Scroll down through this page to find information about what will be happening in the Cathedral Parish in the near future and stories and pictures from events that have recently taken place. If you're holding an event within the parish and you'd like us to publish it here then please get in touch with the Parish Office.
If you'd like information on the events that happen on a regular basis, for example our Bible Study group, then please visit our Regular Events page.
We also have some panoramic photographs of the inside of the Cathedral, which were taken over the Easter Triduum 2017. Please click here to view our beautiful Cathedral waiting for Our Lord to return.
Golden Jubilee Mass Photo Gallery Please enjoy looking through the photographs from Monsignor Nannery's Golden Jubilee Mass. The gallery plays automatically, so if you would like to view one photograph in particular please click on the pause bottom on the top left hand corner of each photograph.
Golden Jubilee Video Highlights of Monsignor Nannery's Golden Jubilee Mass can be viewed by clicking the 'play' button below. The full DVD of the Mass and celebrations is available to purchase for £10 and can be ordered through the Cathedral Office.
Welcome to our new Dean
This week we have said goodbye to Monsignor Canon Bart Nannery after twenty eight years as the Dean of the Cathedral. He has now moved to St Joseph's Presbytery and we wish him every happiness as he embarks on a new chapter in his ministry.
We have also welcomed Father Mark O'Keeffe, who comes to us from Paignton Parish. He has taken over the role of Dean of the Cathedral and we wish him every success as he embarks on his ministry with us.
Bishop Mark - Share the Journey
Watch the powerful video from Bishop Mark O’Toole encouraging the Catholic community & all people of goodwill to take part in Pope Francis’ Share the Journey campaign, calling on governments protect the human dignity of people on the move, refugees and migrants who are forced to leave their homes due to war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty. Find out more about the campaign and pick up tools to organise your Share the Journey Walk: cafod.org.uk/sharethejourney
A Golden Day
The Irish Dean of Plymouth Cathedral has just celebrated his Golden Jubilee 'A priest... loved and cherished by his people...'
Monsignor Canon Bartholomew Nannery, the Dean of Plymouth's Catholic Cathedral of St Mary and St Boniface, celebrated the golden jubilee of his priesthood at a special concelebrated Mass on 16th June. It was fifty years to the day since he was ordained a priest at All Hallows in Dublin in 1968. Monsignor 'Bart' is from Granard in the north of County Longford in Ireland, where many of his family live.
Mgr Nannery has served the cathedral and its parishioners faithfully for the last 28 years. He was appointed Administrator in 1990 and has been instrumental in overseeing many changes and improvements to the building and its surroundings. His pastoral care of the people has been exemplary.
The Rt. Rev. Mark O'Toole is the Bishop of the Diocese of Plymouth which covers the South-West of England. He paid tribute to Monsignor Bart: "I want to express my thanks to him for the outstanding service and commitment that he has shown, both in the cathedral and in the parish, over the many years. Many have cause to be grateful for his generosity, warm welcome and faithful dedication.
Plymouth Cathedral was packed for the Jubilee Mass. Among the 700 guests and parishioners was the new Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Sam Davey. He presented Bart with an illustrated scroll bearing the armorial crest of the Corporation of Plymouth which expressed their gratitude for all the monsignor had done for the city over the years. It was accompanied by a personal gift of a beautiful Dartington Crystal carafe, engraved with the city's crest. At the end of Mass, Monsignor Nannery expressed his 'deepest gratitude and affection' to all as well as thanking those who had put together such a wonderful ceremony with lovely music from the choir led by the cathedral's director of music, Christopher Fletcher.
After the 11am Mass, all the guests were invited to lunch in a huge marquee in the bishop's garden. There was a hog roast and wide variety of dishes served by all the different ethnic communities who make up the cathedral's diverse congregation.
Monsignor Nannery was interviewed on BBC TV News and the next day of BBC Radio Devon, saying how fortunate he was to have come to work as a priest in Devon immediately after his ordination: "I believe that our English Catholic parish structure is probably the best in the world", he said. "In some Catholic countries, parishes can be too big but here they are small enough for us to have a close and intimate relationship with all the people and their families."
Bart's PA is Kasia Misztowt who was also interviewed by the BBC for last Sunday's religious programme. "He cares about this place a lot", she told the listeners, "it's his life. He loves the people here and he's loved and cherished by them in return."
