Holy Cross Parish Events

(Including Events of interest to parishioners)


Rosary on the Coast – for faith, life and peace in the British Isles.  Sunday 29th April at 3pm on Plymouth. Hoe. The aim is to give public witness as we pray for our country at this moment in time, for peace and God’s blessing and the protection of Our Lady.  Please see the website for further details – and poster on the notice board at the back of Church.


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 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 venue is St. Peter’s Parish Room, Crownhill PL5 3AX, 10.30am-1pm: Saturdays. The three remaining days are May 5th, October 6th and January 19th 2019.  Even if you missed the first one please do join us for the rest


Celebrate Ascension Thursday at Buckfast Abbey: join the Catholic Children’s Society for the day on 10th May to raise funds for our local families in need. Mass will be celebrated at midday, followed by lunch and a talk from the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe. Tickets £25 to include lunch and a tour of the grounds or the Abbey. Call our office 01364 645420 or email for details.


The next in Fr Christopher’s series of Quiet days in 2018 will take place on Saturday 12th May in the Violet Evelyn Hall at the Southgate Retreat Centre.  See poster at the back of the church together with booking forms.


Date for your diary:- Wine tasting Friday May 18th at 7.30pm in our Parish hall. £10 per head. We hope that you will join us. All are welcome with a maximum number of 30 people. We will be tasting 7 fine wines with a nice selection of cheese and home made bread, a pleasant relaxed evening with a chance to meet friends. Proceeds to the church funds. If you wish to come please sign the list at the back of the Church or email Bob Naybour at                                                   Pam and Dave Adams Bob and Sheila Naybour


Buckfast Abbey Millennium Celebration

Two parish representatives have been selected by Draw to attend the Mass of thanksgiving on the solemnity of Our Lady of Buckfast.  The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Cardinal Nichols, will preside.  This will take place on Thursday 24th May 2018 at 12:05 in the Abbey Church followed by a Buffet Lunch.



Diary Date: Parish Safeguarding Training

On Saturday 26th May 2018, Andy Kings from the Diocese Safeguarding Office will be holding a Safeguarding training event here, in our Parish: from 10am -2pm.

The event will be a Basic Awareness Course in Safeguarding Children and Adults at risk of harm.  Coffee and biscuits will be available from 9.30am with a 30 minute break at noon. It is proposed that we have a Bring & Share Lunch. Tea & Coffee will be provided.

This training event is aimed at all volunteers within our Parish and will be especially valuable to those working with, or having ministry with, children or adults. It is hoped all DBSd parishioners will attend.

A sheet for signing down your intention to attend will be available soon.



Vocations Event: The amazing ‘True Survivor’ event for Teenage Boys This summer half-term, 29th-31st May, come along to True Survivor, a ‘wild camping’ experience offering formation in Christian manhood: Deer skinning, natural shelter building, Eucharistic Adoration, animal trapping, campfire cooking, Holy Mass, fire making, confession, and more!  All in tents, in woodland, with no running water.  It offers an amazing combination of training in survival skills and an explanation of how we need parallel skills in the spiritual life.  This year’s schedule includes input on the priesthood as a model of manhood and so those attending need to be open to considering a priestly vocation, ages 13-18.  Please see the poster on the board at the back of church, contact Fr Dylan James our Vocations Promotor, or find it at


Run to the SonFriday 22nd–Sunday 24th June, Buckfast Abbey. For the second year running, a weekend of prayer and inspiration to help equip you for mission. Main features include:- a day of growth in discipleship led by Fr. Oscar Ardila, a night vigil of prayer welcoming the dawn in the splendour of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and a sunrise Mass with Bishop Mark. Tickets £50 inclusive of food and camping facilities. (Other accommodation available at additional cost). Booking forms and more detail available online at or contact St. Peter’s parish, Plymouth 01752 701660 if you have any queries.


Plymouth Diocese – Catechetical Summer Camps 2018 The camps, running for over 60 years, have provided an opportunity for the young people of the diocese to meet and grow together in their faith and love of Our Lord Jesus, and beauty of the liturgy and prayer. The emphasis this year will be to join in a theme of “Celebration”, as our hosts, the abbot and monks of Buckfast Abbey celebrate their own 1000 anniversary.
There are three camps running this year: one Junior, one Senior and one camp (St Petroc’s) for students in school years 11-13. 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 Ann Ruth or on-line from the camp website :  Prompt applications are advisable


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 February 2019  Bookings are coming in for this pilgrimage to be led by Bishop Mark from the 18th to 25th February next year. Completed booking forms and deposits need to be received before the 18th April this year. To request an itinerary and booking form, please contact Pilgrimage People on 0800 6123423 ( quoting Ref: PLYM01. We will be travelling from Luton airport and options for transport to and from the airport will be available.




 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.


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.