Ukraine Host-family Meet-up

A non-denominational meeting was held at Truro Methodist Church on 27th April to support the Cornish community in helping Ukrainian Refugees and their hosts. Five refugees from Ukraine were actually at the event which was attended by almost 100 people, including some half-dozen parishioners from Our Lady of the Portal. Rev’d Mark Dunne-Wilson led theContinue reading “Ukraine Host-family Meet-up”

Pastoral Renewal Exchange (PRE) 

PRE was started by Fr Brian Green in 1978 to allow those involved in pastoral work to exchange ideas, personal experiences and information. Fr Brian taught at Ushaw College from 1969 -77 and developed a Pastoral Theology course. He then moved to Dinnington to become parish priest of St Joseph’s in 1977. PRE is receivedContinue reading “Pastoral Renewal Exchange (PRE) “

“Ukraine refugees under our roof”: a special Supplement

We are now constantly deluged with news of the  seemingly endless violence and destruction in Ukraine. In the midst of all this fear, our attached Supplement offers a heartwarming first-hand account from one of our own Truro community, of her experience of dealing with Ukraine refugee women and children in Poland. The supplement can beContinue reading ““Ukraine refugees under our roof”: a special Supplement”

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”

COP26: Cardinal Nichols writes to Prime Minister

On the eve of the COP26 Conference in Glasgow on Climate Change, Cardinal Nichols has written to the Prime Minister on our behalf, as President of the Catholic Bishops Conference. Referring to the global ecological crisis as a dark cloud over humanity, he offers our support to the work of achieving the goals of theContinue reading “COP26: Cardinal Nichols writes to Prime Minister”

Live Simply, Sustainably, and in Solidarity with the Poor

On 1st October a one day conference was held in Torquay (sponsored by CAFOD and Caritas) The purpose was to revive awareness and implementation of the livesimply initiative in our schools and parishes. The event brought together some great speakers including Marie-Elena Arana (Live Simply Award Co-ordinator); Fr Jonathan Stewart (Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Exeter) whomContinue reading “Live Simply, Sustainably, and in Solidarity with the Poor”

Creation: What can I do?

“Be not afraid!” … so Jesus tells his followers, knowing too well how fearful they were. We too can feel overwhelmed and despairing in the face of news about extreme climate events, but we too must allow ourselves to be comforted and strengthened by Jesus’s words. If we open ourselves to receive the grace ofContinue reading “Creation: What can I do?”