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

   
Archbishop Peter Smith

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Adoremus: Representing the Archdiocese of Southwark



Recently the Centre for Catholic Formation hosted an art workshop entitled  ‘The River of Life’.  The workshop enabled parishioners to give consideration to the beginnings of a banner which will be produced for the Adoremus National Pilgrimage and Congress this September. This will be a key representation of the prayers and parishioners of the diocese



Water is an important element of our sacramental journey as Christians, but in addition, the sea and river Thames form both a boundary and gateway in Southwark, bringing life and nourishment



The workshop was inspired by a discussion centering around the individual and collective perception of the Eucharist, aided by verse, materials and excellent guidance from our facilitator, Rebekah O’Keeffe



For further information please click here

Adoremus National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress 


Merton Deanery Delegates' Meeting


On Friday 2nd February, Fr John Muilligan (Morden Parish), who is heading up Southwark's approach to Adoremus, led a meeting of parishioners who will attend the National Eucharistic Congress in September this year.  

This was an opportunity for the delegates to learn more about the nature of the event, to socialise together and to learn about how they can bring the fruits of Adoremus back to their parishes and wider communities in due course.

The next meeting for delegates will be held in Lambeth Deanery at 7 pm on Friday 23rd February 2018 and is by invitation by Fr Richard Reid only.

However, Father Mulligan would like to encourage each of our 20 Southwark Deaneries to hold a similar familiarisation events for delegates by the end of this July. The key aim will be to enable and equip those participating from parishes in order to maxmise the legacy of the National Congress at a local level in due course.

For further information please see the Adoremus link to the left hand side of this page.


Pastoral Letter in Preparation for Lent

Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday 2018, the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time  - Sunday 11th February 2018.


... the message of Lent is a message of hope and trust in the person of Jesus, our Saviour and redeemer , who says to each one of us, “I am with you until the end of time.”

Lent is essentially an opportunity to be reborn and
grow still more in the life of the Spirit. It’s a task which requires courage and effort. We are asked to open our hearts, through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, and to receive once again the gift of God’s love and mercy, allowing him to renew our lives so that we witness to the Good News of God’s love, mercy and compassion, especially to the poor and needy.


Full text of the Pastoral letter




Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Edeghonghon "John" Ehichioya
of the Diocese of Uromi, Nigeria, serving in Thornton Heath Parish
who died on Thursday 1st February 2018

May he rest in peace

Two Requiem Masses will take place
before Fr John is repatriated to Nigeria:
6pm Tuesday 20th February, St Andrew's Thornton Heath.
12noon Wednesday 21st February,
St Andrew's Thornton Heath.
(Clergy are asked to bring diocesan purple vestments)





A River of Life: Adoremus Workshop 

On Thursday 8th of February at the Centre for Catholic Formation, Rebekah O'Keeffe willl be holding a workshop at 6.30 pm, when participants will start to create a piece of art that will represent the prayers and parishioners of the Archdiocese of Southwark.  

The artwork produced, which will be based around the idea of life-giving water, will be taken to the National Eucharistic Congress this September. If you want to be part of the workshop that will create this unique banner email: office@ccftooting.org.uk

To find out more, view Rebekah's short film.



Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of 
Holy Communion at the Cathedral

On Saturday 3rd February 2018 60 people were commissioned as Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at the Cathedral

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Bishop Paul started the day with a talk based on the sacrifice of the Mass

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

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

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Monsignor Matthew presided at the Commissioning Mass during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.  Monsignor Matthew also thanked all the new Extraordinary Minsters from their commitment in answering the call to serve

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The new Ministers came from 24 parishes around the Archdiocese Anerley, Barnes, Bexley, Brixton Hill, Carshalton, Cathedral, Chislehurst West, Colliers Wood, Croydon West, Earlsfield, Gravesend, Lee, Mottingham, New Addington, Norbury, North Cheam,, Northfleet, Norwood West, Thanet - Birchington & Westgate, Tooting Bec, Walworth, Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon South
plus Digby Stuart College

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Adoremus - Liverpool Congress Programme 

The organisers of Adoremus have made the programme for Congress available. A PDF copy of the current version of the programme can be accessed by clicking here. Southwark has initially been allocated 124 delegate places on Friday 7th September, and 570 for Saturday 8th.

