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

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

 


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8th December 2015 to 20th November 2016
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Our diocesan Spirituality Commission and Stewardship Team have developed a series of daily reflections featuring the Scripture of the day and a related thought and prayer drawn from the spirituality of stewardship
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Lent Begins at the Cathedral

Archbishop Peter imposed ashes during a Solemn Sung Mass at St. George's Cathedral on Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Mass in St George Cathedral in Southwark

Fr. Richard Hearn, the Dean of the Cathedral, concelebrated and the gentlemen of the choir provided the music

Ash Wednesday Mass in St George Cathedral in Southwark

The marking of the forehead with the sign of the cross in ash reminds us of the penitential nature of the Lenten Season, a time when we should seek the Lord's mercy and forgiveness in those areas of our lives where we need His healing power.

Ash Wednesday Mass in St George Cathedral in Southwark

The ashes used come from palms used on Palm Sunday the previous year

Ash Wednesday Mass in St George Cathedral in Southwark

During Lent there will be an extra Mass at St George's Cathedral every evening at 6pm



A new Rector for St John’s Seminary, Wonersh


Archbishop Peter has announced the appointment of Father Brian Coyle as Rector of St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, in succession to Monsingor Jeremy Garratt.

Father Brian is currently Director of Human Formation at Wonersh.
He will take office on 4th July 2016.

Monsignor Jeremy Garratt will take up parish ministry in the diocese of Portsmouth in September.

Archbishop Peter said:
“I am delighted that Father Brian Coyle has accepted this very important ministry in the church. He brings a wealth of experience of priesthood, and having served at the Seminary for the last two years will already be familiar with St John’s.”

Monsignor Jeremy said:
“Under Father Brian’s leadership I am sure that St John’s will have a bright future.
It is very good news for the Seminary and for the church in this country.”

St John’s Seminary was established in 1891 as the diocesan Seminary for the then Diocese of Southwark. It accepts students from several dioceses in England and also from Wales and Scotland.

The dioceses of England and Wales are served by a total of six seminaries: two others in England, two in Rome and one in Spain.

33rd Head Teacher of St Joseph’s College Beulah Hill



On Wednesday 3 February Mr David Garrido was inducted by Bishop Hendricks as the 33rd head teacher of St Joseph’s College Beulah Hill.
Dr Ann Bamford, the diocesan director of Education, De la Salle Brothers, Sean, Ben and John, two local councillors, the deputy mayor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, and Pat Ryan, former Thomas More Head Mr John Casey, Mrs Joana Hawthorne from St Chad’s, Sister Bernadette from Virgo Fidelis High, Mr Patrick Shields from St Mary’s High and Mr Sean Maher from Richard Challoner as well as current students, former students and their parents attended the celebraton, along with Mr Garrido's wife and sone

There were also guests from The British Home with whom the college  have an historical working relationship

The band and the choir were both in attendance and played a brand new Mass setting, The Mass of St Joseph’s College,  written by Head of Music, Mr Baxter for the occasion.



The psalm was read by Year Eight student Kaiden Cummins and his father, Patrick, who is a former student of the college.  There were seven altar servers including three six form students one of whom, Emmanuella, was our first ever girl server.

Mr Garrido was presented with the mission statement and key to the school by Mr Sweeney the chair of governors, Bishop Hendricks presented him with the Bible.  After Communion Jacqueline and Zachery sang Panus Angelicus.

The reception in the parlour was very well attended and all present agreed we are all looking forward to watching St Joseph’s College grow while in Mr Garrido’s care.

Mass for Missionary Society of St Paul

The Missionary Society of Society of St Paul celebrated its annual thanksgiving day, also known as MSP Day on the 29th of January 2016 at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark. It is a day set aside to invite friends, supporters and benefactors who join to celebrate the opportunity to share in Christ’s mission. It is also a special occasion to acknowledge the contributions of our friends and supporters. However, this year's celebration was capped with the formal inauguration of the Mission in the UK into a Region.

The UK Mission of the Society started in 2000 and in that year Fr. Addison Okpeh joined the Archdiocese of Southwark.

160129 - Mass for MSP

In 2002 Fr Eustace Durugbo (now the UK Mission Superior) and Fr Casmir Dike arrived to join Fr Addison in Southwark. Today the Society has nine priests in the diocese who have the care of seven parishes: Beckenham Hill, Deptford, Gravesend, Norbiton, Nunhead, Stockwell and Brixton

160129 - Mass for MSP

The Principal celebrant was Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark; along with Bishop Peter M Brignall of Wrexham and the auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham William Kenney. Also concelebrating were Fr Augustine Ogar, MSP the Vigar General of MSP who represented the superior general Very Rev Fr victor Onwukeme, MSP and also formerly read the address of inauguration; equally concelebrating were MSP priests from around the UK, diocesan and religious priests from various dioceses.

160129 - Mass for MSP

In his homily, Archbishop Peter, spoke of the great life that St Paul lived and his zeal in spreading the gospel to all people. He noted that the Missionaries of St Paul  following the example of Apostle Paul through their commitment to Missionary work in the UK have impacted positively on the Church. He appreciated the impact this missionary effort has had on the church in the UK and encouraged them to strive more in spreading this gospel Message that was initially brought to Africa by Missionaries from Europe

The Priests and all present received blessings from the Archbishop.
The Mass ended at about 8:15pm and all proceeded to Amigo Hall for refreshment and interaction.



Closing Mass of Year for Consecrated Life

300 Consecrated Women and Men - the Religious of the Archdiocese - accepted the invitation of Archbishop Peter to join him on a pilgrimage  and process through the Holy Door of the Cathedral on Tuesday,  2nd February, to mark the closure of the Year of Consecrated Life and the Jubilee of Consecrated Life during this Extraordinary Year of Mercy.   

Closing Mass of Year for Consecrated Life

The Procession started in the Amigo Hall with the blessing of Candles and processed through the Holy Door of the Cathedral

Closing Mass of Year for Consecrated LifeClosing Mass of Year for Consecrated Life

The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple has been the Annual Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life, since it was instituted by Pope St John Paul II in 1997, hence the appropriateness of the day for this special celebration

Closing Mass of Year for Consecrated Life

The Archbishop in his homily thanked the Consecrated Women and Men of the Archdiocese for their contribution to the life of the Archdiocese in the past, at the present time and for their contribution in the future. He noted particularly the presence of Religious from Africa, India and Asia which we greatly appreciate

Closing Mass of Year for Consecrated Life

After Mass Father Jim Hurley, Episcopal Vicar for Religious, thanked Archbishop Peter for celebrating the Mass and Father Philip Glandfield, the Archbishop's Private Secretary for coordinating the celebration. 

He went on to thank Father Richard Hearn the Dean of the Cathedral and Father Ola and Thomas for their warm welcome to the Cathedral and for their assistance.

He also thanked the Area Vicars for Religious, Sister Patricia Heller, SSA, Sister Sheila Moloney, DMJ and Sister Elizabeth O'Hara for their hard work.

Closing Mass of Year for Consecrated Life

He acknowleged the enormous debt of gratitude to Canon Alan McLean for his part in planning   the celebration – 'we have been blessed by his giftedness in music and liturgical expression' he said  A note of thanks also went to the choir who enhanced the occasion.

Sister Anne Marie Niblock SND was thanked for her kind invitation to the Notre Dame School Cafeteria for refreshments following the Mass.  The students of Notre Dame School who assisted at the Altar and who acted in various capacities during the celebration were thanked also. Father Hurely said 'they were a very vivacious, thoughtful, confident and efficient group of young ladies and a great credit to the School'.

Closing Mass of Year for Consecrated Life

Finally, the words of Pope Francis were recalled, while addressing the Religious in St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York on his recent visit to the United States.   While these words were addressed specifically to the Religious Sisters present, we would like them to apply to both the male and female religious of the Archdiocese of Southwark:
“Where would the Church be without you?
Women and men of strength, ifghters, with that spirit of courage which puts you in the front lines in the proclamation of the Gospel
I thank you so much”




Southwark Priests meet The Pope

Monsignor Bill Saunders and Father Michael Scanlon, on a trip to Rome, were blessed to meet Pope Francis and exchange greetings and prayers with him


© L’Osservatore Romano

Monsingor Bill was there for the first of the official Jubilee events for those engaged in pilgrimage work and for Rectors of Shrines. There was  a three day conference at the end of which they had a special audience with the Holy Father who gave an address. Click here to download

Also present was Father Marcus Holden from the Shrine at Ramsgate and Father  Francis Kemsley from Aylesford as well as Matt Betts from the Shrine of St. Jude Faversham. Canon Edward Perera, the Southwark Pilgrimage Director to Loudes, was unable to attend.

The invitation came from Archbishop Fisichella via the Southwark diocese.

There were representatives of the Shrine at Lourdes as well as Mon John Armitage the Rector of the Shrine at Walsingham.

