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Please pray for the sick of the parish: 

David Paris, Brendan Colohan, Coral Harrow, Betty Walford, Joyce West, Sarah Mackay, Barbara Frost, Tony Timoney-White, Bob Horton, Robert Carson, Hilary & Clive Drake, Eileen Chimes, Jeremy Cusden

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Tony Harrison who died on 11th May, 2022 after a long illness.  Before he became too ill, Tony attended the 6 p.m. Sunday Mass at Our Lady’s.

His funeral Mass will probably be on Monday 23rd May at 11:30 a.m. in Our Lady’s. Please speak to Fr. Francis to confirm this next week.

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The Bishops of England and Wales decided at their Spring plenary meeting that it is time to reintroduce the obligation on all Catholics to attend Holy Mass on Sundays. Here is an extract of the letter they have written explaining what this means. The whole letter can be accessed on the parish website.  Please click to see it here..

“We believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.

We understand there will still be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation.

Our Catholic people and parishes have benefitted during these difficult times from the online streaming of Mass and other services. “Virtual viewing” of Mass online does not fulfil the Sunday Obligation. It may, however, be a source of continual spiritual comfort to those who cannot attend Mass in person, for example those who are elderly and sick, for whom the obligation does not apply.”

Second Collections

When lockdown happened, the Bishops suspended all ‘second collections’ – the collections for charities which take place periodically in addition to the normal Sunday collection for parish funds. It is now possible to reintroduce these and so it may be timely to explain Fr. Francis’ policy on second collections. Very many requests are received to hold second collections. So that parishioners are not inundated with calls on their generosity, only those collections which are mandated by the Diocese or the Bishops’ Conference, together with CAFOD Lent and Harvest Fast Days, the Annual Mission Appeal, and two charities of particular relevance to this parish, namely “Let the Children Live” and “PACT”, will take place. Other requests are mentioned in the newsletter so that any who wish to contribute can do so through the charity’s website, or go on to the Charities page of this website for more information.

The “second collections” which will take place during the rest of this year are:


22nd May:  PACT

29th May:  World Communications Sunday

19th June:  Day for Life

26th June:  Peter’s Pence

10th July:  Apostleship of the Sea

28th August:  Plymouth Catholic Children’s Society

18th September:  Home Mission Sunday

9th October:  CAFOD Harvest Fast Day

23rd October:  World Mission Sunday

PACT is the Prisoners’ Advice and Care Trust, so it seems right for our parish, which through Deacon Mike and others, cares for the pastoral needs of prisoners in HMP Guys Marsh, to give financial support to PACT’s provision of life changing services at every stage of the criminal justice process: in court, in prison, on release, and in the community. For more information about their work, see

A second collection will be taken for PACT on Sunday 22nd May. Electronic bank transfers to the parish account quoting PACT in the narrative would also be acceptable. The parish bank account details are available here: Scroll down to the paragraph at the bottom of the page entitled Parish Collections.

To help us to save the world’s resources and have parish funds available for mission, please consider signing up to receive these newsletters by email or accessing them through the parish website at rather than taking a printed copy. This will reduce our use of paper and ink, so contributing to our efforts to follow the Pope’s exhortations in Laudato Sí.


Please see the SCHOOL PAGE for more that the school are doing and how you can support them.

The annual May Procession will take place at 11 a.m. this coming Thursday, 19th May in the grounds of our parish school in Marnhull. Please do come along and take part if you possibly can. It’s a lovely way to honour our Blessed Mother Mary in this, her month, and to support the children and staff of our school in their faith. Please come and add your voice to theirs as we sing the praises of Our Lady


Pauline Jaricot, foundress in 1822 of what became the Association for the Propagation of the Faith, is to be beatified on Sunday 22nd of May. In 1922 the APF became the Church's official (Pontifical) organisation for supporting the missions internationally. The familiar Red Boxes in England & Wales were begun by the Mill Hill Missionaries to continue this work and are to be found in most parishes.  Please take a leaflet about Pauline from the porches and God bless the generous supporters in our own parish. Take a box if you can; please let Pam Snell or Annette Lyons know if you do.  Thankyou!

The Called and Gifted discernment process is designed to help you learn what the spiritual gifts are and prayerfully discern which gifts the Holy Spirit has given you for the glory of God and the benefit of others.

Over 2000 people across the UK have experienced the Called and Gifted discernment process and, for many, it has led to a more active and fulfilling life. Please visit the Called and Gifted website to see examples of testimonies from previous participants, including an inspiring video testimony by a priest from Leeds Diocese who has experienced Called and Gifted himself and seen the difference it has made in his parish after inviting parishioners to discern their spiritual gifts:


Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth) – forthcoming events:

Great Big Diocesan Quiz – Friday, 1 July 2022

We are delighted to announce that we have a new date for our next Great Big Diocesan Quiz, as the last two planned quizzes have been cancelled due to the pandemic.

