Newsletter

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

Parish Priest:  Fr. Harry Doyle
Phone 01392 920662 (please leave a message if necessary)
Priest in retirement: Fr. Gerard Wilberforce
Parish email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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 Masses during the month of June 2018

Scripture readings at Mass – Year B, Weekday Cycle 2, Season: Ordinary time

Sunday Mass at 11am

June 3

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

June 10

10th Sunday in Ordinary time; Jubilee Mass

June 17

11th Sunday in Ordinary time; Day For Life

June 24

Nativity of St John the Baptist

Weekday Masses 10am (unless advised otherwise) Monday-Saturday inclusive.

Holy Days of Obligation 11am

Friday 29 June Ss Peter and Paul: Holy day of Obligation

Sacrament of Reconciliation following Mass on Saturdays.

Any changes to the celebration of Mass of the day will usually be announced on the preceding Sunday.

Special days of prayer

Tuesday 5 June St Boniface
Friday 8 June Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (No mass in Topsham)

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for June
Universal: Social networks
That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.

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

Fr Harry’s Golden Jubilee: On Sunday 10 June at 11am Fr Harry will celebrate at Holy Cross a special Mass of Thanksgiving for the 50 years of his priesthood. Mass will be followed by a lunch party in the parish garden.  There will be a list at the back of the church for you to sign if you would like to come to the lunch, so that we can manage the catering, and we will be asking for donations of food.  Details to follow.  On Friday 8 June at 12 noon there will be an Anniversary Mass at Plymouth Cathedral for all those priests in the Diocese who celebrate their Jubilee in 2018, which you are also welcome to attend.
Marriage: We pray for Gabriella Binney and Russell Keegan who were married at Holy Cross on Saturday 12 May and wish them a long life and much happiness together.
Gift Aid Donors:  Over the next few weeks you should receive your annual letter (by hand or post) showing how much you kindly donated in the tax year 2017-18 and the amount of tax reclaimed.  Please check these figures and let John Franklin know if there is any discrepancy.
Run to the Son: Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June at Buckfast Abbey. A weekend of prayer and inspiration to help equip you for mission. Tickets £50 inclusive of food and camping facilities (other accommodation available at additional cost). Booking forms online at www.buckfast.org.uk/run-to-the-son or contact St. Peter’s parish Plymouth on 01752 701660
Topsham Secret Gardens: 10 June.  A chance to visit a selection of private gardens in Topsham, organised by Topsham Museum.
Adoremus 2018 - The Eucharistic Congress. There is a series of podcasts available to help us understand further what we, as a church, are being invited to prepare for. http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage/Let-Us-Adore-Him-Adoremus-Podcasts/Episode-1

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 contact Barbara (875776) or just turn up.
Adoration at the Convent: On Tuesday evenings Adoration is held at the Mount St Mary Convent Chapel, Wonford Road, from 8pm to 9pm.

For your Diary

Our cantor's choir, Exeter Festival Chorus, is singing the Monteverdi Vespers on Saturday 14 July at 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral with the wonderful vocal ensemble VOCES8 and The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. Please give your name to Kath Singleton if you want tickets as she can obtain a discount of 10% on your behalf. It may also be possible to arrange shared transport. For more information please see the EFC website: www.exeterfestivalchorus.org.uk
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 2-8 August 2018 led by Bishop Mark. Flying from Exeter. Staying at the Chappelle et Parc, once owned by the Soubirous family, very close to the grotto. A time of prayer and relaxation. We would love you to join us. Price £779. Youth £495. (No increase on 2017 prices) Booking forms available and for a discount of £10, you can book on line. www.joewalshtours.co.uk  Please speak to your parish priest or contact: Fr Kieran Kirby Pilgrimage Director, 01803 294142 or Fr Anthony 0’Gorman Youth Chaplain, 01637 851176.
Ladies' Keep Fit Classes: are held each Tuesday morning at 10am, at the Cardinal Newman Centre, Wonford Road, Exeter for the ladies of the Exeter Parishes. New members are always welcome to come along. Contact Maggie Nicholls on 01392 426683.

