Holy Cross Parish Events


Forthcoming Holy Cross Events at a Glance

The Mothers Prayers Group currently meet in the Hall at 9:15am every Wednesday and would be very happy to welcome parishioners to join them.  For more information please contact: Maeve Guly 853712 or Barbara Edwards 852636

Pentecost Sunday – 9th June 3pm  Ecumenical Service at St Paul’s, Yelverton in the afternoon with social event following.

First Holy Communion16th June 2019

On Care of our Common Home: 28th June – 30th June 2019 at Holy Cross.  Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si (On Care of our Common Home), a special weekend event will be held exploring its key themes in his treatment on care for this wonderful creation, our common home.  Woven into this weekend will be time for prayer, discussion, socialising, and various activities as we consider together our responsibilities both individually and as a parish toward the human environment and the good stewardship of our natural environment, planet earth.

Parish Day of Reflection and Prayer –5th October 2019 at Buckfast 10 for 10.30 am.


Other events of interest:-

Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Crediton in celebration of St Boniface on Sunday 9th June led by the Catholic Bishop of Plymouth, The Right Reverend Mark O’Toole and the Anglican Bishop of Crediton, The Right Reverend Jackie Searle. Beginning at 3pm with sung Evensong at the Anglican Parish Church of Holy Cross, Church Lane followed by a procession to the statue of St Boniface in Newcombes Meadow and then to the National Shrine of St Boniface, Park Road. The pilgrimage concludes with Solemn Benediction at approximately 4.30pm in St Boniface church adjoining the Shrine followed by light refreshments.


Applications are now being taken for places at the Plymouth Diocese Catechetical Summer Camps, to be held at Grangehurst, Buckfast Abbey. See Camp Details on the Youth Noticeboard in the Hall.  Application forms can be obtained from Ann Ruth, Parish Secretary, or on-line from the camp website: Prompt applications are advisable.


Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)

 Petition: Ban Misleading SRE Resource on Abortion – Students should know the truth about abortion   This petition can be signed at the back of church or online at    It calls on the Secretary of State for Education to ban, ‘Abortion and Abortion Care Factsheet’, from being used in Relationships & Sex Education.  Produced by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which supports widespread access to abortion, this booklet gives inaccurate and misleading information including that an unborn baby under 24 weeks cannot feel pain and that abortion does not cause mental illness. Please sign petition at the back of Church.


Oaks and Acorns Grandparent and Toddler sessions. Buckfast Abbey is ‘branching’ out with a series of sessions for grandparents and toddlers. Launching 12th March and then alternate Tuesdays during Term Time. 10:30am to 12pm £2.50 per child – Grandparents FREE!  For further details see noticeboard at the back of the Churc

RUN TO THE SON: Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June, Buckfast Abbey. For the third year running, a weekend of prayer and inspiration to help equip you for mission. Main features include:- a day of growth in discipleship led by Anthony Gielty, a night vigil of prayer welcoming the dawn in the splendour of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and a sunrise Mass with Bishop Mark. Tickets £50 inclusive of food and camping facilities. (Other accommodation available at additional cost). Booking forms and more detail available online at or contact St. Peter’s parish office on 01752-701660 if you have any questions.

There is a residential retreat at Southgate, Buckfast from Friday 12th – Sunday 14thJuly. As part of the weekend, Fr Christopher will be running a Quiet Day, to run as part of the retreat. The Superior, Fr Francis will welcome participants and there may be contributions from other members of the Monastic Community as well. There are more details on our website (listing pictured below) and bookings are now being taken:  This retreat is especially aimed at those who have not been on a residential retreat before. It has been inspired by our work with an organisation called the Retreat Association, who’s Icon (pictured below) we recently displayed in the Abbey Church for a few weeks to help raise awareness of retreats, both here and at other Retreat Centres and Guest Houses all over the country.

