Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funeralsFunerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble. Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances. Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:
To broadcast acts of worship
Formal childcare or where part of a school
Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
Other exempted activities such as some support groups
Covid Measures - Rule of six
You will be aware that the Government has announced new measures banning social gatherings of more than 6 people in a range of settings. We would like to reassure you and confirm that these new measures do not apply to places of worship as we are following the guidelines as outlined below.
Please note in line with new government regulations it is now mandatory to wear facial coverings when attending places of worship. You are expected to wear a face covering immediately before entering and it must kept on until you leave. For further details see link below
CAFOD - CAST Schools Coronavirus appeal
YOUR CATHEDRAL NEEDS YOU!
With Covid restrictions slowly starting to be lifted we are hoping that we may soon be able to open up our doors to parishioners once again - albeit under social distancing conditions. To permit this to happen we will need to ensure that the Cathedral remains clean and hygienic at all times. To enable this to happen we are looking for a team of volunteers who would be prepared to go on a rota to help clean and marshal the area. If you are prepared to help – and are not on the at risk category- please contact the Cathedral office either by phone or email giving your name, contact number and hours of availability if required. Office – 01752 662537 e-mail – email@example.com
Safeguarding In the Diocese of Plymouth – Newsletter (Covid-19 edition)
LATEST UPDATE - 27th April Caritas Plymouth – COVID-19 Guidance and Support for Parishes The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God, celebrating thesacraments, and exercising the ministry of charity (caritas).
24TH MARCH 2020 Please find links to the latest updates from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales and our own Bishop Mark in relation to the Coronavirus .
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has sent us a message after the Prime Minister's historic announcement last night (23 March) strengthening restrictions in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19. The Cardinal stresses that 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."
Whilst the churches are unable to offer Services publicly we will be streaming Mass at 11am each morning on YouTube Live. Click here to access the Plymouth Diocese channel, where you can find the Masses as they are streamed.