Monsignor Bart is one of five priests in the Diocese of Plymouth who are celebrating their golden jubilee this year. They include one of the most senior clergymen, Monsignor Harry Doyle, who actually went to the same Irish boarding school as Bart - St Patrick's College in Cavan. In fact, the present Bishop of Kilmore, the Rt. Rev. Leo O'Reilly was one of their classmates!
"I'm very glad that I chose the Diocese of Plymouth in which to minister as a priest," said Monsignor Doyle. "I have been very happy in each of the parishes I have served. My thanks go especially to my parents as well as all my family and friends at home in Ireland who encouraged me to become a priest."
Cathedral Open Day
Adoremus Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool 7-9 September 2018
The aim of the congress is to rejuvenate Eucharistic adoration; encourage greater understanding and love for the Blessed Sacrament; provide resources for Eucharistic adoration in parishes and schools; better equip and form catechists and extraordinary ministers; confirm parish ministry around centrality of the Holy Eucharist.
Friday, 7 September - Symposium from 10am to 6pm. Three morning talks for all, then three afternoon worships from a choice of many. Especially for chaplains, catechists, extraordinary ministers, etc.
Saturday, 8 September - Day Conference from 10am to 5pm. Bishop Robert Barron and Cardinal Vincent Nichols will lead the day. There will be talks, adoration, screen and theatrical presentations.
Sunday, 9 September - Masses and Procession at Liverpool Cathedral. Sunday Mas at 9am and 11am. Eucharistic procession through streets at 12.30pm. There will be many fringe events, adoration and exhibitions around the city during the weekend.
Messy Church About twenty children came to the Cathedral Centre after the Easter Egg hunt to make Easter themed decorations. A selection of some of the decorations is below. The children really did make beautiful decorations.
Easter Egg Hunt Our Children's Liturgy team organised an Easter Egg hunt for the children on Easter Saturday. Father (now Monsignor) Keith Mitchell told the children about Easter and then they ran round (in record time) to find the eggs we had hidden around the Cathedral.
Please click here if you would like to read the Homily given by Canon Tim Lewis at the Chapter Mass on the Feast of the Dedication of the Cathedral.
Food Bank Appeal
The food bank in Plymouth do an amazing job of helping local people in their time of need; providing food for families who can't afford to feed themselves. In recent weeks the food bank have helped many more than usual, mostly due to the school holidays, and so almost ran out of food. We were determined that we must help a cause so close to us, and so we launched an appeal, asking for donations of food from our parish. We could never have anticipated the response we would get to this appeal. We have been humbled by the sheer quantity of food that our parish has donated, and it continues to come in. We are so very grateful for your generosity; the food bank are thrilled. Below you'll see a couple of pictures to illustrate just how full our cars have been!
Vigil Mass 2017
At this years Vigil Mass the Cathedral welcomed Phoebe, Wendy and Alba (pictured below) who were received into the Catholic Faith. The Cathedral was beautifully decorated, as pictured, and began in the Bishops Garden with the lighting of the Paschal Candle, before the hundreds of people who had come to celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord processed into the Cathedral to listen to the Word of God. We welcome Phoebe, Wendy, and Donna (not pictured) and we pray for their continued journey in faith.
Chrism Mass 2018 Around five hundred people joined clergy from around the diocese for the Chrism Mass of the Holy Oils. During this beautiful service Bishop Mark blessed the Oil of Chrism, the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick. The oils will be used by priests from all over the diocese during the next year, and will be used by Bishop Mark at the Holy Saturday Vigil, where we will welcome four Catechumens into the Catholic Church at the Cathedral.
24 Hours for The Lord A beautifully decorated and very peaceful Cathedral greeted the many faithful who spend time with The Lord over the weekend of the 31st March until the 1st April when the Church was opened for the whole twenty four hours to enable people to sit, pray and contemplate with Our Lord. Thanks to all who came in, in the early hours of Saturday morning, so that we could keep the Church open for the entire time.
Plymouth Cathedral Chapter Mass & Installation of Canons The Cathedral Chapter concelebrated Mass on Friday, 24th March, the vigil of the Solemnity of the Annunciation of The Lord and welcomed three new Canons into the Chapter Canon Tim Lewis and honorary Canons Richard Meyer and David Annear.