The group through the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica together



© L’Osservatore Romano

Battersea West

On the feast of Don Bosco 30th January 2016 Archbishop Peter join the 
Salesian Community in Battersea on the opening of their new Salesian House



It was the final stage in a comprehensive re-development of the buildings and facilities in Battersea: first the new facilities attached to the Sacred Heart Parish, then the new build for St John Bosco College, and now a new home for the Salesian Community

160130 - Open of New Salesian House - Battersea

Along with Archbishop Peter, who blessed the new house, the principal guests at the opening ceremony were Fr Michael Casey SDB (Provincial of Ireland), Jane Ellison, MP for Battersea, Balham and Wandsworth, Cllr Mrs Tessa Strickland and Bishop Howard Tripp (retired)

160130 - Open of New Salesian House - Battersea

160130 - Open of New Salesian House - Battersea



The Centre for Catholic Formation

The Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bec, hosted a successful study day on Saturday 30th January exploring the meaning and implications of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  There was a large number of interested attendees, which enabled fascinating discussions to take place and thoughtful questions to be explored.  The day was opened with a time of prayer and reflection. 

160130 - CCF exploring the meaning and implications of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Pierpaolo Finaldi (formation adviser for the South-east London area), in his lecture, explored the meaning of a Jubilee Year, what the Church is asking of us in this special time, and the Jubilee Year’s origins in the Old Testament. 

160130 - CCF exploring the meaning and implications of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Sebastian Morello (formation adviser for the South-west London area) delivered a lecture on the theology of divine mercy. 

160130 - CCF exploring the meaning and implications of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

In the afternoon Mark Nash (formation adviser for Kent) delivered a workshop on encountering divine mercy in the Gospels, followed by a second presentation by Pierpaolo on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. 

160130 - CCF exploring the meaning and implications of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

The day was brought to a close with a second period of reflection and prayer.  The event was much appreciated by the attendees, and many have asked for the talks to be repeated in their parishes.

The offer of similar talks and workshops on mercy, and training or input on other themes, is extended to all parishes, schools and deaneries in the diocese.
Those interested in booking talks and training should contact the Centre for Catholic Formation at Tooting Bec.

Churches Together in South London

Archbishop Peter Smith hosted a lunch with Bishop Paul Hendrick for the Churches Together in South London in Unity Week on Thursday 21st January 2016 in Archbishop's House


RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives

Our Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, has added to the Archives' blog

World War II: the requisition of iron railings
and one priest’s protest


In July 1940, Lord Beaverbrook, the Minister of Supply, launched a press campaign for the public to donate aluminium pots and pans to make fighter aircraft: "We will turn your pots and pans into Spitfires and Hurricanes, Blenheims and Wellingtons." The public responded by donating over 70,000 tons of aluminium, a good percentage of which was recycled in aircraft production. Beaverbrook also identified a need for heavier raw materials like iron and steel for munitions.



In 1941 the government passed an order compulsorily requisitioning all post-1850 iron gates and railings for the war effort, with a few exceptions made for items of particular historic interest, usually elaborate gates.




Please pray for the repose of the soul of 

Reverend Father Conleth Doyle, O.Carm

who died on Thursday 14th January 2016

His body will be received with Evening Payer at 6.30pm on 
Tuesday 19th January at Aylesford Priory

Funeral Mass on Wednesday 20th January, at 11.30am at Aylesford Priory, followed by burial in the Carmelite Community Cemetery


First Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

On Thursday 14th January the first Pilgrimage through the Jubilee Year of Mercy Holy Door at the Cathedral took place.  It was undertaken by the staff of the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation.

160114 - The First Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

The pilgrims were first welcomed by the Cathedral Dean, Fr Richard Hearn at an introductory Liturgy in front of the Holy Door. 

160114 - The First Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

They then processed through the Door, and once inside the Liturgy continued with prayers and the Sprinkling with Holy Water. 

160114 - The First Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

The pilgrims then processed to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel for a period of Adoration.  Meanwhile, Confessions were heard by Fr Richard and by Fr Stephen Borg, OFM.Conv.  The pilgrimage was completed by participation in the 12:30pm Mass.

160114 - The First Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

The special Jubilee Year plenary indulgence is gained by passing through the Holy Door, making one’s Confession, receiving Holy Communion at Mass, and praying for the Holy Father’s intentions.

160114 - The First Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

Parishes, schools and chaplaincies have been invited by both the Archbishop and the Cathedral Dean to make Pilgrimages during the Jubilee Year of Mercy to the Cathedral, the mother church of the archdiocese.  Visits should be booked via email: bookings@stgeorges.org.uk 

All pilgrims will receive a special pack, which includes the pilgrimage Liturgy, the rite of Confession, a commemorative prayer card, and a St George’s Cathedral special edition of the CTS booklet Year of Mercy – Preparing for the Journey.

Wanted – Southwark Catholic Directory 1976 and 1987


The Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, is looking for copies of the 1976 and 1987 Southwark Catholic Directories.

If you have a copy of either of these directories which you would be happy to give her, please could you contact her on archives@rcsouthwark.co.uk



Please pray for the repose of the soul of 

Reverend Father Joseph Kelly, O.Carm

who died on Wednesday 6th January 2016

His body will be received with Evening Payer on 
Monday 11th January at Aylesford Priory

Funeral Mass at 11.30 on Tuesday 12th January  at Aylesford Priory, followed by burial in the Carmelite Community Cemetery

The Ascent Movement

The Ascent Movement has been renamed and will now be known as ‘Life Ascending‘, to mirror other branches of La Vie Montante in other countries, who use a similar name.

Alongside the change of name they have had a new identity together with a new logo

Click here for their website and more details


Archbishop Peter's Christmas Prayer ...


Gerrit van Honthorst 
Adoration of the Child c.1620 
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

I pray that God may bless you, your famliy and friends, 
and give you the gifts of his love, peace, joy, and mercy this Christmas 
and throughout the extra-ordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

Archbishop of Southwark


Christmas Family Mass in the Cathderal

Archbishop Peter presided at the Family Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George on Christmas morning


151225 - Christmas Morning Mass

151225 - Christmas Morning Mass

After Mass Archbishop Peter distributed sweets to the children

 151225 - Christmas Morning Mass

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Televised Midnight Mass 2015




Midnight Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George was broadcast live this year on BBC 1.

The Mass is available to 'watch again' on the BBC IPlayer (click here) until 23rd January




The Mass, which Archbishop Peter celebrated, along with Fr Richard Hearn (Cathedral Dean), Fr Oladele Craig, Fr Thomas Bakulumpagi and Fr David Gibbons 

151225 - Midnight Mass

Archbishop Peter was assited by Deacons Daniel Weatherley, David Howell and Philip Andrews

151225 - Midnight Mass

Southwark Seminarian ordained Deacon

Daniel Weatherley was ordained a Deacon on 19th December 2015 by Archbishop Peter at St John's Seminary - Wonersh 

151219 - Ordination of Deacon Daniel Weatherley

Deacon Daniel will exercise his ministry at Wornesh 

151219 - Ordination of Deacon Daniel Weatherley


South East Catholic Schools Christmas Music Festival 
Sacred Heart Church - Camberwell

8 Catholic schools, in South East London, on Thursday 17th December, gathered at Sacred Heart Church Camberwell for the second edition of the SE Catholic schools music festival.



The schools are, St Joseph Infant School, Camberwell, St Francis Primary School,  Peckham, English Martyrs Primary School, Walworth, St Josephs Primary School, Camberwell, Sacred Heart Secondary School, Camberwell, Virgo Fidelis Convent School, St Michaels Catholic College, Bermondsey, and St Thomas the Apostle, Nunhead



Bishop Patrick Lynch was the special guest of honour and thanked all those who worked hard towards the celebration, and he reminded everyone that the birthday of Jesus is what Christmas celebrates. He blessed all the participants and all who were present



The parish priest, Fr Victor Darlington, in an interview, also reminded everyone that the birthday of Jesus is the reason for this joyful season, and he stressed that the annual celebration of the music festival, is to strengthen solidarity between catholic schools in the South East of London and to promote the Catholic ethos of our schools.






Mass and Lunch with Overseas Clergy Support Group and Ethnic Chaplaincy - Woolwich

On the 15th December Archbishop Peter visited St Peter's Wololwich to join Father Shaju Varkey, the new coordinator of Ethnic Chaplaincy in Southwark and the On Going Formation of Preists, who organised a Mass and Christmas Lunch for the Southwark Ethnic Chaps and overseas clergy in Southwark

151215 - Mass and Lunch with Overseas Clergy Support Group - Woolwich

151215 - Mass and Lunch with Overseas Clergy Support Group - Woolwich

The parishioners of St Peter’s provided superb lunch consisting of many different dishes from throughout the world

151215 - Mass and Lunch with Overseas Clergy Support Group - Woolwich

151215 - Mass and Lunch with Overseas Clergy Support Group - Woolwich

Opening of the "Door of Mercy" at the Cathedral

On Sunday 13th December Catholic Bishops throughout the world opened a Door of Mercy in their Cathedral Church. Pope Francis opened the Door of Mercy in his Cathedral Church, the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, on this same day, having previously opened the door in St Peter’s Basilica.

