St Patrick - Holy Cross R.C. Church

Served by the Society of the Divine Saviour - The Salvatorians

Community Groups

There are various Parish Group within the Parish:

Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM)

Why Catholic Women join the UCM?

Catholic women join The UCM for a variety of reasons as meetings provide fellowship and friendship and are a blend of social and spiritual activities. The UCM meeting, literature and contacts provide ongoing fresh interests.

There are opportunities for varied and valuable Catholic action but nothing should be undertaken at the expense of personal family life. Through unity with other members, many thousands strong, greater influence can be exerted on public affairs that affect marriage and family life. United in prayer, members never face life’s difficulties alone but are strengthened by the support of fellow members.

The UCM “The family which lives love even though imperfectly, and opens itself generously to the rest of society, is the primary agent of a future of peace. A civilisation of peace is not possible if love is lacking.”
Pope John Paul II
The UCM is ‘family’

African Forum (AF)

The African Forum was originally established in October 2005 and reconstituted in February 2012. It is open to all people of African descent who are members of St Patrick’s Roman Catholic church in London SE18 in Plumstead

  • The Patron of the Forum is Father Richard
  • The Patron Saint is Charles Lwanga.

The Forum’s main aims and objectives are:

  • To promote peace, unity and progress of the parish.
  • To promote good social relationships and the active involvement and integration of Africans in all parish activities.
  • To celebrate and promote intra-community sharing of skills, expertise and business patronage among members of the Forum and the parish in Plumstead.
  • Promote the welfare of its members

We do this by actively supporting the Parish in its various ministries including Fund raising activities, Music, Liturgy, reading, Children’s Ministry, Church cleaning and lay ministry among others. We offer each other support, including social and prayer.

If you are of African descent /heritage and are committed to serving the parish please join us.

Meeting: every 4th Sunday of the month

Venue: St Patrick’s social hall

There is a one off small registration fee and a monthly membership fee for members.

Brownies & Guides – Come and have fun

What do we get up to at Brownies?

Brownies is our section for girls aged seven to ten. Through regular meetings, special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays, Brownies learn new hobbies, play music, explore other cultures and get adventurous outdoors. Girls can also extend their knowledge and abilities by working towards Brownie interest badges covering many different hobbies and activities from Science investigator to Circus skills. 7th Plumstead St Patricks Brownies meet every Monday 6-7.30pm St Patricks School Hall

What do Guides do?

Guides is our section for girls aged 10 to 14.

By becoming part of a worldwide community of girls who learn together and share skills and experiences, Guides have the chance to get out there and do something really different. Members take part in a wide range of exciting activities at their regular meetings, and at special events or holidays.

Girls can get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action projects.

Guides work together in small groups or ‘Patrols’ and, with the support of an adult Leader, choose and run some of the activities themselves using Go for It! resource packs. 7th Plumstead St Patricks Brownies meet every Monday 7.45-9.15pm St Patricks School Hall.

Ministers of Holy Communion

Lay people are commissioned as Ministers of the Eucharist for a fixed period to help the priests distribute Holy Communion at Mass and to the sick and housebound. Lay Ministers are required to attend a training course prior to commissioning. The priest will normally invite people to undertake this ministry.

Requirements: Baptized and Confirmed Catholic men and women of at least 25 years of age are eligible for this ministry. They should be persons who sincerely try to live the Gospel message in their com-munal and individual lives. If they are married, they should be married in the Church (divorce does not make one ineligible to serve as an extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion). They should faithfully participate in the Sunday Eucharist and with God’s grace in every as-pect of their lives. People under the age of 25 must be individually recommended for delegation by their pastors.

Candidates for extraordinary ministry of Holy Communion are to be properly trained in the parish, receive delegation from the Bishop or his Episcopal Delegate to serve in a particular parish and be com-missioned for services in the parish before they serve.

Youth Club

St Patricks Church Youth Club is all about making new relationships and deepening existing friendships. If you are in school years 7-13, come down and just have some fun with a game of football or basketball, enjoy some sweets from the tuck shop, wrestle your friends in sumo suits, and loads more to do. It’s always a great laugh

Key Details:

  • Time: Fortnight on Sundays.
  • Where: St Patricks School Hall.
  • Who: Anyone in school years 7-13 (ages 11-18 years old).
  • You must sign in and out.
  • You must provide emergancy contact information and have signed parental permission.

Church cleaners

Volunteers needed to assist with the cleaning of the church. Can you help dust, sweep, mop, or vacuuming the inside of the church? Please come on every Saturday and join in with other volunteers after the 10.00 Morning Mass. Special cleaning up days are organized before Christmas and Easter. Spend whatever time you can!