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 Carmelite Friar Paul Jenkins ordained as a Priest

On Saturday 18th October 2014, the feast of St. Luke, Carmelite Friar Father Paul Jenkins was ordained priest at The Friars, Aylesford, by Archbishop Peter Smith
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Father Paul Jenkins was joined in the celebrations by his fellow Carmelite, family and friends
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More photos can be seen on The Order of Carmelites Facebook Account

Induction of Canon Luke Smith as
Parish Priest of Maidstone

On Friday 17th October 2014 at the Vigil Mass of the Feast of St Luke the Evangelist Father Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent, inducted Canon Luke Smith as Parish Priest of St Francis, Maidstone
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Canon Luke celebrated Mass with his brother clergy
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The parish organised a wonderful party in the parish hall  to carry on the celebrations
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Catenians - Province 7 (Southwark ) 
Remember their Dead

On Sunday 12th October the Catenians of Province 7 (Southwark) once again remembered their dead Brothers who had died during the previous year.
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A special mass of remembrance was held at Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George with fellow Catenians, their families and friends
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In Canon John's homily he weaved the Catenary Bursery fund for young people (The Catenians offer a bursary(s) of £500 to any young person/teenager who wants to do something good in their lives i.e. help out in Lourdes or Africa etc.) liking it to the ‘wedding garment’ that allowed the man to attend the wedding.

He also referenced those who had died
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Brendan Ducey Province 7 Provincial President at the lectern reading the names of the 17 Brothers who had died during the year.

More photos are on the RC Southwark Flickr page


Thanksgiving Mass for the 35th Anniversay of
 St Benedict's Catholic Primary School-Walderslade

Archbishop Peter Smith joined the community of St Benedict's Primary School, Walderslade in their celebrations to mark 35th anniversay of the opening of the school.
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141015 - Mass of Thanksgiving for 35th Anniversay of St Benedict's Primary School Walderslade
Archbishop Peter concelebrated Mass with Fathers Stephen Wymer, Denis Paul and Malachy Steenson CP
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141015 - Mass of Thanksgiving for 35th Anniversay of St Benedict's Primary School Walderslade


Mass of Thanksgiving for
Reverend Mother Janet Erskine Stuart in
Digby Stuart College Chapel - Roehampton

On Saturday 11th October all former students, staff and friends were invited to join in the Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating the life and achievements of the Reverend Mother Janet Erskine Stuart (1857 – 1914) in Digby Stuart College Chapel led by the Archbishop of Southwark, The Most Reverend Peter Smith.
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Janet Stuart was the leader of the Society of the Sacred Heart in the British Isles from 1894, and leader of the Society worldwide from 1911 until her death at the age of 57 in 1914, just after the outbreak of World War I. It is remarkable that someone whose religious life before she became Superior General was mainly spent in one community (Roehampton), and who only had 3 full years as Superior General, is still remembered today not only by members of her own order, but by religious of other orders, Anglican as well as Catholic. She is remembered for her spirituality, the impact of which was felt by many who lived with her, who met or corresponded with her, and who read her posthumously published meditations and essays. She is remembered, too, for her contributions to the improvement of Catholic secondary education for girls and young women in Sacred Heart schools and colleges across the world.
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Janet worked tirelessly to raise the standards of teaching in Sacred Heart schools, focusing especially on supporting and challenging teachers not only in what they taught but how they taught it. She gave lectures, supervised teaching practice, helped to rewrite curricula, expanded teacher training opportunities for Catholic women in England as well as the sisters. Under her guidance the teacher training college in Wandsworth in south west London became a highly regarded one, and the new college she established in Kensington, St Charles, was considered one of the best in the country. The College was, of course, to move later to Roehampton and was re-named Digby Stuart.
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A reception was held after Mass and all were invited.
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Commissioning of
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion 
at Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
Southwark  

On Saturday, 4th October 2014, Father Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent and Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General, led the Commissioning Day for our new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George and in the Amigo Hall.
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In the morning, Father Paul gave a talk on the Eucharist and Monsignor Matthew 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 explained the rubrics and the service of Communion to the Sick.
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Father Paul presided at the Mass along with the other concelebrants Monsignor Matthew, Monsignor Ewing and Father Philip Smith, during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.
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In all, 110 Extraordinary Ministers were commissioned and came from 31 parishes around the diocese.
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More photos are on the RC Southwark Flickr page

Safeguarding with Confidence

The second “Safeguarding with Confidence” conference was held at The Friars in Aylesford on 23 September with 60 people in attendance. The conference was opened with a prayer by the Episcopal Vicar for Kent, Fr Paul Mason followed by talks from Helen Sheppard (Safeguarding Coordinator) and Graham Preston (Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding)
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The day looked at the current structure for Safeguarding in the Catholic Church both nationally and locally. There was also a talk on sacrament and reconciliation and an interesting panel session to close the conference.
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Overall, a very positive day with encouraging comments from clergy.
A few to share…
“Thank you for the opportunity to meet my brothers – some I haven’t seen for long time, others I was able to meet for the first time. An altogether enjoyable and rewarding day. Your efforts did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.” Fr Jim Hurley
"The most useful part of the day was “the scenario session and the part of sacrament of reconciliation and safeguarding”. Fr Richard Plunkett
“The awareness of protection for children and vulnerable adults, but also the awareness of protecting myself. “ Unknown
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If you’ve not yet signed up to one of these events the Safeguarding team will be organising 3 more dates. For more details or to reserve a place please email rachel.stephens@sgo-rcdsouthwark.org
15 Oct - Ashford (St Teresa Parish)
14 Nov - Hayes (Our Lady of the Rosary) *FULLY BOOKED*
27 Nov - New Malden (St Joseph Parish)

Archbishop Peter named Apostolic Administrator

In Rome today (4th October) it was announced that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from office of the Rt Rev Kieran Conry. With the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton having no bishop (described as Sede Vacante) the Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Peter Smith as Apostolic Administrator of that Diocese until such time as a new Bishop takes up the office of Diocesan Bishop. This temporary role is in addition to his duties as the Archbishop of Southwark, and he will continue to live and work at Archbishop’s House while providing support to the people and clergy of Arundel and Brighton.

