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:

Sunday Mass at Holy Cross Topsham 11am

October 7

27th Sunday in Ordinary time

October 14

28th Sunday in Ordinary time; Day of prayer for Prisoners

October 21

29th Sunday in Ordinary time; 2nd Collection: World Mission Sunday

October 28

30th Sunday in Ordinary time

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

Special day of Prayer:
Friday 5 October: CAFOD Harvest Fast Day

Tuesday 9 October: Blessed John Henry Newman, Priest
Thursday 18 October: St Luke

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention: The Mission of Religious.
That consecrated men and women may bestir themselves and be present among the poor, the marginalised, and those who have no voice.

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

27 October – Clocks go back one hour.
Friday 5 October:
CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day. On Family Fast Day, CAFOD invites us to share in the abundance that God has given us. We are asked to fast, pray and give. Envelopes for your offering will be available at the back of the church.
Brian Bargent provides us with feedback on Adoremus.  He took our Parish Prayer book to Liverpool for the event. ‘It was wonderful!  Around 6,000 people came the first day, maybe 8,000 on the second. We attended Adoration in a chapel in the city centre, and placed the Exeter Parishes' Intentions books in the Sanctuary, before the Altar. There were around 10,000 for the Eucharistic Procession on the Sunday. We started with Mass in the Cathedral, and the three Exeter Parishes' Prayer Intentions books were taken up with the Offertory.’ The Plymouth delegation is planning to get together for a de-brief and to see how we can take this forward in our diocese.
First Aid: 
The parish needs to appoint a first aider.  Please would any qualified volunteers contact Malcolm Macmillen (01392 873280).
Annual Mass Count: Every year we are asked to count the number of people attending the Masses in the parish so please don’t be disturbed to see someone counting heads during each Sunday Mass for the next four weeks.
A joyful and faith-filled event for young and old 13/14 October, Notre Dame School, Looseleigh Lane, Plymouth PL6 5HN. Main Speakers: Maria Heath, Fr Oscar Ardila, Charles Whitehead. Prior booking essential. / email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Rebecca 01395 489902 or Susanne 01803 606256.
RCIA/JOURNEY OF FAITH: Are you interested in joining the Catholic Church? Would you like to find out more about the Catholic faith? If so, you are warmly invited to join us in our weekly meetings which begin on Wednesday 10 October at 7.30pm in the Mount St Mary Centre, Wonford Road. These are open to Catholics and non-Catholics alike and consist of informal talks and discussions about our faith. If you are interested please contact: Blessed Sacrament, Heavitree Exeter: tel. 01392 274724.
Topsham: A Tuesday club for the not-so-young, is organised by Topsham Community Association and meets at the Dorothy Holman Centre on the Topsham Recreation Ground every Tuesday at 2pm. We chat, we play pool, we play table tennis, we play board games, and if the weather is any good we play badminton and petanque/boules on the rec. It's absolutely free, so if you live in or near Topsham and you're over 50, just drop in and try one or more of the activities. You can be sure of a warm welcome!

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.
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
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

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