Coronavirus - please also see the Newsletter.     New Letter from Bishop Mark Here

The following links are for live streaming Masses: ​

Several Catholic churches and cathedrals now have webcams and stream Holy Mass live; some daily, some just on Sundays, so you can still share in the Mass, although it’s no substitute for actually being present. Here are some of the many links. I made a list, checked them out, then noted the times of the Masses and chose one to suit our schedule:

Plymouth Cathedral 11.00 Sunday (you may need to search for the right day:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lhndpx0dJFY

Salisbury at 10.00 on Sunday:  https://www.churchservices.tv/salisbury 

St Chad's Cathedral Birmingham livestream    https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-chads-cathedral-birmingham

Bournemouth at 0800 on Sunday:  https://www.churchservices.tv/bournemouth  

Bishop Barron, (Word on Fire) at 12.30 (UK time):  https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass

St John's Bath 10.00 am Live Mass:   https://stjohnsrcbath.org.uk/index.php  

 

The Slipper Chapel, Walsingham.  https://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/  or  Shrine Live Stream on You Tube

Holy Mass from Redemptorist Publication https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/holy-mass-online    YouTube celebrated by Fr Dennis McBride.

St Anthony's Church, West Moors:   youtube.com/c/FrDylanJames  You can find a listing for our parish Mass times at:   https://www.westmoorscatholics.com/massonline

CARITAS PLYMOUTH:  annual review is now on the Diocesan website. We would welcome feedback from parishes on our plans for the coming year. We have also produced a news update to share some of the positive work happening in our parishes during the Covid-19 crisis.

  • Remember to check on your neighbours who may need help.

  • If you manage to get a food delivery from a supermarket, perhaps you know someone who needs some shopping and you could include their requirements to your list?

  • Perhaps someone would just like a chat on the phone?

  • If you need support and feel that your friends and fellow parishioners can help, then please contact Steve Carrivick on 07887 988123  or Annette Lyons on 07986 301357. and they will see what can be done.  There will be other contacts added as they become available.

  • Elizabeth O'Toole, who runs the Prayer Wheel will be happy to organise prayers said for you - or perhaps you would like to be one of her 'pray-ers'.  Steve or Annette can pass your requests on to her, or you can email this site on admin@marnhullandgillinghamrc.org.uk and we can let her know.

There are also help groups set up through town councils in our area:

Sturminster Newton:   An initiative during the current crisis has been adopted in SturminsterNewton.  Anybody requiring help should contact Dorset Councillor Carole Jones on 01258-472497 (mobile 07968-348481, e-mail: carole4stur@gmail.com) , or the Mayor, Councillor Helen Lacey, tel. 01258-473133 (e-mail cllrhelenlacey@sturminsternewton-tc.gov.uk).  They are co-ordinating a band of helpers who will shop, collect prescriptions, post mail and telephone daily to anyone who is afraid or unable to leave home to check all is well and if anything is required. This initiative covers Sturminster, Hinton St. Mary and Marnhull. Andrew Donaldson.

Marnhull:  Village Helpline 01305 490000.  Phone line active 8am-8pm every day. A team of volunteers to assist with shopping, dog walking or to provide support in other ways.

Stalbridge: Tony Troughton-Smith 01963 364693 or 07526 375704.  ALSO:  a new number for help in Stalbridge, thanks to the coordinators of the Voluntary Car Scheme, who have kindly morphed into a helpline.  The numbers are 07746 100299 and 07512 489531.  You will be put in touch with someone from “Stalbridge Helpers” who may be able to help you.

Gillingham:   01747 823588, and each resident will, by now, have had a leaflet delivered.

 

FOOD BANK:  

They have no plans to change the opening hours, which remain 10.00am to noon on Monday and Thursday (they do not have enough volunteers to open longer);   They need Fruit Juice and Spaghetti.   Monetary contributions are best made by cheque payable to: Gillingham Food Bank.  As our churches are no longer open, you may consider putting your contribution in the baskets provided at the supermarkets.  Thanks to all who help this wonderful charity.

 
 

During Lockdown our Sacramental programmes have come to a halt. A number of links have been compiled which can be accessed via the Diocesan website: 

www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk/spiritual-life/share-the-faith.  

