Newsletter

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

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 
Phone 01392 445403.  School Website: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/

Sunday Mass at Holy Cross Topsham 11am

November 4

31st Sunday in Ordinary time

November 11

32nd Sunday in Ordinary time; Centenary of Armistice Day

November 18

33rd Sunday in Ordinary time; World Day of the Poor

November 25

34th Sunday: Christ the King

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

Special days of Prayer:
Thursday 1 November: All Saints (Holy Day of Obligation)  
Friday 2 November: All Souls
Mass will be celebrated at 10am and 7pm on both dates
Friday 9 November: Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention: Universal: In the Service of Peace.
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

A warm welcome to any visitors. Following the Sunday celebration of Mass there is tea or coffee served in the lower room. Please join us for a cup and a chat.

News and Events
NOVEMBER – MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS:
There will be a book of Remembrance at the back of the church in which you can place the names of those friends and family who are deceased.
Please pray for the repose of the souls of John O’Hara and Sister Guy-Marie who died at the end of October and keep their family and friends in your prayers. John was a long-time faithful parishioner who served the church in many roles including the Parish Council. He will be greatly missed in our community. John's funeral will be at 10am on Friday 16 November, here at Holy Cross, and Sister Guy-Marie's funeral will be at 9.30am on Tuesday 30 October at Blessed Sacrament, Heavitree.

Remembrance Day, Sunday 11 November:  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.  St Margaret's, St Nicholas's and Holy Cross will join together for an ecumenical, non-eucharistic service at St Margaret's Church at 9.45am followed by an act of remembrance at the War Memorial outside the church at 10.50am.   Mass will start at about 11.15 to give Holy Cross parishioners time to attend the service and act of remembrance.  There will also be a remembrance concert at St Margaret's later that day at 3pm on the theme of peace and reconciliation.
Our Raffle:  A big thank you to all who have arranged and supported the raffles which so far have raised £1372.23 and which have covered the cost of Father Harry’s Jubilee party and the external painting of the lower room. In addition to the usual fortnightly raffle, there will hopefully be a big Christmas raffle on Sunday 16 December with mince pies and a glass of sherry in addition to the usual tea and coffee. It would be good if people could donate prizes with a Christmas theme for this event.
APF Red boxes: If you have one would you please bring it and leave it at the back of the church in the next few weeks to be counted.
St Nicholas School will be holding 'Tea and Tour' open mornings on 6 November, 14 November and 22 November at 9.15am or 14 November at 6.00pm for parents who have children entering Reception class in September 2019. Please contact Ali (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call 01392 445403 extension 222 to book a place.
First Holy Communion 2019:  We are looking forward to welcoming those children who would like to receive Holy Communion for the first time in 2019. If your child is in school year 3 and you would like them to prepare, you must attend a Registration meeting on Wednesday 28 November at 6.30pm at St Nicholas School EX1 3EG. There is no need for the children to attend this meeting.
And to get you in the mood! The annual turning on of the Christmas lights, 30 November2018 at 6:30pm, Topsham Quay. Carols, Santa’s grotto, mulled wine, Christmas music, food, and lots of lovely Christmas fun with family and friends. Join us for a real community gathering and you never know, we may have snow…

Meetings
Parish Council: Date of next meeting to be advised.
CWL: Mass 10.00 at Sacred Heart every 2nd Saturday of the month. Monthly Meetings are on 4th Tuesday of the month.
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.

For your Diary
Traditional ecumenical carol singing
followed by coffee and mince pies at St Nicholas’s Church. Saturday 15 December 10.30am in Chapel Platt, Fore St, Topsham.
Christmas Tree Festival: 13 -15 December St Nicholas’s Church and a concert of Christmas music on Friday 14 December at 7.30pm.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be observed from 18 to 25 January.
CARITAS CONSULTATION EVENT: 1 December 2018.  Pope Francis, since the beginning of his Papacy, has urged us to rediscover our essential mission to the world. That is, to look around us, and see the need and then put our faith into action. In response to this call the Diocese is launching Caritas Plymouth, a social action charity helping the most vulnerable, in May 2019. A consultation event will be held on the structure and priorities of Caritas Plymouth on Saturday 1 December from 10.30am – 3.30pm at St Boniface College, Plymouth. Bishop Mark O’Toole will be welcoming inspirational speakers from across England and there will plenty of opportunity to influence the work of Caritas Plymouth. Unfortunately, there is a limit of three participants from each parish. Please see your Parish Priest if you would like to attend. The event is free, and food and refreshments are provided.
Plymouth Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: 18-25 February 2019. Further details: Pilgrimage People, Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Telephone 0800 612 3423. Website http://www.pilgrimagepeople.org

