Parish Council News & Messages



The Parish Council met on 20 October 2018. The following items were on the agenda:

1. The Holy Cross Advent one-day Parish Retreat, which will take place on Saturday 1 December 2018, in St Francis Hall and be open to everyone who wants to deepen their personal relationship with the Lord. The theme will be PAROUSIA and the program will include, preaching, prayer, songs, videos, questionnaires to encourage active participation of those attending. The retreat will start at 9.00 am till about 4.00 pm, with an invitation for everyone attending to bring picnic lunch to share. A further meeting of the Parish Council is planned on 7 November 2018 to finalise arrangements.

2. The Movie Nights: For November a movie on the life of Padre Pio will be screened and for December a truly inspirational movie entitled “The heart of Christmas” will be featured. As always, everyone is welcome.

3. 2019 Holy Cross Parish Calendar: The calendar, which has to be ready for distribution ideally by the end of November 2018, will be dedicated to the 800 years of Franciscan presence in Cyprus. It it will feature different sights of this presence, from old photos, together with a brief exposition of the history of the Franciscans in Cyprus, beginning with the visit of St Francis himself.

4. The handicapped access to the Church at Holy Cross: Ways to improve it were discussed. May the Risen Lord bless and protect each one of us, our Parish, priests and religious, our families, as well as the work of the Parish Council. Pray for us too that He may always give us divine wisdom and keep us in His abundant mercy!

Akis Hjiiossif (Chairman of the Parish Council – email:

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