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2023: Newsletters + summary + article links

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


Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI  R.I.P. Vatican News linkBiography

Peace Sunday was celebrated in England and Wales on 15 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 2023: 'Be-Longing: Praying for Unity amidst injustice' - resource links are here

Epiphany Traditional New Year House Blessing (or any other time) "20 + C + M + B + 23" 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 + 23 (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 (is adaptable for any time of year, e.g. a new home).

Fr David's Meditation for Christmastide 'Peace on Earth to People of Goodwill' - also Fr David's East Window (Saints) meditation and Immaculate Conception Window meditation

A New Beginning! by Henri J. M. Nouwen: 'We must learn to live each day, each hour, yes, each minute as a new beginning, as a unique opportunity to make everything new. Imagine that we could live each moment as a moment pregnant with new life. Imagine that we could live each day as a day full of promises. Imagine that we could walk through the new year always listening to the voice saying to us: “I have a gift for you and can’t wait for you to see it!” Imagine.'  - New Year Prayers and Reflections

[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) ]

FEBRUARY: Racial Justice Sunday 5th Feb resources


If you missed it at a Lent group, watch The Letter - Laudato Si' Film telling the story about the Pope’s call to care for our planet - website - - Pope Francis' Encyclical letter: “Laudato Si'.” (Care for our common home)

Pope Francis message for Lent 2023  - <:))))<> - Pastoral Letter for Lent from Cardinal Nichols

CAFOD Syria-Turkey Earthquake Appeal --- DEC Disasters Emergency Committee

Lent & Holy Week liturgies & parish activities leaflet 2023 ~ Lent website pages

Reflection: "Lent is like a long 'retreat' during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual 'combat' which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism." ~ Pope Benedict XVI

CTIPA Lent frugal lunches 2023 from 12 noon to 1.15pm proceeds to Christian Aid and CAFOD projects

CTIPA - Good Friday Walk of Witness: 11.30am from the Penzance bus station or meet 11.45am outside Lloyds Bank for midday service.  Afterwards at The Salvation Army Citadel in Queens Street for refreshments.

World Day of Prayer was 3rd March. Theme: “I have heard about your faith” info - prayer resources - Bible reflection

Do you remember the fire at St. Mary's church 38 years ago? The wondeful pipe organ (from 1769) was destroyed. On 22nd March 2023, during an event for CTIPA's foodbank, recordings of it from 1973 were played in St. Mary's for the first time. If organ music or the history is of any interest to you, listen to it here, with links to more.


If you missed it at a Lent group, watch The Letter - Laudato Si' Film telling the story about the Pope’s call to care for our planet - website - - Pope Francis' Encyclical letter: “Laudato Si'.” (Care for our common home)

Maundy Thursday - Last Supper Reflection: "Before our response to Christ's invitation - well before! - there is his desire for us. We may not even be aware of it, but every time we go to Mass, the first reason is that we are drawn there by his desire for us. For our part, the possible response – which is also the most demanding asceticism – is, as always, that surrender to this love, letting ourselves be drawn by him. Indeed, every reception of communion of the Body and Blood of Christ was already desired by him in the Last Supper" ~ Pope Francis: 'Desiderio Desideravi' (2022)

Pask Lowen! Happy Easter! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!  Heaven and Earth rejoice in Your resurrection.             May you have: The gladness of Easter which is hope; The spirit of Easter which is joy; The heart of Easter which is love. In these holy days, the Risen Christ repeats His call to each one of us: “Come and follow me! I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. I have overcome death!” - Khrystos Voskres! - Christ is Risen! - Voistyno Voskres! - He is Truly Risen! ~ Ukrainian

Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday of Easter 16th April, concluding the Easter Octave. It focuses on the gift of mercy and love given through Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. Pope Saint John Paul II stated, “Divine Mercy reaches human beings through the heart of Christ crucified.” more Divine Mercy Sunday + Novena

Bishop Christopher Budd (Emeritus of Plymouth) 1937 - 2023 R.I.P. ~ A tribute letter from the Diocesan communications team features some lovely photos as well as extracts from his pastoral letters and heartfelt written tributes from laity and clergy. ~ Obituary ~ Requiem Mass (listen to homily at 53.40mins & eulogy at 1h:49.40mins) A Memorial Mass held at Plymouth Cathedral on 23rd May ~ watch on YouTube ~ comments & tribute

'The Chosen' - free to watch online or via their app.

4th S. of Easter was ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’, read Plymouth Diocese Leaflet --- Vocations Office


Catholic Bishops: Coronation page & Prayers || C of E: The Coronation Liturgy ‘Called to Serve’ || Coronation Chrism oil  consecrated in Jerusalem video - info - video

Laudato Si week' 21st - 28th May ( ends 8th Anniversary Year) - if you missed it during Lent and again in May, watch The Letter - The Laudato Si' Film on YouTube - the story about the Pope’s call to care for our planet - website -- Pope Francis' Encyclical letter link: Laudato Si'  "Care for our common home".

Prayer For Our Earth (Laudato Si)
"All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace."

Radio Marie is a Catholic radio station broadcasting worldwide 24/7. Listen to the English station based in Cambridge. 

The Christian Art website gives a picture and reflection on the Gospel of the day.


Pentecost prayer: Holy Spirit dwell in me, that I may become prayer. Whether I sleep or wake, eat or drink, labour or rest, may the fragrance of prayer rise, without effort, in my heart. Purify my soul and never leave me, so that the movements of my heart and mind may with voices full of sweetness, sing in secret to God.

