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Dedication of St. Henry and St Elizabeth - Sheppey

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

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

More photos can be seen on the RCSouthwark Flickr site

160th Anniversary of St. Mary's Chislehurst

On Sunday 7th September Archbishop Peter Smith visited the parish of St Mary Chislehurst to join with them as they celebrated the 160th anniversary of the opening of the Church.
140907 - 160th Anniversary of St. Mary's Chislehurst
Archbishop Peter celebrated the 9.30am Mass greeting parishioners afterwards, and then the 11am Mass with the parish priest Father Charles Briggs; this Mass was followed by a shared lunch in the parish room.

160th Anniversary of St. Mary's Chislehurst

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During the 11am Mass Archbishop Peter blessed the new confessional, created by one of the craftsmen in the parish.
140907 - 160th Anniversary of St. Mary's Chislehurst

More photos can be seen on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Site & Facilities Manager

We are looking to recruit a Site & Facilities Manager to maintain all buildings,  some of which are listed, and outdoor space at our St George’s Road/Westminster Bridge Road site for the efficient and safe use of staff, residents, parishioners and visitors. The site includes the Cathedral, meeting rooms, diocesan office and residential accommodation.
Reporting to the Assistant Financial Secretary, this role is required to undertake full responsibility for the facilities of the site and ensuring their usability as required. It will also be responsible for the facilities management of events within the site, especially in the Cathedral and Amigo Hall. This is a ‘hands on’ role where the job holder will be required to work with the minimum of supervision.
The ideal candidate will have significant previous experience in a similar role and be up-to-date on all health and safety regulations and their practical application. He/she will be competent in dealing with all aspects of maintenance, including emergencies whilst minimising disruption to the buildings’ users. Excellent communication skills at all levels are essential as this role will bring the job holder into contact with a very wide range of individuals and groups. Some supervisory experience and of running events will also be required. A professional in this field of management, the ideal candidate is likely to be BIFM qualified or have a similar level of experience and will ensure that the site and events are run in accordance with best practice. He/she must also be a competent user of Microsoft Office products. The job holder will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
This is a full time job - 35 hours per week Tuesday to Saturday. Occasional evening or Sunday work will be required for which time off in lieu will be offered. Salary £28,000 - £30,000 per annum depending on experience.

If you would like to apply for this position please send your CV to
Sarah Wood, HR Manager – sarah.wood@finance-rcdsouthwark.org 
by Friday 3rd October 2014.


Lourdes 2014




Sunday International Mass

Southwark ProcessionSouthwark Procession

Pilgrimage Grotto Mass

Sunday: Torch Light Procession

Anointing Service

More photos of the occasion on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

Clergy Appointments and News

 Announced September 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

On Sunday 31st August 2014 Archbishop Peter Smith joined the parish of Beckenham Hill and Bellingham  to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the decation of the church.
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Two parishioners, Dennis Simmonds and Joseph Sullivan, were presented with Diocesan medals for their exceptional service to the church.
310814 - Beckenham Hill and Bellingham Golden Jubilee
The Deputy Headteacher of St Augustine's Primary School also received a leaving present with grateful thanks

310814 - Beckenham Hill and Bellingham Golden Jubilee

More photos of the occasion on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

Papal Blessing for Charity Founders in Margate

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

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

On the 21st July 2014 Archbishop Peter Smith joined the community of St Andrew's School in Streatham to wish farewell to Year 6 as they move on to secondary school and also to say farewell and thanks to their Chair of Governors. 
140721 - Mass at St Andrews School Streatham - with leaving of Chair of Governors
In recognition of his many years of dedicated service to the School and the Church, he was presented with the new Diocean Award.
Mass at St Andrews School - Streatham


Mass at Blackfen
Retirement of Primary Head Teacher

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

140722 - Mass at Blackfen - Retirement of Primary Head Teacher

More photos of the occasion on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

Bishop Patrick Lynch voices concern after
migrants rescued from shipping container


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Michael Gibbons

who died on 5th August 2014
in Lyons, France 


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


Thanksgiving Mass for the 20th Anniversary of LATCH

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

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

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

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

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

Annual Thanet Catholic Deanery Mass

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

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

First Communion and Confirmation at Pembury

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


Final celebration of Mass at Westgate-on-Sea

Final celebration of Mass at St Peter's Church, Westgate-on-Sea, Parish of the Holy Family on 6th July 2014. The celebrant was Fr Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent.
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There has been a Catholic church of St Peter on that site since 1937, prior to that Catholic's in Westgate worshipped at the Convent Church of the Sacred Heart (Canoness of St Augustine). The current building was opened in the mid 1960s.
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140706 - Westgate

