Newsletter

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

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.

Retired priests : Monsignor Harry Doyle (in residence)
Father Gerard Wilberforce

Holy Cross Church Registered Charity Number 213227

School: St. Nicholas Catholic Primary School; Headteacher: Mrs A. Folland
Tel. No. 01392 445403. School Website: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/

Sunday Masses during November 2019: 11am

Scripture readings at Mass: Year C; Weekday cycle 1; Season: Ordinary Time

November 3 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 10 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time; Remembrance Sunday
November 17 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time; World day of the Poor
November 24 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Christ the King; Youth Day

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

The Sacrament of Reconciliation follows Mass on Saturdays by request.

Special days of Prayer
Friday 1 November: All Saints (Holy Day of Obligation)

Saturday 2 November: All Souls
Mass will be celebrated at 10am and 7pm on both dates. After the Saturday Mass Father Harry will lead a prayer session in the cemetery. All are welcome to join in.
Saturday 9 November: Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention
Universal - Communication and Reconciliation
That a spirit of dialogue, encounter and reconciliation emerges in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.

A warm welcome to any visitors
Tea or coffee will be served in the lower room after the Sunday celebration of Mass. Please join us for a cup and a chat.

News and Events
Remembrance Sunday:
The Topsham congregations will gather around the war memorial for the act of Remembrance at 10.50 am. Holy Cross worshippers will be able to attend the service at the war memorial before their morning Mass which will start at 11.15 am.
November – Month Of The Holy Souls:
There will be a book of Remembrance at the back of the church in which you can place the names of those friends and family who are deceased.
Diocesan Clergy Requiem Mass at the Cathedral Thursday 7 November 11 am. All welcome.
Network Rail is still renewing both the track and the crossing. There will be diversions at Station Road and closures to the crossing as detailed below, but these are subject to change. Diversions will be in place. The crossing will be closed on the weekends 16/17 and 23/24 November. You might have to use the diversion to get to church by car from Station Road via Denver Road & Clyst Road or on foot via the crossing near the Surgery if this is open.
St Vincent de Paul Society: The SVP is looking for new members. Over the last year we have made visits to many elderly and lonely people in their homes, in hospitals and care homes and enabled a family to have a holiday. We have provided communal meals for a Community Shelter for children and young people coping with a variety of issues. Our Coffee Morning in Exeter High Street has raised money to support SVP's Baby Feeding Stations in the Sudan. We’ve also been able to send aid to the Sisters' Orphanage in the Philippines and also to our twinned SVP Conferences in India. We are doing this, and more, but if we are to continue our work we do need more members. Just one hour of your time now and again would make such a difference. If you would like to volunteer or if you would like more information please contact Teresa or Kevin Leeper.
St. Nicholas News: Reception 2020 and Nursery - We are giving tours for prospective parents for Reception 2020 entry on Tuesday 19 November at 9am and 6pm. Please contact Ali to book a place This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01392 445403 ext 222 if you wish to find out more about our Nursery provision for over 3 year olds. We offer both 15 and 30 hours funding and before and after school care during term time.
APF Red boxes: If you have one would you please bring it and leave it at the back of the church to be counted in the next few weeks.
Advent wreath workshop: This will be held in the St Richard Reynolds Centre after morning Mass on Saturday 30 November. Come and learn how to make your own wreath and be introduced to the prayers that are said around an Advent wreath. The aim is to use as many natural resources as possible. Please let Coral know on 07745922636 if you are interested in coming and please bring with you: 1 pink, 1 white and 3 purple candles, scissors/secateurs, string, garden greenery, dried pinecones, dried seeds, acorns, ribbons and perhaps some small Christmas decorations.
Topsham Christmas Lights Switch On: Friday 15 November 2019, 5pm – late.

For your Diary
Exeter Festival Chorus
will perform a programme of music and short readings in celebration of Saint Cecilia on Saturday 23 November at St. David's Church, Exeter. For details please see the Exeter Festival Chorus website.
Carol Singing at Chapel Platt 2019:
The traditional ecumenical carol singing at Chapel Platt will be held on Saturday 14 December at 10.30am, with coffee and mince pies to follow at St Nicholas.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020:
The dates for this week are scheduled for 18 to 25 January, with the theme of ‘They Showed Us Unusual Kindness’, using material prepared by Christian churches in Malta. There will be more information about this week in a later newsletter.
Gather 2020 - Light For My Steps:
This annual conference gathers people from the Diocese of Plymouth and beyond for a weekend of faith, formation and friendship. Our 2020 speakers include Sr Gemma Simmonds, director of the Religious Life Institute, teacher and spiritual director Monsignor Robert Draper, Vicar General of the Diocese of Plymouth and Fr Anthony O’Gorman, parish priest and experienced supporter of the faith of young people. Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay Friday 31 January – Sunday 2 February. Please see the flyer for more information and booking form from Kath. Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Meetings
C.W.L. Mass 10am at Sacred Heart every 2nd Saturday of the month. Monthly Meetings are on 4th Tuesday at Mount St Mary’s Centre. All welcome, especially anyone interested in knowing more about our work and thinking of joining us.
S.V.P. meetings are on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Mount St. Mary Centre at 7pm.
The Prayer group meets at 10.45am after Mass on the 1st Thursday of every month in the Lower Room. All are welcome. Please contact Barbara Castellini or just turn up.
Adoration at the Convent on Tuesdays, from 8pm – 9pm.

