December 16th 2018

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Sunday 16th December, 2018  3rd of Advent.

Table of the Word. Zephaniah tells Israel of great times ahead. St Paul tells the Philippians of the happy times of hope in which they live. In the Gospel, John the Baptist preaches a new way of living.


6.30pm   Arthur Berry RIP


8.00am   Jean Carrol RIP (Carrol family)

9.30am   Jean Carrol RIP (           “         )

11.00am   Miriam, Marthur & daughter Patricia RIP (Ann & Louis  Mann) 

12.00pm   Mass in St Philomena’s chapel followed by Fr Luke’s

90th birthday reception in school dining room

4.00pm   Parish Carol Service in church, followed by mulled wine  &                                  minced pies in parish hall

6.30pm   Sophia Lobo


10.00am   Sylvia Sills RIP


10.00am   Garry Harrison RIP (Mary, Doris & friends)

2.00pm    Funeral Service, Morden Cemetery, Garth Road, of Rose Hall (those attending please wear something red)

6.00pm – 7.00pm   Exposition of Blessed Sacrament


10.00am   Forgotten dead + dec. of de Putron & Snell families


10.00am   w/o Don Batty


10.30am   Funeral: Denise O’Driscoll


9.00am    Exposition with prayers for vocations

10.00am   Kestutis RIP, Stepomas RIP

Sunday 23rd December, 2018. 4th of Advent

 Table of the Word Micah hymns Bethlehem and the new dawn that will arise there. Hebrews speaks on the one sacrifice to replace all sacrifices. In the Gospel the Old Testament meets the New as the mother of Jesus meets her cousin, the mother of John the Baptist.


6.30pm   w/o Eileen & Mary Coyle & Mary Dolan


8.00am   Recovery of Benjie

9.30am   Micheal Sage RIP

11.00am   Antonio Santana RIP

6.30pm   Ints. of 6.30pm choir members

 Monday  (Christmas Eve)      

10.00am  Raymond Hoyt RIP

4.30pm  Paddy Reilly RIP; Don & Helen Flannery & fam.

8.00pm   Theresa & Tom Flynn RIP

12 midnight   Martin & Annie McDonagh RIP

Tuesday (Christmas Day) 

8.00am   Brian Flannery RIP

9.30am   Holy Souls

11.00am   Bernard & Rose McDonagh RIP

6.30pm   Thomas Anderson RIP


The sacrament of Confession is available 15 minutes before every Mass.

New baptisms: Talk to Fr Paul, or, concerning the Saturday preparation sessions, contact Anne Cook, [email protected] . For weekday evening preparation sessions, Cherryl Howlett, [email protected]

Gluten free altar breads are available for consecration for anyone with the allergy. Please tell the celebrant before Mass.

We pray for the sick, including young Benjie.

 Sick or in hospital? Please tell Fr Paul of anyone sick or in hospital.

Parish safeguarding    Parish Safeguarding Team: Fr Paul Sanders, 0208 647 0022

Couples from different Christian traditions might be interested in or [email protected]

Catholic Marriage Care seeks presenters/facilitators for marriage preparation courses. or [email protected]

 All Eucharistic Ministers Please check list in sacristy that it has your correct telephone number and email addresses plus the Mass you attend. Contact Christina Buckley, [email protected]  or Monica Atkins,  [email protected] If you are unable to come on the arranged date, please try to find a replacement. = 24/7 Catholic online radio broadcasting from St John’s Seminary, Wonersh.

 Sunday (am) car parking is available at the car park in Denmark Road. Please  do not park  in the semi-circular entrance/exit in front of church, so as to enable other needful people to disembark there too.

Are you and/or your family registered? There are all sorts of reasons, for your benefit and that of the parish, that everyone be registered. See Fr Paul.

Comments Any constructive comments on liturgy or anything else, please feel free to pass them to Fr Paul.

Impoverished seminary student in Uganda. Anyone willing and able to help?

