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Only Penzance and Hayle churches are open for Mass - in Hayle at 6.30pm Saturdays, in Penzance at 11 am on Sundays - No Penzance Saturday Vigil Mass - Covid 19 precautions are all as before.

Sunday Newsletters available by Saturday mid afternoon - helpclick for help ... use the 'Sunday Message' for readings

earlier 2021 newsletters listed below

newsletter 14th February

'Stay Awake 2021' on 27th Feb an RC Conference online from Dorchester, Dorset - details below

2020 features & links are here

'Sunday Message' for February
Mass readings, antiphon, Gloria, Creed, Gospel Acclamation & Psalm, with a practical application to the Gospel.

live streamed Masses links
live Mass directory for England + Wales
Walsingham times
childrens liturgy (with CAFOD)

newsletter 21st February
1st Sunday in Lent

read homily for 21st Feb pdf

if isolating at home listen to 21st Feb  Sunday Mass (edit 37 mins)


newsletter Sunday 28th February
available Saturday mid pm
2nd Sunday in Lent

 A short meditation on ‘The Green Cross’ by Fr. David for Lent 2021 (pdf)

Fr. Philip: Please continue the time of prayer with people of all faiths at 6 p.m. daily for an end to the pandemic. I ring the church bell for the Angelus each day at 6 p.m. (traditional time to pray the Angelus)


Homilies from Fr. Philip update

Lent resources update

Pope Francis' Lent message 2021

Lent Reflections- Bp. Robert Barron 

Stations of The Cross Penzance update

Mary's Way of The Cross

video Stations of the Cross from Plymouth Cathedral,19th Feb 2021 

video Reflection for Ash Wednesday from Plymouth Cathedral

icon 'new' Ignatian spirituality for Lent: the Jesuit's online retreat + methods of prayer (which Sunday Worship and the Daily Service on BBC Radio 4 take inspiration from during Lent)

"Dial-a-Mass" A Middlesbrough Diocese Mass is available by telephone from noon Sunday - local call cost - to 01642 130120

Vatican News Network

Vatican website

Vatican: Word of the day

Plymouth Diocese: YouTube channel

Plymouth Diocese: Facebook

Catholic Bishops England & Wales

icon 'new' Caritas Plymouth: Lent resources - with focus on Catholic Social Teaching.

icon 'new' Evangelium Newsletter - 'Making Disciples - Speaking The Truth In Love' - Plymouth Diocese Vicariate of Evangelisation & Catechesis Incorporating Marriage, Family Life & Youth, February 2021

video: St Mary's Catholic Primary School Mass recorded in church in  December for children to watch in school.

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

Bishop Mark's 5th Jan pastoral message pdf & video - for 3rd lockdown

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

'A Culture of Care As a Path to Peace'. Pope Francis' message for Jan 1st 2021, the 54th World Day of Peace

'Communicating by Encountering People as They Are' Pope Francis' message for World Communications Day, Jan 24th 2021

Food banks etc & latest update

Medjugorje 25th February below

CAFOD World Gifts an ethical way of giving anytime, from £4.

Fr Matt Blake OCD gave 4 talks on the Gospel of Mark on Jan 20th & 27th, Feb 3rd & 10th. Catch up on Carmelite Kensington website and on YouTube His aim is to help us enter more deeply into the extracts used most Sundays in year B.

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

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.

newsletter featured links + other info for 2021

A Year of St Joseph: See newsletter 10th Jan and subsequent

'Stay Awake 2021' (see newsletters 24th Jan onwards) announce that 'Stay Awake' (a Catholic Christian Conference in Dorchester, Dorset.) will be taking place this year from the comfort of your own home! Included will be praise and worship, two keynote talks (including the inspiring David Wells, a past speaker here in Holy Family parish), discussion time and a kids session! Date: Saturday 27th February, 2021 click link above for more info or poster pdf

Racial Justice Sunday 2021 31st January 2021 This year’s Racial Justice Sunday is more important than ever. The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, and the powerful message on fraternity and equality by Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti speak of the need to actively oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour.

icon 'new' Catholic Bishops Conference A new lectionary for England and Wales for 2022

icon 'new' BBC: Faiths join to rebuild historic city of Mosul video

icon 'new' Vatican News Network Pope Francis appoints Sr. Nathalie Becquart, first woman to Synod of Bishops 

Pray for the pandemic: Almighty ever-living God, only support of our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your peace those who have died and, throughout this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen (from Carmelites Kensington)

see Newsletters 17th + 24th Jan The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed from 18th - 25th January, the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. Theme for 2021 is 'Abiding in Christ', with resources for download from 'Churches Together in Britain and Ireland' (link above) For 2021 these are prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland.

