Penzance Crypt Consecration and Grave Blessing
On 23rd October, a historic event took place in the parish of Penzance. Bishop Mark celebrated Mass and consecrated the new altar in the newly renovated Crypt Chapel of the Church of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. He also blessed the graves of Fr John Hearn and John Burke, who are buried in the Crypt of the Church. Fr Hearn, originally form Ireland but working as a priest in London, died at Penzance in 1846, and was buried in the Crypt of the Church.
He was responsible for bringing the Sisters of Mercy to London in 1844 and six of the sisters form the Sisters of Mercy Convent, in London and Birmingham, joined the parish for the celebration. They are shown in the accompanying photo with the Parish Priest, Canon Philip Dyson and Bishop Mark.
News and events from across the diocese
In the light of the current crisis, the Diocesan teaching tour has been suspended and postponed until later in the year. Video videos of them online.
The Prime Minister has made our duty very clear and it’s a duty that we will wholeheartedly follow. Closing all of our churches within the Plymouth Diocese is the right thing to do.
Whilst the churches are unable to offer Mass publicly we will be live-streaming Mass at 11am each morning on YouTube Live. An evening prayer will also be posted at 4.30pm each day, and we invite you to pray with us.