151213 - Opening Door of Mercy

Archbishop Peter opened the St George’s Door of Mercy at the beginning of the 11.30am Mass, joined by Bishop Paul Hendricks, clergy from the Cathedral, the Rev Canon Andrew Nunn (Dean of the local Anglican Cathedral), and many people, some of whom had joined the Cathedral Mass especially for the Jubilee event. 

151213 - Opening Door of Mercy

Over the door is a quote from the Gospel of Luke (13.24) “enter by the narrow door”; although the Mercy of God is generous beyond our understanding, as Christians we are called to respond to the challenge of living our lives by following Christ and his Gospel message

Jesus went through one town and village after another, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, ‘Lord, will only a few be saved?’ He said to them, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.’      (Luke 13:22-24)

151213 - Opening Door of Mercy

The Door of Mercy in our Cathedral is a completely new entrance. The builders broke began the process of breaking through the wall a few weeks ago, and the exterior of the door was completed, just in time, the previous Friday – more work will be done inside over the next few weeks to complete the project.

151213 - Opening Door of Mercy

The Door of Mercy will be fully open for pilgrim groups at some point in January; Parishes, Deaneries or other groups who wish to make a particular pilgrimage to the Cathedral and the Door of Mercy should contact the Cathedral bookings@stgeorges.org.uk

151213 - Opening Door of Mercy

Once the work is completely finished the Door of Mercy will be available for the duration of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, and will be formally closed on Sunday 13th November 2016.

151213 - Opening Door of Mercy

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page


Three futher "Doors of Mercy" in Southwark

In the Bull of Indiction of the Jubilee Pope Francis gave Diocesan Bishops permission to permit Shrines also to have a Door of Mercy. In Southwark three shrines in Kent will have a Door for the Jubilee: St Augustine's Shrine (Ramsgate), St Jude's Shrine (Faversham), The Friars (Aylesford).

151213 - Opening of the Holy Door of Mercy Aylesford

The Carmelite community at Aylesford gathered at the 10.15am Mass to open the Door of Mercy at the Shrine, the Prior, Fr Damian, presided over the Mass, delegated by the Archbishop to open the door on his behalf.

151213 - Opening of the Holy Door of Mercy Aylesford

151213 - Opening of the Holy Door of Mercy Aylesford

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page


The Jubilee of Mercy has begun

Archbishop Peter, together with Bishop Paul Hendricks and several other priests celebrated the Cathedral Parish 12.30pm Mass on Tuesday December 8th.
151208 - Year of Mercy Opening Mass

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was chosen by Pope Francis to be the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy; a particularly important day in the dioceses as Mary the Immaculate Conception is our principal Patron
Futher pictures on the Jubillee page

Advent Reflections

Preparing for God’s Coming – 5 minute daily thoughts for Advent


Our diocesan Spirituality Commission and stewardship team have developed a series of daily reflections featuring the Scripture of the day and a related thought and prayer drawn from the spirituality of stewardship

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New Tabernacle blessed at Tonbridge

Archbishop joined the community of Corpus Christi Parish, Tonbridge, to bless a new tabernacle on the 6th Decemeber 2015.
A generous donation enabled the Parish to be able to buy the new tabernacle for the Sanctuary. Fr Peter Murphy invited Archbishop Peter to bless the new tabernacle, which he did during the Sunday evening parish Mass. The Tabernacle in a church is a securely locked place where the Blessed Sacrament may safely be reserved, principally so that Holy Communion by be brought to sick or dying, but also as a focus of prayer as Jesus Christ is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. The tabernacle, of a Spanish design, takes a very visible place in the centre of the rear wall of the sanctuary – a precious home for Corpus Christi (the Body of Christ) in Corpus Christi Parish.


151206 - New Tabernacle blessed at Tonbridge

151206 - New Tabernacle blessed at Tonbridge


Live Simply Award for Tunbridge Wells Parish

On 6th December  St Augustine - Tunbridge Wells welcomed Archbishop Peter Smith to celebrate the 11.15am Mass and present the live simply award

151206 - Live Simply Award for Tunbridge Wells Parish
The community of Tunbridge Well, inspired by the Pope's encyclical Laudato Si', wanted to put their faith into action.  The parish livesimply award enables them to strengthen the bonds of their community, nourish their spiritual life and care for God's gift of creation.

151206 - Live Simply Award for Tunbridge Wells Parish

To win the award, the parish displayed nine ways in which it put into practice the three principles of livesimply: living in solidarity with people in poverty; living simply; and living sustainably with creation.  Receipt of the award is national recognition to Catholic parishes that they are making a difference to their community – and the world.

151206 - Live Simply Award for Tunbridge Wells Parish

There was refreshments in the hall afterwards

151206 - Live Simply Award for Tunbridge Wells Parish

How to become a Live Simply Parish

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Holy Family Thanet

Father Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent, presented Don Macpherson and Ann Shufflebotham each with the new diocean award 'Fideliter Servienti' for their outstanding work in the parish over many years.



The presentation was made during the 9.15 am Mass at the parish church of The Holy Family in Birchington on the Second Sunday of Advent, 6th December 2015.



Don is Parish Secretary and Ann has just retired
as the organist/choirmaster



The Most Holy Trinity - Bermondsey

Ayowunmii Nuga was presented with a cheque for £800 by John Rayer, at the 10:00 Mass on Sunday 6th December 2015

The cheque is given by the Catenian Association Bursary Fund which supports hundreds of young Catholics every year who volunteer for varied charitable projects.



The money will help her in her work with a charity to fight poverty in Northern Ghana for the next six months.

John is a leading figure in the Catenian Association as has been involved in trying to start a group of Catenians in the Cathedral Deanery.

The Association is always looking forward to sponsor young people in this way and we wish Nuga every success and look forward to hearing about the work on her return

Consecration and Dedication of
St Cecilia’s Church North Cheam

On Sunday 22 November, Bishop Paul consecrated and dedicated St Cecilia’s Church North Cheam

151122 - North Cheam Consecration and Dedication

He was assisted by Deacon Phillip Pond. The Mass was concelebrated by Fr Robert Sugg, current Parish Priest, Bishop Howard Tripp, Fr Michael Gwinnell and Canon Luke Verhees

151122 - North Cheam Consecration and Dedication

As part of the Ceremony, a relic of St Cecilia was sealed in the centre of the altar

151122 - North Cheam Consecration and Dedication

151122 - North Cheam Consecration and Dedication

151122 - North Cheam Consecration and Dedication151122 - North Cheam Consecration and Dedication


Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read on the First Sunday of Advent 2015 - Sunday 29th November 2015.

This Advent and the coming Year of Mercy are a God-given opportunity for us to deepen and strengthen our faith and trust in [God], every day making our own the prayer of the Psalmist in Psalm 50:
“A pure heart create for me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.”
My dear brothers and sisters, never forget the words of Jesus: “Courage! Do not be afraid, for I am with you until the end of time.”  

Full text of the Pastoral Letter

Catholic school pupils raise the roof with
carols for seafarers

The students from Sacred Heart RC Secondary School in Camberwell sang traditional Christmas carols to get people in the festive mood, and station users responded – a total of £320.00 was collected in just over an hour!

The  group of Year 7 students raised the roof at Oval Tube station with their carol singing during rush hour on December 2



The cash will go a long way towards supporting AoS’ work with seafarers and their families, and help spread some Christmas cheer among the hundreds of seafarers arriving at UK ports this season

AoS Development Director John Green said, “The children were such great singers. We’re delighted to have them and their school do their bit to raise awareness about seafarers who work through the Christmas season to bring us up to 95% of the goods and services we consume”

He also thanked the management of Oval Tube station for their support



More carols for seafarers have been planned in London over the next few weeks. On December 11, pupils from Sacred Heart of Mary School in Upminster will be carolling at Upminster Tube station between 1.30 and 2.30pm

And on December 16, pupils of Westminster Cathedral School will sing at Pimlico Tube station between 1.30 and 2.30pm.

