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:


The obligation to attend Mass is still suspended.
Please remember to sanitise your hands on arrival and to complete the Track & Trace form, bringing a copy with you if possible. You must wear a face covering while in the church building, unless you are exempt. Whether you are inside or outside church please stay at least TWO METRES apart.

Masses in May 2021

Scripture readings at Mass: Year B; Season: Easter/Ordinary Time

May 2nd 11am 6th Sunday of Easter
May 9th 11am 7th Sunday of Easter
May 16th 11am 8th Sunday of Easter
May 23rd 11am Pentecost Sunday; Eastertide ends
May 30th 11am The Most Holy Trinity

Special days of Prayer

Tuesday 4th: Day of Prayer for victims and survivors of abuse. Please see the Prayer at the end of this newsletter.
Saturday 1st: St Joseph the worker
Wednesday 5th: St Richard Reynolds, Martyr
Sunday 16th: World communications day

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention: The world of finance
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.
Track & Trace Forms Please let a steward know if you need some more track and trace forms.

Our best wishes to Rosalind Day and Stuart Olds who are to be married at Holy Cross on Saturday 1st May.

We remember in our prayers
Her Majesty the Queen, and the entire Royal family, mourning the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Please also pray for any of our parishioners who are sick, those undergoing medical procedures and in hospital and those feeling isolated in these challenging times.
APF Red Mission Boxes. A huge belated thank you to all our Red Box holders and Direct Debit donors! In 2020 the grand total of donations amounted to £726.87! Communities around the world are so grateful that we are supporting them through prayer and our generous donations. The missionaries, and the communities they serve, are living is such difficult circumstances, made even harder by Covid-19. They have asked us to pass on their thanks, and tell us that they pray for us all. You can find out more at and if anyone would like to get a Red Box or make a “one off” donation, please contact John Franklin.
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.
Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth)
. Calling all budding artists – Christmas Card competition 2021. We will be running another competition this year to design a Christmas card. Schools in the diocese will be inviting children to get creative. If you know of a primary school aged child who likes to draw and would like to enter contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an entry form.
A Precious Place of God’s Grace – the next step. Bishop Mark has invited International speaker Michael Dopp to present to the clergy and laity of our diocese. Drawing on the themes of missionary discipleship that are emphasized in the document, we will explore how to concretely live this out in our own lives, as a parish, and throughout the diocese. Join us on Saturday 1st May, for the two part presentation 11am – 12noon and 1pm – 2pm. Please register via this link and you will receive a further link to join the session.
Thank you for all your donations to CAFOD for ‘The Big Walk for Water’. This will help to transform the lives of people in need. In support of this CAFOD campaign Sandra Barrett and Chris Wightman set up a Just Giving page for Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament and each walked five miles on Saturday 20th February and have, through this, now raised £445 for CAFOD. Also thanks to those of you who have given to CAFOD this Lent.
In the latest campaign: ‘Reclaim our common home’ we want to answer Pope Francis’ call for us to build a new but better normal after the coronavirus pandemic. African countries are spending three times more on debt repayments to banks and speculators than it would cost to vaccinate the entire continent against Covid-19. Some lenders, have already agreed to suspend debt payments due to the impact of the pandemic, but some banks and private lenders have continued to demand every penny. Join us to demand these #CancelTheDebt. Please email banks and private lenders today through this CAFOD link.
LoveTopsham has commissioned a new sculpture, this time overlooking the estuary by the ramped doorway of St Margaret’s church. This piece is called 'The Heart of Topsham', and it is intended to remind everyone who visits that Topsham has a heart, for community and for the spirit that is evoked when gazing onto the glorious estuary view with which we are blessed.
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 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 but, if this is the only way, these should be made payable to PRCDTR Holy Cross and sent to Paul Fisher 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!
It can still be COLD in the Church! 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.
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.
A 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.

Tuesday 4th May: Day of prayer for victims and survivors of abuse

Prayer for Healing and Reconciliation
(This prayer has been prepared by the Diocese of Northampton.)
Praise to you Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
the source of all consolation and hope.
Be the refuge and guardian of all
who suffer from abuse and violence.
Comfort them and send healing
for their wounds of the body, soul and spirit.
Help us all and make us one with you
in your love for justice
as we deepen our respect for the dignity of every human life.
Giver of peace, make us one in celebrating
your praise, both now and forever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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