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Archbishop Peter Smith

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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


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


Campaign Administration Assistant

The Archdiocese of Southwark is looking to recruit a Campaign Administration Assistant on a fixed term basis until December 2015 to support the next stage of a successfully piloted capital fundraising campaign. Based in Southwark, the job will involve a variety of administrative tasks including data input, dealing with correspondence, answering the telephone, dealing with email enquiries and filing.
The successful candidate will have previous experience in a similar role, be quick and accurate with inputting data, have a good telephone manner, be well organised and able to maintain confidentiality as much of the information processed will be of a confidential nature. He/she will also need to be IT literate especially with Microsoft Office and ideally have experience of CRM systems.
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from anyone who has the appropriate skills and experience. Hours: up to 17.5 per week – actual days/times to be mutually agreed. Occasional weekend/evening work may also be necessary.
Salary: £9.00 - £10.50 per hour depending on experience. Holidays and pension.
If you would like to apply for this job please email your CV to sarah.wood@finance-rcdsouthwark.org
Closing date Friday 29th August 2014.

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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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.

2014 Priesthood Ordination
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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

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The day comprised a Gathering Service, Rosary, Mass, Talk, Adoration and Benediction
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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.

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

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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.

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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

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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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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
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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.  
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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.
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After his homily, the Archbishop led the couples in the renewal of their marriage vows.
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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.
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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.

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Some children also made their First Holy Communion during the 11 30am Mass.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A collection was taken up by the Knights of Saint Columba for the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice which is situated near Lesnes Abbey
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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’.

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Archbishop Peter Smith and Bishop Patrick Lynch joined the roadshow to celebrate and sharer experiences with other volunteers, parishioners and practitioners.
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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
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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.

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


Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury
50th Anniversary Celebrations

The staff, pupils and friends of the Catholic Secondary School in Canterbury, dedicated to St Anselm, are this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the School. They attended their annual School Mass in Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday 30th April, at which Archbishop Peter Smirth was the principal celebrant. The School were joined by many guests including the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, the Mayor of Canterbury and the Mayor of Hythe, as well as local clergy, parents and past pupils.

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The Deacon proclaiming the Gospel

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Archbishop Peter delivering his homily

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Mr Walters, Headteacher, speaking at the end of the Mass

Further Pictures on the Diocesan Flickr Page

Link to School website

Solemnity of St George 2014

The Solemnity of St George was transferred to Monday 28th April this year, as the 23rd fell within the Easter Octave. Archbishop Peter joined the Cathedral Parish and the Canons of the Cathedral for a Mass on that evening.

2014 - Solemnity of St George: Archbishop Peter with the Cathedral Canons

During the Mass three new Chapter Canons were formally installed.
Canon Anthony Charlton received the profession of faith from the new Canons on behalf of the Provost (Canon Tom McHugh) who was unable to be present.

2014 - Solemnity of St George: Archbishop Peter with the Cathedral Canons
(Left to right: the three new members of the chapter kneeling:
Canon Edward Perera, Canon Luke Smith and Canon John Weatherill; seated: Canon Anthony Charlton (Secretary to the Cathedral Chapter), with Deacon Jim Shehan standing)

Click here for Further photographs

Easter 2014




Giovanni Bellini
The Resurrection of Christ (detail) 1475-79
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

A happy and blessed Easter



Bishops offer Easter Day Masses in Prisons

On Easter Sunday Bishop Patrick offered Mass in HMP Belmarsh and Bishop Paul offered Mass in HMP Wandsworth.
Fr Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent, offered Mass in two of the prisons on the
Isle of Sheppey.

In Southwark diocese there are fifteen prisons ranging from Young Offenders' Institutes to High Security Prisons.

Holy Week and the Chrism Mass

Archbishop Peter celebrated the Easter Triduum and the morning 
Mass on Easter Sunday in St Georges Cathedral, Southwark. 

Some photographs of the Liturgies can be seen on Flickr:

Good Friday,     The Easter Vigil,     Easter Sunday Morning




140416 - Chrism Mass

The Chrism Mass is the largest regular diocesan celebration held during the year. In this liturgy priests, deacons and people gather with the Archbishop for the blessing of the holy oils that will be used in parishes in the coming year – the oil of the sick, the oil of Catechumens and the oil of Chrism, from which the Mass receives its name.

THE BLESSING AND CONSECRATION OF OILS…
While the Oil of the Sick, used for those who seek the anointing, and the Oil of the Catechumens, used for those preparing for baptism, are simply “blessed,” the Sacred Chrism is “consecrated”. All the priests present participate in the latter moment by extending their hands toward the vessel containing it as the bishop says the prayer of consecration.

