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HOLY CROSS CHURCH

STATION ROAD, TOPSHAM, EXETER, EX3 OEE

Priest Administrator: Fr. Kieran Kirby The Presbytery, 25 South Street, Exeter EX1 1EB

Telephone: 01392 272815 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Priest in residence: Monsignor Harry Doyle.

Telephone: 01392 920662 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Retired priest: Father Gerard Wilberforce

Holy Cross Church Registered Charity Number 213227

School: St. Nicholas Catholic Primary School; Headteacher: Mrs A Folland

Tel. No. 01392 445403. School Website: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/

Sunday Masses during March 2019 11am

Scripture readings at Mass –Year C, weekday cycle 1, Season Ordinary Time

March 3

8th in Ordinary Time

March 10

1st Sunday of Lent

March 17

2nd Sunday of Lent

March 24

3rd Sunday of Lent

March 31

4th Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday

 

Weekday Masses 10am

The weekdays that Mass will be celebrated will be announced on the previous Sunday.

Special days of Prayer:
6 March: Ash Wednesday, Day of Fasting and Abstinence
Holy Cross Mass and Distribution of Ashes at 10am
Exeter Ash Wednesday Masses: Sacred Heart 10am and 7pm; Blessed Sacrament 9.30am and 7pm

Friday 1 March: World Day of Prayer and St David’s day
Tuesday 19 March: St Joseph
Monday 25 March: The Annunciation of the Lord

Saturday 30 March: Clocks go forward 1 hour.

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention.
That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

A warm welcome to any Visitors
Tea or coffee will be served in the lower room after the Sunday celebration of Mass. Please join us for a cup and a chat.

News and Events

World Day of Prayer at Holy Cross: Friday 1 March at 11am. This is an interdenominational service, prepared by women of Slovenia. We are following the simplified service of prayer and praise followed by coffee or tea in the Meeting Room. Everyone is very welcome.
CAFOD Lent Fast Day: 15 March
Lenten lunches will be served in turn by alternating church groups on each of the six Fridays in Lent from 12.30 to 1.30pm 8th and 15th March at Holy Cross, 22nd and 29th at St. Nicholas', 5th and 12th April at St. Margaret's The suggested donation of £4 will be given to the charity nominated by the host church.
Weekly Giving Envelopes The weekly gift aid and planned giving envelopes are now available and over the next few weeks John F. will be issuing these to donors. Please note that some of your envelope numbers may have changed! Do remember to let John know if there are any changes in your circumstances. Are you still paying income tax for instance? If you have moved recently (or are planning to do so soon) do let John know your correct contact details. Please also think about the possibility of setting up a Standing Order for your weekly giving. If you are new to the Parish and/or just want to know more about Gift Aid & Planned Giving, for all queries please contact John F.
The National Novena to St Joseph will take place from 10 – 17 March at St. Joseph’s Church in Maidenhead and at Herbert House, Liverpool. Each year the Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the feast of St Joseph, their patron, with a special Novena of Masses and prayers. You are invited to send in your petitions . Please write to Fr. Brian Oswald MH, St Joseph’s Missionary Society. 58 Cookham Rd. Maidenhead. SDL6 7HT or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
St Petrock’s Holy Cross regularly donates to this Exeter charity for the homeless. In 2018 it helped between 55 and 80 people a day and provided a Christmas dinner with games and presents for 57 people.
Exeter Festival Chorus concert, directed by former King's Singer, Nigel Perrin, will perform Allegri Miserere, Poulenc Litanies à la Vierge Noire, Barber Agnus Dei, Levine Morning Prayer from Prayers for Mankind, Scarlatti Stabat Mater, Roderick Williams Ave Verum Revisited on Saturday 6th April 7.30pm in St Michael's Church, Mount Dinham, Exeter: www.exeterfestivalchorus.org.uk

Meetings

CWL Mass 10am at Sacred Heart every 2nd Saturday of the month. Monthly Meetings on 4th Tuesday at Mount St Mary Centre.
SVP meetings are on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Mount St. Mary Centre at 7pm.
The Prayer group meets at 10.45 after Mass on the 1st Thursday of every month in the Lower Room. All are welcome. Please just turn up.
Adoration at the Convent: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Convent, Tuesday evenings from 8pm to 9pm.

For your Diary

Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine
Fully escorted 3 July 2019. Cost - £649.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. All entertainment, excursions/guided tours included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £100. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes for adults1 - 8 August 2019 led by Bishop Mark. Flying from Exeter. Enjoy a time of prayer and relaxation. Cost £795. For further information and to book please contact Joe Walsh Tours direct. See the Poster and booking forms at the back of the church or book online: www.joewalshtours.co.uk
Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes 1 - 8 August 2019 also led by Bishop Mark. Flying from Exeter. Cost £495. The youth section is a very important part of the pilgrimage without which the pilgrimage couldn’t happen. If you are a young person 14 + for more information and booking please contact Fr Anthony O’Gorman tel: 01637 851697 or email: anthony.o’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sunday Masses during April 2019  11am

Scripture readings at Mass –Year C, weekday cycle 1, Season Lent/Easter

April 7

5th Sunday of Lent

April 14

Palm Sunday

April 21

Easter Sunday 

April 28

2nd Sunday of Easter

 

The Easter Triduum at Holy Cross (to be confirmed)
7pm Thursday 18 April Maundy Thursday
3pm Friday 19 April Good Friday (day of fasting and abstinence)
8pm Saturday 20 April The Easter Vigil
11am Sunday  21 April Easter Sunday
     
Good Friday Walk of Witness: Good Friday 19 April will start at Holy Cross at 11am and finish at St Nicholas’ church with coffee and hot-cross buns. 'Churches Together in Topsham' organises this ecumenical Stations of the Cross, with readings, hymns and prayers, each station led by a different church. Please come along to join in this act of witness and fellowship with other Christians locally.
 

Weekday Masses 10 am

The weekdays on which Mass will be celebrated will be announced on the previous Sunday.

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