Holy Cross Parish Events:

The Martha Group will be hosting a speaker, Jack Hodge, a Youth Leader from CATALYST, who will outline his role and work with our young people in Tavistock schools, on Tuesday 5th December at 10: 45. The Martha Group will hold their meeting following Jack’s talk. All are welcome to attend. Coffee from 10:30am.

Our annual Christmas Raffle will take place on Sunday 17th December, after Mass. Squares £1 each will be on sale from next Sunday 26th November. 1st Prize £50. Other prizes include vouchers, very good bottles etc. Proceeds to church funds. If you would like to contribute towards the prizes and/ or if you are able to serve the mulled wine and mince pies on 17th please see Sue Walsh, Danny or Fi Marks.

Tavistock & Yelverton Youth Group—We are looking forward to putting a programme of events and activities together for our youth and would really like to engage people’s help. In the vein that it takes a church family to raise a child, I would really like to hear from anyone who would be happy to come and join in with planning events for our young people. Your contribution does not have to be huge, and we will only ask people to do things that fit their capacity, but by working together as a team I am sure we can create a great environment for our young people to grow in their faith. If you think that you would like to get involved or want to find out more then please contact Tanya on  tanya.trevena@prcdtr.org.uk

Following the success of our Centenary Celebration, we have decided to form a Social Committee so we can arrange Parish social events throughout the year. These would be events to suit all member of our community – young, old and all those in between!  In order to do this we need a cross section of volunteers to join the committee. We are looking at 3 or 4 events so the commitment is not too onerous but can only happen if we have willing volunteers to help.  If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Francine Brooks or Sue Walsh.

Joint Parish Annual Christmas Dinner; Monday 8th January at the Yelverton Golf Club. Details to follow.

Hot Pot Supper: Saturday 27th January, Yelverton: after the 6:00 pm Mass


Social Events Newsletter No 1 for Holy Cross and Our Lady of the Assumption Tavistock


Our Lady of the Assumption, Tavistock – Events

Coffee & Craft mornings – Our Lady of the Assumption Tavistock Don’t forget our cuppa and craft mornings are running on a Tuesday morning 10.30 – 12.30.  


Save the Date—Sunday 10th December at 6pm*—9 Lessons and Carols at Our Lady of the Assumption, Tavistock.

(*N.B.Note change of time)


Simon DELL’s cancelled talk on The Dartmoor Conchies has been re-scheduled.

This event has now been rescheduled for WEDNESDAY 1st May 2024 at 1pm at Our Lady of The Assumption Church.

If you are unable to attend this event and have already PAID, you may request a refund of the monies.

If you would like a refund, please let Jane Lumley know and this can be arranged for you.

The format of the above event will be notified nearer the time.


Parish Pilgrimage to WalsinghamAt a recent Parish Council Meeting in Tavistock, it was agreed to try and organise a Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham in November 2024.  Stephen Sylvester has been tasked with taking this forward.  Would you be interested in going?  It will be a 3-night stay, Wednesday to Saturday, Bed & Breakfast at a cost of approx. £77 per person per night.  Make your own way there or car share.  Once booked there will be a 25% non-returnable deposit, 50% to be paid within 6 months and the balance paid 2 months before the date of departure.

Please let Stephen know as soon as possible if you would be interested— stephen.silvester@btinternet.com or phone 07810 305605.  Thank you.


Diocesan & other events:-

“The Effects of Grace on the Soul” – Sat 2nd December at St Edward’s Hall, Peverell (PL3 4PG) at 1.15pm (preceded by a bring and share lunch starting from 12.15pm). In this talk we shall be considering the Indwelling of the Holy Trinity, and the distinction between Actual Grace and Sanctifying Grace.

These talks are given on the First Saturday of each month, on the day for the First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May Our Lady ever pray for us, that we may grow in sanctification.




The day will begin with coffee/tea on arrival at 9.30am. The first talk will start at 10.15am. Adoration in silence (with opportunity for Confession) will be at 11.15pm. The second talk will be at 12.10am. Lunch will be served at 1pm. The third talk will start at 2.10pm. Mass at 3.15pm. The charge for the day, including lunch, is just £25.00. Booking can be made by phone, email or online (www.stritascentre.org/events ) Payment can be made on the day.

‘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 https://journeyto2030.org/ 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 https://www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk/the-diocese/how-we-work/environment/. If you would like any more information on environmental issues please contact caritas@prcdtr.org.uk

Evangelisation – the presentation given by Maria Heath to our Diocese called “Made for Mission”, can be viewed on YouTube https://youtu.be/I0Dyt30DRoo.  The talk can also be viewed via the diocesan website www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk/ 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.  Pippa.worth@prcdtr.org.uk   Joe.harrison@prcdtr.org.uk    Julia.beacroft@prcdtr.org.uk Michele.thompson@prcdtr.org.uk

Evangelisation – the presentation given by Maria Heath to our Diocese called “Made for Mission”, can be viewed on YouTube https://youtu.be/I0Dyt30DRoo.  The talk can also be viewed via the diocesan website https://www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk/ to be found in the “Latest News” section.