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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
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:
- St Paul – Has grace abolished the law? (Tue 5 May, 7.45pm): https://www.crowdcast.io/e/73qenc9a
- St Paul – How are we saved? (Tue 28 April, 7.45pm): https://www.crowdcast.io/e/dweahd5v
- St Paul on the Body of Christ (Tue 21 April, 7.45pm): https://www.crowdcast.io/e/hb2is6k7
- St Paul on the Resurrection of Christ (Tue 14 April)
- St Paul on the Death of Christ (Tue 7 April)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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.
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]
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:
Christians in the Holy Land are struggling and face many threats. Here’s an article that gives some background: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/07/christians-holy-land-jerusalem-settlers
We are delighted to welcome Professor Robin Graham-Brown to speak to us on this topic. As well as having a career in medicine, teaching, research and hospital management, Professor Graham-Brown is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Catholic order that strives to help Christians in the Holy Land. He will speak from that experience about the situation for Christians in the country where Jesus Christ lived, died and rose again. And what can we do to help them?
A light soup dinner will be served after the talk and there will be time for questions and discussion.
Wednesday 4 March
Frassati Centre at Holy Cross Priory, LE1 6HW
Free entry. All welcome.
*** Update on 14 March 2020 ***
Following measures to limit the possible spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), we regret that it will not be possible to meet for the remaining sessions of this Scripture Study series. We are considering ways of potentially running a session online, or the sessions may simply be resumed when the virus threat has decreased. Please watch this space, and our Facebook page, for updates, and keep praying for one another.
Our Scripture Study continues in this Year of the Word of God, looking at that theological giant of the New Testament: St Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles.
Tuesdays in Lent
from 3rd March to 7th April
Frassati Centre, Wellington Street, LE1 6HW
You may wish to bring your own Bible, but texts will also be provided.
The evenings start at 7pm with food (bring and share!), followed at 7.30pm by the Scripture study and discussion, led by Fr Matthew, and we finish at 9pm.
Free entry. All welcome.
CONFIRMATION OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE – 24 FEBRUARY 2020
We are looking forward to welcoming +Patrick our Bishop to celebrate our Confirmations on Monday 24 February 2020 at 7pm. Our young people are working really hard with our team of catechists to prepare for the occasion. The group includes young people of a range of ages, both from Holy Cross church and the Woodhouse congregation.
As the preparations continue, we are hoping that many of you will help with making this celebration a really memorable occasion for our young people. Could you help us by volunteering to make this event a real success?
We are also keen to have many people attending and celebrating with us. Please do come and support the young people of our parish.
This Friday evening, Fr Matthew will give a talk on the topic: ‘Holy Cross: our only hope?’
Our church is named after the Holy Cross, and in our 200th anniversary year, this lecture will explore why the Cross has a central place in the life of every Christian, taking its cue from the line in the ancient hymn ‘Vexilla Regis’ which calls the Cross spes unica, our ‘only hope’. This is part of the programme for the Leicester Theological Society, which this year Fr Matthew is serving as President.
The lecture is at 7.30pm on Friday 10 January in the Frassati Centre (St Clement’s Hall at Holy Cross).
All welcome. Tickets are available on the door:
Lecture £5. Annual Subscription £15. Students free.
The lecture is followed by discussion and refreshments.
Sunday 22 December
Service of Nine Lessons & Carols – 4pm
Tuesday 24 December
Masses 8am, 12.30pm
Solemn First Vespers of Christmas and Benediction – 4.30pm
Family Vigil Mass of Christmas with Nativity Play – 6.15pm (followed by carols by the crib)
Office of Readings and Te Deum – 11.00pm (followed by carols and procession to the crib)
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Wednesday 25 December
Midnight: Angelus and Midnight Mass with Lauds
Masses: 8am, 9am (Woodhouse), 10.30am, 12.00 noon (Dominican Rite)
Solemn Vespers and Benediction – 4.30pm
There is no evening Mass on Christmas Day.
Please also note:
From Thursday 26 December to Saturday 28 December, and from Monday 30 December to Friday 3 January, daily Mass is at 12.30pm only.