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; Headteacher: Mrs A. Folland
Tel. No. 01392 445403. School Website: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/

THE CHURCH IS NOW OPEN FOR SUNDAY MASS AT 11AM AND OPEN FOR WEEKDAY MASS ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS, AT 10AM.

PLEASE NOTE: FACEMASKS WILL BE REQUIRED AND MANADATORY IN CHURCH FROM 8th AUGUST.

Please take particular notice of the new arrangements.

AUGUST 2020

Ordinary Time A

Readings
2nd August 18th Sunday in O.T.

1) Isaiah 55: 1-3

Psalm 144
    2) Romans 8: 35, 37-39

Gospel Matthew 14: 13-21

9th August 19th Sunday in O.T. 1) Kings 9: 11-13

Psalm 84

   

2) Romans 9: 1-5

Gospel Matthew 14: 22-23
16th August The Assumption

1) Apocalypse 11: 19, 12: 1-6, 10

Psalm 44
   

2) Corinthians 15: 20-26

Gospel Luke 1: 39-56
23rd August 21st Sunday in O.T.

1) 1 Isaiah 22: 19-23

Psalm 137
   

2) Romans 11: 33-36

Gospel Matthew 16: 13-20
30th August 22nd Sunday in O.T.

1) Jeremiah 20: 7-9

Psalm 62
   

2) Romans 12: 1-2

Gospel Matthew 16:21-27

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention: The Maritime World
We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families.

Please pray for the family and friends of Josie Roberts who died this week. She was a member of our church and the choir for many years. Her funeral is to be held at Holy Cross Church.
Keep up to date: Use this website for News, Mass and other church services online. If you wish to contact Kath about the newsletter or rota for helping, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01392 986535
We are fortunate to have a very small band of Stewards, Eucharistic ministers, Readers, and Cleaners for Sunday and Weekday Masses, who are doing a great job in enabling parishioners to attend Mass. We thank them with gratitude for all they do; without them, the church would not be open.
Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport and in shops and supermarkets. The government strongly encourages people to use face coverings in enclosed spaces where there are people they would not normally meet, e.g. Churches.
CAFOD International Coranavirus Emergency Appeal. For many of our brothers and sisters across the globe the choice is stark. Die of coronavirus or die of starvation.
CAFOD has joined forces with the UK Disasters Emergencies Committee to help millions of people whose lives are at risk as coronavirus spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict. Families who have been forced to flee their homes in places including Syria, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, now face a deadly threat as coronavirus takes hold in new areas.
CAFOD Director, Christine Allen, said: “In the UK our struggle against coronavirus has entered the next phase, but in many of the world’s poorest communities, the fight has only just begun. Families who have fled conflict, and are living in crowded camps or makeshift shelters, are especially vulnerable. We need your support to reach these communities and help people to cope as best they can when an outbreak of the virus strikes.” Watch this short video of how CAFOD supporters are keeping hopes alive in Sierra Leone.  To donate to the appeal via the Exeter Catholic Parishes justgiving page and for more information please click here. You can also make donations by phone 0303 303 3030 or send cheques made payable to CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB.
Use CAFOD’s Summer of Hope fundraising ideas with your families and friends and raise money for the appeal.
Dial a Mass 01642 130120 The Middlesbrough diocese in conjunction with the Knights of St Columba have began “Dial a Mass” for those without internet. For the cost of a local call, Mass will be able to be heard from 12noon on the Sunday until 11.59 the following Sunday. Mass will last approximately 45 minutes.
Red box holders: Collections are still continuing and if you have a box whose contents need collecting then please contact John Franklin on 01392 986535. You can also donate direct to Missio if this is more convenient. Details are on the card that you should have received by now. For more information, please get in touch with John as above. Many thanks.
A message 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 email me, 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 at this time, but if this is the only way, these should be made payable to PRCDTR Holy Cross and sent to me 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!
Getting in Touch with Patients in the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
The Chaplaincy Team are very aware that, with visiting restrictions, it is much harder to get messages of love and prayer through to friends and other parishioners in hospital. So, please leave a message on 01392 402024 and one of the Chaplaincy team will aim to write your message onto a card and deliver it to the patient. Simply say your name and contact number, the full name of the patient (and the ward they are on, if you know it) and a message you wish to be written in the card.
Message from the Diocesan Safeguarding Office
If you have any safeguarding concerns either personally or for any other person then do not hesitate to contact the Safeguarding Office who remain open and available to assist. To contact us either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring me on 01364 645431 which will be transferred to my mobile. Robert Brown, Safeguarding Coordinator, Diocese of Plymouth.
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 their parish website: https://www.sacredheartexeter.org
Government help:
There is a free service to find out what help you can get from the government and other organisations. Lots available. Link here.
NO paper copies of Parish News:
Some of you will have been able to celebrate Mass in the church recently. In line with Covid regulations, paper copies of the newsletter will not be available at the church. If you know anyone who would like to have a newsletter sent by email please ask them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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