Little Sisters of the Poor
St Peter's-Vauxhall

On 20th September 2014 Archbish Peter Smith join the community of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Vauxhall in welcoming their Mother General on a visit to the community and nursing home,
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Also joining them on the day was Father Jim Hurley - Episcopal Vicar for Religious
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The community presented Mother General with collage of their work and communities in the UK
140920 - Mass at St Peter - Vauxhall with visit of Mother General

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flicrk Page

Safeguarding Office Administrator

Based in the Safeguarding Office in St Gabriel’s House, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7JE, we are currently looking for an administrator to join the team. This is initially a fixed term contract of 6 months. This is a varied role covering the following key areas of work:

• Administration of the DBS disclosure application process.
• Maintenance of national and local database records and manual files.
• Administrative support to the Safeguarding training programme and assistance in delivery of training as necessary (some occasional travel within the UK maybe required)
• Maintaining and updating of policy documents, forms and procedures in relation to safeguarding policies.
• Administration of safeguarding meetings and secretarial support.

The ideal candidate will be committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and will have previous experience of administering DBS disclosures and/or experience of working in a safeguarding environment. Good secretarial skills and experience of email, Word, Excel and Access are also required, as is a methodical and detail-oriented approach. Previous experience of training administration and/or delivery would also be very useful. A good command of English is essential. The hours are 28 – 35 per week (actual days/times to be agreed). The full time salary will be £19,000 - £21,000pa – pro-rata for shorter hours.

We are an equal opportunities employer who welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates. If you would like to apply for this role please send your CV to sarah.wood@finance-rcdsouthwark.org and please DO NOT apply if you do not currently have permission to work in the UK. Closing date for applications is 24th October 2014.


Bi-Centenary of Don Bosco's Birth

Over 500 members of the Salesian family and friends came to the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George in Southwark on Saturday 20th September to celebrate the Bi-Centenary of their founder and the patron saint of young people, St John Bosco
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Mass was led by Archbishop Peter Smith – concelebrating were Bishop Paul Hendricks, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, Bishop Howard Tripp, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, Bishop Chris Budd, Bishop Emeritus of Plymouth (a past-pupil of Salesian School, Chertsey), Fr Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Great Britain, and 30 priests and deacons
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Fr Martin Coyle SDB in his homily, emphasized the unshakeable belief in the presence and providence of God that Don Bosco had; how Don Bosco believed in the goodness and potential of young people, especially those that Society had ignored, or worse, despised; concluding Fr Martin both encouraged and challenged the Salesian Family to continue the legacy of Don Bosco’s mission into the future.
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The Congregation was invited after the Mass to have refreshments in the Hall and to spend time looking at the Photographic Exhibition provided by Salesian Link (the Salesian office of Social Media and Communications in GB) on the theme – ‘Vision of Life’
More photo are on the Southwark Flickr page

Commissioning of the New Team at the
Southwark Catholic Youth Service's
Residential Centre in Whitstable

On Saturday 20th September 2014 Monsignor Matthew Dickens joined the team, their families and friends at St. Vincent’s Centre, the Southwark Diocesan Youth Retreat Centre for the AGM of the SCYS and to commission the new team for 2014/15

Isaac, Rachel, Rachel, Ellie & Katy were commissioned and welcomed to the team
Monsignor Matthew then con celebrated Mass with Father Damian Cassidy, O.Carm., the new Prior of The Friars, Aylesford and Father Gregory Griffiths which was offered for the repose of the soul of Shelia Doherty a former secretary of the Southwark Catholic Youth Service. Mass was followed by a reception

The Roman Catholic and The Anglican First XIs 
faced each other in Canterbury

The Roman Catholic and The Anglican First XIs faced each other in Canterbury on in a historic match to raise awareness of slavery and human trafficking.

The Twenty20 match, which was be played at Kent County Cricket Club in the shadow of Canterbury Cathedral on 19th September at 4pm, and along with the subsequent dinner, raised funds for the Global Freedom Network, the joint Anglican-Roman Catholic anti-trafficking initiative launched in March.

It was a magnificent ecumenical occasion, with the Archbishop of Canterbury joined by Archbishop David Moxon from the Anglican centre in Rome, as well as the Bishop of Dover, in friendly rivalry with the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Peter Smith and Bishop Pat Lynch
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The match marked the culmination of the St Peter's Cricket Club 'Tour of Light' initiative, and follows a challenge laid down by the club’s honourary president Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi to Archbishop Justin Welby.
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The St Peter’s Team consists of the following: two priests, four deacons and seven seminarians, all men involved in formation for the priesthood in Rome; eight Indians, two Sri Lankans, one each from Pakistan, England and Ireland, the majority are from the international Pontifical Colleges Maria Mater Ecclesiae and Collegio Urbano. The St Peter's team won the toss and decided to bat.

They scored 106 in the 20 overs. It had rained day before, so the ground was quite damp which made it difficult for the batters to score many runs The Archbishop of Canterbury XI started slowly and it looked promising for the Vatican team.  It came to the last over of the match and the Archbishop’s XI needed three runs to win which they scored with five balls to spare.140919 - Ecumenical Cricket Match - Canterbury

Day for Religious

On Friday 19th September 2014 the annual Day for Religious was held at The Friars, Aylesford
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Bishop Emeritus John Crowley from the Diocese of Middlesborough gave the key note speach.
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Archbishop Peter Smith joined the religious for the day along with Father Jim Hurley, Vicar for Religious

More photos can be found the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Dedication of St. Henry and St Elizabeth - Sheppey

On Sunday 14th September 2014 the parish of Sheppey celebrated the 150th anniversary of its opening. To mark the occasion Archbishop Peter Smith joined the parish celebrations during which he celebrated Mass with Canon Francis Moran and priests who had previously served in Sheerness, together with Clergy from the Deanery and dedicated the altar. Also present were Monsignor Matthew Dickens, the Vicar General and Fr Paul Mason, the Episcopal Vicar for Kent
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During the Mass two of the altar servers were presented with Long Service Medals to mark their many years of service in the Parish
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After Mass the celebrations continued in the parish hall
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Jubilee Mass for  Sister Sheila Moloney DMJ

Sister Sheila Moloney DMJ celebrated 50 years of her profession, at a Mass and reception at St Andrew’s Thornton Heath on the 12th September 2014.
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She was joined by Archbishop Peter, who presided at the Mass, Archbishop Kevin McDonald, Bishop Howard Tripp, Sr Felicé DMJ the Provincial of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph congregation, other Sisters from the congregation, family, friends, colleagues and parishioners.
140912 - Jubilee Mass for Sr. Sheila Moloney DMJ at Thornton Heath
Sr Shelia has been in the Croydon area for all of her 50 years, including working in Coloma Girls School, and currently in the chaplaincy of the Croydon University Hospital. Canon Francis, the parish priest, reflected on her religious life in the homily; and on behalf of the very many people she had served and supported over the years he thanked her, praying that she would be blessed with many more happy years of professed life.
140912 - Jubilee Mass for Sr. Sheila Moloney DMJ at Thornton Heath

More photos can be seen on the RCSouthwark Flickr site

160th Anniversary of St. Mary's Chislehurst

On Sunday 7th September Archbishop Peter Smith visited the parish of St Mary Chislehurst to join with them as they celebrated the 160th anniversary of the opening of the Church.
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Archbishop Peter celebrated the 9.30am Mass greeting parishioners afterwards, and then the 11am Mass with the parish priest Father Charles Briggs; this Mass was followed by a shared lunch in the parish room.

