Welcome to Holy Cross Priory!

Times of Services for Holy Week and Easter

Saturday 23 March
Masses at 10 a.m., 12.30 p.m.
Confessions 11 a.m. to 12 noon
Penitential Service with individual confessions 2 p.m.
Vigil Mass of Palm Sunday at 6.10 pm.

Sunday 24 March – Palm Sunday
Masses at 8 a.m., 10.30 a.m., 7 p.m.

Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 March
Masses at 12.30 p.m., 6.10 p.m.
Confessions from 6 p.m. to 6.20 p.m.
Stations of the Cross after 12.30 Mass on Wednesday

Thursday 28 March – Holy Thursday
Tenebræ 10 a.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30 p.m.; watching until 10 p.m.

Friday 29 March – Good Friday
Tenebræ 10 a.m.
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 3 p.m.

Saturday 30 March – Holy Saturday
Tenebræ 10 a.m.
Confessions 10.30 a.m. until 12 noon
Easter Vigil 7.30 p.m.

Sunday 31 March – Easter Day
Masses at 8 a.m., 10.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m.
no 7 p.m. Mass

no 6.10 p.m. Mass from Monday 1 to Friday 5 April inclusive

Patrick Boylan RIP

We were saddened to hear of the death of Patrick Boylan, who for many years sang in the choir here at Holy Cross. His funeral will be at St Joseph’s, Goodwood, on Friday 15 March at 11.30 am.

Forty Days for Life

From 14 February to 24 March there will be a daily prayer vigil to pray for an end to abortion. It will take place outside The Surgery @ Aylestone, 672 Aylestone Road, on the corner with Wigston Lane, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. If you would like to take part or to find out more please contact Francisca on 07943 711549 or email leicester40dayforlife@gmail.com. Visit the website here. There will also be extended Exposition from 5 p.m. on the first four Sundays of Lent, with periods of silence, chants and meditations led by the students, to pray for Life. Please join us.

Fundraising Buffet at the Chef and Spice

The ongoing cost of heating and lighting the church remains very high. In order to raise some money to help towards these costs we have arranged a buffet evening at the Chef and Spice restaurant on Hinckley Rd, LE3 5PG (next to St Peters Church). The date is Monday 18th March 7pm. The cost is £20 per person for a lovely buffet, of which £10 per person is donated to Holy Cross. The menu is varied and includes Indian, Chinese and pizzas. There is a wide selection including vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options.

We need a minimum of 50 diners for the restaurant to go ahead with this event.

For further details and to book a place please contact Tony Scarborough 07940 906510 or Liz Scarborough 07984 479109

In addition to the fundraising this will be a great opportunity to socialize and perhaps get to know other Holy Cross parishioners.

Please join us if you can but we appreciate the pressure on household budgets caused by the current economic situation.

The Scripture Study Group

The parish scripture group meets every Tuesday in the Frassati centre at 7.45pm. We are currently 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.

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 March 2024 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.