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

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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:

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

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

Father Harry is not very well at the moment so the Bishop has decided that the Easter Triduum  services will not take place at Holy Cross this year. Please see below for the times of services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil at Blessed Sacrament and Sacred Heart in Exeter. Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday will go ahead as usual at Holy Cross.
 The Easter Triduum at Blessed Sacrament, Heavitree, Exeter
7pm Thursday 18 April Maundy Thursday
3pm Friday 19 April Good Friday (day of fasting and abstinence)
8pm Saturday 20 April The Easter Vigil
The Easter Triduum at Sacred Heart, Exeter
7.30pm Thursday 18 April Maundy Thursday
3pm Friday 19 April Good Friday (day of fasting and abstinence)
8.30pm Saturday 20 April The Easter Vigil
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.

Opportunity for Confession: The inter-parish Penitential Service will be held at Sacred Heart Church, South Street on Tuesday 2 April at 7pm.
At Holy Cross the Sacrament of Reconciliation follows Mass on Saturday.

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention.
Universal – Workers in War Zones
For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

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

The Apostles’ Creed The tradition of the Church during Lent and Eastertide is that the Apostles’ Creed is prayed on Sundays and Solemnities. This is more Baptismal in character and fitting for the seasons.
The organ recital on 24 February was a successful event. 120 tickets had been allocated, and there were probably about 100 people in the church.  Richard Lester played a beautiful programme of 18th century music, which was well suited to our small organ and showed off its capabilties. The retiring collection made £545, which enabled us to donate, after deducting expenses, a little over £100 each to the Topsham Adventure Centre and Water Aid.  Many thanks to all who helped, especially those providing and organising refreshments and of course to Frances who organised the event.
Remember the 2 remaining Lenten lunches on 5 and 12 April at St. Margaret's Church.
Exeter Festival Chorus, 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:
BUNTING: Could you get involved in Topsham Charter Day on Bank Holiday Saturday 24 August? Can you make bunting? To make Topsham as colourful as possible, Topsham Community Association plans to adorn the town with these hand crafted decorations. Bunting patterns are available in the lobby of St Margaret's Church, and from Nancy Potter House - please just ask for your free pattern. Kath Franklin has a copy of this pattern if anyone would like one.


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

PLYMOUTH DIOCESE CATECHETICAL SUMMER CAMPS 2019:  Applications are now being taken for places at the Plymouth Diocese Catechetical Summer Camps, to be held at Grangehurst, Buckfast Abbey. There are three camps running this year: one Junior Camp, one Senior Camp and one camp (St Petrock's) for students in school years 11-13. Camp details and application forms can be obtained from your parish priest or online from the camp website. Prompt applications are advisable.
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 adults: 1 - 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:
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.

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