160th Anniversary of St. Mary's Chislehurst

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During the 11am Mass Archbishop Peter blessed the new confessional, created by one of the craftsmen in the parish.
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More photos can be seen on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Lourdes 2014




Sunday International Mass

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Pilgrimage Grotto Mass

Sunday: Torch Light Procession

Anointing Service

More photos of the occasion on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

Clergy Appointments and News

 Announced September 2014

Canon Luke Smith has been appointed as Parish Priest of St Francis, Maidstone.

Father Timothy Finigan has been appointed as Parish Priest of Ss Austin and Gregory with St Anne, Margate.

Father Steven Fisher has been appointed as Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Blackfen from 3rd September 2014.

Father Bernard Heaphy is retiring as Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary, Brixton

Father James Spencer has been appointed as the Dean of Bexley Deanery to succeed Father Tim Finigan.

The Missionary Society of St Paul of Nigeria have been given the pastoral care of Our Lady of the Rosary, Brixton. Father Eustace Durugbo MSP, has been appointed the new Parish Priest. The MSP's have also been given permission to establish a Religious House in the parish.

Father Boniface Akpoigbe MSP succeeds Father Eustace Durugbo MSP as Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Assumption, Deptford.

Father Robert Ogbede cm has been appointed as the new Parish Priest of St Benet’s Abbey Wood

Father Peter Iwuoha cm will be the new assistant priest in the parish of
St Benet’s Abbey Wood

Canon David Caine has been appointed as Parish Priest of The Holy Family, Thanet.

Canon Anthony Charlton has been appointed as Parish Priest of St Thomas of Canterbury, Canterbury.

Canon Edward Perera has been appointed as Parish Priest of
Our Lady Immaculate, Tolworth.

Father Chukwuemeka Nnaji has been appointed as Parochial Administrator (Priest in Charge) of the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Lee.

Father Oladele Craig has been appointed as an Assistant Priest at the Metropolitan Cathedra Churchl of St George.

Father Joseph Owusu-Ansah, following his ordination in July, has been appointed as Assistant Priest to Holy Ghost Parish, Balham.

Father Anthony Plummer has been appointed as Parish Priest of
Christ the King, Wimbledon Park, to succeed Canon John Naughton who has retired.
 
The Society of the Missions (The Vincentians) Nigerian Province, have been entrusted with the pastoral care of the parish of Peckham, and Father Richard Diala cm has been appointed as the new Parish Priest, and at the same time his Provincial has appointed him the local Superior.

Father Vincent George cm will be coming to work in the diocese from Nigeria and will be an assistant in Peckham.

Father Christopher Heaps SDB was given a new appointment within the Salesian Order, and left the Parish of the Sacred Heart in July, to move to the Salesian Community in Bootle. The Salesian Provincial has nominated as interim Parish Priest Father Kieran Anderson, SDB, the present Rector of the Salesian Community in Battersea. He will combine these roles for one year.

Deacon Thomas Bakulumpagi, having completed his Seminary formaton, has been appointed a Deacon in the Metropolitan Cathedra Churchl of St George.


50th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church
in Beckenham Hill and Bellingham

On Sunday 31st August 2014 Archbishop Peter Smith joined the parish of Beckenham Hill and Bellingham  to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the decation of the church.
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Two parishioners, Dennis Simmonds and Joseph Sullivan, were presented with Diocesan medals for their exceptional service to the church.
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The Deputy Headteacher of St Augustine's Primary School also received a leaving present with grateful thanks

310814 - Beckenham Hill and Bellingham Golden Jubilee

More photos of the occasion on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

Papal Blessing for Charity Founders in Margate

Canon Edaid
Doreen and Ron Rolfe together with Eileen Teahan, Doreen's sister, each received a Papal Blessing from Pope Francis in recognition of their charity work for ‘Ed-Aid’, supporting Catholic schools in The Gambia, which began in 1989. The special scrolls were presented by Canon Luke during his final Saturday evening vigil Mass in the Parish of Ss Austin & Gregory with St Anne, Margate, on 30th August 2014. These blessings were arranged by David Shaw, pictured right, who took over the day-to-day management of Ed-Aid last year.
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Doreen recalls that Ed-Aid was founded after they had taken a holiday in the small West African country where after Mass they met with the parish priest of the church in the capital Banjul, who took them to visit some of his Catholic schools. Doreen at that time was living in Hitchin, Herts., and did voluntary work with the local bishop’s education team and was a member of the National Justice and Peace team. She and husband Ron were appalled by what they saw; the lack of even the most basic equipment needed to educate the Gambia's children. On their return to the UK they determined to do something to help so began the charity Ed-Aid. With encouragement from their parish in Hitchin, Ed-Aid quickly began to make a difference for school children in this small English-speaking country. Twenty-one years ago the family moved to Margate and transferred much of the operation aspects of the charity to Thanet. Doreen’s sister Eileen then returned from teaching in Canada and joined them, together they managed to acquire some warehouse space, at a very reasonable price, from a local farmer in which to store, sort and pack the goods which they then ship to The Gambia in containers filled with all the necessary items to aid their education. In addition, Ed-Aid has been responsible for raising many thousands of pounds to repair schools, rebuild classrooms, build teacher accommodation, toilet blocks, etc., as well as providing equipment, for general education and to train students in practical subjects to help make life easier as they progress to adulthood. To make sure that Ed-Aid is working well in the Gambian schools, close contact is kept with the Gambian Catholic Education secretary and when possible Ed-Aid makes a visit. Summing up her experience in founding and working for the charity Doreen said: "It's been fantastic". After twentyfive years of overseeing the whole Ed-Aid operation the sisters and Doreen's husband have handed over the management of the charity to David Shaw, former Headmaster of Holy Cross Secondary School, Broadstairs.
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Ed-Aid has always had a fantastic number of helpers but are always looking for further help! We not only appreciate financial support but also collections of new or nearly new educational items from sewing needles to reams of paper, spades to packets of chalk are always welcome.
For more information contact the charity through their website: www.edaid.freeserve.co.uk

