Children’s Liturgy Group

Formed in 1992 by a group of parents in the parish with young children, the Children’s Liturgy Group meets during the 10am Mass on Sunday morning to look at the gospel story for the week from a child’s viewpoint and in children’s language.  This is followed by a colouring activity linked to the story, and then the children bring their artwork into the church as part of the main Offertory procession, to share with the rest of the parish.

Group details

Where? The group meets in the Sacristy

When? During part of the 10am Mass on Sunday

Who can take part? Children aged from 3 to 7 years

How can new children join in? Just come along any Sunday

To find out more: Contact Parish Administrator, Mrs Mary Baldwin, Tel: 020 8695 0906

NB: New leaders are always welcome so if you would like to help, please let Parish Administrator, Mrs Mary Baldwin, Tel: 020 8695 0906 know. Thank you.

Church Band

The band plays for the 10.00am Mass on Sunday mornings on the second, third and fifth Sundays of each month.  Formed many years ago, the band currently has about 15 members playing a wide variety of instruments.

As members mature and go away to college, etc they are replaced by new, younger players.  At major feasts such as Christmas and Easter, the numbers swell to over 20.  New members are always welcome.

The band is conducted by Tony Green.

Group details

Where? The band assembles in the church

When? Sunday mornings for the 10.00am Mass

Who can join? Anyone who plays and instrument, especially young people

How can new people join? Contact Parish Administrator, Mrs Mary Baldwin, Tel: 020 8695 0906

Diamond Club

The weekly Diamond Club for older adults in the parish and local community, aged 60 and over, started in January 2003 and meets on Tuesdays in the Diamond Room at Hartley Hall. The club is hugely popular, providing its members with the opportunity to meet new friends and socialise, share interests and participate in a wide range of optional activities including arts and crafts, discussion groups, board games, quizzes, cards, music, bingo, health advice and relaxation techniques. There are regular visiting speakers and occasional outings to the theatre, concerts, museums and other places of local interest, as well as trips to the seaside. Members of the club have recently been involved in a reminiscence project which resulted in an exhibition shown in Hartley Hall during our anniversary festival week.

Group details

Where? The club meets in the Diamond Room at Hartley Hall

When? Tuesdays 10.00am – 2.00pm

Who can join? Anyone of 60 or over

How can new people join? Just come along any Tuesday

To find out more? Contact the Parish Administrator, Mrs Mary Baldwin, Tel: 020 8695 0906

Holy Cross Choir

The choir was formed in the summer of 2000 to present two concerts to celebrate the Millennium and to raise money for the Hartley Hall project.  With twenty six regular members, its aim is to provide music for the church when needed, or the opportunity for a concert arises.  The choir sings a wide range of music, both sacred and secular.

More information about the choir can be found in its website. The Holy Cross Choir website can be found here.

Group details

Where? Rehearsals are held in the church

When? Weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm

Any conditions? Ability to read music is an advantage; however enthusiasm and regular attendance is more important

To find out more? Contact Parish Administrator, Mrs Mary Baldwin, Tel: 020 8695 0906

Knights of St Columba

The Knights of St Columba was founded in 1919 and is the largest member organisation for Catholic men in the UK with a total membership of over 9000. The order exists to support the mission of the Catholic Church by promoting respect for human life, helping to solve social problems, supporting organisations such as CAFOD, as well as sick and needy people, widows and dependants. The Knights of St Columba serve God by serving others.

Group details

Where? The local group meets at the Sydenham Catholic Club

When? On the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 8.00pm

Who can join? Catholic men aged 16 or over

How can new people join? Contact Parish Administrator, Mrs Mary Baldwin, Tel: 020 8695 0906

Liturgy Group 

The Liturgy Group members organise, select and provide the music content for the liturgy at Masses on Sunday mornings, Feast Days and Holy Days of Obligation throughout the year. The group meets twice a year, early in Lent and Advent.


There is a regular team of organists and cantors who lead the music on a rota basis. There is also a Church Band, which plays at the 10.00am Sunday Mass twice a month.


