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

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

7 July 11am 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
14 July 11am 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Sea Sunday
21 July 11am 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
28 July 11am 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Confession: at Sacred Heart, Saturday after 10am Mass and 4-5pm
1st Saturday of the month (6 July): 12 noon. Ordinariate Mass at Holy Cross. All welcome.

Special days: 
Wednesday 3 July - St Thomas - Apostle; Feast
Thursday 4 July – Blessed John Cornelius, Priest and Martyr, and his companions (The Chideock  Martyrs, executed 4 July 1594); Memorial
Thursday 11 July – St Benedict (Patron of Europe); Feast
Monday 22 July - St Mary Magdalen (Apostle of the Apostles); Feast 
Thursday 25 July - St James – Apostle; Feast

The Pope’s intentions - for the pastoral care of the sick:
Let us pray that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick grant the Lord’s strength to those who receive it and to their loved ones, and that it may become for everyone an ever more visible sign of compassion and hope.
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 (except August) at 2.30pm at St Margaret’s church. This month’s meeting is on 8 July.
During summertime we are asked to pray for a deeper understanding between Christians and Jews.

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.

Parish Meeting after Mass (on the 23rd June): the meeting was attended by approximately 40 parishioners.  Fr Petroc is encouraging the parish to form a committee for the day-to-day running of the parish. Various suggestions were put forward and as this is an ongoing process a further meeting will be arranged in due course. The meeting was happy with the idea that when large questions arise about the parish there can be an after Mass gathering so that the priest can hear the opinions and advice of the parishioners. It was further agreed that it might be a good thing to bring the parish handbook back into existence, and that to have the church open for prayer daily would be good and we should look at how we can achieve this practically.

Volunteers: the parish depends on volunteers to do all sorts of tasks. Thanks to all who contribute. We are short of welcomers. If you feel you might like to be a welcomer, please talk to one of the existing team.
St Margaret’s Patronal Flower Festival, Thursday 25th July – Saturday 27th July, 10am – 6pm. The theme this year is the Olympics.  Holy Cross’s entry will focus on ‘Paris, The City of Light, Marianne and the Olympic Flame’. Hannah has researched and written about this choice – please read her lovely piece here. Our Flower Team will produce an arrangement entitled ‘The Light we Share’, which delivers these ideas and the spirit of the Paris Olympics. On Sunday 28th July this floral display will be available to view at Holy Cross.
Parish Cookery Book: We have been given some delicious recipes for our cookery book – but we need quite a few more!  Please pass on your favourite recipe or recipes that you would like to have included. These can be hand-written or typed and given to Bernie or Louise.  Many thanks. 
Giving Monies: The parish is immensely grateful to all donors who support the parish. If you pay income tax and 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 are available from John Franklin. Please click to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Red Boxes – APF/Missio: if you would like your box emptied, please bring it 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 contact John. For further information on how donations are used, please visit the Missio website.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Office, Diocese of Plymouth. If you have any safeguarding concerns either personally or for anyone else 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. or ring 01364 645431 which will be transferred to Robert's mobile.  Patricia Venn Rees and Mirtha Mangone are our parish safeguarding representatives.

General Election, 4 July: Pope Francis has called for a ‘better kind of politics’ and said – ‘I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor! It is vital that government leaders ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education and healthcare.... but too often, the world’s poorest people are an afterthought’. See more on the CAFOD website. General election 2024: Answering Pope Francis's call for a 'better kind of politics' (cafod.org.uk) . The Catholic Bishops’ Conference has guidance on issues such as criminal justice, poverty, migration, education, international relations, life issues and the environment  .

Lay Dominican South West Regional Day, Saturday 20th July 2024, 10.00-17.00. Our Lady & the Angels, Saltash. For further information, contact Geraldine on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Sclerder Summer Retreats: Weekend Retreat 5-7 July (£140); Extended Weekend Retreat 5-9 July (£280). Contact Plymouth Diocesan Ignatian Spirituality Group at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01752 769164 or 07823 447637 for further information or booking form. 
Iconography workshop, 15-20 July, Newton Abbot. Cost £470. For further information contact Deborah on 07860 619222.
For more on these events and other news see Sacred Heart, Blessed Sacrament and the Plymouth Diocese websites or newsletters:
http://sacredheartexeter.org, http://blessedsacrament.org.uk and https://www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk 

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.

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