HOLY CROSS CHURCH
STATION ROAD, TOPSHAM, EXETER EX3 0EE
Holy Cross Church Registered Charity Number 213227

Parish Priest: Fr. Petroc Cobb, The Presbytery, 25 South Street, Exeter EX1 1EB
Telephone: 01392 642389; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Retired priest: Father Gerard Wilberforce

School: St. Nicholas Catholic Primary School; Executive Head of School Mrs Cathy Blatchford
Tel. No. 01392 445403. School Website: http://www.st-nicholas-exeter.devon.sch.uk/

DURING MAY THE CURCH WILL BE OPEN FOR SUNDAY MASS AT 11am
Weekday Mass will normally be celebrated on Thursdays at 10am

Sunday Mass during May 2024: scripture readings Year B
Weekday Mass Cycle 2

5 May 11am 6th Sunday of Easter; 2nd collection for CAFOD Emergency Sudan Crisis
12 May 11am 7th Sunday of Easter; World Communications Day
19 May 11am Pentecost Sunday
26 May 11am The Most Holy Trinity

Confession: at Sacred Heart, Saturday after 10am Mass and 4-5pm
1st Saturday of the month (4 May): 12 noon. Ordinariate Mass at Holy Cross. All welcome.

Special days: 
Wednesday 1 May - St Joseph the worker
Saturday 4 May – The English Martyrs
Sunday 5 May – St Richard Reynolds
Thursday 9 May – Ascension of the Lord

The Pope’s intentions for the formation of men and women religious, and seminarians:
Let us pray that men and women religious, and seminarians, grow in their own vocational journey through human, pastoral, spiritual and community formation, that leads them to be credible witnesses of the Gospel.
The Holy Father has asked that 2024 be a ‘Year of Prayer’ in preparation for the Jubilee year, 2025. In Topsham, a contemplative prayer group (Julian Group) meets on the second Monday of every month at 2.30pm at St Margaret’s church. This month’s meeting is on 13 May.

Holy Communion at home: If you know of anyone who can no longer come to Mass and would like to be added to the list for home Communion visits from Sacred Heart, please inform Fr Petroc, Fr Albert, or the Sacred Heart Parish Office so that they can be added to their lists.

Hospital visits: Please inform Fr Albert at Sacred Heart if you would like a priest to make a visit to you or a friend or relation in hospital.

Sick and Housebound: Please pray for the sick or housebound in our parish and those known to you who are particularly poorly at this time.

Easter Sunday: Holy Cross looked beautiful for Easter Sunday. Very special thanks are due to the flower-arrangers and cleaners for doing a fantastic job. Thanks also to all those who helped with the liturgy – our wonderful servers, the choir and organist, the reader.  And thanks to our priests – Fr Petroc, Fr Albert and Fr Gerard and also to Fr Colin who celebrated Mass here for some weeks before returning to his own parish in Torquay. Photographs of the Easter flowers can be seen by following this link: Easter Flowers - Holy Cross 2024.
CAFOD Emergency Appeal: The war in Sudan has forced millions of people to flee their homes, creating one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. People are running out of food, water and medicine and many families continue to risk their lives fleeing their homes to escape the fighting. Please donate to the second collection on Sunday 5 May.
CAFOD 2024 Lent Fast Day was held on Friday 23 February. Fast Day envelopes for giving money towards the initiative for fishermen in Monrovia, Liberia, were distributed.
Lent Lunches: Churches Together in Topsham offered simple lunches on each Friday during Lent, two in each church. On 15 and 22 March these were held at Holy Cross, with donations going to CAFOD. Over 30 people attended on each occasion (the weather just about held up for us) and more than £300 was raised from our two lunches. Many thanks to the team who organised them.
Organ and cello recital: The church was full for the recital on 14 April. Over £600 was raised in donations and, having paid the costs, £250 has been sent to charity. Many thanks to those who baked cakes and organised the refreshments. We were lucky with the weather and people enjoyed staying to chat.
Giving Monies: The parish is immensely grateful to all donors who support the parish. If you currently pay income tax and you are not already registered for Gift Aid, please consider whether you could increase the value of your contribution by an extra 25%, at no cost to yourself, by signing up. More details and a form is available from your parish gift aid organiser John Franklin – please message via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We still need help! Please think about giving a little of your time to help with writing Bidding Prayers, Reading, Cleaning, Flowers, or Coffee making after Sunday Mass at Holy Cross. If you think you could help in any way, please have a word with Fr Petroc or Fr Albert.
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. The Office is open Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Robert Brown) or ring 01364 645431 which will be transferred to his mobile.
Red Boxes – APF/Missio. Many thanks to those of you with collection boxes in your homes or those who are donating by Direct debit or Standing Order – if you would like your box emptied, please bring it with you to church or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for collection. If anyone would like to start collecting/donating, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Keeping a red box in our homes is a symbol of the love, hope and faith that we are called to share, and a great reminder to pray for our sisters and brothers overseas who share God’s love. For further information on how donations are used, please visit the Missio website.

For other news
Sacred Heart and Blessed Sacrament: The websites of the Exeter parishes have more information about what is going on locally. You can sign up for their newsletters from their websites:
Sacred Heart website and Blessed Sacrament website.
Forget-me-not Bereavement Café: Once a month on 4th Saturday (25 May) at 10.30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament, St Richard Reynolds Centre.
Plymouth diocese is publishing a regular newsletter with items of interest from across the diocese as well as further afield. You can sign up for the newsletter from the Plymouth Diocese website. (https://www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk).
Plymouth Diocese Catholic Charismatic Renewal: “Jesus is in the house! (Mark 2:1) Come and encounter Him.” A day of encounter for all ages at St Cuthbert’s Conference Centre, Buckfast Abbey, Saturday 29 June, 10.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Mass and church services online are easy to access via our Welcome page.

Newsletter contact: If you have an item for the next newsletter, please email Frances at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Frances Nieduszynska on 07791 693603. Any items for inclusion should be sent, if possible, by the beginning of the week before the last weekend of the month.

© Holy Cross Topsham 2024 Website: www.compusmall.co.uk