Information and Action during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Due to the National Lockdown there will be currently no Public Masses until the first weekend of December. Obviously, we will need to take into consideration future announcements by the Government regarding public worship. However, Mass will continue to be celebrated, but without a congregation.                                                                                                                                                                                    Fr Martin



A Statement from the Catholic Bishops of England & Wales re the impending second Lockdown:

2020.10.31 – Statement – PMs Statement – FINAL


The church will remain closed during the day for the foreseeable future. It is only open for Mass on a Saturday evening.

Updates on this page when we are advised we can reopen during the day.




Pastoral Letter from Bishop Mark

Caritas Sixth newsletter October 2020 (1)



Family Fast Day Friday 9th October Coronavirus Appeal Coronavirus has affected us all. This family fast day let’s stand alongside communities across the world to help the poorest and most vulnerable among us to survive, rebuild and heal. Please prayer for all those affected and give what you can.

Cafod is holding a ‘Harvest Like No Other’ of online events promoting Global Family Food Events to share recipes and hear about Cafod’s work in response to Coronavirus around the world For more information please go to:

You can also support Cafod by entering Cafod World Food Day Raffle 2020 with a chance to win £4000 at


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 Bless Youth Ministry in our Diocese.

One Hope Project Are you aged between 14 and 25? Fancy working with One Hope Project to explore who God is and how He is part of your life. There will be 4 sessions which started on Wednesday 30th September. Session will run through ZOOM 7.30 – 8.30pm. You will need to book in order to get the log in. Feel free to bring a friend.  To book a place please log onto the website:

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!


Caritas  Plymouththe helping hand of the Church warmly invites you to join Bishop Mark for an on-line event on Saturday October 24, 2020 from   10.30 – 12.30 to reflect on the Pope’s Message for World Day of the Poor and what the new Encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’ has to teach us about social action in a post-Covid world.


  • Hear from Bishop Mark about some of the key message in ‘Fratelli Tutti – Brothers and Sisters All’
  • Learn more about how the Church is focussed on helping the poor and marginalised
  • Learn how Caritas is actively becoming the helping hand of the Church in our diocese
  • Hear from organisations already committed to action in their areas of expertise
  • Learn more about homelessness, isolation and ageing, refugees and migrants and poverty in our communities and what we are doing
  • Join in and share your experience and ideas for the future
  • Connect with other Parishes and share experiences of action and success
  • Reflect and pray together on what is possible to enable and empower us to successfully grow the Ministry of Charity of the Church.

Please come and join us: register on-line or email us at 

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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 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:,


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