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MARCH & APRIL:
19th March Mass for Feast of St Joseph
05th April Palm Sunday
12th April Easter Sunday
April Divine Mercy
26th April 3rd of Easter
May 4th of Easter
5th of Easter
6th of Easter
May 7th of Easter
June The Most Holy Trinity
14th June Corpus Christi
21st June 12th week OT
28th June extended
05th July 14th OT ('Sunday Message')
12th July 15th OT ('Sunday
Message') & ... listen to
5pm Vigil Mass
19th July 16th OT ('Sunday Message')
26th July 17th OT ('Sunday Message')
02nd Aug 18th OT ('Sunday Message')
9th Aug 19th OT ('Sunday Message')
16th Aug The Assumption ('Sunday Message')
23rd August 21st OT inc Health & Safety updates for
& listen to 5pm Vigil Mass
August 22nd OT 'Sunday Message'
Sept 23rd OT ('Sunday Message')
13th Sept 24th OT ('Sunday Message')
20th Sept 25th OT ('Sunday Message')
27th Sept 26th OT ('Sunday Message')
04th October 27th in OT ('Sunday Message')
October 28th in OT ('Sunday
29th in OT ('Sunday Message')
in OT ('Sunday
All Saints ~
5pm Vigil Mass
8th Nov 32nd
in OT & Remembrance Sunday
Nov 33rd in OT
Feast of Christ
1st of Advent
2nd week of Advent
3rd week of Advent
week of Advent and the 12 days of Christmas
Homilies from Fr.
St Mary's Catholic Primary School Mass recorded in church in December for
children to watch in school
Angelus bell rung by Fr. Philip - Bishop Mark and the Bishops Conference, with leaders of other faiths
"all people of faith, to pray where they are at 6 pm for an end
to the pandemic" (traditional time to pray the Angelus)
watch parts 4 & 5 of our CaFE course, 'Let It Be', click
live streamed Masses
newsletter featured links 2020
(more are further below)
1. From Plymouth Diocese and
The Catholic Bishops
Diocesan YouTube channel
Catholic Church England and Wales: YouTube channel
at Christmas Newsletter' - practical suggestions, links to prayer
resources - Diocesan link
* “A Precious Place of God’s Grace.”
Bishop Mark and Bishop’s Council 1st Nov 2020. Looking to 2025 in terms of parish structures, availability of priests, provision of sacramental life and the resources needed to meet the evangelising mission of the Church in the Diocese of Plymouth.
14th Nov from
Bishop Mark on IICSA Report
* Diocesan safeguarding
support organisations and contacts update November 2020
10th Nov from Catholic Bishops Conference on publication of IICSA Report
20th Nov from Catholic Bishops Conference on Safeguarding
* Watch Bishop Mark's Pastoral Message
for 25th Oct, fiftieth anniversary of the Canonisation of St Cuthbert
Mayne and the thirty-nine other Martyrs, who died for their Catholic faith in the
sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
* Read Bishop Mark's Pastoral
Message 4th Oct: "I urge all of us to read and reflect carefully, and prayerfully, on this profound and beautiful letter which the Holy Father has written to us."
( Pope Francis’ Encyclical
- “Fratelli Tutti, Brothers and Sisters, all” )
4th Nov from Catholic Bishops Conference re 2nd National lockdown
1st Nov to MPs from Bishop Mark re Public Worship in 2nd National lockdown
from Catholic Bishops Conference re 2nd National lockdown
From Diocesan directory: Radio Maria England
is a Christian voice in your home, broadcasting Christian music, prayer and
teaching online (and facebook)
based in Cambridge, a member of the World Family of Radio Maria.
The Holy Rosary from Plymouth Cathedral, Wed
28th Oct - watch here
& Wed 21st Oct - watch here
~ Rosary Whirlwind, British Isles for Faith, Life & Peace.