Ordination of Wayne du Preez as a Permanent Deacon

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

Congratulations

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

Fr Joseph, whose family is from Ghana, was joined by many members of the Ghanaian community, some of whom had travelled from Ghana for his special day
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2014 Priesthood Ordination
Deacon Joseph is addressed by Archbishop Peter
moments before the ordination takes place
2014 Priesthood Ordination
After Mass: Archbishop Peter receiving a First Blessing from Fr Jospeh

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

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Safeguarding with Confidence

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

140715 - Diocesan Clergy Safeguarding Training Event

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

140715 - Diocesan Clergy Safeguarding Training Event

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

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

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

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

The parish of Petts Wood celebrates 75 years

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

140713 - 75th Anniversay of Petts Wood

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

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

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

140713 - 75th Anniversay of Petts Wood

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

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

Good News for St George's Cathedral

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

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

130615 - Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony

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

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

Ordination of Ambrose Tuckell as a
Permanent Deacon

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

140712 - Ordination of Ambrose Tuckell

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

140712 - Ordination of Ambrose Tuckell


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

Mr E R Ughwujabo B.Ed (Hons) MA NPQH Headteacher of St Mary's Catholic High School in West Croydon has retired after 10 years of service to the school
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Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving with many clergy and Mr Ughwujabo's family and friends

140711 - Retirement of Headteacher - St Mary - West Croydon

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

140711 - Retirement of Headteacher - St Mary - West Croydon

Dedication of Church and Altar
Mongeham and Sandwich

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

140712 - Dedication of Church and Altar - Mongeham

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

For more photos please see RCSouthwark Flickr page

Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership

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

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

140710 - Kent Catholic Schools Partnership - Aylesford

More photos can be found on the RCDiocese Flickr page

Golden Jubilee
Our Lady and St. Philip Neri - Sydenham

Archbishop Peter Smith joined the parish of Our Lady and St Philip Neri to celebrate 50 years of the consecration of the church on Sunday 6th July 2014
140706 - Golden Jubilee - Sydenham

140706 - Golden Jubilee - Sydenham

140706 - Golden Jubilee - Sydenham

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

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

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

Farewell and Retirement of Deacon Jim Sheahan

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

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

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

140704 - Farwell and Retirement of Deacon Jim Sheahan

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

140704 - Farewell and Retirement of Deacon Jim Sheahan

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


Clergy Appointments and News

Announced July 2014

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

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

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

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


Year-long fundraising drive by
Dover Catenians to benefit seafarers

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

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


Ordination of Adian McPartian as Deacon

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Bishop Patrick Lynch ordained Adian McPartian as a Deacon on Saturday 28th June 2014

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

140628 - Ordination of Adian McPartian as Deacon

140628 - Ordination of Adian McPartian as Deacon
He was joined by his family, friends and brother deacons
More photos can be seen on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Saints Peter and Paul Parish - Mitcham

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

140629 - Feast of St Peter and St Paul - Mitcham

More photos can be found on RCSouthwark Flickr page

Diocesan Day for Catechists

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

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

For more photos of the day please see RCSouthwark Flickr page

Two seminarians were ordained to the Diaconate

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

140628 - Diaconate Ordination - Wornersh

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

For more photos please click the RCSouthwark Flickr page



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

The breakdown of those attending are:

Largest parish contingents:

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

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

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

This year has been one of the largest attandance:

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

Total — 304 couples and 428 family members

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

Annual Diocesan Youth Festival 

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

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

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

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

Corpus Christi celebrated at Sacred Heart Camberwell

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

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

For more photos of this procession please see RCSouthwark Flickr page

Greenwich and Bexley Deanery
Corpus Christi Procession

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

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

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

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

Southwark Caritas Roadshow

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

140621 - CSAN Road Show
Archbishop Peter Smith and Bishop Patrick Lynch joined the roadshow to celebrate and sharer experiences with other volunteers, parishioners and practitioners.
140621 - CSAN Road Show
For more photos of this roadshow click on link to RCSouthwark Flickr page


Thanet Deanery Corpus Christi Procession

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

140622 - Thanet Corpus Christi Procession

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

140622 - Thanet Corpus Christi Procession

Fr Francis Reid celebrates his Golden Jubilee
and
Retirement

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

140606 - Golden Jubilee and Retirement of Fr Francis Reid

140606 - Golden Jubilee and Retirement of Fr Francis Reid

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

140606 - Golden Jubilee and Retirement of Fr Francis Reid

140606 - Golden Jubilee and Retirement of Fr Francis Reid

More photos of this occassion are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Annual Day for Permanent Deacons

Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders
and
Renewal of Diaconal Commintment

