Holy Cross Parish Events


Forthcoming Holy Cross Events at a Glance

Each Wednesday 9.15 am Mothers Prayers in the Hall. 


We plan to have a Pancake event on Shrove Tuesday (25th February) with pancakes and wine from 6pm for Church Funds.  All are welcome. If you are intending to come to this event on Tuesday, please put your name on the list at the back of the church (approximate numbers required for catering purposes) or email the Parish Secretary.  Thank you.


Holy Cross invite you to enjoy our Lenten Lunches in our hall.  The first one on Friday 6th March coincides with World  Day of Prayer so soup lunch will be between 11.30am-1.30pm in support of the food crisis in Zimbabwe, followed by the World Day of Prayer Service at the Rock Methodist Church at 2pm produced by the women of Zimbabwe.

(The next dates for soup lunches are Friday 20th March and Friday 3rd April.)


Parishioners of Yelverton: are we up for this again to help raise funds for the Catholic Children’s Society?  Great Big Diocesan Quiz Night Friday 24th April 2020 in the Hall.  I am looking for a commitment at this stage of 18 people (3 x teams of 6) to say ‘yes’ and I will go ahead and plan the evening.  Let me know if you want to take part.  Our last two annual events have been very successful and enjoyable.    Thanks – Ann Ruth

Other events of interest:-

Applications are now being taken for places at the Plymouth Diocese Catechetical Summer Camps, to be held at Grangehurst, Buckfast Abbey. Camp details and application forms can be obtained from your parish priest or on-line from the camp website :  Prompt applications are advisable.  Details of the Summer Camps are on the ‘Youth Noticeboard’ in the Hall.

Rosary Prayer Group to be held at Bere Alston on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 2pm commencing on 25th September   For details contact Frances Cooper 01822 841175.


5th Public Speaking Contest Catenian Association   Province 13      Saturday 29th February 2020  1:30pm

The Catenians invite all Catholic students in Years 11 to 14 (16 to 19 year olds) to enter our 6th PSC which is being held on Saturday, 29th February 2020 at the Moorland Garden Hotel, Yelverton, Devon. PL20 6DA

The winner will receive the Provincial Trophy, awarded annually to the winning school, as well as a personal trophy, cash prize and Certificate. The runner up will receive a personal trophy, cash prize and Certificate and Certificates are awarded to all other participants.

The winner of our local Provincial trophy goes forward to the national competition in Manchester during September 2020.  FFI: Contact: Graham Johnson ( 01752 766506.


World Day of Prayer this year will be at Rock Methodist on Friday 6th March at 2pm. All are welcome


CARITAS Event: “Every human being is a free person destined to live for the good of others in equality and fraternity. Every person, and all people, are equal and must be accorded the same freedom and the same dignity.”  Pope Francis Declaration on International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.   Caritas Plymouth will be holding their fourth event looking at Modern Slavery and Trafficking on Saturday 7th March 2020.  The event will be led by Bishop Mark O’Toole and includes speakers from Border Force, the Medaille Trust and Apostleship of the Sea.  The event will be held on Saturday 7th March 2020 from 10.30am. – St Boniface College, Plymouth. It is free and includes a buffet lunch.   Booking is essential at:


Spirit of Mayflower 400 1620-2020.  Bishop Mark O’Toole invites you to come and join our Freedom Walk of Witness as we remember the pilgrims’ voyage to freedom.  Good Friday, 10th April 2020 on Plymouth Hoe.  Assemble at Christ the King Church by 11am.  The Bishop has asked the Deanery not to hold any local Services during Good Friday morning and encourage all to attend the Freedom Walk.


Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 8th July 2020.  £649.00 per person sharing.  Fly from Bristol with 10kg hand luggage, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with breakfast and dinner.  All excursions included.  Lunches on days out.  Single extra £100. 

Call Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email  Knock Pilgrimages ATOL T7613.


Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit or tel. 0161 941 3498. Poster on the Noticeboard at the back of Church.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)  and the Knights of St Columba (KSC)To celebrate the centenary of the KSC, the Knights and SPUC members will be holding a public rosary for the unborn in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral, after the 10am Monday morning Mass on the 3rd Monday of each month throughout 2019.  We hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us.  If other parishes wish to organise this within their own churches, please contact Christine Hudson (SPUC) on 01752 224018 or Mike Stratford (KSC) on 01752 213745 for the prayer cards for this devotion.


LIGHTHOUSE WORSHIP GROUP:  The prayer group normally meets at St. Peter’s, Crownhill, on the first Thursday of every month – 7-8.30pm.  Everyone is very welcome.


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:

 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.

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION at Christ the King Tuesday mornings through to Friday mornings. Maybe you could volunteer to spend an hour a week in the presence of Our Lord. See Ann Ruth for further details.Oaks and Acorns Grandparent and Toddler sessions. Buckfast Abbey is ‘branching’ out with a series of sessions for grandparents and toddlers. Launched on  12th March and then alternate Tuesdays during Term Time. 10:30am to 12pm £2.50 per child – Grandparents FREE!  For further details see noticeboard at the back of the Churc

Are you aged 11-17 and would like to have the opportunity to meet up with Catholic young people your own age ? The Plymouth Youth Club (still looking for a name !!!) offers this opportunity every Thursday 6.30-8.30pm at Holy Family church hall, Beacon Park Road, PL5 1NE. An opportunity to grow in your Catholic faith; to socialise; have time of recreation together and pray together … it’s your club please join in and help shape it’s future direction. See you Thursday.’

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.