How can prayer help us navigate the struggles and conflict of our world today? For this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, #PrayForCornwall, join Churches Together in Cornwall for 10 min podcasts daily Mon 18 - 25 Jan, containing short reflections  to strengthen us in our daily lives, from church and community leaders including Bishop Philip, Rev Mark Dunn-Wilson, Bishop Hugh, Deacon Andrew Shute, Roger Mills, Jane Yeomans, Lesley Chandler and others. see the CT podcast page or Facebook / Twitter pages, also Spotify / iTunes later each day.

From our audio library: The CTIPA Christian Unity Service, with Choral Evening Prayer, in our Parish church on 22nd Jan 2012. Preacher: The Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton; 'if we take prayer seriously, will the process of prayer allow the possibility of change ... structural unity, working together.'  listen to audio file listen / download mp3 audio (16:20 mins) 

The Pope’s Prayer Intention for January: 'Human Fraternity. May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.'

Peace Sunday is celebrated in England and Wales on 17 Jan 2021. see Pax Christi, the International Catholic movement for peace for resources

"20 + C + M + B + 21" Epiphany traditional New Year Home Blessing "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" - “May Christ bless this house” pdf ~ adaptable for any time of year, e.g. a new home

homily on offering up 'suffering' by Bp. Robert Barron, Mass for Hospital Workers and First Responders (Jan 12)

links from 2020 with useful info and newsletters list have moved here

Supporting Local Food Banks and Food Aid groups:

update click here for latest pdf - scroll down to 'Churches Together in Penzance Area (CTIPA) Foodbank' ... and also to 'Hayle Foodbank' - for latest needs + info (boxes in church)

Collecting points in local shops and supermarkets, money donations also welcomed ... ('Transformation Cornwall' is an ecumenical charity that strengthens faith based social action in Cornwall).

* Penzance Street Food Project - has info on Facebook (part of 'Growing links')

* Food for Families Penzance CIC has info on Facebook - aim to reduce food poverty in Penzance + West Cornwall

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, sent a video message for church groups. Watch the short films Child 31 and Generation Hope. MM's mission is to provide a 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 how Mary’s Meals is feeding hungry children through the pandemic, with personal reflections on how faith is bringing hope and comfort ~ video "Love Reaches Everywhere".

2021 Sunday newsletters list below ... (2020 with featured links is here)

January: 'Sunday Message' - January
3rd January - 2nd Sun in Christmastime.
listen to 2nd Jan 5pm Vigil Mass (edit)

10th January - Baptism of the Lord.
17th January - 2nd Sun in ordinary time.
24th January - 3rd Sun in ordinary time
31st January - 4th Sun in ordinary time
February: 'Sunday Message' - February

7th February - 5th Sun in ordinary time
listen to 7th Feb Sunday Mass

14th February - 6th Sun in ordinary time



LINKS: Plymouth Diocese YouTube channelDiocese on Facebook \ Catholic Church England and Wales: YouTube Channel & websiteVatican News Network Vatican website \ Vatican Radio \  Vatican YouTube channel videos \  Catholic Church UK NewsPope Francis on Twitter \  Daily Mass readingsMedjugorje messagesUCB Word for TodayVatican Word of the day

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+Sclerder Abbey \\ across the Tamar: Plymouth Cathedral \ Buckfast Abbey

Medjugorje: message for the world via visionary Marija, February 25th 2021: “Dear children! God has permitted me to be with you also today, to call you to prayer and fasting. Live this time of grace and be witnesses of hope, because I repeat to you, little children, that with prayer and fasting also wars can be suppressed. Little children, believe and live this time of grace in faith and with faith; and my Immaculate Heart does not leave any of you in peacelessness if you have recourse to me. I intercede for you before the Most High and I pray for peace in your hearts and for hope for the future. Thank you for having responded to my call.” ... more from Medjugorje

January 25th 2021: “Dear children! I am calling you at this time to prayer, fasting and renunciation, that you may be stronger in faith. This is a time of awakening and of giving birth. As nature which gives itself, you also, little children, ponder how much you have received. Be joyful bearers of peace and love that it may be good for you on earth. Yearn for Heaven; and in Heaven there is no sorrow or hatred. That is why, little children, decide anew for conversion and let holiness begin to reign in your life. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

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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'Let us make room in our heart and in our day for the Lord. Each Christian family can first of all - as Mary and Joseph did - welcome Jesus, listen to Him, speak with Him, guard Him, protect Him, grow in Him; and in this way improve the world'. ~ Pope Francis.

Liturgical Calendar 2021


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

Homilies Library

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