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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

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Mass is celebrated in Penzance, Hayle and St. Ives churches at the usual weekend times.
Churches open half an hour before Mass and close soon after. The Health & safety of each and every one is paramount. Please be aware and respectful of each other. ALWAYS KEEP A SAFE & RESPECTFUL DISTANCE. See newsletters for Health & Safety updates.

Newsletter now uploaded on Saturday afternoon, Homily in evening - refresh / reload your browser for latest updates to all pages | helpclick for help

Fr. Philip offers a private weekday Mass for the parish & the intentions in Newsletter. Homilies

Participate in live streamed Masses online from UK and abroad - Polish Masses | Spiritual Communion etc

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

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
24th May 7th of Easter
31st May Pentecost

7th June The Most Holy Trinity
14th June Corpus Christi
21st June 12th week OT
28th June extended newsletter

5th July 14th OT ('Sunday Message')
12th July 15th OT - listen to 5pm Vigil Mass - (
'Sunday Message')
19th July 16th OT ('Sunday Message')

 streamed Mass links

Live Catholic Mass England and Wales Directory (& Walsingham)

"Dial–a-Mass" for all without internet or a computer. A Middlesbrough Diocese Mass is available by telephone from 12 noon Sunday until following Sunday for cost of a local call to 01642 130120

26th July 2020

'Sunday Message' + Readings 26th July

Medjugorje message panel further below is updated for 25th July 

'Return from Exile' a reflection by Bishop Mark on the resumption of Public Masses - watch - read

Homilies from Fr. Philip

Children's liturgy online with CAFOD   

Opening of Churches for Mass
letter from CC Archbishops in England

2nd August 2020
inc Health & Safety procedures for Mass.

'Sunday Message' + Readings 2nd Aug

 Diocese: Advice On Engaging with People who are Homeless see below

9th August 2020
available Saturday pm

'Sunday Message' + Readings 9th Aug


icon 'new' Helpful Mask Advice at Holy Communion time: When consuming the host, remember to slip the elastic off one ear and return it without touching the front of the mask with your hand. Touching the part that you are breathing through is where you are at most risk of picking up and then passing on the virus to surfaces that other people will also touch.

Avoiding Coronavirus NHS track and trace phone scams BBC article

Ten suggestions from an enclosed Carmelite order on how to get through these days in confinement and not perish in the attempt!

'God of life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and wear us down, when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies grey and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, we beseech thee, Lord, turn our eyes to where the heavens are full of promise.' ~ St. Augustine

icon 'new' Homelessness - How can we help? Meeting a homeless person on the streets, especially if they have nowhere to go that night, can be quite shocking and worrying. To think that an individual will be cold, wet and vulnerable can invoke a host of emotions. Decision-making around how we act for that person, however, needs to remain clear, needs to keep the homeless person at the heart of any decision, but also needs to keep you safe from harm. People experiencing homelessness are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Any support needs to minimise the risk of infection. Caritas Plymouth in partnership with St Petrocs, Cornwall, has produced an updated guide  'Advice On Engaging with People who are Homeless' for supporting people who are homeless, - 'Love one another as I have loved you' (John 13:34-35) - available on the Diocesan website link above.

Canon John Deeny (St Cuthbert Mayne, Launceston) shares his thoughts about Black Lives Matter - the bedrock of Catholic Social Teaching tells us that human life is sacred - watch here

Mary's Meals latest video "Love Reaches Everywhere" update 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. video 2nd June - how Mary’s Meals is feeding hungry children through this pandemic and personal reflections on how faith is bringing hope and comfort.

icon 'new' The Eucharistic Heart - Damian Stayne & Cor et Lumen Christi Community - In this short talk Damian shares something of his revelation about and encounter with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist - watch here

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

Cornish foodbanks ask for support, (via 'Transformation Cornwall'), scroll down the 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.)

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. As alternative fundraising, we set up a crowdfunding page. Please help to reach the target of £6000 by donating here or via the website here.'

icon 'new' A user's guide to wearing a face mask (to the shops) BBC article

Trevelloe House Bluebells a lovely video reminder of bluebell walks for charity, supported by parishioners.

Older Links

Pentecost notes | Pope Francis (Evangelisation): 'Do not cage the Holy Spirit' Catholics told not to obstruct the work of the Holy Spirit in evangelizing, but make the adoration of God the “foundation of renewal.” (June 2014) | Without the Holy Spirit a person risks being just an "armchair Christian" The Tablet (May 2016) | Holy Spirit is the protagonist of evangelization (Oct 2019) | Prayer is what opens the door to the Holy Spirit (April 2020) | CCR archives article | related Pope Francis - Holy Spirit homilies

Catholic Charismatic Renewal: The Story of the Duquesne Weekend as told by participants David Mangan and Patti Gallagher Mansfield on the occasion of the 53rd Anniversary Weekend - watch here  ---

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

Damian Stayne & Cor et Lumen Christi Community YouTube - Cor et Lumen Christi website - also on Facebook

Keep Praising NSC Chair Maria Heath exhorts us to keep praising during these uncertain times of lockdown - and to be confident in the victory Jesus has won for us. -- Catholic Charismatic Renewal

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." (Bishop Barron's YouTube channel)

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

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

A reflection by Bishop Mark for the Solemnity of Saint Boniface, 5th June - Patron of the Diocese of Plymouth, 'Saint Boniface - Model of Courage and Mission', watch here - read pdf

Bishop Mark's address “Equal from Day One - a message for LifeStream20 Seminar”, 13th June 2020 watch here

CCEW: 'A Catholic return to Mass' watch ... having a physical congregation rather than just a virtual one was a joy for both priest and people alike.

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'Catholic Southwest' free online here (and many others)

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

Children's liturgy online with CAFOD

'Pathways to God' (Jesuit)

Catholic Church England and Wales: YouTube Channel & website

9th August 2020; 9; 16; 23; 30; 6thSept;

'Sunday Message' + Readings 2nd Aug

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

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 \\ across the Tamar: Plymouth Cathedral \ Buckfast Abbey

Liturgical Calendar 2020

Pilgrimages etc 2020


Homilies archive

Medjugorje: message for the world via visionary Marija, July 25th 2020: “Dear children! In this peaceless time in which the devil is harvesting souls to draw them to himself, I am calling you to persevere prayer, so that in prayer you discover the God of love and hope. Little children, take the Cross in your hands. May it be your encouragement for love to always win, in a special way now when the Cross and faith are rejected. You be a reflection and an example with your lives that faith and hope are still alive and a new world of peace is possible. I am with you and intercede for you before my Son, Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
... June 25th 2020 (39th Anniversary): “Dear children! I am listening to your cries and prayers, and am interceding for you before my Son Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Return, little children, to prayer and open your hearts in this time of grace and set out on the way of conversion. Your life is passing and, without God, does not have meaning. This is why I am with you to lead you towards holiness of life, so that each of you may discover the joy of living. I love you all, little children, and am blessing you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.” more from Medjugorje

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

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