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The three jars of oil after the blessing and consecration.

The Oil of Chrism is used at baptisms, confirmations, the ordination of priests and bishops, the consecration of altars and the blessing of churches, where the walls are smeared with it in the shape of the sign of the cross.

As part of the consecration of the Chrism, balsam is poured into the oil, which gives it a sweet smell intended to remind those who encounter it of the “odour of sanctity” to which those people and things who are marked with it, and by extension all of us, are called to strive for.

RENEWAL OF ORDINATION PROMISES
The Chrism Mass also provides an opportunity for the priests of the diocese to renew the promises they first made at ordination. As a group of ministers gathered with members of the faithful of the diocese they make their public commitment to the service of God, the Church and its people once more.  The  deacons and the people in turn offer their prayerful support of their priests and to the Archbishop.

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A TIME TO GATHER AS A DIOCESAN FAMILY
In this most holy of weeks the Chrism Mass provides us with a moment to gather as a diocese – bishop, clergy and people – to support and pray for one another, to remember and pray for the people of our diocese and beyond.

Photos on the Diocesan Flickr page

More photos of the Southwark Chrism Mass
on the Flickr page of the Bishops' Conference


Born for This


CJM’s 'Born for This' was presented by Southwark Catholic Youth Service and the Order of the Carmelites in partnership with Catholic Secondary Schools at the Aylesford Priory on Saturday 5th April and St George’s Cathedral on Sunday 6th April.

It was a very moving and prayerful depiction of the Stations of the Cross which was valued by all present.






The shrine of St. Augustine of England, Ramsgate

The shrine of St. Augustine of England, Ramsgate, will open to visitors seven days a week from 1st April. This is made possible by volunteers from the Parish and from the Pugin Society, and is in addition to the daily worship that already takes place there.
The new opening times are 10am – 4pm every day. Daily Mass is held at 12pm, followed by devotions.
The new opening times will open up access to the church for the increasing number of visitors who come from around the world.
St. Augustine’s is developing an Education, Research, and Visitor Centre, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the new opening times are key to bringing more visitors to St. Augustine’s and to Thanet.
Rector, Fr. Marcus Holden, said, “Recently daytrippers visited from London, expecting such a major building to be open each day. Such an important place for England and the world – religiously, historically, and architecturally – should be open, and we are delighted to be able to meet this expectation.”
St. Augustine’s has several cultural events planned for this year, as well as numerous pilgrimages, and architectural and archaeological visits. In the last week of May the site is hosting the annual St. Augustine Week. In September, the site will host the inaugural Pugin Festival.
St. Augustine’s was designated a diocesan shrine of St. Augustine on
1st March 2012 by Archbishop Peter Smith, and contains one of two known relics of St. Augustine. This is the first shrine to the founder of English Christianity since his tomb at St. Augustine’s, Canterbury, was destroyed during the Reformation. 
St Augustine Ramsgate volunteers 2014-3

Archbishop Visits St Joseph's Primary, Surbiton

Archbishop Peter paid a visit to the Primary School in Surbiton to bless their new chapel. The pupils gathered for an assembly with hymns and scripture readings. Archbishop Peter explained to the children the reasons we have special places for prayer, and encouraged them to use their new chapel.

140404 - Blessing of the new Chapel at St Jospeh's Primary School - Surbiton

140404 - Blessing of the new Chapel at St Jospeh's Primary School - Surbiton
Archbishop Peter speaking to the children
(the entrance to the new chapel can be seen on the left)


After the assembly Archbishop Peter spent some time with the School, visiting the pupils in their class rooms.
Futher photos of the Assembly on the Flickr Page

Start of Parish Jubilee Year

The Parish of The Annunciation and St. Augustine, Beckenham Hill and Bellingham, have begun a special year of celebrations as they begin to mark the Golden jubilee of the dedication of the Church. Bishop Pat Lynch joined the parish and Fr Mark Odion for the Inaugural Mass of their Jubilee Year, together with other priests and deacons from the diocese.

140322 - Inaugural Mass to mark the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Beckenham Hill and Bellingham

140322 - Inaugural Mass to mark the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Beckenham Hill and Bellingham

140322 - Inaugural Mass to mark the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Beckenham Hill and Bellingham
Bishop Pat speaks with some of the parishioners
as the celebrations continue

The following day parishioners gathered for a Parish Stewardship Conference. This day helped those who attended to recognise their role as stewards of God's gifts; including "Time, Talents and Treasure."

