Information and Action during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Letters & Reflections from Bishop Mark :

Return_from_Exile :  A reflection by Bishop Mark following the announcement of the resumption
of Public Masses

The-Priestly-Heart : A reflection on the Feast of the Sacred Heart

“Equal from Day One – a message for LifeStream20”, 13th June 2020:-


St Boniface Model of Courage and Mission

Message to Schools and all connected with them

Reflection on the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si

Bishop Mark’s ‘Let us be like Christ the Servant’   Message to the Diocese April 28th



Caritas Newsletter : Fourth newsletter April 2020


Prayer of Pope Francis at this moment of crisis


Letter from the Dean of Plymouth, Fr Petroc Cobb, V.F.


Pope Francis delivers Urbi et Orbi

On Friday 27th March Pope Francis meditated on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark during the prayer service over which he presided on the steps of St Peter’s Basilica on Friday evening.

Read the full text: Pope at Urbi et orbi: Full text of his meditation (opens in new window or tab)


It has been decided that due to the fact that we are not meant to be going out, the church will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Updates on this page when we are advised we can reopen.



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.


Bishop Mark’s message to the Diocese

Bishop Mark sends a Message to the Diocese urging “Spiritual Communion” during the time of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Letter from Bishop Mark O’Toole (19th March):

Message to the Diocese (This is the text of the video.)

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.


Letter from Cardinal Vincent Nichols (18th March):

Public Letter on behalf of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales

From Bishop Mark O’Toole (18th March):

Decree Suspending Religious Services


Catholic Diocesan Newspapers: these can be seen online during this period:,


Children’s Liturgy:

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:-

Resources to use with children during school closures