Scripture Study!

A big thank you to Fr Matthew & Fr Richard for their very friendly, accessible sessions on Acts. The sessions have been most informative and thought provoking.

The next group of online meetings led by Fr Richard will be exploring Isaiah, which is perfect for the lead up to Advent. The first Zoom meet will be on Tuesday 13th October, 7.45-8.45pm, and then every Tuesday. Please join us and invite your friends.

The focus for the first session is based on Isaiah 1, which is a summary of the whole book. Optional pre-reading to get some historical background is 2 Kings, chapters,18-25.

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!

Grateful thanks to St Rita for many favours received (23 Nov ’20)

For Mass livestream schedule and church opening times for Private Prayer and Confession, please see side bar.
Previous and current livestreamed Masses can be seen on HolyCrossTV Leicester.

Coming Up

Weekly Scripture Study
Fr Richard continues to lead the weekly scripture study online, every Tuesday from 7.45pm–8.45pm, currently exploring the book of Isaiah. Please come and tell all your friends.

Vocations Café
The Diocese of Nottingham will be having prayer and a chat about Vocations for adults (18+) via Zoom on Tuesday 1 December 2020, 7pm-8pm. If interested, please email vocationsadmin@dioceseofnottingham.uk for Zoom link. See more here.

Music and Meditations!
The next music and meditations will be in the church at 1.15pm on Thursday 3rd December 2020 with our parish organist playing. Entrance is free & there will be a retiring collection.

LACY (Leicestershire Active Catholic Youth)
LACY invites us to share TOGETHER “Fun and Home Fundraising” with different activities in gardens or in House, to help raise some money for MENPHYS, – Helping children in Leicestershire with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health conditions, Join us for our “fundraising fortnight: 22nd November – 8th December”. Send us photographs of your activities to share at our next celebration on 6th January the feast of the Epiphany! E mail: paulinepayne@hotmail.com

Think about sponsoring our Young People! All monies raised or donations can be sent to our Just Giving address and we will be in touch with final monies raised. Many thanks for your support!

Finance

Weekly Collections
Once again we find ourselves unable to take any weekly collections. If you would like to donate to the parish online, please visit https://www.holycrossleicester.org/200-campaign/200th-anniversary-campaign-donate-now/
Alternatively cheques can be made out to ‘Holy Cross Parish’, put in an envelope and posted to:

The Bursar
Holy Cross Priory
45 Wellington Street
(New Walk post box)
Leicester, LE1 6HW

Many thanks to all those who have been generous with online donations and standing orders over the last year.

Other News

Grand Draw
There will be a grand draw this Christmas but sadly, no Advent Market. You can help by picking up a pack of tickets to be sold at 20p each.

Christmas Masses
If you intend to come to Mass on Christmas eve (6.10pm, 10pm) or Christmas day (8am, 10.30am), it is best to book by filling in one of our orange booking slips available in the church.

Wailing Alert!
Some people have been unable to hear mass because of small children crying or making a noise. If your child is upset, please use the back porch where you can hear mass without disturbing the rest of the congregation. Many thanks for showing this consideration to others.

Repository
The repository is now in the back porch. If there is something you need not on display, please ask.

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.
  • Alternatively, please fill and return the students form when at Mass.
  • Students usually attend the 7pm Sunday Mass.
  • Weekday Mass on campus will depend on Covid-19 regulations.

The Diocese of Nottingham

The Diocese of Nottingham are inviting you to join others from across the diocese in preparing for and celebrating Christmas:

  • Praying with Our Lady through Advent: We invite you to pray one extra Hail Mary each day in Advent, asking for Our Lady’s prayers to help all of us as a diocese, open our hearts and minds to welcome Jesus afresh this Christmas. She was the first person to welcome Him into her life and her intercession can help us to draw closer to Him and feel His presence with us anew this Christmas. Every other day you will be able to watch people from our diocese pray the Hail Mary in different languages on the diocesan social media sites, search for Diocese of Nottingham or Bishop Patrick McKinney on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
  • Living Advent Podcast: Living Advent is a weekly podcast series throughout Advent exploring the virtues of Hope, Love, Joy & Peace with people from across the diocese and how we can live them out. We speak to a young husband and father, a musician, a retired social worker and a police officer. You can find it on your usual podcast service by searching Living Advent Podcast or visit www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/podcasts for links on how to stream or download it.
  • Diocesan Carol Service: Carol services are a wonderful family tradition of our Advent and Christmas celebrations, and often are a great opportunity to invite those who are not regular Churchgoers to connect with our parish or chaplaincy community. This can be quite challenging to do this year so we are offering a virtual diocesan carol service. We will celebrate a short online carol service on Friday 18th December at 6pm on Bishop Patrick’s YouTube Channel with readings, music, prayers and reflections. Please join us as a family and invite others to join us too. After the service grab a mince pie, something warm to drink and join us on zoom for our family Christmas Quiz (6:45pm-7:15pm). The link and access code will be given out during the service.
  • 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: https://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/information/diocesan-commissions/01_commission-adult-formation/using-zoom

November 2020 Newsletter

JONAH by Fr Isidore 02.10.2020

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.

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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.