Penzance Catholic Church Nave. More photos in Gallery

Penzance Catholic Church 'The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady'

Welcome to the Holy Family RC Parish
St. Ives & Hayle in Penwith, West Cornwall & St. Mary's Isles of Scilly

in the Duchy of Cornwall Deanery of the RC Diocese of Plymouth U.K.
Plymouth Diocesan Trust - Registered Charity Number 213227 (& part of 'Churches Together in the Penzance Area')

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some other pages
Prayer /Journey in Faith /growth resource links
Catholic Charismatic Renewal links
Mary 'Queen of Peace' Prayer Group - Medjugorje info
Medjugorje latest messages
Links index | Marian links
Natural Family Planning Daily Blessing
Bible Search
Holy Mass

Novena: OL Lourdes 2-10 Feb
Novena: St Joseph 10-18 Mar
Ladye Park
Our Father & Hail Mary in Cornish Language
Downloads & links

see sitemap for more

'One & all', 'Onen hag ol', are most welcome to join us, especially holiday visitors 
and to use our on-line resources - open 24/7 sitemap

For St. Mary's Catholic School news, visit their website and Facebook page

Photos from The Consecration of the Crypt Chapel Altar and Blessing of graves, on 23rd Oct 2019 by Bishop Mark also see Diocesan news

Global Healing How our faith helps us care for our common home, responding to Pope Francis' Encyclical letter “Laudato Si.” (Care for our common home) Discussion continues and with other current DVD courses, details in newsletters.

Pilgrimages 2020 inc Retreats, outside Events and Visits

As a Grade II listed church Penzance is now on the National Churches Trust website.

Diary 2020: Voskrensenije, Resurrection St Petersburg Choir next visit: Thurs 22nd October 2020. A blend of Orthodox Religious Music in part one and folk songs in part two. Always an exciting evening.

Gaudete et Exsultate pdf - Rejoice and be Glad, Pope Francis, April 2018. key quotes
Bishop Mark's Pastoral Letter (May '17) and "Go...Make Disciples" - a follow up to 'It is The Lord'

only search Penzance Catholic Church website

listen to audio file icon welcome to the Penzance Church by Fr. Philip

‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’
Before Mass: Talk to GodDuring Mass: Listen to God -
in today’s world, remember to switch off your mobile phone & to switch on, open up, your heart and mind:
After Mass: Talk to each other - refreshments available after some Masses. All our visitors are very welcome too smilie

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Explore becoming a Catholic
Learn more about the Catholic faith

The 'RCIA' / 'Journey of Faith' programme runs from October until Easter + Pentecost. For more information click "Becoming a Catholic" link in the left panel. Visit the Catholic faith enquiry website - download 'What is the Catholic Church?' pdf

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'Gaudete. - The Choir Association:
Monthly Choral Evening Prayer - see newsletter for dates.

Vacancies for singers in Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass voices. If you have a God-given gift in this area and would like to sing, please call David on 07887 608113 or speak to him after the 11am Sunday Mass. All that is required is that you have an openness to learning, basic sight-reading skills and commitment – the rest is provided! Your choir needs YOU!
New singers also very welcome at St. Ives.

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Altar Servers:
We are always in need of servers at Mass.

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Wednesday Friendship Club:
See newsletter for programme and dates

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The Mary 'Queen of Peace'  prayer group is taking a break.

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 Prayer & Journey in Faith group:
click here (also for Catholic Charismatic Renewal info)
see newsletter for meeting details,
usually on Tuesdays from 7.30 to 9pm in Penzance
see also: Prayer /Journey in Faith /growth resource links

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Catholic newspapers and other publications:
'Catholic South West'
, the regional Catholic newspaper is available with other Catholic papers, CTS publications. UCB's Word For Today is available at Penzance (or ask office).

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 'The Catholic Church in Penzance: A History 1843-2018' written by Anne Shipman 100 pages £15, contact office. 2018 was Penzance RC Church's 175th Anniversary Year.

