Holy Cross Parish Events


Forthcoming Holy Cross Events at a Glance

CONSULTATION – Time of Saturday evening Mass – Discernment until 20th October 2019.  The sense is that, while some might prefer 6.30pm, many prefer an earlier Mass at 5.30pm.


Each Wednesday 9.15 am Mothers Prayers in the Hall.


Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning: Traditionally Holy Cross has been involved and is planning a coffee Evening (Saturday 28th) and morning (Sunday 29th September) after the Masses. There will be a raffle, (squares £1 each are available). Also coffee and cakes, a bottle tombola, plants and goods to buy. Please come and support this annual event.


CAFOD Family Fast Day Soup Lunch – Friday, 4th October in the Hall 12noon-2.00pm


Great Big Diocesan Quiz – Friday, 11th October 7.00pm for 7.30pm prompt start

Other events of interest:-

Notre Dame School Open Evening, Wednesday 18th September from 4.00pm to 7.00pm.  For Year 4, 5 and 6 girls, along with their families, considering admission to the school.  Presentations from Senior Staff, meet the students and tour the school.  For more information please visit or telephone 01752 775101.

 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.

Theology of the Body for Teens: This is a dynamic faith formation programme devised by a team of experts on Saint John Paul II’s teaching on the exalted vocation of the human being and the dignity and holiness of human sexuality.  It was designed to help young people to answer questions about the meaning of their own bodies and their unique called for greatness.  The program will run in St Peter’s Church (15 Boniface Lane, Crownhill PL5 3AX)  for 8 sessions.  Young people from the ages of 13 to 18 are invited to join in.   Sessions take place on Fridays ( 13th, 20th & 27th September) from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

2019 GLOBAL EVANGELISATION SUMMIT REPLAY:  This Summit, which is the largest gathering for Evangelisation in the English speaking world, took place in Ottawa on May 4th this year and will be replayed on October 5th at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre (Room 4) from 9am (registration 8.30am) until 5pm.  Speakers include Fr. James Mallon (Divine Renovation), Michelle Moran (Zion Community), Michael Dopp (Mission of the Redeemer Ministry), Cardinal Lacroix, Fr. Jon Bielawski and Michele Thompson. The event is FREE.  Register by booking on or phone 01752-701660.  Tea/coffee/biscuits provided.  Please make your own food arrangements.


The hope of the poor shall not perish for ever’ : This is the theme of Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day of the Poor on Sunday 17th November 2019. Caritas Plymouth will be holding their third event looking at the causes of poverty and its impact in the run up to the World Day of the Poor. The event will include sharing thoughts and ideas about how we in our parishes can mark the World Day of the Poor and looking at Pope Francis’ Message. Saturday 12th October 2019, 10.30am– 3.30pm. St Rita’s Centre, Honiton. The free event includes a buffet lunch. Limited space – booking essential   Please contact:


Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth): Would you or do you know anyone who would like to run the Royal Parks half marathon in London on Sunday 13 October 2019 or indeed any half marathon or marathon to help raise funds for the Catholic Children’s Society ?  We have three places available and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Fingers crossed we are able to secure a place in the London marathon too, so please let us know if you are interested.

If you are keen to take part in a sponsored event such as the Royal Parks half marathon in London, please contact Vicki Dunstone on 01364 645420 or email

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.