Newsletter

JUNE 2020

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

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: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/

THE CHURCH REMAINS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Ordinary Time - A

Readings

7th June Most Holy Trinity

1) Exodus 34: 4-6, 8-9

2) 2 Corinthians 13, 11-13

Psalm Daniel 3: 52-56

Gospel John 3, 16-18

14th June Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

1) Deuteronomy 8: 2-3, 14-16

2) 1 Corinthians 10: 16-1

Gospel John 6:51-58

Psalm 147

Sequence

21st June 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1) Jeremiah 20: 10-13

2) Romans 5:12-15

 

Psalm 68

Gospel Matthew 10: 26-33

28th June Saints Peter and Paul 1) Acts 12: 1-11

2) 2 Timothy : 6-8, 17-18

Psalm 33

Gospel Matthew 16: 13-19

Days of Special Prayer

Monday 1st June Mary, Mother of the Church  
Friday 5th June St Boniface  
Friday 19th June Sacred Heart  
Sunday 21st June Day for Life  


Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention: The Way of the Heart
We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.

A message from Fr Kieran
Well, after 63 days, I finally left hospital! I had a few days at the Cathedral but was told that because of the pre-op chemo and the op itself, I have to shield until the last week of June. So I am back in Exeter. It’s fantastic to have been united with Angel, my dog, and my own bed. I am giving Angel short walks early morning when no one is around, and friends are taking her for longer treks.
It’s wonderful being able to celebrate Holy Mass again at home and of course I hold you all in prayer at that Mass. Sunday 31st, we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost, so let us pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our parish communities and the world.
“Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of thy faithful.”
Pray for me as I will you.
With every Blessing
Fr Kieran
Getting in Touch with Patients in the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
The Chaplaincy Team are 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.
Bishops proclaim hope in the Risen Lord as they recognise pain of Catholics who cannot pray in Church or receive Sacraments
Writing on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, the five Metropolitan Archbishops, i.e. those of the Archdioceses of Westminster, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff and Southwark, have addressed the COVID-19 pandemic and, specifically, the measures taken and restrictions imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Writing of the life-changing conditions – especially changes in health and human interaction – the Archbishops point to the risen Lord as a beacon of hope in these challenging times and recognise that live-streamed Mass and other devotions help maintain the faith but are second-best to worshipping in Church: “None of us would want to be in the situation in which we find ourselves,” they write. “While the live-streaming of the Mass and other devotions is playing an important part in maintaining the life of faith, there is no substitute for Catholics being able to physically attend and participate in the celebration of the Mass and the other sacraments. Our faith is expressed powerfully and beautifully though ‘seeing, touching, and tasting.’ We know that every bishop and every priest recognises the pain of Catholics who, at present, cannot pray in church or receive the sacraments. This weighs heavily on our hearts.”
However, the Archbishops write of the need to act in solidarity for the common good:
“It is right that the Catholic community fulfils its role in contributing to the preservation of life and the common good of society. This must continue until the restrictions applied by the Government are lifted.”
Update on the current position with the Government from Bishop Mark
The Prime Minister announced earlier this week that Churches were not to be opened for public worship before 4 July. In light of this, the following statement was prepared by the Bishop’s Conference:
The timing and the manner of the opening of churches touches profound sensitivities and spiritual needs. The Government's document and statements fail to recognise this. The Government's position, established today, includes these steps aimed at opening churches as soon as possible: the establishment of a task force for places of worship, to work closely with 'stakeholders' in ensuring that premises are COVID-19 secure; and heeding the experience of other countries in which churches are already open for worship. In dialogue with the Government, the Catholic Church will continue its engagement in this process and has already submitted a detailed plan, in full accordance with public health guidelines, for churches to be opened for private prayer. The Church is ready to play its full part in the task force, understanding that this includes the possible earlier use of churches for private prayer, as a first safe step towards their use for public worship.
Cardinal Nichols has agreed to join the task force for Places of Worship, which the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are creating. He has already had some conversations with the Secretary of State Robert Jenrick, covering the issues around the opening of our churches. Many Bishops, myself included, are advocating, with him, for an earlier opening, at least for personal prayer, and as an interim step, before July.
Message from the Diocesan Safeguarding Office
I don’t have to tell you that we are undergoing a national crisis at the moment, which as well as bringing all the problems of the current pandemic, also creates increased safeguarding risk in many areas.These include domestic abuse, mental health issues, the vulnerable being scammed to mention but a few.
If you have any safeguarding concerns either personally or for any other person then do not hesitate to contact the Safeguarding Office who remain open and available to assist. To contact us either 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 my mobile.
Robert Brown, Safeguarding Coordinator, Diocese of Plymouth.
CAFOD Emergency Appeal launched on 30th April.
The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individuals at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal. You can access all events at cafod.org.uk/onlinetalks There is also a petition to sign at cafod.org.uk/coronavirus to ask the UK government to ensure that the most vulnerable and marginalised people are the priority in the UK’s international efforts as well as at home.
From Blessed Sacrament:
Our Alpha Online course is now in progress! It started on 19th May and is going well. Each session includes a short film and a chat where we explore life and discuss those big questions about faith and God. It’s a fantastic way to connect with others and make new friends. There is no pressure, and no charge! If you want to join us next time please contact us with your email address and then we can get back to you with all the details of when our next course will run. We may not know immediately but we can add you to a list to contact when we do! It’s that easy. So…..please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., adding Alpha in the subject heading.
Mass and other services online (just click to access): Plymouth Cathedral
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: https://www.sacredheartexeter.org
The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales Coronovirus (COVID-19) page has news, information, advice and links to churches streaming Mass.
Sacred Heart Parish reminds us all that: It is important that we keep in touch with our friends in the parish, so if you know somebody who would appreciate a chat, then give them a call! If you find that anyone needs a priest, or help of any kind, then let us know on the parish number (01392 272815) as soon as possible.
Churches Together in England: Prayers of Hope - every Sunday at 7pm
During the Coronavirus crisis thousands of Christians across Britain are praying together at 7pm every Sunday evening. This began on Sunday 22 March after the Presidents of Churches Together in England issued a joint call to prayer. The response was phenomenal. St Paul tells us to pray continually. However, it helps to know that others are also praying at a specific time, so we encourage you to pray at 7pm on Sunday evenings.
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, 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!
Estuary League of Friends and Love Topsham are organising volunteers to support people who need help locally. Please go to the Love Topsham website if you need, or could offer, any help. There is useful information on the Love Topsham website about home deliveries and other services. The Estuary Hub will deliver a hot meal daily to people in Topsham and deliver shopping. Please telephone 01392 879009.
The Department of liturgy has published a special votive mass to be celebrated during this time of the pandemic. The Opening Prayer is below.
Almighty and eternal God,
our refuge in every danger, to whom we turn in our distress,
in faith we pray: look with compassion on the afflicted,
grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to the mourners,
healing to the sick, peace to the dying,
strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders
and the courage to reach out to all in love,
so that together we may give glory to your holy name.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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