Adoremus Preparatory Talks

To prepare ourselves for the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool this coming September, a range of relevant talks and workshops will be offered in the months leading up to the main event. All parishioners across the Diocese are very welcome to attend, especially those that have been asked by their priest to become involved in order to share the fruits of Adoremus with their parish.

Two events will take place in February 2018:

The Apostolate of Adoration
Brendan Cleary will talk on this subject in two locations on
Saturday 3rd February 2018.

  • 11 am: Centre for Catholic Formation, 21 Tooting Bec Road, London SW17
  • 3 pm: St Thomas More Parish, More Park, West Malling ME19

At a time when meditation and mindfulness are popular concepts, how do we bring those thoughts towards embracing God’s call to Eucharistic Adoration, striving to be a people of prayer, discernment, vision and mission?

For further information visit:  www.ccftootingbec.org.uk/events/2018/2/3/adoration-apostolate

A River of Life
Rebekah O'Keeffe will lead an art workshop focusing on Adoremus on Thursday 8 February at 6.30 pm at the Centre for Catholic Formation.

Water is a strong theme in the Diocese of Southwark, with the River Thames and sea forming both boundary and gateway. At this workshop Rebekah will present the idea of ‘A River of Life’, using the Thames as a motif for Southwark. During the workshop, those gathered will begin work on a collaborative image that will represent Southwark Diocese and all who worship here.

To book email: office@ccftootingbec.org.uk
For further information: rebekah.okeeffe@gmail.com
   

Sacred Heart Church Camberwell

On the feast day of the conversion of St Paul, which also marked the end of the Christian week of prayer for unity among Christians, 25th January,  Sacred Heart parishioners Camberwell celebrated Evening Prayers with their neighbouring Anglican church of St John the Divine.

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Bishop Peter Selby, an assistant Anglican Bishop in Southwark presided, and Bishop Patrick Lynch preached the homily.  During the homily, Bishop Patrick Lynch called on the congregation to bear witness to the love of Christ, as St Paul did, by our words and actions in South London

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Our two churches he said can do this, by working together to support the homeless and the charities that work for them, by supporting communities and individuals who are victims of exploitation and human slavery, and by working together to prevent knife crime, now growing among our young people.

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This has now become an annual event between our two churches, as our way of fostering Christian unity and bearing witness to our faith.

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Deacon Samuel Gyepi-Garbrah

who died while visiting Ghana, on Friday 19th January 2018

May he rest in peace

Memorial arrangements
to follow.





Gathering in Liverpool 2018 - Adoremus

Southwark Prayer Card for Eucharistic Congress - prayer

The diocesan preparation for the Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress - Adoremus - taking place in September in Liverpool, continues. The latest element has been the creation and distribution of a Prayer Card for the diocese. This should soon be available in parishes and the diocesan team and Archbishop Peter encourage you to pick up a card and use the prayer over the coming months.




Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Bishop Francis Walmsley

who died on Tuesday 26th December 2017 

May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements


Tuesday 23 January 2018
11:30am 
Cathedral Church of St Michael and St George
Queens Avenue
Aldershot

The interment will be at
Farnborough Abbey



A Christmas message from Archbishop Peter

 
The Nativity - Federico Barocci - 1597 - Museo del Prado, Madrid

In a busy world full of technological wonders, near constant distractions, and many situations of violent strife, the 'silent night' that we remember and celebrate at Christmas is a calming gift from God. We too with the angels give praise for the arrival of the Christ child over two thousand years ago, even as we anticipate his return. We too with the shepherds wonder at the splendid things that took place. We too with Mary and Joseph are invited to look upon the face of the baby Jesus, to love him as he loves us. As we do these things we must also listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit which encourages us to share this gift with all we meet.

