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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 November 2017

Scripture readings at Mass – Year A, Weekday Cycle 1, Season: Ordinary Time

Mass at 11am

November 5

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 12

32nd Sunday in O.T. (Remembrance Day)

November 19

33rd Sunday in O.T. (World Day of the Poor)

November 26

34th Sunday in O.T. (Christ the King)


Days of Special Prayer:
  Mass at 10 am.

Wednesday 1 November: All Saints (Holy Day of Obligation)          
Thursday 2 November: All Souls
Thursday 9 November: Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Weekday Masses 10am: Monday to Saturday inclusive

Sacrament of Reconciliation following Mass on Saturdays

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for November: Christians in Asia

That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.

THE WORLD DAY OF THE POOR
Pope Francis has instituted this day to be celebrated on 33rd Sunday of the Year in preparation for the feast of Christ the King.  This year it falls on 19 November.

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

It was good to be able to Celebrate Father Gerard’s special birthday with him in October Father Gerard has been in ministry for 41 years.  We wish him all the best and thank him for all that he does for our Church.
Action for Children Coffee Morning and stalls. Saturday 4 November, 10am – 12pm at St Nicholas Methodist Church, Topsham
Sunday 12 November 11 am
Remembrance Sunday:  there will be a short service at the War Memorial at St Margaret's at 11 a.m. on Sunday 12 November, which Fr. Harry will attend, and anyone else will be very welcome. As usual, Mass will start a little later to allow people to join us from the war memorial.
Saturday 18 November: Our cantor, Kath, is singing with Exeter Festival Chorus in a concert of beautiful music by Duruflé and Dvořák in Exeter Cathedral. For this concert only she can get a 20% discount so if you’d like tickets please email her: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thursday 9 November at 12 noon: Annual Clergy Requiem at Plymouth Cathedral. All are welcome to attend.
Visit by Cardinal Vincent Nichols: Plymouth Diocese looks forward to the visit of the Cardinal in November, to celebrate the Feast of St Cuthbert Mayne, during this year when we mark the 440th Anniversary of his death. First Vespers of St Cuthbert Mayne, at which the Cardinal will preach, will be at 6pm on Tuesday, 28 November in the Cathedral.
Wednesday, 29 November: (10.30 for 11.00 start) at Buckfast, Cardinal Nichols will speak on the theme of “Being a Missionary Priest Today”, and be available for some Q and A.  He will then celebrate Mass at 12.30pm in the Abbey Church. Parishioners are very welcome at both Vespers in the Cathedral and the Solemn Mass in Buckfast Abbey, and there will be a chance to venerate the relic of St Cuthbert at the end of both liturgies. 
Guided Retreat 17 -19 November: ‘Taster' Weekend Retreat takes place at Southgate House, Buckfast Abbey. Telephone 01548 852670 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 (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

Christmas Tree festival: Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 December at St Nicholas’ Church.
Carols at Chapel Platt: Saturday 16 December 10.30 am. Coffee and mince pies at St Margaret’s.
St Margaret's Advent carol service:  3 December and main carol service 17 December.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 2 - 8  August 2018 led by Bishop Mark. Flying from Exeter. Staying at the Chappelle et Parc, once owned by the Soubirous family, very close to the grotto. A time of prayer and relaxation. We would love you to join us. Price £779. Youth £495. (No increase on 2017 prices) Booking forms will be available very soon and, for a discount of £10, you can book on line. www.joewalshtours.co.uk Please speak to your parish priest or contact: Fr Kieran Kirby, Pilgrimage Director, 01803 294142 or Fr Anthony 0’Gorman, Youth Chaplain, 01637 851176

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