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:



Ordinary Time A

4th October 27th Sunday in O.T.

1) Isaiah 5: 1-7

Psalm 79
    2) Philippians 4: 6-9

Gospel Matthew 21: 33-43

11th October 28th Sunday in O.T. 1) Isaiah 25: 6-10

Psalm 22

  Prisons week

2) Philippians 4: 12-14, 19-20

Gospel Matthew 22: 1-(10 or)14
18th October 29th Sunday in O.T.

1) Isaiah 45: 1, 4-6

Psalm 95
  World Mission Day

2) Thessalonians 1: 1-5

Gospel Matthew 22: 15-21
25th October 30th Sunday in O.T.

1) Exodus 22: 20-26

Psalm 17

2) Thessalonians 1: 5-10

Gospel Matthew 22: 34-40

Days of special prayer:
9th October Blessed John Henry Newman.
Friday 9th October CAFOD fast day.
11th-17th October week of prayer for prisoners and their families.
22nd October St. John Paul II, Pope.

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention: The Laity’s Mission in the Church
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

Celebration of Mass – Rule of 6: The change to the law regarding meeting in groups no larger than six from Monday 14th September does not apply to places of worship. Thank goodness!
If you wish to contact Kath about the newsletter, perhaps sending to someone who would like a copy, or concerning the rota for helping, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01392 986535.
Face Masks / Coverings: As you know, it is now mandatory to cover our faces when we come to church. We hope you see it as an act of kindness towards your neighbour to comply. We are going to maintain the 2m distancing in church which the government recommends wherever possible. This will mean that the capacity inside the church will not change. Therefore, if you do come please be early, and if you cannot get in, please be generous in your response. Please be aware that a few people are exempt from wearing masks for medical reasons, and a list of these exemptions can be found on the website.
Caritas — World Day of the Poor: This will be the first Diocesan-wide online event that Caritas has put together, so any support you can offer would be most appreciated. We understand that online events won’t work for many people but unfortunately we have had to take the decision that we will not be able to hold a face to face event at St Rita’s as we had hoped. Nonetheless I hope that those who are happy to join online will come along and participate and that before too long we will be able to organise something face to face. For more information please go to the following website
THIS IS MY HOME #HandsForHomelessness: Homelessness is a continued, significant issue in Exeter. This autumn St Petrock’s is asking people to help support rough sleepers by joining their September Sleeping Bag Appeal. You can help by: DROPPING OFF a second hand (clean!) sleeping bag at St Petrock’s Centre PURCHASING a sleeping bag from our Amazon Wish List for delivery straight to St Petrock’s DONATING the cost of a sleeping bag (£30) or an amount of your choosing towards a sleeping bag FUNDRAISE for sleeping bags by “lending a hand” and doing a job for someone
Exeter Foodbank—Food Shortages: Can you help by donating the following? Potatoes (tinned); Rice Pudding (tinned); Microwaveable Sponge Pudding; Toiletries (shower gel/deodorant/shampoo). Current Collection Points - Sainsbury’s (Alphington/Pinhoe/Guildhall); Tesco (Exe Vale); Co-Op (Heavitree/St Thomas); Waitrose (Gladstone Rd)
Sick Parishioners: Please remember in your prayers all in our parish who are sick, in hospital, recently bereaved, lonely or struggling at this difficult time. May God help them to find the strength and courage to deal with their difficulties, and may they know that the parish is with them and praying for them.
Ecumenical event: 27th September (and the last Sunday of each month after that): Exeter Prays, 8 - 8.40pm. Praying for our city, land, and the nations. Online at
CAFOD Family Fast Day: Weekend of 10/11 October This week our parish is marking CAFOD’s Family Fast Day to help people facing the worst of the coronavirus crisis. We’ve all felt the impact of this terrible disease – let’s come together to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world survive, rebuild and heal. Please pray for all those affected and donate online at or by using one of the envelopes. Please gift aid your donation which provides 25% more funds. You can also give easily via text. Text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10. Download this prayer card.
Current Campaigns: ”Cancel the Debt - Between now and October, we want you to send us a photo of you creatively displaying the words Cancel The Debt. We’re collecting photos of supporters from across England and Wales, and we will put your photos together in October to send a message to world leaders that it’s time to #CancelTheDebt. Your photo will be used as part of a photo petition that will be delivered to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.
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 approx 45minutes.
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, Paul Fisher (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 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 which remains 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 mymobile. 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:
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:

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