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
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).
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
Annual Thanet Catholic Deanery Mass
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 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
On the 13th July 2014
Archbishop Peter join the community of St James -
Petts Wood to celebrate their 75th Anniversay of the parish.
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
place in Mass, during which relics are placed in the
altar, the altar and the walls of the church are anointed, and
Bishop says the Prayer of Dedication.
Bishop Patrick Lynch
ordained Adian McPartian as a Deacon on Saturday 28th June 2014
Deacon Adian has been
appointed to the Bromley Deanery and will excersie his Ministry in the
parish of St Joseph - Bromley
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
On Saturday 28th June
2014 two seminarians were ordained to the
Diaconate by Archbishop Peter Smith at 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
This Mass is celebrated
each year in St George's Cathedral for couples
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.
After his homily, the Archbishop led the couples in the renewal of
their marriage vows.
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
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
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
It was a glorious day shared with young people from across the diocese.
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.
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
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.
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.
Some children also made their First Holy Communion during the 11 30am
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.
In his homily Bishop
Paul invited all Christians everywhere to a
encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him
encounter them and not be concerned by our divisions.
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.
A collection was taken
up by the Knights of Saint Columba for the
Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice which is situated near
more photos of the procession please see the RCSouthwark Flickr page
Winner of the KSC 5 to 7
year old Nativity painting competition
Photos taken by Sean Mulligan
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’.
Archbishop Peter Smith and Bishop Patrick Lynch joined the roadshow to
celebrate and sharer experiences with other volunteers, parishioners
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
Canon Luke Smith, the Dean
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
Fr Francis Reid celebrates his Golden Jubilee
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.
Father Francis was joined
for this occassion by Bishop Howard Tripp, many priests, friends and
Day for Permanent Deacons
Admission to Candidacy
for Holy Orders
Renewal of Diaconal Commintment
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
Amgad Gerges (Forest Hill), Roland Gooding (Westerham), Paul Henshaw
(Beckenham Hill) and Fidelis Iwu (Beckenham Hill) received Candidacy
Cathedral Confirmations at Pentecost
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.
Canon John O'Toole, Father Philip Smith and Deacon James Sheahan joined
the Archbishop for the celebration.
Fr John O'Callaghan celebrates his Golden Jubilee
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.
Father John was joined for his jubilee by many priests, friends and
Confirmations in the Thanet Deanery
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
‘Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord’
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).
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.
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.
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.
photos of the SW Area are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page
photos of the Kent Area are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page
photos of the SE Area are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page
Invocation Festival 2014
4th - Sunday 6th July 2014
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.”
The Duke concluded his visit and bade farewell at the door of St
For more details of St Augustine, Ramsgate please contact Fr. Marcus
Holden or John Coverdale at email@example.com or by
telephone on 01843 592071
photos of the occasion are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page
Clergy Appointments and News
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,
Mass for New Catholics
On a particularly sunny Saturday, 17th May 2014,
the Mass for New Catholics was held in St George's Cathedral for all
those baptised or received into full communion with the Catholic Church
at Easter this year. The great joy of everybody present could clearly
be seen and many people enjoyed meeting Archbishop Peter afterwards and
chatting over tea and cakes in Amigo Hall.
photos of the occasion are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page
pray for the repose of the soul of
who died on 29th
A vigil Mass
will be held
on Thursday 19th June at 5pm
at St Peter's Residence, Vauxhall
His Funeral Mass will be held
on Friday, 20th
June at 12noon
Stephen's Church, Welling
rest in peace
Gratitude to Our Jubilarians
On Tuesday, 20th May 2014,
at St George's Cathedral, Archbishop
Peter presided at a Mass in thanksgiving for the many years of ministry
in our diocese of those who are celebrating significant anniversaries
of their ordinations to priesthood and diaconate.
Reverend John Beirne, CSSp
Reverend John Castelli
Reverend Alexander Fraser
Reverend Philip Mathias
Reverend Canon Luke Verhees
Reverend Christopher Baker
Reverend Canon Michael Bunce
Reverend Canon Anthony Ford
Reverend Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm.
Reverend Patrick McKeown, CP
Reverend Jim McManus, CSsR
Reverend Gerard O'Brien
Reverend John O'Callaghan
Reverend Patrick O'Leary
Reverend Charles Owen, CP
Reverend Francis Reid
Reverend Mgr. Canon Nicholas Rothon
Reverend Peter Ryman
Most Reverend Kevin McDonald Reverend
Canon John Clark
Reverend Philip Gilbert
Reverend Peter Madden
Reverend Thomas McElhone
Reverend Gerard Mulvihill
Reverend Peter Soper
Reverend Stephen Langridge
Reverend Canon Francis Moran
Reverend Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.