140323 - Stewardship Conference at Beckenham Hill and Bellingham

For further photos of these events visit our Flickr Page:
    Inaugural Mass
    Stewardship Conference


Pope appoints Mgr Nicholas Hudson
as new Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster

It has been announced in Rome today
(31st March) that the Holy Father has appointed Mgr Nicholas Hudson as an Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster, Titular Bishop of Saint Germans. The Bishop-Elect is currently Parish Priest of the Sacred Heart Parish, Wimbledon, having taken up the appointment in January, following on from his post as Rector of the Venerable English College, Rome.

Mgr Nicholas Hudson’s episcopal ordination will take place in Westminster Cathedral at 11am on Wednesday 4th June.

Archbishop Peter was very pleased when he heard news of the appointment and said:
"On behalf of the Bishops, clergy, religious and laity in the Archdiocese of Southwark, I offer my hearty congratulations to Mgr. Nicholas Hudson on his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster.

I am very sorry that we will be losing him from Southwark but I know that Westminster will be very fortunate to have a new Auxiliary Bishop with a wide experience of dedicated priestly ministry over the past 28 years; in Canterbury Parish, at the Diocesan Christian Education Centre and as Vice Rector and Rector of the Venerable English College in Rome from 2000 until 2013. He will be missed especially by the parishioners of the Sacred Heart parish, Wimbledon, his home parish, to which he was appointed parish priest only this January. However, Southwark’s loss is Westminster’s gain - and will be very blessed to have him as one of their Auxiliary Bishops.

(Archbishop Peter with Mgr Nicholas)

I assure Mgr. Nicholas of our prayers and good wishes as he prepares to take up his Episcopal appointment in Westminster in the near future."

Mgr Nicholas Hudson said:
“I feel both honoured and humbled to have been appointed by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, as Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster. I will do everything in my capacity to serve and assist His Eminence Cardinal Nichols in his ministry as Pastor of the Diocese.
 
“Coming from the south side of the Thames, I have always felt at home in both Westminster and Southwark. I look forward now to getting to know the Diocese of Westminster very much better: the great number of clergy, laity, religious, parishes, schools, and colleges; the many people of other Christian denominations and of other faith traditions – and help them in our shared journey of faith.
 
“It is exciting to be a Catholic in this second year of the pontificate of Pope Francis.  I pray that I might emulate the Holy Father’s radical simplicity and outreach to those on the margins of society and of the Church.  Of all the many gifts received as a priest of Southwark most precious has been the privilege of knowing people with severe disabilities, who call us to make a place always for the poor at the heart of the Church. 
 
“As I prepare to cross the river, my heart is full of gratitude to my home diocese, not least the Parish of the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon, where I first received the Faith.  It has been a joy to serve there since January as parish priest: I am only sorry I cannot not stay there longer.  I thank my family; thank the priests and people of the parish where I was first a priest, in Canterbury; thank all those with whom I worked in the field of R.E. and Catechesis at the Southwark Christian Education Centre.  I would wish to thank as well the staff and students of the Venerable English College: years of helping to form future priests in Rome rekindled within me that sense of mission with which I first offered myself for the priesthood some twenty-seven years ago, a mission which I feel privileged now to share with the people and clergy of Westminster.”

In the Sacristy after Mass
Photograph after Mgr Nicholas' Induction Mass at Wimbledon
(left to right) Bishop Elect Nicholas, with Fr Dermott Preston SJ(Jesuit Provincial), Archbishop Peter Smith, Bishop John Arnold (Auxiliary in Westminster), Bishop Howard Tripp (Retired Southwark Auxiliary)


Recent News added to the website:

Below you will find several new items of recent news from over the last few weeks:
Presentation of Awards in Morden Parish
Opening of new Retreat Centre in Ramsgate
"Mark Cross" Reunion
New Deacon for Aylesford Carmelite Community
Induction of New Parish Priest at Tenterden

Please pray for our regular "Web Technician" who has been very seriously ill in hospital. Has improved slightly, but is still in hospital.
Mary and The Website Team
 

Induction of New Parish Priest at Tenterden

Archbishop Peter celebrated Mass in Parish of St Andrew, Tenterden, and inducted the new Parish Priest. Inductions are not unusual in the diocese, however this particular induction was a first for the Archbishop: the first time he had inducted a Bishop as a parish priest - Bishop John Hine.

