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:


The obligation to attend Mass is still suspended.

COVID measures in church are focused on keeping people safe while the numbers of infections remain so high. Please see the letter from Father Kieran on the Home page.

Sunday Masses in August 2021

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

August 1st 11am 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 8th 11am 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 15th 11am Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 22nd 11am 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 29th 11am 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time  

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention: The Church
Let us pray for the Church, that She may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.

The celebration of Mass at Holy Cross will take place on Sundays only in August until the middle of September when we hope to resume the usual weekday Masses. Father Harry is having a well-deserved break and therefore there will be Sunday Mass only celebrated at Holy Cross, NO weekday Mass.Father Gerard has kindly stepped in to celebrate the Sunday Mass with us and we welcome him back. The last weekday Mass will be on Monday 2nd August and hopefully these Masses will resume in the middle of September.
Father Harry
would like to restart the regular coffee meeting after church on Sunday. Please could somebody or, better still, a group of people volunteer to help organise this event?
We pray for the staff and children at all our schools as they prepare to end their school year and have summer holidays. It has been a very long and difficult year and hopefully the holidays will be a wonderful time to relax and revitalise for all the people involved in our schools.
CAFOD continues its work. We reach out to people living in poverty with practical help, whatever their religion or culture. Through our global Church network, one of the largest in the world, we have the potential to reach everyone. We also campaign for global justice, so that every woman, man and child can live a full and dignified life. Whether you donate, campaign, download prayers or volunteer you are saving lives and helping us ensure that no one is beyond reach of the love and care they need. You can find out how you can be part of this at
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 the Sacred Heart website.
Blessed Sacrament’s newsletter can be found here.
Plymouth Diocesan Summer Camps 2021 Information can be found at:
‘The aims of the Camps continue to provide all young Catholics of the Diocese of Plymouth with an opportunity to learn more about their faith within a holiday atmosphere, living as part of God’s family, with the support of clergy and parishioners from throughout the diocese.
This year, the plan for the Camps is that each of the three Camps will take place during the week from 9th August to 13th August, and each Camp will run in its own way’:
➢ Junior Camp for School Years 3-6: 9-13 August online with activities in the morning and evening, with the group coming together on Friday 13th at St Rita’s Centre, Honiton. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
➢ Senior Camp for School Years 7-10: 9-13 August online with meetings in the morning and afternoon, as a short taster, with a live 4-day actual camp at Buckfast in October half term. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
➢ St Petroc’s Camp for School Years 11 and 12: 9-13 August will have a Live Camp at St Rita’s Centre, Honiton Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Regular updates from the Bishops' Conference can be found here.
Holy Cross The parish is immensely grateful to all donors who have supported the parish during the year and helped keep our doors open to achieve our Mission. If you don’t already do so, please consider whether you could increase the value of your contribution by signing up for Gift Aid (more details and form available from your parish gift aid organiser John Franklin).
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 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 but, if this is the only way, these should be made payable to PRCDTR Holy Cross and sent to Paul Fisher 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.
A Message 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.
Topsham: local news Jazz in the Garden, now in its eighth year, is fixed for Sunday 22nd August at 21 Victoria Road. As usual there will be music for all tastes, and a bar and raffle. We look forward to welcoming all our loyal supporters to our events and to help raise much needed funds for Hospiscare. William Thomas (01392 876378).
The Museum is Open!
Thursday-Sunday plus August Bank Holiday Monday from 2-5pm (last entry 4.30pm). Our temporary exhibition this year is about the Market Gardens of Topsham. You can also sample the delights of our tearoom and garden and visit our gift shop.
Matthews Hall.
Museum Lecture Tuesday 27th July: Gardens of Devon by Julia Tremlett. Doors open 11.30am for 12pm start (revised times). As usual the lectures are free but places will be limited due to ongoing Covid restrictions, so please arrive early to ensure entry.
Topsham allotments & gardens society annual show
Sunday 22nd August: 2pm at Matthews Hall.
Town fayre week:
23-27 August
Charter day – 'Fish & Ships' street market Saturday 28th August: events start 2pm at Matthews Hall with Grand Procession to St Margaret’s Church. Live band on Quay from 7pm.
If you wish to contact Kath with an item for the next newsletter, her telephone number has changed so please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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