Information and Action during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Message at the Beginning of Holy Week: A Long Good Friday
“Although this time so often feels like a long Good Friday, in God’s good purposes it already contains the hope of brighter and better days to come. And who knows what gifts God will have bestowed upon us, in the meantime?”
In his message at the beginning of Holy Week, Bishop Mark reflects on the current situation in our world and our Church and encourages us to look forward to the blessings which Easter will bring. The full text of his message is below.
Deanery Newsletters from 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.
Cardinal Nichols on the full closure of Catholic churches
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has sent us a message after the Prime Minister’s historic announcement on 23rd March strengthening restrictions in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Closing churches is the right thing to do to save lives (24th March)
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):
From Bishop Mark O’Toole (18th March):
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:-
Now for meaningful words to reflect upon. And in all seriousness
Faith, or no faith, we believe the words of the prayer below have much to say to us all now and as the crisis deepens.
Prayer during a pandemic (author unknown)
May we, who are merely inconvenienced, remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we, who have no risk factors, remember those most vulnerable.
May we, who have the luxury of working from home, remember those who must choose between preserving their health or paying their rent.
May we, who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close, remember those who have no options.
May we, who have to cancel our trips, remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we, who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market, remember those who have no margin at all.
May we, who settle in for a quarantine at home, remember those who have no home at all.
As fear grips our country, may we instead choose faith, hope, and love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, help us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.