Holy Cross Church Catford
Holy Cross Church Catford
Holy Cross Church Catford
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Parish Priest

Fr. Antony Megalan Sellam

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Parish Contacts
Fr Antony: antonymegalan@rcaos.org.uk
Fr Feroz: ferozfernandes@rcaos.org.uk

Parish Office
Open Tue & Thu 10am-3pm
Josepha Flahive  
Lisa O’Hara   
Parish Pastoral Council
Richard Conroy

Hartley Hall
[Tony Early]
Culverley Road,

Holy Cross School
[0208 6982675]
Executive Headteacher:
Miss Mary Collins
Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate
[0203 4418240]
Holy Cross Bookshop
4 Brownhill Road, Catford

Baptism Team

First Holy Communion:
Anne Mellis

Catherine Sanderson & Tanner Bernardi-Heslop

Judy & Fabian Chen

Adult Altar Servers & Choir
Nick Wibberley

Children's Choir
Francisca Dunbar and Helen Pearce

Safeguarding Line 0759 8524024

Contact Office 0208 6983672
Parish Toddler Play Group
Contact Office 0208 6983672

Diamond Club (Social Group for over 60's)
Lesley Allen 07729 785843
or Parish Office 0208 6983672

Third Thursday Time TTT
Email: thirdthursdaytime@gmail.com

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


24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

16 / 17 September 2023
Gospel reflection: Today’s Gospel is ideal to ponder on anytime we want to get our spiritual lives in order. It is very easy to become complacent in our Christian lives. It is easy to become lukewarm in our prayer and even in our moral life. If that is you to any degree, then this Gospel is worth your careful and thorough attention.
The sin that Jesus addresses in this passage is the sin of unforgiveness. It clearly depicts the wrath of God that will be inflicted upon those who refuse to forgive others. The “wicked servant” to whom this is addressed was a man who was forgiven a “huge amount” by God. This is all of us. Every one of us has been forgiven by God an amount that cost Jesus His very life. The consequence of our sins was the death of the Son of God. Each of us deserves the penalty of death. But death has now been transformed into the very means of new life through the forgiveness of sins. And if we want to receive the forgiveness of sins and the new life that awaits us, we must fully share in God’s forgiveness. Not only must we receive His forgiveness, we must also forgive those who have sinned against us. Completely. Totally. Without reserve.
In this parable, the wicked servant failed to forgive his servant’s small debt. In fact, every sin committed against us, no matter how grave in the eyes of God, is a small debt compared to the debt we owe God. For that reason, we must never hesitate to forgive. Never. If this is difficult, and if reflecting upon God’s mercy, kindness, compassion and love do not compel you to completely forgive everyone to the fullest extent, then spend time with this parable. “You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?” These are words directed at us when we fail to forgive completely from the depths of our hearts. They are merciful words from Jesus to help us wake up to what we need to do.                 
Reflection by a Holy Cross Parishioner
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

ANOINTING OF THE SICK - On Saturday the 23rd September 2023 Holy Cross parish will be hosting a special anointing of the sick Mass at 3pm.
Following the Mass afternoon tea in Hartley Hall will be provided by the Diamond club .
This will be a chance for our housebound and older people and those who are sick physically, and mentally to receive this special Sacrament of Grace through the Holy Spirit.
There will be welcomers to assist and support you during this Mass.

Our Newsletter is available by visiting our webpage with updates on how and when to register for the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation and RCIA.  Please take a copy of the Newsletter home with you - please do not leave it in the church. Thank you.

Mass Intentions: We have  availability for Mass Intentions.  If you wish to have a loved one remembered or celebrate another occasion please let the Parish Office know at 02086983672 [Tuesdays and Thursdays] or catford@rcaos.org.uk, or fill out a Mass Intention Envelope which is available in the side porch, and hand to any of the Welcome Ministers or post into the Mass Intention Letterbox adjacent to the Saints' Corner.     

School Signing In: If you have children of school age who require a parish priest reference for their school application, please note that from Saturday 21st May you will need to complete the signing in sheets that will be available at the school side entrance only, every week after any weekend Mass.


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