Later that day, from 4.30 to 6.30pm, the same students will join AoS head office staff and a team from shipping law firm Holman Fenwick Willan to spread more Christmas joy to commuters at Pimlico Tube Station
 

Knights of St Columba

On 14th November 2015 Archbishop Peter joined the Knights of St Columba in the parish of Erith to celebrated a Mass for the deceased members of the Knights

Knights of St Columba Erith

Knights of St Columba Erith

Knights of St Columba Erith

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page


Opening of St John Bosco College - Battersea

On Friday 13th November Archbishop Peter formally blessed and opened the new school buildings of St. John Bosco College in its new home in Battersea, where in 1887 St. John Bosco sent his first Salesians to in the United Kingdom. The new buildings, has been a culmination of years of planning, as Archbishop Peter wrote in his forward “a labour of love and faith over many many months” to build a Secondary School with a sixth form for up to 1300 students

151113 - Opening of St John Bosco College

The Archbishop was joined by the Salesian Provincial, Father Martin Coyle SDB, the local Member of Parliament, Jane Ellison and representatives from the Southwark Education Commission, London Borough of Wandsworth and Lendlease who has worked in partnership with the Diocese and the Salesians of Don Bosco to deliver this project

151113 - Opening of St John Bosco College

The Archbishop blessing the new facilities accompanied by students from the college and the Head Teacher, Dr Simon Uttley

151113 - Opening of St John Bosco College

151113 - Opening of St John Bosco College

151113 - Opening of St John Bosco College

The celebration continued with refreshments after the Blessing    

151113 - Opening of St John Bosco College

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives

Our Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, has added to the Archives' blog

The policy in Southwark Diocese is that parishes look after their own parish archives within their parish. The Diocesan Archive aims to advise and support parishes in this by developing guidance on record keeping, answering questions, visiting and offering advice etc.



The Diocesan Archives does, however, have a large collection of records relating to parishes – on average, one large box file per parish. These are not the parish records themselves, rather the records of the interactions between the Archbishop and the parish. These boxes can be of great value to those researching the history of their parish or local community

Arrival of the celebrant, 7 July 1935, Canterbury parish

These boxes contain a great mixture of items. They were created originally as a working filing system and anything that was created or received at Archbishop’s House in relation to a parish could be filed in them. This system continues today and once the material in the working filing system reaches ten years old it is evaluated to see if it has any long-term value. If it has, it is passed to the archive to be added to the parish file


Induction of Parish Priest in Beckenham

Father Stephen Wymer was inducted as Parish Priest of St. Edmund of Canterbury, Beckenham on 13th November 2015 by Archbishop Peter Smith

151113 - Induction of Parish Priest Beckenham

The Archbishop was joined by clergy from the Bromley Deanery
 
151113 - Induction of Parish Priest Beckenham

The celebration continued in the parish hall after Mass

151113 - Induction of Parish Priest Beckenham

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

50th Anniversary Mass
Holy Family Primary School - Maidstone South

On the 21st Ocotber Archbishop Peter joined the community of Holy Family primary school to celebrate their 50th anniversary

151021 - Holy Family School - Maidstone South

151021 - Holy Family School - Maidstone South

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Jubilarians at the Venerable English College in Rome

In October some of this year's Jubilarians went to the annual celebration organised for them by the Venerable English College in Rome



Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and 
Readers' day of Recollection

On Saturday 14th November Bishop Pat Lynch joined the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers on a day of Recollection at Bishop Thomas Grant School in Streatham



Bishop Pat was joined by Father Ashley Beck who preached on the themes of Mercy and the Eucharist






Life: a post-Confirmation course for teenagers

A new post-Confirmation programme called Life was launched at a reception in the parish of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Addiscombe on Thursday 12th November.  The programme was written by Danny Curtin and Tom Caluori (a parishioner at Croydon) and is published by Redemptorist Publications.  The programme is the result in particular of Tom Caluori’s many years of youth work and school teaching in the Croydon area.



The Croydon Deanery was represented by Fr Joseph O’Connor (Dean) and Canon Frank O’Sullivan, as well as a number of parishioners.  The diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation was represented by Fr David Gibbons (Director).



The programme is based on the See, Judge, Act method, and can be used in schools (for example as a Mission follow-up) as well as in parishes after Confirmation.

Anniversary Weekend

Archbishop Peter joined two parishes on the weekend of the 6th and 7th November as they celebrated parish anniversaries

151107 - Golden Jubilee Strood

On the Saturday evening the people of Strood parish celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of the ‘new’ church of English Martyrs, together with Archbishop Peter and more than fifteen priests and deacons

151107 - Golden Jubilee Strood

The celebrations are being marked by the theme: ‘Forward together with Faith and Love’.  Before the Mass began a group of children from the parish school introduced the evening with a reflection and a song

151107 - Golden Jubilee Strood

 After the Mass the parish continued its celebration in the school hall

151107 - Golden Jubilee Strood 

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

151108 - Centenary Mass - Kennington Park


On Sunday morning Archbishop Peter made the short journey to Kennington Park as the Parish community of St Wilfrid’s marked the centenary of their church

151108 - Centenary Mass - Kennington Park

A few tired faces were present at the morning Mass, as the parish had also held celebrations the evening before. 

151108 - Centenary Mass - Kennington Park

During the Mass Archbishop Peter and the congregation paused at 11am for the two minutes silence of Remembrance Sunday

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Feast of the Dedication of St George’s Cathedral


On Friday 6th November the Chapter of Canons gathered for a special Mass to celebrate the Dedication of St. George’s Cathedral. The celebrant and preacher was Canon Luke Smith, parish priest of St. Francis, Maidstone. The Cathedral Dean, Fr. Richard Hearn, concelebrated

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The original St George’s church was designed by A.W.N. Pugin and building commenced in 1840. The church was solemnly opened by Bishop Wiseman on 4th July 1848. When the English Hierarchy was restored in 1850 St George’s was chosen as the cathedral church of the new diocese of Southwark. The cathedral was consecrated by Bishop Butt on 7th November 1894.

151106 - Chapter Canons Mass

On the night of 16th April 1941 the cathedral was severely damaged by an incendiary bomb. It had to be rebuilt after the war and restoration work commenced in 1953. Romilly Craze was the architect for the restoration and the newly rebuilt cathedral was opened by Bishop Cowderoy on 4th July 1958.

Groups are always welcome to visit the cathedral and be given a guided tour of this historic and beautiful building, the Mother Church of our diocese.
For more information contact: info@stgeorges.org.uk 

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Mass for Deceased Clergy of the Diocese

On Tuesday 3rd November Archbishop Peter celebrated Mass for all the deceased Clergy of the Diocese

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Archbishop Peter read the names of the deceased Clergy and asked all present to keep them in their prayers

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This will now be a annual celebration

151103 - Mass for deceased clergy

All concelebrating clergy were invited to lunch after Mass in Archbishop's House

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

National Shrine of Saint Jude


On the Feast of Saint Jude, 28th October 2015, the National Shrine of Saint Jude celebrated their Diamond Jubilee with a very special Mass.

The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Peter and concelebrated by Fr Tony Lester, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Carmelites

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In attendance was : Mr Jonathan Neame Esq DL who is represented the Lieutenancy of Kent; the Mayor and Mayoress of Faversham, Councillor Nigel A Kay and Mrs Anne Kay; the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Shiel Campbell, plus all the former chaplains of the Shrine

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The National Shrine is looked after by the British Province of the Carmelites.

151028 - St Jude

151028 - St Jude

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

New Marriage Rite Meeting for Priests & Deacons

The first of three meetings for priests and deacons took place on Tuesday 20th October, in the hall at The Good Shepherd parish, Downham.  Fr David Gibbons and Paul Moynihan from the diocesan Liturgy Commission explained the new Order of Celebrating Matrimony, which comes into use at Easter 2016. 

Good Shepherd - Downham



In addition, there was input from Monsignor Matthew Dickens (Chancellor) and Deacon Michael Kennedy (Chancery Administrator) about the correct procedures and paperwork, and from Lisette Blanchet Ball and Fr Tom Creagh-Fuller (from the South-east London Area Marriage & Family Life team) about Marriage preparation.



Two further meetings are to be held, on Monday 26th October at The Sacred Heart parish, Wimbledon and on Wednesday 28th October at St Teresa’s parish, Ashford

Sacred Heart - Wimbledon






Saint Teresa - Ashford








On Going Formation of Priests

The Southwark Ongoing Formation Office held its first In-Service Training Day last Thursday, 8 October, at the Centre for Catholic Formation entitled Digital Citizenship and Wellbeing. 



Stephen Carrick-Davies delivered an impressive, animated and informative presentation supported by slides and handouts.  He gave the gathered clergy an insight into the various facets of social media, a reflection of the spiritual issues of life online and how it impacts on parish life as well as an understanding and  a review of e-safety policy.



RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives 

Our Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, has added to the Archives' blog



I recently discovered, in the archive, six original photographs taken at the time of the liberation of Bergen-BelsenConcentration Camp in 1945. These were entitled, “Photographs taken by a friend of Mgr D.P. Wall. Belsen Concentration Camp. German soldiers compelled under an armed guard of British troops to bury the dead.” Mgr Denis P Wall (ordained 1944, died 1992) was a priest of the Diocese and we can only speculate why these photographs ended up in the Diocesan Archive. Perhaps whoever took them recognised their importance and wanted to put them somewhere that they would be well looked after. The images captured scenes of piles of skeletal bodies being buried (I have not included the images in this blog due to their disturbing content)

To find out more please visit our archive blog:

http://southwarkdiocesanarchives.blogspot.co.uk

The Catenian Association - Province 7 Southwark

On Sunday 11th October 2015 The Catenian Association - Province 7 -  Southwark Brothers, once again held their annual Mass at Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George Cathedral, Southwark to remember their deceased Brothers who had died in the past 12 months



The cathedral was also packed with their families, relatives and friends and the names of the deceased were read out by Bro. Fergus Ponsia, Province 7’s Provincial President.



The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Stephen Haines who warmly welcomed Bro. Fergus and the Brothers and introduced the ethos of Catenianism to the congregation and the purpose of the Mass




Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers
Holy Communion at the Cathedral

On Saturday 10th October 2015 Bishop Patrick Lynch commissioned 161 people as Extraordinary Ministers Holy Communion

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Bishop Pat started the day with a talk on the Eucharist and this special Ministry using the symbols of Holy Communion and the Emmaus Story

151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

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

151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

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 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 Patrick Lynch presided at the Mass along with the other concelebrants Monsignor Matthew Dickens and Father Richard Hearn, Dean of the Cathedral, during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.

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The Extra Ordinary Ministers came from 39 parishes from around the Diocese - Addiscombe, Anerley, Ashford, Balham, Beckenham, Beckenham Hill and Bellingham, Bexleyheath, Brixton Hill, Camberwell, Canterbury, Cathedral, Chislehurst West, Clapham Common, Croydon West, Downham, Eltham, Forest Hill, Greenwich, Ham, Hayes, Herne Hill, Kidbrooke, Merton, Mitcham, New Addington, North Cheam, Norwood South, Norwood Upper

Putney, Shooters Hill, Sidcup, Sydenham Kirkdale, Thornton Heath, Tolworth, Tooting Bec, Vauxhall, Walworth, Wimbledon South together with The Latin American Chaplaincy and King's College Hospital Chaplaincy


151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page
   

2015 Archbishop Romero Lecture

On the 1st October 2015 St George's cathedral hosted the annual Archbishop Romero Memorial Lecture which was given by Cardinal Oscar Rodrguez.
The cardinal is archbishop of  Tegucigalpa in Honduras and coordinator of the Council of Cardinals whom Pope Francis established to advises him on reforming the workings of the Vatican.
The title of the talk was 'From Romero to Francis: the joy and the tensions of becoming a poor Church with the poor'.
The lecture was attended by over 200 people and was organised by the Archbishop Romero Trust.
The cardinal was very moved by the Romero Cross which stands in the cathedral as a memorial to the Blessed Oscar Romero and was presented with a copy of the cross by Julian Filochowski, chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust.

Gathering of Diocesan Safeguarding Representatives

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team organised a gathering for Parish Safeguarding Representatives from around the diocese on Saturday 3rd October and 98 attended

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This is an annual opportunity for Parish Reps to get together for some input on the important ministry of working to safeguard children and vulnerable adults; this work also includes the promotion of diocesan best practice and national guidelines. Following a welcome by Archbishop Peter, Helen Sheppard, the Diocesan Safeguarding coordinator, spoke about work at the Diocesan level and gave some updates to Reps

151003 - Day for Safeguarding Reps

The main input of the day was a presentation by Steven Carrick-Davies on “E-safety & social media”, an area of life that is in a state of rapid and constant evolution, but also an area in which young people can be particularly vulnerable to intimidation, bullying and harm.

151003 - Day for Safeguarding Reps

‘Parish Reps’ from a vital part of the Safeguarding structure; not only do they act as a contact point in the parish, they also represent the Safeguarding Office and Safeguarding Commission in their parish.

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They are a direct link to the diocese as they carry out their ministry, supporting the clergy and people, and working to keep those at risk safe; a task Archbishop Peter thanks them for when he celebrated Mass in the Cathedral with them.

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Day for Religious

On the 2nd October 2015 Archbishop Peter joined about one hundred religious Sisters and Brothers from around the diocese for their annual meeting at The Friars, Aylesford

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The Church is currently celebrating the ‘Year of Consecrated Life’, and so this year’s gathering was of special note. The speaker for the day was Sr. Margaret O'Shea, a religious of the Poor Servant of the Mother of God congregation.

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Sr Margaret is a very experienced religious, and was previously a Vicar for Religious in the diocese of Arundel and Brighton, although now based in Euston. She spoke about being thankful for gift of consecrated life, both personally and as a gift to the Church, living the consecrated life with joy, and looking forward to the future with hope.

151002 - Day for Religous

With a great sense of humour Sr Margaret shared her own experience, anecdotes from the lives of other religious, and encouraged those present to also share.

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The day ended with Archbishop Peter celebrating a Mass for those present and remembering all those who couldn’t make it to the gathering.

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Apostleship of the Sea Mass for seafarers

A Mass to pray for seafarers and for the ministry of Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) was celebrated in the Cathedral on September 24th 2015

Mass for Our Lady, Star of the Sea

The Mass was also held to commemorate the feast of Stella Maris, Our Lady Star of the Sea, AoS’ patron saint.

Main celebrant Bishop Tom Burns SM, who is AoS’ Bishop Promoter, said in his homily that the work of AoS is to encourage seafarers to grow stronger in their faith, and to live fully human lives.

He said seafarers are called by God to be truly themselves and have to be strong in what they believe and in whom they believe.

Mass for Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Bishop Tom added, “The ensuing drama of life helps the seafarer to learn how to notice the movement of God in all that happens and to respond to it, and to Him, with wholehearted generosity. AoS is there to help him find God in the events of daily life: the joys and the sorrows, the successes and the failures, the pleasures and the hardships, the kindnesses and the cruelties.”

Mass for Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Bishop Tom said what God is asking of the seafarer every day is that he becomes holy wherever he is. This means knowing God is present, which leads on to respecting other human beings, because God resides in them too.

Mass for Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Likewise AoS port chaplains, ship visitors, volunteers and staff also need to acknowledge God is present, and to respect other human beings.

“He or she is to be an example of God’s love, expressing it and sharing it. It is the AoS worker’s role to experience and to share with others the gift of God’s boundless love, compassion, and mercy in everything that happens,” said Bishop Tom.

Mass for Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Mass was followed by a lunch at Amigo Hall.

More photos on the Bishops Conference of England and Wales' Flickr Page


Permanent Deacons

10 of our Permanent Deacons went to Emmaus Retreat Centre for the weekend of 18-20th September for their Annual Retreat, which was led this year by Father Victor Darlington


The main theme was 'Eucharist and The Year of Mercy'

Southwark Catholic Youth Service

On Saturday 19th September Monsignor Matthew commissioned this year's Southwark Catholic Youth Service's Youth Ministry Team.

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150919 - SCYS Commissioning of new team 2015-16

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

150919 - SCYS Commissioning of new team 2015-16

150919 - SCYS Commissioning of new team 2015-16

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

A Village Celebration in Kent

On the 13th September a bit of history was made in the village of Pembury in Kent on Sunday with the opening of the new Hine Room at St Anselm's Church.
Bishop John Hine, who grew up in the village, came to unveil a plaque and formally open the new church hall, which from now on will bear his name. The hall adjoins the church, and its completion marks the climax of a major renewal project for St Anselm's. Fr Ed Tomlinson of the Ordinariate arrived at the parish four years ago and all the parishioners – Ordinariate members and longstanding parishioners alike – have worked together to transform the small church into a place of beauty for worship, and to create a new hall for Sunday School, church activities and local groups.
The project has included acquiring a pulpit, pews and fixed altar for the church – formerly the altar was a temporary one which had to removed when the room was used as a community hall on weekdays. With the building of the Hine Room, the church has come into its own – it is now a permanent place of worship, where the sanctuary lamp glows day and night and with an adjoining side-chapel and sacristy.
Bishop Hine concelebrated Mass in a packed church with Father Hartley, who served the church for many years and with Father Ed and assistant priest Father Nicholas Leveseur. Afterwards, parishioners and guests enjoyed a buffet lunch, at which gifts were presented to the architect and builders. The church and hall together are approached by a path that leads through a new garden area – formerly darkened by overgrown trees but now with a lawn and hedges,  – and a lych-gate will shortly be added. An outdoor Calvary stands alongside.
“This whole project seemed like a David-and-Goliath challenge at first” said Fr Ed in his sermon “But God always chooses the small and unimportant for his tasks, so that he can show that it is he who is really in charge. So, with everything apparently difficult – finding funds, getting the necessary permissions, overcoming all sorts of problems – God worked his way, and the project has been achieved.”



60th anniversary of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Primary School - Wimbledon Common

Archbishop Peter joined the Headteacher, Angela Pitcher, pupils, staff, Governors, past pupils, local clergy, and friends of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Primary School, Wimbledon, for celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the opening of the school.  