I pray that God may bless you all and give you the gifts 
of his love, peace and joy this Christmas and throughout 2018.
Archbishop of Southwark


Archbishop Peter joined the parishioners, visitors and clergy of St George's Cathedral for Masses on Christmas Night and Christmas morning

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Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Kevin Pelham

who died on Wednesday 20th December 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements

Thursday 1st February 2018
8pm Vigil Mass preceded by the Reception of the body
  St Margaret's Church, Fir Tree Grove, Carshalton. SM5 4NG

Friday 2nd February 2018
12noon Requiem Mass
St Margaret's Church, Fir Tree Grove, Carshalton. SM5 4NG

updated 18/1/18




Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Roy Dunstan CRE
(member of the Canons Regular of Eltham)

who died on Sunday 17th December 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements
Tuesday 16th January 2018 4.00pm Reception of the Body
Christchurch Priory,  SE9 1TX

Wednesday 17th January 2018, 11.30am Requiem Mass
followed by burial at Christchurch Priory Cemetery





Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Peter Madden

who died on Saturday 16th December 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements:

St Paul's Catholic Church, Dover (CT16 1RU)
Reception of Body into the Church
Sunday 21st January 2018, prior to a Parish Mass at 5pm

Funeral Mass
St Paul's Roman Catholic Church Dover (CT16 1RU)
Monday 22nd January 12noon
Concelebrating clergy are asked to bring purple Diocesan vestments.


updated 28/12/17

 

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Canon Anthony Ford

who died on Friday 15th December 2017

May he rest in peace

Canon Ford's funeral took place in St Augustine, Florida,
on Saturday 23rd December.
Bishop Paul Hendricks was able to attend to represent the Diocese.

A Memorial Mass will take place at
Our Lady Immacualte, Ewell Road
Tolworth KT6 7DG
on Friday 16th February 2018
at 12 noon
Concelebrating clergy are asked to bring white diocesan vestments

updated 17/01/18


Logo of St George's Cathedral Southwark

Cathedral Carol Service

Parishioners and visitors came together with the Cathedral Clergy for the annual Cathedral Carol Service on the 14th December at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

They were joined by The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark Cathedral and Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Southwark

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The combined Cathedral Choirs were joined by the The Museum Singers from the Imperial War Museum

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The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn gave a short reflection on the meaning of Christmas and Canon Richard Hearn, Dean of the Cathedral thanked all the choirs, the clergy and staff and especially all the volunteers at the Cathedral who work so hard all the year round

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The celebrations continued in the Amigo Hall with a vast array of food and drink

Christmas Music Festival at Sacred Heart Church Camberwell

On Wednesday 13th December 8 catholic schools from south east London came together at Sacred Heart Church Camberwell to celebrate the 4th edition of the the music festival.

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The schools taking part were St. Joseph’s infant school Camberwell, St Francis primary school Peckham, St. Joseph’s primary school Camberwell, St Michael’s college Bermondsey , Notre Dame Girls school, Sacred Heart Secondary school, Virgo Fidelis Convent school and St Thomas the Apostle college.

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Bishop Patrick Lynch was the special guest of honour and in his Christmas message, he encouraged the congregation to truly be the light of Christ in the world, since light is a rich symbol for Christmas. The birth of Jesus he said, brought light to our world.

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Gathering in Liverpool 2018

The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in the Echo Arena, Liverpool, 7-9 September, 2018. 

Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church

The Congress themes:
1. Eucharist
2. Adoration
3. Scripture
4. Ecclesiology – the Church
5. Formation
6. Music
7. Mission

These 7 themes all linked to the centrality of the Eucharist, provide a very rich reservoir of material for reflection and discussion. They can be adapted by parishes so that the prime focus remains at parish community level. The impact of this Congress needs to be absorbed and consolidated in each of our parishes and schools because that is where it matters to every individual person.

Congress Prayer Cards have been sent to each parish so please take one and keep this Congress in your prayers


PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH IN SOUTHWARK
Loving God, help us to be open to the freshness of your Spirit. 

Fill us with enthusiasm for the Good News. 

Invite us into a deeper relationship with your Son, Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist. 

Make us more aware of where there is need for new life. 

