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Weekend Masses: Saturday vigil: Penzance at 5pm and Hayle at 6.30pm ~ Sunday: St. Ives at 9am and Penzance at 11am. Weekdays see newsletter. Covid 19 updates for our churches will be in newsletters

earlier 2021 newsletters list ~ <:))))<> ~ newsletter articles & links

Newsletter is online Saturday mid pm - helpclick for help Sunday Message has readings >

newsletter 14th November - 33rd week in OT

'Sunday Message' for November
Mass readings, antiphon, Gloria, Creed, Gospel Acclamation & Psalm, with a practical application to the Gospel.

live stream Masses links summary

live stream Mass directory for England + Wales

newsletter 21st November
- Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

watch Bishop Robert Barron’s Sunday Sermon for Nov 21st 2021: Is Jesus the King of your life?


Walking Together: a Synodal Journey for 2021-23 begins in Advent.

Meetings held in Penzance for an hour at 7pm on Monday evenings and after Thursday morning Mass. In Hayle on Tuesdays after morning Mass. 

See below for details. Full information with a feedback form link is here.

Communion | Participation | Mission


newsletter Sunday 28th November

- 1st Sunday in Advent,


update Medjugorje 25th November below

newsletter Sunday 5th December

'Sunday Message' for December


Homilies from Fr. Philip


Fr. Philip: Please continue the time of prayer with people of all faiths at 6 p.m. daily for an end to the pandemic. I ring the church bell for the Angelus each day at 6 p.m.


Fr David has written a further meditation inspired by our Rosary Windows - Following Jesus, the Light of the world - based on the Mysteries of Light


Building the new North Aisle at Penzance

North Aisle fundraising leaflet


Watch free Episode 1 of Bishop Robert Barron's new six-part film series on 'The Creed'


 November: Pray for Holy Souls, and those having no one to pray for them.


COP 26: Pope Francis: Thought for the Day on BBC R4 - Transcript is below | Young Christians Climate Network relay walk photos also below

Vatican News Network and YouTube channel

Vatican website and 'Word of the day'

 Pope Francis on Twitter


Plymouth Diocese YouTube channel 

Plymouth Diocese on Facebook


Evangelium newsletter Sept '21: "Making Disciples - Speaking The Truth In Love" ~ from Plymouth Diocese Vicariate of Evangelisation & Catechesis. This edition focuses on Youth, with other articles on forming active evangelisers, Catechesis, Marriage and Family Life.

Evangelisation – “Made for Mission” a recent presentation given by Maria Heath to our Diocese can be viewed on YouTube here

Caritas Plymouth newsletter October '21 - The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God, celebrating the sacraments, and exercising the ministry of charity (caritas).


Catholic Bishops of England & Wales web

CC England & Wales YouTube channel



CaFE faith resources

Pray the Rosary with Bishop Robert Barron's explanatory Rosary videos - helpful praying alone

Medjugorje for 25th November below

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Foodbanks & Mary's Meals

CAFOD World Gifts an ethical way of giving anytime, from £4

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newsletter article links + info's for 2021

For January to October 2021 click here - for 2020 click here

update Walking Together: a Synodal Journey 2021-23 begins during Advent. Meetings will be held in Penzance for an hour at 7pm on Monday evenings and after Thursday morning Mass. In Hayle meetings are on Tuesdays after Mass. The first 4 sessions begin on 22nd November, led by lay facilitators. They are time for prayer, reflection, listening to the Word of God, and to each other. Full information is here.

Communion | Participation | Mission

COP 26: Pope Francis - Thought for the Day BBC R4  transcript: Dear BBC listeners, good morning! Climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic have exposed our deep vulnerability and raised numerous doubts and concerns about our economic systems and the way we organize our societies. We have lost our sense of security, and are experiencing a sense of powerlessness and loss of control over our lives. We find ourselves increasingly frail and even fearful, caught up in a succession of “crises” in the areas of health care, the environment, food supplies and the economy, to say nothing of social, humanitarian and ethical crises. All these crises are profoundly interconnected. They also forecast a “perfect storm” that could rupture the bonds holding our society together within the greater gift of God’s creation.

Every crisis calls for vision, the ability to formulate plans and put them rapidly into action, to rethink the future of the world, our common home, and to reassess our common purpose.  These crises present us with the need to take decisions, radical decisions that are not always easy. At the same time, moments of difficulty like these also present opportunities, opportunities that we must not waste.  We can confront these crises by retreating into isolationism, protectionism and exploitation. Or we can see in them a real chance for change, a genuine moment of conversion, and not simply in a spiritual sense.

This last approach alone can guide us towards a brighter horizon. Yet it can only be pursued through a renewed sense of shared responsibility for our world, and an effective solidarity based on justice, a sense of our common destiny and a recognition of the unity of our human family in God’s plan for the world.  All this represents an immense cultural challenge. It means giving priority to the common good, and it calls for a change in perspective, a new outlook, in which the dignity of every human being, now and in the future, will guide our ways of thinking and acting. The most important lesson we can take from these crises is our need to build together, so that there will no longer be any borders, barriers or political walls for us to hide behind.

Some days ago, on 4 October, I met with religious leaders and scientists to sign a Joint Appeal in which we called upon ourselves and our political leaders to act in a more responsible and consistent manner. I was impressed by something said by one of the scientists present at that meeting. He told us: “If things continue as they are, in fifty years’ time my baby granddaughter will have to live in an unliveable world”.  We cannot allow this to happen!

