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:

From 13th January there will be NO MASSES HERE until Fr Harry returns in February.

Wishing you all a Happy and Blessed Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Fr Harry will be away for the month of January and I am grateful to Fr PJ Kelly for agreeing to celebrate our Sunday Masses.
*UPDATE* From the 13th onwards there will be NO weekday or Sunday Masses for the rest of January as Fr John and Fr P J Kelly are no longer available.
The Solemnity of the Epiphany on 6th January at 10am will be celebrated by Father PJ Kelly.
Father Kieran


Year B, Cycle 3

Christmastide and Ordinary Time

3rd January


2nd Sunday after the Nativity

6th January (Wednesday)

10am The Epiphany of the Lord: Holy Day of Obligation

10th January

11am The Baptism of the Lord (Christmastide ends)

17th January

NO MASS HERE 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Peace Sunday

24th January

NO MASS HERE 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

31st January

NO MASS HERE 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Education Sunday

Special days of Prayer:
1st January Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
17th January Peace Day
18th – 25th JanuaryOctave of Prayer for Christian Unity
28th January Anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Mark

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for evangelization - Human fraternity
May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.
May we be in this world a ray of that light, which shone forth from Bethlehem, bringing joy and peace to the hearts of all men and women.
Pope Francis

May he rest in peace: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Michael Dillon who has died recently.
Year of St Joseph With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic, the Pope says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.” St Joseph "turned his human vocation to domestic love into... a love placed at the service of the Messiah who was growing to maturity in his home". John the Baptist said: 'The Messiah stands among us'. Messiah was the person anointed with the Spirit: in English we call him 'Christ'. Though he went to heaven he continues to send his Holy Spirit to anoint the 'Christians', the 'anointed Ones'. In them Christ continues to grow to maturity. May St Joseph help Christ to keep growing in us. Fr Oscar Ardila, Assistant Priest at the Cathedral, Plymouth.
COLD! We have to open the windows and doors to allow as much ventilation as possible to keep you safe so please bear with us and find those winter jumpers and coats so that you can keep yourself warm in church. Thank you for your understanding.
When entering the church, please remember your Face Masks / Coverings, track and trace forms if possible and please sanitise your hands. It is mandatory to cover our faces when we come to church. We hope you will comply. A few people are exempt from wearing masks for medical reasons. We are still maintaining the 2m distancing in church and therefore there is a very limited capacity inside the church. If you intend to come please be early and if you are turned away due to lack of space, please be generous.
Christmas Offerings As is customary, collections at Christmas Masses are our personal gift to the clergy. Please use a labelled envelope (Christmas Offerings), one of the special Christmas Envelopes that you will find as you enter church or the one in your gift aid envelope box and place it in the box as you leave Church. If you are unable to attend Mass, and would still like to make an offering this can be made by cheque with a note to say that it is a Christmas Offering. These should be made payable to PRCDTR Holy Cross and sent to Paul Fisher at 2 Lower Shapter Street, Topsham EX3 0AT or please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need help with this.
Catholic Exeter Virtual Carol Service Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we cannot have a carol service in our churches this year, so the musicians, singers, youth and readers are getting together to produce a film for us all to enjoy which will be published on the fourth Sunday of Advent, 20th December, on the Catholic Exeter Facebook page and the Blessed Sacrament YouTube channel.
Ave Maria Crisis Pregnancy Support has launched in the Plymouth Diocese to offer a listening ear and support to those with an unexpected pregnancy, or to those worried about coping with another baby, or those who have been confronted with a diagnosis of potential fatal foetal abnormality, as well as to women suffering after a miscarriage or experiencing regret or remorse after an abortion or any other similar situation. Their support line is open 7 days per week between 7.30pm and 9.30pm Tel: 01752 916076.
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.
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.
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.
We know that many parishioners do not have access to email or to the website so please share the information in this newsletter with them if you can. Thank you.

Please don’t forget the audit! If you can manage it, get a response, however brief, back to Malcolm Macmillen by 15th January.

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