We’re looking for parishes to join us on Friday, 1 July 2022 at 7.30pm and we would love to make this our biggest quiz ever. The last quiz in 2019 saw 9 teams including one school compete for the trophy, which was won on the night by Heretics from Blessed Sacrament and almost £1500 was raised.

All you need is a quiz master and a venue to host your parish quiz and then ask for teams to come forward to compete against each other in your parish on the night and against all the other parishes. If you would like to register an interest to take part or would like to discuss the quiz in more detail, please email - all materials will be supplied by CCSP – you just need to find a venue, a quiz master and some teams to compete. Good luck !

2022 Annual Appeal – Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August

The theme of our CCSP Annual Appeal this year is ‘Extend a Hand: Give Hope’. Packs will be sent to all parishes soon and we hope that even more parishes will be able to support this year’s annual appeal as 30 parishes helped to raise over £17,000 in 2021.

We have just received £875.90 in Gift Aid from last year’s donations so it’s wonderful if supporters are able to tick the Gift Aid box if you can, as this money alone can help an extra 5 families through our Essential Grants programme.

From November 2022, packs of Christmas cards will be on sale slightly earlier this year following feedback received last year.

Plymouth Diocese Catechetical Camps 2022

This year our intention is to return the Camps to the pre-Covid format, meeting at Grangehurst, at Buckfast Abbey, for the Junior and Senior Camps, and St Rita’s in Honiton for the St Petroc’s Camp.  (Camp fee £210)

Junior Camp 7th – 12th August Years 3-6

Senior Camp 31st July – 5th August Years 7-10

St. Petroc’s Camp 31st July – 5th August Years 11-12

We are also looking for volunteers to help run the camps; young adult upwards.  In addition, we are looking for people with the appropriate skills to serve as treasurer, administrator and catechist on the camps committee.  For more information, please contact Deacon Mike Turnbull,


Caritas Plymouth with CAFOD Plymouth is organising an online event from 5-6pm on Tuesday 24 May during Laudato Si’ week 2022, to reflect on how we care for our common home and respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to create a new kind of solidarity and a spirit of integral ecology. The event will offer an opportunity to think about the challenges and opportunities facing us and how we are called to act. People can register at

Poverty Challenge: See, Judge, Act. Following the pandemic, many household now also face new hardships as prices rise. Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), the Catholic agency addressing poverty and injustice in England and Wales, has released a free new booklet to increase awareness of Catholic Social Teaching on poverty, and to inform local responses. Please take a moment to read and encourage groups and individuals to engage with it. Download from

Parish collections

Thank you for the collections.

The Parish Bank details are: Sort Code   55-61-09   Account  Number 07388381   A/C Name -   PRCDTR Marnhull R.C. Parish Natwest Blandford Forum.   Please make cheques payable to “PRCDTR Marnhull RC Parish”  and send to : The Parish Priest, The Presbytery, Old Mill Lane, MARNHULL, DT10 1JX.  Many thanks, Pam Snell, Parish Treasurer

The Average for March 2022, Church Collection: £254.55; Gift Aided: £115; Other: 173.75.  Gift Aided: £506.90

Sunday Collection.  Please consider donating via Standing Order. Whether you are a tax payer or not this is a simple method, and even better for fundraising is the option of Gift Aid from taxpayers. If you would like applications for either or both of these it would be most valuable to the parish. Please contact the Treasurer, Pam Snell - via:    or see below.  Thank you,   Pam.  Pamela Snell: 01258 821463.  Address:  Grafthayes, Nash Lane, Marnhull, Dorset  DT10 1JZ

Gift Aid Declaration Form here

Online banking payments is another alternative but the REFERENCE FIELD  i.e. your surname and gift aid envelope number, must be completed so that we can identify donors. This is particularly important if you are a taxpayer allowing Gift Aid reimbursements, although non-tax payers can use this method also.  For forms and further information please phone Pamela Snell [ Parish Treasurer] on:  01258 821463  or email: 


To continue with this fun method of raising parish funds the SWEEPSTAKE 2022 applications will be available shortly in both of our churches  to download below, or email by contacting Pam Snell on

For a small outlay of £20 for the whole year there will be chances to win prizes from £10 - £40 from each draw

Could Applicants making one off Online Payments for their annual Sweepstake entry kindly add SWEEPSTAKE in their narrative details so they can be identified as such. The Application form can be downloaded here for those unable to collect a paper copy from church.

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