140614 - Permanent Diaconate

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

140614 - Permanent Diaconate

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

140614 - Permanent Diaconate

140614 - Permanent Diaconate

More photos of this occassion are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page


Cathedral Confirmations at Pentecost

140608 - St George's Cathedral Confirmation

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

140608 - St George's Cathedral Confirmation

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

140608 - St George's Cathedral Confirmation

More photos of this occassion are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page


Fr John O'Callaghan celebrates his Golden Jubilee


140613 - Golden Jubilee of Fr John O'Callaghan

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


140613 - Golden Jubilee of Fr John O'Callaghan

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

140613 - Golden Jubilee of Fr John O'Callaghan

More photos of this occassion are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Confirmations in the Thanet Deanery

140615 - Thanet Confirmations

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

140615 - Thanet Confirmations

More photos of the this occassion are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page

‘Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord’

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

2014 Evangelisation Conferences - SW Area
SW Area

2014 Evangelisation Conferences - SW Area - Mass
SW Area

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

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

140529 - Evangelisation Conference - Kent area
Kent Area

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


140530 - Evangelisation Conference - SE area
SE Area

140530 - Evangelisation Conference - SE area
SE Area

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

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

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

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


Invocation Festival 2014


Oscott College
Friday 4th - Sunday 6th July 2014

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clergy Appointments and News

Announced June 2014

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

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


Mass for New Catholics

On a particularly sunny Saturday, 17th May 2014, the Mass for New Catholics was held in St George's Cathedral for all those baptised or received into full communion with the Catholic Church at Easter this year. The great joy of everybody present could clearly be seen and many people enjoyed meeting Archbishop Peter afterwards and chatting over tea and cakes in Amigo Hall.

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


140517 - Mass for New Catholics
   


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Canon John Lennon

who died on 29th May 2014

A vigil Mass will be held
on Thursday 19th June at 5pm
at St Peter's Residence, Vauxhall

His Funeral Mass will be held

on Friday, 20th June at 12noon
at St Stephen's Church, Welling
 
May he rest in peace
 

    

Gratitude to Our Jubilarians

On Tuesday, 20th May 2014, at St George's Cathedral, Archbishop Peter presided at a Mass in thanksgiving for the many years of ministry in our diocese of those who are celebrating significant anniversaries of their ordinations to priesthood and diaconate.

140520 - Jubilarians Mass

Diamond Jubilarians
Reverend John Beirne, CSSp
Reverend John Castelli
Reverend Alexander Fraser
Reverend Philip Mathias
Reverend Canon Luke Verhees

Golden Jubilarians
Reverend Christopher Baker
Reverend Canon Michael Bunce
Reverend Canon Anthony Ford
Reverend Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm.
Reverend Patrick McKeown, CP
Reverend Jim McManus, CSsR
Reverend Gerard O'Brien
Reverend John O'Callaghan
Reverend Patrick O'Leary
Reverend Charles Owen, CP
Reverend Francis Reid
Reverend Mgr. Canon Nicholas Rothon
Reverend Peter Ryman

Ruby Jubilarians
Most Reverend Kevin McDonald Reverend
Canon John Clark
Reverend Philip Gilbert
Reverend Peter Madden
Reverend Thomas McElhone
Reverend Gerard Mulvihill
Reverend Peter Soper

Silver Jubilarians
Reverend Stephen Langridge
Reverend Canon Francis Moran
Reverend Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.
Reverend James Spencer
Reverend Bernard Winn Reverend
Deacon Paul Trong Song Ly

We congratulate all our jubilarians, thank them for their ministry
and keep them in our prayers.

‘Gathering Day’ for the Safeguarding Representatives

On Sunday 11th May the Safeguarding Team held  a ‘Gathering Day’ for the Safeguarding Representatives of parishes and religious communities in the diocese.

140511 - Safeguarding Gathering for Representatives

More than 60 Safeguarding Representatives gathered for a Mass of celebration and thanksgiving for the work this large volunteer team do in all the parishes. In his homily Archbishop Peter spoke movingly of the shame caused by the scandal of sexual abuse, the importance of listening to victims, and the need to meet their needs sensitively.

140511 - Safeguarding Gathering for Representatives

This was followed by a meeting at Amigo Hall when the Archbishop thanked everyone for their efforts for the diocese, acknowledging the importance of the work and how grateful he was to everyone involved including the Safeguarding Commission, the Safeguarding Office and those ministering in parishes and religious communities. Archbishop Peter acknowledged that ‘we are in it together’, he also acknowledged the generosity of the diocesan clergy who had responded to his request to establish a fund that can be used to meet the needs of victims of abuse.

