Holy Cross Parish Events


Forthcoming Holy Cross Events at a Glance

Each Wednesday 9.15 am Mothers Prayers in the Hall.


Next weekend (18th/19th January) we will welcome Fr Kevin Hughes MHM to give the five-yearly Red Box Appeal and celebrate our Masses.  Through the Red Box we care for our Church family around the world. Thank you to all parishioners who already give to the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission – Missio – and Britain’s own missionary order, the Mill Hill Missionaries, through the Red Box.


The Railway Time Machine:  An evening with Bernard Mills

Friday 24th January 2020   7 for 7.30pm   St. Paul’s Church Hall,  Yelverton PL20 6AB

Admission £5    To include Pasty Supper and Tea/Coffee.

Bernard is putting this event on to raise Parish funds for Holy Cross. His evenings are highly informative and very entertaining. Please support Bernard by coming along with a friend or 3 or by buying raffle tickets in advance at church from Ann or Sue (on sale today).  Prizes would also be useful!!

Tickets available: £5  from Ann Ruth or Sue Savage


Saturday 25th January A Safeguarding Day will be held at Holy Cross from 11am-4pm. The morning session will deal with issues concerning children such as sexual exploitation, gangs etc. The afternoon will focus on adult issues including The Care Act, Mental Capacity, Domestic Abuse, FGM etc This day will be open to any interested parishioners and Tavistock parishioners will be joining us. The Day will be led by Rob Kingdon from the Diocesan Safeguarding Office. Please sign down on the clipboard on the table in church if you will be attending (for catering purposes).  Thank You.

The FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & SACRAMENT OF RECONCILLIATION preparation programme for 2020 will be starting on Sunday 26th January at 9:30.  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 Mary Pike by Sunday 19th January.

Other events of interest:-

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.


Saturday 18th January 2020Open Day for the Buckfast Abbey RE:connect project. 10.00-3.30pm. Free. RE:connect is an amazing thing to do – but very difficult to describe! It is an exhibition space where you can explore the interconnectivity of the world through hands on and thought provoking activities, exercises and reflections. It has been specially designed to help young people (and the not so young!) think more deeply about themselves and the world around them. Lots of amazing interactive experiences and thought provoking activities. Also visit RE:focus our interactive prayer space linked to RE:connect. Higher Mill at Buckfast Abbey. (Please see our website for directions).


INTERNATIONAL FOOD EVENING – raising funds for persecuted Christians in Syria (Aid to the Church in Need). Venue: St. Boniface’s College, Crownhill. Date: Sunday, January 26th, 4pm onwards. £5 entrance. For volunteers or contributions of food, please phone Merlyn on 01579-383903 or 07962 875223.


GATHER 2020                        LIGHT FOR MY STEPS

This annual conference gathers people from the Diocese of Plymouth and beyond for a weekend of faith, formation and friendship. Our 2020 speakers include Sr Gemma Simmonds – director of the Religious Life Institute, teacher and spiritual director, Monsignor Robert Draper – Vicar General of the Diocese of Plymouth and Fr Anthony O’Gorman – parish priest and experienced supporter of the faith of young people. Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay Friday 31st January – Sunday 2nd February. Please see the flyer for more information and booking form. We look forward to welcoming you to this opportunity to refresh your faith and to find new confidence in sharing it with others. Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.



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.