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; Executive Head of School: Miss Cathy Lowry
Tel. No. 01392 445403. School Website:

Please continue to be careful!  If you are not sure about your Covid status please test if you can and do not come to church if your test is positive.
We hope you don’t mind continuing to sanitise hands; the wearing of masks is, of course, optional but we do have many vulnerable parishioners who will appreciate this gesture of care.

Sunday Masses in August 2022

Scripture readings at Mass: Year C2; Season: Ordinary Time

August 7th 11am 19th Sunday in Ordinary time
August 14th 11am Assumption
August 21st 11am 21st Sunday in Ordinary time
August 28th 11am 22nd Sunday in Ordinary time

Please use the websites of our local churches to find details of their Mass times and news. They are now producing a combined newsletter called ‘Catholic Exeter'
Sacred Heart website
Blessed Sacrament website

Holy Father’s Intention: For small businesses
We pray for small and medium sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities.

Father Harry has now officially retired from officiating at Sunday Masses. He will however remain in the Parish, living in his home next to the church. He now has a live-in housekeeper called Fiona to help him and we are very grateful for all he has done and, no doubt, will continue to do for our little Parish. As many of you know, he loves a chat if you are passing. Father Anil will continue to celebrate the Sunday Mass for us and, from September, he will also celebrate a Wednesday Mass at 10am. We welcome him to the Topsham Catholic community.
From August 7th the collection of loose cash offerings and envelopes in baskets during the offertory hymn will be reintroduced. If you already make your offering by standing order, please continue to do so.
Tea Rota: at the moment there are very few people offering to help with the tea rota. It is very enjoyable to be able to socialise after Mass again and Father Harry really enjoys it. Just one or two helpers would make such a difference and it will be on a Sunday to suit you. Please contact Louise Lister, who is generally at church on Sunday, if you could spare the time occasionally.
Holiday Food Vouchers Devon County Council has been allocated money from the government’s new Household Support Fund to provide supermarket vouchers, to families whose children currently receive benefit-related free schools meals, for the full six weeks of the summer holiday. Please get in touch if you or someone you know could benefit. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0345 155 1019.
CAFOD: World food crisis - How you can help. All around the world,including here in the UK, families are finding it harder than ever to put food on the table. But together, we are far from powerless. The current global food crisis is affecting millions of families around the world, but you can help to stop it turning into one of the worst humanitarian tragedies we’ve ever seen. Please donate to the World Food Crisis Appeal through CAFOD. We need your help to support communities facing hunger.
Tony Lim: We are sorry to hear that Tony has decided to discontinue playing for our Sunday Masses for the time being. We miss him and thank him for all the music we have enjoyed whilst he has been our organist, and we wish him well.
Beatification of Pope John Paul I Pope Francis will preside over the beatification Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday 4th September 2022. Pope John Paul I’s was the shortest papacy in history, reigning over the See of Peter for only 33 days. He was the first Pope to choose a double name, saying he did so in honour of his two predecessors: John XXIII and Paul VI. He was also the last in the long line of Italian-born Popes which began with Clement VII in 1523. His successors, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis, have all praised the man known as “The Smiling Pope”. Following the beatification, Mass will be celebrated on 11th September in the hometown of the new Blessed, which lies in the territory of the Diocese of Belluno-Feltre.
St Bernadette. In September and October this year, the relics of St Bernadette will journey on pilgrimage to England, Scotland, and Wales for the very first time. This very special once in a lifetime event will provide an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the special gifts and charisms of Lourdes, in a church or cathedral near them. The relics are due to visit Plymouth Cathedral. They will arrive at 1.00pm on Friday 9th September and leave at 12.00pm on Saturday 10th. See Plymouth Cathedral website for details.
Topsham Charter Day 2022 will be on 28th August, bank holiday weekend. Charter Day is a beloved annual celebration in Topsham with activities and music for all the family. Opening procession 2pm. Street Market Fore St. Children’s activities and entertainment 7.30 Music on the Quay  Please keep an eye out locally for more details to come, and make sure to save the date in your diary  
Please use this link to find out about youth events happening in our diocese including this year’s catechetical camps.
For your Diary: Exeter Cathedral  8th of September. A powerful programme of English choral music centred around Hubert Parry's emotional Songs of Farewell. These must surely rank among some of the finest choral works ever written. Deeply affected by the First World War, Parry sought poetry that would reflect not only peace and unity and the search for a better world, but also an escape from the horrors of war. 7.30pm. Prices between £6 and £30, with a 50% discount on ticket sales for students, those seeking work and people living with a disability.
Please pray
for our parishioners, family & friends, especially those who are sick, those undergoing medical procedures and in hospital and those feeling isolated in these challenging times.
Gift Aid donors:
You will in due course receive an individual statement of how much you gave in the year so that you can check you have paid enough tax to cover the gift aid that the parish will claim. This statement will go to the address that is currently held by the gift aid organiser. If you are expecting a letter but do not receive one, and have changed your address, please contact John Franklin. Thank you for your generosity.
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. If you wish to make a standing order/direct debit, please 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. Cheques are a little more difficult to process, 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. The parish is immensely grateful to all donors who support the parish and helped keep our doors open to achieve our Mission. If you don’t already do so and you pay tax currently, please consider whether you could increase the value of your contribution (an extra 25% at no cost to yourself) by adding Gift Aid. More details and form available from your parish Gift Aid organiser, John Franklin - please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
From the Diocesan Safeguarding Office, Diocese of Plymouth: If you have any safeguarding concerns either personally or for any other person then contact the Safeguarding Office which remains open and available to assist. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Robert Brown) or ring him on 01364 645431 which will be transferred to his mobile. 
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