Photos from 175th Anniversary Mass (26th Oct 2018)

If you are Catholic and new to the area,
we invite you to register with the parish office so we may serve you more effectively.

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First Holy Communion
Please contact Fr. Philip if your child is in year 3 and will be 8 yrs old by next Eastertide. Preparation classes begin each Autumn for First Holy Communion and Reconciliation.

Confirmation classes - contact Fr. Philip

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Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament

'Watch and Pray' / Eucharistic Adoration
In Church on Tuesdays see newsletter for times, not school holidays. New members for rota always needed.

What is Watch and Pray? It is spending some silent, quiet
time with the Lord in his Blessed Sacrament. The Psalmist
said “Be still and know that I am God.” “There in thine ear
all trustfully we tell our tale of misery”, as the Hymn “Sweet
Sacrament Divine (294) says, or just pour out our hearts to
him or peacefully just be in His Presence.

["Do you want our Lord to give you many graces? Visit him often. Do you want him to give you few graces? Visit him seldom. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming the attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you." ~ Saint John Bosco]

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Food Banks + Breadline & St Petroc’s Society:

Penzance Churches Together Food Bank (article) & see Food bank on CTIPA web. The collecting box is at back of our church. 
Contact parish office to volunteer to help with the Food Banks.
In Hayle:
Food Bank collecting box is in St Joseph’s.
In St. Ives: Food Bank collecting box is in The Guildhall (office hours) - the Food Bank operates from St John’s-in-the-Fields.

Suggestions for your Food Bank shopping: sugar, tea, coffee,  UHT milk, cereals, potatoes, canned vegetables > meat, fish, fruit, soup, puddings; Jam, marmalade, syrup, honey, chocolate spreads, Fruit juice /squash; biscuits, cooking sauces, tomato/brown sauce; Pasta/rice; Packet mash; Stock cubes, herbs; Toiletries; toilet roll / kitchen roll; other non perishable items. see latest requests in newsletter.

Breadline / St Petroc’s Society: donations always required. The Drop In is open 9.30-12-30 Mon–Fri or call 366767 to arrange an afternoon delivery.

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Links: Churches Together In Penzance Area (CTIPA) > Foodbank | Churches Together In Cornwall | Dor Kemmyn Cornish Inter Faith Forum  | Interfaith network u.k. |

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Natural Family Planning South West
has teachers across the diocese, download (pdf) or (msword) more information with contact details or call Christine Hudson on 01752 224018 | more NFP links

Novena (anytime and Ascension Thursday to Pentecost) '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'

We ask your blessing, Gracious God, on our parish. May it always assemble in peace, in reconciliation, justice and joy, in praise of you and in service to the world. May we always accept each other with gratitude and build up each other as members of one body. Teach us to give instead of demanding, to trust others rather than to compel trust, to serve rather than to be served. Make us thankful for the variety of gifts and differences of personality that enrich us. Help us to accept our differences of age, giving respect to the old and encouragement to the young. Never let us be satisfied with imperfections but also teach us that patience which is yours. In peace let us be open to listen and to speak with readiness to learn. Purge from our hearts all bitterness, jealousy and thoughts of revenge. Lift us out of depression and sadness. Let us accept joyfully the service of those who lead us, so that we may grow together in love. May we be one as your Son, Jesus Christ, prayed that we might be. With him in the unity of the holy Spirit we give you all honour and glory. AMEN

Our Lady - Patron of Penzance Catholic Church and of our Holy Family Parish Primary School. Queen of Peace & Reconciliation
please pray for all who have recourse to thee and for Love, Peace and Justice in our troubled world

Through Her we see Him, made sweeter, not dim; And Her hand leaves His light, sifted to suit our sight.' ~ G.M. Hopkins

We hope our visitors find this website useful, your comments received from many parts of the world are appreciated. "The Lord bless and keep you; The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;  The Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you peace". (Numbers 6: 24 - 26)

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