Reverend James Spencer
Reverend Bernard Winn Reverend
Deacon Paul Trong Song Ly
We congratulate all our jubilarians, thank them for their ministry
and keep them in our prayers.
‘Gathering Day’ for the Safeguarding Representatives
On Sunday 11th May the
Safeguarding Team held a ‘Gathering
for the Safeguarding Representatives of parishes and religious
communities in the diocese.
More than 60 Safeguarding Representatives gathered for a Mass of
celebration and thanksgiving for the work this large volunteer team do
in all the parishes. In his homily Archbishop Peter spoke
movingly of the shame caused by the scandal of sexual abuse, the
importance of listening to victims, and the need to meet their
This was followed by a meeting at Amigo Hall when the Archbishop
thanked everyone for their efforts for the diocese,
acknowledging the importance of the work and how grateful he was to
everyone involved including the Safeguarding Commission, the
Safeguarding Office and those ministering in parishes and
religious communities. Archbishop Peter acknowledged that ‘we are in it
together’, he also acknowledged the generosity of the
diocesan clergy who had responded to his request to establish a fund
that can be used to meet the needs of victims of abuse.
Archbishop Peter introduced the newly appointed Episcopal
for Safeguarding, Father Graham Preston, whose role is that of Clergy
Archbishop Peter also introduced Paddy Barry, the Chair of the
Safeguarding Commission who has been involved in Safeguarding in the
diocese for 17 years. Paddy Barry introduced other members of the
Commission who were present including Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Father
Philip Glandfield and Mary Coller who represents the Metropolitan
Police (and also happens to be a Parish Safeguarding Representative).
Helen Sheppard, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator introduced the new Deputy
Co-ordinator, Rachel Stephens, who said a few words about her recent
arrival in the Safeguarding Office and her own background.
Helen then gave a few updates and answered a number of
from the floor. The
meeting then adjourned for everyone to partake of a buffet tea and
have a chance to meet others sharing in this important work. It is
intended that this will become an annual event, enabling Parish Reps to
meet one another, to take part in training and receive updates
photos of the Gathering day on RCSouthwark's Flickr page
EPS students gain their degrees
For the fourth successive
year students at Education for Parish Service, Tooting Bec, received
their awards at St. Mary's University for the Foundation Degree in
Pastoral Ministry. We congratulate all nine students: Bright Adade,
Patrick Agnah, Peter Cropp, Gloria Ezeonyeasi, Zoe Jepperson, Susan
Longhurst, Fr. Graham Preston, Joseph Psaila, and Maria Silva Fox.
"Good Shepherd Sunday"
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
to the Priesthood and Religious Life
Fourth Sunday of Eastertide, this year 11th May, is the annual
focus particularly on prayers for Vocations to the Priesthood and
Religious Life. Please pray for all those from the Diocese who are
discerning their vocation, especially the many who may feel they are
Called by God for service in the Church.
Please also pray
for all those who are in formation for service in the Diocese as
Priests or Deacons. There are currently 16 candidates in formation for
priesthood, including two who will be ordained deacon this year, and
one who will be ordained priest this summer. There are also 11
candidates in the three year part time formation course for the
Permanent Diaconate, four of whom should be ordained during the summer.
statistics are a hopeful indication of the number of ordinations that
may take place in the years ahead. It is important that we all pray
regularly that those in formation will be given the grace to persevere,
and to pray that others may be given the grace to hear God's
the priesthood. The Diocese has 180 Parishes; currently 16 of
have Parish Priests who are aged 75 (the age at which Parish Priests
are requested to offer their resignation from office) or over; by the
end of 2016 a further ten parish priests will be 75 or older.
Various Vocations links:
Office for Vocations
for England and Wales
Francis' message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations (PDF)
News from the Cathedral
Deacon Jim Sheahan to retire
Easter joy at the Cathedral
was tinged with sadness as it was announced on 27/28 April
that Deacon Jim Sheahan has decided to retire to Ireland in the summer.
has ministered faithfully in the Cathedral Parish of St George for over
forty years, first as
an altar server, then as Master of Ceremonies, for the last
thirty years fulltime as sacristan, and for the last twenty one years
also as a Deacon.
has been a pillar of St George’s community and he will leave
a void that will be very hard to fill. Thankfully he will be at the
Cathedral until the end of July after which he will begin his well
To mark his retirement Archbishop Peter will preside
at a Thanksgiving Mass for Deacon Jim’s distinguished, faithful and
fruitful ministry to
St George’s Parish and to the Diocese at 6pm on Friday 4 July – a date
which appropriately marks also the 166th anniversary of the opening of
St George’s. Following the Mass there were will be a Farewell Reception
in the Amigo Hall. All
Clergy are asked to bring a diocesan vestment with them.