140511 - Safeguarding Gathering for Representatives

Archbishop Peter introduced the newly appointed Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding, Father Graham Preston, whose role is that of Clergy Safeguarding Advisor. Archbishop Peter also introduced Paddy Barry, the Chair of the Safeguarding Commission who has been involved in Safeguarding in the diocese for 17 years. Paddy Barry introduced other members of the Commission who were present including Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Father Philip Glandfield and Mary Coller who represents the Metropolitan Police (and also happens to be a Parish Safeguarding Representative). Helen Sheppard, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator introduced the new Deputy Co-ordinator, Rachel Stephens, who said a few words about her recent arrival in the Safeguarding Office and her own background.  Helen then gave a few updates and answered a number of questions from the floor. The meeting then adjourned for everyone to partake of a buffet tea and have a chance to meet others sharing in this important work. It is intended that this will become an annual event, enabling Parish Reps to meet one another, to take part in training and receive updates on changes.

More photos of the Gathering day on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

EPS students gain their degrees

For the fourth successive year students at Education for Parish Service, Tooting Bec, received their awards at St. Mary's University for the Foundation Degree in Pastoral Ministry. We congratulate all nine students: Bright Adade, Patrick Agnah, Peter Cropp, Gloria Ezeonyeasi, Zoe Jepperson, Susan Longhurst, Fr. Graham Preston, Joseph Psaila, and Maria Silva Fox.

EPS students gain their degrees

"Good Shepherd Sunday"
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
to the Priesthood and Religious Life

The Fourth Sunday of Eastertide, this year 11th May, is the annual day  to focus particularly on prayers for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. Please pray for all those from the Diocese who are discerning their vocation, especially the many who may feel they are Called by God for service in the Church.

Please also pray for all those who are in formation for service in the Diocese as Priests or Deacons. There are currently 16 candidates in formation for priesthood, including two who will be ordained deacon this year, and one who will be ordained priest this summer. There are also 11 candidates in the three year part time formation course for the Permanent Diaconate, four of whom should be ordained during the summer.

These statistics are a hopeful indication of the number of ordinations that may take place in the years ahead. It is important that we all pray regularly that those in formation will be given the grace to persevere, and to pray that others may be given the grace to hear God's call to the priesthood. The Diocese has 180 Parishes; currently 16 of these have Parish Priests who are aged 75 (the age at which Parish Priests are requested to offer their resignation from office) or over; by the end of 2016 a further ten parish priests will be 75 or older.

Various Vocations links:
"Southwark Vocations"
The Office for Vocations for England and Wales
Pope Francis' message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations (PDF)

News from the Cathedral
Deacon Jim Sheahan to retire

Easter joy at the Cathedral was tinged with sadness as it was announced on 27/28 April that Deacon Jim Sheahan has decided to retire to Ireland in the summer.
 
He has ministered faithfully in the Cathedral Parish of St George for over forty years, first as an altar server, then as Master of Ceremonies, for the last thirty years fulltime as sacristan, and for the last twenty one years also as a Deacon.

He has been a pillar of St George’s community and he will leave a void that will be very hard to fill. Thankfully he will be at the Cathedral until the end of July after which he will begin his well earned retirement.

To mark his retirement Archbishop Peter will preside at a Thanksgiving Mass for Deacon Jim’s distinguished, faithful and fruitful ministry to
St George’s Parish and to the Diocese at 6pm on Friday 4 July – a date which appropriately marks also the 166th anniversary of the opening of
St George’s. Following the Mass there were will be a Farewell Reception in the Amigo Hall. All are welcome.

Clergy are asked to bring a diocesan vestment with them.

To help with seating arrangements, clergy who will be attending are asked to kindly notify the Parish Office on info@southwark-rc-cathedral.org.uk or on
020 7928 5256


Aylesford Commissioning of
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

On Saturday, 4th May 2014, Bishop Patrick led the Day of Commissioning for 50 new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion from 17 parishes in the diocese. The day was held in St Joseph's Chapel, at The Friars.

Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament (5)

Holy Mass during which the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were commissioned (3)

Holy Mass during which the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were commissioned (7)

Presentation of certificates (3)
The day included a period of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, talks from Monsignor Matthew Dickens and Bishop Patrick and Mass with the distribution of certificates.

More photos of the Commissioning Day on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

Clergy Appointments and News

   Announced May 2014

Canon John Clark has been appointed to succeed Bishop-Elect Nicholas Hudson as Parish Priest of The Sacred Heart Wimbledon.

Father Bartlomiej Dudek of the Diocese of Przemyśl, Poland, has been appointed as Parochial Administrator of the Parish of St. Francis, Maidstone
  

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.

Please click on the logo above to visit this page.

 

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