Newsletter

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; Executive Head of School: Miss Cathy Lowry
Tel. No. 01392 445403. School Website: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/

DURING NOVEMBER THE CHURCH WILL BE OPEN FOR SUNDAY MASS AT 11am
Please continue to be careful!  If you are not sure about your Covid status please test if you can and do not come to church if your test is positive.

Sunday Masses in November 2022

Scripture readings at Mass: Year C2; Season: Ordinary Time/Advent

November 6th 11am 32nd Sunday in Ordinary time
November 13th 11.15am

33rd  Sunday in Ordinary time; Remembrance Sunday; World day of the poor

November 20th 11am Christ the King; Youth Day
November 27th 11am 1st  Sunday of Advent
Please notice that the Mass on 13th will start a little later, at 11.15, to allow people to return from the Topsham War Memorial at St Margaret’s church.
Weekday Mass will be celebrated by Father Anil on Wednesdays at 10am.

Days of Special Prayer 
Tuesday 1st, All Saints, and Wednesday 2nd, All Souls: both Masses will be celebrated by Father Anil at Holy Cross at 10am.
Please add your deceased loved ones' names to the book at the back of the church if you have not already done so. This will be placed on the altar during November Masses.
Wednesday 9th: Dedication of the Lateran Basilica  
Tuesday 29th: Saint Cuthbert Mayne

We pray for Fr Kieran Kirby. He welcomes visitors and has asked that The Lodge be contacted to arrange a visit: 22 Spicer Road, Exeter, Devon EX1 1SY. Home number: 01392 271663.

Armistice Day, Friday 11th November: There will be an informal gathering at 10.55am at the War Memorial, with the 2 Minutes' Silence.
Remembrance Sunday, 13th November: St Margaret’s and St Nicholas’s hold a joint service at 9.30am at which Holy Cross parishioners are warmly welcomed. At 10.50am there will be the traditional ecumenical service of remembrance at the War Memorial in front of St Margaret’s church. The Last Post takes place at 11am followed by 2 minutes’ silence, Reveille and laying of wreaths.  Mass at Holy Cross will start at 11.15am.

Please use the websites of our local churches to find details of their Mass times and news. They are now producing a combined newsletter called ‘Catholic Exeter'
Sacred Heart website
Blessed Sacrament website

Holy Father’s Intention: For children who suffer.
We pray for children who are suffering, especially those who are homeless, orphans, and victims of war; may they be guaranteed access to education and the opportunity to experience family affection.

Week of Guided Prayer 18th – 25th November: A Retreat in Daily Life. Do you feel you’re too busy to pray or not very good at it? Perhaps you would like support in deepening your prayer life. Guided prayer offers an opportunity for one-to-one encouragement with prayer. Through daily prayer, focused scripture and a companion to share and chat with each day, time is made to recapture a sense of your personal relationship with God.
Where: Daily meetings are arranged flexibly and will take place in both the Sacred Heart Church/Lower Room and Blessed Sacrament Church/St Richard Reynolds Centre. Two options: Choose either a Fri-Sun weekend retreat (18th-20th) or a Fri-Fri week-long retreat (18th-25th) Contact: For further information and to reserve a place, either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please confirm if you are intending to participate in the weekend or week-long retreat. Thank you.
Taster Session: There will be a taster session on Thursday 3rd November from 6.30 - 7.30pm in the St Richard Reynolds Centre at Blessed Sacrament. There is no need to book a place for the taster session, just come along.
Holy Cross - Missio Red Boxes: This is the time of year when the Missio Red Boxes are emptied, and the collected monies sent to Missio. Please bring your boxes to church if possible so John Franklin (our parish rep) can count and report. If John is not there please leave the box in the flower room and he will collect from there. Should anybody new to the Parish like a box please contact John on 01395443665.
Giving Monies: The parish is immensely grateful to all donors who support the parish. 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 – please message via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Giving Time: Coffee after Sunday Mass at Holy Cross.
We are serving refreshments after the 11am Mass on Sunday mornings but we are in need of more volunteers. The more people helping the less frequently you will have to be put on the rota. If you can help please contact Louise at church.
A huge 'thank you’ to Diana Smithson, who is making refreshments for the Wednesday Mass on her own. I am sure she wouldn’t mind some friendly help in this ministry.
Please pray for our Priests, parishioners, family & friends, especially those who are sick, those undergoing medical procedures, those in hospital and all feeling isolated in these challenging times.

