HOLY CROSS CHURCH
STATION ROAD, TOPSHAM, EXETER EX3 0EE
Parish Priest: Fr Kieran Kirby The Presbytery, 25 South Street, Exeter EX1 1EB
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: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/
DURING AUGUST THE CHURCH WILL BE OPEN FOR SUNDAY MASS AT 11am AND ON MONDAY 2ND AUGUST AT 10am.
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 https://cafod.org.uk/
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: https://www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk/summer-camps/
‘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’:
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).
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.
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.
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