 

As you will see, there are a good variety of resources which can be used now or at any time, ranging from, “Wednesday Word” scripture for children, to full programmes for Holy Communion and Confirmation that can be dipped into as you wish. One very versatile and user friendly programme for Confirmation is by Dynamic Catholic. It provides short videos (7 – 9 minutes) on a number of relevant topics which are ideal for small group discussion.

 

Fr Jon Bielawski.

Bishop Mark - 'Our Common Home and Care for the Vulnerable'.  A reflection on the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' letter 'Laudato Si'

CARITAS PLYMOUTH:  annual review is now on the Diocesan website. We would welcome feedback from parishes on our plans for the coming year. We have also produced a news update to share some of the positive work happening in our parishes during the Covid-19 crisis.

Bishop Barron on the Coronavirus Quarantine

 

Bishop Barron on the Coronavirus Quarantine

Blaise Pascal said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” This Pascalian “mot” has come to my mind a good deal in recent days as our entire country goes into shutdown mode due to the coronavirus. Perhaps we could all think of this time of semi-quarantine as an invitation to some monastic introspection, some serious confrontation with the questions that matter—some purposeful sitting alone in a room.

Divine Mercy Chaplet for an End to Coronavirus

Let's ask for God's mercy during this coronavirus pandemic by praying the Divine Mercy Novena, starting on Good Friday at 12pm (thereafter praying at 3pm) and ending on the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter Sunday). We'll then continue after the novena ends with the Divine Mercy chaplet, praying every day at 3 pm.

In addition to the intentions Jesus gave St Faustina for the Divine Mercy Novena, we'll be keeping in mind two other intentions:

1. An end to the coronavirus pandemic

2. To spiritually place ourselves beside those dying alone across the world from the virus

The EWTN channel is a fount of Catholic knowledge and well worth looking at.  There is EWTN Great Britain:  You can find it here

CORONA BITS AND PIECES!

Put your God Suit on and Keep Fit!

 

Greetings to all,

Here's a fun way to have a short keep-fit workout! I first came across this at Summer Camp last year - some of the children were amused by my efforts... We later used it as a NT meditation in my little group as it's based on St Paul's letter to the Ephesians  6: 10-17

Go on to You Tube and put in GOD SUIT and a lovely young lady will show you how it's done or try the couriers if    you think she's just too good; what a great bunch of people. 

Perhaps when we are celebrating being together again when the crisis is over we could do a community demo?            

Have fun! Love from Annette

(Here it is:  God Suit On).....It is SO Annette!

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Beatrice would like to share a letter from Fr Mike Schmitz here

And here's a quiz for you all

        

More prayer resources: 

 

sdc.me.uk .  Worksheets and prayer/liturgy resources which can be printed onto A4 paper and can easily be used at home with children without a need for huge amounts of pre-knowledge or information.

Guardian Angel’s prayer – Angel of God, my guardian dear, To whom God’s love commits me here, Ever this day, be at my side, To light and guard, rule and guide – Amen

www.cafod.org.uk   Catholic prayers and reflections/Prayer resources from CAFOD

Catholic.org/prayers Abundance of prayers for family and elderly

www.missio.org Mainly secondary resources

Prayer. there are several websites which may be of interest:

Universalis.com  free for an introductory period then a one-off lifetime payment. I find this excellent.

 

Matthew Kelly runs a daily Lenten, very brief message to ponder.  www.dynamiccatholic.com

 

www.pray-as-you-go.org daily prayer, based around the saints of the day etc.

At our Cathedral at 4.30pm each day.  www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk

Scott Hahn offers reflections on the Sunday reading, and much more!  http://www.scotthahn.com/listen-online    

The parish of Our Lady's Marnhull (Dorset) covers the towns and villages of: Bourton, Buckhorn Weston, Child Okeford, East Orchard and West Orchard, East Stour and West Stour, Stour Provost, Stour Row, Fifehead Magdalen, Fifehead Neville & Fifehead St Quentin, Gillingham, Hammoon, Hazelbury Bryan, Henstridge, Hinton St Mary, Kington Magna, Lydlinch, Manston, Margaret Marsh, Marnhull, Milton on Stour, Okeford Fitzpaine, Silton, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Todber & Kings Stag.

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