Statement on Marriage

Marriage is a lifelong vocation of a man and a woman to a community of life and love open to children, and, between the baptized, it is a Sacrament. Aware of the many pressures today which can endanger family life, the Church is constantly concerned to make sure that those of you planning to marry are prepared as well as possible. We would like to remind those who wish to marry of the following:

  1. It is important that a couple go to see their priest in good time before their wedding. Normally, at least six months notice should be given.
  2. Marriage preparation is carried out by the Priest, often assisted by a group from the parish. Courses arranged on a deanery basis are recommended.
  3. Catholics are reminded of their obligation to preserve their faith and to do all they can within the unity of their partnership to have all their children baptized and brought up in the faith and practice of the Catholic Church.
  4. Non-Catholic partners will be informed of this promise, but they are not asked to make this or any similar promise.
  5. Dispensation for a marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic to take place in a non-Catholic Church can only be granted for a serious reason. Couples who wish to marry in a non-Catholic Church should discuss the matter with their priest in good time before their wedding day to see whether a dispensation could be granted.

All couples marrying these days need the support of the local Church. In this way, they will be strengthened in their preparation for marriage, in celebrating their marriage, and in living out their covenant with one another.

We wish to thank all those married people who show such constancy and fidelity to their vocation of marriage. May their example inspire those planning to marry in the Church.

~ Right Reverend Patrick McKinney (Bishop of Nottingham)

(This statement remains on the website throughout the year because the Bishop asks for it to be published in February and October each year)

Scripture Study!

The weekly scripture next meets on Tuesday 31 May 2022 (NB not on 24 May) at 7.45pm on Zoom looking at the Letter to the Hebrews Chapter 12.

Previous Session on the Letter to the Hebrews (Audio Recordings)

Previous Session on St Mark’s Gospel (Audio Recordings)

Earlier Recordings can be found here.

Holy Cross Priory Altar

Parish News!

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

For church opening times for Mass and livestream schedule on HolyCrossTV Leicester, please see side bar. For alternative Mass livestreams in the UK, please click here.

Walsingham Pilgrimage

There will be a parish pilgrimage to the Walsingham shrine of our Lady on Sunday 15th May 2022. We will book a coach but we need to know numbers attending in advance. To cover costs of travel, we are charging £20 per passenger. The bus will depart from Holy Cross at 8am allowing for a stopover on route.

Mass starts in the Catholic shrine at noon. Confessions will be available before and afterwards. Following a picnic lunch, we will have the procession of the “Holy Mile” and then a handsome buffet reception in the village. Vespers will be sung at 16.45. We will depart from 17.30, after Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

From the Office:

  • Scripture Study next meets on Tuesday 31 May 2022 @ 7.45pm (NB not on 24 May) on Zoom, looking at the Letter to the Hebrews Chapter 13. Previous study meeting audio recordings are available here.
  • Rosary prayer group is being held every other Thursday at 10:30am in St Clements Hall. Families are welcome. For more information and to confirm attendance contact Ellie on 07961297228. 

  • Please see the Statement on Marriage from the Diocese by Bishop Patrick McKinney.

From the Bursar

  • Parish Accounts October 2020 – September 2021
  • Ukrainian Appeal: We are continuing to collect money to buy food and medicine, and to provide transport to help people in Ukraine. So far well over £3,000 has been sent to our sisters and priests who work all over Ukraine. Many thanks!

Catholic Students at Uni of Leicester (UoL) & De Montfort Uni (DMU)

  • If new, please fill in the student forms at the New Walk door of the church

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 for more.

Church Heating Update

We are now estimating the cost of the new boilers for the church heating system will initially be lower, in the region of £40,000 but at some point we will need new ceiling fans too.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Bookings are now open for the Nottingham Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage – under the leadership of Bishop Patrick, from Mon. 4th until Fri. 8th July.  See full details on, or contact Father Simon Gillespie (


  • 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.

Talks about Medjugorje by Fr Leon Pereira OP

Please click to see video 1, video 2 and a playlist for short videos. We all remember Fr Leon with affection.

Easter 2022 Newsletter

Please see news and events outside the parish. Visit Diocese of Nottingham website for news from the diocese.