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

Parish Priest:  Fr. Harry Doyle
Phone 01392 920662 (please leave a message if necessary)

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School: St. Nicholas Catholic Primary School; Headteacher: Mrs A Folland 
Phone 01392 445403.  School Website: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/

Sunday Masses during the month of January 2018

Scripture readings at Mass – Year B, Weekday Cycle 2, Season: Christmas/Ordinary Time

Mass at 11am

January 7

The Epiphany of the Lord

January 14

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Peace Day)

January 21

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Christian Unity)

January 28

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Racial Justice)

Father Gerard will be celebrating Sunday Mass for us on 7 and 14 January.


Days of Special Prayer:
  Mass at 10 am.

Monday 1 January: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God         
Monday 8 January: Baptism of the Lord

Weekday Masses 10am: Monday to Saturday inclusive (unless advised otherwise).
Any changes to the celebration of Mass of the day will be announced on the preceding Sunday.

Sacrament of Reconciliation following Mass on Saturdays

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention: Religious minorities in Asia

That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.

A warm welcome to any Visitors. Following the Sunday celebration of Mass there is tea or coffee served in the lower room. Please join us for a cup and a chat.

News and Events

A HAPPY AND HOLY NEW YEAR AND PEACE TO ALL

The SVP would like to say a very big thank you to all who have contributed so generously to the Christmas parcel appeal. Your gifts of food and money gave real comfort this Christmastide to the residents of the homeless shelters in Exeter. Thank you so much.

THAT ALL MAY BE FREE: WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2018
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January is an annual opportunity for the churches in Topsham to come together for a time of both celebration and prayer, using worship and study tools that are being shared across the Christian world. This year's material, on the theme of ‘That All May Be Free’, has been produced in the Caribbean where there are 1.4 million worshipping Christians. In a part of the world deeply marked by a history of colonisation which stripped people of their identity, dignity and freedom, the churches there work together to mend such wounds in a climate of reconciliation, repentance, reparation and the healing of memories.

In Topsham on each of the weekday mornings of Thursday and Friday, 18-19  January, and Monday to Thursday, 22- 25 January, there will be an opportunity for prayer and reflection at 11 am in St Margaret's Church, using the material produced by the Caribbean churches and led by members of St Margaret's, St Nicholas and Holy Cross. Additionally, there will be an ecumenical service on Sunday 21 January at St Nicholas at 3pm, followed by refreshments. Everyone is most welcome to attend any or all of these services.

Organ and cello recital Sunday 11th February 4pm. Andrew Daldorph (organ) and Hilary Boxer (cello) will give a recital of music, including Bach and Vivaldi cello sonatas and unaccompanied pieces for both organ and cello.  Tickets are free, but to be sure of a seat please put your name on the list at the back of the church. Tickets are also available through the events page of this website or by phoning Frances on 01392 877071 or 07791 693603.  Tell your friends!  There will be a retiring collection to cover the costs of the concert, and to raise money for Estuary League of Friends and Water Aid.  The concert will be followed by refreshments, weather permitting (mulled wine and cake as it is the last Sunday before Lent).

Concert in January: The Clifton String Trio, with guest speaker Jilly Spencer, will present a programme of music and words at Blessed Sacrament Church on Sunday 28 January 2018 at 3pm. You pay what you decide.

Meetings

Parish Council: Next meeting Wednesday 31 January, after Mass.
CWL:
Mass 10.00 at Sacred Heart every 2nd Saturday of the month. Monthly Meetings are on 4th Tuesday of the month.
SVP:
Meetings are on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Mount St. Mary Centre at 7pm.
The Prayer group
meets at 10.45 after Mass on the 1st Thursday of every month in the Lower Room. All are welcome. Please contact Barbara (875776) or just turn up.
Adoration at the Convent:
On Tuesday evenings Adoration is held at the Mount St Mary Convent Chapel, Wonford Road, from 8pm to 9pm.

For your Diary

The World Meeting of Families: Dublin 21 – 26 August 2018. Pope Francis intends to be present for the last part of the gathering, including the final Mass on 26 August. This is a wonderful opportunity to attend a global Church event. For information see the World Meeting website.  

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