 

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

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 Mass at Holy Cross Topsham 11am

Scripture readings at Mass –Year C; weekday cycle 1;

Season Advent/Christmas                      

December 2

1st Sunday of Advent

December 9

2nd Sunday of Advent

December 16

3rd Sunday of Advent       Gaudete Sunday

December 23

4th Sunday of Advent

December 30

The Holy Family

 Weekday Masses 10 am        

The weekdays that Mass will be celebrated, will be announced on the previous Sunday

Special days of Prayer:

Saturday December 8 Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary           

                                                                                                                                                             

Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 December    The Nativity of the Lord                                 

 

Vigil and Mass at Midnight Monday 24

Christmas Day

Holy Cross Topsham

Carols 6.30pm; Vigil Mass 7pm

11am

Sacred Heart South Street

 

Vigil mass 6pm

Carols at 11.30pm; Mass at Midnight

 

9.30am   11am

Blessed Sacrament Heavitree

 

Vigil mass 6pm

Carols at 11.30pm; Mass at Midnight

 

9am        10.30am

ADVENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE 

The Advent Penitential Service for all the Exeter parishes will be held at the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesday 4 December at 7pm when there will be several priests available to hear confessions.

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for December:  Evangelization
That people who are involved in the service and transmission of faith may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.

A warm welcome to any Visitors; there will be tea or coffee served in the lower room after the Sunday celebration of Mass. Please join us for a cup and a chat.

News and Events

Pope Francis: "A life that is poor in charity is devoid of true light."

SVP Although there will be no collection of goods this year, the SVP would be very grateful for monetary contributions to enable them to help those in need. (See Kevin Leeper if you would like to know more.)

St. Margaret's Advent carol service on 3 December and main carol service on 17 December

Join EXETER UNIVERSITY SINGERS on Friday 7 December at 7:30 pm at Sacred Heart Church for a wonderful candlelit celebration of choral Christmas music. Known for its fantastic blend, the concert will include a range of timeless carols and beautiful modern arrangements, featuring composers such as Tavener, Todd and Howells. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served during the interval.

Sat 8 December: CAFOD Advent Mass Sacred Heart Church 5.30pm.

St Margaret’s Church Christmas Fair Saturday 8 December 10am – 1pm.

Carol singing at Chapel Platt. Saturday 15 December at 10.30am. Chapel Platt, Fore St, Topsham. Traditional ecumenical carol singing, followed by coffee and mince pies at St Nicholas’s Church.

Christmas Tree festival at St Nicholas’ Church. Thursday 13-Saturday 15 December, with a Concert of Christmas Music on Friday 14 at 7.30pm. 

Christmas Mass offerings If you wish to make an offering and you pay income tax, please Gift Aid your donation, using a Gift Aid envelope. For the parish this is the most financially beneficial method of giving.

Christmas cleaning team.  Please could we have additional help with the Christmas cleaning which will be during the week of 17 December? All welcome – men and women! Please contact Diana Smithson to confirm day and time.

ST NICHOLAS SCHOOL:  7 December Christmas Fayre 5.30 – 7.30pm. Please join us for our annual festive fundraising evening - there'll be a Christmas Bar, food and drink, entertainment, activities for the children, stalls, the St. Nicholas Christmas Raffle.... Santa will also be resident in his Grotto for the evening. Entry £1 (Pupils and under 5s free!).

Meetings

Parish Council Next meeting to be advised.

CWL No Meetings in December.

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.

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