Aquinas Institute Events

2021 Aquinas Lecture

The annual Aquinas lecture titled Christian Narratives & the Well-lived Life: Thomistic Reflections will be delivered by Professor Mark Wynn on Thursday 28 January 2021 from 5pm to 6.30pm via Zoom. This lecture is free and open to all. If interested, please register here.

De Magistro: Aquinas and the Education of the Whole Person

The Aquinas Seminar Series 2021 (Hilary term) will be presented as follows:

  • The Spontaneity of the Mind and the Desire to Learn by Dr Zena Hitz on Thursday 4 February 2021 from 4.30pm to 6pm. If interested, please register here.
  • Learning Failures & Scholarly Vices by Prof Andrea Aldo Robiglio on Thursday 11 February 2021 from 4.30pm to 6pm. If interested, please register here.
  • Wittgenstein, Training, & Habits by Rev Dr David Goodill OP on Thursday 18 February 2021 from 4.30pm to 6pm. If interested, please register here.
  • Can Aquinas’s Sana Doctrina on Learning and Teaching Be Extracted from its place in Sacra Doctrina? by Rev Prof Vivian Boland OP on Thursday 25 February 2021 from 4.30pm to 6pm. If interested, please register here.

Details of the Aquinas Seminar series in Trinity term and other events can be seen here.

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:

From the Diocese

Walk With Me prayer booklet for Lent 2021 is now available

Adult Formation

Being a disciple web series: January is a time when we try and work at being a better person, why not explore how we can be a grow as a disciple of Jesus? On the 4 Thursdays of January we will explore a different aspect of what it means to be a Catholic disciple with Brendan Thompson the CEO of Catholic Voices in a web series on Zoom. Catholic Voices are an international organisation that shares the Good News in the global media. This will be a great foundation for parishes, chaplaincies and individuals to explore how we can support each other in growing as Catholic disciples. Register for the series here.

For information on how to access things on zoom visit:

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Scripture Study!

Scripture studies hold every Tuesday, from 7.45pm till 8.45pm, led by Fr Richard Ounsworth currently exploring the Book of Isaiah.
On Tuesday 26th January 2021, the group will be looking at Isaiah chapter 40!
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 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 –

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!

Christmas Draw prizes and winning tickets

Keeping Each Other Safe

Due to the fast spread of the new variant of the covid-19 virus, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) have asked parishes to keep the Mass as brief as possible and are reminding us that people should not talk either inside the church or outside with people outside their bubble. So please do go home right after Mass.

Organ Concerts

Our parish organist, Mr Tom Keogh will be giving a livestream organ concert on Sunday 31st of January at 1.15pm. There will be a further concert on Sunday 14th February at the same time and again on 14th March. Contributions for Tom’s expenses can be sent to him in a cheque made out to him c/o HC priory.
For church opening times for Mass and livestream schedule on HolyCrossTV Leicester, please see side bar

From the Office:

  • Professor Boylan on the musical history of Holy Cross (Published in the Leicestershire Historian – and here with the author’s permission)
  • Scripture Study group holds every Tuesday from 7.45pm to 8.45pm, led by Fr Richard Ounsworth OP. On Tuesday 26th January 2021, the group will be looking at Isaiah chapter 40!
  • 29th World Day of Prayer for the Sick – 11 February 2021: Please see message from the Pope here.
  • The Prophecy of the Gospel for the life of all is an online event by the Catholic Biblical Federation on January 22 2021. See poster for more.
  • Lay Chaplain Vacancy at the University Hospitals of Leicester open till sufficient number of applications are received.
  • 2021 – Year of St. Joseph, see more here
  • Respond to Department of Health consultation to stop home abortions! The consultation ends on 26 February 2021.
  • Upcoming events at the Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars, Oxford
  • Bishop Robert Barron reflects on 2020


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

Please donate to our Broken Windows Appeal.

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

Covid-19 NHS Test and Trace form:

Please note that you only have to fill this in once, on the first time you come to Mass. As you enter the church, you sanitise your hand and sign the register (if you have previously filled the Covid-19 form).


The repository is now in the back porch.

Christmas 2020 & New Year 2021 Newsletter
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