Bulletin for the week beginning 7th May – The Fourth Sunday of Easter.

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Vigil Mass 6.00pm Cathleen Nolan 8.30am & 10.30am  Pro. pop. / Marie Stewart

Monday 7.00pm                Easter feria                            William Loughton

Tuesday 10.30am              Requiem Mass for Thomas Downey

Wednesday 9.00am            Easter feria                            John Semple

Thursday 9.15am in Holy Cross School                            Rita Morley

Friday 2.30pm                    Requiem Mass for Kay Campbell

No Mass Saturday morning               (Walsingham Pilgrimage)


SUNDAY Vigil Mass 6.00pm Shelagh Turfrey 8.30am & 10.30am Pro. pop. / Raymond Tansley



MAY DEVOTIONS – May devotions will begin this Sunday at 5.00pm followed by tea and cakes in the Church Hall. Volunteer cake makers urgently needed. Please sign the list in the porch.

WELCOME – We welcome Freya Elizabeth Keane and Rebecca Emily Salter who were baptised here last Sunday.

MAY BANK HOLIDAY OUTING – On Bank Holiday Monday May 29th there will be a parish visit to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas. Transport will be in your own cars leaving Holy Cross car park at 9.15am in order to arrive for Mass to be celebrated at 10.00am in the Memorial Chapel.

20/20 CRICKET 2017 – There will, once again, be a parish outing to Edgbaston Cricket Ground this Summer for a 20/20 cricket match. It will be on Sunday 23rd July leaving at 1.30pm. The coach will cost £5 per person.  Ticket prices are not yet known.

RCIA JOURNEY IN FAITH – A new course will begin this Friday May 12th at 7.00pm.

 CHURCH CLEANING – The church cleaners for May are the Gunn team.


6.00pm    Reader 1M Monaghan    Reader 2 I Henderson

8.30am    Reader 1 T Egan              Reader 2 K Mulrennan

10.30am  Reader 1 C Ross              Reader 2 P McCann

MASS ATTENDANCE   April 29th / 30th    6.00pm 215   8.30am 139   10.30am 276  Total: 630

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM NEXT SATURDAY MAY 13th 2017 – (Full payment of is now due.)

7.30am: Depart by coach from Holy Cross. Refreshments are available at Walsingham. As we expect to be back in Walmley by 9.30pm approx. you may wish to bring some refreshments for your return journey.

HOLY CROSS PILGRIMAGE / HOLIDAYS – 2018, 2019 & 2020 – It is proposed as a parish that we arrange a pilgrimage / holiday in September 2018 to Santiago de Compostella, Fatima, Porto and Lisbon; June 2019 to the Shrine of Our Lady of Banneux, Liege, Ghent and Bruges; August 2020 Six nights in the lake side resort of Zell am Zee in Austria with two nights in Bavaria for the Passion Play in Oberammergau. For planning purposes we need to gauge the interest.  If you are interested in any of the pilgrimage / holidays would you indicate on the lists in the porch. Prices for these trip (estimates only!) Santiago de Compostella £1,200.  Banneux £600.  Austria and Oberammergau £1,495.00

READERS’ ROTA – The new rota which begins on May 20th / 21st is available on the table in the church porch.

SAINT OF THE WEEK – Saint Pancras was born C289 in Phrygia.  His mother died during childbirth while his father died when Pancras was eight years old.  Pancras was entrusted to his uncle’s care.  They both moved to Rome to live and converted to Christianity.  Pancras became a zealous adherent of the religion. During the persecution of Christians around 303AD, Pancras was brought before the authorities and asked to perform a sacrifice to the Roman gods.  Emperor Diocletuan was impressed by the boy’s determination to resist, and promised him wealth and power, but Pancras refused and finally the emperor ordered him to be beheaded on May 12th 303AD.  He was fourteen years old. A Roman matron recovered the body of Pancras, covered it with balsam, wrapped it in precious linens and buried it in a newly built sepulchre dug in the Catacombs of Rome.  Pancras’s head was placed in the reliquary that still exists today in the Basilica of Saint Pancras. His feast is celebrated on May 12th.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH – Mary Hewines, Julie Smith, Julia Doherty, Pat Gray, Gerald McCarty, Margaret Rowe, Tony Herbert, Kath Guest, Finn Lynch, Flynn Bailey, Pat McGowan, Josephine Hughes, Jacob Seager, Bridie Callan, Eileen Scott, Mary Hope, Kelvin Hopwood, Daniel Tansley,  Anna Beesley, Annabel, Bernadette Power, David Oldham, Florence Hyde and Claire Bird. May the Lord grant them consolation, peace and healing.

IN MEMORIAM – Please pray for the repose of the souls of parishioners whose anniversaries occur at this time: Christopher Gough, Richard Alfred Harper, Ellen McDonough, Patricia Knight, Oliver Stephen James Martlew, Lucy Cassidy and William Joseph Murray.

+ REST IN PEACE + Please pray for the repose of the souls of Catherine (Kay) Campbell, Thomas Downey and Peter McGrath who died recently. Tom will be received into church at 6.00pm this Monday May 8th. His Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 10.30am on Tuesday May 9th. Kay’s Requiem Mass will be celebrated here at 2.30pm this Friday May 12th. Funeral arrangements for Peter will be announced later.

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