To help with
seating arrangements, clergy who will be attending are asked to kindly
notify the Parish Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or on
020 7928 5256
Aylesford Commissioning of
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
On Saturday, 4th May 2014,
Bishop Patrick led the Day of Commissioning for 50 new Extraordinary
Ministers of Holy Communion from 17 parishes in the diocese. The day
was held in St Joseph's Chapel, at The Friars.
The day included a period of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament,
talks from Monsignor Matthew Dickens and Bishop Patrick and Mass with
the distribution of certificates.
photos of the Commissioning Day on RCSouthwark's Flickr page
Appointments and News
Announced May 2014
Canon John Clark has been appointed to succeed Bishop-Elect Nicholas
Hudson as Parish Priest of The Sacred Heart Wimbledon.
Father Bartlomiej Dudek of the Diocese of Przemyśl, Poland,
has been appointed as Parochial Administrator of the Parish of St.
Father James Spencer has been appointed as the new Dean of Bexley
Deanery to succeed Father Tim Finigan
50th Anniversary Celebrations
Solemnity of St George 2014
The Solemnity of St George
was transferred to Monday 28th April this year, as the 23rd fell within
the Easter Octave. Archbishop Peter joined the Cathedral Parish and the
Canons of the Cathedral for a Mass on that evening.
During the Mass three new Chapter Canons were formally installed.
Canon Anthony Charlton received the profession of faith from the new
Canons on behalf of the Provost (Canon Tom McHugh) who was unable to be
(Left to right: the three new
members of the chapter kneeling:
Edward Perera, Canon Luke Smith and Canon John Weatherill; seated:
Canon Anthony Charlton (Secretary to the Cathedral Chapter), with
Deacon Jim Shehan standing)
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The Resurrection of Christ (detail) 1475-79
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
happy and blessed Easter
Bishops offer Easter Day Masses in Prisons
On Easter Sunday Bishop
Patrick offered Mass in HMP Belmarsh and Bishop Paul offered Mass in
Fr Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent, offered Mass in two of the
prisons on the
Isle of Sheppey.
In Southwark diocese there are fifteen prisons ranging from Young
Offenders' Institutes to High Security Prisons.
Holy Week and the Chrism
Peter celebrated the Easter Triduum and the morning
The Chrism Mass is the
largest regular diocesan celebration held during the year. In this
liturgy priests, deacons and people gather with the Archbishop for the
blessing of the holy oils that will be used in parishes in the coming
year – the oil of the sick, the oil of Catechumens and the oil of
Chrism, from which the Mass receives its name.
THE BLESSING AND CONSECRATION OF OILS…
While the Oil of the Sick, used for those who seek the anointing, and
the Oil of the Catechumens, used for those preparing for baptism, are
simply “blessed,” the Sacred Chrism is “consecrated”. All the priests
present participate in the latter moment by extending their hands
toward the vessel containing it as the bishop says the prayer of
The three jars of oil after the
blessing and consecration.
The Oil of Chrism is used at baptisms, confirmations, the ordination of
priests and bishops, the consecration of altars and the blessing of
churches, where the walls are smeared with it in the shape of the sign
of the cross.
As part of the consecration of the Chrism, balsam is poured into the
oil, which gives it a sweet smell intended to remind those who
encounter it of the “odour of sanctity” to which those people and
things who are marked with it, and by extension all of us, are called
to strive for.
RENEWAL OF ORDINATION PROMISES
The Chrism Mass also provides an opportunity for the priests of the
diocese to renew the promises they first made at ordination.
As a group of ministers gathered with members of the faithful of the
diocese they make their public commitment to the service of God, the
Church and its people once more. The deacons and
the people in turn offer their prayerful support of their priests and
to the Archbishop.
A TIME TO GATHER AS A DIOCESAN FAMILY
In this most holy of weeks the Chrism Mass provides us with a moment to
gather as a diocese – bishop, clergy and people – to support and pray
for one another, to remember and pray for the people of our diocese and
on the Diocesan Flickr page
photos of the Southwark Chrism Mass
on the Flickr page of the Bishops' Conference
Born for This
CJM’s 'Born for This' was
presented by Southwark Catholic Youth Service and the Order of
Carmelites in partnership with Catholic Secondary Schools at the
Aylesford Priory on Saturday 5th April and St George’s Cathedral on
Sunday 6th April.
It was a very moving and prayerful depiction of the Stations of the
Cross which was valued by all present.
The shrine of St.
Augustine of England, Ramsgate
The shrine of St. Augustine
of England, Ramsgate, will open to visitors seven days a week from
1st April. This is made possible by volunteers from the Parish and from
the Pugin Society, and is in addition to the daily worship that already
takes place there.
The new opening times are 10am – 4pm every day. Daily Mass is held at
12pm, followed by devotions.