Mass at St Andrew's School Streatham 
and Good Bye to Chair of Governors

On the 21st July 2014 Archbishop Peter Smith joined the community of St Andrew's School in Streatham to wish farewell to Year 6 as they move on to secondary school and also to say farewell and thanks to their Chair of Governors. 
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In recognition of his many years of dedicated service to the School and the Church, he was presented with the new Diocean Award.
Mass at St Andrews School - Streatham


Mass at Blackfen
Retirement of Primary Head Teacher

Archbishop Peter Smith visited the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen, on Tuesday 22nd July, joining the Parish and the local primary School in saying farewell and thanks to Mr John Murphy the retiring Head Teacher. At a well atended Mass, Mr Murphy was presented with a Papal Blessing, in recognition of his dedicated service. 
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140722 - Mass at Blackfen - Retirement of Primary Head Teacher


Bishop Patrick Lynch voices concern after
migrants rescued from shipping container


“It is becoming increasingly apparent that vulnerable men, women and children are being exploited by criminals all over the world,” says Bishop Patrick Lynch on the finding of migrants in Tilbury Shipping Container

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who experienced terrible suffering trapped in a shipping container discovered at Tilbury docks, on Saturday, 16 August 2014. It is hard to comprehend the appalling conditions that they would have endured during their journey to the UK.

We commend the police, for the sensitive way they handled this tragic situation and applaud the emergency services, the NHS, local authority and the Sikh community for their rapid response.

We hope that the ongoing investigations will determine quickly whether the people are victims of human trafficking or vulnerable migrants seeking protection.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that vulnerable men, women and children are being exploited by criminals all over the world and that we must respond compassionately to their cries for help.

We support the Home Secretary in her commitment to making Britain a hostile place for human traffickers, and hope that the criminals in this case are speedily brought to justice.

Bishop Patrick Lynch Migrants Bishop,
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales



Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Michael Gibbons

who died on 5th August 2014
in Lyons, France 


His Funeral Mass will be held on
Monday 22nd September at 12 noon at the
Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
Lambeth Road SE1 6HY
 
May he rest in peace


Thanksgiving Mass for the 20th Anniversary of LATCH

Bishop Pat Lynch joined the parishioners of St Joseph’s Parish, Bromley, on the 27th July at the Thanksgiving Mass for the 20th anniversary of LATCH (Living Amicably Together in a Caring Home). The Mass was held in recognition of LATCH’s double decade of dedication helping to house single homeless young people in Bromley. Bishop Pat was thanked by the supporters and trustees of LATCH and the Mass was followed by a celebratory Garden Party at the Holy Ghost Father’s home nearby.

In the photograph, left to right: Deacon Duncan Aitkins (Chair of LATCH); Geoff Colton and Beryl Alexander founder members of LATCH; Bishop Pat; current trustees: Carol Humberstone and Lisa Hodson (also the LATCH Manager)

Deacon Barry Mellish is awarded a BA degree in Theology and Religious Studies

On Thursday 24 July Deacon Barry Mellish, from the parish of Bromley, became the latest Southwark deacon to be awarded a BA degree in Theology and Religious Studies from St Mary's University, Twickenham, concluding four years of formation for the diaconate.

Barry is shown here at Westminster cathedral, where the graduation ceremony took place, with his wife Julia. It was also their 43rd wedding anniversary.

Annual Thanet Catholic Deanery Mass

Annual Thanet Catholic Deanery Mass in honour of St Mildred (Patron of Thanet) on Sunday 20th July at the Anglican Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Minster, site of the original Minster Abbey founded by St Mildred's mother St Domneva.

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The principal celebrant was Fr Richard Duffield Cong. Orat. of St Wilfrid in York
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140720 - Annual Thanet Catholic Deanery Mass

First Communion and Confirmation at Pembury

On Sunday 20th July Monsignor Keith Newton of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, celebrated the 11am Mass at Saint Anselm’s in Pembury during which 10 children received their First Communion and 4 young people were Confirmed.


Final celebration of Mass at Westgate-on-Sea

Final celebration of Mass at St Peter's Church, Westgate-on-Sea, Parish of the Holy Family on 6th July 2014. The celebrant was Fr Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent.
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There has been a Catholic church of St Peter on that site since 1937, prior to that Catholic's in Westgate worshipped at the Convent Church of the Sacred Heart (Canoness of St Augustine). The current building was opened in the mid 1960s.
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Ordination of Wayne du Preez as a Permanent Deacon

On Saturday July 5th Bishop Patrick Lynch ordained Wayne du Preez was ordained a Deacon.
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Deacon Wayne’s wife Linda and their children, Dominic, Nicholas and Emily were present
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Deacon Wayne was ordained for the Deanery of Bromley and will be exercising his Ministry in the parish of Orpington

Congratulations

On Saturday 19th July, in a busy Cathedral joined by over fifty priests, and about eight hundred family, friends and parishioners, Joseph Owusu-Ansah was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Peter Smith.
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Fr Joseph with Archbishop Peter and Bishop Howard Tripp

Fr Joseph, whose family is from Ghana, was joined by many members of the Ghanaian community, some of whom had travelled from Ghana for his special day
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Deacon Joseph is addressed by Archbishop Peter
moments before the ordination takes place
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After Mass: Archbishop Peter receiving a First Blessing from Fr Jospeh

Archbishop Peter has appointed Fr Joseph Owusu-Ansah as assistant Priest in Holy Ghost Parish, Balham, and he will begin this ministry in September. The following day Fr Joseph celebrated his first Mass in Saint Francis of Sales and Saint Gertrude Parish, Stockwell.

Safeguarding with Confidence

The first Safeguarding with Confidence information day for clergy was held at Amigo Hall on Tuesday 15 July. The day was designed to build confidence and reassurance in all clergy by delivering an informative and enjoyable day for almost 90 clergy across the Diocese.

