The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark covers the London boroughs south of the Thames,
the County of Kent and the Medway Unitary Authority

   

Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy CommunionArchbishop Peter Smith

Our Archbishop is
Archbishop Peter Smith
who was installed
at Saint George's Cathedral on 10th June 2010

 


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Cathedral Carol Service

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You are warmly invited to
the Cathedral Carol Service
7.30pm on Thursday 15 December
at St George's Cathedral, Southwark,
The combined Cathedral Choirs will sing
traditional and modern settings of carols,
and all will be invited to join in singing well-loved favourite Christmas hymns.
Seasonal refreshments will be served afterwards
in the Amigo Hall. Please bring your families and friends along for a musical celebration of Christmas. 
(Click here for a link to the Facebook event page)



New Parish Priest at St John Fisher New Merton

On Wednesday 7th December 2016 Bishop Paul Hendricks inducted Father David Gummett as the new Parish Priest at St John Fisher New Merton. He was joined by fellow clergy from the diocese along with the Mayor of Merton and other Christian clergy from the local area.


Fr David signing the profession of faith

Mary Farrell with some of the school choir


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Deacon Braz Menezes

who died on Monday 5th December 2016

May he rest in peace




Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Eamonn Whelan 

who died on Saturday 3rd December 2016

May he rest in peace

(details of funeral arrangements will follow)



Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read on the First Sunday of Advent 2016 - Sunday 27th November 2016.

..Advent is a fruitful time for us to examine the depth and strength of our faith in God and in his providence and to ask for God’s grace and help to remain faithful disciples.

We can’t hope to fulfil the challenge Christ puts before us every day unless we are firmly rooted in the spiritual life, in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Full text of the Pastoral Letter

Jubilarians at the Venerable English College in Rome

On 24th November 2016 two Southwark jubilarians were able to attend the annual celebratory meal hosted by the Venerable English College in Rome, which followed a Mass at which Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor presided.


Father Geoffrey Pointer and Father Niall Thornton with
Southwark seminarian Francis Murphy in the chapel of the English College

Southwark Catholic Youth Service - AGM

The Southwark Catholic Youth Service held their Annual General Meeting for 2015 on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 in Archbishop's House

John Toryusen, Director of the Southwark Catholic Youth Service started his report with a brief snapshot of the work of the SCYS in the form of a short film.

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After the Director's report and the election of officers for the Management Committee John presented Janet Dorey with a farewell card and gift as he expressed the gratitude of the whole committee to Janet for her many years of hard work and commitment as secretary to the committee

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The event was attended by various clergy from around the diocese, people working with young people and representatives from youth groups.

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Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Trustee of the Archdiocese and member of the Management Committee thanked John and all the SCYS team for the huge amount of work they undertake on behalf of the Archdiocese


Confirmation in Buckland

On Sunday 20th November 2016 Archbishop conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on 13 young people and 11 adults in Our Lady of Dover, Buckland
 
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161120 - Confirmation - Buckland


60th Anniversary of Parish Scout Group – Orpington

Archbishop Peter joined the community of Holy Innocents - Orpington to celebrate 60th years of the Scouts being in the Parish on 19th November 2016

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161119 - 60th Anniversary of Parish Scout Group – Orpington

161119 - 60th Anniversary of Parish Scout Group – Orpington


Conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy

On Sunday 20th November Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday in St. Peter’s Square as part of the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, and began the liturgy by closing the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica.

In his homily, Pope Francis said, “Even if the Holy Door closes, the true door of mercy which is the heart of Christ always remains open wide for us.”

Following the conclusion of the Mass, the Holy Father signed the Apostolic Letter Misecordia et misera, addressed to the whole Church, as his concluding reflection on the Year of Mercy.

The previous Sunday, 13th November, the Door of Mercy at St George's Cathedral was closed for the last time, along with the other Doors of Mercy outside of Rome, in line with the instructions of the Holy See for the Jubilee. Over the course of the Jubilee the Cathedral and the Shrines at Aylesford, Faversham and Ramsgate, welcomed many pilgrims though the Doors of Mercy. People came individually, in small groups, in parish groups, in Deanery groups and groups from organisations; all responding to the invite of God the Merciful Father, to travel and pray. Truly a time of blessing for all the pilgrims and through them for the whole diocese.


A Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

On Saturday 5th November Father Oladele Craig, Sub Dean of the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George led one of the last pilgrimages through the Holy Door at the Cathedral before it closes on 13th November 2016

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161105 - Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

161105 - Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

School Governors Conference

Archbishop Peter joined the Conference of School Governors in the Archdiocese of Southwark in Amigo Hall on Saturday 5th November 2016

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Mr Dominic Herrington, Regional Schools Commissioner for South East and South London gave a presentation

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Archbishop Peter thanked all School governors for all their hard work and commitment which reflected in the well run schools we are fortunate to have in our Archdiocese

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Knights of St Columba

On Saturday 12th November 2016 Bishop Paul Mason celebrated Mass for the deceased brothers of Province 12 Southwark at Bostal Park.



Concelebrating was Father John O'Donoghue, chaplain to Province 12 and Father Innocent Abonyi, assisted by Deacon Michael Baldry



Bishop Paul was presented with a Knights of St Columba honoury member's certificate by Deputy Supreme Knight - Brother Joe Rodriguez and Brother Michael Akinrele-Provincial Grand Knight, Province 12 Southwark.




Anniversary of the Dedication of
Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

Although St. George’s Cathedral opened in 1848 it was not dedicated until 7th November 1894 when all of the building debts had been repaid
 
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The dedication is commemorated every year throughout the diocese as a Feast and at the cathedral a Solemnity. 

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This year Canon John Weatherill presided at Mass attended by some of the Canons of the diocese and parishioners of St George’s Cathedral.

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During the Mass three new Chapter Canons were installed by Provost Peter Stodart. They are: Canon Brian Coyle, Rector of St. John’s Seminary; Canon Richard Hearn, Dean of the Cathedral; and Canon Alan McLean, parish priest of Bermondsey Dockhead

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Safeguarding Representatives 

On Saturday 1st October 2016 some 80 plus Safeguarding Representatives from parishes and religious communities in Southwark assembled for the third annual event held at Amigo Hall
 

The guest speaker for the day was Mr Kevin Hyland OBE, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner talking about his work and the issues of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
 

 
Following a buffet lunch Helen Sheppard, Safeguarding Co-ordinator,  introduced Paul Czastka and Fiona Giscombe, the Safeguarding Team Administrators, and gave a brief presentation of Safeguarding updates
 


The day ended with Mass in St George’s Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop Peter, with Monsignor Matthew Dickens and Father Richard Hearn concelebrating



During the homily Archbishop Peter acknowledged the importance of the work of the Safeguarding Representatives in the parishes and the great need for vigilance to all types of abuse and particularly in the field of trafficking and modern day slavery


New Parish Priest for New Malden

On Monday 10 October 2016 Father Uche Njoku was inducted as Parish Priest of St Joseph’s New Malden by Bishop Paul Hendricks.



He was joined by Deacons Fred Carter, Tom Kavanagh and John Simon Lawson as well as a number of fellow clergy, the deputy Mayor of Kingston and several ecumenical guests from the local Christian churches






CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JUBILARIANS

On Wednesday 19th October 2016 at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Archbishop Peter presided at a Mass of thanksgiving for the many years of ministry of those who are celebrating significant anniversaries of their ordinations to priesthood and diaconate.

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33 Jubilarians and their guests joined Archbishop Peter for the celebration of Mass and for lunch in Archbishop's House

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Please pray for our Jubilarians

Diamond Jubilarians
Reverend Denis Paul
Reverend Gerald Flood
Reverend Canon Francis O'Sullivan
Reverend Gregory Moore
Reverend Niall Thornton
Reverend Monsignor Leo White

Golden Jubilarians
Reverend Canon Charles Walker
Reverend Anthony Plummer
Reverend John Ryan
Reverend Joseph Smith
Reverend Canon Francis Moran

Ruby Jubilarians
Reverend Canon John Kavanagh
Reverend Geoffrey Pointer
Reverend James Hay

Silver Jubilarians
Reverend Gerard Bradley
Reverend Gary Dyer
Reverend Martin Edwards
Reverend Francis Lynch
Reverend John McGrory
Reverend David Peck
Reverend Robert Sugg
Deacon James Burleigh
Deacon Frederick Carter
Deacon Cyril Durbin
Deacon Neville Gascoigne
Deacon David Pease




Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
at the Cathedral

On Saturday 15th October 2017 Bishop Paul Hendricks commissioned 119 people as Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

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Bishop Paul t started the day with a talk on the Eucharist and this special Ministry

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Monsignor Matthew Dickens presided at a period of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament

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After lunch Monsignor Matthew spoke of the role of the Extraordinary Minister and the rubrics, including the service of administering Holy Communion to the Sick and the DBS checks that need to be taken before staring this ministry and so therefore bringing together all the training that had been given in every parish

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Bishop Paul presided at the Mass along with the other concelebrants Monsignor Matthew Dickens VG and Canon Edward Perera, parish priest of Tolworth, during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.

