Newsletter

HOLY CROSS CHURCH

STATION ROAD, TOPSHAM, EXETER EX3 0EE

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: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/

THE CHURCH IS NOW OPEN FOR SUNDAY MASS AT 11AM AND OPEN FOR WEEKDAY MASS ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS, AT 10AM. Please take particular notice of the Covid arrangements.

 

NOVEMBER 2020

Ordinary Time A

Readings
1st November All Saints

1) Apocalypse 7:2 -4, 9-14

Psalm 23
    2) John 3:1-3

Gospel Matthew 5:1-12

8th November 32nd Sunday in O.T. 1) Wisdom 6:12-16

Psalm 62

   

2) Thessalonians 4:13-18

Gospel Matthew 25: 1-13
15th November 33rd Sunday in O.T.

1) Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31

Psalm 127
   

2) Thessalonians 5:1-6

Gospel Matthew 25: 14-30 (or 14-15,
19-21)
22nd November Christ the King

1) Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17

Psalm 22
   

2) 1 Corinthians, 15: 20-26, 28

Gospel Matthew 25:31-46
29th November

1st Sunday of Advent

1) Isaiah 63:16-17,19; 64:2-7 Psalm 80
    2) Corinthians 1:3-9 Gospel Mark 13:33-37


Days of special prayer
Monday 2nd November: All Souls Day
Monday 9th November: Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Sunday 29th November: Saint Cuthbert Mayne

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention - Artificial Intelligence
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.

November, Month of the Holy Souls: The book of the dead will be placed on the altar for all Masses in November. If you know of anyone that has passed away since last November whose name you would like added to those already in the book would you please let Kath Franklin know by telephone or email, and she will be able to add them for you. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01392 986535
Important: If you are struggling with the present circumstances and need someone to help you or just need a friendly voice on the phone, especially if you are unable to get to church, please let Father Harry know. PHONE 01392 920662
COLD!: 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.
The Rev. Louise Grace of St Margaret’s church informs us that the arrangements for Remembrance day are not yet fixed although they will definitely have some form of act of remembrance. Please keep an eye on their newsletter for information.
Sick Parishioners: Please remember in your prayers all in our parish who are sick, in hospital, recently bereaved, lonely or struggling at this difficult time. May God help them to find the strength and courage to deal with their difficulties, and may they know that the parish is with them and praying for them.
Face Masks/Coverings: It is mandatory to cover our faces when we come to church. We hope you will comply. We are still maintaining the 2m distancing in church and therefore the very limited capacity inside the church will not change. If you intend to come please be early and if possible bring track and trace information with you. If you are turned away, please be generous in your response. Please be aware that a few are exempt from wearing masks for medical reasons
Celebration of Mass – Rule of 6: For the moment the change to the law regarding meeting in groups no larger than six from Monday 14th September does not apply to places of worship. Be aware that these rules may change depending on the spread of the virus.
NHS COVID-19 App and QR Code for Holy Cross: The NHS has introduced an app for smart phones which enables you to check into venues which display a QR code. We have received a QR Code poster for the Holy Cross Church and this is now on display in the porch. To check in, open your NHS COVID-19 app and tap "Venue Check in". This will open your camera automatically. Scan the QR code on the poster. The time and date of your visit will be stored on the app. It will not be sent or shared with anyone else. As not everyone has a smart phone or is able to use the app, we will also continue to manually take names and contact details
CAFOD News: Thank you because your donations are making all the difference in the fight against coronavirus. In Guatemala, vulnerable indigenous Mayan families are receiving food and hygiene kits from our local CAFOD organisers. Please continue to support and donate to CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk or through Exeter Parishes CAFOD JustGiving site which is open until December.
Essential Grants Programme for Children and Families: The Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth) has funds available for essential grants to families living in the Diocese of Plymouth who are struggling as a result of Covid -19. The charity can provide essential items that parents and carers could otherwise not afford for their children such as basic essential items like cookers, fridge/ freezers, washing machines or cots and beds for children to sleep in. The fund is open to families of all faiths and none. Tel: 01364 645420 or click on this link.
The Bible Timeline Course: Please join us for a 7 week course which will help you grasp the Big Picture of the Bible from start to finish, the Old and New Testament, for life! It divides the whole Bible into 12 colour-coded Periods, easy to understand and memorise. The course will be live streamed and free. It will run every Wednesday at 7.00pm— 8.30pm for 7 weeks starting on Wed 4th November 2020. For Course info see www.comeandsee.org to register see https://comeandsee.org/registration
Ecumenical event: During the last Sunday of each month Exeter Prays. 8-8.40pm. Praying for our city, land, and the nations. Link here.
A message from the 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., Paul Fisher, 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 me 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!
Getting in Touch with Patients in the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital: The Chaplaincy Team are 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.
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 who remain open and available to assist. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring me on 01364 645431, which will be transferred to my 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 website.
Government help: There is a free service to find out what help you can get from the government and other organisations. Here is the link.

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

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

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: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/

THE CHURCH IS NOW OPEN FOR SUNDAY MASS AT 11AM AND OPEN FOR WEEKDAY MASS ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS, AT 10AM. Please take particular notice of the Covid arrangements.

