HOLY CROSS CHURCH
STATION ROAD, TOPSHAM, EXETER EX3 0EE
Parish Priest: Fr Kieran Kirby The Presbytery, 25 South Street, Exeter EX1 1EB
Holy Cross Church Registered Charity Number 213227
Retired priests : Monsignor Harry Doyle (in residence)
Father Gerard Wilberforce
School: St. Nicholas Catholic Primary School; Executive Head of School: Miss Cathy Lowry
Tel. No. 01392 445403. School Website: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/
DURING AUGUST THE CHURCH WILL BE OPEN FOR SUNDAY MASS AT 11am
Please continue to be careful! If you are not sure about your Covid status please test if you can and do not come to church if your test is positive.
We hope you don’t mind continuing to sanitise hands; the wearing of masks is, of course, optional but we do have many vulnerable parishioners who will appreciate this gesture of care.
Sunday Masses in August 2022
Scripture readings at Mass: Year C2; Season: Ordinary Time
|August 7th||11am||19th Sunday in Ordinary time|
|August 21st||11am||21st Sunday in Ordinary time|
|August 28th||11am||22nd Sunday in Ordinary time|
Please use the websites of our local churches to find details of their Mass times and news. They are now producing a combined newsletter called ‘Catholic Exeter'.
Holy Father’s Intention: For small businesses
We pray for small and medium sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities.
Father Harry has now officially retired from officiating at Sunday Masses. He will however remain in the Parish, living in his home next to the church. He now has a live-in housekeeper called Fiona to help him and we are very grateful for all he has done and, no doubt, will continue to do for our little Parish. As many of you know, he loves a chat if you are passing. Father Anil will continue to celebrate the Sunday Mass for us and, from September, he will also celebrate a Wednesday Mass at 10am. We welcome him to the Topsham Catholic community.
From August 7th the collection of loose cash offerings and envelopes in baskets during the offertory hymn will be reintroduced. If you already make your offering by standing order, please continue to do so.
Tea Rota: at the moment there are very few people offering to help with the tea rota. It is very enjoyable to be able to socialise after Mass again and Father Harry really enjoys it. Just one or two helpers would make such a difference and it will be on a Sunday to suit you. Please contact Louise Lister, who is generally at church on Sunday, if you could spare the time occasionally.
CAFOD: World food crisis - How you can help. All around the world,including here in the UK, families are finding it harder than ever to put food on the table. But together, we are far from powerless. The current global food crisis is affecting millions of families around the world, but you can help to stop it turning into one of the worst humanitarian tragedies we’ve ever seen. Please donate to the World Food Crisis Appeal through CAFOD. We need your help to support communities facing hunger.
Tony Lim: We are sorry to hear that Tony has decided to discontinue playing for our Sunday Masses for the time being. We miss him and thank him for all the music we have enjoyed whilst he has been our organist, and we wish him well.
Beatification of Pope John Paul I Pope Francis will preside over the beatification Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday 4th September 2022. Pope John Paul I’s was the shortest papacy in history, reigning over the See of Peter for only 33 days. He was the first Pope to choose a double name, saying he did so in honour of his two predecessors: John XXIII and Paul VI. He was also the last in the long line of Italian-born Popes which began with Clement VII in 1523. His successors, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis, have all praised the man known as “The Smiling Pope”. Following the beatification, Mass will be celebrated on 11th September in the hometown of the new Blessed, which lies in the territory of the Diocese of Belluno-Feltre.
St Bernadette. In September and October this year, the relics of St Bernadette will journey on pilgrimage to England, Scotland, and Wales for the very first time. This very special once in a lifetime event will provide an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the special gifts and charisms of Lourdes, in a church or cathedral near them. The relics are due to visit Plymouth Cathedral. They will arrive at 1.00pm on Friday 9th September and leave at 12.00pm on Saturday 10th. See Plymouth Cathedral website for details.
Topsham Charter Day 2022 will be on 28th August, bank holiday weekend. Charter Day is a beloved annual celebration in Topsham with activities and music for all the family. Opening procession 2pm. Street Market Fore St. Children’s activities and entertainment 7.30 Music on the Quay Please keep an eye out locally for more details to come, and make sure to save the date in your diary
Please use this link to find out about youth events happening in our diocese including this year’s catechetical camps.
For your Diary: Exeter Cathedral 8th of September. A powerful programme of English choral music centred around Hubert Parry's emotional Songs of Farewell. These must surely rank among some of the finest choral works ever written. Deeply affected by the First World War, Parry sought poetry that would reflect not only peace and unity and the search for a better world, but also an escape from the horrors of war. 7.30pm. Prices between £6 and £30, with a 50% discount on ticket sales for students, those seeking work and people living with a disability.
Please pray for our parishioners, family & friends, especially those who are sick, those undergoing medical procedures and in hospital and those feeling isolated in these challenging times.
Gift Aid donors: You will in due course receive an individual statement of how much you gave in the year so that you can check you have paid enough tax to cover the gift aid that the parish will claim. This statement will go to the address that is currently held by the gift aid organiser. If you are expecting a letter but do not receive one, and have changed your address, please contact John Franklin. Thank you for your generosity.
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