CCEW Bishops: Organ
Donation info following change in law in May, download the
'Return from Exile' a reflection by
Bishop Mark on the resumption of Public Masses - watch -
Opening of Churches for Mass - letter from CC Archbishops in
John Deeny (Launceston) shares his thoughts
about Black Lives Matter
(video) - the bedrock of Catholic Social
Teaching tells us that human life is sacred - Also watch his reflection on Migrants
Mark invites all to be 'Christ the Servant' in his pastoral
message (pdf) or watch here
People who Hope in Christ'
message from CCEW Archbishops (1st
reflection by Bishop Mark for the Solemnity of Saint
Boniface, 5th June - Patron of the Diocese of Plymouth, 'Saint
Boniface - Model of Courage and Mission', watch here
featured links + other articles + info
Heart - Damian Stayne & Cor et Lumen Christi Community
- In this short talk Damian shares something
of his revelation about and encounter with Jesus in the Holy
Eucharist - watch here
understand the importance of Mass and why you
are missing it (Fr. Philip in newsletter 26th April)
1 free of Bishop Barron's new series on The
Sacraments - scroll well down for the watch now link (30mins)
"Rediscover the great sacraments of the Church in all their
theological depth, spiritual effects, and pastoral promise
... will help you understand these signs and channels of grace
and discover the secret behind their persistence down the ages: the
presence and power of the Saviour himself." (Bishop Barron's
Articles by Bishop
Robert Barron: The Book
of Exodus and Why Coming Back to Mass Matters (August 2020);
Luther King and the Religious Motivation for Social Change
suggestions from an enclosed Carmelite order on how to get through these days in confinement and not perish
in the attempt!
life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders
and wear us down, when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies
grey and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, our
hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the
path with light, we beseech thee, Lord, turn our eyes to where the
heavens are full of promise.' ~ St.
The Poor Clares of Arundel sing, 'Light For The World'
here for 45 mins of peaceful, uplifting music.
The Irish Blessing over 300 churches sing a blessing over Ireland and beyond.
CAFOD: Harvest Family Fast day prayer: “God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvellous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 God, you call us out of darkness. May we hear your voice in the cry of our brothers and sisters in crisis. As you walk alongside us always, may we walk beside one another listening and responding in love. Shine the light of your compassion through us, dispelling chaos, fear and despair. Breathe hope and courage into all our hearts as we work together to rebuild once more. Strengthen us, Lord and keep us steadfast. Bring healing and comfort to all and lead us renewed into your marvellous light. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
'Catholic Southwest' free online
here (and many others) | 'Pathways to God'
Reading the Whole Bible in
a year?! A reading plan can help: example
'Word on the go' for busy Catholics > scripture
crash course - Bishops conference scripture group
Support Local Food Banks and
Food Aid groups:
see current year newsletters
Mary's Meals provide daily school meals to more than 1.6 million
children, in 19 countries across the globe. It costs only
£15.90 to feed a child for a whole school
see current year newsletters
Diocese: Homelessness - How can
we help? Meeting a homeless person on the streets, especially
if they have nowhere to go that night, can be quite shocking and
worrying. To think that an individual will be cold, wet and
vulnerable can invoke a host of emotions. Decision-making around
how we act for that person, however, needs to remain clear, needs
to keep the homeless person at the heart of any decision, but also
needs to keep you safe from harm. People experiencing homelessness
are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Any support needs to
minimise the risk of infection. Caritas Plymouth in partnership
with St Petrocs, Cornwall, has produced a guide 'Advice
On Engaging with People who are Homeless' for supporting people
who are homeless, - 'Love one another as I have loved you' (John
13:34-35) - available on the Diocesan website link
Catholic Childrens' Society
Plymouth - 'Stretch Out Your Hands' appeal ... 'In every country and
community across the world, the coronavirus pandemic is turning children’s
lives upside down. We urgently need your help to continue to support vulnerable
children and their families throughout the Diocese.
The number of grant applications received
has increased as a result of Covid-19 with more families needing help to meet
basic needs. As alternative fundraising, we set up a crowdfunding page. Please
help to reach the target of £6000 by donating via the website here.
Pope Francis’ Prayer for Protection during the Coronavirus Pandemic. O Mary, You shine continuously
on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick. At the foot of the cross, you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith. You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need. We are certain that you will provide, so that as at Cana in
Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us: He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
Amen. We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test - and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
'Prayer of Pope Francis’ in Encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti, Brothers and Sisters, all”
(see links here): “O God, Trinity of love, from the profound communion of your divine life, pour
out upon us a torrent of fraternal love. Grant us the love reflected in the actions of Jesus, in his family of Nazareth, and in the early Christian community. Grant that we Christians may live the Gospel, discovering Christ in each human being, recognising him crucified in the sufferings of the abandoned and forgotten of our world, and risen in each brother or sister who makes a new start. Come, Holy Spirit, show us your beauty, reflected in all the peoples of the earth, so that we may discover anew that all are important, and all are necessary, different faces of the one humanity that God so loves. Amen”.
Prayer to Archangels Michael, Gabriel and
Raphael: "Heavenly King, You have given us archangels to assist us during our pilgrimage on
earth; Michael is our protector; I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from
danger: Gabriel is a messenger of the Good News; I ask him to help me clearly hear Your voice and to teach me the
truth; Raphael is the healing angel; I ask him to take my need for healing and that of everyone I know, lift it up to Your throne of grace and deliver us back to the gift of recovery.