The new opening times will open up access to the church for the
increasing number of visitors who come from around the world.
Augustine’s is developing an Education, Research, and Visitor Centre,
with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the new opening times
are key to bringing more visitors to St. Augustine’s and to Thanet.
Rector, Fr. Marcus Holden, said, “Recently daytrippers visited from
London, expecting such a major building to be open each day. Such an
important place for England and the world – religiously, historically,
and architecturally – should be open, and we are delighted to be able
to meet this expectation.”
St. Augustine’s has several cultural events planned for this year, as
well as numerous pilgrimages, and architectural and archaeological
visits. In the last week of May the site is hosting the annual St.
Augustine Week. In September, the site will host the inaugural Pugin
St. Augustine’s was designated a diocesan shrine of St. Augustine on
2012 by Archbishop Peter Smith, and contains one of two
known relics of St. Augustine. This is the first shrine to the founder
of English Christianity since his tomb at St. Augustine’s, Canterbury,
was destroyed during the Reformation.
Archbishop Visits St
Joseph's Primary, Surbiton
Archbishop Peter paid a
visit to the Primary School in Surbiton to bless their new chapel. The
pupils gathered for an assembly with hymns and scripture readings.
Archbishop Peter explained to the children the reasons we have special
places for prayer, and encouraged them to use their new chapel.
speaking to the children
(the entrance to the new chapel can be seen on the left)
After the assembly Archbishop Peter spent some time with the School,
visiting the pupils in their class rooms.
Futher photos of the Assembly on
the Flickr Page
Start of Parish Jubilee
The Parish of The
Annunciation and St. Augustine, Beckenham Hill and Bellingham, have
begun a special year of celebrations as they begin to mark the Golden
jubilee of the dedication of the Church. Bishop Pat Lynch joined the
parish and Fr Mark Odion for the Inaugural Mass of their Jubilee Year,
together with other priests and deacons from the diocese.
Bishop Pat speaks with
some of the parishioners
as the celebrations
The following day parishioners gathered for a Parish Stewardship
Conference. This day helped those who attended to recognise their role
as stewards of God's gifts; including "Time, Talents and Treasure."
For further photos of
these events visit our Flickr Page:
Pope appoints Mgr Nicholas
as new Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster
It has been announced
in Rome today
(31st March) that the Holy Father has appointed Mgr Nicholas
Hudson as an Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster, Titular Bishop
Saint Germans. The Bishop-Elect
is currently Parish Priest of the Sacred Heart Parish, Wimbledon,
having taken up the appointment in January, following on from his post
as Rector of the Venerable English College, Rome.
Mgr Nicholas Hudson’s episcopal ordination will take place in
Westminster Cathedral at 11am on Wednesday 4th June.
Archbishop Peter was very pleased when he heard news of the appointment
"On behalf of the Bishops, clergy, religious and laity in the
Archdiocese of Southwark, I offer my hearty congratulations to Mgr.
Nicholas Hudson on his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop in
am very sorry that we will be losing him from Southwark but I know that
Westminster will be very fortunate to have a new Auxiliary Bishop with
a wide experience of dedicated priestly ministry over the past 28
years; in Canterbury Parish, at the Diocesan Christian Education Centre
and as Vice Rector and Rector of the Venerable English College in Rome
from 2000 until 2013. He will be missed especially by the parishioners
of the Sacred Heart parish, Wimbledon, his home parish, to which he was
appointed parish priest only this
January. However, Southwark’s loss is Westminster’s gain - and will be
very blessed to have him as one of their Auxiliary Bishops.
(Archbishop Peter with
I assure Mgr. Nicholas of our prayers and good wishes as he prepares to
take up his Episcopal appointment in Westminster in the near future."
Mgr Nicholas Hudson said:
“I feel both honoured and humbled to have been appointed by the Holy
Father, Pope Francis, as Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster. I will do
everything in my capacity to serve and assist His Eminence Cardinal
Nichols in his ministry as Pastor of the Diocese.
“Coming from the south side of the Thames, I have always felt at home
in both Westminster and Southwark. I look forward now to getting to
know the Diocese of Westminster very much better: the great number of
clergy, laity, religious, parishes, schools, and colleges; the many
people of other Christian denominations and of other faith traditions –
and help them in our shared journey of faith.
“It is exciting to be a Catholic in this second year of the pontificate
of Pope Francis. I pray that I might emulate the Holy
Father’s radical simplicity and outreach to those on the margins of
society and of the Church. Of all the many gifts received as
a priest of Southwark most precious has been the privilege of knowing
people with severe disabilities, who call us to make a place always for
the poor at the heart of the Church.