For your Diary
World Day of the Poor Caritas Event: 12th November, 10.30-15.00 at St Mary’s, Poole.
All are welcome to this free event, hosted by Caritas Plymouth, to bring people together to reflect on Pope Francis’ message for the 6th World Day of the Poor and how we are called to respond.
In this year’s message, Pope Francis says ‘Encountering the poor enables us to put an end to many of our anxieties and empty fears, and to arrive at what truly matters in life, the treasure that no one can steal from us: true and gratuitous love.’  We will be joined by Raymond Friel OBE, Chief Executive of Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) and an author of influential books on Catholic education, who will explore the message of Pope Francis and what this might mean for our personal and parish mission.
Lunch will be provided and there is an opportunity to attend Mass at 10am. The event will take place in St Mary’s Church Hall, BH15 2EG. There is ample free parking. Places are limited so booking is advised. You can book by filling in this form  https://forms.office.com/r/Bz1HuDnbjX or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Stronghold Praise & Worship
Join us to praise and worship God in song and music in the St Richard Reynolds Centre at Blessed Sacrament Church at 7.15pm. We look forward to welcoming you for an evening of praise and worship. Make a note of future dates: 17th November and 15th  December. ‘The one who sings prays twice.’: St Augustine.
Youth Events:
Please use this link to find out about youth events happening in our diocese, including this year’s catechetical camps.
The Bishops’ Conference.
Updates from the Bishops' Conference can be found This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
If you wish to contact Kath
with an item for the next newsletter please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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. 

Diocese of Plymouth  
A Message to the Diocese from Canon Paul Cummins, Diocesan Administrator,
read in Mass for the weekend of 22nd/23rd October 2022 following the publication of the Final Report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA):
My dear Brothers and Sisters,
On Thursday 20th October, the Panel of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) published its final report after seven years of work. The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Catholic Council welcome this report and thank the Inquiry for its work and will carefully study its contents and recommendations.
It has been painful and shaming for us to read the Report, and I know that whatever we experience is but a shadow of the agony and pain caused to the victims and survivors of abuse within our Church. Their voices must continue to be fully heard. To anyone who carries this burden or who has been hurt in any way, I say how sorry I am on behalf of the Catholic Church. I can assure you that we will not stop in our journey of dedicated effort in making the life and work of the Church safe for all.
Before the publication of the case study report into the Roman Catholic Church in November 2020, the Church commissioned an independent review into its safeguarding work and structures, which is now in the process of being implemented. A new national safeguarding body, the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA), was created and began operational work in April 2021. The Agency provides a regulatory function to organisations within the Church in England and Wales ensuring that standards are upheld, and all safeguarding processes adhered to. These changes were fully aligned with the Inquiry’s recommendations in the case study report.
Key to this progress is the voice of victims and survivors of abuse, which has been an integral element in the development of this new agency. The Church remains committed to listening with humility to those who have been hurt by the actions of Church members so that their experiences will inform our work.
Clearly, the IICSA Report will be key in informing our ongoing work of Safeguarding in our diocese, and I can confirm that the work of our diocesan Safeguarding Office is already aligned to the new agency, the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA). I would like to thank all those generous people, Catholic and non-Catholic, who are an important part of our Safeguarding processes. Another message setting out in greater detail how our diocese is implementing the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards and the recommendations arising from the Independent Inquiry will follow in the next few weeks.
It is important for us to again offer an unreserved apology to all those who have been hurt by abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales and to reaffirm our commitment to the continued refinement and improvement of our safeguarding work to protect all children and the vulnerable. Please keep all those engaged in this work in your prayers, but above all, those who have suffered abuse in their lives.
With my prayer, Canon Paul Cummins, Diocesan Administrator, St Boniface House, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7JL Tel: (01364) 645360, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
website: http://www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk

© Holy Cross Topsham 2022 Website: www.compusmall.co.uk

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

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; Executive Head of School: Miss Cathy Lowry
Tel. No. 01392 445403. School Website: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/

DURING DECEMBER THE CHURCH WILL BE OPEN FOR SUNDAY MASS AT 11am
Weekday Mass will be celebrated by Father Anil on Wednesdays at 10am except for Wednesday 28th December.
Please continue to be careful!  If you are not sure about your Covid status please test if you can and do not come to church if your test is positive.

Sunday Masses in December 2022

Scripture readings at Mass: Year A1; Season: Advent

December 4th 11am 2nd Sunday of Advent
December 11th 11am

3rd Sunday of Advent

December 18th 11am 4th Sunday of Advent
December 24th 7pm 'Midnight Mass' for The Nativity of our Lord
December 25th 11am The Nativity of our Lord
 

Days of Special Prayer 
Saturday 3rd December Migrants' Day
Thursday 8th December Immaculate conception.
Tuesday 27th December St. John.
Wednesday 28th December Holy Innocents
Friday 30th December Holy Family
Friday 6th January Holy Day of Obligation Epiphany Mass at 11am

We pray for Fr Kieran Kirby. He welcomes visitors and has asked that The Lodge be contacted to arrange a visit: 22 Spicer Road, Exeter, Devon EX1 1SY. Home number: 01392 271663.

