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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 our Penzance, Hayle and St. Ives churches at the usual weekend times and some weekdays (for Isles of Scilly, see newsletters).

Churches open half an hour before Mass and close soon after. The Health & Safety of each and every one is paramount. Please keep a safe and respectful distance from each other.
Face coverings are required in all places of worship. See newsletters for more info.

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2nd Aug 18th OT ('Sunday Message')
9th Aug 19th OT ('Sunday Message')
16th Aug The Assumption ('Sunday Message')
23rd August 21st OT
inc Health & Safety updates for Mass ('Sunday Message') listen to 5pm Vigil Mass

30th August 2020 22nd OT 'Sunday Message'
6th Sept 2020 23rd OT (Sunday Message')

13th Sept 2020 ('Sunday Message')

earlier newsletters listed below

streamed Mass links

Live Catholic Mass England and Wales Directory and Walsingham

Children's liturgy online with CAFOD

from Fr. Philip

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

"Dial–a-Mass" A Middlesbrough Diocese Mass is available by telephone from noon Sunday until the following Sunday for cost of a local call to 01642 130120

20th September 2020

'Sunday Message' 20th Sept

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

27th September 2020
available Saturday pm

'Sunday Message' 27th Sept

watch a short reflection on Migrants by Canon John Deeny ( Launceston)

4th October 2020
available Saturday pm


Pax Christi: Add your name to a message to Pope Francis: The path of nonviolence toward a Laudato Si’ future - Catholic Nonviolence Initiative

11th October 2020
available Saturday pm

Catholic Church England and Wales: YouTube Channel & website

Helpful Mask Advice for Holy Communion: 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 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.

To watch parts 4 & 5 of our CaFE course, 'Let It Be', click here

icon 'new' CCEW Bishops: Organ Donation info following change in law in May, download the Guidelines

update Support Cornish foodbanks: Click here for latest news pdf download - scroll down to 'Churches Together in Penzance Area (CTIPA) Foodbank' and also to 'Hayle Foodbank' for latest needs and info. Collecting points are also in more local shops and supermarkets, with money donations also welcomed ... ('Transformation Cornwall' is an ecumenical charity that strengthens faith based social action in Cornwall).
To support the independent Penzance Street Food Project see also info on Facebook (part of 'Growing links')

CAFOD: Beirut Emergency Appeal

update Articles by Bishop Robert Barron: icon 'new'The Book of Exodus and Why Coming Back to Mass Matters (August 2020); Martin Luther King and the Religious Motivation for Social Change (July 2020);

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

Diocese: 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 a 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.

Mary's Meals provide daily school meals to more than 1.6 million children, in 19 countries across the globe. It costs only £15.90 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, founder, Magnus, sends a video message for church groups. Also, click links to watch short films Child 31 and Generation Hope. MM mission is 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. Watch 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 - and Latest video "Love Reaches Everywhere".

Older info and Links

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

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.'

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)

Opening of Churches for Mass - letter from CC Archbishops in England

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

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)

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

***** earlier covid19 newsletters
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 ('Sunday Message') & ... listen to 5pm Vigil Mass
19th July 16th OT ('Sunday Message')
26th July 17th OT ('Sunday Message')

 'Pathways to God' (Jesuit)

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

LINKS: Diocesan YouTube channelDiocese on Facebook \ Catholic Church England and Wales: YouTube Channel & websiteVatican NetworkVatican Radio  \  Vatican YouTube channel videos \ Catholic Church UK NewsPope Francis on Twitter \  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

Medjugorje: message for the world via visionary Marija, August 25th 2020: “Dear children! This is a time of grace. I am with you and anew am calling you, little children: return to God and to prayer until prayer will be a joy for you. Little children, you do not have a future or peace until your life begins with a personal conversion and a change to the good. Evil will cease and peace will begin to reign in your hearts and in the world. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray. I am with you and intercede before my Son Jesus for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” more from Medjugorje

A random older message: June 25, 1987 “Dear children! Today I thank you and I want to invite you all to God's peace. I want each one of you to experience in your heart that peace which God gives. I want to bless you all today. I am blessing you with God's blessing and I beseech you, dear children, to follow and to live my way. I love you, dear children, and so not even counting the number of times, I go on calling you and I thank you for all that you are doing for my intentions. I beg you, help me to present you to God and to save you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

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Psalm 32 (5th week of Easter)

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