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'The Holy Family' RC Parish
Penzance, St Ives, Hayle, (in Penwith, West Cornwall)
& St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly

  mass times, news, notices, outside events + links

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All churches are closed during Covid-19 Pandemic National Restrictions. 

Newsletter & Homily uploaded by Saturday evening and other updates

Fr. Philip offers daily a private Mass to include the whole parish & the intentions in Newsletter

Coronavirus & our parish, including Cardinal Nichols' video messages: 24th March and 18th March

Participate in live streamed Masses online from UK and abroad. Polish Mass update

Spiritual Communion & Act of Contrition, with video messages from Bishop Mark and Cardinal Nichols

If you can support the parish by Bank payment or standing order, please email for account details.

Newsletters during covid restrictions:

29th March
5th April
Palm Sunday
12th April Easter Sunday
19th April Divine Mercy Sunday
26th April 3rd of Easter

3rd May 4th of Easter
10th May 5th of Easter
17th May 6th of Easter (Mass replay St. James', London)

24th May 7th of Easter. Readings (Mass replay with organ and soloist from St. James', London)

Bishop Mark invites all to be 'Christ the Servant' in his 28th April pastoral message pdf - or watch here

'A People who Hope in Christ' message from CCEW Archbishops, 1st May

Masses online links

Walsingham live

Pope Francis: Letter for May 2020

Pope Francis on Saturday, May 30, will lead the world in praying the Rosary to Invoke Mary’s ‘Aid in Pandemic’ & ‘Entrust All Humanity to the Lord’, ... from the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens, at 5:30 p.m. Rome time. 1630 BST YouTube ... broadcast live worldwide - “All with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with Mary (Acts 1:14.) - “It will be a moment of world prayer” Join in with Shrine of Walsingham - Information Walsingham live

Representatives of categories of people particularly touched by the virus, will recite the decades. “There will be a doctor and a nurse, for all the health staff committed on the front line in hospitals; a healed person and one who lost a family member, for all those touched personally by the coronavirus; a priest, hospital chaplain, and a Sister nurse, for all priests and consecrated persons close to all those tried by the disease; a pharmacist and a journalist, for all the people that even in the period of the pandemic have continued to carry out their service; a volunteer of Civil Protection with his family, for those that have done their utmost to address this emergency and for all the vast world of volunteers; and a young family, to whom a baby was born in this period, sign of hope and of victory of life over death.”

Join the Pentecost National Rosary relay Rally on Sunday May 31st. 9am to 9pm – England, Wales and Scotland - Walsingham - Information

icon 'new'31st May 2020
Pentecost Sunday
(Mass with organ and soloist from St. James', London) - Walsingham live

Readings for Sunday 31st May

Homilies from Fr. Philip update

Children's liturgy with CAFOD

Vatican booklet: 'Strong In The Face of Tribulation. The Church in Communion. A Sure Support in Time of Trial' 192 page pdf

Pentecost notes


Our 'Music and Arts Festival' is postponed. Listen to 2014 Festival Masses in full

Catholic Church England and Wales: Pentecost Novena, nine days of intercessory prayer for evangelisation and renewal of the Church: listen and download; video introduction; day1; day2day3; visit CCEW's YouTube Channel for other days and much more. - Download Prayers to the Holy Spirit

The Significance of Pentecost - free Redemptorist Publications spiritual resource, 35 minutes public presentation in which Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. reflects on the Significance of Pentecost - also listen on 'Soundcloud'

Pope Francis' invitation to celebrate Laudato Si’ 5th Anniversary week, 16-24 May 2020 (1 minute video)

Bishop Mark reflects on the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' letter 'Laudato Si': 'Our Common Home and Care for the Vulnerable', watch video here - links: Caritas Plymouth - Diocese Facebook - Encyclical letter “Laudato Si.”

Mary's Meals provide daily school meals to more than 1.6 million children, in 19 countries across the globe. £15.90 is all it costs to feed a child for a whole school year. Giving talks for churches plays a huge part in raising awareness and raising vital funds. While volunteers are currently unable to do so, their founder, Magnus, sends a video message for church groups. Click links to watch their short films Child 31 and Generation Hope. Their mission is simply to provide one daily meal in a place of learning to attract chronically poor children into the classroom, where they receive an education that can, in future, be a ladder out of poverty.

icon 'new'Watch Ep 1 free of Bishop Barron's new series on The Sacraments - scroll well down for the watch now link (30mins) "Rediscover the great sacraments of the Church in all their theological depth, spiritual effects, and pastoral promise ... will help you understand these signs and channels of grace and discover the secret behind their persistence down the ages: the presence and power of the Saviour himself."