Please use the websites of our local churches to find news of the joint service of reconciliation and their Christmas Mass times. They are now producing a combined newsletter called ‘Catholic Exeter'
Sacred Heart website. Telephone: 01392 272815.
Blessed Sacrament website. Telephone: 01392 274724

Holy Father’s Intention: For volunteer not-for-profit organisations
We pray that volunteer non-profit organisations committed to human development find people dedicated to the common good and ceaselessly seek out new paths to international cooperation.

A huge ’thank you’ to Paul Fisher who has now moved from Topsham. When the first Covid restrictions were being lifted he was part of a very small band of stewards responsible for helping to keep our church open. He has been our church treasurer, a cheerful Steward and of course he is a valued and faithful member of our church. We will miss him and wish him well in his new house and Parish.
CAFOD World Gifts: Give a gift of hope this Christmas
In Advent, let’s share the promise of hope that has been made to us with our sisters and brothers around the world. You can buy CAFOD’s World Gifts for family and friends this Christmas online at  https://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/ or pick up a catalogue in church. World Gifts such as “super soup kitchens”, “trees for life”, or “water for a family” will help transform lives in a world filled with challenges.
Flower fund. In order to raise some money for the flower fund there will be a cake stall, after Mass, on the 11th December. Please support in anyway that you can.  We will also have a draw for a Christmas hamper on 18th Dec. Donations of non perishable food or drink items would be welcomed.  Anyone who feels they could help the flower arranging team, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Giving Time: Cleaning and Coffee after Sunday Mass at Holy Cross.
We are serving refreshments after the 11am Mass on Sunday mornings but we are in need of more volunteers. The more people helping the less frequently you will have to be put on the rota. If you can help please contact Louise at church. We are also asking for kind people to join the newly formed cleaning group. Many hands and all that! Thank you Frances and Jenny for what you have done so far. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will pass your name to Fiona who has the rota with a few spaces on it!
Giving Monies: The parish is immensely grateful to all donors who support the parish. 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 – please message via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
St Nicholas School News We would welcome any parishioners who would be interested in coming in on a weekly basis to support children with their reading. You would need an enhanced DBS check for this which would be carried out by the school. If you are interested and wish to find out more please contact Mrs Brocksom This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please also contact Mrs Brocksom if you are interested in becoming a school foundation governor. You would be required to attend 6 meetings per year (held in school) and some scheduled monitoring visits to the school.

For your Diary
Finding Joy in our lives today ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ or Evangelii Gaudium in Latin, ‘fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.’ These are the first words of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, soon after he became Pope in March 2013. In these troubled days when joy seems in very short supply, it could be very helpful to examine this letter in greater depth, especially since, as Pope Francis repeatedly reminds us, this quality is integral to our being Christians. What better way to prepare ourselves for the mind-blowing celebration of God becoming man at Christmas! We will meet every Thursday from 1st  December to 19th January (with a break for Christmas) at 10.30 – 12 noon in Sacred Heart Lower Room. Come and see!
Dec 8th – 10th CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 
St Nicholas Church, Topsham. Thank you, Carol, for providing a decorated tree to represent our church. Please go and see the display .. if you are not in the Christmas mood yet, it will certainly help!
Carols at Chapel Platt:
Saturday 17th December at 10.30 am with mince pies to follow at St Nicholas’s
St Margaret’s Advent discussion group:
at St Margaret’s church, every Friday during Advent, 10-11 am. Discussion will be based on Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam’s book Sleepers Awake (copies will be available). The themes will be Now, Spirituality, Creation, Hope. All are very welcome to join.
Stronghold Praise & Worship
Join us to praise and worship God in song and music in the St Richard Reynolds Centre at Blessed Sacrament Church at 7.15pm. We look forward to welcoming you for an evening of praise and worship. Make a note of future dates: 17th November and 15th  December. ‘The one who sings prays twice.’: St Augustine.
Youth Events:
Please use this link to find out about youth events happening in our diocese, including this year’s catechetical camps.
The Bishops’ Conference.
Updates from the Bishops' Conference can be found This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
If you wish to contact Kath
with an item for the next newsletter please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.

© Holy Cross Topsham 2022 Website: www.compusmall.co.uk