December 23rd 2018

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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 (Carols 7.30pm)

12 midnight   Martin & Annie McDonagh RIP (Carols 11.30pm)

Tuesday (Christmas Day) 

8.00am   Brian Flannery RIP

9.30am   Holy Souls

11.00am   Bernard & Rose McDonagh RIP

6.30pm   Thomas Anderson RIP

Wednesday  ( Boxing Day) 

10.00am   St Stephen : Bogdan Peplinski RIP


10.00am   St John : Glanville family


12 noon   Holy Innocents : ints. Josephine Taylor (Rita Gomez)


9.00am   Exposition + prayers for vocations

10.00am   St Thomas of Canterbury : Rita Webb RIP (Ann & Ade                                                                                                                                     Lusmore)

Saturday 29th December. Holy Family

 Table of the Word We honour our parents even as parents ourselves. Paul urges Colossian Christians to live as though members of one loving family. In the Gospel, parents defer to their child.


6.30pm    Bridie Meehan RIP


8.00am   Malgosia & Ellen Bober & Zofia & Stefan Rippel RIP (Marta)

9.30am   Viv Parkinson RIP (Sr Dominic Xavio)

11.00am   family & friends of Dollie Wilkins

6.30pm   Dec. members Caffrey & Landowski families

 Monday ( New Years Eve)

10.00am   Eric Pinnock RIP

11.15pm  Light for Guiho family


10.00am   Mary, Mother of God/New Year’s Day Noel Murphy 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 those whose anniversaries occur this week including Bill Harding, Leah George, Christopher Hall, Sarah Kiff-Murphy, Godfrey Nurse, Dirck Gunning, Arthur Green, Joseph Doyle, Anna Penston, John Cardwell, Ellie Lynch, Geoff Petre and Ellen McMahon.

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, [email protected]

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  £1015.38 given in last weekend’s collection, of which £655.00 was given through Giftaid.

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’ THANKS on behalf of children connected with HMP Downview who received Christmas presents through parishioners’ kindness.

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