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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.

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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.

Coronavirus – what are we doing at Holy Cross?

CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC – A DEVELOPING SITUATION

The Conference of Bishops (CBCEW) has prepared comprehensive advice about precautions and procedures in this ever-changing situation. We are following the directives of CBCEW, which follows on the advice from Her Majesty’s Government. This advice is subject to constant revision, relying on a national strategy.

CORONAVIRUS – WHAT ARE WE DOING AT HOLY CROSS?

The main thing to note is that we are following the up-to-date statutory advice, and not acting on privately held opinions, professional or otherwise. To that end, the principal restrictive measures we have in place are as follows:

  • Communion is distributed under one kind only and on the palm of the hand; communicants who are uncomfortable with this are asked to make a spiritual communion, formulae for which are provided;
  • The Sign of Peace at Mass is suspended indefinitely;
  • All “extra-curricular” pastoral gatherings are suspended indefinitely – so this means no social time after Mass and all other such events.

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

  • The regular schedule of Mass and Confession continues for now;
  • Pastoral visiting of the sick who are not self-isolating or suffering from contagious disease;
  • Pastoral care of the dying under any circumstance.
  • Provision for other ordinary sacramental support that falls within the guidelines, such as baptisms, marriages, funerals etc.

Please note that we are continuing to receive updates as the circumstances change, and we will do whatever we can to keep you informed of developments.

CORONAVIRUS – KEEPING IN TOUCH – USE FACEBOOK PLEASE!!

It may well be the case in the coming weeks that we are asked to suspend our Masses and services entirely. In this scenario, 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). Please ask us if you need assistance with this! But this is how we will keep in touch should we arrive at a ‘lockdown’ scenario.

MOST IMPORTANTLY  – CARING FOR ONE ANOTHER

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.

Christians in the Holy Land – 4 March, 7.15pm

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
7.15pm
Frassati Centre at Holy Cross Priory, LE1 6HW

Free entry. All welcome.

Through Lent with Saint Paul

*** 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.

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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
7pm–9pm
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.

 

Confirmations Mass with Bishop Patrick – 24 February 2020, 7pm

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.

Lecture – Holy Cross: our only hope?

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.

 

Christmas Mass Times 2019

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.

Advent Retreat 2019

20th–22nd December 2019

We hope to see you at our Advent Retreat this weekend, in addition to the regular Mass times:

Friday 7pm Holy Hour

Saturday 8am Rorate Mass (candlelit Sung Mass of Our Lady in the Dominican Rite) followed by free breakfast and Advent reflection

Saturday 12.30pm Advent Retreat Mass, followed by free lunch and Advent reflection

Saturday 2-3pm Advent Holy Hour

Sunday 4pm Carol Service

Icon of St. Dominic

UPDATE: Advent Carols Social cancelled tonight, but see you for the Advent Retreat

Unfortunately, the Advent Carols Social tonight has to be cancelled, because the event organiser and music leader is sick and we couldn’t get anyone to stand in at short notice. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Hopefully we’ll see you at our Advent Retreat events in addition to the regular Mass times:

Friday (tomorrow) 7pm Holy Hour

Saturday 8am Rorate Mass (candlelit Sung Mass of Our Lady in the Dominican Rite)

Saturday 12.30pm Advent Retreat Mass, followed by free lunch and Advent reflection

Saturday 2-3pm Advent Retreat Holy Hour

Sunday 4pm Carol Service


 

Icon of St. Dominic

Reduced Masses this week

This week there will be a reduced Mass schedule, owing to the Provincial Assembly in Oxford, as follows:

Monday — 12.30 Mass only

Tuesday – 12.30 Mass only

Wednesday 12.30 Mass only

The normal timetable of services will be resumed from Thursday morning.

Thank you for your understanding, and please pray for the Dominican friars in the UK as they meet to discuss their mission for the next four years.