Holy Cross has a large number of readers who participate regularly on a rota basis throughout the year.

How to take part? If you are an experienced organist, cantor or reader and would like to play an active part in the liturgy, please contact Parish Administrator, Mrs Mary Baldwin, Tel: 020 8695 0906

How can new people join? Contact Parish Administrator, Mrs Mary Baldwin, Tel: 020 8695 0906

Parent and Toddler Club

The Parent and Toddler Club was established at Holy Cross in the early 1980s to provide a place where parents and carers could go with their young children to play in safety and to meet others in the local community. The value of the contact, the collective support of the group and the social dimension have made the club a wonderful lifeline for many people over the years, easing the trauma of moving into a new environment with young children and the anxiety experienced in trying to ‘blend in’ and find trustworthy contacts. It is a friendly club, and all newcomers are made very welcome.


For health and safety reasons we have to restrict the numbers of children at each session, and for this reason we operate a waiting list. If you would like to join the waiting list, please contact the Parish Administrator, Mrs Mary Baldwin, Tel: 020 8695 0906.

Club details

Who can join? Children under 5 years and their parents or carers

Where? Meetings are held in Hartley Hall

When? Every Monday 9.00-11.30am and Wednesday 12.00-3.00pm

What does it cost? A small charge is made for each visit (per family) to cover the cost of refreshments

How can new people join? See the waiting list  information above

To find out more? Contact Parish Administrator, Mrs Mary Baldwin, Tel: 020 8695 0906

RCIA – Journey in Faith


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults invite You to friendly, welcoming group meets weekly from late summer until after Easter on Monday evenings, 7.30-9pm in Hartley Hall For …

  • Adults seeking Baptism, First Communion or Confirmation
  • Non-Catholics wanting to find out more about our Faith

… And Catholics who feel called to welcome and support our Candidates & Catechumens.

Contact: , find information in the newsletter near the group start time, or come along when the group starts

Sacramental Preparation

  • Holy Communion

At Holy Cross the preparation of children aged 7-8 for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is parish and family based.  A team of catechists works with the children (usually around 40 in number) and their parents for a Saturday morning session, once a month, and the parents then continue the work with their children at home to enrich their knowledge and understanding.  The course begins each year in September, and runs through to June when First Holy Communion is celebrated.

  • Confirmation

A separate team of catechists prepares young people aged 12-13 for the sacrament of Confirmation in a series of weekly Friday night sessions between January and May, when the sacrament is celebrated.  Around 25-30 young people in the parish are usually confirmed each year.

NB: Adults seeking preparation for the sacraments, please see the RCIA page (Journey in Faith) or speak to Parish Administrator, Mrs Mary Baldwin, Tel: 020 8695 0906. For information about Baptism or Marriage preparation, please contact the Parish Priest.

Group details

Where? Classes are held in Hartley Hall


  • Communion: Usually one Saturday each month, 10:00 – 11.30 AM
  • Confirmation: Weekly on Fridays, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, January to May

Who for?

  • Communion: Children of 7/8 years (school Year 3) or older
  • Confirmation: Young people of 11/12 (school Year 8) or older

Cost? There is a course fee to cover the cost of books and materials

How to enrol? Watch weekly parish newsletter for enrolment dates

How to find out more? Contact Parish Administrator, Mrs Mary Baldwin, Tel: 020 8695 0906

Scouts, Cubs and Beavers

The 14th Lewisham South Holy Cross Scout Group was formed in 1949, and is part of the worldwide family of Scouts, an educational charity which aims to develop young people. The programme for Scouts is centered on outdoor activities with camps and expeditions, as well as adventurous activities including rock climbing and canoeing. Through these we aim to encourage self-reliance, teamwork, leadership and respect.

The Cubs and Beavers play structured games to have fun and improve social and physical skills, and we do badge work to find out about many things. The Cubs go on one or two camping weekends during the year, and we attend District events such as carol singing, sports days and football competitions.

