Re-opening of the church

News from Holy Cross:

It has been over 20 weeks now since the start of the lockdown, and Holy Cross parish is now getting ready to restart public Mass.

Many of you have benefited from the Facebook live streaming of Mass which we have set up. We are looking to upgrade the live streaming and audio system, to improve quality and ease of use.

Please visit JustGiving to donate towards our crowd funder for this.

Re-opening of the church for Mass:

We plan on opening the church for the public celebration of Mass from August 15th, starting with the vigil Mass of the Assumption of Our Lady at 6.10pm. The Government mandates that anyone entering Holy Cross will need to wear a face mask (with some exceptions, such as in the case of children under 11). It is important everyone follows social distancing guidelines.

From August 15th onwards, we will open the church in the month of August at these times for Mass:

  • Saturday evening vigil: 5.30pm-7pm
  • Sundays: 7.30am-9am, 10am-12 noon, 6.30pm-8pm

Some key points:

  • These opening times will be reviewed in around a month and revised accordingly. Mass will start at the usual times of 6.10pm (vigil), 8am, 10.30am, and 7pm. We ask everyone to be careful when visiting and to use hand sanitiser as they enter the church. Face masks are compulsory.
  • More instructions will be given regarding Holy Communion at Mass. We are following the guidance of our diocese regarding the reception of Holy Communion – face masks will need to be lifted just before receiving Communion. The host needs to be received on the hand, and then consumed immediately.
  • The Dominican rite Mass is suspended until further notice.
  • Live streaming will continue of 12.30pm weekday Mass and the Sunday 10.30am and 7pm Mass (with Holy hour beforehand).
  • Families will be able to sit together in the pews. But, separate households must remain at least 1m away from others when seated or standing in the church. So, you cannot sit directly in front, behind or beside others who are not in your household.
  • At the moment we will not require pre-booking to attend Mass.
  • We are unable to open the church for private prayer during the day. This is due to security demands and cleaning requirements being more than what we can manage given our current number of priests and available volunteers. We will review this situation at the end of August.
  • When you arrive, we will ask for your surname, numbers in your household attending Mass, and your telephone number. This is for the purpose of contact tracing, in accordance with GDPR requirements.
  • The repository (parish shop) will be moved to the narthex area (the glass door area at the back of the church). There will also be a table in the narthex for you to book Mass intentions and leave a stipend inside an envelope. We will try to arrange Mass for your requested time and date (but this is sometimes not possible). It is best if you bring your own pen to fill in forms.
  • We are still waiting for instructions from the diocese about resuming confessions, we will keep you informed when we can resume hearing confessions in the church.
  • If you wish to make a tithe payment, this is best done by card payment. We will have a card machine available in the narthex to receive payments. This machine is cleaned regularly, but it is best practice to use hand sanitiser before and after using the donation station. If you are a UK taxpayer, there is an option to GiftAid your donation.
  • At the weekends, we will have collection plates at the Wellington Street entrance and the New Walk exit. You can donate either before Mass starts or when you are leaving. Please contact Fr Luke ( if you need more GiftAid envelopes for cash/cheque donations.
  • If you wish to light a candle, it is best to bring your own lighter or matches.


We are planning a ‘dry run’ for public worship, so we can judge how effective our systems are in meeting Government requirements. As a trial, we will open up the church in time for the 12.30pm Mass on Wednesday 12th August, with the doors of the church open between 12 noon until 2pm.

Scripture Study resumes!

Fr Richard Ounsworth OP will now be leading the Scripture studies every Tuesday, 7.45-8.45pm, through the online platform Zoom starting from Tuesday 18th August 2020 and looking at Acts 13.

To participate, please use the following details:
Join Scripture Study Meeting

Meeting ID: 963 2840 4442
Passcode: 301627

Acts of the Apostles: The Birth of the Church

In our Scripture study sessions from Holy Cross Priory, we are exploring the Acts of the Apostles, looking at how the Church was formed around the Risen Christ and sent out after his Ascension and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

How are we sent today in that same Spirit to our 21st-century society?

Please have a Bible to hand, though you can also follow just by listening. If you make sure your microphone and camera are working, you’ll be able to make your own contributions. It will also be possible to ask questions, respond to polls, and chat in the sidebar.

The session will last one hour.

Hope you can join us!

Previous sessions on Acts:

Tuesday 12th May, 7.45pm – Chapter 1 –

Tuesday 26th May, 7.45pm – Acts 2 – The Holy Spirit descends at Pentecost ––the-holy-spirit

Tuesday 2nd June, 7.45pm – Acts 3 – Peter heals and preaches –—peter-heals-and 

Tuesday 9th June, 7.45pm – Acts 4 & 5 – Apostles on trial ––5–apostles-on

Tuesday 16th June, 7.45pm – Acts 4 & 5 – Money and possessions ––5–money-and

Tuesday 23rd June, 7.45pm – Acts 6 & 7 – Stephen the Protomartyr ––7–stephen-the

Tuesday 30th June, 7.45pm – Acts 8 – The Adventures of Deacon Philip ––the-adventures

Tuesday 7th July, 7.45pm – Acts 9 – The Conversion of St Paul –—the-conversion

Wednesday 15th July, 7.45pm – Acts 10 & 11 – Cornelius the first Gentile convert ––11-cornelius

Tuesday 21st July, 7.45pm – Acts 12 – Peter’s miraculous escape –


Previous sessions on Saint Paul:

Parish News!