New readers needed at all Masses. Contact Jeremy via the website contact form

Leaving your phone number If you end up speaking to the answerphone in the presbytery, please give your number slowly and clearly, and, preferably, repeat it. (Quite a few calls can’t be returned because the number is unclear.)

[On weekdays, because of rosary and then Mass there is no one available between 9.40am and 10.30am; Fridays, 11.40am – 12.30pm]

Our Mission Statement We are first of all a Eucharistic community, centred on Christ, without whom we will get nowhere. We all of us have something to share with each other (and pass on), in order to discover ever more about our faith. And too we are evangelisers: Christ is Saviour of everyone.

Are you experiencing marriage problems? There is professional and confidential counselling available to couples and individuals. No matter the person or the circumstances, we’re here to listen and help. Visit or phone 0800 389 3801 to make an appointment to see a counsellor.

Anniversaries: We pray  for Terry Smith, Rose Hall, Desi Desiderii, and Denise O’Driscoll who have died recently, and for those whose anniversaries occur this week including Fr Augustine Chigodora, Francis Heywood, Sylvia Sills, Angela Lay, Peggy O’Connor, Margaret McSorky, Mary Wildey, Peter Fuller, Rudolf Moretti, Mary Wright, Fion Pini and George Watson

Holy Cross Flower Team Any ladies, retired or with some spare time, are invited to join. No experience necessary. If you have time during the week to prepare for the weekend Masses, contact Christina Buckley

Calix Society for recovering alcoholics uses the Catholic faith as a path to serenity. Cf noticeboard in porch or use [email protected]  www.calixinlondon  or text 07762570361.

 Sutton Foodbank has a list of its present needs. Go to

Coloma Convent Girls’ School is seeking a new head teacher. See notice board.

Any baking required for birthday, wedding or all other occasions, contact Armel, NVQ qualified, on 0208 647 7754 or 07988 639287

Invitation to Secular Franciscan Group at St Mary’s Church Prayer Room, Croydon CR0 2AR, 4th Sunday of the month, 2-4pm.

Anyone ‘profoundly deaf’? i.e. not just hard of hearing. Mass could be celebrated at Holy Cross using sign language.

 Fairtrade (Carshalton) has got a bit slack. Anyone like to take it on?

 Folk Choir 9.30am welcomes new members. e.mail Kathy  [email protected] for more details.

Thanks for  £1150.96 given in last week’s collection, of which £710.40 was given through Giftaid.

Bishop Paul invites anyone to receive a short Advent daily email during this time. Please visit

Altar Servers The Guild of St Stephen’s Mass for ALL  servers will take place Wednesday 26th December, St Stephen’s Day, 10am. Medals will be presented to all who have served for more than a year, and the blue cord will replace the red cord for those who have served 5 years or more.

 Sr Gabriella Comprehensive, Lira Uganda: We have a little scheme to help build up a library at the school. Why not take a couple of books (for now, from Fr Paul), consisting of literature, and also geography, ‘trade’ books and any other useful subject, and send them out there? postal address  Fr Deogratas,  P.O. 311, Lira, Uganda.

Christmas is coming Any presents for young children of prisoners on Banstead Downs would be welcomed – wrapped with label ‘boy/girl’, and suggested age of recipient.

 Christmas Hamper Raffle in aid of Home Start, a national charity which recuits and trains volunteers to help families with young children, who may be finding it hard to cope because of illness, the disability of a child, post-natal depression, bereavement or loneliness.

UCM members will start collecting from the weekend of 17th/18th November after all the Masses. See poster on the board in church porch.

The Draw will take place, Sunday 16th December, after the Carol Service.

CALLING ALL MISSIO MEMBERS – Your magazine, which includes a 2019 calendar, can be collected from the back of the church, together with your envelope for this quarter’s donations. Please can you return your envelope a.s.a.p-. as all the donations for the year must be banked before Christmas. If you wish to see how your generosity is put to work, there is a small feature on the work in Kenya on the Red Box Film, which can be found at  That you once again for your continued support of Missio which is a charity so close to Pope Francis’ heart. Margaret Ashdown. 0208 647 9926

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