Holy Cross Parish Events

(Including Events of interest to parishioners)

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.


Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is one of the Martha Group charities. We are holding a coffee morning on Wednesday 22nd November at Briar Tor Community Room from 10am -12 noon. We ask for your support please. ACN is a Pontifical Foundation of the Catholic Church supporting Christians who are persecuted, oppressed or in need of pastoral care. For those unable to attend there will be pens and wristbands to buy (£1each). More information next week/ or Thank you


Holy Cross Parish Pastoral Council Meeting: Wednesday 22nd November at 7.30pm in the hall.


Christmas Sale/coffee morning – SPUC Plymouth Branch:  Sat 25th   Nov. 10.30-12.00pm.  The Cathedral Centre, Wyndham Street West.  Support us and grab a bargain! Enjoy mince pies, tea and coffee. We have home-made Christmas cakes/cakes, savouries, chutneys and jam as well as the sale of goods /fancy goods, SPUC Xmas cards and a raffle.  Please help swell our funds so we can continue our pro-life activities and education. Thank you. Further info: Chris Hudson (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children)Tel: 01752 224018


Visit by Cardinal Vincent Nichols to the Diocese – We look forward to the visit of the Cardinal later this month to celebrate the Feast of St Cuthbert Mayne, during this year when we mark the 440th Anniversary of his death.  The Cardinal will preach at First Vespers of St Cuthbert Mayne at 6pm on Tues 28th Nov in the Cathedral.  Parishioners are invited to join me for this special event.  The following day, Wed 29th Nov, the Cardinal will celebrate Solemn Mass at Buckfast Abbey at 12.05pm and, again, parishioners are invited to join me at this celebration.  There will be an opportunity to venerate the relic of St Cuthbert at both liturgies.              Fr Louis


Notre Dame School Plymouth – SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING – Thursday 30th Nov 4.30pm – 6.30pm.  For Year 11 students and their families considering admission to the school.  Further information can be found on the website:


Mass at Buckland Abbey Chapel Friday 1st Dec at 10am. The list is now full and has been removed from the church. If you have put your name down but are unable to attend please let Fr. Louis or Ann know as soon as possible as there is a ‘reserve list’.  Many thanks.  If you are a Buckland Abbey volunteer/helper you are already accounted for.  Thanks.


Quiet Day at Buckfast Abbey Saturday 2nd December 10.00am – 3.00pm ‘How to be peacemakers, not only at Christmas’ led by Dom Christopher Delany O.S.B. Cost £15 – see notice board for further details.


Plymouth Catholic Choral Society Advent Service at Holy Cross Sunday 3rd December at 3pm.


Holy Cross Annual Christmas Dinner  Monday 11th  December 7pm for 7.30pm  Yelverton Golf Club. Please take a copy of the menu from the back of the church with prices and details for signing down.


GATHER 2018 : 19–21 January 2018 Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay. Details to follow

Join Bishop Mark O’Toole, Fr Denis McBride, David Wells, Canon Paul Cummins, catechists, teachers, clergy and friends of the Diocese of Plymouth for a weekend of friendship, faith and formation. Cost £150 residential, £40 non-residential day rate. To book your place use the flyer provided. Early booking is essential. We look forward to welcoming you to GATHER 2018.


Formation Days for Catechists: – calling all catechists and “would be” catechists who help pass on the faith in any way by involvement in Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation, RCIA, Marriage Preparation programmes or Children’s Liturgy.  A four-part course is being offered, free of charge, to help you grow in your knowledge of the faith and a sense of personal calling.  Content will include Teaching to Pray, Liturgical Life, Preparing the Faith and Life in Christ.  The following dates and venues are available:  St. Peter’s Parish Room, Crownhill, Plymouth (PL5 3AX) 10.30am-1pm  – Saturdays, February 3rd, May 5th, October 6th 2018 and January 19th 2019


Disappointed? Didn’t get a place in the London Marathon? Why not run the Rome Marathon Sunday 8th April 2018 instead in aid of the Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth)? Details from Claire or


Plymouth Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 2-8 August 2018. £779 fully inclusive. Contact Pilgrimage Director: Rev Kieran Kirby 01803 294142.

Plymouth Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 2-8 August 2018. £495 fully inclusive.  Contact: Rev Anthony O’Gorman 01637 851697.

Flyers at back of church for both pilgrimages.


WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: Dublin, August 21st-26th, 2018.  A global gathering celebrating Marriage and Family Life with Pope Francis.  Please visit: for further information.  Approximate cost is £900 per couple for 5 nights (B & B) or £1,200 for a family with 2 children. A number of people will be going from our diocese.  If you are interested in being part of this gathering, please contact Marian on 01752-701660 or  Closing date for applications December 16th.


National Eucharistic Congress, Liverpool 7th-9th September 2018 – The Congress aims to deepen knowledge and love for the Eucharistic presence of Jesus and better equip our parishes and schools. The last national congress in 1908, we were not permitted to carry the Blessed Sacrament in public processions. The Programme: Friday 7th Symposium: Presentations for clergy, teachers, catechists, and Extraordinary Ministers; Saturday 8th: Main day – Congress Mass; keynote speakers (Bishop Robert Baron invited), massed choirs, adoration; Sunday 9th Holy Mass and procession at Liverpool Cathedral.

10,000 Catholics will be present on the Saturday. Around 300 invitations for Plymouth diocese are to be shared between parishes. A ‘Pilgrim coach’ from each deanery, with overnight accommodation in Liverpool.  Holy Cross has been asked to nominate one delegate.

Please speak to Fr Louis asap if you are interested in being the delegate for the parish.


Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2019

I am delighted to be able to commend this pilgrimage from our Diocese to the Holy Land from 18th to 25th February 2019.  I do hope that some of you and your people will be able to accompany me in this journey of a lifetime.

An itinerary is being prepared that will not only include visits to the major sites in Bethlehem, Galilee and Jerusalem but also opportunities to meet the beleaguered local Christian communities and to celebrate Sunday Mass with them in one of the local villages.  We shall also be engaging with the Friends of the Holy Land and the projects in which they are involved.

Fr Paul Maddison, a priest of East Anglia Diocese, is director of Pilgrimage People and has been organising and directing these pilgrimages for many years.  Fr Paul will be visiting the Diocese at the beginning of October to give visual presentations and fuller details of the itinerary, costs etc. in the three counties.  Do please come along to one of these and encourage your parishioners to come as well.  These are noted below as part of a suggested newsletter insert.

A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is the experience of a lifetime.  To walk in the footsteps of our Lord brings alive in a new way the scriptures we have so often read and heard. To meet our Christian brothers and sisters there, who are suffering greatly, gives them and us real encouragement in our faith.

With every kind wish

Yours devotedly,

Rt Rev Mark O’Toole

Bishop of Plymouth

Plymouth Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: 18-25 February 2019


Further details: Pilgrimage People, Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP.

Email:   Telephone 0800 612 3423.

Website http://www.pilgrimagepeople.or


 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.