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HOLY CROSS CHURCH
STATION ROAD, TOPSHAM, EXETER EX3 0EE

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.

Retired priests : Monsignor Harry Doyle (in residence)
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/

Masses during February 2020

Scripture readings at Mass: Year A; Weekday cycle 2; Season: Ordinary time

11am February 2 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Presentation of the Lord
11am February 9 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Racial Justice Day
11am February 16 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11am February 23 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Day for the Unemployed

Weekday Masses 10am.
The weekdays that Mass will be celebrated will be announced on the previous Sunday.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation follows Mass on Saturdays by request.

Special days of prayer

 
Sunday 2 February Day for Consecrated Life
Saturday 8 February

Day for victims of human trafficking and those who work to combat it.

Tuesday 11 February

World Day for the Sick

Ash Wednesday 26 February (Day of Fast and Abstinence)
Holy Cross: Mass and distribution of Ashes at 10am.
Exeter Ash Wednesday Masses: Sacred Heart: 10am & 7pm; Blessed Sacrament: 9.30am & 7pm

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention: Listen to the Migrants’ Cries
We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered.

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
Tony, our organist, will continue to play some new hymns before Mass and during Communion in order to familiarise us with the tunes. If you wish to follow the words the hymn for this month is No 808
Lent Lunches 2020: Topsham churches organise the six weekly lunches to run from the first Friday in Lent (28 February). Holy Cross will host the first two (28/2, 6/3), St Nicholas the next and St Margaret's the final two with a suggested time of 12.30 to 1.30pm. Each church will choose a charity to benefit from their two lunches.
Red Boxes: If you have a Mission box would you please bring it in for counting as soon as convenient. If John Franklin is not around to take it, please leave it in the Flower Room, or Sacristy. If you don’t have a box and think that you might like one please contact John.
Organ and Cello Recital at Holy Cross, Sunday 2 February, 4-5pm
Andrew Daldorph (organ) and Hilary Boxer (cello) will give a recital at Holy Cross using the 1786 Robert and William Gray chamber organ which the parish acquired 2 years ago. The programme will include sonatas for cello and organ and solo works for each instrument. Tickets (free) are available through the Events page of this website or by phoning Frances Nieduszynska on 01392 877071 or 07791 693603. There will be a retiring collection to cover the costs of the concert, and to raise money for ShelterBox and the Exeter Foodbank. The concert will be followed by refreshments, weather permitting. There will be a list at the back of the church for ticket applications.
Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands', is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, she has played with many of the top musicians. The concert is in Topsham’s Matthews Hall on Friday 28 February and it begins at 7.30pm. The concert is in aid of the Exeter/Devon branch of “Support through Court”. Tickets, which are £12, are already selling well and are available from www.wegottickets.com, from The Topsham Bookshop or from Geoff Wilkinson, 01392 879107.
Need help with Information Technology? Topsham Nancy Potter House 10am - 12pm. ELoF have offered free IT training to seniors for the last 5 years. The team now offers timed slots of 1 hour per client or, where clients are unable to attend the Hub, home visits can be arranged by appointment. All volunteers are DBS screened and have completed safeguarding and health and safety training. For further information please phone 01392 879009.

For your Diary
Plymouth Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020
31 July to 6 August. Direct flights from Exeter to Lourdes £499 per person sharing. To book contact Joe Walsh Tours on 02034 680617, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Fr Kieran Kirby on 01392 272815. See poster in church porch for more details or contact the above.
Plymouth Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020 Led by Bishop Mark O’Toole and Pilgrimage Director, Father Kieran Kirby. 31 July – 6 August. Flying from Exeter. £799 pp sharing. Joe Walsh tours tel. 02034 680617 or Father Kieran tel. 01392 274724 Booking forms are available from Father Harry, or for further information see:
https://www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk/plymouthlourdes/

Meetings
C.W.L. Mass 10am at Sacred Heart every 2nd Saturday of the month. Monthly Meetings are on 4th Tuesday at Mount St Mary’s Centre. All welcome, especially anyone interested in knowing more about our work and thinking of joining us.
S.V.P. meetings are on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Mount St. Mary Centre at 7pm.
The Prayer group: Nobody, as yet, has come forward. Would any kind person or couple who might be interested in helping with the prayer group please see Father Harry. It would be lovely if someone would take on this ministry.
Adoration at the Convent on Tuesdays, from 8pm – 9pm.

© Holy Cross Topsham 2017 Website: www.compusmall.co.uk

MARCH NEWSLETTER

HOLY CROSS CHURCH
STATION ROAD, TOPSHAM, EXETER EX3 0EE

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.

