Go therefore, make disciples of all the nations.

Matthew 28:19

The global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a fast-evolving situation. The Bishops have now closed our churches to the public until further notice.

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The latest from Bishop Mark O’Toole

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 will continue to be celebrated every day in our churches by our priests, but of course, without a congregation.  So many of our brothers and sisters around the world are deprived of the opportunity to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, for many reasons.  Due to this pandemic we also will now experience their suffering.  This sacrifice 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 Plymouth Modern Slavery Event, 7 March 2020

Caritas Plymouth Modern Slavery Event, 7 March 2020

Human trafficking and modern slavery are, in the words of Pope Francis, ‘grievous wounds in the flesh of humanity….in the flesh of Christ himself’. The Modern Slavery Event organised by Caritas Plymouth aimed to open people’s eyes to the extent of slavery in the UK...

The God Who Speaks

The God Who Speaks

In the light of the current crisis, the Diocesan teaching tour has been suspended and postponed until later in the year. Video videos of them online.

Plymouth Diocese Statement: closure of churches

Plymouth Diocese Statement: closure of churches

The Prime Minister has made our duty very clear and it’s a duty that we will wholeheartedly follow. Closing all of our churches within the Plymouth Diocese is the right thing to do.

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