Pandemic, National restrictions:
Our churches are closed until further notice.
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
"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."
Local information is on
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Fr. Philip will offer daily a private Mass to include the whole
parish + intentions in Newsletter
is live-streamed at 11am daily from Plymouth
Cathedral on Diocese YouTube channel with Evening prayer at 4.30pm. -
online for more links
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."
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
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'.
Francis' prayer for the Coronavirus pandemic is here
- with others
from CBCEW is here
+ CBCEW Coronavirus
How to participate in Mass during the
- Keeping Up your Devotional Life -
Online for many live streamed Mass video links & get the readings
of the day
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
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
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