150904 - 60th anniversary of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Primary School Wimbledon Common

Archbishop Peter celebrated a Mass in the packed church of Our Lady and Saint Peter (just across the road from the school) with Fr Philip de Freitas and the other priests connected with the school.

150904 - 60th anniversary of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Primary School Wimbledon Common

At the end of the Mass the Archbishop blessed prayer cards which were then distributed to all the children of the school. The celebration continued in the school hall with refreshments, allowing guests to look at the displays the school had created.

150904 - 60th anniversary of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Primary School Wimbledon Common


'Refugee Welcome'
Day of Action at the 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais

Archbishop Peter Smith and Fr Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent, travelled to Calais on Saturday 19th September to participate in the Day of Action, a sign of support and solidarity with those living in the 'Jungle' refugee camp. They met with Ben Bano of Seeking Sanctuary, a Kent based group working with 'Secours Catholique' to provide support to those in the Calais camps who are in need.

150919 - Refugee Welcome Day of Action at the 'Jungle' in CalaisArchbishop Peter Smith (centre),
with Ben Bano (right) of Seeking Sanctuary, and Dominique Debelle (left) volunteer with 'Secours Catholique', in the scratch built Eritrean Church in the Calais Jungle

The day for action drew many people to the camp to express their support for refugees and their concern at the lack of compassion shown to those literally on the margins of society in Calais.

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         Outside the Eritrean Church         Walking through the camp

A march of several hundred people, those from the camp and visitors, set off on a march to the gates of the Port of Calais.
 
150919 - Refugee Welcome Day of Action at the 'Jungle' in Calais
At the Port of Calais Archbishop Peter met with Bishop Jean-Paul Jaeger, of the Catholic Diocese of Arras, in which Calalis is situated (third from right), and the Anglican Bishop of Dover, Rt Rev Trevor Wilmott (righ of picture). As a sign of solidarity with the refugees the three Bishops signed a join statement:

We leaders of churches alongside the English Channel have joined in solidarity with this Day of Action in Calais and repeat our calls for people to respond to the growing crisis by showing generosity to those who are exiled from their homeland. These vulnerable men, women and children share in our common humanity and everyone can help them to live in dignity and contribute to civil society.
150919 - Refugee Welcome Day of Action at the 'Jungle' in Calais
People of all faiths and none can assist by providing financial and material support, time and skills, shelter and accommodation. Above all, we can pray and gather information to support pleas for better treatment in our nations and across the European Union. We wish to counter the myths that lead to prejudice and fear and urge politicians to envisage new policies that go beyond merely closing frontiers and employing increased numbers of security staff.

We resolve to work together to encourage residents to create a climate of welcome for strangers and we trust that we will be joined in this by all who gather in places of worship along the frontiers of European nations.

PDF Copy of the of the statement in English and French
and
A scanned PDF copy of the signed statement

150919 - Refugee Welcome Day of Action at the 'Jungle' in Calais
Part of the protest; in the background the security fence,
with a graffiti wall added in front which some of the refugees had made their mark

More pictures on the Diocesan Flickr Page
News item on "Independent Catholic News"
Further ICN item on "English and French Church leaders issue statement on Calais refugees"



We are humbled by the generous response of our Catholic family in Southwark Diocese who have helped the Clergy Support Fund Campaign to reach £1,027,311 in gifts and pledges this summer. 

This is an exciting milestone which means we are now almost quarter of the way to our final goal of just over £4.5 million. Thank you.

Grateful thanks must also go to our hardworking Deanery Lay-leaders and 
Parish Representatives in all areas of the Diocese, who have helped to explain the needs of our sick and retired clergy to fellow parishioners. 

Finally, I would like to extend sincere gratitude to our parish clergy for kindly supporting the initiative despite busy parish diaries: we couldn’t have done it without you!

To find out more about the Clergy Support Fund Campaign please
click here:

RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives 

Our Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, has added to the Archives' blog


About half of the enquiries received by the Archive are from family history researchers. The Archive doesn’t actually hold any parish registers – these are held by local parish churches – so many of these enquiries are sent to the relevant parish

Parish contact details can be found:
http://directory.rcsouthwark.co.uk/
 
However, for those interested in finding out about a family member who was a priest, or indeed those doing research on priests for other reasons, the Archive can be a great source of information.

The Southwark Catholic Directory is published annually (since 1929) and lists all the priests in the Diocese alphabetically and gives their address. The address helps to identify the parish that a priest served in (parishes are also listed alphabetically with a list of their priests). In this way a priest can be traced from ordination to retirement and beyond.

To find out more please visit our archive blog:

http://southwarkdiocesanarchives.blogspot.co.uk/

Saint Peter Chanel Primary School – Sidcup

On Friday 11th September Bishop Patrick Lynch visited Saint Peter Chanel Primary School in Sidcup.

During the visit he celebrated Mass and blessed the new Prayer Garden




1st September: World Day of Prayer for Creation

Early in August, on the Feast of the Transfiguration, Pope Francis established 'in the Catholic Church, the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which, beginning this year, will be celebrated on the 1st of September, as the Orthodox Church has done for some time now'

We pray for all of God's creation, and particularly that humanity may recognise not simlply the gift it has been given, but also the responsibility it has as steward of that gift.

In the letter creating this new day the Holy Father wrote:
The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.

(Click here for Link to the Papal letter).

Archdiocese Pilgrimage 
to Lourdes 2015

On Friday 21st August Bishop Paul led the Southwark diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.

They travelled with The Catholic Association who has organised pilgrimages to Lourdes for over a hundred years. While preserving the diocesan identity, they will be part of a larger group and have the opportunity to meet people from other dioceses, schools, and organisations throughout the country

They go to Lourdes in response to an invitation of Our Blessed Lady to go there in Procession, to give praise to God Our Father, to meet him in the Eucharist, to make known his Kingdom here on earth. Mary invites us to go to Lourdes to pray, to contemplate the mysteries of the Rosary, the Rosary which Pope Paul VI called 'a synthesis of the whole Gospel'

The Pilgrims remember the whole diocese in their prayers and worship and ask the whole diocese of pray for them in return

On Saturday 22nd Canon Ed Perera, the Diocesan Director, and Bishop Paul host a meeting for Southwark Pilgrims. They were joined by Monsignor Bill Saunders who is Director of the whole Pilgrimage

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On Sunday 23rd the Pilgrimage joins over seven thousand others for the Sunday International Mass, held in the Underground Pius X Basilica

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The Catholic Association lead the Sunday night Marian Torchlight procession

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On Monday 24th the prilgims processed to the Grotto

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Penitential Service at St Pius X Basilica Monday afternoon

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On Tuesday 25th the Southwark Diocese celebrated Mass as a group and with the Catholic Association in the Notre Dame Chapel

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At the end of the Mass Bishop Paul blessed the specially prepared Diocesan Candle, and those present carried it, first to the Rosary Square where the official Diocesan photo was taken, and then past the Grotto to light the candle

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On Wednesday 26th our pilgrims visited the 'Baths'. Each year the Pilgrimage is asked to spend some time accompanying those waiting for the baths. This year Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton led the Rosary, and the Catholic Association musicians, with some extras, provided hymns between each of the mysteries

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Each year one of the Masses is organised by the children and young people of the Pilgrimage

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There are two particular groups:
The Glanfield Group, who bring children whose lives are made complicated by certain medical conditions to Lourdes.
The HCP - Helpers Children's Programme - who assist parents on the Pilgrimage who wish to help in Lourdes by taking care and engaging with their children while they work

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The Mass organised by the children: this year a mime was carried out while the Gospel was read; the children read the bidding prayers, and some of the young adults sung the Psalm and sung a reflection piece after Communion.

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Bishop Paul Hendricks presided and preached at the Mass, and Southwark provided the reader for the First Reading.

After a busy day of prayers at the Baths, Stations of the Cross, Mass organised by the Children, the Southwark Pilgrims gathered for some time together

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On Thursday 27th the pilgrims joined the Anointing of the Sick in St Pius X Basilican

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Please pray for the repose of the soul of 

Reverend Deacon Philip Gummett

who died on 15th August 2015

His body will be received into St Peter's Catholic Church
Bargoed CF81 8RJ
on Tuesday 25th at 18:00 followed by Mass

His Funeral Mass will be held at
St Peter's Catholic Church, Bargoed, CF81 8RJ
at 11:30 on Wednesday 26th August 2015
followed by burial in Gwaelod yr Brithdir Cemetery, NP24 6JY


All are welcome

In lieu of flowers - donations to
The Alzheimer's Society or The Rocky Appeal (QA Hospital, Portsmouth)
c/o D J Thomas & Son, Bargoed, CF81 8NW


May he rest in peace 


Blessed Oscar Romero Thanksgiving Mass

On Saturday 15th August 2015, the 98th anniversary of Blessed Oscar Romero's birth hundreds of people from across the UK gathered for the National Mass of Thanksgiving in Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George to  celebrate the life, martyrdom and beatification of the Archbishop of Oscar Romero.

