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)

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A People who Hope in Christ

Covid-19 Pastoral Plan and Message

Fr David has given a pastoral message today:

Covid-19 Pastoral Message

Faced with the pastoral challenges of the 2020 Covid-19 crisis, members of our Holy Cross Family met on Zoom to discuss what we have been doing and how we could enhance and develop our apostolate in response to the emergency situation. Rooted in our Dominican tradition, we build our responses on the four pillars of Dominican life – prayer, study, community, and mission. See the 2-page document here:


Our mission is one of hope in these times. Let’s ask the Lord and His Blessed Mother to be close to each one of us and help us to see the way forward:


We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God;
despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Scripture Study continues during lockdown

We are managing to continue studying the Scriptures together online, even though we cannot meet up at Holy Cross!

We meet on Tuesdays, 7.45-9pm, through the online platform Crowdcast.

Acts of the Apostles: The Birth of the Church


WEDNESDAY 15th July, 7.45pm (please note the change of day for this week only)
Acts 10 & 11 – Cornelius the first Gentile convert – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/acts-10–11-cornelius

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?

There will be input from Fr Matthew with time for discussion and questions.

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.

You can also subscribe to Fr Matthew’s channel on Crowdcast for updates about future sessions.

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



Previous sessions on Saint Paul:

Coronavirus: update on 5 April 2020


The Conference of Bishops (CBCEW) has now suspended the public celebration of Masses and other services with a congregation. We are now celebrating our Masses behind closed doors, and broadcasting them on our Facebook Page. Please visit Holy Cross Priory Leicester (Dominicans) https://www.facebook.com/holycrossleicester/


Our church is closed to the public, Masses are celebrated without congregations present, and all Masses are livestreamed at the usual times -please see our facebook – https://www.facebook.com/holycrossleicester/  The Faithful are asked to make a spiritual communion during Mass, formulae for which are provided

In the meantime, the following things will remain in place:

  • The Dominican Fathers continue to offer pastoral care of the dying, and chaplaincy support to the LRI and other hospitals, in collaboration with the arrangements made by the University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust.
  • Marriages and baptisms are suspended at this time, except in extreme emergencies, funerals are subject to guidance and can be discussed with us by email leicester@english.op.org – this is by far the best way to contact us. We are gradually catching up with everyone by phone, but please be aware we are dealing with an extraordinary number of calls
  • Our Facebook page is the principal vehicle for communication at present.



Now that public worship has been suspended we would hope to broadcast Masses and our community prayer via our Facebook page. We would encourage everyone to sign up to Facebook (even if you don’t usually approve!) and to “like” our page, Holy Cross Priory Leicester (Dominicans). https://www.facebook.com/holycrossleicester/ Please ask us if you need assistance with this! But this is how we are keeping in touch now that we are in a ‘lockdown’ scenario.


As cases increase and anxiety rises, it is more likely that the more vulnerable members of our faith community may experience symptoms and have to self-isolate. This is especially the case for the elderly and for students, and also for those who might be outside this category, but living alone for whatever reason. Please let us know at the Priory if it becomes necessary for you to self-isolate, so that we can keep in touch and provide assistance as and when appropriate and necessary. Please also be ready if possible to offer assistance, in a safe and appropriate way, to anyone who might require our assistance. Keep an eye on our facebook presence and also communicate with us as necessary. We are in touch with the local organisations that are keeping things afloat during the pandemic. Please do get in touch and don’t try to manage things yourself.

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.


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.


Holy Hour

Join us for a Holy Hour with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Dominican Rite Compline, and Benediction every Sunday evening (6pm-7pm), and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Saturday morning following the 10am Mass until Benediction just before the 12.30pm Mass.