Help us to reach out to those who feel lost or abandoned, those who are searching and questioning, those who have walked away from you and those who are eager to know your love. 

We ask this through Christ, Our Lord, Amen.


There will be separate prayer cards for primary and secondary schools – designed by the SCYS – available in the new year.

For future information please click here to go to the sidebar on the left

Catholic Children's Society Southwark Crisis Fund Advent Service


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On Tuesday 5th December Archbishop Peter joined schools from around the Archdiocese of Southwark at their Advent Service in the Cathedral in aid of the Catholic Children's Society Southwark Crisis Fund

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Dr Rosemary Keenan CEO of the Catholic Children's Society explained what the Crisis Fund means to families who are in need

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After the children made their journey from The Annunciation the birth of Jesus

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Archbishop Peter accepted gifts from the schools on behalf of the Crisis Fund

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After the Blessing a signed Away in a Manger concluded the afternoon

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Jubilarians at the Venerable English College in Rome

On 29th November three Southwark jubilarians were able to attend the annual Mass and celebratory meal hosted by the English College for jubilarian priests from across England and Wales.


Rev. Raymund Brennan, Rev. Peter Stodart and Rev. David Standley (R) with Southwark student Rev. Francis Murphy in the chapel of the English College

On the Solemnity of Christ the King, Archbishop Peter visited the parish of St Anselm at Tooting Bec

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At the conclusion of the Solemn Mass, he presented the parish administrator, Mrs Martine Mercer, with the Diocesan Medal, which recognizes "Fidelity and Service" in the Church. Over the years, Martine has gone well beyond the call of duty in many things, but most especially in the assiduousness with which she has cared for the many sick clergy who have come to live in the parish.

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After Mass, there was a reception during which the Archbishop met with many of the parishioners. Archbishop Peter admired St Anselm's unique shop. Managed by Catechetical Co-ordinator, Tom Gately, St Anselm's shop has become quite a focal point within the wider community. Archbishop Peter commented that it was a wonderful vehicle for evangelization to the wider world.

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Archbishop Peter also visited the parish's "Caring Kitchen". Every two weeks, in the lower church hall, this apostolate run by parishioners provides a welcome and safe space for the lonely, marginalised, and homeless of the area; it's not just a place to enjoy food, but also somewhere to engage in conversation and fellowship. Whilst visiting, the Archbishop was quick to help serve food as he moved around the hall, chatting to the clients.

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Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read on the First Sunday of Advent 2017 - Sunday 3rd December  2017.

Advent "...offers us a real sense of hope, joy and encouragement as we continue our journey of faith to celebrate the Incarnation on Christmas Day."

"Advent is a 'wake up' call ... we hear Jesus too calling us to 'Stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming.' "

All Nations Thanksgiving Sunday

On Sunday 26th November 2017 St Boniface - Tooting celebrated an All Nations Thanksgiving Sunday in the Parish. Bishop Paul Hendricks was the principal celebrant.



Around 750 parishioners from 43 nationalities came together at 10.30am Mass to give thanks to God for the year 2017, bringing their varied traditions and cultural in the liturgical celebration.



In the parish hall after Mass an All Nations Food Festival was held feeding around 900 people. There were 29 food stalls from different nationalities and cultural programmes.

Day of Recollection for Extra Ordinary Minister of
Holy Communion and Readers

On Saturday 11th November a day of recollection was held for Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers in Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham.  

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Father Denis McBride CSsR led the day and the theme for the day was 'The Gospel of Mark' - believing in and following Jesus Christ strengthened by the Eucharist

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Bishop Pat Lynch thanked the Ministers and Readers saying 'The service you give is a very important contribution to the life of the parish'

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The day was well attended, as per previous years, and Bishop Pat thanked Deacon Roger Evans and everyone else involved for organising the day so successfully

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Father John Mulligan was also asked to attend to promote the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool next year
Click here for further details

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The day concluded with Mass

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National Youth Sunday 26th November this year's theme is 'Something to Say' are parishes and communities ready to hear?


