2021 – Year of St. Joseph

In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.

To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph,” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 and extending to the same feast in 2021.
The Holy Father wrote Patris corde against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the
limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an
incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

For more information and to download a copy of the Apostolic letter please visit: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/year-of-st-joseph

From the Diocese

Complete the survey: How has Covid-19 Affected You and Your Faith?

Bishop Patrick would like to hear from you! The Diocese of Nottingham has launched a short survey in order to deepen its understanding of Covid-19’s impact on all Catholics across the diocese. Bishop Patrick is eager to know more about peoples’ experiences of the pandemic, with a view to ensuring that the faithful are well supported and understood in the years ahead. Please fill out the short questionnaire here and do encourage other parishioners to do so. The deadline for submissions is July 4th 2021.


Lead Lay Chaplains Required

  • At the St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi Academy Trust, more details are available here
  • At the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust, more details are available here

Closing date: 4 May 2021


Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Scripture Study!

The weekly scripture study group continues on Tuesday, 27th April 2021, exploring the Gospel according to St Mark online (using Zoom) from 7:45pm to 8:45pm. This session will focus on Mark 3
To Join Scripture Study Meeting, please use the following details:

Meeting ID: 963 2840 4442
Passcode: 301627

Do join in and tell a friend!

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

Previous Sessions on Isaiah (Audio Recordings)

  • Isaiah 61 on Tuesday 23rd February 2021. Best to read the chapter before listening to the recording as it is about 5mins late
  • Isaiah 53 on Tuesday 16th February 2021
  • Isaiah 44 on Tuesday 9th February 2021

Previous Sessions on Acts of the Apostles: The Birth of the Church

In our Scripture study sessions from Holy Cross Priory, we explored 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?

Previous sessions on Acts:

Tuesday 12th May, 7.45pm – Chapter 1 – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/iileexrc

Tuesday 26th May, 7.45pm – Acts 2 – The Holy Spirit descends at Pentecost – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/acts-2–the-holy-spirit

Tuesday 2nd June, 7.45pm – Acts 3 – Peter heals and preaches – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/acts-3—peter-heals-and 

Tuesday 9th June, 7.45pm – Acts 4 & 5 – Apostles on trial – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/acts-4–5–apostles-on

Tuesday 16th June, 7.45pm – Acts 4 & 5 – Money and possessions – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/acts-4–5–money-and

Tuesday 23rd June, 7.45pm – Acts 6 & 7 – Stephen the Protomartyr – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/acts-6–7–stephen-the

Tuesday 30th June, 7.45pm – Acts 8 – The Adventures of Deacon Philip – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/acts-8–the-adventures

Tuesday 7th July, 7.45pm – Acts 9 – The Conversion of St Paul – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/acts-9—the-conversion

Wednesday 15th July, 7.45pm – Acts 10 & 11 – Cornelius the first Gentile convert – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/acts-10–11-cornelius

Tuesday 21st July, 7.45pm – Acts 12 – Peter’s miraculous escape – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/acts-12-peters


Previous sessions on Saint Paul:

Parish News!

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.

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.

From the Office:

  • Scripture Study continues online (Zoom) on Tuesday 27th April 2021 from 7.45pm to 8.45pm focussing on Mark 3. Previous study meeting audio recordings now available. See more here.
  • Leicester Theological Society (LTS): Please see a list of upcoming meetings here.
  • Covid-19 Vaccine: The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales urge you to get the vaccine when it is your turn. NHS England has produced videos of clinicians speaking in different languages to help ensure messages about the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine are clear for all, especially useful if someone in your family speaks a different language.
  • Professor Boylan on the musical history of Holy Cross (Published in the Leicestershire Historian – and here with the author’s permission)
  • 2021 – Year of St. Joseph, see more here


Please see Parish finances 2019/20 and consider donating to the parish.

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

  • Please send your contacts to the Prior Fr John Patrick Kenrick
  • Students usually attend the 7pm Sunday Mass
  • Weekday Mass on campus will depend on Covid-19 regulations

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