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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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

Full text of the Bull of Indiction

Ordination of Keith Sylvia to the Priesthood

On 14th March 2015 Archbishop Peter ordained Keith Sylvia to the priesthood at the Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Addiscombe
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Father Keith had been a priest in the Church of England for twenty four years before he, his wife Jacqueline and the family became Catholics in 2013.
150314 - Ordination of Keith Sylvia
Keith exercised his diaconate ministry in Addiscombe since November and has now been appointed there as Assistant Priest. Fr. Joe O'Connor and the parishioners have welcomed Fr. Keith very warmly and he and Jacqueline have already made a great contribution to the life of the parish.
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The parishioners turned out in great numbers for the Ordination celebration and Keith was also well supported by family and friends.



Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated the 10am Easter Sunday Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George with Father Richard Hearn, Dean of the Cathedral and Father Philip Smith, Assistant Priest of the Cathedral
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After Mass Archbishop Peter distributed Easter Eggs to the children
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On Holy Saturday, 4th April 2015, Archbishop Peter presided at the Easter Vigil at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George with Father Richard Hearn, Dean of the Cathedral, Father Philip Smith, Father Oladele Craig, Father Stephen Haines and Father Thomas Bakulumpagi where baptised two adults and one child
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150404 - Easter Vigil

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The Archbishop and all the Cathedral Clergy greeted the congregation after Mass
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150401 - Chrism Mass
In this most holy of weeks the Chrism Mass provides us with a moment to gather as a diocese – bishop, clergy and people – to support and pray for one another, to remember and pray for the people of our diocese and beyond.
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RENEWAL OF ORDINATION PROMISES
At the Chrism Mass priests of the diocese renew the promises they first made at ordination. As they gather with members of the faithful of the diocese they make their public commitment to the service of God, the Church and its people once more. The deacons and the people in turn offer their prayerful support of their priests and to the Archbishop.
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THE BLESSING AND CONSECRATION OF OILS
While the Oil of the Sick, used for those who seek the anointing, and the Oil of the Catechumens, used for those preparing for baptism, are simply “blessed,” the Sacred Chrism is “consecrated”. All the priests present participate in the latter moment by extending their hands toward the vessel containing it as the bishop says the prayer of consecration.
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150401 - Chrism Mass
150401 - Chrism Mass
150401 - Chrism Mass
The Oil of Chrism is used at baptisms, confirmations, the ordination of priests and bishops, the consecration of altars and the blessing of churches, where the walls are smeared with it in the shape of the sign of the cross. As part of the consecration of the Chrism, balsam is poured into the oil, which gives it a sweet smell intended to remind those who encounter it of the “odour of sanctity” to which those people and things who are marked with it, and by extension all of us, are called to strive for.
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The Chrism Mass is the largest regular diocesan celebration held during the year. In this liturgy priests, deacons and people gather with the Archbishop for the blessing of the holy oils that will be used in parishes in the coming year – the oil of the sick, the oil of Catechumens and the oil of Chrism, from which the Mass receives its name.
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A New Dean for 
The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George 

On Friday 20th March 2015 Archbishop Peter Smith inducted Father Richard Hearn as the next dean of the Cathedral
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150320 - Induction of Cathedral Dean
The celebrations continued in Amigo Hall after mass
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150320 - Induction of Cathedral Dean


Mothers' Day at Beckenham Hill and Bellingham

The Catholic Union of Mothers in Beckenham Hill and Bellingham led the celebrations for Mothering Sunday 15th March 2015
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150315 - Mothers' Day - Beckenham Hill
The celebrations contiuned in the parish hall after the Mass

'24 Hours for the Lord' - 13th March and 14th March

"Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer! The 24 Hours for the Lord initiative, which I hope will be observed on 13-14 March throughout the Church, also at the diocesan level, is meant to be a sign of this need for prayer." (Pope Francis)
The Holy Father has invited Catholics throughout the world to participate in this evangelizing event, by opening churches where possible, offering Confessions and Eucharistic Adoration.
24 Hours for the Lord
At St George’s Cathedral there was Adoration all Friday afternoon, and adoration will continue after the Saturday 9.30am morning Mass until just before the start of the 12.30pm Mass. For information about this events in the parishes of the diocese, please visit the Newsletter pages of Parish websites (see click here for links to Parish websites).
24 Hours for the Lord

