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HOLY CROSS CHURCH

STATION ROAD, TOPSHAM, EXETER, EX3 OEE 

Priest Administrator:  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.

Priests in residence: Monsignor Harry Doyle.
Retired priest: Father Gerard Wilberforce

Holy Cross Church Registered Charity Number 213227

School: St. Nicholas Catholic Primary School; Headteacher: Mrs A Folland 

Tel. No. 01392 445403.  School Website: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/

Sunday Masses during February 2019   11am

Scripture readings at Mass –Year C, weekday cycle 1, Season Ordinary Time

February 3

4th in Ordinary Time                 

February 10

5th in Ordinary Time                  

February 17

6th in Ordinary Time: Racial Justice Day      

February 24

7th in Ordinary Time                  

Weekday Masses 10am        

The weekdays that Mass will be celebrated will be announced on the previous Sunday

Special days of Prayer:

2 February: The Presentation of the Lord and the Day for Consecrated Life.

11 February: World day for the Sick

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention.
For a generous welcome to the victims of human trafficking, enforced prostitution, and violence.

A warm welcome to any Visitors
Tea or coffee will be served in the lower room after the Sunday celebration of Mass. Please join us for a cup and a chat.

News and Events

Organ Recital at Holy Cross: Sunday 24 February at 4pm
It is almost a year since the last organ recital at Holy Cross. We are delighted that Richard Lester, Associate Organist at Buckfast Abbey, has agreed to give a recital this February. Richard is an internationally-known soloist on organ and harpsichord and has made many recordings to great acclaim. As an organist he has given recitals in many Cathedrals, including St. Paul’s, Ely, Coventry, Westminster Cathedral and King’s College Cambridge, and in 2013 at St Mark’s in Venice and at Bergamo Cathedral.
We are privileged that Richard has agreed to play in Topsham on our 1786 Robert and William Gray chamber organ. He plans to play a programme which will include works by Handel, John Stanley, J.S. Bach, Frescobaldi, Couperin and Louis-Claude Daquin. How can you resist it?
As you know, space is limited at Holy Cross. To be sure of a seat, please apply for a ticket in advance. Tickets (free) are available through the Events page of this website or by phoning Frances on 01392 877071 or 07791 693603. There will be a retiring collection to cover the costs of the concert, and to raise money for charity. The concert will be followed by refreshments (mulled wine and cake!), weather permitting.
World Day of Prayer at Holy Cross:  Friday 1 March at 11am. This interdenominational service has been celebrated continuously by Topsham churches together since 1970 but, sadly, the service last year had to be cancelled due to the red alert snow day and so it is extremely important to keep the flame of ecumenical cooperation alive by coming this year to the service prepared by women of Slovenia. By following the simplified service of prayer and praise, everyone is invited to pray with them over the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future. Equally importantly, we will be sharing fellowship afterwards with coffee in the Meeting Room. Everyone is very welcome.
A youth club for the not-so-young: ‘Tuesday Club’ is organised by Topsham Community Association and meets at the Dorothy Holman Centre on the Topsham Recreation Ground every Tuesday at 2pm. We chat, we play pool, we play table tennis, we play board games and, if the weather is any good, we play badminton and pétanque/boules on the rec. It's absolutely free, so if you live in or near Topsham and you're over 50, just drop in and try one or more of the activities. You can be sure of a warm welcome!
Ladies’ Keep Fit Classes: Classes are held each Tuesday morning at 10am at the Cardinal Newman Centre, Wonford Road, Exeter for the ladies of the Exeter Parishes. New members are always welcome to come along and try. Contact Maggie Nicholls on 01392 426683.

Meetings

Parish Council: Next meeting to be advised
CWL Mass 10am at Sacred Heart every 2nd Saturday of the month. Monthly Meetings on 4th Tuesday. The next Meeting is on Tuesday 26 February at Mt St Mary’s Convent, Wonford Rd. Please remember your annual subscriptions are due. The money for the Branch Retreat, for those who wish to attend, will also be collected.
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 just turn up.
Adoration at the Convent:  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Convent, Tuesday evenings from 8pm to 9pm.

For your Diary

Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine Fully escorted 3 July 2019. Cost - £649.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. All entertainment, excursions/guided tours included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £100. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes for adults1 - 8 August 2019 led by Bishop Mark. Flying from Exeter.  Enjoy a time of prayer and relaxation. Cost £795. For further information and to book please contact Joe Walsh Tours direct. See the Poster and booking forms at the back of the church or book online: www.joewalshtours.co.uk
Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes 1 - 8 August 2019 also led by Bishop Mark. Flying from Exeter. Cost £495. The youth section is a very important part of the pilgrimage without which the pilgrimage couldn’t happen. If you are a young person 14 + for more information and booking please contact Fr Anthony O’Gorman tel: 01637 851697 or email: anthony.o’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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