140715 - Diocesan Clergy Safeguarding Training Event

Archbishop Peter opened the conference with a morning prayer and a few words around Safeguarding which was followed by talks from Helen Sheppard, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator and Father Graham Preston, the Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding. They covered current issues around safeguarding, creating a safer parish environment, the theology of Safeguarding as a Ministry. Various scenarios pertinent to clergy were looked at.

140715 - Diocesan Clergy Safeguarding Training Event

The day finished with a panel session which gave participants the opportunity to ask questions.  On the panel were Archbishop Peter, Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Father Graham Preston and Helen Sheppard

Archbishop Peter thanked Canon John Kavanagh, a past Safeguarding Co-ordinator, for his work with the Safeguarding Commission

The Safeguarding team will be organising 4 other events this year and all clergy within the diocese are encouraged to attend at least one of these events. For more details or to reserve a place please email rachel.stephens@sgo-rcdsouthwark.org
23 Sep - Aylesford (The Friars)
15 Oct - Ashford (St Teresa Parish)
14 Nov - Hayes (Our Lady of the Rosary) *FULLY BOOKED*
27 Nov - New Malden (St Joseph Parish)

The parish of Petts Wood celebrates 75 years

On the 13th July 2014 Archbishop Peter join the community of St James - Petts Wood to celebrate their 75th Anniversay of the parish.

140713 - 75th Anniversay of Petts Wood

Archbishop Peter Smith and CAFOD Director Chris Bain have presented a livesimply award to St James the Great Parish in Petts Wood in recognition of their commitment to live more simply and sustainably and to stand in solidarity with people living in poverty around the world.  The Parish is the first parish in the Diocese of Southwark and the thirteenth in England and Wales to achieve the national award.

140713 - 75th Anniversay of Petts Wood140713 - 75th Anniversay of Petts Wood

Archbishop Peter Smith said: “Well done to St James’. Southwark is one of the few dioceses that has got the award for living simply and I think it shows what they’re doing – what Pope Francis is asking us all to do: to care especially for the disadvantaged and those living in poverty.”

To achieve the award parishioners created a beautiful and tranquil wildlife garden and worship space, which Archbishop Peter blessed and they reduced the carbon footprint of the church by nearly 10 per cent by switching electricity supplies to a renewable energy supplier and encouraging ‘leave the car at home’ weekends.

140713 - 75th Anniversay of Petts Wood

The parishioners have also been marking baptisms and birthdays by planting more than 70 trees in British woodlands and supporting the local food bank, whilst raising £1,200 so far to support CAFOD’s work with those living in poverty in Bangladesh.

140713 - 75th Anniversay of Petts Wood
During the celebration Archbishop Peter presented a Diocesan Medal to Shelia Simon for her long and faithful service to the church. Shelia had been very unwell and sadley passed away a few days after this picture was taken, may seh rest in peace.

Good News for St George's Cathedral

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has announced, that cathedrals across England will receive almost £5million for urgent repairs in the first round of grants from the First World War Centenary Cathedral repair fund. The fund was announced in Budget 2014 and set up in April this year in recognition of the powerful symbol our cathedrals are of Britain’s shared history as well as the significant role they will play when the nation comes together to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George has been awarded a government grant and it will be used to replace the 35-year old boilers (with only four of the twelve still working) and to renew the unreliable electrics at St George’s. This will be a great help to keep the Cathedral safe and secure, as well as warm and welcoming, for all who come to visit  as worshippers or as tourists.

130615 - Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony

A Mass to mark the anniversary of the start of the First World War will be celebrated at St George’s on Sunday 3rd August 2014 at 11.30am. On Sunday 5 October 2014 a Mass will be celebrated for those who had family members who were killed and injured in World War 1. On Tuesday 11 November 2014 at 10.30am there will be a Service of Remembrance and prayers for peace for young people from our local schools in Southwark and Lambeth – followed by a football tournament in the grounds of the Imperial War Museum to recall the cessation of hostilities between opposing sides during the first Christmas of the war.

These are the first government grants to be given to Roman Catholic Cathedrals for over five years and much gratitude is given to the government for such practical help and support in maintaining our Cathedral so that it may continue its mission of worship, welcome and witness which it has been living out since it opened, 166 years ago, in 1848.

Ordination of Ambrose Tuckell as a
Permanent Deacon

Bishop John Hine ordained Ambrose Tuckell as a Permanent Deacon on 12th July 2014 in SS. Austin and Gregory with St Anne - Margate

140712 - Ordination of Ambrose Tuckell

Deacon Ambrose was ordained for the Deanery of Thanet and will be exercising his Ministry in the parish of Margate

140712 - Ordination of Ambrose Tuckell


St Mary's Catholic High School West Croydon
Retirement of Headteacher

Mr E R Ughwujabo B.Ed (Hons) MA NPQH Headteacher of St Mary's Catholic High School in West Croydon has retired after 10 years of service to the school
140711 - Retirement of Headteacher - St Mary - West Croydon

Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving with many clergy and Mr Ughwujabo's family and friends

140711 - Retirement of Headteacher - St Mary - West Croydon

Mr Ughwujabo was also presented with a Papal Blessing by Father Michael Scanlan - Parish Priest of Our Lady of Reparation - West Croydon

Dedication of Church and Altar
Mongeham and Sandwich

Archbishop Peter joined the parish of St. John the Evangelist - Mongeham and Sandwich to celebrate the dedication of the church and altar in Mongeham. Although the church was built 80 years ago, it had not been formally dedicated. The Rite of Dedication takes place in Mass, during which relics are placed in the altar, the altar and the walls of the church are anointed, and the Bishop says the Prayer of Dedication.

140712 - Dedication of Church and Altar - Mongeham

140712 - Dedication of Church and Altar - Mongeham140712 - Dedication of Church and Altar - Mongeham

140712 - Dedication of Church and Altar - Mongeham
A reception was held after Mass in the Parish Hall

Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership

On Thursday 10th July 2014 Archbishop Peter Smith was the principal celebrant at a Mass of thanksgiving to celebrate the success of Catholic education across the Kent section of our Diocese.

