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

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

newsletter 5th November
- 31st Sunday in ordinary time

newsletter 12th November
32nd Sunday in ordinary time
Remembrance Sunday

newsletter 19th November
33rd Sunday in ordinary time

newsletter 26th November
Christ The King


newsletter Sunday 3rd December
1st of Advent


Homilies from Fr. Philip


Following Jesus, the Light of the world
A meditation by Canon David


North Aisle Information + Fundraising leaflet


Join our choir - info here


Medjugorje: 25th November below



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Vatican News


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newsletter articles, info + links (2022)

icon 'new' 'At the Hour of Our Death': Pastoral letter from the Bishop of Shrewsbury (mentioned in recent newsletters)

Letter 24th October 2023 from the Catholic Bishop of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem --- CAFOD Prayer for the Gaza/Israeli conflict: God of peace, bearer of hope, we seek your help for the peoples of the Middle East. Quiet the clamour of war and guide us towards peace. Where there is hatred and division sow seeds of calm and openness. Where there is destruction help us to rebuild. Where children are crying bring an end to tears. Shelter your peoples and protect them. Guide them and keep them from harm. Show us how to break down the barriers of history and fear and breathe whispers of hope, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Diocesan Synod Newsletter November '23 ... Synod Report October 2023 at the conclusion of the 16th General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality. "A Church that involves everyone and is close to world’s wounds.  ecumenism, and abuse." ... Looking ahead to the second session in 2024, the text offers reflections and proposals on topics such as the role of women and the laity, the ministry of bishops, priesthood and the diaconate, the importance of the poor and migrants, digital mission. ... Members participating in the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops issued a ‘Letter to the People of God' - giving thanks for their experiences and explaining the work of the past weeks.

update 'Night Church Penzance' began on 11th November at St Mary's Church - opening once a month initially, from 8pm to 3am. This is a multi-church scheme offering a safe space and support to anyone in need - the homeless, the lonely. More volunteers welcome - information with contact link - please support with your prayers.

update News for Churches Together Penzance Town Pastors (formerly Penzance Street Pastors)

Diocesan Newsletter October 2023

Diary date: Advent Carol Service 6pm Sunday 17th December. Everyone is welcome for a service of readings and music for Advent. Mulled wine and mince pies afterwards.

Walking Together, Synod update: Pope Francis' Address at opening of the Synod of Bishops in Rome - 4th October until 29th. An important part of the preparations has been formed by a document 'Instrumentum Laboris’.

Season of Creation 2023 Let Justice and Peace Flow. The Season of Creation from 1 Sept to 4 Oct  is an ecumenical celebration when we are invited to pray, act and focus on the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor – to listen to those whose voices are less heard; to pray for those individuals, communities, species, and ecosystems which are lost and those whose livelihoods are threatened by climate change. || Diocese of Plymouth news page

Plymouth Diocese: 'Mission Made Possible', a 7 week intentional discipleship course, see newsletter 9th July or leaflets in church.  ~ The 'Genesis Mission' website Making Disciples evangelisation resource and course, 'Mission Made Possible' by Fr Jon Bielawski & Fr Michael Dopp.

Radio Marie is a Catholic radio station broadcasting worldwide 24/7, their English station is based in Cambridge.

'The Chosen' - watch series 1 in full.  All episodes are free to watch via their app.

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

recent 2023 newsletters - All 2023 newsletters - 2022

October 2023:  October Homilies

1st October - 26th Sunday in OT
8th October - 27th Sunday in OT
15th October - 28th Sunday in OT
22nd October - 29th Sunday in OT
29th October - 30th Sunday in OT

November 2023:  November Homilies

5th November - 31st Sunday in OT
12th November - 32nd Sunday in OT
19th November - 33rd Sunday in OT
26th November - Christ The King

December 2023: (Year B)

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

Medjugorje: message for the world via visionary Marija on November 25th 2023: “Dear children! May this time be interwoven with prayer for peace and good deeds, so that the joy of the expectation of the King of Peace may be felt in your hearts, families and in the world which does not have hope. Thank you for having responded to my call.” more from Medjugorje

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