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.



The FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & SACRAMENT OF RECONCILLIATION preparation programme for 2018 will be starting on Sunday 28th January at 9:15

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 Louis or Mary Pike by Sunday 21st January.


Christian Unity – The Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity will begin on 18th Jan and end on 25th Jan.  This year, Holy Cross will be hosting the annual ecumenical service for Christian Unity.  It will be held on Sunday 21 January at 3pm and our local Christian communities will be joining us.  Please do support this with your attendance if you can.  As customary, light refreshments will be provided and will follow the service.  Volunteers will be needed to help set this up.

After the Service on Sunday light refreshments will be served in the hall.  Volunteers are required for this – please let Ann Ruth know if you are able to assist and/or provide cakes.


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.


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.