Holy Cross Parish Events

Parish Events:-

  The preparation programme for 2022 will be starting on Sunday 5th December at 9:15.FIRST HOLY COMMUNION  & SACRAMENT OF RECONCILLIATION

There will be a session for parents and children with Father Cyriacus and the catechists on Saturday 4th December at 10:00 am in the church hall.

 Any parent/guardian whose child is in school Year 3 or above and wishes to start the preparation, should fill in a registration form, which can be collected from the back of the church.

This should be handed to either Father Cyriacus or Mary Pike by Sunday 28th November. 



We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation in May/June 2022 and lessons of instruction will commence in December.  Candidates should be aged 13 or older at the time of their Confirmation.  Anyone wishing to enrol on the programme could you please inform Fr Cyriacus or email the parish office by 30th November.                                    Francine Brooks


Walking Together/Synodal Journey during Advent

Pope Francis has invited the entire Catholic Church across the world to take part in a listening journey.  As a Church we are invited to reflect on how we respond to today’s problems and needs and how we become a listening Church.

Synod – Our Walking Together Sessions: Please see additional sheet with this newsletter for all the information you need.  We hope you will be able to join us at either Yelverton or Tavistock.            Fr Cyriacus

Walking Together Parish Newsletter content for Advent



Come Along and Hear Some Christmas Carols!

Canticorum Choir will be coming to lead a traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols on Friday, December 10th at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross. There will be carols to listen to and carols to join in with and traditional readings to tell the Christmas story.

Canticorum is a Callington-based choir with members who attend both Tavistock Catholic Church and Holy Cross. We are looking forward very much to sharing some festive music with you.

Refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards.



The Annual Parish Christmas Dinner is hopefully back again! Monday 13th December at the Yelverton Golf Club – There are copies of the menu, prices & forms at the back of the church. They are also on this website with the newsletters OR I can email you a copy! Final date for signing down: Sunday 5th December          Sue Walsh


Other Events:-

An invitation for all parents, grandparents, carers, catechists – in fact all those in the church who want to see families grow and thrive in faith! An hour with Rachel Turner (Author of It takes a Church to raise a Parent). Rachel consults, speaks at conferences and runs training days for parents and church leaders around the UK and Europe. She is an excellent teacher and communicator who speaks with both humour and practical experience. Date: Tuesday 30th November Time: 20:00 start – 21:00 finish. Register for the Zoom link (by Monday 29th Nov at 6pm)

Heading TogetherDiocese of Plymouth Synodal Journey. All are invited to an online event on Tuesday 16th November at 7.00pm where Austen Ivereigh will explore the topic; “Behind the global synod; why Pope Francis wants you to speak boldly and listen carefully.” The link to register for this free online talk is Austen Ivereigh is a UK-based writer, journalist and commentator best known for his books on and with Pope Francis, and for his role in the media explaining the convictions of the Catholic Church. He is a Fellow in Contemporary Church History at Campion Hall, Oxford and a regular contributor to The Tablet, America magazine and Commonweal, among others.  Evangelisation – the presentation given by Maria Heath to our Diocese called “Made for Mission”, can be viewed on YouTube  The talk can also be viewed via the diocesan website to be found in the “Latest News” section.

JOURNEY TO 2030‘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 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 If you would like any more information on environmental issues please contact

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

Christmas Coffee Morning at Plymouth Cathedral Centre. Saturday 4th December 10.30am -12.15pm

Prize Raffle, Assorted Homemade Baking:- Christmas, Dundee & Log cakes, Jams, Chutney, Marmalade, Savouries.  Also a piety, jewellery and bric-a brac stall.  £1 Entry to include tea, coffee & mince pie

FIVE BIBLE STUDIES ON THE ADVENT SUNDAY GOSPELS : Mauro Iannicelli will break-open the forthcoming Advent Sunday Gospels with in-depth teaching and stimulating questions. As a result, you will experience Sunday Mass in a new way!  Five Wednesdays: 24th  Nov ,1st  Dec , 8th  Dec , 15th Dec & 22nd Dec (7-8pm UK Time). Free of Charge | LIVE sessions on YouTube.  Info & Registration:



The retreat will be led by Fr. Jose Romero OAR.  The day will begin with coffee/tea on arrival at 9.30am. First Talk will start at 10am, second talk will be at 11am. Exposition and Adoration of the holy Sacrament in silence will be at 12pm. Lunch will be served at 1.00pm, Mass at 2.45pm and there will be an opportunity for Confession.  Charge for the day, including lunch, is just £25.00.Booking can be made by phone 01404 42635,email or online Payment can be made on the day. If you have any questions, please contact Krista Radzina on 01404 42635


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.
Evangelisation – the presentation given by Maria Heath to our Diocese called “Made for Mission”, can be viewed on YouTube  The talk can also be viewed via the diocesan website to be found in the “Latest News” section.

Young Catholic Adult Group:

Ian Jackson is volunteering with Youth Events to set up a new group for young adult Catholics. Check out the Facebook page:

As the group starts to form, we hope to organise informal gatherings.


Pilgrimage of Healing and Thanksgiving

I plan to be the spiritual leader of a gently paced pilgrimage to the Holy Land in early March 2022.  It will include a full programme of visits to the Holy Sites and staying in excellent Christian accommodation in the hills of Samaria and Judea and closing with three nights at the Sea of Galilee.  Places are limited to a total of 30, on a first come first served basis.  To register your interest and for further detail please contact Della Shenton on Bishop Mark