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HOLY CROSS CHURCH
STATION ROAD, TOPSHAM, EXETER EX3 0EE

Parish Priest: 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.
Holy Cross Church Registered Charity Number 213227

Retired priests : Monsignor Harry Doyle (in residence)
Father Gerard Wilberforce

School: St. Nicholas Catholic Primary School; Headteacher: Miss Cathy Lowry
Tel. No. 01392 445403. School Website: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/

DURING JANUARY THE CHURCH WILL BE OPEN FOR SUNDAY MASS AT 11am
The obligation to attend Mass is still suspended.
COVID measures in church are focused on keeping people safe while the numbers of infections remain so high.

Wishing you all a very Happy, Healthy and Holy New Year

Sunday Masses in December 2021

Scripture readings at Mass: Year C; Seasons: Octave of Christmas and Ordinary Time

January 2nd 11am 2nd Sunday after Nativity
January 9th 11am The Baptism of our Lord; Christmastide ends
January 16th 11am 2nd Sunday in Ordinary time; Peace Day
January 23rd 11am 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time
January 30th 11am 4th Sunday in Ordinary time

Special days of Prayer:
January 1st: Solemnity of Mary the mother of God
January 6th: The Epiphany (Holy Day of Obligation)
January 18th – 25th: Octave of prayer for Christian Unity

Please use the websites of our local churches to find details of their Mass times.

Sacred Heart Parish is producing an online weekly newsletter, which contains further information and a reflection on the Sunday Mass readings. This information can be found on the Sacred Heart website.
Blessed Sacrament’s
newsletter can be found here.

Holy Father’s Prayer Intention: For true human fraternity
We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.
Please be careful! Anyone who has any of the symptoms of COVID-19, or has people in their household who have symptoms, or anyone required to self-isolate, should not come to the church. We request that you continue to wear face coverings. Those who cannot do so, are asked to maintain a social distance from people with whom they would not normally mix.
COLD! We have the heating on for Mass, but still have to open the windows and doors to allow as much ventilation as possible to keep you safe - so please find those winter jumpers and coats so that you can keep yourself warm in church and do not shut the windows please!
CAFOD is combining efforts with the DEC to launch the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal. In Afghanistan, 8 million people are on the brink of famine because of drought, collapsing economy, food shortages, conflict, and COVID. CAFOD is supporting sister Caritas agencies to reach communities most in need with food, clean water, and fuel. During Advent, when we open ourselves to the needs of others, let’s do all that we can to save lives. You can donate on the CAFOD website: cafod.org.uk/AfghanistanAppeal and please pray for the people of Afghanistan.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2022 18th - 25th January
The theme of this year's WPCU is "We Saw His Star in the East". The resources have been prepared by churches in the Middle East and can be found at:
https://ctbi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/WPCU-2022-English-A5-1.pdf
Churches Together in Topsham will mark the Week in three ways:
Each day during the WPCU, Revd Paul Collings, Minister at St Nicholas Methodist Church, will focus his daily email devotions on the WPCU material and share them via the St Nicholas website: https://st-nicholas-methodist.blogspot.com/
Wednesday 19th January: St Margaret's Church will lead a morning Zoom session on the theme of the WPCU. Details will be available nearer the time via St Margaret's website: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/8641/
Sunday 23rd January at 3 pm: An ecumenical service will be held at St Nicholas Methodist Church as we join other churches up and down the country and beyond holding similar acts of worship on this day to support Christian unity.
At Sacred Heart: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Taizé Prayer Wednesday 5th Jan 2022 at 7.00 pm Everyone is welcome
Homelessness Event – 18th January 2022 6-7pm via Zoom. Caritas Plymouth would like to invite you to an online event on homelessness on the 18th of January 2022 from 6-7pm. As Britain emerges from the crisis of pandemic and begins to come to terms with the impacts of the crisis over the last few years, the effects on homelessness are likely to be significant. It is predicted that the economic aftermath of COVID-19 risks a substantial rise in core homelessness, including rough sleeping. This event will offer an opportunity for prayer and reflection on how we can take practical action to support those who are homeless. If you can join us for this event, please register using the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/NkUZyhwcKf or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
TURNING CONCERN INTO ACTION
The St Vincent de Paul Society would, once again like to thank you, our friends, for your willing support throughout the year. With the help of your prayers and with your generous donations we have been able to continue to deliver help and support to local families and to a Community Shelter for young people. We maintain contact with those who are lonely and vulnerable, and this Christmas will again offer supermarket vouchers to families who are struggling. Working in partnership with St Petrocks enabling the distribution of essential packs to homeless people. If you would like to know more about SVP or would like to donate please contact Kevin Leeper, 2 Mount Howe, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0BG, or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Regular updates from the Bishops' Conference can be found here.
From the Holy Cross Treasurer:
Thank you so much to those of you who have enquired about setting up standing orders or direct debits so we can continue to pay the bills. If you wish to make a standing order/direct debit, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., in the first instance and we can sort out the necessary forms. Cheques are a little more difficult to process, but if this is the only way, these should be made payable to PRCDTR Holy Cross and sent to me at 2 Lower Shapter Street, Topsham, EX3 0AT. The parish is immensely grateful to all donors who support the parish and helped keep our doors open to achieve our Mission. If you don’t already do so and you pay tax currently, please consider whether you could increase the value of your contribution (an extra 25% at no cost to yourself) by adding Gift Aid. More details and form available from your parish gift aid organiser John Franklin.
From the Diocesan Safeguarding Office Diocese of Plymouth: If you have any safeguarding concerns either personally or for any other person then contact the Safeguarding Office which remains open and available to assist. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Robert Brown) or ring him on 01364 645431 which will be transferred to his mobile.

If you wish to contact Kath with an item for the next newsletter,
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