140710 - Kent Catholic Schools Partnership - Aylesford
The Archbishop was joined by many Clergy, Chairs of Governors, Head teachers,  and a range of national and local dignitaries to pay collective tribute to the work of school staff, pupils and parents, school improvement colleagues and many others in producing the good and increasingly outstanding learning and faith outcomes we see in Catholic Kent schools
140710 - Kent Catholic Schools Partnership - Aylesford

140710 - Kent Catholic Schools Partnership - Aylesford

More photos can be found on the RCDiocese Flickr page

Golden Jubilee
Our Lady and St. Philip Neri - Sydenham

Archbishop Peter Smith joined the parish of Our Lady and St Philip Neri to celebrate 50 years of the consecration of the church on Sunday 6th July 2014

The Nigerian Catholic Chaplaincy's
Annual Pilgrimage to Aylesford, 2014

On Saturday 5th July 2012 Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated Mass with the Nigerian Pilgrimage at The Friars, Aylesford

140705 - Nigerian Chaplancy - Aylesford
The day comprised a Gathering Service, Rosary, Mass, Talk, Adoration and Benediction

Farewell and Retirement of Deacon Jim Sheahan

Friday 4 July 2014 marked the 166th anniversary of the opening of St George’s and the 56th anniversary of its re-opening in 1958. It was a fitting day for Archbishop Peter to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for the faithful and fruitful ministry of Deacon Jim Sheahan.

140704 - Farwell and Retirement of Deacon Jim Sheahan
Deacon Jim had begun serving at St George’s back in 1969. In 1984 he became Master of Ceremonies. Having taken on the role of sacristan he was then ordained as a Permanent Deacon in 1993. After being involved with the life of St George’s for over 40 years Deacon Jim is now preparing to enjoy a well-earned retirement when he leaves St George’s at the end of July.
140704 - Farwell and Retirement of Deacon Jim Sheahan

At the Thanksgiving Mass, Canon Jim Pannett (a former Administrator of St George’s) preached the homily.

140704 - Farwell and Retirement of Deacon Jim Sheahan

At the end of the Mass, Canon John O’Toole (the current Dean) made a presentation to Deacon Jim of three items of garden equipment and a card and a cheque for £5,000.

140704 - Farewell and Retirement of Deacon Jim Sheahan

140704 - Farwell and Retirement of Deacon Jim Sheahan
A Reception then followed in the Amigo Hall.


Clergy Appointments and News

Announced July 2014

Father Thomas Cooper has been appointed as Parish Priest of St James the Great, Petts Wood. He succeeds Father Bryan Wells, the present Priest-in-Charge, who will be retiring.

Father Dominic O’Toole CSsR is taking up a new appointment with his Order in Albania and will be leaving the Parish at the end of July.

The Redemptorist Provincial has nominated Father Michael McGreevy CSsR as Parochial Administrator from 1st August until March 2015, when the quadrennial changes will be announced.

Father Joseph Musendami CSsR who is completing a course of studies at St Anselm’s Institute has been assigned to the Parish of St Mary’s Clapham from August until February.


Year-long fundraising drive by
Dover Catenians to benefit seafarers

Catholic seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) recently received a generous donation of £500.00 from the Dover Cinque Port Catenians.

Rev Dr Gehad Homsey who was president of the Dover Circle presented a cheque to AoS director of development John Green.


Ordination of Adian McPartian as Deacon

140628 - Ordination of Adian McPartian as Deacon
Bishop Patrick Lynch ordained Adian McPartian as a Deacon on Saturday 28th June 2014

140628 - Ordination of Adian McPartian as Deacon
Deacon Adian has been appointed to the Bromley Deanery and will excersie his Ministry in the parish of St Joseph - Bromley

140628 - Ordination of Adian McPartian as Deacon

140628 - Ordination of Adian McPartian as Deacon
He was joined by his family, friends and brother deacons

Saints Peter and Paul Parish - Mitcham

On Sunday 29th June 2014 the community of Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Mitcham warmly welcomed Archbishop Peter Smith to celebrate their Patrons' Feast Day with their annual outdoor Mass on the Cricket Green
140629 - Feast of St Peter and St Paul - Mitcham

140629 - Feast of St Peter and St Paul - Mitcham

140629 - Feast of St Peter and St Paul - Mitcham

More photos can be found on RCSouthwark Flickr page

Diocesan Day for Catechists

On Saturday 28th June 2014, over 160 catechists from dozens of parishes gathered for the third annual diocesan day for catechists. This day, organised by the Centre for Catholic Formation, was held at St George’s Cathedral and sought to encourage and support those who provide sacramental preparation, adult formation and children’s liturgy in the Archdiocese of Southwark. It was also a perfect opportunity for the diocese to thank the hundreds who give their time, energy and talents to catechizing and passing on the faith to both children and adults.
140628 - Diocesan Day for Catechists
The keynote talk, this year, was delivered by Rev Dr Adrian Graffy, the director of the Commission for Evangelization and Formation in Brentwood, on the theme of St Paul’s Letter to the Romans.
140628 - Diocesan Day for Catechists
Both the CCF book stall and the CTS book stalls were available plus details of the courses and events being held

Canon John O'Toole conducted a tour of the Catheral.
140628 - Diocesan Day for Catechists
Participants then took part in two from a list of ten workshops which included: First Holy Communion programmes, Engaging with Scripture for Children's Liturgy, What is Confirmation?, Preparing parents and adults for Baptism, RCIA-the period of post Baptismal Catechesis, the vocation of the Catechist, Setting up faith sharing groups in your parish, Reaching out to non-churchgoing Catholics, Eight key elements of authentic catechesis and Using Evangellum and why.
Feedback was very positive on these workshops and plans are already afoot for next year.
140628 - Diocesan Day for Catechists
The day ended with the Vigil Mass for Saints Peter and Paul in which our episcopal vicar for Kent, Fr Paul Mason, sent out the catechists to their parishes and chaplaincies, on behalf of Archbishop Peter, to communicate our shared faith.
140628 - Diocesan Day for Catechists
If you wish to learn more about your faith; have been asked or wish to become a catechist you may like to attend one of the courses for new catechists due to take place in the autumn.
For more on these courses, the Centre for Catholic Formation and other events please visit: www.ccftootingbec.org.uk

Two seminarians were ordained to the Diaconate

On Saturday 28th June 2014 two seminarians were ordained to the Diaconate by Archbishop Peter Smith at Wornersh

140628 - Diaconate Ordination - Wornersh

The new deacons, who hope to be ordained to the priesthood next year, are Deacon Gabriel Dobson OSB, a member of the Worth Abbey Community and Deacon Thomas Bakulumpagi, a seminarian for our diocese
140628 - Diaconate Ordination - Wornersh

For more photos please click the RCSouthwark Flickr page



On Saturday, 21st June 2014, Archbishop Peter presided at the Annual Mass in Celebration of Marriage at Saint George's Cathedral.  
140621 - Annual Marriage Mass
This Mass is celebrated each year in St George's Cathedral for couples celebrating their 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th and 50th + year of marriage. All the faithful are welcome to attend but anniversarians who apply before the event receive a personal invitation from the Archbishop.
140621 - Annual Marriage Mass
After his homily, the Archbishop led the couples in the renewal of their marriage vows.
140621 - Annual Marriage Mass

The breakdown of those attending are:

Largest parish contingents:

Kent — Herne Bay with 5 couples
SE — Norbury with 13 couples
SW — Addiscombe with 11 couples

Largest family group: Stewart family from Canterbury, celebrating their 60th anniversary with 13 family members

Longest married: Mr & Mrs Napolitano of Eltham Well Hall, 72 years married, sadly not well enough to attend after all.  3 couples celebrating their 63rd anniversary, the Pezzanis from Rotherhithe, the Monteiros from Worcester Park and Martins from Mottingham.

