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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.
Priests in residence Monsignor Harry Doyle
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 January 2019   11am

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

January 6

The Epiphany

January 13

The Baptism of the Lord

January 20

2nd in Ordinary Time: Peace Day

January 27

3rd in Ordinary Time                  

Weekday Masses 10am       
The weekdays that Mass will be celebrated will be announced on the previous Sunday.

Special days of Prayer: Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity (18 – 25 January).

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention: Evangelization – Young People
That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.

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
Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity
18- 25 January 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. St Margaret’s Church 11am on Friday 18, Monday 21, Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23, Thursday 24 and Fri 25 January. Devotional sessions (about 25 minutes), using material prepared by Christians from Indonesia and led by members of Holy Cross, St Margaret’s and St Nicholas’ churches.
Sunday 20 January at 3pm Holy Cross Ecumenical service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
ORGAN RECITAL AT HOLY CROSS on Sunday 24 February at 4pm.
It is almost a year since the last organ recital at Holy Cross. We are delighted that Richard Lester, Associate Organist at Buckfast Abbey, has agreed to give a recital this February. Richard is an internationally-known soloist on organ and harpsichord and has made many recordings to great acclaim. As an organist he has given recitals in many Cathedrals, including St. Paul’s, Ely, Coventry, Westminster Cathedral and King’s College Cambridge, and in 2013 at St Mark’s in Venice and at Bergamo Cathedral.
We are privileged that Richard has agreed to play in Topsham on our 1786 Robert and William Gray chamber organ. He plans to play a programme which will include works by Handel, John Stanley, J.S. Bach, Frescobaldi, Couperin and Louis-Claude Daquin. How can you resist it?
Space is limited at Holy Cross so, to be sure of a seat, please apply for a ticket in advance. Tickets (free) are available through the Events page of this website or by phoning Frances on 01392 877071 or 07791 693603. There will be a retiring collection to cover the costs of the concert and to raise money for charity. The concert will be followed by refreshments (mulled wine and cake!), weather permitting.
Church Flowers. In the Catholic church the use of fresh flowers is encouraged as a way of engaging in the beauty and dignity of celebration and flowers can indicate the relative importance of particular occasions, and signify the keeping of particular seasons. If you have enjoyed the church flowers during the year, especially those at Easter and Christmas you may wish to contribute towards the cost of these. There is a wall box available for any kind donations.
Diocesan Yearbook 2019 The new Diocesan Year book is now available in the church porch at a cost of £4.00 each. It is a great source of diocesan information and news. Please put your payment in the wall box marked ‘Books’.

Meetings
Parish Council
Next meeting to be advised.
CWL Mass 10.00 at Sacred Heart every 2nd Saturday of the month. Monthly Meetings on 4th Tuesday.
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 On Tuesday evenings Adoration is held at the Mount St Mary Convent Chapel, Wonford Road from 8pm – 9pm, starting again on 8 January.

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.

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