      Knights of the Holy Sepulchre     

On Saturday 18th November 2017 Archbishop Emeritus Kevin McDonald KC*HS and Grand Prior of the Lieutenancy of England and Wales of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre invested a new knight, Father Michael Scanlon Parish Priest of Our Lady of Reparation, West Croydon


Congratulations Father Scanlon

Southwark Catholic Youth Service - AGM

The Southwark Catholic Youth Service held their Annual General Meeting for 2016 on Tuesday 7th November 2017 in Archbishop's House and was attended by various clergy from around the diocese, people working with young people and representatives from our youth groups.

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John Toryusen, the Director of the Southwark Catholic Youth Service, presented the annual report (click here for copy) and emphasized the areas of development were around the 2018  Synod ‘Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment, and CYMFed Faith in Action Awards.  He also said 'the key point over the next year is to encourage parishes to engage with young people and take the time to listen'

Echoing Archbishop Peter Smith words:
‘Over this next year I would encourage all our parishes to make time to gather young people, to facilitate conversations, provide an opportunity to listen to young people and ask them to share their life experience, joys and struggles, their hopes and fears. Then we can reflect and pray along with the Church on how we respond. This may require us to explore different ways of engagement to share and pass on our faith and the message of the Gospel.’

Please click here for a suggested format for this is on the SCYS website

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Please click here for the Faith in Action Website and more information

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

Anniversary of the Dedication of
The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

Although the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George opened in 1848 it was not dedicated until 7th November 1894 when all of the building debts had been repaid

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This year Canon Brian Coyle presided at the Mass that was attended by some of the Canons of the diocese and parishioners of The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

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This year there are two new Honorary Canons, Canon (Leo) Francis Mooney and Canon William Hebborn

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125th Anniversary of St Anne Primary School Vauxhall

On Saturday 4th November Archbishop Peter Smith joined the community of St Anne Primary School in Vauxhall to celebrate their 125th Anniversary

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The church was full of staff, both present and past, pupils and their families and parishioners from St Anne’s

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JUBILARIANS


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On the 24th October 2017 at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Archbishop Peter presided at a Mass of thanksgiving for the many years of ministry of those who are celebrating significant anniversaries of their ordinations to priesthood and diaconate.

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

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Please keep all our Jubilarians and fellow clergy in your prayers

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JUBILARIANS

Diamond Jubilarians
Reverend John O'Connor
Reverend George Webster SSC

Golden Jubilarians
Reverend Michael Adams
Reverend Roger Nesbitt
Reverend David Standley
Reverend Walter Walsh

Ruby Jubilarians
Reverend Raymund Brennan
Reverend Christopher. Keen
Reverend Monsignor Canon Martin Lee
Reverend Hubert Miranda
Reverend Provost Peter Stodart

Silver Jubilarians
Reverend Joy Alappat CMI
Reverend Deacon Dennis Barratt
Reverend Stephen Boyle
Reverend Deacon Patrick Callan
Reverend David Camilleri
Reverend Francis Kemsley O.Carm
Reverend Robert Ogbede cm


Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies
(CCRS) Awards 2017

Tutors on the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies, friends and family came to congratulate the most recent group of CCRS graduates at the annual award ceremony at the Centre for Catholic Formation.



Mgr Matthew Dickens, Vicar General, presented the awards to the students who successfully completed the 6 core modules on the Old and New Testaments, Christian Morality, the Church, Sacraments and Jesus Christ plus 2 specialist modules on a variety of themes offered in Southwark.

The CCRS is a nationally recognised qualification and, in Southwark, is run at three locations: CCF, Tooting Bec; the Angelus Centre, Erith and St Margaret Clitherow, Tonbridge. One-year intensive, two-year and 8-term variants are available, though the modular format means students can benefit from great flexibility.

Should you wish to enroll on the CCRS please contact ccrs@ccftootingbec.org.uk or look at our website www.ccftootingbec.org.uk/ccrs for more information.



Our congratulations go to Honourine, Kylie, Halina, Michael, Julie, Wafula, Sr Susana, Alana, Emily, Ann, Maria, Brian and Matthew.