Retired priests : Monsignor Harry Doyle (in residence)
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/

Masses during March 2020

Scripture readings at Mass: Year A; Weekday cycle 2; Season: Lent

11am March 1 1st Sunday of Lent
11am March 8 2nd Sunday of Lent; CAFOD collection
11am March 15 3rd Sunday of Lent
11am March 22 4th Sunday of Lent; Laetare Sunday
11am March 29 5th Sunday of Lent

Weekday Masses: 10am       
The weekdays that Mass will be celebrated will be announced on the previous Sunday.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation follows Mass on Saturdays by request.

 Special days of prayer

 

Friday 6 March

Women's World Day of Prayer
Friday 6 March

CAFOD Lent Fast Day

Friday 13 March

Anniversary of the election of the Holy Father

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention: Catholics in China
We pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity..

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
Lent Lunches 2020: Topsham churches organise the six weekly lunches to run from the first Friday in Lent (28 February). Holy Cross will host the first two (28/2, 6/3), St Nicholas the next and St Margaret's the final two, all from 12.30 to 1.30pm. Each church will choose a charity to benefit from their two lunches.
CAFOD Lent Fast Day, Friday 6 March: Fast Day is an opportunity to reach out to some of the poorest, most marginalised of our sisters and brothers. Your donations go to highly trained, highly-skilled local experts around the world who save and support the health of the world’s poorest families. More local experts are needed, which means more funds, to reach out to people who need treatment, care and love. Will you eat a simple meal in solidarity and give what you save? Through CAFOD’s global Church family, your support can reach to the ends of the earth. Please give whatever you can.
World Day of Prayer:
A woman-led Global Ecumenical Movement. A prayer service, prepared by the Christian Women of Zimbabwe, will be held at Belmont Chapel in Exeter on 6 March at 11am.
Organ and  Cello Recital at Holy Cross
The organ and cello recital on 2 February was well supported and the retiring collection raised just over £700.  After paying the costs of the concert, we were able to send £177 to each of our chosen charities, ShelterBox and the Exeter Foodbank.  Thank you for your generosity.  Thanks also to those people who helped arrange the concert, manage it on the day and, especially, organise the refreshments.
Pope Francis' Declaration on International Day for the Abolition of Slavery: “Every human being is a free person destined to live for the good of others in equality and fraternity. Every person, and all people, are equal and must be accorded the same freedom and the same dignity.”
Caritas Plymouth will be holding their fourth event looking at Modern Slavery and Trafficking. This will be led by Bishop Mark O’Toole and will include speakers from Border Force, the Medaille Trust and Apostleship of the Sea. Saturday 7 March 2020 10.30am – 3.15pm at St Boniface College, Plymouth. It is free and includes a buffet lunch. Booking is essential at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The National Novena to St Joseph 10 – 18 March at St Joseph’s House, Maidenhead and at Herbert House, Liverpool. Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the feast of St Joseph with a special novena of Masses and prayers to ask God’s blessing on their Society and the missionary outreach of the Church, as well as for the intentions of all those who support their work. You are invited to send in your petitions and/or to request a Novena booklet to enable you to join in at home by praying the daily Novena prayer. Please write to ‘Novena Director, St Joseph’s Missionary Society, 58 Cookham Road, Maidenhead. SL67HT or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For your Diary
Plymouth Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020
31 July to 6 August. Direct flights from Exeter to Lourdes £499 per person sharing. To book contact Joe Walsh Tours on 02034 680617, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Fr Kieran Kirby on 01392 272815. See poster in church porch for more details or contact the above.
Plymouth Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020 Led by Bishop Mark O’Toole and Pilgrimage Director, Father Kieran Kirby. 31 July – 6 August. Flying from Exeter. £799 pp sharing. Joe Walsh tours tel. 02034 680617 or Father Kieran tel. 01392 274724    Booking forms are available from Father Harry, or for further information see: 
https://www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk/plymouthlourdes/

Meetings
C.W.L. Mass 10am at Sacred Heart every 3rd Saturday of the month. Monthly Meetings are usually on the 4th Tuesday at Mount St Mary’s Centre. All are welcome, especially anyone interested in knowing more about our work and thinking of joining us.
S.V.P. meetings are on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Mount St. Mary Centre at 7pm.
Adoration at the Convent on Tuesdays, from 8pm to 9pm.

© Holy Cross Topsham 2017 Website: www.compusmall.co.uk