24 Hours for the Lord



Over 900 young people from the Diocese of Southwark, organised by the Southwark Catholic Youth Service, joined over 10,000 other young people to attend Flame 2 at Wembley Arena on 7th March 2015.  
It is thought to be the biggest Catholic Youth Event ever event in the UK
Flame 2
The day of prayer, reflection and celebration included talks by Cardinal Luis Tagle, who has frequently spoken to many thousands at the Los Angeles RE Congress on a rare visit to the UK.
Flame 2
Baroness Sheila Hollins, past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and President of the British Medical Association, who specialises in working with young people who are themselves suffering with anxiety, or accompanying friends who are in need; and Father Timothy Radcliffe OP, the inspirational Dominican speaker and writer who was named by young people at Flame 2012 as the speaker with the greatest impact.
Flame 2
Photos © Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk
The music was led by Grammy award winning artist Matt Redman and David Wells, Director of Adult Formation and Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Plymouth was the MC this year.  

Cardinal Luis Tagle celebrated Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George on Sunday 8th March
Photo by Ms K Endozo

Cardinal Luis Tagle with Archbishop Peter, Father Richard Hearn, the Dean of the Cathedral, Father Philip Smith, Father Stephen Haines, Father Thomas Bakulumpagi, Father Dermott Donnelly, Chair of  CYMFED and John Toryusen, Vice Chair of CYMFED and Director of the Southwark Catholic Youth Service

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation grant for 
St Augustine's Centre - Ramsgate

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation announced a £25,000 grant award yesterday, for the proposed project for a Pugin and St Augustine Education, Research, and Visitor Centre at St Augustine's in Ramsgate.

They are the 16th grant giving organisation to support the Restoration and proposed Centre. Over 400 people who have generously donated to the project so far.

Fr Marcus Holden, Rector at St Augustines, said: "This project is locally driven, but it is a project that has a national importance. The things you see here inspired the architecture of a nation, Parliament was inspired by Ramsgate. We are very grateful for the donation from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Fund and for Lord Lloyd Webber's personal interest and support for our project. "It takes us one step nearer towards the church's restoration and the setting up of a centre for Pugin inside the church."

Father Marcus Holden, Councillor Iris Johnston, Leader of Thanet District Council, Chris Maton of Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Robert Pugin Purcell on behalf of the Pugin family and Clive Aslet, Editor at Large of Country Life Magazine - Picture: Marie Muscat-King

More than 100 guests representing grant giving organisations and supporters attended Monday's reception. They heard speeches in support of the St Augustine's project from Clive Aslet, Editor at Large of Country Life Magazine, Cllr Iris Johnston, Leader of Thanet District Council and Robert Pugin Purcell on behalf of the Pugin family.

The event was hosted by Fr Marcus Holden, Rector of St Augustine's church in Ramsgate, the burial place of its great architect, Augustus Welby Pugin. St Augustine's has made a second round application for Heritage Lottery Funding.

The cost of the project for a centre is likely to be just over £800,000.

90th Anniversary of Catholic Scouting
in Great Britain

The National Catholic Scout Fellowship (NCSF) had a special Mass to celebrate 90 years at The  Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George on Sunday 1st  March 2015
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All Scouts, Guides, Beavers and Cubs were invited to join them. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Richard Moth, the Bishop for Scouting. Sadly Father John Seddon, the National Chaplain to Catholic Scouts, who was to have been present died Friday 27th February 2015.
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Many awards were presented after Mass by Margaret McDowall, former Manager and Bishop Richard Moth
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There was refreshments and a display of merchandise from the NCSF in Amigo Hall afterwards.
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Blue Plaque for the Aylesford Pottery

On Friday 20th February, a Blue Plaque was unveiled in memory of David Leach OBE, the famous international potter, who founded the Aylesford pottery in 1954 at the Friars.

The plaque was unveiled by John Leach, one of David’s sons. In his speech John mentioned that he had began his craft at Aylesford and worked alongside Bro. Michael. John Leach recalled that one day Fr. Machaly, the first Prior of Aylesford, asked him to make only “holy pots”. He was taught by his grandfather, Bernard Leach, and his father, David Leach, that every pot should be made with integrity and for him they became holy. A potter must work with passion. As you can see with some of the great artist who worked here in the shrine.

The ceremony was attended by our local MP, the leader of Kent County Council and the leader of Tonbridge and Malling Council.