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They came from 31 parishes from around the Archdiocese, Addiscombe, Anerley, Ashford, Barne, Beckenham, Biggin Hill, Cathedral, Dulwich Wood Park, Eltham Well Hall, Forest Hill, Ham, Hythe, Italian Mission, Lee, Lewisham, Morden, Mortlake, North Cheam, Norwood Upper, Old Coulsdon, Plumstead Common, Rochester, Rotherhithe, Stockwell, Sutton Green, Sydenham Kirkdale, Tolworth, Waddon, Wallington, Wimbledon and Wimbledon South as well as Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital 

Chaplaincy and St John Fisher School in Purley


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 Saint Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Borough


Archbishop Peter joined the community of St Joseph's Primary school in the Borough to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.  



Archbishop Peter was joined by Father Christopher Pearson, parish priest of The Borough, Canon Micheal Cooley, parish priest, Bermondsey - Melior Street, Father Peter Murphy, parish priest of Tonbridge and past pupil of St Joseph's school and Father Philip Glandfield, the Archbishop's private secretary









Official Opening of The Sir David Lane Building
The John Fisher School



On Friday 30th September The John Fisher School opened its new block, the Sir David Lane Building.  A plaque was unveiled by Professor Sir David Lane himself.  Sir David is an old boy of the school and a world leader in the field of oncology, resident in Singapore he was in England for his daughter's wedding, therefore he was able to join us.   Sir David spoke passionately about the school and encouraged those who study and work at John Fisher to "light fires and lead change".


 
The choir performed beautifully singing The Cantique de Jean Racine. Bishop Paul Hendricks, blessed the building with a short liturgy.  Dr Anne Bamford, director of education for the diocese was in attendance along with local MP Tom Brake, Cllr Richard Clifton the Mayor of Sutton and Cllr Wayne Trakas-Lawlor the Mayor of Croydon who is also a John Fisher alumnus.

Prisoners’ Sunday & Prisons Week

Sunday 9th October is Prisoners’ Sunday and the beginning of Prisons Week.
During this time we are encouraged to pray for those in prison, their families and those who work in prison; as well all those who work within the Criminal Justice system and those who are affected by crime.
There are over 85,000 people in prison within England and Wales; in Southwark diocese we have twelve prisons which includes some of the biggest in the country

For prayers and other resources for Prisons Week visit the Prisons Week website: prisonsweek.org

Please take some time this week to remember all those affected by the consequences of crime and being in prison, and also our prison chaplains who minister in very demanding circumstances

The Prison Advice & Care Trust (PACT) is a Catholic charity which supports
 prisoners and their families up and down the country and is heavily reliant on volunteers for its work. There is information on their website detailing how individuals can support their work practically and financially

www.prisonadvice.org.uk


Mass and Blessing of Parish Room – Westerham

On Sunday 25th September Archbishop Peter Smith joined the community of St. John the Baptist in Westerham to celebrate Mass and Bless their new Parish Room

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Richard French recieved a Diocesan Medel for all his work in project managing the building of the parish room
The rest of the team were acknowledged and thanked for all their hard work too

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Annual Diocesan Day for Catechists 2016

Coinciding with Pope Francis’ year of mercy jubilee day for catechists, the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George and Amigo Hall played host to the annual diocesan Day for Catechists (24 September 2016), organised by the Centre for Catholic Formation (CCF)

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It was the fourth such annual day, the first to take place in September, and it attracted almost 200 people from across the diocese who are involved in sacramental preparation, the RCIA and the Liturgy of the Word for Children.

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In a departure from previous years, instead of a keynote address, the gathered catechists took part in the Cathedral’s Year of Mercy Liturgy which included a procession through the Jubilee Door of Mercy, adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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After lunch, and time at the bookstalls provided by the Catholic Truth Society and the CCF, participants broke into workshop groups to explore fresh ideas and methods for their ministry in the Church.

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Advisers from the Centre for Catholic Formation, the Education Commission and teams from elsewhere in the diocese provided sessions on baptism, reconciliation, marriage, post-Confirmation resourcing, the home, school, parish relationship and children’s Scripture study to name but a few. A session was also facilitated by the School of the Annunciation who will be collaborating with the CCF in delivering the new Diocesan Catechetical Certificate (DCC).

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The day culminated with Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith, at which an agreement was signed by Fr Guy de Gaynesford, from the School of the Annunciation, and His Grace.

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After the blessing a short service of commissioning took place where the catechists were sent out to cooperate with the Archbishop in his role as the chief catechist of the diocese.

