-opening of our churches
 
Interview with Cardinal Nichols on BBC Radio 4 - On Thursday 14th May Cardinal Nichols was interviewed by Jamie Webb on the BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme, in which they discussed how churches can be safely re-opened for private prayer as the UK government eases its lockdown restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19.
https://www.cbcew.org.uk/cardinal-on-safely-re-opening-churches-for-private-prayer/
Podcast of interview: https://soundcloud.com/catholicchurch/cardinal-nichols-on-safely-re-opening-churches-for-private-prayer
See also: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-taskforce-developing-plan-to-reopen-places-of-worship
 
Bishops’ Statement

During the course of the week, the five Archbishop’s of England and Wales released a statement (on behalf of all Bishops) in response to the Government’s published plan for easing lockdown, which way issued on 11th May 2020.  The Bishops’ statement can be read here:
https://www.cbcew.org.uk/catholic-bishops-respond-to-governments-lockdown-easing-plans/


OUR PARISH RESPONSE TO COVID 19 PANDEMIC

Please use the Mass Streaming to access to HOLY CROSS Church Mass on a daily basis until further notice.

  • The Holy Mass is offered every day from 9.00 am – the congregation will join the Mass in spirit. As you can’t participate in the Mass at this time of pandemic, you can still reach out to our Blessed Lord by making a Spiritual Communion in prayer. [Please use the Spiritual Communion prayer given below.].

    Spiritual Communion [Prayer of St Alphonsus]
    My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
   I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
   Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.

  • Ad Hoc Parish Pastoral Council
    Last February, we thanked our former parish Council members who had completed their term after ten years of successful service in our parish. Many among them are still very active in helping the parish especially in this time of Covid 19 Pandemic. We are also aware that we wanted to form a unique Parish Council structure which we discussed a number of times in our Sunday Masses and small groups. [Please find the details in the attachment.] However, our plans have been turned upside down by the Coronavirus.
    Until we establish a proper Parish Pastoral Council, it is better to have an Ad Hoc Parish Pastoral Council. Although I have a number of people in mind, I would like you to volunteer for this golden opportunity to serve the People of God [four people from each weekend Mass]. We may hold virtual meetings until such time as normal meetings can resume. I look forward to hearing from you so please do get in touch.New

  • The time has now come for us to give thought to how to prepare for the opening of our church for its parishioners. Although we are waiting on the guidance from both the government and the diocese, I would encourage you to put forward your own suggestions to ensure a safe place of worship for everyone. Let me have your thoughts  so that we may form a strategic plan for our parish. Fr. Anthony 's weekly message is available here.New



  • Our Newsletter Magazine is available by visiting our Newsletter webpage:Plenty of information,messages, recommandations, prayers ,testimonies and photos from the whole community.New

  • News from the Diocese: Due to the lockdown, any celebrations of the Sacrament of Confirmation arranged before 31 July 2020 will not take place as planned. If restrictions are lifted before 31 July, and a celebration of Confirmation is possible, I will send a decree of delegation to Parish Priests to administer Confirmation to candidates from their parishes   so that a local celebration can be arranged. Archbishop John Wilson

  • Please note: you can request Holy Mass via email (antonymegalan@rcaos.com) or text (07367426492). No need to send money. We offer the Holy Mass for your intentions.

  • Please note:
    Every Saturday in May, we pray the Rosary after the 9am Mass.
    Every Friday after the 9am Mass, we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

  • Diamond Ring Magazine is available for reading and downloading.New

  • For Those Admitted to Hospital
The Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care team offer support to patients, relatives, carers and staff whatever their faith or belief, religious or non-religious.
Be assured, that patients in the hospital and their relatives at home, can have access to a chaplain via the ward staff. Chaplains are available 24/7 and some are available to    respond out of hours on site for emergency end of life requests. All other chaplains are on call for telephone support and advice only.

  • At least Once in Two Days: kindly adopt a person who is lonely or in need and call them at least once in every two days. If you can, I encourage you to pray the Holy Rosary over the phone with an elderly person who lives on his/her own. If you wish to find a ROSARY COMPANION, please give me your contact details

  • To receive information: Please register yourself at the following webpage :Newsletter so that we can keep you updated with our parish news. We may also send you prayers and spiritual activities for your families. Convey this message to your friends and family members so that they can also keep themselves updated.

  • I have been making calls to the housebound and the elderly, just to strengthen their spirits and to say that I and we are praying for them. If you want me to phone anyone who is in need, please send me a message to 07367426492 [parish mobile] or call 02086983672.

  • Many thanks for the many people who gave me your contact number to receive spiritual messages and daily blessings via WhatsApp. If you want to be included in the group, please text to 07367426492.

  • Holy Cross Volunteers’ Team: if you are able to give some of your time for the benefit of our community, especially to help the elderly and needy, kindly contact me, Lesley Allen, or the SVP [07835 188411].




  Useful Links:
  • Morning Blessing from Holy Cross WhatsApp link:
   https://chat.whatsapp.com/BMQLQw3b5s2LS8OG2TQ60N

  • To access Holy Mass and prayers from our Lady of Walsingham Shrine:
   https://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/

  • To Access to 24 x 7 Perpetual Adoration: https://www.ewtn.co.uk/live/adoration

  • To access everyday Mass readings and prayers [from Universalis]:
   https://universalis.com/mass.htm

  • Governments Guidance to contain the pandemic:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

  • Lewisham Food Bank: https://lewisham.foodbank.org.uk/
  208 Sangley Road, Catford, London SE6 2JS

  • The Word at Home
Check out our new Top Ten ideas for in the home.
https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/word-at-home/

  • TenTen
This dynamic theatre group has a wealth of excellent resources and are providing an 'at home' Sunday liturgy aimed at young people. The group can be found at:
www.tentenresources.co.uk and on Twitter: @TenTen

  • Catholic Mum
A packed website full of interesting articles, gospel reflections, culture and fun for the family: www.catholicmom.com

  • ACN - Aid to the Church in Need children’s Bible stories’ project : https://acnuk.org/resource/childs-bible-project/

  • YouTube Kids
This app has a wealth of fun teaching videos for children and is worth exploring. An example might be this video about David and Goliath: youtu.be/ks6zl2hL2Uk.
Click here for more information.

  • Staying at home: a new resource for young people
www.youtube.com/southwarkcatholicyouthservice

  • Christ is Alive
‘Christ is Alive’ is available on the new SCYS YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/southwarkcatholicyouthservice

  • Mass Server Quarantine Workout: https://youtu.be/kYNnjT95b98

  • Magnifikid for children that all the Sunday readings, with explanations, plus activities for them to do. https://us.magnificat.net/free
Contact us

HOLY CROSS CHURCH
Wednesday and Friday:
10am - 3pm
Tel: 020 8698 3672

Email:
Parish Priest : antonymegalan@rcaos.org.uk
catford@rcaos.org.uk

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