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2024: Newsletters + summary + article links

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some of the featured articles and links in 2024

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Epiphany Traditional New Year House Blessing "20 + C + M + B + 24" A tradition in the Catholic Church was to hand out blessed chalk at the Masses for Epiphany, to be used in blessing a 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 + 24 (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 (use at any other time of year, e.g. a new home).

Racial Justice Sunday 28th January resources

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed in January during the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul, the 18th to the 25th January. Theme for 2024 is: '‘You shall love the Lord your God… and your neighbour as yourself’ (Lk 10:27).' has come from an ecumenical team from Burkina Faso, facilitated by the local Chemin Neuf Community (CCN). They have reflected on the familiar story of the Good Samaritan, and all are encouraged to Go and do likewise. It is a story about crossing boundaries that calls our attention to the bonds that unite the whole human family.- resource links from Churches Together In Britain and Ireland are here ... Members and friends of 'Churches Together In Penzance Area' joined us at our Choral Evening Prayer on 21st January.

Fr David's Meditation for Christmastide 'Peace on Earth to People of Goodwill'





Other links of interest:


2024 Sunday newsletters list (2023 newsletters are here  tba)

January 2024: January Homilies

7th January - The Epiphany of the Lord
14th January - 2nd Sunday OT
21st January - 3rd Sunday OT
28th January - 4th Sunday OT


Liturgical Calendar

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