Go therefore, make disciples of all the nations.

Matthew 28:19

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Our Church and our diocesan family, faces, together with the whole world, a huge challenge.  We have become more conscious that we are not masters of the universe.  We are more vulnerable than perhaps we have dared to believe.  We are more aware than ever of our own mortality.

In the face of the darkness and uncertainty of these days, we must turn more urgently to God, who is our only and sure hope, and who gives us light and strength beyond our human capacities.

Mass can now be celebrated  in our churches by our priests, but with restrictions on the size of the congregation.  So many of our brothers and sisters around the world will continue to be deprived of the opportunity to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, for many reasons.  Due to this pandemic we also will now experience their suffering.  Many of us will be unable to attend Mass as often as we would like. The sacrifices we must make, will, I am sure, help us to cherish more profoundly the great gift of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.   It will certainly intensify our hunger for Jesus, our Eucharistic Lord.

Prayer is the most important thing we can do at this time – prayer for the sick, for the dying, for the bereaved, for our health care professionals and for those seeking a vaccine.   Let us remember that the mercies of the Lord are everlasting.  He renews them in us each day.

Bishop Mark O’Toole

News and events from across the diocese

Caritas Modern Slavery Event Report

Caritas Modern Slavery Event Report

  Caritas Plymouth held a Modern Slavery Online Event on 25th September 2020 with a focus on Cornwall and Plymouth. Presenters included Caroline Virgo from the Clewer Initiative, Ann Donnelly from The Apostleship of the Sea/Stella Maris and Deborah Fisher OBE...

Bishop Mark on Pope Francis’ new Encyclical

Bishop Mark on Pope Francis’ new Encyclical

Bishop Mark on Pope Francis’ new Encyclical   Bishop Mark today issued a Pastoral Message inviting all to embrace and to prayerfully reflect on Pope Francis’ new Encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti, Brothers and Sisters, all”   Pastoral message to the Diocese, 4th...

Covid Catechesis –Pope Francis’ teachings during the coronavirus

Covid Catechesis –Pope Francis’ teachings during the coronavirus

In August this year, Pope Francis announced a new catechesis series focusing on healing the world from the physical and social ills related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Holy Father has used this series to express concerns about the economy, the environment,...

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