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28th December '14 - listen to Pastoral Letter from Bishop Mark (download) >> refers to:- Reflect on the Gift of Marriage and Family Life and 'The Call, the Journey and the Mission' >> nb Pope Francis' concluding address at the 'Synod of the Family 2014' << see note 18th Jan newsletter | Respond online

New Year prayers
Liturgical Calendar 2015
archive 2014

January 1st World Day of Peace:- Pope Francis' 2015 message or pdf

4th Jan > homilies
Epiphany of the Lord

11th Jan > homily
The Baptism of the Lord.

Annual White Flower Appeal for the Unborn Child. SPUC (see newsletter)

18th Jan > homily
Choral Evening Prayer and Benediction (monthly)

Peace Sunday
Day of Prayer for Peace, ‘Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters’. Pax Christi

18th - 25th January.
Week (Octave) of Prayer for Christian Unity. Focus is ch4 of St John’s Gospel, the Woman at the Samarian well. An invitation to us to seek unity through dialogue - a matter of give and take… Dialogue is one way to go out, go to, go share.
Service for Unity, on 25th in Chapel Street Methodist at 4 p.m. >>>
link | Vatican link

 25th Jan > homily
>>> Prayer for Christian Unity: Lord, forgive us when we, Your Church, turn on each other in hurtful ways. In our disagreements, teach us to treat one another with grace and forgiveness instead of conflict and division. By Your Spirit, Lord, make us one with You and one with each other. ~ Rt Rev Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro

Holocaust Memorial day 27th

Diary dates >>
Liturgical Calendar 2015

Easter Sunday = April 5th

Ascension day (moved)
= Sunday May 17th

Pentecost Sun. = May 24th 

Trinity Sunday = May 31st

1st Feb > homilies

'CES' Education Sunday |
Churches Together ES

icon - pdf filePz Amnesty International Concert 2.30pm, St. Mary's.

icon - pdf fileCTC 'Churches Together Cornwall' newsletter Feb '15

National Marriage Week 7-14th Feb Celebrating Commitment
Marriage Care
| Cath Marriage Inst

8th Feb > homily

Our Lady of Lourdes 11th

15th Feb > homily
Choral Evening Prayer and Benediction (monthly)
Ash Wednesday Feb 18th

icon - pdf fileLent Liturgies & activities in the parish \ Lent page \ Lenten reflections


Pastoral message - Feb 2015 from Bishop Mark

Ash Wednesday > homily

22nd Feb > homily

'The Great Reformer Francis and the Making of a radical Pope.' A new book by Austen Ivereigh. 1st March in the Truro Church Hall, meet the author lunch at 1.00 pm (bring a dish to share) followed by a talk at 2.00 pm and a book signing.

Parish Lent Course: Priest, Prophet, King. The better we understand Jesus, the better we understand ourselves. But who was Jesus, this itinerant preacher whom many called the Messiah? In this Lent course, you’ll discover Jesus as the Anointed One–the ultimate priest, prophet, and king foreshadowed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. Using biblical insights and engaging stories, Father Robert Barron affirms that we see Jesus most clearly through the lens of the Old Testament. Through this presentation of  you will better understand Jesus, become more familiar with Scripture, and realize your own priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission. The topics of the talks are: week 1. Adoratio: Adam as Priest; wk2. The High Priest; wk3. Challenging False Worship: Elijah the Prophet; wk4. The Word Made Flesh; wk5. Ordering the Kingdom: King David; wk6. King of Kings. Video link
[ Daily Lent Reflections with Fr. Barron ]

Thought For The Day Lent 2015 Bishop Mark and Christians young and older, men and women, priests, deacons and laity, speak about what Lent means to them, based upon their reflections on the daily readings of Lent. All the speakers serve in our diocesan parishes or schools. Poster - Go to Diocese YouTube video to view.

icon - pdf file'It is The Lord' - Pastoral message from Bishop Mark

'In God's hands' A series of Lent resources from BBC, based on, 'In God’s Hands', by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

1st March > homilies

St. Piran's day Thurs 5th
Gool Peran Lowen!

Women's World Day of Prayer
Friday 6th

8th March > homily 

15th March > homilies

St Joseph 19th (Novena 10th)

Christian Aid Stories of Hope - The Giving Shop on 20th

22nd March > homily

29th March
Palm Sunday > homily

Easter Mass times

From Tues 21st April, 6 week 'Life in the Spirit' course 'The Gift' \ 'CCR UK'

5th April > homily
Easter Sunday

Study Day 'Modern Day Slavery' 11th April - Truro

12th April > homily
Divine Mercy Sunday

19th April > homily

26th April > Pastoral Letter for...'Good Shepherd Sunday' and World Day of Prayer for Vocations (prayer below).

 World Day of Prayer for Vocations 26/04/15: Please pray this prayer as often as you can. 'Almighty God, give us priests: to establish the honour of your holy name; to offer the holy sacrifice of the altar; to give us Jesus in the holy sacrament; to proclaim the faith of Jesus; to baptise and teach the young; to tend your flock, to seek the lost, to give pardon to the penitent sinner; to bless the homes; to pray for the afflicted; to comfort mourners; to strengthen us in our last hour; to commend our souls; Almighty God, give us priests!'

