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Masses:- Saturday vigil: Penzance 5pm. Hayle 6.30pm. Sunday: St. Ives 9am. Penzance 11am. ~ weekdays see newsletter

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previous newsletters


newsletter 18th September
- 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Read: King Charles' Remarks to Faith Leaders on 16th September 2022 pdf


newsletter 25th September
- 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time


newsletter Sunday 2nd October 2022
- 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time


newsletter Sunday 9th October 2022


Homilies from Fr. Philip


Penzance: new North Aisle, Porch, Link Cloister and Parish facilities || Fundraising + info leaflet - At last after about 180 years we can now capture the vision of the architect in 1841, of the completed church. Obviously there is much more work to be completed, but the opened north aisle gives us that glimpse. Fr. Philip, Easter '22. Further updates are in newsletters.


Join our choir: info below


Fr David's meditation: Following Jesus, the Light of the world - inspired by our Rosary windows and the Mysteries of Light.


Links: live stream Mass listings

Mass Readings + Liturgical Calendar


Plymouth Diocese: YouTube + Facebook


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CAFOD - icon 'new' Pakistan DEC appeal


Foodbanks & Mary's Meals & Churches Together In Penzance Area Foodbank Facebook page for current donation priorities.


Pray the Rosary - Bishop Robert Barron's explanatory Rosary videos


Medjugorje: 25th September below

If you are able to support the parish by Bank payment / standing order, please email for account details. Gift Aid is very welcome.


For St. Mary's Catholic Primary School news, visit their website and Facebook page

newsletter articles + info's + links for 2022

icon 'new' Read: King Charles III - Remarks to Faith Leaders on 16th September 2022 pdf

icon 'new' Telegram from Pope Francis to King Charles III: Deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II, I offer heartfelt condolences to Your Majesty, the Members of the Royal Family, the People of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. I willingly join all who mourn her loss in praying for the late Queen’s eternal rest, and in paying tribute to her life of unstinting service to the good of the Nation and the Commonwealth, her example of devotion to duty, her steadfast witness of faith in Jesus Christ and her firm hope in his promises. Commending her noble soul to the merciful goodness of our Heavenly Father, I assure Your Majesty of my prayers that Almighty God will sustain you with his unfailing grace as you now take up your high responsibilities as King. Upon you and all who cherish the memory of your late mother, I invoke an abundance of divine blessings as a pledge of comfort and strength in the Lord.  From the Vatican 8 September 2022 Franciscus

* Community Energy Plus, Cornwall’s energy advice charity helps householders in Cornwall stay warm and healthy. Saving energy & money, Supports with rising living costs. Small booklet available in churches or calll Freephone 08009541956, email: or visit

Statement of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President, Catholic Bishop's Conference of England and Wales. more from CBCEW II Prayers for the repose of the soul of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Caritas Plymouth’s June 2022 e-newsletter

Diocese: 'Walking Together' Synodal Journey 21-23: information || June '22 newsletter || April newsletter

Bishop Mark's remarks at Mass of Thanksgiving (Archbishop Elect of Cardiff) 30th May.

Flag of Ukraine Plymouth Diocese & Caritas Ukraine support page || DEC and CAFOD appeals (CAFOD is a DEC member supporting Caritas Ukraine) || Cornwall Council Support for Ukraine info || Home Office: Host Ukrainian refugees || Home Office: visa support for Ukrainians factsheet || Ukrainian Institute London support || Association of Ukrainians in GB Appeal || A message from the Catholic Archbishop of Kyiv || Pope Francis' appeal for peace and help for refugees video 6th March

Our choir seeks new singers to join their friendly & committed group. They sing at the 11am Solemn Mass on Sundays, Holy Days and Choral Evening Prayer on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Music from Plainsong through Polyphony, to quality contemporary music. Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings. Basic sight-reading skills are helpful but not essential. If you are open to developing your musical ability, vocal tuition forms part of rehearsals. You don’t need to be a Catholic, there are already Christians of other denominations who are members. The choir just asks you take on the ethos of what they do in leading music in worship …. If this interests you or someone you know, please speak to David after the 11am Mass or contact him via the parish office ... Music page