Synodal Journey newsletter May 2023 ~ European Assembly Document Prague, Feb 23 (English is pp 37-86)


Plymouth Diocese: 'Mission Made Possible' 7 week intentional discipleship course, see newsletter 9th July or leaflets in church.  ~ The 'Genesis Mission' website - Making Disciples ~ evangelisation resource and course, 'Mission Made Possible' by Fr Jon Bielawski & Fr Michael Dopp.

speaker icon listen / download 11am sung (celebration) Mass 2nd July 2023 (1hr 4mins)

July '23 Caritas Diocese of Plymouth newsletter ~ events + info including Pope Francis’ message for World Day of the Poor in November with a new document on migration issued by Catholic Bishops’ Conference – Love the Stranger’.

Sign SPUC petition 'Stop the UK Government funding China's genocidal regime'.

AUGUSTThe Hearts in Search of God - Pilgrim Way Project promotes walking pilgrimage in England & Wales. Project intention is for there to be a walking pilgrimage route in each of 22 Catholic dioceses of England & Wales, starting at the cathedral of each diocese and ending at a shrine within the same diocese.

SEPTEMBER: Season of Creation 2023 – Let Justice and Peace Flow - The Season of Creation from 1 Sept to 4 Oct  is an ecumenical celebration when we are invited to pray, act and focus on the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor – to listen to those whose voices are less heard; to pray for those individuals, communities, species, and ecosystems which are lost and those whose livelihoods are threatened by climate change. || Diocese of Plymouth news page


Diocesan Newsletter October 2023

For St Michael and All Angels 29th Sept, a 24 hour prayer and worship event took place at St Mary's Church, Chapel St. ~ Invitation + Information  ~ This brought friends, communities and local churches together to pray for the vision of establishing a Night Church in Penzance. Many of our parishioners were involved. Volunteers now sought to help with "Night Church PZ" aiming to launch on November 11th  (see November notes below)

Synod Report October 2023 at the conclusion of the 16th General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality. "A Church that involves everyone and is close to world’s wounds.  ecumenism, and abuse." ... Looking ahead to the second session in 2024, the text offers reflections and proposals on topics such as the role of women and the laity, the ministry of bishops, priesthood and the diaconate, the importance of the poor and migrants, digital mission. ... Members participating in the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops issued a ‘Letter to the People of God' - giving thanks for their experiences and explaining the work of the past weeks.


'At the Hour of Our Death': Pastoral letter from the Bishop of Shrewsbury (mentioned in recent newsletters)

Diocesan Synod Newsletter November '23 ... and see October notes above

'Night Church Penzance' began on 11th November at St Mary's Church - opening once a month initially, from 8pm to 3am. This is a multi-church scheme offering a safe space and support to anyone in need - the homeless, the lonely. More volunteers welcome - information with contact link - please support with your prayers.

News for Churches Together Penzance Town Pastors (formerly Penzance Street Pastors)


Christmas message from the Catholic Bishop of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem --- CAFOD Prayer for the Gaza/Israeli conflict: God of peace, bearer of hope, we seek your help for the peoples of the Middle East. Quiet the clamour of war and guide us towards peace. Where there is hatred and division sow seeds of calm and openness. Where there is destruction help us to rebuild. Where children are crying bring an end to tears. Shelter your peoples and protect them. Guide them and keep them from harm. Show us how to break down the barriers of history and fear and breathe whispers of hope, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Other links of interest:

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.

2023 Sunday newsletters list (2022 newsletters are here)

January 2023:  January Homilies

1st January - Mary Mother of God
8th January - The Baptism of The Lord
15th January - 2nd Sunday in OT
22nd January - 3rd Sunday in OT
29th January - 4th Sunday in OT

 February 2023:  February Homilies

5th February - 5th Sunday in OT
12th February - 6th Sunday in OT
19th February - 7th Sunday in OT
26th February - 1st Sunday of Lent

March 2023:  March Homilies

5th March -  2nd Sunday of Lent
12th March - 3rd Sunday of Lent
19th March - 4th of Lent (Laetare)
26th March - 5th Sunday of Lent 

April 2023:  April Homilies

2nd April - Palm Sunday
9th April - Easter Sunday
16th April - Divine Mercy Sunday
23rd April - 3rd Sunday of Easter
30th April - 4th Sunday of Easter

May 2023:  May Homilies

7th May - 5th Sunday of Easter
14th May - 6th Sunday of Easter
21st May - 7th Sunday of Easter
28th May Pentecost - Come Holy Spirit

June 2023:  June Homilies

4th June - The Most Holy Trinity
11th June - Corpus Christi
18th June - 11th Sunday ordinary time
25th June - 12th Sunday in ordinary time

July 2023:  July Homilies

2nd July - 13th Sunday in ordinary time
9th July - 14th Sunday in ordinary time
16th July - 15th Sunday in ordinary time
23rd July - 16th Sunday in ordinary time
30th July - 17th Sunday in ordinary time

 August 2023:  August Homilies

6th August - The Transfiguration of the Lord
13th August - 19th Sunday in ordinary time
20th August - 20th Sunday in ordinary time
27th August - 21st Sunday in ordinary time

September 2023:  September Homilies

3rd September - 22nd Sunday OT
10th September - 23rd Sunday OT
17th September - 24th Sunday in OT
24th September - 25th Sunday in OT 


October 2023:  October Homilies

1st October - 26th Sunday in OT
8th October - 27th Sunday in OT
15th October - 28th Sunday in OT
22nd October - 29th Sunday in OT
29th October - 30th Sunday in OT

November 2023:  November Homilies

5th November - 31st Sunday in OT
12th November - 32nd Sunday in OT
19th November - 33rd Sunday in OT
26th November - Christ The King

December 2023: (Year B) Advent Homilies

3rd December - 1st Sunday of Advent
10th December - 2nd Sunday Advent
17th December - 3rd Sunday of Advent
24th December - 4th Sunday of Advent
31st December - The Holy Family

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