Help us, O Lord, to realise more fully the reality of archangels and their desire to serve us. Holy angels, pray for us. Amen."
Medjugorje: message for the world via visionary
Marija, December 25th 2020: “Dear children! I am carrying to you little Jesus who brings you peace, Him who is the past, present and future of your existence. Little children, do not permit for your faith and hope in a better future to be extinguished, because you are chosen to be witnesses of hope in every situation. That is why I am here with Jesus that He may bless you with His peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
... more from Medjugorje
Our Lady’s message to Jakov Dec. 25, 2020: “Dear children, also today Jesus is here beside you, even when you think that you are alone and that light does not exist in your life. He is here and has never left you or distanced Himself from you.
The light of His birth illuminates this world and your life. His Heart is always open towards you, to receive your every pain, every trial, fear and need. His arms are extended towards you, that as a father, He may embrace you and tell you how important you are for Him, how much He loves you and cares for His children. Children, is your heart open towards Jesus? Have you completely surrendered your life into His hands? Have you accepted Jesus as your father, to whom you can always turn and in Him find consolation and everything you need to live true faith? That is why, my children, surrender your hearts to Jesus and permit Him to begin to rule your lives, because only in this way, will you accept the present and be able to face the world in which you live today. With Jesus, every fear, suffering and pain disappear, because your heart accepts His will and everything that comes into your life. Jesus will give you the faith to accept everything and nothing will distance you from Him—because He firmly holds you by the hand and does not permit for you to distance and lose yourselves in difficult moments—because He has become the Lord of your life. I bless you with my motherly blessing.”
Letter from Ivan Dragicevic Medjugorje (Dec 2020). My dear friends in Christ,
Our lives have been changed since the temporary darkness of this storm has entered the Church and the world. Life seems complicated and uncertain; our hearts are restless. Many feel anxious and frightened. We seek clarity; we seek light; we seek true peace.
Now more than ever, our Mother's voice is being heard. Our Lady is the new voice calling out in the desert: “Do not be afraid of the storm! It is more important to prepare your hearts for the Lord! Live in hope!“
Our Lady gives us the remedy of hope: conversion, prayer from the heart (especially the Rosary), active reading of the Scriptures, frequent confession, fasting and Holy Mass.
For nearly 40 years Our Lady has asked us to pray for the realization of her plans.
Dear friends, these plans come from our Father. “Thy will be done”. It is Our Lady's will that we live in “joyful hope” every day, in the faith that Jesus gave us in the Gospel. St. Paul tells us that “hope does not disappoint.” Hope is the “anchor of the soul.”
Christmas is a time of great “joyful hope.” It is not simply a sense of optimism. It is the truth. That truth is Jesus Christ. Jesus, our Savior, through the Virgin Mary, came to earth as a man to select and understand us, heal and raise, liberate and transform us into new beautiful creations. Only Jesus is our peace. Jesus is our true hope.
Christmas does not apply to expensive gifts that emphasize our wallet and our time. Joy is the real gift of Christmas.
Our Lady says, “Dear children, I want you to become carriers of the peace and joy of God into this world.” Wear it simply: smile a lot, laugh often, do kind gestures, and offer forgiveness.
I pray that you will strive to find the deepest of all joys: the knowledge of Christ's joy. I pray in a special way that Jesus may be born anew in your hearts.
The Gospel tells us that God is revealed to the little ones. To experience the birth of Jesus means just that — to become small and to approach the deep mystery of the Christmas Nativity scene. The celebration of Christmas invites us to discern the essential from the unimportant things in life.
Therefore, we ask the Lord for perseverance on this path and perfection in faith and love. We pray that we be honest and authentic Christians.
In this spirit, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New 2021 Year! Peace and good!
Yours, Ivan, Laureen, Kristina, Mikayla, Daniel and Mathew.
A random older message: June 25, 1987 “Dear
children! Today I thank you and I want to invite you all to God's
peace. I want each one of you to experience in your heart that
peace which God gives. I want to bless you all today. I am blessing
you with God's blessing and I beseech you, dear children, to follow
and to live my way. I love you, dear children, and so not even
counting the number of times, I go on calling you and I thank you
for all that you are doing for my intentions. I beg you, help me to
present you to God and to save you. Thank you for having responded
to my call.”
May 2021 tidy v 20.166 JMJ +AMDG
‘May your love be upon us O Lord, as we place all our
hope in you.’
Psalm 32 (5th week of Easter, Year A)