Parish Priest:  Fr. Harry Doyle
Phone 01392 920662 (please leave a message if necessary)

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School: St. Nicholas Catholic Primary School; Headteacher: Mrs A Folland 
Phone 01392 445403.  School Website:

Sunday Masses during the month of March 2018

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

Mass at 11am

March 4

3rd Sunday of Lent

March 11

4th Sunday of Lent

March 18

5th Sunday of Lent

March 25

Palm Sunday

There will be Stations of the Cross every Sunday at 4pm during Lent.

The Easter Triduum at Holy Cross

Thursday 29 March


Holy Thursday

Friday 30 March (day of fasting and abstinence)


Good Friday

Saturday 31 March


The Easter Vigil

Sunday 1 April


Easter Sunday

Good Friday Walk of Witness: The Walk on Friday 30 March will start at Holy Cross at 11am and finish at St Nicholas’ church with coffee and hot-cross buns.  'Churches Together in Topsham' organise this ecumenical Stations of the Cross, with readings, hymns and prayers, each station led by a different church. Please come along to join in this act of witness and fellowship with other Christians locally.

Opportunity for Confession: The inter-parish Penitential Service will be held at Sacred Heart Church, South Street on Friday 23 March at 7pm and several priests will be available.
At Holy Cross the Sacrament of Reconciliation will follow Mass on Saturdays.

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

Holy Days of Obligation 11am

Sacrament of Reconciliation following Mass on Saturday.

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

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for March
Evangelization: Formation in Spiritual Discernment

That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, on both the personal and communitarian levels.

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

Lenten Friday lunches: at St Nicholas on 2 & 9 March and St Margaret’s on 16 & 23 March.
Lent studies at Holy Cross: Father Harry will be giving a number of talks followed by discussion during Lent on the topic ‘Getting to know Jesus better.’ They will begin on Wednesday 28 February after Mass and thereafter on subsequent Wednesdays during Lent.
World Women’s Day of Prayer. Ecumenical service on Friday 2 March, 11am at Holy Cross. Everyone is very welcome at the World Women’s Day of Prayer service – including men!  After the service there will be coffee, followed by a Lent lunch at St Nicholas’s church at 12.30pm.
Gift Aid Envelopes.  New envelopes for 2018/19 will be available at the back of the church during March. They are named. Please take yours even if you give by Direct Debit or Standing Order. Envelopes for non-Gift Aid donations (nos. 45 – 60) are also available if you wish to use them. Please inform the Gift Aid Organiser, John Franklin, as soon as possible if your circumstances or your personal details change which means you no longer pay tax or pay insufficient tax which can be reclaimed on your donations. Please have a word with John if you are not presently Gift Aiding and would like to do so.
The organ and cello recital was a great success. The church was filled to capacity.  After paying the musicians, we were able to give £455 to charity, split between Estuary League of Friends and WaterAid.  Thanks to all those who helped, especially Frances who organised the event, George and his team for managing refreshments, and to those who generously contributed food.


Parish Council: Next meeting Thursday 26 April, after Mass.
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 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

Mass for married couples to renew their marriage vows: Saturday 21 April at 11am. The Mass will be followed by refreshments in the lower room and marquee.
The World Meeting of Families: Dublin 21 – 26 August 2018. Pope Francis intends to be present for the last part of the gathering, including the final Mass on 26 August. This is a wonderful opportunity to attend a global Church event. For information see:

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