This is only the eighth blue plaque to be unveiled by Tonbridge and Malling Council and the first outside of Tonbridge.

Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion

The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George was once again packed on Saturday 21st February for the annual ceremony for adults to be Baptised or Received into the Church at Easter.  The Rite of Election enrols the catechumens - those to be Baptised - in the Book of the Elect.
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The Rite of the Call to Continuing Conversion is for those known as candidates who have previously been Baptized, and whose Christian initiation will be completed with Confirmation and First Eucharist.
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This year there were 437 catechumens and candidates at the ceremony, with the catechumens’ godparents and the candidates’ sponsors, along with clergy, parishioners, family members and friends, coming from 82 parishes across the diocese. 
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Each of the 437 stood when their name was read out

The Archbishop presided, accompanied by the Area Bishops, Bishops Pat and Paul and Episcopal Vicar for Kent, Father Paul Mason who presented the catechumens and candidates, along with Father David Gibbons, Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation
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The liturgy was  organised by the CCF, in conjunction with the Cathedral authorities and the diocesan choir under Canon Alan McLean.
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The Archbishop and clergy congratulated the catechumens and candidates
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150221 - Rite of Election

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.


Jenny can be contacted on
Email: archives@rcsouthwark.co.uk
Phone: 020 7928 5592
Address: RC Archdiocese of Southwark, Archbishop's House, 150 St George's Road, London SE1 6HX



Induction of the Parish Priest of Thanet

Saturday 14th February at Our Lady & St Benedict, Birchington, Parish Church of The Holy Family - Thanet, Canon David Caine was inducted as Parish Priest by Father. Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent.

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Father Paul was the principal celebrant, together with Canon David, Father Philip Seed, Dean of Thanet Catholic Deanery, and Father Don Coleman, retired former Parish Priest in Birchington.
 
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The Chairman of Birchington Parish Council, vicars Fatherom the Anglican churches in Birchington and Westgate-on-Sea, the United Reformed Church minister - where the parish has a Mass Centre, and the head teachers of the Ursuline College Westgate and St Gregory's Primary School Margate attended the Induction Mass.

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150214 - Induction of Parish Priest Thanet

The celebration contiuned in the Parish Hall
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The Clergy Support Fund Campaign

Archbishop Peter has identified the needs of our sick and retired priests as a priority for the Diocese. We all want the best for our own family and as part of the family of the Church, our priests deserve our support as they enter a new chapter in their lives.

Over the coming year it is the aim of the Campaign to offer every parishioner in Southwark Diocese the opportunity to find out more with a view to lending their support. The first step in this process is sharing the need and with the help of priests and enthusiastic laity across the Diocese, the Campaign Team are providing training sessions for all voluntary Parish Representatives who will eventually explain the need to their own parishioners. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of support and are pleased to share some photographs from our most recent Information and Training event for Parish Representatives in Mortlake Deanery, which took place at the end of January 2015.

Frances Mulligan, our South West Area Leader, has worked on the Campaign since its instigation in Croydon Deanery. Along with Deanery Lay-leaders and the Campaign Team, she regularly provides training for new Parish Representatives. Volunteers come from a number of different backgrounds: we are particularly keen to hear from those with presenting, technology, hospitality and organisational skills.



A strong network of clergy and laity are working together to deliver the Campaign. There are plenty of opportunities to share experiences and enjoy some fellowship.



The Campaign Office supplies Parish Representatives with a variety of resources and materials, including information booklets, training guidance handbooks, films, presentations and a website from which they can download a variety of additional resources. Further Information and Training events are due to take place in Sutton, Kingston, Tonbridge Wells, Chatham, Bexley, Camberwell and Wandsworth Deaneries prior to Easter. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Representative, please speak to your Parish Priest in the first instance.
 

To find out further information about the Campaign please visit our website: southwarkclergysupportfundcampaign.org


The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George 
says goodbye to its Canon

On Friday 13th February 2015 Canon John O'Toole was invited back to the Cathedral for a farwell celebration
Mass and Reception - Canon John O'Toole

Priests, family, friends, parishioners and colleagues joined the staff of the Catheral to say farwell and thanks to Canon John as he continues in his new role as the National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Department for Dialogue and Unity at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Mass and Reception - Canon John O'Toole

Archbishop Peter Smith thanked the Canon for all his hard work with the Cathedral and wished him evey blessing in his new post

