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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 (updated for end December)

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

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

Parishioners wishing to read online the Sunday Message printed newsletter cover articles (Redemptorist copyright), for Sunday Mass readings and commentaries, please e-mail office for login. update From August 2022, only the printed versions are available each week in our churches.

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


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

Telegram from Pope Francis to King Charles III: Deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II, I offer heartfelt condolences to Your Majesty, the Members of the Royal Family, the People of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. I willingly join all who mourn her loss in praying for the late Queen’s eternal rest, and in paying tribute to her life of unstinting service to the good of the Nation and the Commonwealth, her example of devotion to duty, her steadfast witness of faith in Jesus Christ and her firm hope in his promises. Commending her noble soul to the merciful goodness of our Heavenly Father, I assure Your Majesty of my prayers that Almighty God will sustain you with his unfailing grace as you now take up your high responsibilities as King. Upon you and all who cherish the memory of your late mother, I invoke an abundance of divine blessings as a pledge of comfort and strength in the Lord.  From the Vatican 8 September 2022 Franciscus

* 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 calll Freephone 08009541956, email: or visit

Statement of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President, Catholic Bishop's Conference of England and Wales. more from CBCEW II Prayers for the repose of the soul of HM Queen Elizabeth II


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

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).


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



Other links of interest:

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

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.'

Mission: Bishop Mark: "Go...Make Disciples" (2017) ~ 'It is The Lord' (2015) ~ related Pastoral Letter (2017) ~ The 'Genesis Mission' website - Making Disciples ~ evangelisation resource and course, 'Mission Made Possible' by Fr Jon Bielawski & Fr Michael Dopp.

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

September: 2022: September Homilies

4th September - 23rd Sunday in OT
11th September - 24th Sunday in OT
18th September -  25th Sunday in OT
25th September - 26th Sunday in OT

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
11th December - 3rd Sunday of Advent
18th December - 4th Sunday of Advent
25th December


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