Livestream schedule from Monday July 27 2020 till Sunday 16 August 2020:

  • Mondays to Fridays, 12:30pm Mass
  • Saturdays 10am, 12:30pm and the 6:10pm (Sunday Vigil) Masses
  • Sundays 10:30am and 7pm Masses and the 6pm Holy Hour
  • The Sunday Dominican Rite Mass at 12:05pm is currently suspended

From the Office:

  • Fr John-Patrick Kenrick OP is our new Prior and Parish Priest
  • Fr Anthony (Tony) Rattigan OP is our new Subprior
  • Fr David Rocks OP, our former Prior and Parish Priest, has now moved to London
  • Fr Matthew Jarvis OP leaves at the end of July towards moving to France for further studies
  • Fr Gregory Pearson OP is moving on to Cambridge as the new Master of Novices and Director of Vocations
  • Priestly reinforcements in view

See more details in the newsletter here

A People who Hope in Christ

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The radiance of the risen Lord shines upon us. At a time when so many shadows are cast into our lives, and upon our world, the light of the resurrection shines forever to renew and restore our hope. In the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis: ‘In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side.’ (27 March 2020)

[please click the link below to read the full message]

A People who Hope in Christ

Coping with illness: personal reflections from Fr Isidore

Fr Isidore, of the Holy Cross community, had to be moved to a nursing home just over a year ago and has been writing reflections on coping with illness, the loss of independence, and the problem of suffering. Previously he had written a book with his fellow Dominican priest and twin brother Peter on the Works of Mercy, and this new project is the other side of that coin: learning how to receive care, rather than give it.

Most of these reflections have been shared already through Facebook, and now Fr Isidore has collected them in this 36-page pamphlet called ‘Coping with illness: a personal approach’. Towards the end he talks about using his bed as his pulpit!

You can download the PDF below to read these reflections. Please consider sharing them with anyone coping with illness, who you think might benefit from his words. Especially at this time, as we go through this Coronavirus crisis, we hope Isidore’s preaching will bring some comfort and meaning to many who are suffering and isolated.


Click the link below for the electronic copy (PDF), which may be printed in A4 or A5 paper size:

You can also order a copy of the Works of Mercy book through the online store here for just £3.

Christians in the Holy Land – 4 March, 7.15pm

Christians in the Holy Land are struggling and face many threats. Here’s an article that gives some background:

We are delighted to welcome Professor Robin Graham-Brown to speak to us on this topic. As well as having a career in medicine, teaching, research and hospital management, Professor Graham-Brown is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Catholic order that strives to help Christians in the Holy Land. He will speak from that experience about the situation for Christians in the country where Jesus Christ lived, died and rose again. And what can we do to help them?

A light soup dinner will be served after the talk and there will be time for questions and discussion.

Wednesday 4 March
Frassati Centre at Holy Cross Priory, LE1 6HW

Free entry. All welcome.

Through Lent with Saint Paul

*** Update on 14 March 2020 ***

Following measures to limit the possible spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), we regret that it will not be possible to meet for the remaining sessions of this Scripture Study series. We are considering ways of potentially running a session online, or the sessions may simply be resumed when the virus threat has decreased. Please watch this space, and our Facebook page, for updates, and keep praying for one another.



Our Scripture Study continues in this Year of the Word of God, looking at that theological giant of the New Testament: St Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles.

Tuesdays in Lent
from 3rd March to 7th April
Frassati Centre, Wellington Street, LE1 6HW

You may wish to bring your own Bible, but texts will also be provided.

The evenings start at 7pm with food (bring and share!), followed at 7.30pm by the Scripture study and discussion, led by Fr Matthew, and we finish at 9pm.

Free entry. All welcome.


Confirmations Mass with Bishop Patrick – 24 February 2020, 7pm


We are looking forward to welcoming +Patrick our Bishop to celebrate our Confirmations on Monday 24 February 2020 at 7pm. Our young people are working really hard with our team of catechists to prepare for the occasion. The group includes young people of a range of ages, both from Holy Cross church and the Woodhouse congregation.

As the preparations continue, we are hoping that many of you will help with making this celebration a really memorable occasion for our young people. Could you help us by volunteering to make this event a real success?

We are also keen to have many people attending and celebrating with us. Please do come and support the young people of our parish.

Lecture – Holy Cross: our only hope?

This Friday evening, Fr Matthew will give a talk on the topic: ‘Holy Cross: our only hope?’

Our church is named after the Holy Cross, and in our 200th anniversary year, this lecture will explore why the Cross has a central place in the life of every Christian, taking its cue from the line in the ancient hymn ‘Vexilla Regis’ which calls the Cross spes unica, our ‘only hope’. This is part of the programme for the Leicester Theological Society, which this year Fr Matthew is serving as President.

The lecture is at 7.30pm on Friday 10 January in the Frassati Centre (St Clement’s Hall at Holy Cross).
All welcome. Tickets are available on the door:
Lecture £5. Annual Subscription £15. Students free.
The lecture is followed by discussion and refreshments.


Christmas Mass Times 2019

Sunday 22 December

Service of Nine Lessons & Carols – 4pm

Tuesday 24 December

Masses 8am, 12.30pm

Solemn First Vespers of Christmas and Benediction – 4.30pm

Family Vigil Mass of Christmas with Nativity Play – 6.15pm (followed by carols by the crib)

Office of Readings and Te Deum – 11.00pm (followed by carols and procession to the crib)

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Wednesday 25 December

Midnight: Angelus and Midnight Mass with Lauds

Masses: 8am, 9am (Woodhouse), 10.30am, 12.00 noon (Dominican Rite)

Solemn Vespers and Benediction – 4.30pm

There is no evening Mass on Christmas Day.

Please also note:

From Thursday 26 December to Saturday 28 December, and from Monday 30 December to Friday 3 January, daily Mass is at 12.30pm only.