HOLY CROSS CHURCH
STATION ROAD, TOPSHAM, EXETER EX3 0EE
Parish Priest: Fr Kieran Kirby The Presbytery, 25 South Street, Exeter EX1 1EB
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:
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:
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
TURNING CONCERN INTO ACTION
Regular updates from the Bishops' Conference can be found here.
© Holy Cross Topsham 2021 Website: www.compusmall.co.uk