Newsletter – 17 February 2019


 for the United Benefice of

 Padstow, St Merryn and St Issey with St Petroc Minor


 Rector:  Revd Dr Stephen Holmes           07584 091870


SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17th : Third Sunday before Lent


A warm welcome to visitors who join us today.  Please take our love and prayers to your home parish.



Almighty God,
who alone can bring order
to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity:
give your people grace so to love what you command
and to desire what you promise,
that, among the many changes of this world,
our hearts may surely there be fixed

where true joys are to be found;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen



Merciful Father,

who gave Jesus Christ to be for us the bread of life,
that those who come to him should never hunger:

draw us to the Lord in faith and love,
that we may eat and drink with him at his table in the kingdom,
where he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen


READINGS FOR TODAY (Lectionary pages 797/799)


First Reading                          Jeremiah 17: 5-10


Second Reading                   1 Corinthians 15: 12-20


Gospel                                    St. Luke 6:  17-26




75th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Warwick. All involved in the tragedy will be remembered at the 11am Sung Eucharist at St Merryn on Sunday 17th February and in a short service at the red brick building by Padstow Harbour at 11am on Wednesday 20th February, the anniversary of her sinking.


St Merryn: Forget the Winter Blues and come and have a Cup of Coffee. There will be a ‘Get Together’ Coffee Morning with a Bring and Buy sale at St Merryn Church Hall on Tuesday 19th February from 10.30 am.


Congratulations to Marjorie Finch of St Issey who has been awarded the Cross of St Piran by Bishop Philip for outstanding service to Church and community.


Little Petherick community churchyard clear-up on Saturday 23 February from 1pm


LENT is round the corner!

The Great Forty-day Fast of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 6th March. On that day there will be an opportunity to begin Lent by receiving Holy Communion and the traditional ashes in each of our parishes:

St Merryn         10.30am           Eucharist & ashes

St Issey             10.30am           Eucharist & ashes

Padstow           5.30pm             Sung Eucharist & ashes


St Merryn:  To prepare for the austerity of Lent there will be a pancake party on Shrove Tuesday, 5th March, all welcome:

St Merryn Church Hall              11am – 1pm


Old Palm Crosses – If you have any old Palm crosses, there will be a box on the table at the back of our churches to collect the old ones for burning for ash to use at the Ash Wednesday service.


New Benefice Facebook Page: a new page for our parishes has been launched ‘The Church in Padstow, St Merryn & St Issey’. It carries news and events in our five churches, send information to Fr Stephen or the Benefice Administrator, Sue Norfolk.


Fr Stephen is on annual leave from February 11th – 18th

If you need a priest contact Canon Michael Fisher, 07970 865049.  For other church matters contact your Churchwardens or the Benefice Office



The rebuild for the Parish of St. Issey with St. Petroc Minor will commence from today, Sunday 10th February, and last until Sunday, March 10th.


Every 6 years the Electoral Rolls of our Parishes are rebuilt from scratch.  If you would like to be included on the Electoral Roll of your Parish please contact your Electoral Roll Officer:


St. Issey with St. Petroc Minor                         Cathy Gwinell


By signing up you show that you are a member of your Church.

This will not commit you to anything, but you will, after 12 months, be eligible to serve on the PCC in your Parish if you wish and it also enables you to vote on church matters at the Annual Parochial Church Meetings.



These will take place each Tuesday in St Johns Methodist Church Padstow at 7:30pm.

Each session will be led by a member of the Clergy and the Topic this year is the


Tuesday 12th March        The Agony in the Garden                      Revd. Fr. Robbie

Tuesday 19th March        The Scourging at the Pillar     Revd. Canon Michael Fisher

Tuesday 26th March        The Crowning with Thorns        Revd. Fr.Stephen Holmes

Tuesday 2nd April            The Carrying of the Cross    Revd. Fr. Ciaran McGuinness

Tuesday 9th April            The Crucifixion.                               Revd. Alistair Sharp


Following on from the Talk at 8:30pm on each Tuesday there will be Plainchant Compline in St Petroc’s lasting about 20 minutes.


Also during Lent the Stations of the Cross will be followed each Friday at 12noon in St Petroc’s Parish Church (apart from Good Friday when the Walk of Witness will take place accompanied by St Minver Silver Band) meet at Church for 12noon.



9.30 a.m.           Morning Prayer (BCP)                           Little Petherick

9.30 a.m.           Sung Eucharist                                      Trevone

11.00 a.m.         Service of the Word                             Padstow

11.00 a.m.         Sung Eucharist                                      St. Merryn


The Sung Eucharist at St Merryn today includes the Baptism of Issey Vivienne & Merryn Marjory Short, John Martyn Prynn & Gillighan Harold Michael Keohane, and also the Commemoration of the sinking of HMS WARWICK



Bell Practice:     Monday afternoon 3-4.30 p.m.               Padstow


Tuesday 19th       

9.30 a.m.          Roman Catholic Mass                          Padstow

10.30 a.m.         Eucharist in the Osborne Room            St. Issey


Wednesday 20th

10.30 a.m.         Eucharist                                              Trevone


Thursday 21st

10.30 a.m.         Eucharist                                              Padstow


Friday, 22nd   

No Morning Prayer until further notice



Saturday, 23rd  

5.30 p.m.        Roman Catholic Vigil Mass                       Padstow



9.30 a.m.           Sung Eucharist                                      St. Issey

9.30 a.m.           Service of the Word                            Trevone

11.00 a.m.         Sung Eucharist                                       Padstow

11.00 a.m.         Morning Prayer (BCP)                           St. Merryn

4.00 p.m.             “Teatime” Family Service                             Padstow


Benefice Administrator:  Mrs Sue Norfolk

Benefice Office, Church Rooms, Church Street, Padstow PL28 8BG    01841 534898

Office hours Tuesday0Friday 10.00-1.00 p.m.


**All items for inclusion in the Weekly News sheet to be with the administrator by 12 noon on Wednesday**

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