St Vincent De Paul
S.V.D.P. is a lay organisation funded by collections taken after all Sunday Masses.
This money is used to help the needy in our area.
We make visits to people’s houses and we also arrange transport to bring some of our housebound to the Mass for the sick which is celebrated each year.
We meet every month to decide who will visit the families of those whose
funerals have been celebrated in Holy Cross church during the previous month.
We are not trained counsellors but we visit the bereaved to offer our sympathy and support on behalf of the parish community.
We give each family a prayer card and a little booklet which we hope will be of help to them.
We also help organise the annual Mass for the bereaved each November.
Older People’s Club
The objective of the club is to encourage people age 60+ to meet on a weekly basis to participate in social activities, to get to know fellow parishioners over tea, cakes and biscuits which in turn stimulates feelings of being part of a community which prevents feelings of loneliness and isolation!
Fundraising by everyone pays for the treats. Volunteers are in attendance at all times to oversee the smooth running of the club’s curriculum.
United As One: Charity Shop
The Shop opened in September 2002 as Holy Cross Thrift Shop.
In November 2005 the shop attained charitable status and is now known as United As One.
The object is to raise money for underdeveloped countries and other needs nearer home and to raise awareness of poverty at home and abroad. £45,000 has already been donated to projects such as the Franciscan Aids Project, Father Matthew’s St Joseph's
church in Ghana, Leprosy Colony & World Challenge.
The current project is to support a Catholic school in the Philippines as well as a child needing facial reconstruction.
Opening Hours: Monday -Friday 10.30am-3.30pm.