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2024: Newsletter summary + articles + links

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2024 newsletters full list is further below <click link

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some of the featured articles and links in 2024

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


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'


Message of Pope Francis for Lent 2024

The World Day of Prayer is an international event held on the first Friday of March. 2024 theme was: 'I beg you, bear with one another in love' - a well attended local ecumenical meeting took place our parish church on 1st March. ~ Poster ~ Press release ~ info ~ resources 2024

Ecumenical Lenten Frugal Lunches with Churches Together in Penzance Area Six were held at different church venues, proceeds to Christian Aid

Diocesan Newsletter February


Diocesan Newsletter March

Caritas Plymouth & Diocese Newsletter March ~ Caritas Plymouth - newsletter signup link

Watch on YouTube ~ The Crucifixion: 'A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer' sung at St Mary’s Church, Penzance, 30th March. An oratorio relating the Biblical narrative of the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus, for a SATB choir and organ composed by John Stainer in 1887 with text by W J Sparrow Simpson.

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

The Novena of St. Joseph - with other prayers and devotions in honour of St. Joseph - Feast 19th March (novena 10th-18th March) and Feast of St. Joseph the Worker 1st May


Our Biennial Music and Arts Festival Week 2024 runs from 12th to 19th May - Programme

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!'





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

 February 2024: February Homilies

4th February - 5th Sunday OT
11th February - 6th Sunday OT
18th February - 1st Sunday of Lent
25th February - 2nd Sunday of Lent

March 2024: March Homilies

3rd March - 3rd Sunday of Lent
10th March - 4th (Laetare) Sunday of Lent
17th March - 5th Sunday of Lent
24th March - Palm Sunday
31st March - Easter Sunday

April 2024: April Homilies

7th April - Divine Mercy Sunday
14th April - 3rd of Easter
21st April - 4th of Easter
28th April - 5th of Easter



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