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

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

2 June 11am The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
9 June 11am 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
16 June 11am 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
23 June 11am 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
30 June 11am SS Peter and Paul – Apostles

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

Special days: 
Wednesday 5 June - St Boniface, Patron saint of Plymouth Diocese
Friday 7 June – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Day of prayer for the Sanctification of Priests.
Saturday 22 June – St John Fisher and St Thomas More
Monday 24 June – Nativity of St John the Baptist

The Pope’s intentions - for those fleeing their own countries:
Let us pray that migrants fleeing from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys fraught with danger and violence, may find welcome and new living opportunities in their host countries.
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 10 June.
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.

CAFOD emergency appeal for Sudan: £140 was raised in the second collection on 5 May. Many of you made donations online or by post as well and your generosity helps the people of Sudan. Whether Christian or Muslim, as they flee their homes or suffer hunger, CAFOD, through Caritas International, helps as many people as they can with aid through the funds you provided. Thank you. How can we do more to alleviate suffering around the world? If you would like to give to CAFOD regularly, direct debit donations can be set up online at cafod.org.uk (with gift aid where appropriate). We can all pray for the people who are suffering through conflict or natural disasters in the developing world. We can lobby our MPs and write to those who can have an impact as there are many pathways to find light, in this web of darkness and suffering. The Holy Spirit guides us all. 
Calling all cooks and bakers: we are proposing to compile a ‘Parish Cookery Book’ in order to raise funds for the parish and other good causes. We would like everyone to give their favourite recipe or recipes – staters, main course, dessert etc. Please include your name and a little anecdote about the recipe. You can give your contributions to Bernie, Eve or Louise. Handwritten is fine. This is a parish effort and we hope to have the project completed by November in time for Christmas.
Health and safety: Jane Connick has agreed to take on responsibility for health and safety at Holy Cross.
Rotas: Neville Simmons has taken on the job of preparing the monthly rotas for welcomers, readers, writing bidding prayers, coffee after Sunday Mass and flowers.  We are particularly short of welcomers. If you might feel able to help, please speak to one of the people who are already welcomers and find out what is involved.
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 are available from John Franklin – please message via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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. Patricia Venn Rees and Mirtha Magone are our parish safeguarding representatives.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Crediton, Sunday 9th of June at St Boniface Church, Park Rd, Crediton, presided over by Cannon Paul Cummins. Parishioners are warmly invited to the celebration of the Feast of Saint Boniface, Patron of our Diocese. Pilgrims are invited to gather from 4:00 p.m. at the Church for Vespers and Benediction. Light refreshments will be provided. For further information, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Third Annual Mass for Marriage, Saturday 8 June, noon at Plymouth Cathedral. Send your anniversaries to add to the Order of Service - whether you have been married for one week or sixty + years (or about to marry). Let us know when your wedding will take place if you are engaged. Light refreshments will be provided and (not so light) wedding cake. For further information please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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.
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, 10am-6.pm. 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.

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