It is essential that each of us be committed to this urgent change of direction, sustained by our own faith and spirituality. In the Joint Appeal, we spoke of the need to work responsibly towards a “culture of care” for our common home, but also for ourselves, and the need to work tirelessly to eliminate “the seeds of conflicts: greed, indifference, ignorance, fear, injustice, insecurity and violence”.

Humanity has never before had at its disposal so many means for achieving this goal. The political decision makers who will meet at COP26 in Glasgow are urgently summoned to provide effective responses to the present ecological crisis and in this way to offer concrete hope to future generations. And it is worth repeating that each of us – whoever and wherever we may be – can play our own part in changing our collective response to the unprecedented threat of climate change and the degradation of our common home.  (Vatican News: Crises present us with the opportunity to build together.)

Caritas Plymouth newsletter October '21 - The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God, celebrating the sacraments, and exercising the ministry of charity (caritas).

Young Christians Climate Network COP26 Relay Walk

Young Christians Climate Network COP26 Relay Walk

icon 'new' The YCCN (Young Christians Climate Network) walking in relay from the G7 to Cop26, arrived in Glasgow on 30th October, in time for the start of the climate summit. The relay walk gathered pilgrims from across the country and walked for over 4 months, starting in Carbis Bay on 14th June. Parishioners from Penzance joined for the first two days, walking as far as Falmouth. Find out more on the YCCN website or click images above

North Aisle fundraising campaign leaflet

The parish has always generously supported the work of the charity Mary's Meals. The charity aims to provide a free meal for every child in school every school day around the world, believing that helping children to stay in school and gain an education can lift communities out of poverty. If you do not yet know about this charity, please visit their website Mary's Meals or ask us. We would like to form a group to help Mary’s Meals in prayer, fundraising, awareness-raising or using any skills/knowledge which a potential group may have. Please contact Fr Philip if you would be interested in helping and coming to a meeting. previous MM info


Listen to the Voice of Gentle Love: Listen to your heart. It’s there that Jesus speaks most intimately to you. Praying is first and foremost listening to Jesus who dwells in the very depths of your heart. He doesn’t shout. He doesn’t thrust himself upon you. His voice is an unassuming voice, very nearly a whisper, the voice of a gentle love. Whatever you do with your life, go on listening to the voice of Jesus in your heart. This listening must be an active and very attentive listening, for in our restless and noisy world God’s so loving voice is easily drowned out. You need to set aside some time every day for this active listening to God if only for ten minutes. Ten minutes each day for Jesus alone can bring about a radical change in your life. You’ll find it isn’t easy to be still for ten minutes at a time. You’ll discover straightaway that many other voices, voices that are very noisy and distracting, voices that do not come from God, demand your attention. But if you stick to your daily prayer time, then slowly but surely you’ll come to hear the gentle voice of love and will long more and more to listen to it. ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen 

"The most beautiful Credo is that which comes from your lips in darkness, in sacrifice, in pain, in supreme efforts of an unbending will for good. It is this which like a strong bolt of lightning dispels the darkness of the soul. It is what leads you to God in the fury of the storm." ~ St. Padre Pio

previous 2021 newsletters list ~ for January to October 2021 list click here ~ (2020 list + featured links)

September: 'Sunday Message' for September | September Homilies

5th   September - 23rd week in OT
12th September - 24th week in OT
19th September - 25th week in OT
26th September - 26th week in OT

October: 'Sunday Message' for October | October Homilies

3rd October - 27th week in OT
10th October - 28th week in OT
17th October - 29th week in OT
24th October - 30th week in OT
31st October -  All Saints

November: 'Sunday Message' for November | November Homilies

7th November - 32nd week in OT
14th November - 33rd week in OT
21st November - Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

LINKS: Plymouth Diocese YouTube channelDiocese on Facebook \ Catholic Church England and Wales: YouTube Channel & websiteVatican News NetworkVatican website \ Vatican Radio \  Vatican YouTube channel videos \  Catholic Church UK NewsPope Francis on Twitter \  Daily Mass readingsMedjugorje messages \ UCB Word for Today \ Vatican Word of the day

what's on in RC Cornwall: icon external links open new window or tab Camborne-Redruth \ Truro \ Falmouth-Helston\ Bodmin \ St Austell \ Newquay \ Launceston \ Liskeard+Sclerder Abbey \\ across the Tamar: Plymouth Cathedral \ Buckfast Abbey

Medjugorje: message for the world via visionary Marija on November 25th 2021: “Dear children! I am with you in this time of mercy and I am calling all of you to be carriers of peace and love in this world where, through me, little children, God is calling you to be prayer and love, and an expression of Heaven here on earth. May your hearts be filled with joy and faith in God; that, little children, you may have complete trust in His holy will. That is why I am with you, because He, the Most High, is sending me among you to encourage you to the hope; and you will be peacemakers in this peaceless world. Thank you for having responded to my call. ... more from Medjugorje

From Pope Francis' Twitter page ~ "All of us have spiritual infirmities that we cannot heal on our own. We need Jesus’ healing, we need to present our wounds to him and say: “Jesus, I am in your presence, with my sin, with my sorrows. You can set me free. Heal my heart”.

Liturgical Calendar 2021

Reading the whole Bible in a year?! A reading plan can help: example - advice - 'Word on the go' for busy Catholics > scripture crash course - Bishops conference scripture group

Homilies Library

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