© Holy Cross Topsham 2017 Website: www.compusmall.co.uk

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

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

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.

Retired priests : Monsignor Harry Doyle (in residence)
Father Gerard Wilberforce

Holy Cross Church Registered Charity Number 213227

School: St. Nicholas Catholic Primary School; Headteacher: Mrs A. Folland
Tel. No. 01392 445403. School Website: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/

Masses during December 2019

Scripture readings at Mass: Year A; Weekday cycle 2; Season: Advent/Christmas

11am December 1 1st Sunday of Advent
11am December 8 2nd Sunday of Advent
11am December 15 3rd Sunday of Advent; Gaudete Sunday
11am December 22 4th Sunday of Advent
6.30pm/7pm December 24 (Tuesday) Vigil Mass
11am December 25 (Wednesday) The Nativity of the Lord; Christmas Day
11am December 29 The Holy Family

Weekday Masses 10am.
The weekdays that Mass will be celebrated will be announced on the previous Sunday.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation follows Mass on Saturdays by request.

 

Tuesday 24 December
Christmas Day
Holy Cross Topsham Carols:6.30pm,
Vigil Mass:7pm

11am
Sacred Heart, South Street

Vigil mass: 6pm
Carols: 11.30pm, Mass: Midnight

9.30am, 11am
Blessed Sacrament, Heavitree Vigil mass: 6pm
Carols: 11.30pm, Mass: Midnight

8.45am, 10.45am

ADVENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE
The Advent Penitential Service for all the Exeter parishes will be held at the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesday 10 December at 7pm, when there will be several priests available to hear confessions.

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention
Universal - The very young
That every country resolutely commits to taking the necessary measures to make the future of the very young, especially those who suffer, a priority.

A warm welcome to any visitors
Tea or coffee will be served in the lower room after the Sunday celebration of Mass. Please join us for a cup and a chat.

News and Events

Pope Francis: "The Pope calls us to reach out to those most in need. As we approach Advent, let us pray for the grace to be fully present with love and compassion to the sufferings of our time."

Cafod Advent Mass - Saturday 7 December 5.30pm at Sacred Heart Church with Bishop Mark. Please join us and Bishop Mark to celebrate the work of CAFOD and to praise and pray for all of the CAFOD coordinators, parish contacts and supporters
The Prayer group, which at the moment meets at 10.45 after Mass on the 1st Thursday of every month in the Lower Room, is looking for a new leader. Would any kind person or couple who might be interested in this ministry please see Father Harry.
Christmas cleaning team. Additional help with the Christmas cleaning, which will be on the 17th would always be welcome – men and women! Please contact Margo Griffin to confirm the time.
Christmas Mass offerings If you wish to make an offering and you pay income tax, please Gift Aid your donation, using a Gift Aid envelope. For the parish this is the most financially beneficial method of giving.
St Nicholas School: 6 December Christmas Fayre 5.30 – 7.30 Please join us for our annual festive evening – stalls and entertainment.. Entry £1 (Pupils and under-5s free!)
Carol singing at Chapel Platt. Saturday 14 December 10.30am. Chapel Platt, Fore St, Topsham. Traditional ecumenical carol singing, followed by coffee and mince pies at St Nicholas’s Church
Carols by Candlelight: 21 December St Margaret’s Church 7.30 – 9pm.
Stamps for Hospice Sister Guy-Marie used to trim used postage stamps for the Hospice. This was one of her ways of helping them. The Sisters are continuing this work for her. Please bring your used stamps and put them in the box at the back of the church.

For your Diary

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020:
The dates for this week are scheduled for 18 to 25 January, with the theme of ‘They Showed Us Unusual Kindness’, using material prepared by Christian churches in Malta. There will be more information about this week in a later newsletter.
Gather 2020 - Light For My Steps:
This annual conference gathers people from the Diocese of Plymouth and beyond for a weekend of faith, formation and friendship. Our 2020 speakers include Sr Gemma Simmonds, director of the Religious Life Institute, teacher and spiritual director Monsignor Robert Draper, Vicar General of the Diocese of Plymouth and Fr Anthony O’Gorman, parish priest and experienced supporter of the faith of young people. Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay Friday 31 January – Sunday 2 February. Please see the flyer for more information and booking form from Kath. Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Meetings
C.W.L. Mass 10am at Sacred Heart every 2nd Saturday of the month. Monthly Meetings are on 4th Tuesday at Mount St Mary’s Centre. All welcome, especially anyone interested in knowing more about our work and thinking of joining us.
S.V.P. meetings are on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Mount St. Mary Centre at 7pm.
The Prayer group meets at 10.45am after Mass on the 1st Thursday of every month in the Lower Room. All are welcome. Please contact Barbara Castellini or just turn up.
Adoration at the Convent on Tuesdays, from 8pm – 9pm.

© Holy Cross Topsham 2017 Website: www.compusmall.co.uk