Mass and Reception - Canon John O'Toole

The festivities continued in Amigo Hall after the Mass and Canon John was presented with cards, gifts and a celebration cake

Mass and Reception - Canon John O'Toole




Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday 2015 - Sunday 15th February 2015


10 New Jesuit Deacons

On Saturday 7th February 2015 the ordination to the Diaconate of ten Jesuits studying in London was celebrated at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
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The Society of Jesus has had a long history of ministry within the Archdiocese of Southwark
150207 - Ordination of Jesuit Deacons
The Deacons are: Tomson Antony. Courage Bakasa, Milton Costa, Ravindra Darshima, Francis Dores, Deepak George, Richard Hiruthayaraj, Francisco Mota, Probash Pius Rozario and Leo Thomas
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The Deacons will remain in the London area whilst they continue their studies

Mass with staff of Catholic Schools in the
Borough of Southwark

Staff of the Catholic Primary Schools from the Borough of Southwark gathered for Mass on 3rd February 2015 in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
150203 - Mass with staff of Catholic Schools in the borough of Southwark

Archbishop Peter presided at the Mass and was joined by Canon Michael Cooley and Father Philip Smith, Acting Dean of the Cathedral

150203 - Mass with staff of Catholic Schools in the borough of Southwark

A large number from the communities of the primary schools attended the celebration and Archbishop Peter thanked them for their hard work and dedication. It is hoped that this will become an annual celebration
150203 - Mass with staff of Catholic Schools in the borough of Southwark
The celebration continued in School Hall of St George's Primary School, with refreshments and a lot of networking


Missionaries of Saint Paul Mass of Thanksgiving

On the evening of Friday, 23rd January 2015, Archbishop Peter Smith presided at a Mass of Thanksgiving with the Missionary Society of Saint  
Paul in the Cathedral

The UK Mission of the Society started in 2000 and in that year Fr. Addison Okpeh joined the Archdiocese of Southwark.
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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 ten priests in the diocese who have the care of six parishes: Beckenham Hill, Deptford, Gravesend, Norbiton, Nunhead, Stockwell and Brixton
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The celebrations continued in Amigo Hall after Mass

The Religious of the Archdiocese of Southwark come together to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life

The Religious of the diocese gathered together on 2nd February 2015 in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life in response to Pope Francis' invitation.
150102 - Mass to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life - Cathedral

150102 - Mass to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life - Cathedral
Leading the procession was Religious from the Diocese, carrying symbols of their Consecrated Life. The Bible, the Word of God, on which they base their Christian and Religious Lives, carried by Fr. Bob Mercer, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement. A Breviary, the Divine Office, with which they pray daily with and for the Church, brought by Sr. Norma Lynch, a Sister of Mercy. A copy of Constitutions, the Work of God, which encapsulates the charism of their respective Founders and Foundresses, and as transmitted in our Constitutions and Rule of Life. This was carried by Sr. Patricia Heller, recently elected Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St. Anne. Finally, a Globe, this represents the Religious of our Archdiocese, coming from the various continents and countries of the world, a rich tapestry of peoples, building up the Kingdom of God on earth. The globe will be carried by Sr. Esther, of the Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver.
150102 - Mass to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life - Cathedral
Today is the International Day for Consecrated Life - so they united with their Sisters and Brothers throughout the world
150102 - Mass to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life - Cathedral
All the Religious present, with lit candles, made a Act of Deciiation recommitting themselves to the Religious Life
150102 - Mass to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life - Cathedral
Bishop Pat then distributed a candle to each order present for them to take back to their communitties
150102 - Mass to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life - Cathedral

150102 - Mass to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life - Cathedral

Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of 
Holy Communion at the Metropolitan Cathedral 
Church of St George Southwark

On Saturday 31st January 2015 Bishop Paul Hendricks, Auxiliary Bishop with responsibility for the South West area of the diocese, and Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General, led the Commissioning Day.
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Bishop Paul started the day with a talk on the Eucharist and this special Ministry
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Monsignor Matthew Dickens presided at a period of adoration before the
Blessed Sacrament.
150131 - EMOHC - CathedralAfter lunch Monsignor Matthew spoke of the role of the Extraordinary Minister and the rubrics, including the service of administering Holy Communion to the Sick therefore bringing together all the training that had been given in every parish
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Bishop Paul presided at the Mass along with the other concelebrants Monsignor Matthew, Monsignor Gerry Ewing and assisted by Father Philip Smith, during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.
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93 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were commission from Addiscombe, Balham, Beckenham Hill and Bellingham, Brixton, Brixton Hill, Camberwell, Carshalton, Carshalton Beeches, Catford, Cathedral, Croydon West, East Sheen, Eltham Well Hall, Erith, Farnborough, Forest Hill, Hartley, Sanderstead, Shooters Hill, Sydenham, Tolworth, Tooting, Tunbridge Wells, Vauxhall, Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon South and Woolwich  



