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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 on some weekdays ~ see newsletters and for Isles of Scilly.

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 being mindful of each other. Face masks or coverings are required by law in all places of worship.

Newsletter available Saturday mid afternoon (refresh your browser for updates to any page)  helpclick for help ... our printed newsletters use the weekly 'Sunday Message' readings + commentary sheets, available below as pdf's

06th Sept 23rd OT ('Sunday Message')
13th Sept 24th OT ('Sunday Message')
20th Sept 25th OT ('Sunday Message')
27th Sept
26th OT ('Sunday Message')

04th October 27th OT ('Sunday Message')
11th October 28th OT ('Sunday Message')

18th October 29th OT ('Sunday Message')

earlier newsletters are listed below

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

newsletter 25th October

'Sunday message' sheet 25 Oct
for readings + commentaries

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

Homilies from Fr. Philip ...
provided for all unable to attend Mass and another look if heard live

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

icon 'new'click here for Bishop Mark's 4th Oct Pastoral Message inviting all to embrace and to prayerfully reflect on Pope Francis’ new Encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti, Brothers and Sisters, all” ~ for a pdf of the Encyclical click here.

Medjugorje message is updated below for 25th October


icon 'new'The Holy Rosary from Plymouth Cathedral, Wed 21st Oct - watch here (Rosary Whirlwind British Isles - for Faith, Life & Peace)

newsletter 1st November
available Saturday pm

icon 'new'Pastoral Message from Bishop Mark for 25th Oct, watch here for fiftieth anniversary of the Canonisation of St Cuthbert Mayne and the thirty-nine other Martyrs, who died for the Catholic faith in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

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

Diocesan YouTube channelFacebook || Catholic Church England and Wales: YouTube channel & website

icon 'new'Prayer of Pope Francis’ in Encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti, Brothers and Sisters, all” (see links here) “O God, Trinity of love, from the profound communion of your divine life, pour out upon us a torrent of fraternal love. Grant us the love reflected in the actions of Jesus, in his family of Nazareth, and in the early Christian community. Grant that we Christians may live the Gospel, discovering Christ in each human being, recognising him crucified in the sufferings of the abandoned and forgotten of our world, and risen in each brother or sister who makes a new start. Come, Holy Spirit, show us your beauty, reflected in all the peoples of the earth, so that we may discover anew that all are important, and all are necessary, different faces of the one humanity that God so loves. Amen”.

Prayer to Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael: "Heavenly King, You have given us archangels to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth;  Michael is our protector; I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from danger:  Gabriel is a messenger of the Good News; I ask him to help me clearly hear Your voice and to teach me the truth;  Raphael is the healing angel; I ask him to take my need for healing and that of everyone I know, lift it up to Your throne of grace and deliver us back to the gift of recovery.  Help us, O Lord, to realise more fully the reality of archangels and their desire to serve us. Holy angels, pray for us. Amen."

CAFOD Harvest Family Fast day prayer: “God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvellous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 God, you call us out of darkness. May we hear your voice in the cry of our brothers and sisters in crisis. As you walk alongside us always, may we walk beside one another listening and responding in love. Shine the light of your compassion through us, dispelling chaos, fear and despair. Breathe hope and courage into all our hearts as we work together to rebuild once more. Strengthen us, Lord and keep us steadfast. Bring healing and comfort to all and lead us renewed into your marvellous light. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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).
* Links for the independent Penzance Street Food Project more info on Facebook (part of 'Growing links') 
* & Food for Families Penzance CIC more info on Facebook - reduce food poverty in Penzance + west Cornwall

CAFOD: Beirut Emergency Appeal

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 featured articles, info and Links

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

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

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

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

Articles by Bishop Robert Barron: 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);

Canon John Deeny (Launceston) shares his thoughts about Black Lives Matter (video) - the bedrock of Catholic Social Teaching tells us that human life is sacred - Also watch his reflection on Migrants

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)

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

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

'Catholic Southwest' free online here (and many others)  |   'Pathways to God' (Jesuit)

previous newsletters during c19 restrictions

29th March
05th April
Palm Sunday
12th April Easter Sunday
19th April Divine Mercy Sunday
26th April 3rd of Easter

03rd May 4th of Easter
10th May 5th of Easter
17th May 6th of Easter
24th May 7th of Easter
31st May Pentecost
07th June The Most Holy Trinity
14th June Corpus Christi
21st June 12th week OT
28th June extended newsletter
05th 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')

02nd 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 22nd OT 'Sunday Message'

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, October 25th 2020: “Dear children, At this time, I am calling you to return to God and to prayer. Invoke the help of all the saints, for them to be an example and a help to you. Satan is strong and is fighting to draw all the more hearts to himself. He wants war and hatred. That is why I am with you for this long, to lead you to the way of salvation, to Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Little children, return to the love for God and He will be your strength and refuge. Thank you for having responded to my call.” ... more from Medjugorje

September 25th 2020: “Dear children! I am with you for so long because God is great in His love and in my presence. I am calling you, little children: return to God and to prayer. May the measure of your [way of] living be love and do not forget, little children, that prayer and fasting work miracles in you and around you. May everything you do be for the glory of God, and then Heaven will fill your heart with joy and you will feel that God loves you and is sending me to save you and the earth on which you live. 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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Psalm 32 (5th week of Easter)

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