…… to the website of the parish of St Mary & St Petroc, Bodmin, in Cornwall. We are a Roman Catholic parish of four churches within the diocese of Plymouth.   We hope you will enjoy browsing our website.  Whether you are a visitor or a parishioner you are very welcome!

Message from Fr Ciaran

As you may already know there will be no Masses in any church in the Diocese for the foreseeable future. However Mass will be said every day for all the parishioners this will be done in private in our Parish church.

All of your priests and deacon are seventy plus and so are in self isolation. We are thinking of you the whole time and are available always on the telephone 01208 72833/07940063104. You may also text me if you are unable to contact me. If you wish to have a mass said for any particular intention phone or email me at the Parish.  I am available for any phone calls from 6am until 10pm unless an emergency in which case I will be available 24/7.  Unfortunately none of the priests or the deacon can visit the sick or parishioners. Due to self-isolation no parishioner over the age of 70 can have Holy Communion in their home. Myself, Fr Robbie, Deacon Brian and the Sisters will be available to pray with you over the phone.

We trust in God that he will be with us at this time and let us help and pray for our neighbours as best we can.

Our parish priest is Fr Ciaran McGuinness. The presbytery in Bodmin and the parish office are situated in the Parish Centre and the office is open from 9am to 12noon Monday – Friday, telephone 01208 72833.

During the current situation which has led to the suspension of all Masses and gatherings a Sunday mass will be video recorded and loaded onto the FaceBook & YouTube  sites below:




EASTER SUNDAY MASS will be available on the above sites.

For masses not available on our own sites go to sites below.

For Plymouth Cathedral masses go to either website below and follow their YouTube links.

www.plymouthcathedral.co.uk  or to the Diocesan website


You can still access some of our teaching courses by going to the relevant pages.

Please read Bishop Mark’s letter  dated 18th March 2020 below.

Thinking of becoming a Catholic?    This could be the best move of your life!  If you are interested please have a word with Fr Ciaran.

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Diocese of Plymouth

From the Office of the Bishop

18 March 2020

Dear Father / Deacon,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you to communicate the attached Decree notifying you, and our people, of the suspension of Masses, and pastoral gatherings, in the Diocese. This has been agreed by all the Bishops in England and Wales. I attach a message from the President and Vice President of the Conference. You will be conscious that these are unprecedented times that we are living through and we must all do what we can to protect everyone, and especially the most vulnerable and elderly.

I am aware that this measure hits us all very hard, striking to the heart of our priestly identity. It is a time to remember, in the face of this darkness, that “the mercies of the Lord never come to an end, they are new every morning, great is His faithfulness” (Lamentations 3; 22-23). He will show us His face in many ways and will continue to guide and strengthen our faith. We must just trust Him.

There are some practical points, I would like to share with you.

  • Do please continue to visit the sick. If you are over seventy, or have an underlying health problem, which means that you will be cutting social interaction then can you please inform the Dean and this Office (Neville@prcdtr.org.uk)
  • I am asking the Deans to put together a list of those priests who do not fit into those categories and therefore are able to cover for our brothers. This will be particularly important for when we have to visit those with the Virus, either at home, or in hospital. I ask you to be sensible and not to put yourself or others at risk. There is guidance available from hospital Chaplaincies concerning visits to those with Covid-19 in hospital.
  • Our schools are under particular pressure at this time. You will appreciate that it is a Government responsibility as to whether they stay open or not, but I know you will give them support, in this time of uncertainty.

Bishop’s House, 45 Cecil Street, Plymouth, Devon, PLI 51-1W

Telephone: (01752) 224414. Fax: (01752) 223750. Email: bishopmark@prcdtr.org.uk

Plvmotlth Diocesan Trust (Registered Charitv Number 213227)

  • I am arranging that Mass can be online from the Cathedral every morning at 1 lam. Either I, or one of the priests, will celebrate that and give a small reflection after the Gospel. It will be available through the Diocesan and Cathedral websites.
  • Every evening at 4.30pm there will also be a time of prayer online. If you are willing to go on a rota to lead that prayer, again from the Cathedral, then please let us know (Neville@prcdtr.org.uk).
  • I hope that both of these measures will help us all to remember that our securest hope is prayer to God, and gathering like this, virtually, as “one diocesan family” will I am sure, be important for us all. It is, of course, also true that during this time we must “storm heaven” for the sick and dying, for the bereaved, for those working in health care and for those seeking a vaccine.
  • If the parish has any particular online presence, and particularly if the parish has the ability to live-stream, then please let us know here, via Fr Louis or Emma.
  • We must support the most vulnerable and elderly in our parishes. Some helpful suggestions will soon be on our Caritas Plymouth pages of the website.
  • It would be good if a parish felt able to coordinate a list of healthy volunteers, who would be willing to visit, or shop, for those who are not able to move from their homes, during this period.
  • I invite you and your parishes to use the resources for home liturgy available on the Bishops’ Conference website.
  • A suitable prayer to help people make a ‘spiritual communion’ is ‘My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Please share this letter with your parishioners. I will be in contact regularly by email and let us keep one another especially in prayer.

Yours devotedly,

Rt Rev Mark O’Toole

Bishop of Plymouth