Here's where you'll find stories and pictures about recent events in the Cathedral Parish, whether that's a special Mass that has been celebrated or a recent parish function.
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.
Cathedral Open Day
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 2017 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.