150815 - Oscar Romero Thanksgiving Mass

Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, patron of the Archbishop Romero Trust, joined by fourteen other priests, including three other bishops. The Cardinal wore the chasuble brought back from the Beatification in San Salvador, which has been gifted to the Cathedral.

150815 - Oscar Romero Thanksgiving Mass

At the end of Mass, a candle made for the occasion was lit by the Romero Cross designed by Fernando Llort and which contains relics of Blessed Romero.

150815 - Oscar Romero Thanksgiving Mass

150815 - Oscar Romero Thanksgiving Mass 150815 - Oscar Romero Thanksgiving Mass

After Mass, the congregation gathered in Amigo Hall to hear from Bishop John, Clare Dixon and Julian Filochowski of the Romero Trust who were all privileged to attend the beatification, before a toast to Romero and Cardinal Cormac cut a birthday cake for Archbishop Romero's birthday.

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Images from the event can be found on the Romero Trust's Facebook page and some images taken by Carols Reyes Manzo are on the Romero  Trust's Flickr account

A round up of events around the world for Romero's birthday can be found on the Super Martyrio blog

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Apostleship of the Sea


Following on from the recent blessing of the new Seafarers Centre Sheerness in May this year and Sea Sunday (second Sunday of July), the diocese is delighted to once again support the Apostleship of Sea by hosting the “Stella Maris Mass for Seafarers” in the Cathedral at 12.30pm on Thursday 24th September.
All are invited to this Mass, which will be celebrated by Bishop Tom Burns SM, to pray for seafarers and the work of the Apostleship of the Sea who continue to support seafarers’ faith and welfare needs.
Visit their website for more information on the work of the AoS: www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk


Southwark Seminarians

On 5th July 2015, Francis Murphy (far left of photo) was instituted as an Acolyte and, on 12th July, David Howell (next to Francis) and Phil Andrews (far right of photo) were ordained deacons by Bishop John Arnold.

The ceremonies took place at Palazzola, the villa of the Venerable English College.

Please pray for these students and for all our Southwark seminarians.

Bishop for Migrants - Bishop Pat Lynch
‘deeply concerned over the deepening
humanitarian crisis’ in Calais


“I am deeply concerned over the deepening humanitarian crisis involving thousands of migrants unfolding in Calais. The crisis has developed over a decade and challenges us all, both as Christians and as Europeans. We must face up to this reality at various levels.

"First, in solidarity with the most vulnerable migrants we recognise the local pastoral, humanitarian, and compassionate response from the French Church and call on the French authorities to redouble their efforts in providing adequate reception facilities for migrants. We acknowledge the work done by faith organisations in France and the UK together with charities, agencies and the great generosity of families and individuals to the relief efforts. The task is immense and their contributions are most valued. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales will be making a material contribution to those efforts.

"Second, at an international level we are aware that the answer to the current migrant crisis lies beyond Calais. Estimates from the UNCHR indicate that “In the first six months of this year, 137,000 refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean Sea, travelling in terrible conditions upon unsafe boats and dinghies”. The 2014 estimate for the same period was 75,000. Therefore in addition to addressing the humanitarian needs of the increasing numbers of migrants undertaking this treacherous journey we must examine the root causes of current migration from North Africa and the Middle East across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

"Third, we must face up to the shared responsibility of making the world a better and safer environment to live in. We must examine as a matter of urgency the arms trade that fuels armed conflict and civil war, climate change, unjust economic policies, poverty and corruption as some of the underlying causes of this fundamental global trend. The safety of vulnerable women and children who may fall prey to smugglers and human traffickers is paramount and must be addressed.

"Finally, the current migration crisis is complex and there are no easy solutions for governments, non–governmental organisations, faith groups and charities working on the field. However, governments, charities and humanitarian aid agencies should be encouraged to work together for a collaborative international response to the challenge in partnership with the countries of origin. Countries of origin must recognise that ‘the defence of migrants rights’ is viable and effective when based on a firm foundation of legal norms, and operates under the rule of law. (Caritas Europa 2009)”.

Bishop Patrick Lynch
Chair, Office for Migration Policy
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales


New online training for Safeguarding

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Archbishop Peter vists
St Columba's Catholic Boys' School - Bexleyheath

On 15th July 2015 Archbisho Peter join the whole community of St Columba's Catholic Boys' School  for their end of school Mass.
150715 - Mass and Visit to St. Columba's School - Bexleyheath

At the end of Mass the Student Leadership team for next year was announced. Students who have got through staff and student interviews to be members of the whole Student Leadership Team then voted for the posts of Head and Deputy Head Boy. Edward Stocker is the new Head Boy and Michael Adegoke Callum McGlynn and David Oputa have been voted as Deputy Head Boys for 2015/16.

150715 - Mass and Visit to St. Columba's School - Bexleyheath

Also at the end of Mass the schooled presented cheques to CAFOD for over £1,100 and to the Balamorie charity for £437 thanks to the generosity of the students

150715 - Mass and Visit to St. Columba's School - Bexleyheath

150715 - Mass and Visit to St. Columba's School - Bexleyheath

Photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page


Priesthood Ordinations of
Matt O'Gorman and Mark Higgins

Two seminary students completed their journey to the priesthood when they were ordained by Archbishop Peter on Saturday 18th July. The ordination took place in a full Cathedral, where Mark Higgins and Matthew O’Gorman were joined by many family, friends, parishioners and clergy. Archbishop Peter was joined by Bishop Howard Tripp, Bishop Nicholas Hudson and over eighty other priests for the Mass.

150718 - Priesthood Ordinations of Matt O'Gorman & Mark Higgins - Cathedral
The candidates prostrate before the altar during the Litany of the saints

Both of the newly ordained priests are from the Parish of Saint Elphege, Wallington, and both attended the John Fisher Secondary School, Purley, although a few years apart. They both celebrated their first Sunday Mass as priests in the in the Chapel of the Fisher School, one following the other. The weekend was a joyful and happy occasion, for them, their families & friends, their parish, their School, and for the diocese.

150718 - Priesthood Ordinations of Matt O'Gorman & Mark Higgins - Cathedral
Archbishop Peter preaches during the Mass,
particularly to Matthew O'Gorman (left) and Mark Higgins (right)

Father Mark Higgins, who was as St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, for his formation, has been appointed to St Andrew’s, Thornton Heath.
Father Matthew O’Gorman, who was at the Venerable English College, Rome, for his formation, has been appointed to St John the Baptist’s, Purley. They will take up their first appointments in September.

150718 - Priesthood Ordinations of Matt O'Gorman & Mark Higgins - Cathedral
The Litany of the Saints


RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives

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Clergy Appointments and News

Announced July 2015

A word of welcome to Fr Francis Lynch and Fr Oliver Antao, who have both been incardinated in to the diocese.

Archbishop Peter over the past months has made the made the following appointments:

Father James Teeling as Dean of the Chatham Deanery, to serve for the remainder of the three year term of office.

Canon John Kavanagh as acting Dean of the Lewisham Deanery, from the 1st August to the 30th November, while Father Doug Bull is away on a short sabbatical break.

Father Sharju Varkey as Episcopal Vicar for Ethnic Chaplaincies.

Father David Camilleri as Parish Priest of St James, Petts Wood.

Father Richard Reid CSsR as Parish Priest of Our Immaculate Lady of Victories, Clapham.

Father Francis Lynch as Parish Priest of Saint Gertrude, Bermondsey South, having previously been the Parochial Administrator.

Father Peter Pagac SDB as Parochial Administrator of The Sacred Heart, Battersea West. Peter kindly agreed to take on responsibility for the parish as Father Kieran Anderson SDB, the Parish Priest, is away from the parish due to poor health.

Father Anthony Cassidy CSsR, as Parochial Administrator of Saint Matthew, West Norwood.

Father Michael Ryan, as Parochial Administrator of Saint Simon Stock, Walderslade.

Deacon Stephen Newman as Archbishop's delegate for the Pastoral Care of Permanent Deacons.

Deacon Barry Chalkley as Director of Formation for the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate programme.

Father Keith Sylvia as assistant priest at Our Lady of the Annunciation, Addiscombe Parish, following his priestly ordination.

Father Emmanuel Okorondu, from the Diocese of Orlu, as an assistant priest in the parish of St Andrew, Thornton Heath.

Father Vitus Okechukwu as an assistant priest in the parish of St. Stephen, Welling, also from the Diocese of Orlu.
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Other moves and changes:
Father Philip Smith CF has been appointed as a full time chaplain to the British Army, and has joined 5th Battalion the Rifles in Paderborn, Germany.