“As I prepare to cross the river, my heart is full of gratitude to my
home diocese, not least the Parish of the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon,
where I first received the Faith. It has been a joy to serve
there since January as parish priest: I am only sorry I cannot not stay
there longer. I thank my family; thank the priests and people
of the parish where I was first a priest, in Canterbury; thank all
those with whom I worked in the field of R.E. and Catechesis at the
Southwark Christian Education Centre. I would wish to thank
as well the staff and students of the Venerable English College: years
of helping to form future priests in Rome rekindled within me that
sense of mission with which I first offered myself for the priesthood
some twenty-seven years ago, a mission which I feel privileged now to
share with the people and clergy of Westminster.”
Photograph after Mgr
Nicholas' Induction Mass at Wimbledon
to right) Bishop Elect Nicholas, with Fr Dermott Preston SJ(Jesuit
Provincial), Archbishop Peter Smith, Bishop John Arnold (Auxiliary in
Westminster), Bishop Howard Tripp (Retired Southwark Auxiliary)
added to the website:
of New Parish Priest at Tenterden
Archbishop Peter celebrated
Mass in Parish of St Andrew, Tenterden, and inducted the new Parish
Priest. Inductions are not unusual in the diocese, however this
particular induction was a first for the Archbishop: the first time he
had inducted a Bishop as a parish priest - Bishop John Hine.
Archbishop Peter (left) received
Bishop John's commitment to the Parish
Following Bishop John reaching his 75th birthday
last summer, he stepped down from his day to day responsibilities for
the Kent and Medway areas of the Diocese. He did not, however, to
completely retire, and so offered to look after Tenterden Parish,
following the resignation on health grounds of Mgr Ted Hill.
After Mass (left to right):
Deacon Jolyon Vickers
(Parish Deacon), Bishop John Hine (Parish Priest),
Archbishop Peter, Fr
Paul Mason (Episcopal Vicar for Kent)
and Canon John Clark
(Dean of the Maidstone Deanery).
Deacon for Aylesford Carmelite Community
Fr Wilfrid (Provincial),
Deacon Paul & Archbishop Peter after Mass
Br Paul Jenkins O.Carm. was ordained to the Diaconate by
Archbishop Peter during a Mass on the afternoon of 19th March,
Solemnity of St Joseph, in the Relic Chapel at Aylesford Priory.
Please pray for Br Paul, as he begins his diaconal ministry and
continues his discernment for ordination to the priesthood.
more pictures "click here" see our Flick page
On Tuesday 19 March 2014,
the Solemnity of St Joseph, there was a
reunion of past students and staff of the former Junior Seminary,
St Joseph’s, College, Mark Cross. Over 100 people gathered
for the Reunion in the Amigo Hall, next to the
Cathedral. Following coffee
Tony Castle gave an outline of the story of Mark Cross. Mass
was celebrated in St George’s Cathedral at which Bishop Tripp presided
along with Bishop Francis Walmsley (both former Mark Cross students
from the 1940s) and some 20 concelebrants. After lunch in the
Amigo Hall Fr Peter Soper paid an affectionate tribute to Monsignor
Westlake by recalling some of his words of wisdom in the style of the
‘Scratch Concerts’ well known to Mark Cross and Wonersh alumni.
The gathered Alumni,
including Fr Peter Soper standing in for the late "Monsignor
The day was a great success and many have sent emails to express their
thanks and appreciation for the reunion. Bishop Tripp emailed
“It was a great turnout
– and good to realize that so many appreciate the part played by St
Joseph’s College in their education, formation and
St Joseph’s College opened as a Junior Seminary on Friday 7th November
1924 and closed on Tuesday 16 June 1970. During the 46-years
of its existence it had only two Rectors – Monsignor Ernest Corbishley
(1924-59) and Monsignor William Westlake (1959-1970).
In Monsignor Corbishley’s Journal for Friday 7 November 1924 he wrote
“The Junior Students
from St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, arrived at their new ‘Alma Mater’ –
St Joseph’s College – on Friday November 7th 1924 at 5.30pm. In spite
of a definite guarantee that the electric lights would be installed by
this date, the much desired light was not forthcoming and consequently
the students had their first glimpse of their new ‘Alma Mater’ by
candlelight. St Joseph’s College opened with 73 students
Further photos on the Diocesan
of new Retreat Centre in Ramsgate
On Sunday 16th March,
Archbishop Peter was invited to celebrate Mass at the opening of the
new "Divine Retreat Centre" in Ramsgate. The new centre is a foundation
of "The Potta-Divine retreat ministry" which is part of the
renewal movement of the Vincentian Congregation of India (Marymatha
Province), based on the spiritual traditions bequeathed by
Saint Vincent de Paul. The opening follows the completion of
the purchase of the site in Ramsgate formerly occupied by the
Benedictine Monks (who moved to Chilworth, near Guildford).