Vocations Weekend Targets Later Vocations

Policemen, doctors and engineers were among a group of seven men who travelled down to Whitstable for an over-40s Vocations Retreat.
Father Stephen Langridge, the Vocations Director, admitted to being pleased at the number of men who participated in the event which was advertised by word of mouth and through parish newsletters.

“I hope it will encourage parish priests”, he said, "to advertise our events and to mention them at Mass. We can only reach people with their help”.

The Vocation Centre hosts regular vocation weekends which have grown in popularity in recent months. “Things came to a head just before Christmas”, Fr Stephen explained, “when we had to turn some men away because we didn’t have enough room. It was clear to me that we should offer two events tailored for specific age groups”.

The next regular weekend at the Vocations Centre (for men under 40) will be from 6th - 8th February.

There will also be a vocations weekend at St John’s Seminary at the end of February for men already in contact with the Vocations Office.


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The Knights of Saint Columba

On the Friday 16th January 2015 Mr Diego Gomes, retiring Provincial Grand Knight and Mr Michael Akinrele, who will be succeeding him as Provincial Grand Knight presented Archbishop Peter with their annual generous cheque for Seminary Fund.





Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Reverend Deacon Austin Martin

who died on 21st January 2015

His Funeral Mass will be held on
Friday 13th February 2015 at 11.00am
at
Holy Innocents
Strickland Way
Orpington
Kent BR6 9UE

01689 817537

May he rest in peace


Marymount International School Celebrates 60th years

On Friday 9th January 2015 Marymount International School in Kingston began its 60th anniversary celebrations.
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Bishop Paul presided at a special mass during which he commissioned 8 Students as Eucharistic Ministers.
150109 - Marymount International School 60th anniversary
This was followed by the formal opening of the schools new 3D Fabrication Laboratory by Baroness Greenfield, a renowned scientist.
150109 - Marymount International School 60th anniversary
The Laboratory was then blessed by Bishop Paul.
150109 - Marymount International School 60th anniversary
After which guests, staff and pupils enjoyed afternoon tea together.


'Sternsinger' - dressed as the Magi came to bless Archbishop’s House for the coming year

On the 11th January 2015 a goupr of German children ('Sternsinger', literally star-singers) dressed as the Magi came to visit Archbishop Peter and give, in words and music, a traditional blessing of Archbishop’s House for the coming year.
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Symbols are chalked onto the front door of the house: 20*C+M+B+15 This represents the words Christus Mansionem Benedicat (may Christ bless this house) between the numbers for the current year. The star represents the star that guided the Magi and the three crosses represent Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is also sometimes claimed that the letters stand for the supposed names of the Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. These symbols are often to be found on the front doors of houses and churches in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
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The Sternsinger will be visiting different households in the German-speaking Catholic community of London in the coming week. They request an offering at each house (including Archbishop’s House!) towards the outreach to refugee children undertaken by the Pontifical children’s relief organisation in Germany.
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Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Reverend Robert Kaggwa M.Afr
the Chaplain at Digby Stuart College, Roehampton

who died on 9th January 2015

His funeral Mass will be on
Thursday 29th January at 11.00 at
Ealing Abbey
(Parish of St Benedict)
Marchwood Crescent W5 2DZ
020 8862 2160


May he rest in peace





Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Anthony Richins BA, FCP

who died on 3rd January 2015

His Funeral Mass will be held on
Tuesday 27th January at 14.00 at the
Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
Lambeth Road London SE1 6HY
 

May he rest in peace

 

Parish of Thanet

Presentations of Silver St Stephen's Guild Medals by Canon David Caine, parish priest, to members of The Holy Family Parish servers on the Feast of St Stephen at Our Lady and St Benedict Church, Birchington, Kent
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The two main recipients were David Shufflebotham and Charlotte Moores.
141226 - Silver St Stephen's Guild Medals - Holy Family Parish - Thanet


Christmas morning Mass at the 
Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

