Holy Cross Parish Events

(Including Events of interest to parishioners)

The episode of Long Lost Family which features Holy Cross Church was aired on ITV at 9pm Tuesday 24th July – unfortunately we did not receive this information until the afternoon of the Tuesday – however, you may be able to watch it on Catch Up TV on the ITV Hub.


Weekend 11th-12th August 2018 The Martha Group will have a stall at Knightstone – if you can help in any way and take a turn on the stall, please let either Barbara Edwards or Mary Pike know,Tel: 853572 or 852636. Many thanks.


Evangelisation Meeting scheduled for 15th August has been postponed – this will now be held on Wednesday 22nd August 2018 at 7.15 in the Hall.  All are welcome.


Alumni 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:


Sclerder Family Festival – Saturday 18th August 2018  11am-8pm  A summer festival on the beautiful Cornish coast in the grounds of Sclerder Abbey, Looe, Cornwall PL13 2JD.  An ecumenical event for all ages.  This year’s theme: I am because I belong (UBUNTU, motto of Nelson Mandela). Something for everyone: Indoor/outdoor activities; arts and crafts workshops; Abbey Tour; a family spiritual adventure; refreshments; BBQ and live music.  Single Ticket £10/Family ticket £20.  For booking and other information visit:

A Day with Mary – Downside Abbey, Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset – Saturday 25th August 2018.  See poster at the back of the church


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.


The next in Fr Christopher’s series of Quiet Days takes place in the Violet Evelyn Hall of the Southgate Retreat Centre, Buckfast on Saturday 15th September. The subject of this Quiet Day is: ‘Temptation and some suggestions as to deal with it!’. The cost is £15 to include refreshments and a light lunch.  For more information see poster and booking form on the noticeboard.


‘Save the date’ Saturday 23rd September 2018, for a Holy Cross Parish Walk. This will be after 10.30am Mass, meet at Holy Cross car park 12 noon. Dave Adams


SOUTH WEST CELEBRATE WEEKEND    A joyful and faith-filled event for young and old   13th/14th October    Notre Dame School, Looseleigh Lane, Plymouth PL6 5HN

Main Speakers: Maria Heath, Fr. Oscar Ardila, Charles Whitehead

Separate streams for children & young people.  Lively worship, drama, a variety of workshops, family Mass.    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Reconciliation available

Online booking now open (Prior booking essential)

More details:          Email:

Rebecca 01395 489902  or Susanne 01803 606256


Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land February 2019  Bookings are coming in for this pilgrimage to be led by Bishop Mark from the 18th to 25th February next year. Completed booking forms and deposits need to be received before the 18th April this year. To request an itinerary and booking form, please contact Pilgrimage People on 0800 6123423 ( quoting Ref: PLYM01. We will be travelling from Luton airport and options for transport to and from the airport will be available.




 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.


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.