Group details


  • Cubs meet in Holy Cross School Hall
  • Beavers meet in Holy Cross School Hall
  • Scouts meet in Holy Cross School Hall
  • Discovery Explorer Scout Unit meets in Ted Ray Hall, Springbank Road
  • Buccaneers Explorer Scout Unit meets in Scout HQ, 66 St Germans Road


  • Beavers meet on Mondays (in term time): 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Cubs also meet on Mondays (in term time): 5.45pm – 7.15pm
  • Scouts meet on Mondays (in term time): 7.15pm – 8.45pm
  • Discovery Explorer Scout Unit meets on Tuesday: 7.30pm – 9.30pm in Ted Ray Hall, Springbank Road
  • Buccaneers Explorer Scout Unit meets on Wednesday: 7.30pm – 9.30pm Scout HQ, 66 St Germans Road

Who can join? Boys and girls:

  • Beavers 6 – 8 years;
  • Cubs 8 – 10¾ years
  • Scouts 10 – 14 years;
  • Explorer Scouts 14 – 18 years

What does it cost? £2.00 per session – no annual charge

How can new people join? Parish Administrator, Mrs Mary Baldwin, Tel: 020 8695 0906

Please note: The Holy Cross Scouts, Cubs and Beavers are regulated by the Scout Association who visit and advise leaders on a regular basis. All leaders and helpers are vetted prior to starting service, by the Scout Association.

St Vincent de Paul Society


SVP was founded in France in 1833 by Frederick Ozanam, who sought to serve the poor by following the gospel message ‘I was hungry and you gave me food to eat’. Our Patron is St.Vincent de Paul. We are part of an international Catholic organisation working in 140 countries with people in need,  whatever their background, and have been in the Parish since 1930. We are always happy to have new members.

Last year (2015-16) Catford SVP helped 16 families/individuals in the local area, giving support and practical help to people in urgent need, including food and food bank vouchers, clothes, furniture and money.

We are grateful to Holy Cross Parishioners, Holy Cross School (especially our Mini Vinnie group), and the Diamond Club for continuing support.

Contact:Tel.07835188411 to request information, or to make a referral or donation


Union of Catholic Mothers

The Holy Cross branch of the Union of Catholic Mothers (Guild of St Anne) was formed in 1945 and currently has about 36 members.  A varied programme of activities is organised, including visiting speakers on every subject from flower arranging to historical talks with slides, theatre visits, discussions and quiz nights.  There are pilgrimages to Walsingham and Aylesford, and a monthly group attendance at Mass.

The UCM raises money for good causes such as St Christopher’s Hospice and the St Vincent de Paul Society.  For the Millennium, £2,000 was raised towards building houses for a Ghanaian leper colony.

Newcomers are always welcome to join, and you can ring for a chat first to find out more. (See below)

Group details

Where? Weekly meetings are held in Hartley Hall

When? Wednesday evenings at 8.00pm; the more senior members meet on Monday afternoons at 1.30 – 3.00pm

What does it cost? 25p per week (plus £6 per year to go to National UCM)

To find out more? Contact Parish Administrator, Mrs Mary Baldwin, Tel: 020 8695 0906

Younger People Team

YPT, our parish youth group, began in 2002, and since then has regularly met on the second Sunday of every month. The group is open to all parishioners aged between 13 and 25 years.

The group organises a range of activities, including faith exploration and youth ministry, music and drama, outings, fundraising, social events and encourages young people to celebrate their musical gifts through singing and music-making. The group promotes youth involvement in all Parish life. The group participates in a Youth Mass yearly on the Feast of Christ the King.

We welcome any young person who would like to take part in any current activities, parish life or has suggestions about future activities

Meeting details

Where? In Hartley Hall

When? Second Sunday of each month at 11am

Who can join? Anyone aged 13 – 25 years

How can new people join? Just come along to any of the meetings

To find out more? Contact Nike Arowobusoye on 07908 171 432 or contact Hartley Hall

NB Any adults who would like to help with YPT would be very welcome.  Please contact Nike on the number above, or Hartley Hall on 695 0906.