CAFOD crisis appeals: icon 'new' Pakistan DEC Appeal; Ukraine; Afghanistan; Yemen; Syria: Info + Donate via CAFOD website. - CAFOD supports sister Caritas agencies in Afghanistan to reach communities most in need of food, clean water and fuel. --- Other CAFOD campaigns

Poverty Challenge: See, Judge, Act: Following the pandemic many households now also face new hardships as prices rise. CSAN Caritas Social Action Network, the Catholic agency addressing poverty and injustice in England and Wales has issued a 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, link above.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations 7/8 May 2022 Pope Francis writes: ‘Dear Friends on this particular day, but
also in the ordinary pastoral life of our communities, I ask the Church to continue to promote vocations. May she touch the hearts of the faithful and enable each of them to discover with gratitude God’s call in their lives, to find courage to say ‘yes’ to God.’ --- The Office for Vocations invites you to promote vocations particularly through prayer. The Holy Rosary is a hallowed prayer to meditate on Christ’s life as well as intercede for special intentions. Prayer cards will be available. --- Pope St John Paul II said, “Considering that the Eucharist is the greatest gift Our Lord gives to his Church, we must ask for priests…we must ask insistently for this gift. We must ask for it on our knees.” ---
‘Is God calling me to be a Priest’: Visit The National Office for Vocation England and Wales website.

COVID-19 Route Map Step 4 Guidance: Wisely we continue cautiously to get back to ‘normal.’  The Guidelines for churches say that Masks/ Face coverings are still encouraged (unless medically exempt).  If you are kneeling please make sure you are not breathing down anyone’s neck.  HANDS–FACE–SPACE.

Join the SVP: “Spread the love of God in the world through the good contagion of charity.” - See leaflet in church or contact Francis McWilliams via the parish office.

Bishop Mark's 22nd Feb pastoral message pdf and video --- [Fr. Philip writes 6th March:- Bishop Mark sent a pastoral letter last weekend, which I read out and made available. Part of it has, "I urge all Catholics to take up again regular attendance at Sunday Mass. Physical attendance, for those who are able, can be a practice that is lived in these days as an act of solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are suffering. We believe in ‘the economy of Grace’. Where we do not find love, we pour love in, in the hope that eventually we can draw love out."]

North Aisle fundraising leaflet

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recent 2022 newsletters (2022 list) (2021 list and articles)

July 2022: July Homilies

3rd July - 14th Sunday in OT
10th July - 15th Sunday in OT
17th July - 16th Sunday in OT
24th July - 17th Sunday in OT
31st July - 18th Sunday in OT

August 2022: August Homilies

7th August - 19th Sunday in OT
14th August - 20th Sunday in OT
21st August - 21st Sunday in OT
28th August - 22nd Sunday in OT
listen to audio file listen to 11am Mass (60 mins)

September 2022: September Homilies

4th September - 23rd Sunday in OT
11th September - 24th Sunday in OT
18th September -  25th Sunday in OT

LINKS: Vatican News Network + YouTube channel || Vatican website + 'Word of the day' || Pope Francis on Twitter || Plymouth Diocese YouTube channel || Plymouth Diocese on Facebook || Catholic Bishops England & Wales web || CCEW YouTube channel || EWTN UK || Catholic Information Network || CAFOD & World Gifts for ethical giving || CaFE - faith resources || Bishop Robert Barron's YouTube Channel ||  Liturgical Calendar 2022 || Medjugorje messages \ UCB Word for Today \\

RC Cornwall: icon external links open new window or tab Camborne-Redruth \ Truro \ Falmouth-Helston\ Bodmin \ St Austell \ Newquay \ Launceston \ Liskeard+Sclerder Abbey \\ across the Tamar: Plymouth Cathedral \ Buckfast Abbey

Medjugorje: message for the world via visionary Marija on September 25th 2022: “Dear children! Pray that the Holy Spirit may enlighten you, that you may be joyful seekers of God and witnesses of love without bounds. I am with you, little children, and, anew, I am calling all of you: take courage and bear witness to the good works which God is doing in and through you. Be joyful in God.
Do good to your neighbour so that it will be good for you on earth, and pray for peace, which is threatened because Satan wants war and peacelessness. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
 ... more from Medjugorje

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