Retreats in the Diocese of Plymouth 2019 – please see poster and booking forms available at the back of Church on the noticeboard.  Early booking advisable as places are taken up very quickly. N.B. the June Weekend Retreat has had to be changed – this will now be on June 28th-30th (and not 14th-16th as shown on the adverts).

Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth)

Would you or do you know anyone who would like to run the Royal Parks half marathon in London on Sunday 13 October 2019 or indeed any half marathon or marathon to help raise funds for the Catholic Children’s Society ?  We have three places available and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Fingers crossed we are able to secure a place in the London marathon too, so please let us know if you are interested.

If you are keen to take part in a sponsored event such as the Royal Parks half marathon in London, please contact Vicki Dunstone on 01364 645420 or email


Diocesan 2019 Pilgrimage to Lourdes led by the Bishop of Plymouth, Rt Rev Mark O’Toole – 1-8 August 2019 – Please see poster at the back of the church for booking information.


Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit or tel. 0161 941 3498. Poster on the Noticeboard at the back of Church.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)  and the Knights of St Columba (KSC)To celebrate the centenary of the KSC, the Knights and SPUC members will be holding a public rosary for the unborn in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral, after the 10am Monday morning Mass on the 3rd Monday of each month throughout 2019.  We hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us.  If other parishes wish to organise this within their own churches, please contact Christine Hudson (SPUC) on 01752 224018 or Mike Stratford (KSC) on 01752 213745 for the prayer cards for this devotion.


LIGHTHOUSE WORSHIP GROUP:  The prayer group normally meets at St. Peter’s, Crownhill, on the first Thursday of every month – 7-8.30pm.  Everyone is very welcome.


Wanted: If you are a former student of Notre Dame Plymouth, and would like to stay connected with the school, please consider joining our alumni network.  For further information, please telephone 01752 775101 or visit:

 Extraordinary Form Mass (‘Tridentine’ Mass)

Please note that Bishop Mark has arranged the provision of a Sunday Mass in the Extraordinary Form which will be celebrated weekly from Sunday, 29th January at St Edward’s Church, Home Park Avenue, Peverell, Plymouth PL3 4PG at 11.30am. The Mass will normally be celebrated by Fr Anthony Pillari, the chaplain at Lanherne Convent, who has also kindly agreed to offer pastoral accompaniment to families attending this Mass.

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION at Christ the King Tuesday mornings through to Friday mornings. Maybe you could volunteer to spend an hour a week in the presence of Our Lord. See Ann Ruth for further details.


Are you aged 11-17 and would like to have the opportunity to meet up with Catholic young people your own age ? The Plymouth Youth Club (still looking for a name !!!) offers this opportunity every Thursday 6.30-8.30pm at Holy Family church hall, Beacon Park Road, PL5 1NE. An opportunity to grow in your Catholic faith; to socialise; have time of recreation together and pray together … it’s your club please join in and help shape it’s future direction. See you Thursday.’

WORD of LIFE: The Word of Life group meets every third Monday at 7.00pm at 20 Whiteford Road, Mannamead, Plymouth  PL3 5LX.   Refreshments are provided.  If you have difficulty with transport please phone Clare Barton 01752 225531 or Barbara James 01752 708127.   The Focolare Movement takes its inspiration from Jesus’ prayer “may they all be one” (Jn 17:21).  It was begun in Italy during the war, by a group of Catholic women and has grown into a worldwide community of people of all ages and backgrounds, including other Christian denominations, as well as other faiths and people of good will.   The movement is convinced that dialogue based on mutual love is the only way to build a more united world which is based on universal values such as justice, equality, truth and peace.  The Word of Life groups take a small piece of scripture from the readings of the month and discusses how we can ‘live’ the Word in our daily lives.



Toddler Group in St Paul’s Church Hall in Yelverton.

It is called Poppins. The group is held on Wednesdays in school term time from 9.30 to 11.30am. Young families are very welcome to join in.