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Covid-19 restrictions and the Parish. Maintaining our Devotional Life. Information, Mass, Prayers, links.
How to participate in Mass (and more) during the Covid-19 restrictions 
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Covid-19 Pandemic, National restrictions:
Our churches are closed until further notice.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols' video message 24th March: Closing churches is the right thing to do to save lives. His message comes after the PM's announcement 23rd March, strengthening restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19.  ... "we must all play our part to safeguard the NHS and to save 'precious lives."

"We're going to play our full part in it. That was the call of St. Paul that we ought to be good citizens and today we ought to be good citizens playing our part in the protection of the vulnerable, in our support for the NHS and in the preserving of human life, which is so precious to God in the face of this virus."

Cardinal Nichols also points to the Sunday just gone to demonstrate the strength of the Catholic community's response and its committment to keeping prayer and worship at the heart of a new pattern of life:

"We're beginning to reflect on the experience of the streaming of the celebration of Mass on Sunday and on yesterday's week day. There are many, many encouraging signs. I've heard of congregations being 10 times the normal size. I've heard of families preparing together at home. Families having their own little children's liturgy during the reading of the Word...

"...So we have to deepen our prayer. We have to use the Internet, and all the other things that we have, to encourage one another." click here to watch

Local information is on Newsletters and on this page and linked pages - you may need to refresh / reload your browser for latest version.

Fr. Philip will offer daily a private Mass to include the whole parish + intentions in Newsletter

Mass is live-streamed at 11am daily from Plymouth Cathedral on Diocese YouTube channel with Evening prayer at 4.30pm. -  see Masses online for more links

HM Government: Coronavirus + guidance on staying at home: "The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives." 

HM Government: Advice for everyone - Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

L O C K D O W N is a time to:

L - isten to God’s voice and reflect. Let go & let God.
O - bey His Word and His Teachings.
C - all on Jesus name and be calm.
K - now what is the purpose of all of this.
D - well in His presence. Do not panic.
O - ffer a prayer for everyone’s safety.
W - ait and be patient. This too, shall pass.
N - urture our personal relationship with Him.
God bless us all. (Diocese of Plymouth Facebook 23rd March)

video: Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers a message of hope with Jesus Christ at its centre. "In response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic we are no longer able to gather for public acts of worship in our Catholic churches in England and Wales. This will begin from Friday evening, 20 March 2020, until further notice."

click the YouTube video below to play or here if video not visible. - afterwards watch Cardinal Vincent Nichols' update video message 24th March here: 'Closing churches is the right thing to do to save lives'.


Pope Francis' prayer for the Coronavirus pandemic is here - with others

Letter from CBCEW is here + CBCEW Coronavirus page


How to participate in Mass during the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Keeping Up your Devotional Life -

see Masses Online for many live streamed Mass video links & get the readings of the day

Fr. Philip's homilies & transcripts are here mp3 or pdf


Making a Spiritual Communion - during the coronavirus restrictions

Bishop Mark's video message to the Diocese encourages “Spiritual Communion” during the time of the Coronavirus Pandemic, watch video here and read full text, or watch video on YouTube here

... I finish these words by sharing with you an act of spiritual communion which you may want to make your own in these days; “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.”  The video and full text are here


THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: The next sessions of the Diocesan teaching tour have been recorded and are available on the Diocesan website  and Facebook page.

1) How Catholics Read the Bible 

2) Christ in the Old Testament 

3) The Fulfilment of the Covenant in the New Testament. 

Let’s use our ‘lockdown’ time profitably.  Further Scriptural resources are available on www.stpaulrepository.com

God bless. Fr. Jon. Vicariate for Evangelisation & Catechesis 

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Keep Lockdown Fit !! PE with Joe Wicks live on YouTube at 9 am mon-fri or catch up later. Kids too! enjoy smiley icon

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“He said not 'Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be dis-eased'; but He said, 'Thou shalt not be overcome.” ~ Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love

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