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: Mrs A. Folland
Tel. No. 01392 445403. School Website:

DURING SEPTEMBER THE CHURCH WILL BE OPEN FOR SUNDAY MASS AT 11am and on Tuesday 14th September at 10am.
Date of opening for MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS AT 10am to be confirmed.
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.

Sunday Masses in September 2021

Scripture readings at Mass: Year B; Season: Ordinary Time

September 5th 11am 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time; 1st Sunday,season of Creation
September 12th 11am 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Education Day
September 19th 11am 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Home Mission Day
September 26th 11am 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Harvest

Special days of Prayer:
Wednesday 1st September: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Tuesday 14th September: The Exultation of the Holy Cross (our Topsham Church Patronal Feast day), when Fr Gerard will say Mass at 10am.

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention: An environmentally sustainable lifestyle
We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this.

Season of Creation -
From Bishop Mark: from the 1st September to the 4th October, the Church celebrates the ‘Season of Creation’. It is an opportunity to review our practical and personal response in what we are doing to care for our Common Home, and to celebrate the gift of God’s beautiful Creation. It is also true that if we ignore the well-being of our planet, we assist the evils of our day which undermine the dignity of the human person - poverty, hunger, social isolation, economic deprivation, human trafficking, and modern slavery. I am asking Parishes, therefore, to mark the first Sunday in the Season of Creation, the weekend of the 4th/5th September
Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Mackenzie who has passed away and keep Elizabeth and the rest of the family in your prayers.
We pray for
the staff and children at all our schools as they prepare to start a new academic year. We ask that this year will encourage a love of learning and result in a deepening of knowledge, so that all, staff and children may continue to cope with any difficulties they may face in 2021/2022.
We welcome
newly ordained Fr Albert Lawes to Sacred Heart Exeter where he will assist Father Kieran and work as Hospital chaplain.
Sacred Heart Parish is producing an online weekly newsletter, which contains further information and a reflection on the Sunday Mass readings. It can be found on the Sacred Heart website.
Blessed Sacrament’s newsletter can be found here.
Catholic Children’s Society….Step Forward, Reach Out and Help – Putting All Children First is the theme of our Annual Appeal This weekend there is a retiring collection for the CCSP. The pandemic has affected many people and some of the most vulnerable families living in our Diocese have asked for our help to buy the most basic essentials of life, such as a comfy bed for their child to sleep in. It’s hard to believe that there are still children who sleep on a mattress on the floor every night. In 2019, we received 179 grant applications, which increased to 219 in 2020 and in the first six months of 2021, we have already received a staggering 157 applications! We continue to need your help, now more than ever, and ask you please to once again to support the CCSP and help replace some of our lost income from last year’s Annual Appeal. Please take one of the Annual Appeal envelopes and help us to help others.
CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world this week. We are working with local Church organisations in Haiti to deliver emergency aid to people affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tropical storm. In the tragic situation in Afghanistan, we are working to ensure the safety of our local partners and their communities. You can read more about how we can all express solidarity with our sisters and brothers affected by these and other emergencies on the CAFOD website. Your compassion, generosity and prayers have helped us to stand together and enable us to continue to support needy communities.
CAFOD Emergency Haiti Appeal: Please gift aid if you can.
Donate by phone: Telephone: +44 (0)303 303 3030
Donate by post: CAFOD (Emergency Haiti Appeal / Emergency Afghanistan Appeal) Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB
Or donate online to any current appeals.
St Peter, Prince of Apostles Catholic Church, in Budleigh Salterton: Father Philip is pleased to say that mass once again will be celebrated in the church of St Peter, Prince of Apostles, in Budleigh Salterton on Tuesdays at 11am.
Walking With the Poor, Saturday 9th October 10.30am-3.00pm Caritas Plymouth will be holding an event at St Rita’s Centre in Honiton to prepare for the World Day of the Poor which takes place in November. All are welcome. The event includes lunch. Pope Francis has said that this year’s theme will be ‘The poor you will always have with you.’ Mark 14:7. This free event will include sharing thoughts and ideas about how we are reaching out to the poor and whether we need to take a different approach to poverty. Speakers include; Bishop Mark O’Toole and Raymond Friel from the Caritas Social Action Network. We will follow best practice guidance on Covid safety measures in place at the time. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Telephone 01364 645421 for a registration form.
Regular updates from the Bishops' Conference can be found here.
Holy Cross The parish is immensely grateful to all donors who have supported the parish during the year and helped keep our doors open to achieve our Mission. If you don’t already do so, please consider whether you could increase the value of your contribution by signing up for Gift Aid (more details and form available from your parish gift aid organiser John Franklin).
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. In these troubling times it is comforting to know how much people care about our little church. 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 from there.  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 Paul Fisher at 2 Lower Shapter Street, Topsham, EX3 0AT. We understand that during these difficult times there may be other demands on your finances but be assured that any contributions will be gratefully accepted!
A Message 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.
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