DECEMBER 2020

Advent, Year B

Readings
6th December 2nd Sunday of Advent

1) Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11

Psalm 84
    2) 2 Peter 3: 8-14

Gospel Mark 1: 1-8

13th December 3rd Sunday of Advent 1) Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11

Psalm Luke 1: 46, 50, 53, 54

  Gaudete Sunday

2) Thessalonians 5:16-24

Gospel John 1: 6-8, 19-28
20th December 4th Sunday of Advent

1) 2 Samuel 7: 1-5, 8-12, 14-16

Psalm 88
   

2) Romans 16: 25-27

Gospel Luke 1: 26-38
24th December 'Midnight' Mass

1) Isaiah 9: 1-7

Psalm 95
Thursday 7pm

2) Titus 2: 11-14

Gospel Luke 2: 1-14

25th December

Christmas Day 1) Isaiah 52: 7-10 Psalm 97

Friday

11am 2) Hebrews 1: 1-6 Gospel John 1: 1-18
27th December

The Holy Family

1) Ecclesiasticus 3: 2-6, 12-14 Psalm 127
   

2) Colossians 3: 12-21

Gospel Luke : 22-40

Days of special prayer
Thursday 3rd December: Migrants' Day
Sunday 13th: Sea Sunday (postponed from July)
Tuesday 22nd: Expectant Mothers

Our Holy Father’s Prayer Intention - For a life of prayer
We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer.

Christmas: We hope we will be able to celebrate both Christmas Masses this year however COVID19 restrictions will continue to apply for liturgical celebrations, even after the 2nd December, and therefore the capacity of our church will still be limited to approximately 20 people. ‘Midnight’ Mass at 7pm will not be preceded by carols. If you wish to attend a Christmas Mass then please would you either telephone Father Harry on 01392 920662 and leave a message with your name and phone number, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the same information and the Mass that you would like to attend. We are afraid it will have to be booking only. To avoid disappointment book as early as possible and please remember to contact us to cancel if you no longer need the place.
Message from Bishop Mark about celebrations at Christmas. We all recognise that Christmas is an important time for the faithful to attend Mass. At our Bishops’ Conference meeting this week we agreed that, since the Solemnity of Christmas has an Octave (25th Dec. - 1st Jan.), we would take a joint approach in encouraging the faithful to attend Holy Mass on any day during the Octave, to enter into the mystery of the Incarnation. It will also be important to encourage people to ‘mark’ the preparation for Christmas, as well as the celebration of Christmas and the Octave, domestically in their homes. This will assist them in marking this important solemnity, as well as coming to Church for Mass, if possible, at some point in the Octave.
Please keep in your prayers Ruth and the family and friends of Nilo Falcini, who died on 5th November peacefully at home. Nilo was a faithful member of our church, serving on the altar and reading, as well as many tasks behind the scenes. He will be a great loss to our community.
Important: If you are struggling with the present circumstances and need someone to help you or just need a friendly voice on the phone, especially if you are unable to get to church, please let Father Harry know. Phone 01392 920662.
COLD! 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.
CAFOD News. Many thanks for all your effort in organising events and donations for CAFOD in this challenging year 2020. The recent JustGiving page raised £1530 from all three Exeter parishes for the International Coronavirus Emergency Appeal CAFOD’s online and is still open for donations. An Advent calendar of daily prayer offers an opportunity to pause and reflect, pray and take action as we prepare for Christmas. Click here for the CAFOD Advent Calendar. Please send messages to the brave human rights defenders across the world. Petition the prime minister on climate change. Christmas is coming! But how can you find unusual charity presents for your friends and family that make a difference to people living in poverty? World Gifts are CAFOD's range of virtual gifts that make a real difference to families living in poverty across the world. For each gift you buy this Christmas, you'll receive a beautiful gift card to pass on to your loved one. What's more, we've given ourselves a new look for Christmas 2020. We hope you love it as much as we do. Online at cafod.org.uk.
For Christmas cards Please consider Traidcraft, the original fair trade pioneers in the UK.
Stamps for Hospice The Sisters trim used postage stamps for the Hospice, who can get a lot of money from selling the stamps. At this time of year we may receive more post so please remember to cut off the stamps and save them until we can once again bring them and put them in the box in the church. Thank you.
South West Big Christmas Carols Online December 5th and 6th. Professionally produced carols from a range of participants including well known Christian singers (Matt Redman, Lucy Grimble, London Community Gospel Choir, Wildwood Kin and a Cathedral Children’s Choir TBC). Interspersed with testimonies of people's experience of the hope of the gospel, with J. John TBC. Large nativity featuring multiple schools from across the southwest - a narration of the nativity acted out and captured on camera. Possibly the largest nativity in the southwest. Live presenters topping and tailing the night. For more info, click here.
When entering the church, please remember your Face Masks / Coverings, track and trace forms if possible and please sanitise your hands. It is mandatory to cover our faces when we come to church. We hope you will comply. A few people are exempt from wearing masks for medical reasons. We are still maintaining the 2m distancing in church and therefore there is a very limited capacity inside the church. If you intend to come please be early and if you are turned away due to lack of space, please be generous.
A message from the 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 me 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!
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.
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 who remain open and available to assist. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.the Safeguarding Coordinator, 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 website.
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.

© Holy Cross Topsham 2020 Website: www.compusmall.co.uk