Novena - between Ascension (Thursday) and Pentecost Sunday: Gracious Father, pour out Your Spirit upon Your people, and grant us a new vision of Your Glory, a new experience of your power, A new consecration to your service, That your love may grow among us, and your kingdom come; through Christ our Lord, Amen

1st May - St Joseph the Worker

3rd May > homily

10th May > homilies

17th May > homily
The Ascension of the Lord

24th May > homilies

 31st May > homily
Trinity Sunday

 7th June > homilies
Corpus Christi
(1st Holy Communion)

14th June > homilies

 21st June > homilies
Bishop Mark celebrated Confirmation for 7 of our young people.

28th June


Papal encyclical 'Laudato Si' (CAFOD resources + download)

5th July

12th July > homily
Sea Sunday ('AoS' link)
and 'AoS' YouTube video

 19th July > homily

26th July > homily
Day For Life dedicated to celebrating and upholding the dignity of human life.

 2nd August > homily

9th August > homilies

16th August > homilies Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

23rd August > homilies

30th August > homilies

Pope Francis' 1st Sept 'World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation' (CAFOD link)

6th September > homily

13th Sept > homilies

20th Sept > homily
Home Mission Sunday Pastoral Letter pdf & see 27th

21st 'International Day of Peace'  
- 'Peace Fest'

27th Sept > pastoral letter

Papal encyclical 'Laudato Si' (CAFOD resources + download)

'Open your hearts' - Catholic Bishops' statement on the refugee crisis + resources

Refugees: How You can help pdf

Truro CofE Calais appeal needs these items pdf 
West Penwith Help for Refugees FB

Mass times etc changed in Penzance, Hayle and St. Ives, from Sept 5th

[ the Ordinary Synod on the Family in October 2015 listen to Pastoral Letter from Bishop Mark or download it, refers to > "Reflect on the Gift of Marriage and Family Life" and "The Call, the Journey and the Mission" > nb Pope Francis' concluding address at the 'Synod of the Family 2014' < see note 18th Jan newsletter ]

Harvest Fast Day
2nd Oct (CAFOD resources)

 4th October > homily
Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday

11th October > homilies

Prisoners Sunday 2015
Prisons week

Resurrection! Voskresenije Choir of Saint Petersburg, return visit Monday, 12th October 7.30 p.m. in our Penzance Church. Poster 
They will return next year

18th October > homily

World Mission Sunday

Torquay 'Celebrate' weekend 17th-18th Oct

25th October > homilies
172nd Dedication Festival of Penzance Church,

Choral Evening Prayer & Benediction at 6pm.

 1st November > homily
All Saints

PRAYERS FOR ALL REFUGEES at “The Giving Shop", Wharfside, 1st Nov 2pm - 4pm. see Poster

8th November > homilies
Remembrance Sunday

15th November
> homily

22nd November > homily
Feast of Christ the King

29th November
1st Sunday of Advent

"The Season of Advent restores a horizon of hope, a hope which does not disappoint, for it is founded on God’s Word. A hope which does not disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! He is faithful." (Pope Francis 2013)

 6th December

 'Churches Together in Cornwall' newsletter Dec '15

'The Immaculate Conception'
.(Pz Patronal Feast)

13th December
Gaudete Sunday (Rejoice)
Advent Carol Service

Pope Francis: 'sadness is not allowed'

Listen to Bishop Mark's Advent 2015 reflection

20th (& 27th) December

4th Sunday of Advent

'Holy Year of Mercy' 8th Dec 2015 > 20Nov16 || Pope Francis - Bull of Indiction for Holy Year of Mercy' || Why a Year of Mercy? 'Because the church needs it' ~ Pope Francis || 'Vatican - Holy Year of Mercy' || icon - pdf file'Holy Year of Mercy' Bishop Mark's pastoral letter Dec15 (Holman Hunt painting link) || More from Bishop Mark talking to the Westminster Clergy on the Year of Mercy || Listen to Bishop Mark's Advent 2015 reflection (given on the day Pope Francis opened the Holy Door in St Peter's to inaugurate the Jubilee of Mercy.) Advent page || Jubilee of Mercy resources (Clifton Diocese)

Proclaim‘15: 'Building Missionary Parishes' the National Bishops’ 2015 initiative, inspired by Pope Francis’ writings, to support the development of parish evangelisation... read more at 'Proclaim 15' & the message from our Bishop Mark, also his pastoral message Feb 2015 icon - pdf file'It is The Lord'
“The Lord invites us to cast the net afresh and to reach out to others. If we do not know how to do it, then love will show us the way.” ~ Bishop Mark

Bishop Mark's Interfaith week message to Plymouth Centre for Faith and Cultural Diversity || (Cornwall Interfaith forum)

icon - pdf fileKernow Credit Union at The Giving Shop - read more
CTC 'Churches Together Cornwall' newsletter Dec '14 icon - pdf file

Churches Together IPA - The Giving Shop needs volunteers to cover three hour shifts Monday to Saturday. Call in at the Wharfside or contact via our office 01736 362619 e-mail
Support The Breakfast Project & other CTIPA projects.

CAFOD Crisis Appeals: Ebola - Gaza
Mary's Meals (Ebola)

Aid to the Church in Need
ACN helps persecuted & oppressed Christians worldwide

Disasters Emergency Committee Appeals:  
- Syria - Gaza

last updated 27th December 2015 v 1.12

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