Catholic Childrens' Society Plymouth - 'Stretch Out Your Hands' appeal ... 'In every country and community across the world, the coronavirus pandemic is turning children’s lives upside down. We urgently need your help to continue to support vulnerable children and their families throughout the Diocese. The number of grant applications received has increased as a result of Covid-19 with more families needing help to meet basic needs. Needing alternative sources of fundraising, we have set up a crowdfunding page. Please help to reach the target of £3000-£6000 by donating here or via the website here.'

Cornish foodbanks ask for support, via 'Transformation Cornwall', scroll down latest news pdf to 'Churches Together in Penzance Area (CTIPA) Foodbank' and to 'Hayle Foodbank'. Collecting points in local shops and supermarkets and money donations welcomed. (Transformation Cornwall is an ecumenical charity that strengthens faith based social action in Cornwall.)

Mass in Polish update Live stream of mass on YouTube from Christ the King, Plymouth. There is a recorded Children’s Liturgy weekly, a bi-weekly Prayer with the Word of God group and a separate Men’s prayer group. For more information please e-mail Father Jacek on

Help to understand the importance of Mass and why you are missing it (Fr. Philip in newsletter 26th April) 

From EWTN UK: A Retreat with Mgr John Armitage in Walsingham April 2020, Talk 11, 24th April with links to all other talks in this interesting series. Also homily 24th April + more on YouTube.

'The Blessing' sung over the UK - singers include four members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal 'One Hope' community, *contemporary worship music* 

BBC Radio Cornwall - Make a Difference Coronavirus help and support links from organisations and individuals. video calling for 1st timers | more advice in this BBC news article

If you watched the film Garabandal, Only God Knows free in Holy Week and want to know more, visit St Michaels Garabandal Centre and Garabandal-Workers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

To watch parts 4 & 5 of 'Let It Be', the CaFE (Lent) course click here OR to hold a 'CaFE@Home', call them on 0845 050 9428 for discount offer.

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Reading the Whole Bible in a year?!
A reading plan can help: example - advice -
'Word on the go'
for busy Catholics > scripture crash course - Bishops conference scripture group

Vatican: ‘Mass in time of Pandemic’
click here (English pp 8+9)

'Pathways to God' (Jesuit)

Bishop Mark's message for Holy Week, 'A long Good Friday', watch here

 Pope Francis: Urbi et Orbi
full text - BBC coverage

7th June 2020;


Penzance is a Grade II listed church and on the 'National Churches Trust' website.

‘May your love be upon us O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.’ Psalm 32 in 5th week of Easter

Diocesan YouTube channel videos \  Diocese on FacebookVatican NetworkVatican Radio  \  Vatican YouTube channel videos \ Catholic Church UK NewsPope Francis on Twitter \ Pope's Prayer intentions \  Daily Mass readingsMedjugorje messagesUCB 'Word for Today

what's on in RC Cornwall: icon external links open new window or tab Camborne-Redruth \ Truro \ Falmouth-Helston\ Bodmin \ St Austell \ Newquay \ Launceston \ Liskeard-Saltash-Torpoint \ Cathedral \ Buckfast Abbey \\ Ecumenical Cornwall 

Liturgical Calendar 2020

Pilgrimages etc 2020


Homilies archive update

Medjugorje: message for the world via visionary Marija, May 25th 2020: “Dear children! Pray with me for a new life for all of you. In your hearts, little children, you know what needs to be changed. Return to God and His Commandments, so that the Holy Spirit may change your lives and the face of this earth, which is in need of renewal in the spirit. Little children, be prayer for all those who do not pray; be joy for all those who do not see the way out; be carriers of light in the darkness of this peaceless time. Pray and seek the help and protection of the saints so that you also could yearn for Heaven and Heavenly realities. I am with you and am protecting and blessing all of you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.” more from Medjugorje

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A member of 'Churches Together in the Penzance Area'