Christian Aid film attracts broad audience

Last Thursday, an ecumenical crowd, with strong support from parishioners of Our Lady of the Portal, gathered at the newly opened Moresk Centre to watch “Thank you for the Rain”, a moving documentary hosted by Christian Aid’s Katrina Musgrave. Canon Roger Bush, Dean of Truro Cathedral, open the discussion after the film, which all thoughtContinue reading “Christian Aid film attracts broad audience”

Pope installs men and women as new lay ministers

This year’s celebration of the liturgy Sunday of the Word of God (23 January in St Peter’s Basilica included some very special moments, when Pope Francis formally installed lay men and women from various parts of the world in the ministries of Lector and Catechist, using recently prepared rites for this purpose.In most countries, womenContinue reading “Pope installs men and women as new lay ministers”

Christmas Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to the Christmas Picture Quiz in Issue 57 of THE PORTICO: Tyrtle Dove 2. Mistletoe 3. Noel North Pole Three Wise Men Frankincense 7Myrrh Gingerbread Man (apologies if ‘ginger’ was too obscure!) Icicle Candy Cane (Yes that was a photo of Michael Cain) Santa Claus Nutcracker Boxing Day Chimney (Chimpanzy –Continue reading “Christmas Quiz Answers”

Truro’s First Synodal Event

Truro’s first ‘parish listening’ events in a synodal process triggered by the Pope, were held last week by Zoom (Tuesday) and physically (Wednesday). About two dozen parishioners from both Truro and St Mawes parishes participated in perhaps the first parish forum held in Truro in several years. We await feedback from facilitators Pat McGovern andContinue reading “Truro’s First Synodal Event”

Truro Men’s Buckfast Retreat

Some retreatants with Fr Abbot David and Bro Prior Daniel  The annual Truro Men’s Retreat at Buckfast Abbey was finally held last weekend at the start of Advent. Although in its twelfth year, the 2020 Retreat was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and was only able to take place this year for a limitedContinue reading “Truro Men’s Buckfast Retreat”

Our Lady of The Portal’s Cornwall Christmas Boxes

Parishioners have put together £300 to make up Christmas Boxes, each containing Christmas Dinner for a family of four! Grateful thanks to Tony Barber for actually getting and collating the contents, and putting the boxes together. Readers have also left a further 2 full Christmas Boxes with us, in addition to any that people mayContinue reading “Our Lady of The Portal’s Cornwall Christmas Boxes”

First Holy Communion Group

The children in our First Holy Communion group (16 children!) decorated these Advent candles last week. They used sheets of coloured wax (wax appliqué) to cut out 4 Advent symbols and fix them onto the candle. The children are placing an Advent prayer card in front of the candle and will say  the Advent PrayerContinue reading “First Holy Communion Group”

Truro’s Big Sing! the first carol service

The above photo shows Cornwall Junior Choir with the Methodist Chapel Choir in the background, at this year’s Big Sing Last Friday, the popular traditional “Truro Big Christmas Sing” was the very first carol service of the year in Truro Cathedral.  Turnout was significantly less than organisers Christian Aid had hoped, with Covid and inclementContinue reading “Truro’s Big Sing! the first carol service”

Synod: a short overview

With Truro and no doubt other parishes around the county gearing up to start local consultations, we thought that readers might like to be reminded that the why’s and wherefore’s of the synod are contained in the Vatican’s Preparatory Document, which you can find on the official Synod website and also in our Synod resourcesContinue reading “Synod: a short overview”