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141225 - Christmas Morning Mass - Cathedral

141225 - Christmas Morning Mass - Cathedral


Archbishop Peter celebrates Midnight Mass at the
Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

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141225 - Christmas Midnight Mass - Cathedral

141225 - Christmas Midnight Mass - Cathedral




Please pray for the repose of the soul of

The Reverend Father David Maher

who died on 21st December 2014

His Funeral Mass was held on
24th December 2014 in
Ballinlough,Co Cork
A Memorial Mass will take place on
Thursday 12th Feburary 2015 at 12.30pm at
Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
Lambeth Road London SE1 6HY

May he rest in peace

 

Youth Mass - Cray Valley

On Sunday 21st December 2014 Archbishop Peter Smith joined Father Shaju Varkey and  the congregation of Our Lady of the Crays - Cray Valley for a Mass led by the young people
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141221 - Youth Mass - Cray Valley

141221 - Youth Mass - Cray Valley


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 and joy this Christmas
and throughout the year ahead.

Archbishop of Southwark

Wandsworth celebrate a New Saint

Archbishop Peter and Bishop Paul joined the Parish of Saint Thomas a Becket, Wandsworth, to give thanks for the recent Canonization of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara on the 23rd November
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The parish is in the care of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, with Father Davis Vadakkumpadan CMI as its Parish Priest.
141214 - Mass Wandsworth
Saint Kuriakose was the founder of the CMI’s, and Father Davis was joined by other priests of his order as well as some other priests from India.
141214 - Mass Wandsworth
After Mass Father Davis presented a video of some of the Canonisation Mass, another about the life of Saint Kuriakose, and one further video on the life of another saint from India, St Euphrasia Eluvathingal, who was also canonised on the 23rd November

Golden Anniversay Mass - Addiscombe

On Sunday 7th December the parish of Addiscombe welcomed Archbishop Peter and thank him for joining them as they celebrated the past fifty years.
141207 - Golden Anniversary - Addiscombe
Many of the people present processed from the old church to the new on 8th December 1964. Many worked hard to get together the money for the new church. A strong community had been formed since the first church opened on 11th October 1925. Fr. James Barraud was appointed Priest in Charge in 1939 and lived at 393 Lower Addiscombe Road. He obviously ‘prepared the way’, like John the Baptist, for Fr. John McKenna, who was appointed Priest in Charge on 1st December 1944 and became the first Parish Priest on 8th December 1964, when Addiscombe became a parish. He worked tirelessly to build up the parish and the Kingdom of God in Addiscombe until his death in 1978.
Thanks was also given to the other priests who served the community, the Religious Sisters and of course, to the parishnors for their commitment to the faith and to the parish.
141207 - Golden Anniversary - Addiscombe
After four years of preparation, a superb programme of activities to celebrate the Golden Jubilee was held
The key highlights included:
- The fundraising jamboree for the Anerley ACROSS, a charity which takes disabled young people to Lourdes on an annual pilgrimage, raised in excess of £4,000.00.
- The performances by the infants & junior choirs from St Thomas Becket School as well as the stained glass window & artwork made by the pupils at the school
- The entertainment provided by the Youth Group trio - The banner that was made by the youth of the parish is now on display at the front of the church
- The refreshments and buffets that were provided during the celebrations
141207 - Golden Anniversary - Addiscombe
All members of the fundraising committee were also thanked for their magnificent support over the last four years. The committee has facilitated a significant number of events during this period which have strengthened the community as well as raise considerable resources to support the refurbishment & redecoration programmes.
141207 - Golden Anniversary - Addiscombe
Mrs Monica Grant was also presented with the Fideliter Servienti award of the Archdiocese of Southwark


Ordination of Father Thomas Bakulumpagi

On Friday 5th December 2014 Archbishop Peter Smith presided and preached at the ordination Mass of Father Thomas Bakulumpagi.
  
141205 - Ordination of Rev Thomas Bakulumpagi

He was joined by approximately 60 priests and deacons along with Father Thomas' family and friends, some from his home country of Uganda

141205 - Ordination of Rev Thomas Bakulumpagi
Father Thomas gave his first blessing to Archbishop Peter

141205 - Ordination of Rev Thomas Bakulumpagi

Archbishop Peter has appointed Father Thomas as Assistant Priest of the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

141205 - Ordination of Rev Thomas Bakulumpagi
The celebrations continued in the Amigo Hall


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