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Times of Services at Christmas

We have already had queries about times of services at Christmas, which is complicated because Christmas is on a Monday this year, so here is the information:

Saturday 23 December: Mass at 10 a.m., Confessions 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Mass at 12.30 p.m.

Saturday 23 December: Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.10 p.m.

Sunday 24 December: Mass of 4th Sunday of Advent at 8 a.m and 10.30 a.m. (no tea/coffee after Mass this weekend)

Sunday 24 December: Children’s Nativity at 5.45 p.m. followed by Vigil Mass of Christmas at 6.10 p.m.; Midnight Mass of Christmas at 10 p.m. (NO 7 p.m. MASS)

Monday 25 December: Mass of Christmas at 8 a.m., 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. NO EVENING MASS.

Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 December: Mass at 12.30 p.m. only, no Evening Masses. Back to normal on Saturday 30 December.

The Scripture Study Group

The parish scripture group meets every Tuesday in the Frassati centre at 7.45pm. We have restartedafter the summer break studying the Book of the Apocalypse. New members are always welcome. For more information please contact richard.ounsworth@english.op.org

A Letter for Safeguarding Sunday from Bishop Patrick 14th May 2023

Link to Safeguarding Sunday Letter

CAFOD Syria-Turkey Earthquake Appeal  

For more information about the Scripture Study Group and to view previous sessions, click here.

CAFOD is responding with support of provision of food, water, shelter, medical assistance and winter kits for survivors. Your donations in recent months have made that quick response possible. Let us join CAFOD in praying for our sisters and brothers affected by the earthquakes and the winter weather. Your support for CAFOD throughout the year allows our Catholic agency to act quickly when disasters strike. For more details visit CAFOD’s Syria Turkey Emergency Appeal online at https://cafod.org.uk/give.

Becoming a Fairtrade Church

Following the success of using fair trade products for refreshments during Advent, Holy Cross will now move towards being a ‘Fairtrade church’. This means that all tea, coffee and sugar that we serve in the halls must have the Fair Trade mark on their packets.

  • Fairtrade is a system of certification that aims to ensure a set of standards are met in the production and supply of a product or ingredient.
  • For farmers and workers, Fairtrade means workers’ rights, safer working conditions and fairer pay.
  • For shoppers it means high quality, ethically produced products.

By committing to only using Fairtrade goods, our church acts in solidarity with farmers and workers across the World. Find out more about The Fairtrade Foundation and Fairtrade Churches.

Please read the Diocesan Support and Prayer for Ukraine from Bishop Patrick

From the Catholic Social Action Network (CSAN)

The CSAN Ukraine Toolkit will be continually updated as more information is released by HM Government and other agencies regarding the support of Ukrainians arriving in this country. While there are a few options, CSAN has decided to back Reset, with its experience of community sponsorship and knowledge in the field. Parishioners who are applying to host are advised to best link with an organisation with refugee experience and to use the Reset ‘matching’ service, which also has a place for Ukrainian people to register.


  • Holy Cross School will be in need of at least 2 new Foundation Governors for the beginning of the next academic year in August 2022. See more in Advert if interested.

Do something amazing today – Give Blood!

There are currently low fill rates of blood donations at the Leicester Donor Centre. Do something amazing. Support your NHS by giving blood! Twitter: @GiveBloodNHS; Facebook: givebloodnhs; Visit www.blood.co.uk for more.

Please see the December 2023 NewsletterParish News & Facebook page for more. Visit Diocese of Nottingham website for news from the diocese.

For livestream schedule on HolyCrossTV Leicester and church opening times for Mass, please see below.