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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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Holy Mass: Saturday vigil: Penzance 5pm and Hayle at 6.30pm ~ Sunday: St. Ives 9am and Penzance at 11am. For weekdays see newsletter. Covid 19 precautions permit 72 souls to attend in Penzance, 40 in Hayle and St Ives. Face coverings are required by law.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed, Alleluia! - Happy Easter, Pask Lowen

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

earlier 2021 newsletters listed below

Music during Covid-19 restrictions on singing, recordings from our choir and other musicians at our church

newsletter 4th April Easter

2020 articles + links are here

'Sunday Message' for April
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
childrens liturgy (with CAFOD)

newsletter 11th April
Divine Mercy Sunday

newsletter Sunday 18th April


  newsletter Sunday 25th April
available Saturday mid pm

newsletter Sunday 2nd May
available Saturday mid pm

Pentecost notes

Homilies from Fr. Philip update

‘True Life in Christ' - A Meditation for Easter 2021 by Canon David Annear, based on the fourth of our Rosary windows, the Glorious Mysteries.

video of St Mary's Catholic Primary School's Lent Mass recorded in church and watched in school at end of term

 If you are isolating and miss seeing the familiar interior of our church, do watch Penzance's 'welcome video' by Fr. Philip

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.

Vatican News Network and on YouTube

The Vatican's website

Vatican: Word of the day

Plymouth Diocese: YouTube channel

Plymouth Diocese: Facebook

Catholic Bishops England & Wales

 Pope Francis - Twitter

Pope Francis: Urbi et Orbi - 'To the city and to the world', Easter 2021 + broadcast on BBC

Cardinal Vincent Nichols: Easter message 2021

Bishop Mark: Vespers of the Dead in Plymouth Cathedral on 9th April, praying especially for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We commend his soul to God. Requiescat in pace. video

'Prayer for the day' with Cardinal Vincent Nichols, BBC Radio 4 on 10th April: listen "Good morning. Today we mourn the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, a man of such vitality, determination and noble sense of duty. Who can forget the pageant on the River Thames marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee when he stood for hours in the rain at her side, not counting the cost? I recall also, at the Palace of Holyrood House, he stood alongside the Queen and the Pope, all three in their eighties, each committed to serving nation or church without regard for age or personal cost. A little time later, in an interview marking his ninetieth birthday, Prince Philip said that he would slow down and reduce his duties, stating that he had ‘done his bit’. Only much later did he in fact retire from public life. This is how many of us will remember Prince Philip – always there beside his wife and sovereign, but active in his own right. This was the life he chose when he married her, knowing that she would one day be Queen. At the Coronation he was not crowned of course, but knelt before her with her hands enclosing his, and swore to be her ‘liege man of life and limb’. At the Diamond Jubilee the Queen referred to him as her ‘constant strength and guide’.   Lord, we thank you for the long life which you gave to your servant, Prince Philip, a life lived in loyalty and service to his Queen and to our country . As he now rests from his labours may he share in your peace and rise in glory. Amen"

[ listen to 'Thought for the day' with Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, BBC Radio 4 on 10th April ] 

Fr. Philip in Newsletter for 18th April: Prince Philip RIP. Much has been said, shown and written this past week. Few knew much of his religious faith and thinking. He had on his own bookshelves 634 books on religion. He founded in 1966 St George’s House, Windsor, as a place for frank, vigorous discussion across religious and political divides. He did write “Religious conviction is the strongest and probably the only factor in sustaining the dignity and integrity of the individual.” The royal biographer Christopher Warwick wrote “He was a very religious man and very questioning when it came to religion.”
Here is a prayer he wrote for a book of prayers in 1998, “O Lord, the creator of the universe and author of the laws of nature, inspire in us thy servants the will to ensure the survival of all the species of animals and plants which you have given to share this planet with us. Help us to understand that we have a responsibility for them and that ‘having dominion’ does not mean that you have given us the right to exploit the living world without thought for the consequences. Through him who taught us that Solomon could not compare with the beauty of the flowers of the field.”

Photos of progress in building the new North Aisle at Penzance update

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For St. Mary's Catholic School news, visit their website and Facebook page

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

Food banks etc & latest update

Medjugorje 25th March below

 Lent resource pages + Reconciliation etc

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 + website info for 2021

Other Jan-March 2021 links and related info's have moved here | links from 2020 are here

speaker icon listen to Holy Saturday Solemnity of the Lord's Resurrection - our Easter Vigil Mass (edit 55 mins)

ICYMI - in case you missed it! One year ago: The Irish Blessing over 300 churches sing a blessing over Ireland and beyond.


icon 'new' Why Pray the Rosary? Bishop Robert Barron’s introduction to the Rosary - videos + resources. 'Through the Rosary prayers, we meditate upon the great Christian mysteries of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection'.

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

Support Local Food Banks and Food Aid groups:

update click here for latest pdf then scroll down to 'Churches Together in Penzance Area CTIPA Foodbank' ... and to 'Hayle Foodbank' - for current needs & info. Collecting boxes in our churches and local shops and supermarkets. Money donations also welcomed via CTIPA ... ('Transformation Cornwall' is an ecumenical charity that strengthens faith based social action in Cornwall)

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

* Food for Families Penzance CIC info is on Facebook - aiming 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. 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.

Giving talks for churches plays a huge part in raising awareness and raising vital funds. While volunteers are currently unable to do this, founder Magnus, sent a video message for church groups. Watch their short films Child 31 and Generation Hope

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".

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

2021 previous Sunday newsletters list ... (2020 list with featured links)

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
21st February - 1st Sunday in Lent - listen to 21st Feb  Sunday Mass (edit 37 mins)
28th February - 2nd Sunday in Lent - homily pdf

March: 'Sunday Message' for March

7th March - 3rd Sun in Lent - homily pdf
14th March - 4th Sun in Lent - homily pdf
21st March - 5th Sun in Lent
28th March - Palm Sunday & Holy Week - homily pdf

April: 'Sunday Message' for April

4th April - Easter week
11th April - Divine Mercy Sunday
18th April - 3rd Sunday of Easter


Pope Francis - Twitter - "All of us have spiritual infirmities that we cannot heal on our own. We need Jesus’ healing, we need to present our wounds to him and say: “Jesus, I am in your presence, with my sin, with my sorrows. You can set me free. Heal my heart”.

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, March 25th 2021: “Dear Children! Also today I am with you to tell you: Little children, who prays does not fear the future and does not lose hope. You are chosen to carry joy and peace, because you are mine. I have come here with the name 'Queen of Peace' because the devil wants peacelessness and war, he wants to fill your heart with fear of the future - but the future is God's. That is why, be humble and pray, and surrender everything into the hands of the Most High Who created you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” ... more from Medjugorje

Annual apparition for visionary Mirjana, March 18th 2021. “Dear children. In a motherly way I am calling you to return to the joy and the truth of the Gospel, to return to the love of my Son – because He is waiting for you with open arms; that everything you do in life you do with my Son, with love; that it may be blessed for you; so that your spirituality may be internal, and not just external. Only in that way will you be humble, generous, filled with love and joyful; and my motherly heart will rejoice with you. Thank you.” After the apparition, Mirjana said, "I felt beauty and hope in Our Lady's eyes and voice when she gave the message"

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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