delivering his homily
The Mass was celebrated in a large marquee which held the congregation
of over 1,300 people (and, as can be seen in the photographs,
a Tree). The Centre will also provide a home and studio for the
European work of their Divine TV Ministry (a satellite and internet
based service). Among those who joined the Archbishop for Mass were
Rev. Dr. Paul Puthuva VC, Provincial Superior, Marymatha Province,
Vincentian Congregation andf Mgr. John Armitage, Vicar General of
Brentwood. After the Mass and the blessing of the building words of
thanks and support were given by some of the Vincentian community and
Mgr. John Armitage addressing
the assembly after Mass
More photos on our Flickr page
More photos on the Divine
Retreat Centre website
Link to an overview of the work
of the Divine Retreat Centre
of Awards in Morden Parish
Archbishop Peter celebrated
Mass in the Parish of Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus, Morden on Sunday
9th March, during which he presented four parishioners with awards in
recognition of their dedicated service to the Parish and the local
community. Margaret O’Donovan, David O’Connor, Winnie Mann and William
Hanrahan, together with friends and family met with the Archbishop
Archbishop Peter with the award
recipients and Fr John Mulligan.
Visit our Flickr page for more
photographs of the Mass and presentation.
Sense and Nonsense on ‘Assisted Dying’
Assisted Dying Bill to legalise assisted suicide is currently before
Parliament. There is often confusion about what ‘assisted dying’ means.
The Bishops' Conference has compiled a briefing note which explains
simply and clearly what the issues are, and what the Church says.
Copies of this short briefing note can be found on the
Conference website: www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide-information
Upcoming International Conference in Rome
on Human Trafficking
Bishop Pat visited Fr Michael Branch and
Parishioners in St. Peter's Parish, Woolwich, to bless a new
Josephine Bakhita, who was the victim of human trafficking,
ask parishioners to pray for the success of the upcoming International
Conference in Rome on Human Trafficking which will take place on April
9th and 10th.
It is expected that the Holy Father will
himself will join the conference for a short period to meet the
participants - some victims of human trafficking, some bishops from
around the world and up to twenty heads of police from different
countries. We ask that you keep the success of the conference
In related news The Holy See signed a joint
statment, which announced the goal of eradicating modern slavery and
human trafficking across the world by 2020. Signed on the Feast of St
Patrick, who was himself a slave for part of his life, the joint
statement was issued on behalf of:
the Holy Father, Pope Francis;
the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Egypt Dr Mahmoud Azab;
the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby;
and the Walk Free Foundation.
The statement began "Modern
slavery and human trafficking are crimes against humanity.
here for the Vatican Press Release and full text.
at Holy Family Parish, Sutton Green
Sunday 2nd March Archbishop Peter joined the congregation of
a packed Holy Family Church, Sutton Green, as they celebrated
25th anniversary of the Dedication of their church building. Fr Julian
Shurgold, the current parish priest, and Canon Luke Verhees
concelebrated the anniversary Mass with the Archbishop.
Holy Family Church,
Sutton Green during the Anniversary Mass
the end of Mass Fr Barry Angus who had been parish priest when
Archbishop Bowen dedicated the church, joined the Archbishop
and parishioners as the celebrations continued in the Parish
Visit our Flickr page for more
photographs of this day.
Archbishop Peter meets
parishioners after Mass,
with Fr Julian Shurgold
and Fr Barry Angus
National Week of Prayer and Awareness of Dementia (12 - 19
over 800,000 people in the UK diagnosed with having a form of dementia,
raising awareness and enabling others to help in some small way can
make such a difference. The organisers of this initiative recognise
that response in recent years has been encouraging,
that this year on each of the days there will be
prayer in parishes
and schools throughout the UK and Ireland. We are all
get involved in the week of prayer 12-19th March 2014.
Archbishop Peter is supporting this initiative, and will celebrate the
12.30pm Mass in the Cathedral on Tuesday 18th March for “those who suffer from Dementia
and those who care for them
Prayer and Awareness Week resources are available to download from the
website of the "Pastoral
"Today’s Mass" newsletter inserts
new series of these popular newsletter inserts - written by Fr David
Gibbons, Director of the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation - is
available for Lent 2014. Simply click on the link on the left
toolbar . Alternatively, visit the ‘Downloads’ page of the CCF website
or email the CCF
office. The insert for each Sunday can easily be
copied and pasted into newsletters.
pray for the repose of the soul of
Father Patrick (Ambrose) McLoughlin
who died on 9th March 2014
His Funeral Mass will
in the Church of the Immaculate Conception,
Bonniconlon, Co Mayo
on Wednesday, 12th March, at 12 noon
rest in peace
joyful step on the journey of faith
Saturday, 8th March 2014, Archbishop Peter presided at the Rite
of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at Saint
One of the Catechumens
Signing the Book of the Elect
Cathedral was full as the almost 296 Catechumens, who will be baptised
and the 211 Candidates, who will be received into full communion with
the Catholic Church in their parishes at the Easter Vigil gathered with
their god-parents, sponsors and families for this joyful occasion. They
came from 82 parishes throughout the diocese.
Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion is a highlight of
the Church's year and the Archbishop was joined for the service by
our Auxiliary Bishops, the Episcopal Vicar for Kent, the Vicar
and the Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation. The music was
led by Canon Alan McLean and the diocesan choir and the altar servers
were from the parish of Saint Bartholomew, Norbury.
Visit our Flickr page for more photos
Inside the full
Cathedral during the Rite of Election
Archbishop Peter speaks
to the people after the Rite of Election
MP Visits Diocesan Vocations Centre
Saturday 22nd February Julian Brazier, the MP for Canterbury, who is a
practising Catholic visited the Vocations Centre in Whitstable. After
meeting the residents and a number of young men taking part in a
vocations weekend, Julian had a chance to be shown round the centre
before joining the group for lunch. In the get-together that followed
he spoke encouragingly of the importance of the priestly vocation and
also of the things that had led him to enter politics. We were
impressed by his knowledge of the writings of Blessed John Henry Newman
and some of the Fathers of the Church and were grateful to him for
taking questions and coming up with some suggestions for things to
study to help broaden our cultural awareness and understanding of the
issues facing society today.
Archbishop Peter wrote a Pastoral Letter for the
Season of Lent which was to be read on Sunday 2nd March 2014.
In it he writes that Lent is: 'an
opportunity the Church gives us every
year for conversion and renewal - conversion of mind, heart and action
that we can better fulfil the two great commandments: “You must love
the Lord your God with your whole heart, mind and strength... You must
love your neighbour as yourself.” (Mk 12:30-31)'
text of the Pastoral Letter (.pdf available)
pray for the repose of the soul of
Father Joseph Whooley
who died on 1st March 2014
His body will be received
on Wednesday, 19th March, at 7:30 pm
at Saint Francis Church,
126 Week Street, Maidstone, ME14 1RH (01622 756217)
followed immediately by a vigil Mass
His Funeral Mass will be offered there
on Thursday, 20th March, at 12 noon
rest in peace
Clergy Appointments and News
Announced March 2014
The Archbishop has made the following appointments:
Episcopal Vicar for
Safeguarding - Father Graham Preston
Episcopal Vicar for Ethnic Chaplaincies - Canon John O'Toole
Our new Cardinal
Pope Francis conferred the scarlet biretta on Cardinal Vincent
at the Public Consistory in Saint Peter's Basilica on Saturday, 22nd
February 2014. The Pope announced that his titular church would be the
Church of the Most Holy Redeemer and Saint Alphonsus Liguori in the Via
Merulana on the Esquiline Hill of Rome.
Cardinal Vincent greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
After the Consistory, a festive lunch was held at the
Venerable English College and then Cardinal Vincent attended the Visite
di Calore at the Apostolic Palace, where the new Cardinals had the
opportunity of meeting those who were in Rome to wish them well.
More photos of the Consistory on CCEW Flickr page
Cardinal Designate Archbishop Vincent Nichols
On Saturday, 22nd February 2014, the Feast of
the Chair of St Peter, Pope Francis will create nineteen new cardinals.
Archbishop Vincent will be among those receiving the 'red hat' from the
The Consistory will take place in St Peter's Basilica from
9:55 am. And there on Sunday, 23rd February, the Pope will concelebrate
Mass with the new cardinals at 8:50 am.
Archbishop Peter has travelled to Rome to represent the
Bishops' Conference of England and Wales at the Consistory.
CCEW website is carrying the live broadcasts from CTV of the major
Coverage on the CCEW web site
We congratulate our new cardinal and keep him in our prayers.
Father, we pray for Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
Through the power of your Holy Spirit,
give him wisdom and courage to do your will and to fulfil his role.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
Chemin Neuf Community welcomed at Lambeth Palace
On Thursday, 20th February 2014, Archbishop Peter and
Archbishop Kevin were guests at a service in the chapel of Lambeth
Palace at which Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of
Canterbury, welcomed four members of the international ecumenical
foundation Chemin Neuf who will live at Lambeth Palace.
The community consists of a married Anglican couple, Ione and
Alan Morley-Fletcher, a Lutheran training for ministry, Oliver Matri,
and a Catholic consecrated sister, Ula Michlowicz.
Together they will share in the daily round of prayer that
underpins the Archbishop's ministry, and further the ecumenical and
international dimensions of his work.