St Patrick's Celebration Around about seventy people gathered on, 19th March, to celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Cathedral. Entertainment was provided by the St Patrick's Day Band, the resident band of the Cathedral and the event raised in excess of £400 for the Cathedral fund.
Supper & Drinks with the Clergy
Altar Servers, Choir members and the Children's Liturgy Team were invited for supper and drinks at the start of January 2017, to thank them for all their hard work during the year.
Diocesan Awards Ceremony
Along with several people fro other parishes in the Diocese, who of our choir members were presented with the St Boniface Medal during a Mass before Christmas.
St Stephen's Silver Medal Presentation
Recently one of our Altar Servers, Daniel Cookson, was presented with the St Stephen's Silver Medal after having been an altar server for ten years. We congratulate Daniel and thank him for his years of service to the Cathedral.
Children's Nativity Around forty children, along with their parents, joined parishioners to celebrate our Children's Nativity. The service was organised by the Cathedral's Children's Liturgy Group, and was led by Fr Keith Mitchell. The children were all given 'Christingles' as they came into Church and then some of the children dressed up as characters from the Nativity, as Fr Keith told the story of the birth of Jesus.
Holy Boy Parents, parishioners and visitors packed the Cathedral for a hugely enjoyable performance of excerpts from the musical 'Holy Boy' which were performed by children from three local Roman Catholic Primary Schools (St Joseph's in Devonport, Keyham Barton in Keyham and St Paul's in St Budeaux).
Taize Parishioners and visitors to the Cathedral were treated to an evening of Taize music, courtesy of some of our very talented choir and some special guest singers.
Ceilidh and Curry Night Around eighty or so of our parishioners enjoyed being entertained by our St Patrick's Day Band whilst being taught a variety of dances, including the "Gay Gordons" (some of our parishioners have more co-ordination than others!). After a rest for some curry they were up on the dance floor to show off some more 'moves'. A great night was had by all.
Blessed Louis and Zelie The relics of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin were welcomed to the Diocese of Plymouth by Bishop Mark O'Toole on Friday the 15th of May 2015. We were privileged to host this unique visit for two days in which many parishioners visited for special Masses arranged for the visit.
The Ordination of Bishop Mark O'Toole as the 9th Bishop of Plymouth
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Ordination Mass The rite of ordination during this rare, colourful and musical Mass, consecrated Monsignor Mark O'Toole as the ninth Bishop of Plymouth. His predecessor, Bishop Christopher Budd, was the principal consecrator, together with Cardinal Emeritus Cormac Murphy O'Connor, Archbishop peter Smith (Southward) and Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Westminster). The Papal Nuncio, His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini gave a message from the Holy Father at the end of the Mass, and the sermon was given by Cardinal Cormac. Leaders of Plymouth's other Christian communities attended, as well as the Lord Mayor and other civil dignitaries. Her Majesty the Queen was represented by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Sir Eric Dancer, and other distinguished guests included: Lord and Lady Clifford with members of the Weld family as well as Sir Mark and Lay Margaret Allen, Field Marshall the Lord Charles and Lady Catherine Guthrie, Baroness Sheila and Mr Martin Hollins, Lord Daniel and Lady Pilar Brennan, and Mrs Cherie Blair the wife of our former prime minister. After his installation, Bishop Mark O'Toole was then the principal celebrant for the remainder of the Mass. He was supported by his mother and his two brothers, and members of their families, who had travelled from their home in Ireland.
Reception at the Pavilions Hundreds of those who attended the Mass of Ordination were invited to a celebration meal afterwards at Plymouth Pavilions.
Solemn Vespers Monsignor Mark O'Toole celebrated Solemn Vespers at 6pm on Monday 27th January 2014 on the eve of his ordination as the ninth Bishop of Plymouth. During the service he venerated the relic of Saint Cuthbert Mayne, a Patron of the Diocese of Plymouth, and presented the Papal Bull (scroll) of his appointment from the Holy Father, Pope Francis I to the Provost of the Chapter of Canons of Plymouth Cathedral, the Rev. Canon Keith Mitchell.
Buffet After Vespers After the celebration of Solemn Vespers on the eve of the ordination, Cathedral parishioners, visitors and volunteer stewards attended a buffet in the Chapter Room in Cathedral House.