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2022: Summary of Newsletters, features, links

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2022 newsletters list below

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some of past featured articles and links 2022 (as at end August)

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December + other links


Diocese: 'Walking Together Synodal Journey 2021-2023' - January newsletter - Synod information update

Peace Sunday was celebrated in England and Wales on 16 January; see Pax Christi, the International Catholic movement for peace for resources.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was observed in January during the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul.  Theme for 2022: ‘We Saw His Star in the East’, materials prepared by churches in the Middle East. Links are here.

[of interest from our audio library: The CTIPA Christian Unity Service, with Choral Evening Prayer, in our Parish church, 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) ]

Epiphany Traditional New Year House Blessing "20 + C + M + B + 22" Christus Mansionem Benedicat ~ May Christ bless this house. A tradition in the Catholic Church was to hand out blessed chalk at the Masses for Epiphany, to be used in blessing one’s home in the New Year. Write above your doorway as in the example above: 20 (first two numbers of the year) + C + M + B ( for the 3 Magi, Casper, Melchior, and Balthasar), then + 22 (last two numbers of the year), then write below: ' Christus Mansionem Benedicat', (“May Christ Bless this House.”). The four crosses represent the 4 seasons. As you are writing, pray the following prayer: "Lord God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only-begotten Son to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen." ~ read more here and here or use a search engine. (this is adaptable for any time of year, e.g. a new home).

Pope Francis on Twitter 1 Jan '22: As we begin the New Year, we place ourselves under the protection of the Mother Of God, who is also our mother. May she help us to keep and ponder all things, unafraid of trials, in the joyful certainty that the Lord is faithful and knows how to change crosses into resurrections.

The Epiphany: speaker icon listen to sung evening Mass


Diocese: Have you asked yourself the question ‘Is God calling me to be a Priest’: (a day of reflection was held in February). Visit The National Office for Vocation England and Wales website.

Churches Together Cornwall: Feb '22, Watch the Webinar by Doral Hayes on 'Receptive Ecumenism', what is it and how can it support Christian life & mission in a local context. – CTC say, 'it would be great if local groups would like to arrange their own meetings using the materials – thought-provoking, challenging, exciting – and filled with hope!'  – CTBI course 'Embracing the Other'

13th February: Racial Justice Sunday CBEW link & CTBI link - Catholics are encouraged to pray the words of Pope Francis taken from his encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti – on fraternity and social friendship: '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, through Christ our Lord. Amen.'

Message from Pope Francis for the 30th 'World Day of the Sick,' on February 11, 2022, The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes ~ Novena February 2nd to 10th

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."]


Lent & Holy Week - Lent resource pages + Reconciliation etc

A meditation for Lent: ‘The Green Cross’ by Fr. David  || Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2022 invites the faithful to sow seeds of goodness, so that we might reap a harvest of salvation for ourselves and others.

Pray the Rosary with Bishop Robert Barron using his introduction to the Rosary videos

speaker icon Music for the Triduum, recordings from choir and musicians at our church.


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


Biennial Music and Arts Festival: May 15th - 22nd at Penzance RC Church: video of a part of Mousehole Male Voice Choir and Anna Zoshchuk's performance on the final evening, including Anna's duet with Kes McDowell (age 11) from Mousehole, dedicated to the children of Ukraine.

Pentecost & Catholic Charismatic Renewal: The Story of the Duquesne Weekend as told by participants David Mangan and Patti Gallagher Mansfield on the occasion of the 53rd Anniversary Weekend - watch here

In previous years, Life in the Spirit seminars ran between Easter and Pentecost usually in Truro but occasionally in Penzance and Falmouth. Watch the Pentecost 2020 (virtual) Life in the Spirit Sessions from The Ark and the Dove worldwide website - session 1 'God’s Love'; session 2 'Salvation'; session 3 'The New Life'; session 4 'Receiving God's Gift'; session 5 'Praying for Baptism in the Holy Spirit'; session 6 'Growth'; session 7 'Transformation in Christ'. nb each has same intro so skip forward 3 minutes after watching the first or second one.

Pentecost page | video: Praying The Pentecost Novena (2020)

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

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


Caritas Plymouth’s June 2022 e-newsletter

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

JULY: update Penzance: new North Aisle, Porch, Link Cloister and Parish facilities || Fundraising + info leaflet

AUGUST: listen to audio file listen Mass Sunday 28th August (60 mins edited)






Other links of interest:

2022 Sunday newsletters list. ... (2021 newsletters here - 2020 here)

January 2022: January Homilies
2nd January - 2nd week of Christmas
9th  January - The Baptism of the Lord
16th January - 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
23rd January - 3rd Sunday in OT
30th January - 4th Sunday in OT
February 2022: February Homilies
6th February
- 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
13th February - 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
20th February - 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
27th February - 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
March 2022: March Homilies
6th March - 1st Sunday of Lent
13th March - 2nd Sunday of Lent
20th March - 3rd Sunday of Lent
27th March - Laetare, 4th Sunday of Lent

April 2022: April Homilies

3rd April - 5th Sunday of Lent
10th April - Palm Sunday
17th April - Easter Sunday (homily)
24th April -  2nd Sunday of Easter 'Divine Mercy' Sunday

May 2022:  May Homilies

1st May - 3rd Sunday of Easter
8th May - 4th Sunday of Easter
15th May - 5th Sunday of Easter
22nd May- 6th Sunday of Easter
29th May - 7th Sunday of Easter

June:  June Homilies

5th June - Pentecost Sunday
12th June - The Most Holy Trinity
19th June - Corpus Christi
26th June - 13th Sunday in OT


July 2022: July Homilies

3rd July - 14th Sunday in OT
10th July - 15th Sunday in OT
17th July - 16th Sunday in OT
24th July - 17th Sunday in OT
31st July - 18th Sunday in OT

 August 2022: August Homilies

7th August - 19th Sunday in OT
14th August - 20th Sunday in OT
21st August - 21st Sunday in OT
28th August - 22nd Sunday in OT


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