Archbishop Peter Smith visits the
National Shrine of Saint Jude

On Sunday 29th October Archbishop Peter celebrated the 2.30pm Mass, at the Shrine of Saint Jude, Faversham, which was concelebrated by Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Carmelites; Fr Brendan Grady, O.Carm., Chaplain at the Shrine; and Fr Francis Kemsley, Prior of Aylesford. Fr Kevin preached



After this special Mass, the Archbishop and Prior Provincial officially opened the small meeting room at the Shrine, and renamed it the Brother Anthony McGreal room.



Brother Anthony McGreal, O.Carm assisted the founder, Father Elias Lynch, O.Carm in establishing the Shrine of Saint Jude and the work of the Carmelite Press. His work with Father Elias created the groundwork for this special place – and the Apostolate continues sixty-two years later. Brother Anthony’s nephew, Father Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm was in attendance for this special Mass and renaming of the room. Fr Wilfrid said a few words about his uncle – a truly great and hard-working man.







Eucharistic Pilgrimage and
Congress "Adoremus" - Liverpool 2018
7 - 9 September 

The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool next year.

Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy,religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. The last International Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908.

On Friday 7th September, there will be a Theological Symposium, with workshops for parish catechists, (especially for those involved in First Holy Communion programs), RE teachers, Hospital and Prison Chaplains, Seminary Communities and Extraordinary Ministers. The day runs from 10.00am to 6.00pm.Numbers for this are limited so places need to be booked when the booking process opens.

On Saturday 8th September, there will be a six hour stage led event with two key note speakers, various presentations with music, drama, prayer and adoration. This day is open to all and 10,000 people are expected.

On Sunday 9th September the Congress Masses will be celebrated at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession. The numbers for the Cathedral will be limited so these also require booking.

There are 5 themes now emerging for the Congress:
1. Scripture
2. Ecclesiology – the Church
3. Catholic Education/Formation
4. Music
5. Mission

There are 22 dioceses participating and Southwark is invited to send 570 delegates.

Anyone interested in attending please discuss with your parish clergy or
head teacher. Schools have difficulties as the Congress clashes with the first week of term but if a teacher or Re leader is unable to be released, a Foundation Governor could also be a very valuable delegate

Information evening
St Teresa’s Parish Centre
250 Bishopsford Road
Morden SM4 6BZ
Tuesday 7th November 2017 - 7.30 to 9.00pm

Congress Workshop for Southwark
The Kairos Centre, Roehampton.
Saturday 9th December 2017 - 9am to 1pm

Facilitated by: Fr John Farrell OP and Dr Bridie Stringer

Booking essential (catering) johnmulligan1@hotmail.co.uk


Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of
Holy Communion at the Cathedral

On Saturday 14th October 2017 Bishop Pat Lynch commissioned 128 people as Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

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Bishop Pat started the day with a talk on the Eucharist and this special Ministry using the Emmaus story

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

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

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Bishop Pat presided at the Commissioning Mass along with Monsignor Matthew Dickens VG, during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.  Bishop Pat also thanked all the new Extraordinary Minsters from their commitment in answering the call to serve

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The Ministers came from 34 parishes around the Archdiocese - Abbey Wood - St David, Ashford, Beckenham, Brockley, Bromley, Canterbury, Cathedral, Charlton, Deptford, Erith, Folkestone, Gillingham, Herne Hill, Kennington Park, Mitcham, New Malden, Norbury, Norwood West, Nunhead, Old Coulsdon, Pollard Hill, Purley, Rainham, Rochester, Sutton, Tooting ,Tooting Bec, Tunbridge Wells, Wallington, Walworth, Westerham, Wimbledon, Wimbledon Park, Woolwich and Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital Chaplaincy

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Wandsworth Deanery Mass for Schools and Colleges



A special Mass for the staff, governors and clergy of the eight Catholic schools and colleges in the Wandsworth Deanery was held at St Thomas a Becket Church on Thursday 5th October






The Diocesan Chancery

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

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

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A Charitable Incorporated Organisation – Registered Incorporated Charity Number 1173050
 
(formerly a Registered Charity: No. 235468)