This year has been one of the largest attandance:

60th — 28 couples
50th — 64 couples
40th — 49 couples
25th — 72 couples
10th — 63 couples
1st   — 25 couples

Total — 304 couples and 428 family members

For more photos of this occassion please click to RCSouthwark Flickr page

Annual Diocesan Youth Festival 

Saturday 21st June 2014 was the day of our Annual Diocesan Youth Festival which takes place at Aylesford Priory.

It was a glorious day shared with young people from across the diocese.
We explored the theme 'Blessed are the Poor in Spirit' which was given to young people by Pope Francis as the World Youth Day 2014 theme.
We had an input session from CAFOD which looked at the World Cup and in impact it is having in Brazil then the young people split themselves into smaller groups for creative workshops like Art, Drama and Music, sports workshops and more.

We were joined by Fr Paul Mason for a lovely BBQ and Mass in the Relic Chapel.

A big thank you to all those to attended and took part, and we look forward to seeing you all at the next one on the 20th June 2015!

Corpus Christi celebrated at Sacred Heart Camberwell

On Sunday 22nd June about 500 parishioners of Sacred Heart, Camberwell joined in a solemn procession with the Blessed sacrament round the streets of Camberwell to celebrate Corpus Christi.
140621 - Corpus Christi - Camberwell
Fr. Victor Darlington, described the procession as a public act of witness to our catholic faith. "It was amazing to see people passing by, blessing themselves at the sight of the Monstrance, also people in the pubs ran out and with great respect bowed their heads and blessed themselves with sign of the cross, at the sight of the Monstrance.

140621 - Corpus Christi - Camberwell
Some children also made their First Holy Communion during the 11 30am Mass.
140621 - Corpus Christi - Camberwell

Greenwich and Bexley Deanery
Corpus Christi Procession

Parishes from the Greenwich and Bexley Deaneries gather together for their annual Blessed Sacrament Procession in the ruins of Lesnes Abbey on Sunday 22nd June 2014 led by Bishop Paul Hendricks.

140622 - Greenwich and Bexley Deanery Corpus Christi Procession
In his homily Bishop Paul invited all Christians everywhere to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them and not be concerned by our divisions.
140622 - Greenwich and Bexley Deanery Corpus Christi Procession
Children who had recently received their first Holy Communion, young people who had recently been Confirmed and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were given special places in the procession.

Lesnes Abbey is situated in the parish of St Benet, Abbey Wood. The abbey was founded in 1178 by Richard de Lucy, who, in 1170, had been complicit with Henry II in the murder of St Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury. He built the abbey within the boundaries of his Manor in reparation and, having assumed the religious habit, ended his days there and was buried in the Chapter House.

The abbey was a foundation of the Augustinian Canons within the Diocese of Rochester. It was closed in 1524 by Cardinal Wolsey to raise revenue to found a college in Oxford, but at Wolsey's fall in 1530 the site became the property of the King.
140622 - Greenwich and Bexley Deanery Corpus Christi Procession
A collection was taken up by the Knights of Saint Columba for the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice which is situated near Lesnes Abbey
140622 - Greenwich and Bexley Deanery Corpus Christi Procession
Winner of the KSC 5 to 7 year old Nativity painting competition
Photos taken by Sean Mulligan
For more photos of the procession please see the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Southwark Caritas Roadshow

CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales held their Southwark Roadshow on Saturday 21st June 2014 to explore how we can answer the call of Pope Francis to be a ‘church for the poor’.

140621 - CSAN Road Show
Archbishop Peter Smith and Bishop Patrick Lynch joined the roadshow to celebrate and sharer experiences with other volunteers, parishioners and practitioners.
140621 - CSAN Road Show


Thanet Deanery Corpus Christi Procession

Thanet Catholic Deanery's annual Corpus Christi procession from St Peter's Church to the Ursuline College Chapel on Sunday 22nd June led by
Canon Luke Smith, the Dean
140622 - Thanet Corpus Christi Procession

140622 - Thanet Corpus Christi Procession

The procession was the culmination of the deanery's "Quarant' Ore" (40 hours Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament) which took place on consecutive days and nights starting at Our Lady and St Benedict's church in Birchington, followed by Ss Austin and Gregory, Margate, then Our Lady Star of the Sea, Broadtstairs, and finally Ss Ethelbert and Gertrude, Ramsgate.

140622 - Thanet Corpus Christi Procession

Fr Francis Reid celebrates his Golden Jubilee
and
Retirement

On Friday, 6th June 2014, Archbishop Peter Smith presided at Mass to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood and the retirement of Father Francis Reid. Bishop Paul Hendrick preached.

140606 - Golden Jubilee and Retirement of Fr Francis Reid

140606 - Golden Jubilee and Retirement of Fr Francis Reid

Father Francis was joined for this occassion by Bishop Howard Tripp, many priests, friends and family

140606 - Golden Jubilee and Retirement of Fr Francis Reid

140606 - Golden Jubilee and Retirement of Fr Francis Reid


Annual Day for Permanent Deacons

Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders
and
Renewal of Diaconal Commintment

140614 - Permanent Diaconate

On Saturday, 14th June 2014, Archbishop Peter presided at Mass in St George's Cathedral on the Diocesan Diaconal Day. This is the occasion each year when our Permanent Deacons renew their commitment to their diaconal ministry. 