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The date for next year’s diocesan day for catechists will be
23rd September 2017

More information on the Centre for Catholic Formation can be found at: www.ccftootingbec.org.uk
More information on the Diocesan Catechetical Certificate can be found at: www.schooloftheannunciation.com


Annual Day for Religious in Aylesford

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68 Religious men and women from various Congregations within the Archdiocese assembled in Aylesford Priory for The Annual Day for Religious on Friday 23rd September

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The Keynote speaker was Sister Raymunda Jordan  - A Dominican Sister from Cricklewood who gave a very thought-provoking talk on "As people in Consecrated Life, walking through many doors which continue to open to us, how can we live, celebrate and minister in communion?"

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The day concluded the day with Mass in St Joseph's Chapel with Archbishop Peter as the Principal Celebrant joined by Carmelites, Vincentians, a Scalabrini Father and priests of the Missionary Society of St Paul.

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Archbishop Peter, in his homily, drew on Sister Raymunda's talks and brought the day to a perfect end.



Silver Jubilee of African Ministry in London

The Pan-African Annual Mass was held on 18th September in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George to mark the 25th Anniversary of the African Ministry in London

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The main celebrant was Archbishop Peter Smith

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The Mass was followed by a reception at the Amigo Hall

Southwark Catholic Youth Service

On Saturday 10th September Monsignor Matthew Dickens, VG commissioned this year's Southwark Catholic Youth Service's Youth Ministry Team.





Monsignor Matthew was assisted by Deacon Javier Elderfield, Chair of the SCYS Management Group



Please keep Dani, Ben, Martha, Bethan and Freya in your prayers as they serve the young people of the diocese this year



The staff and team were joined for Mass and dinner by members of the Southwark Catholic Youth Service’s Management Group

Apostleship of the Sea Mass for seafarers

A Mass to pray for seafarers and for the ministry of Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) was celebrated in the Cathedral on 20th September 2016

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In Archbishop Peter's homily he said

''The Apostleship of the Sea provides great support and comfort to seafarers, who often spend many months away from their families, in pretty poor conditions and often with very poor pay.   This Charity is a great example of the works of mercy by the Church, offering friendship and support at the drop-in centres in our ports, and material help as well.

It is indeed a wonderful work of mercy and we thank God today for all of you who support this work as volunteers, or who help to provide the financial support without which this work of mercy could not continue.  So we ask for the intercession of Our Blessed Lady for all seafarers and for the flourishing of The Apostleship of the Sea''

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Southwark Diocesan Retreat for Priests

The Diocesan OGF (Ongoing formation of Priests) held its annual Retreat for Priests from Monday 12 to Friday 16 September, at the Emmaus Centre, in West Wickham. Entitled "Luke, the Gospel of Mercy", the retreat was led by Fr Peter Edmonds SJ. Thirty priests gathered for the retreat, together with the OGF coordinators Fr Adrian McKenna and Sr.Sheila Moloney.

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The retreatants gathered for one of the talks with Fr Peter Edmonds SJ 


Gathered in prayer for one of the Retreat Masses


"Putney to St George's"

Several Deaneries have gathered parishioners together in order to make a Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage to one of the Doors of Mercy in the diocese. Over 80 people from the Mortlake Deanery made their pilgrimage on Saturday 10th September, many walking the six and half mile journey from the church of Our Lady of Pity and Saint Simon Stock, Putney, to the spiritual heart of the diocese, the Cathedral of St George.
 
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The walking pilgrims - ready for the journey

Journeys end - The Door of Mercy
Arriving at the Cathedral Door of Mercy

A few words of welcome
Pilgrims with the Cathedral Dean at journey's end.


125th Anniversary of the founding of
St John's Seminary, Wonersh
plus the 18th Rector of the Seminary
formally takes up his office

On Thursday 8th September Father Brian Coyle formally took up his office as the 18th Rector of St John's Seminary, Wonersh during the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Seminary.

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160908 - 125th Anniversary of the founding of St John's Seminary and Fr Brian Coyle as 18th Rectory of the Seminary

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160908 - 125th Anniversary of the founding of St John's Seminary and Fr Brian Coyle as 18th Rectory of the Seminary




RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives

Our Archivist, Mrs Jenny Delves, has updated the Southwark Diocesan Archives' Blog
Irish Easter Rising 1916
Irish prisoners strike in Lewes Jail




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The Diocesan Chancery

Southwark's Diocesan Chancery has revised and added information to its page on this site.

The Chancery forms for Marriage, Reception into full communion with the Church and the Commissioning of Extra-ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are now available for priests and deacons to download from this page.

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The Mass is held each year in thanksgiving for the work of the Parish Gift Aid Organisers within the Diocese and then followed by the AGM and refreshments in the Amigo Hall