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

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24th November 2019

Pope Francis' homily for Cardinal Newman's Canonisation

Choral Evening Prayer
3rd Sundays at 6 p.m. (not August)

Advent page

 St. John Henry Newman link 
[+ see the JHN quote below]

As a Grade II listed church Penzance is now on the National Churches Trust website. 

1st December 2019
1st Sunday of Advent

Photos from The Consecration of the Crypt Chapel Altar and Blessing of graves, Oct 2019 by Bishop Mark (Dropbox app not needed to view). [Also see Diocesan news]

Bishop Mark's "Go...Make Disciples"  
( a follow up to 'It is The Lord' )

8th December 2019
2nd Sunday of Advent
Feast 'The Immaculate Conception' moved to 9th

The Cornish Christmas Giving Catalogue 2019 published by Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum: download here

Gaudete et Exsultate pdf - Rejoice and be Glad, Pope Francis. key quotes

15th December 2019
3rd of
Advent - Gaudete Sunday 
(Advent Carol Service 6pm. All Wecome)

World Gifts are CAFOD's alternative charity gifts, perfect for Christmas, a gift that will make a real difference to a family living in poverty.

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

Christmas Mass times


'The Catholic Church in Penzance: A History 1843-2018' by Anne Shipman.
100 pages £15 contact the office

22nd December 2019
4th Sunday of Advent


Diary: St. Petersburg Choir, next visit: Thursday 22nd October 2020

29th December 2019

Pilgrimages 2020
Retreats, outside Events, Visits

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18-25 Jan 2020 Theme: 'Unusual Kindness'. Booklet available from Churches Together or download here. Materials are designed to involve families and young people.

Global Healing How our faith helps us care for our common home, responding to Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si.” (Care for our common home) For all current meetings & topics, see newsletters

From 'A Meditation on Trust in God', St. J.H. Newman: "God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me.
Still, He knows what He is about."

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Liturgical Calendar 2019

Pilgrimages etc 2019-20

Photos 175th Anniversary Mass, Oct 2018
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Homilies archive 

Medjugorje 'message to the world' via visionary Marija, November 25th 2019: “Dear children! May this time be a time of prayer for you. Without God you do not have peace. Therefore, little children, pray for peace in your hearts and families, so that Jesus can be born in you and give you His love and blessing. The world is at war because hearts are full of hatred and jealousy. In the eyes, little children, peacelessness is seen because you have not permitted Jesus to be born in your lives. Seek Him, pray, and He will give Himself to you in the Child who is joy and peace. I am with you and I pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” [more from Medjugorje including the 2nd of month messages to Mirjana]

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Mary's Meals' provides meals to hungry schoolchildren in some of the world's poorest communities, attracting them to the classroom where they can thrive and learn. £13.90 provides meals for a whole school year. See our newsletters for local fundraising info.

update 2nd December 2019 v19.46

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"Cross" image Penzance Roman Catholic Church, 'The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady'. Parish of The Holy Family
A member of 'Churches Together in the Penzance Area'

“He said not 'Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be dis-eased';
but He said, 'Thou shalt not be overcome.”
 ~ Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love