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

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previous newsletters


newsletter 20th November
Feast of Christ the King


newsletter Sunday 27th November
- 1st Sunday of Advent


newsletter Sunday 4th December 2022
- 2nd Sunday of Advent 

Thursday 8th December
The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady

Mass 10.00 a.m. Sung Mass 7.00 p.m.


newsletter Sunday 11th December 2022
- 3rd Sunday of Advent
Gaudete Sunday Advent Carol Service 6 p.m.


Homilies from Fr. Philip


Penzance: new North Aisle, Porch, Link Cloister and Parish facilities:- 'At last after about 180 years we can now capture the vision of the architect in 1841, of the completed church. Obviously there is much more work to be completed, but the opened north aisle gives us that glimpse'. Fr. Philip  Easter 2022 - Progress and photos here

 North Aisle Fundraising + info leaflet


Join our choir:- info below


Fr David's meditation: Following Jesus, the Light of the world - inspired by our Rosary windows and the Mysteries of Light.


Medjugorje: 25th November below



live stream Mass listings

Mass Readings + Liturgical Calendar


Plymouth Diocese: YouTube + Facebook


CAFOD - Pakistan DEC appeal


Support Open Doors UK & Ireland bringing resources and hope to over 360 million Christians suffering persecution and discrimination.


Foodbanks & Mary's Meals  

visit Churches Together In Penzance Area Foodbank Facebook page for current needs


Pray the Rosary - Bishop Robert Barron's explanatory Rosary videos


more links are further below on this page


If you are able to support the parish by Bank payment / standing order, please email for account details. Gift Aid is very welcome.


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

newsletter articles, info's + links (previous 2022)

The Creed in Slow Motion now available from Universalis. <:))))<> What Catholics Believe is a related series of short videos narrated by Fr. Sean Doggett.

A message to the Diocese for weekend 22/23 October 2022 following publication of Final Report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

North Aisle, Porch, Link Cloister and Parish facilities <:))))<> North Aisle fundraising leaflet

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

Read: King Charles III - Remarks to Faith Leaders on 16th September 2022

Caritas Plymouth’s June 2022 e-newsletter

Diocese: 'Walking Together' Synodal Journey 21-23: information || June '22 newsletter || April newsletter

Bishop Mark's remarks at Mass of Thanksgiving (Archbishop Elect of Cardiff) 30th May.

Flag of Ukraine Plymouth Diocese & Caritas Ukraine support page <:))))<> DEC and CAFOD appeals (CAFOD is a DEC member supporting Caritas Ukraine) <:))))<> Cornwall Council Support for Ukraine info

Our choir seeks new singers to join their friendly & committed group. They sing at the 11am Solemn Mass on Sundays, Holy Days and Choral Evening Prayer on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Music from Plainsong through Polyphony, to quality contemporary music. Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings. Basic sight-reading skills are helpful but not essential. If you are open to developing your musical ability, vocal tuition forms part of rehearsals. You don’t need to be a Catholic, there are already Christians of other denominations who are members. The choir just asks you take on the ethos of what they do in leading music in worship …. If this interests you or someone you know, please speak to David after the 11am Mass or contact him via the parish office ... Music page

CAFOD crisis appeals: Pakistan DEC Appeal; Ukraine; Afghanistan; Yemen; Syria: Info + Donate via CAFOD website. - CAFOD supports sister Caritas agencies in Afghanistan to reach communities most in need of food, clean water and fuel. <:))))<> Other CAFOD campaigns

Poverty Challenge: See, Judge, Act: Following the pandemic many households now also face new hardships as prices rise. CSAN Caritas Social Action Network, the Catholic agency addressing poverty and injustice in England and Wales has issued a booklet to increase awareness of Catholic Social Teaching on poverty, and to inform local responses. Please take a moment to read and encourage groups and individuals to engage with it, link above.

‘Is God calling me to be a Priest’: Visit The National Office for Vocation England and Wales website.

Join the SVP: “Spread the love of God in the world through the good contagion of charity.” See leaflet in church or contact Francis McWilliams via the parish office.

Bishop Mark's 22nd Feb pastoral message pdf and video <:))))<> Fr. Philip writes 6th March:- Bishop Mark sent a pastoral letter last weekend, which I read out and made available. Part of it has, "I urge all Catholics to take up again regular attendance at Sunday Mass. Physical attendance, for those who are able, can be a practice that is lived in these days as an act of solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are suffering. We believe in ‘the economy of Grace’. Where we do not find love, we pour love in, in the hope that eventually we can draw love out."


It's about perseverance ~ by C.S Lewis: 'You must ask for God's help. Even when you have done so, it may seem to you for a long time that no help, or less help than you need, is being given. Never mind. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up and try again. Very often what God first helps us toward is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again. For however important chastity, or courage, or truthfulness, or any other virtue may be, this process trains us in habits of the soul which are more important still. It cures our illusions about ourselves and teaches us to depend on God. We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven.'

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recent 2022 newsletters links below, 2022 full list. (2021 list and articles)

October 2022: October Homilies

2nd October - 27th Sunday in OT
9th October - 28th Sunday in OT
16th October - 29th Sunday in OT
23rd October - 30th Sunday in OT
30th October - 31st Sunday in OT

November 2022: November Homilies

6th November - 32nd Sunday in OT
13th November - 33rd Sunday in OT
20th November - Christ the King
27th November - 1st Sunday of Advent

 December 2022: Advent Homilies

 4th December - 2nd Sunday of Advent

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 || Liturgical Calendar || Medjugorje messages || UCB Word for Today ||

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 2022: “Dear children! The Most High has sent me to you to teach you prayer. Prayer opens hearts and gives hope, and faith is born and strengthened. Little children, with love I am calling you: return to God, because God is love and your hope. You do not have a future if you do not decide for God; and that is why I am with you to guide you to decide for conversion and life, and not for death. Thank you for having responded to my call.” ... more from Medjugorje

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