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:

Please take particular notice of the new arrangements.

JULY 2020

Ordinary Time A

5th July 14th Sunday in O.T.

1) Zechariah 9: 9-10

Psalm  144
    2) Romans 8: 9, 11-13

Gospel  Matthew 11: 25-30

12th July 15th Sunday in O.T.; Sea Sunday 1) Isaiah 55: 10-11

Psalm  64


2) Romans 8: 18-23

Gospel Matthew 13: 1-23  or 13: 1-9
19th July 16th Sunday in O.T.

1) Wisdom 12: 13, 16-19

Psalm  85

2) Romans 8: 26-27

Gospel Matthew 13: 24-43  or 13: 24-30
26th July 17th Sunday in O.T.

1) 1 Kings 3: 5, 7-12

Psalm  118

2) Romans 8: 28-30

Gospel Matthew 13: 44-52  or 13: 44-46

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention: Our Families
We pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.

A letter from Father Kieran about the arrangements for Masses from 5th July 2020 until further notice:
You probably have heard that places of worship will be able to re-open for services from 4th July. Therefore Holy Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross from 5th July. Sunday Mass will be at the normal time of 11am.
Things are of course going to look completely different and the number of people able to attend will be limited. The same protocols that are in place for personal prayer will still apply. For now numbers will be limited to 18 for social distancing of 2 metres. A one-way system will be in operation; entering by the Main door and exiting through the sacristy. (As the present protocol).
Please remember that at present the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended, so can I encourage you if you are able, as an act of generosity, to come to Mass Either on Monday or Thursday where the time remains at 10am. This will ensure that all those who cannot get to Mass in the week can attend at weekends.  It is also important to point out that there are no toilets available. The Church will be open half an hour before all Masses. For track and tracing you will be asked to give your contact details to one of the stewards; this will apply at all Masses.
Stewards will be required to monitor access to the church; to check that all visitors to the church sanitise their hands on entry; to maintain the trace and trace system; and to ensure that the social distancing regulations are adhered to at all times. They are present to guarantee the safety both of parishioners and of the whole community; please be cooperative with them. If we do not have sufficient stewards or cleaners then it will not be possible to celebrate Mass.
Readers at Mass will be required to wear disposable gloves (that will be supplied). Because of social distancing there will be no servers. There will be no music or singing. There will be no offertory collection or procession. The collecting box for cash offerings will be placed at the exit to the church. Can I encourage you, where possible, to make your donation to the church via standing order.
The reception of Holy Communion will be different. All changes will be communicated to you during Holy Mass.  
Finally can I please implore you to help as stewards and/or cleaners for each Mass. It’s a stark fact that without you Masses will not be able to be celebrated. If you are able to help please contact Kath Franklin, Frances Nieduszynska or Fiona Hutchings as soon as possible.
The most important thing is that we respect each other and keep safe.
Please note: if you are late for Mass, or if the limit of 18 persons has been reached, you won’t get in!
God Bless you all
Fr Kieran
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Roseline Uzochukwu, Fr Cyriacus’s Mother, who died on 26th June, and for Fr Cyriacus and family.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said: “I welcome the statement by the Prime Minister earlier today, that places of worship are now able to resume collective acts of worship from 4 July. This is welcome news for members of all religions in England. I thank all who have worked hard to bring this about, not least my fellow religious leaders.
“As Catholics we now look forward to being able to celebrate Mass together again from 4 July. We have waited with patience and longing for this moment, understanding the importance of protecting the health of people in our society. Now we are full of anticipation that we will be able again to take part together in the Eucharist, which lies at the centre of our faith.
“It is important that we continue to abide by the guidance, given by the Government, on appropriate social distancing and the other measures to avoid all unnecessary risk. Our own detailed guidance has been distributed around dioceses and parishes so everyone can be confident that they may come to Mass securely and understand the part they are to play in protecting each other from any remaining risk of infection.
“The past few months have been a time of fashioning new patterns of prayer, new ways of exploring and enriching our faith and vigorous ways of reaching out to those in need. We can build on these, forgetting nothing of the graces we have been given. Yet now, with the experience of opening our churches for individual prayer already gained, this return to the more normal patterns of worship will be of great importance to all Catholics.
“This time of our ‘Eucharistic fast’ has made our hearts grow in longing for that moment when we can come together and receive again the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist. That moment is now very near and for that we thank God.”
The Bishops conference of England and Wales has informed us that we are now permitted to celebrate funeral liturgies in church, (not a Requiem Mass). Numbers will be limited to the deceased’s household and close family.  If neither can attend then close friends may.  There can be no singing.
Exeter Catholic Churches CAFOD International Coronavirus Emergency Appeal In these challenging times when we can’t worship together we have set up a CAFOD JustGiving page for our parishioners from Exeter and Topsham parish churches, Sacred Heart, Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross, to raise funds for our brothers and sisters in developing countries.
This is the biggest challenge the world has faced in 100 years and we can all make a difference in supporting this vital international fight back against the pandemic and help to save lives and livelihoods of the world's poorest people. CAFOD is already helping the poorest and most vulnerable people regardless of backgrounds or religion to overcome and survive COVID-19 but due to the unprecedented scale of this crisis they urgently need our help. Whilst the pandemic in the developing world has not had as much media coverage their circumstances are desperate and distressing as their health services are not able to cope.
For more information please visit our JustGiving page and support by donating and/or taking part in a sponsored activity and/or join us in our virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Getting in Touch with Patients in the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
The Chaplaincy Team is 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 email me direct on 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.
Mass and other services online (just click to access): Plymouth Cathedral
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:
The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales Coronovirus (COVID-19) page has news, information, advice and links to churches streaming Mass.
Sacred Heart Parish reminds us all that: It is important that we keep in touch with our friends in the parish, so if you know somebody who would appreciate a chat, then give them a call! If you find that anyone needs a priest, or help of any kind, then let us know on the parish number (01392 272815) as soon as possible.
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!
Estuary League of Friends and Love Topsham are organising volunteers to support people who need help locally. Please go to the Love Topsham website if you need, or could offer, any help. There is useful information on the Love Topsham website about home deliveries and other services. The Estuary Hub will deliver a hot meal daily to people in Topsham and deliver shopping. Please telephone 01392 879009.

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