Holy Cross Parish Events

Parish Events:-

The church is now open on a Wednesday between the hours of 9am and 2pm and Fridays between 11:30am and 2pm.


Prison Mass – Fr Cyriacus is celebrating Mass at the Prison on Fridays – (Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 11:25am)


Retreat Day at Buckfast Abbey : We will be holding our own Retreat Day at Buckfast Abbey on Saturday 15th October 2022. This is a joint event with Holy Cross & Our Lady of the Assumption, Tavistock. Further details to follow.

Diocesan Events:-

OPEN-AIR ROSARY SERVICE at the Statue of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Plymouth Barbican.  Sunday afternoons in May at 3pm.


Vocations to Priesthood – Day of Recollection  Our next Day of Recollection for men discerning their vocation will be held on Saturday 21st May, 2022 from 10:00 to 16:00 at Sclerder Abbey, near Looe, Cornwall. The day will include Mass; a time of Adoration; a short conference; an opportunity for Confession and ‘One to One talks’ with serving Priests from our Diocese; and sharing food together (this will be provided – please let us know of special dietary requirements).  Under 18s are welcome to attend with parents’ permission.

For further information and to register for the event, please contact Fr Jacek Kostuch  by 16th May 2022 at the latest.  Arrangements can be made to collect you from Liskeard Station before 9:15, and returned after, if required.


The Feast of St Rita of Cascia will be celebrated at St Rita’s Centre, Honiton, Devon on Sunday 22nd May with Mass at 12 noon followed by the blessing and distribution of roses for the sick. The day will conclude with Benediction at 3.30pm. Two shops will be open that day for sale of religious articles; you can also make your orders on our website and collect their items on site on the feast day. Hot drinks will be available all day but visitors should bring a packed lunch


Caritas Plymouth with CAFOD Plymouth is organising an online event from 5-6pm on Tuesday 24th May during Laudato Si’ week 2022, to reflect on how we care for our common home and respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to create a new kind of solidarity and a spirit of integral ecology. The event will offer an opportunity to think about the challenges and opportunities facing us and how we are called to act.

People can register


Local Ignatian Summer Retreats – Sclerder Abbey, Looe.  Please see flier at the back of the church for more details.

July 9th -11th (Sat – Mon) Weekend Retreat (£160)

July 11th – 15th  (Mon – Friday) Midweek Retreat (£320)

July 9th -16th  (Sat – Sat) 6 day Retreat (£560)

Do you know a child who could ‘Walk a Mile in Their Shoes’ to help raise money for the Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth)?

 In 2021, the number of Essential Grant applications the CCSP received rose by a staggering 95 to 314 and we envisage this number continuing to rise in 2022 as more and more families are struggling to pay for the basic essentials of life for their children.  

 It’s hard to believe that there are children who do not have properly fitted shoes to wear to school every day and whose parents are unable to buy the correct school uniform.  Since the start of this academic year, we have purchased 18 sets of school uniform to help children of all faiths and none to have the correct uniform that fits, which improves their self esteem and their ability to learn.

As part of our Good Shepherd programme, where we ask children to think of other children less fortunate than themselves, we are working together with the Catholic schools in the Diocese and have asked children to join in with this sponsored event. Our last Good Shepherd initiative ‘Sleep on the Floor for a Night’ saw 25 children raise almost £2,300 when they gave up their comfortable beds for one night over the Christmas holidays.  This summer, we are asking children to ‘Walk a Mile in Their Shoes’ by undertaking a sponsored walk of one mile, wearing something different on their feet, perhaps slippers, flippers or any other whacky idea to help raise money.

 Maybe there are children, or even adults, in your parish who might like to support this sponsored event, to help raise much needed funds, as many of our traditional fundraising events still remain cancelled. If 100 children could each raise £10 in sponsorship money, CCSP could buy school uniform and shoes for 20 children, so they never have to wear ill fitting shoes to school again !

If anyone is interested in joining in, sponsorship forms can also be downloaded from our website or by calling 01364 645420 or emailing


Healing and Thanksgiving Pilgrimage to Holy Land

The planned Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Bishop Mark, originally scheduled for March this year, has been postponed to later this year.  The new dates are 30th October to 10th November, when hopefully conditions for travelling will be much easier for us all.  It will include a full programme of visits to the Holy Sites and staying in excellent Christian accommodation in the hills of Samaria and Judea, and closing with three nights at the Sea of Galilee.  Places are limited, but to register your interest and for further detail please contact Della Shenton on

‘The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth,’ Pope Francis Laudato Si’. The Diocesan Education Service, CAFOD and Caritas recently held an event looking at how individuals, schools and parishes can respond to Pope Francis’ call to put Laudato Si’, into action to help our communities thrive, at the same time as tackling huge world issues on the Journey to 2030. The issues can feel daunting but small steps are so important – the little things do add up! There is a new website which offers a parish guide to Laudato Si’ and an our online encyclopaedia for individuals and parishes trying to respond to the Pope’s teaching on care for our common home, pulling together inspiring stories and practical actions, wisdom and goals in one place. There are also lots of resources on our Diocesan website If you would like any more information on environmental issues please contact

Evangelisation – the presentation given by Maria Heath to our Diocese called “Made for Mission”, can be viewed on YouTube  The talk can also be viewed via the diocesan website to be found in the “Latest News” section.

Fr Robbie Low: some excellent tips presented to our diocese on how we can evangelise. If you missed it live, the recording is now available: Topic: EVANGELISM FOR THE SHY, THE HESITANT AND THE INCOMPETENT – Fr Robbie Low Date: Oct 14th 2021 06:36 PM London.

A Recording of his talk is still available on the Plymouth Diocese website.

Mission Made Possible. Do you want to be able to share your faith with others but don’t know where to start? Do you find it difficult to talk about with your nearest and dearest? Are you afraid you might be asked difficult questions and won’t have all the answers? Mission Made Possible will help you with all these things and there are sessions starting near you very soon. To register or for more information please contact a member of the team.
Evangelisation – the presentation given by Maria Heath to our Diocese called “Made for Mission”, can be viewed on YouTube  The talk can also be viewed via the diocesan website to be found in the “Latest News” section.

Young Catholic Adult Group:

Ian Jackson is volunteering with Youth Events to set up a new group for young adult Catholics. Check out the Facebook page:

As the group starts to form, we hope to organise informal gatherings.