140614 - Permanent Diaconate

Amgad Gerges (Forest Hill), Roland Gooding (Westerham), Paul Henshaw (Beckenham Hill) and Fidelis Iwu (Beckenham Hill) received Candidacy

140614 - Permanent Diaconate

140614 - Permanent Diaconate


Cathedral Confirmations at Pentecost

140608 - St George's Cathedral Confirmation

On Pentecost Sunday, 8th June 2014, Archbishop Peter conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on young members of the Cathedral parish in St George's Cathedral.

140608 - St George's Cathedral Confirmation

Canon John O'Toole, Father Philip Smith and Deacon James Sheahan joined the Archbishop for the celebration.

140608 - St George's Cathedral Confirmation


Fr John O'Callaghan celebrates his Golden Jubilee


140613 - Golden Jubilee of Fr John O'Callaghan

On Friday, 13th June 2014, Archbishop Peter Smith presided at Mass to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of Father John O'Callaghan and Bishop Pat Lynch preached.


140613 - Golden Jubilee of Fr John O'Callaghan

Father John was joined for his jubilee by many priests, friends and family

140613 - Golden Jubilee of Fr John O'Callaghan


Confirmations in the Thanet Deanery

140615 - Thanet Confirmations

On Sunday, 15th June 2014 Archbishop Peter Smith conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on young people of the Thanet Deanery at
St. Ethelbert and St. Gertrude, Ramsgate and Minster 

140615 - Thanet Confirmations

‘Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord’

Over 750 people - laity, religious, deacons, priests and bishops - attended three diocesan Evangelization Conferences. Organised by the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation, the three conferences were held at Richard Challoner School in Kingston-upon-Thames (for the South-east London Area), at St Simon Stock School Maidstone (for the Kent Area), and at St Matthew Academy Blackheath (for the South-east London Area).

2014 Evangelisation Conferences - SW Area
SW Area

2014 Evangelisation Conferences - SW Area - Mass
SW Area

Each Day consisted of a reflection on the recent Papal Exhortation ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ given by the Archbishop, followed by deanery discussion groups and a plenary session with short talks on various aspects such as justice and peace issues, the role of our schools in evangelization, and how to reach out to younger people.

The Day finished with a Mass of Saint Augustine, Secondary Patron of the diocese and bringer of the Gospel to these shores.

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Kent Area

140529 - Evangelisation Conference - Kent area 
Kent Area
 
One of the main aims of the Conferences was to encourage every parish to form an Evangelization Team, to promote and co-ordinate
efforts to spread the Good News.


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SE Area

140530 - Evangelisation Conference - SE area
SE Area

The days proved highly successful and inspirational, and parishes and deaneries have been asked to consider how they follow up on
Pope Francis’ exhortation to evangelize with joy.

More photos of the SW Area are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page

More photos of the Kent Area are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page

More photos of the SE Area are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page


Invocation Festival 2014


Oscott College
Friday 4th - Sunday 6th July 2014

Once again the Southwark Vocations Office is playing a crucial role in organising Invocation, the annual vocations festival for England and Wales. John Withers, the leader of the Vocations Team based in Whitstable, will be operations manager for the event which is expected to attract as many as five hundred young people from across the country.

The Festival is a vocations discernment festival for young adults. This means it is a weekend full of opportunities for them to think more deeply about who God is calling them to be. This year the focus will be on Evangelisation and also on Discipleship. Guest speakers will include Archbishop Rino Fisichella from the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation, and Curtis Martin, founder of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). We also look forward to welcoming Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
 
Young people who wish to attend can download a booking form
from the Invocation website: invocation.org.uk

Duke of Kent visits Pugin's church of
St Augustine, Ramsgate


140527 - Ramsgate Duke of Kent - attribution Marie Muscat-King

On Tuesday 27th May 2014, the Duke of Kent has visited Pugin’s church of St Augustine in Ramsgate, one of the most important architectural buildings in the country, to see the plans for an Education, Research, and Visitor Centre about Augustus Pugin and St Augustine of England. Most famous for designing much of the Houses of Parliament, Augustus Pugin made St Augustine’s his personal design and is buried there in his own chantry chapel. This day was also the feast of St Augustine of Canterbury and in the week that Ramsgate celebrated St Augustine Week.

Funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant totalling about £800,000 – for which match funding of £90,000 is being sought – an Education, Research and Visitor Centre will be constructed at the site. This will form the major national centre of Pugin studies and the story of St Augustine.

The Duke was introduced to the Rector, Fr Marcus Holden, by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, and then to Fr Paul Mason (Episcopal Vicar for Kent), Paul Sharrock (Architect), Nigel Warner (Board Member), and
John Coverdale (Centre Manager).

His Royal Highness was shown the interior of the church and took particular interest in Pugin’s tomb (designed in medieval style by Pugin’s son) and the imposing baptismal font, which formed a centrepiece of the Great Exhibition in 1851. At the Exhibition, the Duke’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, returned to see the font twice. He also signed the Visitors’ Book and was given a present including books and a DVD about Pugin and St Augustine as well as St Augustine’s recently-published Annual Report of activities.

140527 - Ramsgate Duke of Kent - attribution Marie Muscat-King

Rector of St Augustine’s, Fr Marcus Holden, said, “The Duke was very interested in the project at St Augustine’s. In fact, he stayed almost double the expected time, and took particular interest in our plans for community engagement through being open to the public, and opening an education centre.”

The Duke was shown a collection of Pugin church plate owned by St Augustine’s, which is part of the Gothic industrial revolution legacy. The items will be displayed in the completed Visitor Centre, but are in active use too. Their significance to Britain’s industrial history will be explained in the Centre, and formed a lecture in the church by Jamie Jacobs of Kent University a few days later.

Volunteers at St Augustine’s were given the opportunity to meet the Duke, and he greeted them individually before he left. One volunteer said, “It’s tremendous to feel recognised by royalty. I’m so pleased that he came to see what we’re doing here.”

140527 - Ramsgate Duke of Kent - attribution Marie Muscat-King

The Duke concluded his visit and bade farewell at the door of St Augustine’s.

For more details of St Augustine, Ramsgate please contact Fr. Marcus Holden or John Coverdale at office@augustineshrine.co.uk or by telephone on 01843 592071

 More photos of the occasion are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page



Clergy Appointments and News

Announced June 2014

Father Paul Fennessy has been appointed as Parish Priest of Holy Apostles, Swanley to succeed Father Susaimarinathan Mari Anantharaj who is returning to India

Father Antony Vijayan of the Diocese of Kottar, India, has been appointed as Parochial Administrator of the Parish of English Martytrs, Strood


  

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