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Constructing the new North Aisle, Porch, Link Cloister and Parish facilities

at Penzance Catholic Church 2020-2023

'A beacon of hope in Penzance in changing and challenging times' (from project leaflet)

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click link for North Aisle project information and fundraising leaflet

July 2023 update icon: The Crypt's large new hall was used for the first time on 2nd July when 120 parishioners gathered for a lovely celebration of Canon Philip's 25th anniversary of his ordination as a priest in the Plymouth Diocese and also his 55 years of ministry in holy orders. ... The remaining architectural stone work around the windows etc is progressing well as is the outer stone cladding.

June 2023: Work on the outside has been proceeding well for several months since the remaining, long delayed, architectural granite arrived. Other internal work also making good progress. Photos are in the project folder on Dropbox. - Energy saving LED lighting was installed in the church before Easter.  
Contributions are still very welcome
towards all costs - see page 10 of
fundraising leaflet

September 2022: Installation of 2 pairs of windows nearest to the Sacred Heart Altar. Comprising 4 ‘Lancets’, they have been designed to mirror the 1868 Hardman windows in the Lady Chapel. In consultation with Jamal Rafrey who made the Immaculate Conception window, and the Transfiguration window for the South Aisle in 2018. The windows incorporate the ‘IHS’ symbol, and the ‘Agnus Dei’ - the Lamb of God. Also the smaller floral hand-painted diamond shaped ‘Quarries’. Photos are in the project folder on Dropbox.

August 2022: Great to see the new parclose screens erected in the sanctuary. Still awaiting delivery of remainder of dressed silver granite in order to complete the external elevations of the North Aisle, North Porch & Cloister portions of the building. Keep on praying that after holidays things may begin to move again ~ Cn Philip.

July 2022: We have been successful with 2 of the grants we have applied for, and so, we are able to carry out a lot of the work to create & develop the garden area for use, with suitable planting and lawns. This money granted, can only be used for this purpose. We are grateful to both The National Garden Scheme Community Award and The National Lottery Community Fund; the largest funder of community activity in the UK. National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK. The National Lottery Community Fund distributes a share of this to projects to support people and communities to prosper and thrive

Easter 2022: With removal of most of the temporary internal screening, Canon Philip writes: 'at last after about 180 years we can now capture the vision of the architect in 1841 of the completed church. Obviously there is much more work to be completed, but the opened north aisle gives us that glimpse.'

Construction of phase 2 commenced in August 2020 following many years of detailed planning and the phase 1 renovations. Phase 2 will provide more seating for our congregation and visitors; improved external and internal access; meeting and other facilities in the crypt, many other updates to latest standards, inc insulation, low energy lighting, reduced maintenance costs, etc. Progress has been slowed by Covid 19 but is well advanced. Principal contractors are S.J. Quick and Sons Ltd of Crowlas, with many local skilled craftsmen, trades and suppliers. note: Phase 1 completed in 2018 for the 175th anniversary of the church (Gallery)

Photo North Aisle progress November 2021

Progress being made with granite mullioned windows and cladding stonework at 29th November 2021

A short video slideshow from April 2021 is on our YouTube channel (or download)

Other photos on Dropbox - click a photo to start a 'slideshow', and see the visuals in the fundraising leaflet below

Penzance Catholic Church is a Grade II listed church, see information on the National Churches Trust website.

The "Taking Stock" website has an article about our Church

Click link for North Aisle project information and fundraising leaflet

If you wish to support this work in the parish, please contact us. Thank you.

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