JULY NEWSLETTER

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

Parish Priest:  Fr. Harry Doyle
Phone 01392 920662 (please leave a message if necessary)
Priest in retirement: Fr. Gerard Wilberforce
Parish email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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 Masses during the month of July 2018

Scripture readings at Mass – Year B, Weekday Cycle 2, Season: Ordinary time

Sunday Mass at 11am

July 1

13th Sunday in Ordinary time; Peter’s Pence (2nd collection)

July 8

14th Sunday in Ordinary time; Sea Sunday (2nd collection)

July 15

15th Sunday in Ordinary time

July 22

16th Sunday in Ordinary time

July 29

17th Sunday in Ordinary time

Father Gerard Wilberforce will be celebrating Sunday Mass with us from 8 July until 12 August.

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

Special days of prayer:  3 July St Thomas; 11 July St Benedict.; 25 July St James.

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for July: Evangelization: Priests and their Pastoral Ministry

That  priests who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.

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

Nick Maguire RIP:  Please pray for the repose of the soul of Nick Maguire and keep his family and friends in your prayers. Nick, a long time Parishioner and our Parish Council chairman, died early Thursday morning following a long battle with illness. He will be sorely missed within our parish, where he has been such a cheerful and vital figure for many years. His funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday 3rd July and will be held at South Street Sacred Heart Church at 12 noon.
First Holy Communion 24 June: We look forward to Amelie and Chloe Hughes’s First Holy Communion this Sunday to be celebrated at Holy Cross. Please keep them and their family in your prayers as we welcome them into our Parish family.
Father Harry will be celebrating a Mass for Healing of the Sick on Saturday 30 June at 11am. This special sacrament is for all who are unwell, who need medical treatment or those of us who are feeling the effects of age to strengthen and help us cope. Please sign the list at the back of the church if you are able to attend as there will be celebratory food and drink following the service.
Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe: There will be a pilgrimage visit of this image relic in Plymouth Cathedral 6 - 10 July. Further details on the notice board.
St Margaret's Patronal Flower Festival 2018: This popular event will be held from 12 – 14 July.
Our cantor's choir, Exeter Festival Chorus, is singing the Monteverdi Vespers on Saturday 14 July at 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral with the wonderful vocal ensemble VOCES8 and The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. Please give your name to Kath Singleton if you want tickets as she can obtain a discount of 10% on your behalf. It may also be possible to arrange shared transport. For more information please see the EFC website: www.exeterfestivalchorus.org.uk
Divertimento Piano Trio Concert: At St Margaret’s church on 6 July at 4:30 pm – 7:00pm. See Lily Neal at Topsham Books for tickets.
Adoremus 2018 - The Eucharistic Congress. There is a series of podcasts available to help us understand further what we, as a church, are being invited to prepare for: http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage/Let-Us-Adore-Him-Adoremus-Podcasts/Episode-1

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 contact Barbara (875776) or just turn up.
Adoration at the Convent: On Tuesday evenings Adoration is held at the Mount St Mary Convent Chapel, Wonford Road, from 8pm to 9pm.

For your Diary
Annual Mass at St Bartholomew's Church, Nymet Rowland on Saturday 18 August - you are warmly invited to join parishioners from St Boniface Church, Crediton for Mass at 12.30pm followed by a bring and share lunch in the lovely gardens (inside if wet).  Drinks will be provided. Please do come along for this most enjoyable event.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 2-8 August 2018 led by Bishop Mark. Flying from Exeter. Staying at the Chappelle et Parc, once owned by the Soubirous family, very close to the grotto. A time of prayer and relaxation. We would love you to join us. Price £779. Youth £495. (No increase on 2017 prices) Booking forms available and, for a discount of £10, you can book online: www.joewalshtours.co.uk  Please speak to your parish priest or contact: Fr Kieran Kirby Pilgrimage Director, 01803 294142 or Fr Anthony 0’Gorman Youth Chaplain, 01637 851176.
CELEBRATE 2018 South West Celebrate Weekend 13th–14th October Plymouth A joyful and faith-filled event for young and old at Notre Dame School, Looseleigh Lane, Plymouth PL6 5HN. Main Speakers: Maria Heath, Fr. Oscar Ardila, Charles Whitehead. Separate streams for children and young people, lively worship, drama, a variety of workshops, family Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Reconciliation available. Online booking now open (Prior booking essential). More details can be found online at www.celebrateconference.org; by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or by telephoning: Rebecca on 01395 489902 or Susanne on 01803 606256. We look forward to seeing you there.
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