Holy Cross Parish Events

(Including Events of interest to parishioners)

Catholic Summer Conferences – Poster on noticeboard at the back of Church. Would you like to know a little more about Catholic thinking, about how to grow in the spiritual life, how to begin to respond in love to those difficult questions about Catholic belief? The School of the Annunciation is offering four short conferences this summer in the beautiful surroundings of Buckfast Abbey – one in Spiritual Theology  (30th July to 2nd August), one in Philosophy (2nd to 5th August), and one in Apologetics answering difficult questions of our time (9th to 12th August). Application forms can be downloaded from the School’s website or you can call the School direct – 01364 645660.   (


Formal recommissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Holy Cross will take place on the Solemn Feast Day of St Peter and St Paul on Friday 29th June.  This is a Holy Day of obligation and there will be two Masses that day as normal (10am & 7pm).

Abortion: SPUC Mass of Reparation – Presided by Bishop Mark O’Toole 10am Saturday 30th June. Cathedral.  Further details contact: Christine 01752 224018


Share the Journey Campaign Walk: This year, the Holy Father urges us to reach out to our brothers and sisters who are forced to flee their homes. You can Share the Journey by joining us on a walk. Schools, parishes, and local communities across England and Wales, including our own, will be walking to show solidarity with people on the move. Together, we are aiming for 24,900 miles – the distance around the whole world.  CAFOD will use this shared journey to deliver a powerful message to world leaders, who meet in September 2018 to agree two global agreements on refugees and migration.

Share the Journey – Holy Cross and Our Lady of Lourdes, Plympton shared Parish event, taking place on Sunday 1st July. Everyone is invited to join in at whatever level you can. For those feeling really energetic we are aiming to do the 9.2 mile walk leaving Our Lady of Lourdes, Plympton straight after 9am Mass at Our Lady’s and taking the route through Plymbridge Woods to Holy Cross, where we will share some well-earned refreshments*.  For those preferring a gentler ramble, you can start your journey to Holy Cross from home, the Co-op carpark or even the Church carpark – every step counts. Contact Francine Brooks for more information.  Ann Ruth is co-ordinating the refreshments for the end of this walk – any help on the day and/or providing cakes would be most appreciated. Please let Ann know if you are able to help.

              Share the journey – Summer Walk.   If you are unable to make the walk on July 1st Holy Cross is hoping to hold another shorter walk over the summer, more details to follow.

Buckfast Abbey : Story Telling Festival 7th and 8th July 2018.  A fantastic FREE event for all the family with storytellers, puppeteers and performers of all kinds.  See poster at the back of the Church.

Telling Tales – Learning to be a Storyteller – Saturday 7th July 10am-12pm St Cuthbert’s Centre, Buckfast Abbey.  £34 (includes all materials and tuition and access to the rest of the Festival).   Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


Ecumenical Event on Sunday 15th July.  Please join us to show solidarity with refugees. The Share the Journey Campaign Walk from Holy Cross to St John’s, Horrabridge will start at 12 noon from HC Church. Enjoy a picnic style BYO lunch (drinks will be provided) when we get to St John’s.

Following this anyone who wishes to do so can ride or walk to St Paul’s Yelverton for Songs of Praise at 3pm.  For more information on Share the Journey the journey.


15th July – Ecumenical Songs & Praise (St Paul’s C of E Church, Yelverton 3pm). Choir Practice dates – 6th and 13th July 6-7pm at St Paul’s.  Please come and join in.


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.


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.


‘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.