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

Newsletters + mass times + notices + article links + info's

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

Newsletter is online by Saturday pm download helpclick for help - previous newsletters

Lent & Holy Week liturgies & parish activities

CTIPA Lent frugal lunches details below

newsletter 26th February
- 1st Sunday of Lent

newsletter 5th March
- 2nd Sunday of Lent

newsletter 12th March
- 3rd Sunday of Lent

newsletter 19th March
- 4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare)

newsletter Sunday 26th March 
- 5th Sunday of Lent


newsletter Sunday 2nd April
- Palm Sunday

Homilies from Fr. Philip


‘The Green Cross’
A meditation for Lent by Canon David


North Aisle Information + Fundraising leaflet


Join our choir - info here


Medjugorje: 25th February below


live stream Mass listings

Mass Readings + Liturgical Calendar


Plymouth Diocese: YouTube + Facebook


Vatican News


CAFOD Syria-Turkey Earthquake Appeal


Local Foodbanks + Mary's Meals
- visit 'Churches Together In Penzance Area' Foodbank Facebook page for current needs


more links are 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 (2022)

Do you remember the fire at St. Mary's church, 38 years ago? The 1769 pipe organ was sadly destroyed. On 22nd March 2023, during an event for CTIPA's foodbank, recordings from 1973 were played in St. Mary's for the first time. If organ music or the history is of any interest to you, listen here which links to others.

If you missed seeing it at a Lent group, watch The Letter - Laudato Si' Film telling the story about the Pope’s call to care for our planet - website - - Pope Francis' Encyclical letter: “Laudato Si'.” (Care for our common home)

Pope Francis message for Lent 2023  - <:))))<> - Pastoral Letter for Lent from Cardinal Nichols

CAFOD Syria-Turkey Earthquake Appeal --- DEC Disasters Emergency Committee

Lent & Holy Week liturgies & parish activities leaflet 2023 ~ Lent website pages

CTIPA Lent frugal lunches 2023 poster from 12 noon to 1.15pm proceeds to Christian Aid and CAFOD projects:
SAT 1st April - The Catholic Church, Rosevean Road.

CTIPA - Good Friday Walk of Witness: 11.30am from the Penzance bus station or meet 11.45am outside Lloyds Bank for midday service.  Afterwards at The Salvation Army Citadel in Queens Street for refreshments.

World Day of Prayer was 3rd March. Theme: “I have heard about your faith” info - prayer resources - Bible reflection

Racial Justice Sunday was 5th Feb resources

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was observed in January in the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. Theme for 2023: 'Be-Longing: Praying for Unity amidst injustice', resources - Churches Together CTIPA held a well attended unity service.

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI  R.I.P. Vatican News linkBiography

Peace Sunday was celebrated in England and Wales on 15 January, Pax Christi, International Catholic movement for peace resources

Meditations by Canon David: Following Jesus, the Light of the world inspired by our Rosary windows and the Mysteries of Light. ~ East Window (Saints) meditation ~ Immaculate Conception Window meditation ~ 'Peace on Earth to People of Goodwill' - meditation for Christmastide

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 call Freephone 08009541956, email: or visit

click here to watch the full concert by Mousehole Male Voice Choir with guest soprano Anna Zoshchuk from Ukraine, at our Music Festival, May 2022

recent 2023 newsletters links below - 2022 full list

January 2023:  January Homilies

1st January - Mary Mother of God
8th January - The Baptism of The Lord
15th January - 2nd Sunday in OT
22nd January - 3rd Sunday in OT
29th January - 4th Sunday in OT

February 2023:  February Homilies

5th February - 5th Sunday in OT
12th February - 6th Sunday in OT
19th February - 7th Sunday in OT
26th February - 1st Sunday of Lent

March 2023:  March Homilies

5th March -  2nd Sunday of Lent
12th March - 3rd Sunday of Lent
19th March - 4th of Lent (Laetare)
26th March - 5th Sunday of Lent 

USEFUL 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 || Pray the Rosary with Bishop Barron's explanatory videos || Catholic Charismatic Renewal website || Celebrate Trust's website || Liturgical Calendar || Medjugorje messages || UCB Word for Today || Open Doors UK & Ireland bringing resources and hope to over 360 million Christians suffering persecution and discrimination || 

Links for 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

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Medjugorje: message for the world via visionary Marija on March 25th 2023:
“Dear children! May this time be a time of prayer for you.”
more from Medjugorje 

Annual apparition for visionary Mirjana, March 18th 2023. “Dear children, I am calling you, through prayer and mercy, to come to know my Son all the better; to learn to listen with a pure and open heart; to listen to what my Son is saying to you in order to come to see spiritually. That, as one people of God in communion with my Son, you may bear witness to the truth with your life. Pray, my children, that, together with my Son, you can bring only peace, joy and love to all your brothers and sisters. I am with you and am blessing you with a motherly blessing.”

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