Scripture Study!

Fr Richard Ounsworth OP is now leading the Scripture studies every Tuesday, 7.45-8.45pm, through the online platform Zoom. The next session on Tuesday 15th September 2020 will be focused on Acts 22.

To participate, please use the following details:
Join Scripture Study Meeting

Meeting ID: 963 2840 4442
Passcode: 301627


Acts of the Apostles: The Birth of the Church

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

Please have a Bible to hand, though you can also follow just by listening. If you make sure your microphone and camera are working, you’ll be able to make your own contributions. It will also be possible to ask questions, respond to polls, and chat in the sidebar.

The session will last one hour.

Hope you can join us!


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!

Catholic Students at University of Leicester and De Montfort University

Welcome back to Leicester and the new academic year. A special welcome to our first year and international students. Please send your contacts to Fr JP at leicester.admin@english.op.org. Students usually attend the 7pm Sunday Mass; weekday Mass on campus will depend on Covid-19 regulations.

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross!

We will be celebrating our patronal feast this Sunday 13th September 2020, all are welcome!

From the Office:

  • For church opening times for Mass and Confession and livestream schedule, please see side bar
  • Confessions are now on Saturday mornings from 11am to midday. Please prepare before coming to church for confession.
  • The 12.30 mass on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays will now be open to the public.
  • We need people to volunteer to be stewards at mass helping us to keep a safe distance and remind us if you are a reader or eucharistic minister. Please give your name to one of the priests if you can help.
  • A big thank you to those who contributed to our appeal for a better livestreaming system. We have now raised a total of £4,600 if you include gift aid – which should be sufficient.
  • When you come to church, if you have previously filled in an NHS form, you don’t have to fill one in again. Just write your name and telephone number in the register by the entrance. Thank you for being so patient with the regulations.
  • Scripture Study holds every Tuesday, led by Fr Richard Ounsworth OP

Virtual Pilgrimage of Reparation and Prayer for the Sanctity of Life

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham will be hosting a ‘virtual’ pilgrimage to Walsingham on Sunday 27th September 2020, available via Walsingham Catholic TV or the Basilica live stream. Devotions will be streamed throughout the day, beginning with the Mass at 12.00. Full details are available on the website, including the programme for the day.

A moment with Mary:

The Leicestershire active Catholic youth will be having a moment with Mary on Saturday 4th October 2020 at 4pm via zoom. Please email paulinepayne@hotmail.com for Zoom ID and password to join.

November Mass List:

November is not far away! Please remember to fill in the November dead list envelopes in the church repository if you would like a Mass said or you can send a donation with details of Mass to be said via post.

Organ Recital resumes!

The next Lunchtime Organ Recital comes up on Wednesday 16th September 2020 at 1.15pm in the church, given by Thomas Keogh. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection.

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. From Saturday 29th August 2020, as you enter the church, you sanitise your hand and sign the register (if you have previously filled the Covid-19 form).

Repository Summer Sale!

All items reduced by 50% and all cards reduced to 50p! The repository is now in the back porch. If there is something you need not on display please ask – it may be in our store cupboard.

September 2020 Newsletter

A People who Hope in Christ

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The radiance of the risen Lord shines upon us. At a time when so many shadows are cast into our lives, and upon our world, the light of the resurrection shines forever to renew and restore our hope. In the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis: ‘In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side.’ (27 March 2020)

[please click the link below to read the full message]

A People who Hope in Christ

Coping with illness: personal reflections from Fr Isidore

Fr Isidore, of the Holy Cross community, had to be moved to a nursing home just over a year ago and has been writing reflections on coping with illness, the loss of independence, and the problem of suffering. Previously he had written a book with his fellow Dominican priest and twin brother Peter on the Works of Mercy, and this new project is the other side of that coin: learning how to receive care, rather than give it.

Most of these reflections have been shared already through Facebook, and now Fr Isidore has collected them in this 36-page pamphlet called ‘Coping with illness: a personal approach’. Towards the end he talks about using his bed as his pulpit!

You can download the PDF below to read these reflections. Please consider sharing them with anyone coping with illness, who you think might benefit from his words. Especially at this time, as we go through this Coronavirus crisis, we hope Isidore’s preaching will bring some comfort and meaning to many who are suffering and isolated.

Links:

Click the link below for the electronic copy (PDF), which may be printed in A4 or A5 paper size:

You can also order a copy of the Works of Mercy book through the online store here for just £3.

The Frassati Centre for Preaching and Evangelisation

Over the last few months, we have indicated the plans we are developing for a new pastoral centre here at Holy Cross – The Frassati Centre for Preaching and Evangelisation. This would seek to breathe new life into the original church buildings that we knew as the ‘Holy Cross Centre’. We’ve assembled £180k so far to develop these buildings, and we are seeking to embark on a major fundraising project as we look towards our bicentenary. There’ll be lots to talk about in the weeks ahead. Please come along to the events next weekend, 2nd March.

WHO IS BLESSED PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI? He’s the inspiration for our new initiative with developing our buildings and our apostolate, but who is he? He’s a lay Dominican, whose life was marked by living the Dominican Charism in his everyday life. He was deeply devoted to prayer and study, and he inspired great fellowship with his contemporaries, and devoted himself to the service of others, especially the most vulnerable members of the community. We look forward to getting to know him more closely as we develop our apostolate.

IMAGE OF BLESSED PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI We want to foster devotion to this Dominican Beatus. At 10:30am Mass next Sunday, 3rd March 2019, Fr Robert Gay, prior of our community in Oxford, will bless an image, as we prepare to enshrine Blessed Frassati in our church.  Please do come along.

holy cross school reception play area

Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

Holy Cross Catholic Primary School was founded by the Dominican Order here in Leicester in 1817.  From 1824, it operated from the Old School House on Wellington Street; it is now situated on Stonesby Avenue in the Saffron Lane area of Leicester.  If you would like a place for your child at this wonderful school, please contact the school office, tel: 0116 2833 135.  Visitors are welcome; come and have a look around.  Currently there are a few places left in the Nursery, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3.

Head Teacher: Gail Neill

Chair of Governors: Fr. David Rocks O.P.

Please keep our school community in your prayers.