Archbishop Kevin, Archbishop Peter, Father Laurent Fabre
(founder of Chemin Neuf), Archbishop Justin Welby, Oliver Matri, Ula
Michlowicz, and Ione and Alan Morley-Fletcher
News report on the Lambeth Palace web site
the Chemin Neuf (UK) web site
pray for the repose of the soul of
Father Cyril Williams
who died on 8th February 2014
His body will be received
on Thursday, 6th March, at 4:00 pm
at Our Lady Immaculate Church, Whitstable CT5 2DE
where Mass will be offered at 7:30 pm
His Funeral Mass will be offered there
on Friday, 7th March, at 12 noon
rest in peace
Father Deodat installed as Parochial Administrator
On Sunday, 2nd February
2014, Bishop Patrick was welcomed at St Bartholomew's, Norbuy, where he
installed Father Deodat Msahala as Parochial Administrator.
pray for the repose of the soul of
Father David Rhys
who died on 16th February 2014
His body will be received
on Sunday, 2nd March, at 3:30 pm
at Christ the King,
3 Princes Road, Eastbourne, Sussex BN23 6HT
His Funeral Mass will be held there
on Monday, 3rd March, at 12:15 pm
May he rest in peace
Clergy who wish to attend are asked to let
Father Barry Anderson know by Friday, 28th February.
- Phone: 01323 760048
Understanding CAFOD Day
On Saturday, 1st February 2014, at the Amigo Hall, CAFOD
hosted a very well-attended day to give potential volunteers and
supporters a deeper understanding of its vital work tackling poverty
and injustice across the world.
All interested in supporting CAFOD were invited to hear about
the scope of its mission as the official Catholic aid agency for
England and Wales and how they could become involved
CAFOD's web site
Last month, Mr Clive Webster, Chief Executive
of the Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership (KCSP), reported: 'As of 1st
January 2014 two Catholic schools assumed academy status as part of the
Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership (KCSP). St Joseph’s Primary in
Aylesham (Dover Deanery) and St Simon Stock Secondary in Maidstone
(Maidstone Deanery) became the first voluntary-aided Catholic schools
in Kent to become academies as part of an academy conversion schedule
agreed with Kent County Council (KCC).
This should result in up to a further twelve academies as part
of KCSP by the end of this school year. Academy status will be used to
enable schools to better support themselves and one another in an ever
strengthening Catholic context so that children and families experience
continuously improving learning and faith outcomes.'
Today the Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership website has gone
online. It contains information about the KCSP and links to newsletters
that chart its progress.
the Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership web site
pray for the repose of the soul of
Father Alphonsus Brennan, OCarm
who died on 10th February 2014
His Funeral Mass will be held
at The Friars, Aylesford,
on Monday, 17th February, at 11:30 am
rest in peace
Obituary notice on The British Province of Carmelite Friars web site
Brand new school building for Autumn 2015
Groundbreaking Ceremony at Saint John Bosco College
On Friday, 7th February 2014, Archbishop Peter joined Mr Simon
Uttley, Headteacher of St John Bosco College, Battersea, Father Martin
Coyle SDB, Provincial of the Salesians, and Mr Richard Cook, Lendlease
- the builders, to put the first spade in the ground at the site of a
new state-of-the-art school building.
The college is due to transfer to the new building in the
Autumn of 2015.
Archbishop Peter and Father Martin are helped by the Head Boy
More photos of the occasion on RCSouthwark's Flickr page
the St John Bosco College web site
Ashford's Confirmation Group 2014
On Saturday, 8th February 2014, the Confirmation Group from St
Teresa's parish, Ashford, (15 children aged 11/12 years) put on a show
for parishioners, family and friends as part of their Confirmation
programme. The show was a great success, well supported with singing
and dancing, magic tricks, impersonations, musical events, a quiz and
'I'm a priest get me out of here' supported gamely by Fr Joe Feeley.
During their retreat at Worth Abbey, the candidates decided to
raise money for charity. They chose the Demelza Children's Hospice (as
as one of the candidates has a friend there) and Mary's Meals. They
raised £880 which will be divided between the two charities.
New Learning Lab at Holy Ghost School, Balham
On Friday, 24th January 2014, Bishop Paul was welcomed at the
Holy Ghost Primary School in Balham where he blessed and opened the
school's new Learning Lab.
the Holy Ghost School web site
Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking
Feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita
8th February 2014
News report on CCEW web site
St George's Cathedral is looking to recruit a Premises and
Events Manager to manage the use of the Cathedral and Amigo Hall.
Please click on the image above for job description and details.
Clergy Appointments and News
Announced February 2014
The Archbishop has appointed three new Canons of the
Saint George's Cathedral Chapter:
- Canon Edward Perera
- Canon Luke Smith
- Canon John Weatherill
The Diocesan Chancery
Diocesan Chancery has revised and added information to its page on this
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
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