Confession and Tenebrae This Week

PLEASE NOTE the extra opportunities for Confession, and please do consider coming to Tenebrae at 9am on the three days of the Triduum. The name Tenebrae is the Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows”, and has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week. The service is marked by a chanted reading from the book of Lamentations, the singing of psalms and responsaries, and the gradual extinguishing of candles as the psalms and responsaries are sung. Each service ends with a short litany, the cantors finally lying prostrate before the altar. Books are available so that you can follow and participate in the service.

Blackfriars Market

This year’s Blackfriers’ Market will take place on 10th and 11th May.  As well as turning up on the day, your church needs you to do one or more of the following:

  • Provide ideas for events and activities
  • Help in the run up to the event
  • Sponsor the event
  • Provide things for sale (cakes, seedlings, craft items)
  • Help on the day
  • Spread the word amongst friends and family

Please contact any of the Friars at Holy Cross to sign up.

A Journey of Faith in Holy Week

“It is our duty to glory in the Cross”. A retreat will be given here by Fr David Sanders OP
throughout Holy Week. The programme is:

  • Monday to Wednesday Adoration at 12 noon, and Mass at 12.30pm followed by conference talk. Adoration at 5.30pm, Mass and Vespers at 6.10pm followed by conference talk;
  • Wednesday Additionally, Penitential Service at 7pm;
  • Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday Office of Tenebrae at 9am followed by retreat conference.

We hope you will be able to attend some or all of the conferences.

Lent at Holy Cross

The following will be taking place regularly during Lent at Holy Cross:
  • Stations of the Cross on Wednesdays and Fridays after the 12.30pm Mass;
  • From Tuesday to Saturday, one of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary at 12 noon;
  • For 18 to 35 year olds ― after the 7pm Sunday Masses in Lent, a series of social gatherings followed by a short reflection on one of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary;
  • Monday evenings of Lent, 8pm to 9pm, guided Holy Hour reflecting on the Mysteries of the Rosary.

Children’s Liturgy

We have started a special Liturgy of the Word for children during the 9.30 am Sunday Mass. It is intended for children of approximately Primary School age. They will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please see Br Andrew about enquiries or further details.

Holy Cross Gospel Choir

Holy Cross Gospel Choir will start their weekly rehearsals for 2014 on Tuesday January 28, from 7-8.30 in the parish hall. Newcomers and beginners welcome – call Jeff on 0116 2431289 or for details.   Tuesdays from Jan 28  - April 15 inclusive (excluding Feb 18)

Interested in Becoming a Catholic?

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Catholic, have missed  out on Confirmation, or are simply interested in refreshing your  memory, then there is a series of meetings at Holy Cross just for you called “Into Faith”.  For those that want to become Catholics, the meetings also form part of our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults  programme (RCIA) the official route into becoming a Roman Catholic.   The Into Faith meetings will start afresh in  November 2014.  To find out more – please contact: Father David via   The full course consists of about 10 meetings spread out between November and Easter which can culminate in Baptism and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil if appropriate.

Why You are Living Stones?

As members of God’s family, we are all living stones, and each and every one of us has a vital part to play in the Church by proclaiming the Word of God (our prophetic mission), celebrating the liturgy & the sacraments (our priestly mission), and serving our brothers & sisters in the community in which we live (our kingly mission). You are Living Stones has helped us to think and pray about how we do this as the Church in our Diocese of Notting-ham. But it is now time for us to begin putting our findings into practice across the Diocese. See the full document here: You Are Living Stones Update – Autumn 2013