Information and Action during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Please see the Statement from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales shown below. It is great news that we are now able to begin to move towards getting back to normal, however this will be a gradual process. We are currently working through the Covid-19 Route Map for Step 4 Guidance and over the coming the weeks and months will be re-introducing normal practices as and when the time is right. It is important to reiterate that as Step 4 is reached, the general principles of continuing to create a safe environment in places of worship and their ancillary buildings are not abandoned. Indeed, the way forward must be a collective endeavour of all involved in the daily life of the Church. Recognition of the presence of the virus in the population means that certain preventative practices will still be required, and this is important to ensure that Diocesan trustees are seen to be discharging their Health and Safety duties. Although no longer mandatory from 19th July 2021 we would request that you continue the practice of mask-wearing in Church, as well as hand sanitising on entering and leaving. Thank you again for your continued patience and support.
The church will remain closed during the day for the foreseeable future. It is only open for Mass on a Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
Updates on this page when we are advised we can reopen during the day.
October 2020 Pastoral Letter from Bishop Mark
Youth Service – COVID 19
Young people from across our diocese have shared their thoughts and reflections on COVID 19. Many of us have been through a challenging time but there are good things that have happened such as experiencing quality family time. Our young people have linked their experiences with stories from the bible and some have thought about Saints lives, relating the things they did with some of the Saints. To see our youth service please go to: https://youtube/ekDqdB3_YG8 If you would like to take part in the next Youth Service please contact email@example.com Bless Youth Ministry in our Diocese.
Celebrate Back to basics the forthcoming series of online Zoom evenings organised by the South West Celebrate team.
The Neocatechumenal Way is an itinerary of Catholic formation endorsed by the Church as a way valid for our society and for our times. It has helped many Catholics to go deeper in their faith and many others to discover Christ for the first time. Initial catecheses of the Neocatechumenal Way will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm starting on Tuesday 8th of September at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface, Plymouth, PL1 5RZ. Everyone welcome!
Online individually guided retreats: The Plymouth Diocesan Ignatian Spirituality Group is offering online individually guided retreats for three, five or six days. Members of the Ignatian Spirituality Group are experienced guides, who have received training in relation to Ignatian spirituality and include priests, deacons or lay people. Dates can be arranged to suit individuals.
For further information, please contact the Diocesan Ignatian Spirituality Group firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01752 769164 or 07823447637.
In these uncertain and challenging times, many have rediscovered the delights of the created world, are turning to meditative practices, even finding solace in prayer. Others may feel the need to explore, make sense and reflect on the presence of God in their everyday lives, especially during difficult or painful moments experienced recently.
Return_from_Exile : A reflection by Bishop Mark following the announcement of the resumption
of Public Masses
Caritas Plymouth : Engaging with People who are Homeless : Homelessness-advice
A suitable prayer to help you make a ‘spiritual communion’:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Daily Mass will be streamed at 11am from Plymouth Cathedral, available from the Plymouth Cathedral website. This is the one place where we can join together each day as a Diocesan family individually make our own act of spiritual communion. In addition, every afternoon at 4:30pm there will be a time of prayer before the blessed sacrament again available online.
Both the Mass and the Evening Prayer will remain available to view at a later time.
Catholic Diocesan Newspapers: these can be seen online during this period: www.ChurchPaper.co.uk,
The Children’s Liturgy catechists sometimes use the sites below to help with planning a Sunday Children’s Liturgy.
You might find them useful to wok through with your children.
The CAFOD site also has sheets to download to keep little people busy!
Christian focused resources for families:-