Welcome to Father Patrick D’Souza sfx, who has been appointed as the Goan Community Chaplain, succeeding Father Francis Rosario sfx. Father D’Souza is a member of the Pilar Fathers’ community at Mitcham.

Welcome to Father Hyacinth Okafor cm, who has joined the parish team based at St Paul’s Thamesmead.

Welcome to Fr Kouevi Adjetey Louis Mawoulolo mccj who has joined the Comboni Fathers Community in Battersea Park Parish and will minister as an assistant priest in the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Joseph, Battersea Park.

Father Sang Mok Kwon will be completing his term as Korean Catholic Chaplain and will be returning to Korea at the end of the Summer. His successor will be Father Joong Hee Kwon of the Diocese of Andong. He is due to take up his appointment on 1st September 2015.


Archbishop Peter at The John Fisher School - Purley

The John Fisher School in Purley was delighted to welcome Archbishop Peter Smith to be the celebrant at their end of Mission Week Mass on Friday 10th July.
The Mass took place on the school field adjacent to the school chapel in glorious sunshine. A great opportunity to have this special Mass at the end of a memorable week, particularly as it comes at the end of their 85th Anniversary Year
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They were joined by Year 6 boys & girls from Regina Coeli and St Elphege’s RC Primary Schools who were in school for the day on Retreat.
It was also fitting that many Headteachers from local Catholic primary and secondary schools were present, as the Mass also marked the impending retirement of Mr Scully, the Headteacher.
150710 - John Fisher School Purley
The Sion Youth Team coordinated and led the school community through the celebration, including some rousing hymns and a final mime from all the team.
150710 - John Fisher School Purley
Archbishop Peter spoke of the importance of evangelisation - challenging all present to continue the work of the Apostles in standing up for and sharing our faith.
150710 - John Fisher School Purley
The service ended with Mr Scully thanking all those who contributed towards the Mass and Mission Week, especially the inspirational team (Ondrej, Bexx, Kimi, Dan, Esther, Matt, Hannah, Kathleen and Joseph) who became an important part of the school community for the week. The real challenge for everyone is to ensure that the spirit of Mission Week is continued over the months and years ahead - until the next one in 2020.

Finally, Archbishop Peter presented the school with an Apostolic Blessing from His Holiness, Pope Francis, to commemorate the 85th Anniversary of its foundation.

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Four Permanent Deacons ordained for Southwark

Archbishop Peter Smith ordinated four Permanent Deacons on 4th July 2015 for the Archdiocese of Southwark in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George.
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Our new Deacons are Deacon Julian Burling who has  been appointed to Sacred Heart Wimbledon, Deacon Simon English and Deacon Tom McCarthy who have been appointed to St. Anselm Tooting Bec and Deacon Peter Sebastian who has been appointed to St. Raphael Surbiton
150704 - Diaconate Ordinations and 50 years of the Diaconate in Southwark

Brief History of the Permanent Diaconate

The apostles in Jerusalem, finding it difficult to combine the distribution of food to the poor with preaching the word and prayer, appointed seven ministers to serve those in who were in need (cf Acts 6:1-7), charity being considered as central to the ministry of the Church. The apostles handed over this duty to ‘men of good reputation, filled with the Spirit and with wisdom’ by praying and laying hands on them. Among these was Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Saint Paul, writing about 57 AD, includes deacons in his greeting in Philippians (1:1) and writing to Timothy lists the qualities and virtues which all deacons are expected to possess and exercise in their ministry (I Tim 3:8-13), indicating that the diaconate had already become a separate office in the Church. The very term “Diakonia” describes the central characteristic of this order: the deacon is called to service. The witness of the early Fathers of the Church acknowledges the importance of the diaconal ministry. Saint Ignatius of Antioch, about 100 AD, says that it would be impossible to have the Church without bishops, priests and deacons. He explains that their task was nothing less than to continue ‘the ministry of Jesus Christ’.
After the fifth century, however, there was a decline in the permanent diaconate in the Latin Church. From the early Middle Ages the diaconate remained only as a transitional order that men received as part of their preparation for the priesthood. There were occasional exceptions to this rule however, Saint Francis of Assisi, for example, was ordained a deacon but not a priest. But the reality was that the permanent character of this order was abandoned by the Latin Church for many centuries.
The Second Vatican Council decided that the time was ripe. The permanent character of the order was restored and renewed when the Council in October 1963 called for the reestablishment of the ministry of the permanent deacon. In June 1967, Pope Paul VI carried out the desire of the Council when he published the Apostolic Letter Sacrum diaconatus ordinem in which he reestablished the permanent diaconate in the Latin Church. The Council, in its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, echoes the ancient image and concerns of the New Testament when it speaks of the ministry and nature of the diaconate:
At a lower level of the hierarchy are deacons, upon whom hands are imposed "not unto the priesthood, but unto a ministry of service”. For strengthened by sacramental grace, in communion with the bishop and his group of priests they serve in the diaconate of the liturgy, of the word, and of charity to the people of God. It is the duty of the deacon, according as it shall have been assigned to him by competent authority, to administer baptism solemnly, to be custodian and dispenser of the Eucharist, to assist at and bless marriages in the name of the Church, to bring Viaticum to the dying, to read the Sacred Scripture to the faithful, to instruct and exhort the people, to preside over the worship and prayer of the faithful, to administer sacramentals, to officiate at funeral and burial services. Dedicated to duties of charity and of administration, let deacons be mindful of the admonition of Blessed Polycarp: "Be merciful, diligent, walking according to the truth of the Lord, who became the servant of all." (Lumen Gentium para. 29)

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The Permanent Diaconate in Southwark
In the final years of Archbishop Cyril Cowderoy, the first Southwark permanent deacon, Edward Driscoll, was ordained by Bishop Charles Henderson in July 1975. When Archbishop Michael Bowen succeeded to the diocese in 1977 he gave the permanent diaconate his wholehearted support and lost no time in establishing a course of studies for permanent deacons (1978) and four new permanent deacons were ordained in 1980. Since then the steady flow of ordinations has brought the number of our permanent deacons to over eighty.

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Mike Cullinane retires after 42 years working in Catholic Education  

On the 1st July 2015 Mike Cullinane, Deputy Director of Education at the Education Commission in the Archdiocese of Southwark celebrated his retirement with family, friends and colleagues

150701 - Mike Cullinane Retirment Mass

Archbishop Peter was the main celebrant at Mass in the Cathedral and thanked Mike for all his hard work and kind help to the Archbishop when ever he needed it

150701 - Mike Cullinane Retirment Mass

Mike was educated by the Sisters of Charity of St Paul in primary school in Coventry then by the Vincentians in Secondary school. He went on to St Mary’s Strawberry Hill in 1970 to 1973 were his main subjects were RE and History

150701 - Mike Cullinane Retirment Mass

He has spent 27 years in four Catholic secondary schools in the Archiocese, three years in a state school (which Mike quotes as 'my missionary years!')
The last 11 years teaching as Headteacher Bonus Pastor Catholic Secondary, Lewisham and the 12 years at Education Commission including representing Arcdiocese on the National Diocesan School Commissioners Executive for 6 years and representing the Catholic Education Service on the School Support Staff Negotiating Body.

150701 - Mike Cullinane Retirment Mass

Mike is a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes, Lee

150701 - Mike Cullinane Retirment Mass

The celebrations continued in the Notre Dame RC Secondary Girls' School in Southwark where Mike was presented, amongst other 'gifts' was his own 'Section 48 Inspection Report'   

150701 - Mike Cullinane Retirment Mass

Mike warmly thanked everyone who had organised the event and everyone for attending and all his friends and colleagues for the last 42 years of happy memories.
He says his retirement plan is to carry on working for the Church in a voluntary capacity in a different area to Education.

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Misericordiae Vultus 
BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY



Pope Francis pronounced a Holy Year, with the focus on mercy, during a penitential servcie at St Peter's Basilica.

''The Holy Year will open on 8 December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This liturgical feast day recalls God’s action from the very beginning of the history of mankind. After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil. So he turned his gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate in love (cf. Eph 1:4), choosing her to be the Mother of man’s Redeemer. When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of mercy. Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is ever ready to forgive. I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope.

The Jubilee year will close with the liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King on 20 November 2016. On that day, as we seal the Holy Door, we shall be filled, above all, with a sense of gratitude and thanksgiving to the Most Holy Trinity for having granted us an extraordinary time of grace. We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy upon us like the morning dew, so that everyone may work together to build a brighter future. How much I desire that the year to come will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God! May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!''

Photos of the announcement can be accesed via the [Multimedia] link on the full text of the Bull of Indiction





RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives

Our Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, has written the first entry on the Archives' blog.  She hopes to update this every two months or so.

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Phone: 020 7928 5592
Address: RC Archdiocese of Southwark, Archbishop's House, 150 St George's Road, London SE1 6HX

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