140323 - Mass and Induction of Bishop John - Tenterten
Archbishop Peter (left) received Bishop John's commitment to the Parish

Following Bishop John reaching his 75th birthday last summer, he stepped down from his day to day responsibilities for the Kent and Medway areas of the Diocese. He did not, however, to completely retire, and so offered to look after Tenterden Parish, following the resignation on health grounds of Mgr Ted Hill.

140323 - Mass and Induction of Bishop John - Tenterten
After Mass (left to right):
Deacon Jolyon Vickers (Parish Deacon), Bishop John Hine (Parish Priest),
Archbishop Peter, Fr Paul Mason (Episcopal Vicar for Kent)
and Canon John Clark (Dean of the Maidstone Deanery).

New Deacon for Aylesford Carmelite Community

140319 - Ordination of Deacon Paul Jenkins
Fr Wilfrid (Provincial), Deacon Paul & Archbishop Peter after Mass

Br Paul Jenkins O.Carm. was ordained to the Diaconate by
Archbishop Peter during a Mass on the afternoon of 19th March, the Solemnity of St Joseph, in the Relic Chapel at Aylesford Priory.
Please pray for Br Paul, as he begins his diaconal ministry and continues his discernment for ordination to the priesthood.

140319 - Ordination of Deacon Paul Jenkins

For more pictures "click here" see our Flick page

"Mark Cross" Reunion

Mark Cross Reunion 2014
On Tuesday 19 March 2014, the Solemnity of St Joseph, there was a reunion of past students and staff of the former Junior Seminary,
St Joseph’s, College, Mark Cross.  Over 100 people gathered for the Reunion in the Amigo Hall, next to the Cathedral.  Following coffee
Tony Castle gave an outline of the story of Mark Cross.  Mass was celebrated in St George’s Cathedral at which Bishop Tripp presided along with Bishop Francis Walmsley (both former Mark Cross students from the 1940s) and some 20 concelebrants.  After lunch in the Amigo Hall Fr Peter Soper paid an affectionate tribute to Monsignor Westlake by recalling some of his words of wisdom in the style of the ‘Scratch Concerts’ well known to Mark Cross and Wonersh alumni.

Mark Cross Reunion 2014
The gathered Alumni,
including Fr Peter Soper standing in for the late "Monsignor Westlake"


The day was a great success and many have sent emails to express their thanks and appreciation for the reunion.  Bishop Tripp emailed to say;
It was a great turnout – and good to realize that so many appreciate the part played by St Joseph’s College  in their education, formation and development.”  

St Joseph’s College opened as a Junior Seminary on Friday 7th November 1924 and closed on Tuesday 16 June 1970.  During the 46-years of its existence it had only two Rectors – Monsignor Ernest Corbishley (1924-59) and Monsignor William Westlake (1959-1970).

In Monsignor Corbishley’s Journal for Friday 7 November 1924 he wrote the following:
The Junior Students from St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, arrived at their new ‘Alma Mater’ – St Joseph’s College – on Friday November 7th 1924 at 5.30pm. In spite of a definite guarantee that the electric lights would be installed by this date, the much desired light was not forthcoming and consequently the students had their first glimpse of their new ‘Alma Mater’ by candlelight.  St Joseph’s College opened with 73 students (twenty new students).”

Further photos on the Diocesan "Flickr" page

Opening of new Retreat Centre in Ramsgate

On Sunday 16th March, Archbishop Peter was invited to celebrate Mass at the opening of the new "Divine Retreat Centre" in Ramsgate. The new centre is a foundation of "The Potta-Divine retreat ministry" which is part of the renewal movement of the Vincentian Congregation of India (Marymatha Province), based on the spiritual traditions bequeathed by Saint Vincent de Paul. The opening follows the completion of the purchase of the site in Ramsgate formerly occupied by the Benedictine Monks (who moved to Chilworth, near Guildford).

Mass to Inaugurate and Bless the "Divine Retreat Centre" Ramsgate
Archbishop Peter delivering his homily

The Mass was celebrated in a large marquee which held the congregation of over 1,300 people (and, as can be seen in the photographs, a Tree). The Centre will also provide a home and studio for the European work of their Divine TV Ministry (a satellite and internet based service). Among those who joined the Archbishop for Mass were Rev. Dr. Paul Puthuva VC, Provincial Superior, Marymatha Province, Vincentian Congregation andf Mgr. John Armitage, Vicar General of Brentwood. After the Mass and the blessing of the building words of thanks and support were given by some of the Vincentian community and guests.

Mass to Inaugurate and Bless the "Divine Retreat Centre" Ramsgate
Mgr. John Armitage addressing the assembly after Mass

More photos on our Flickr page
More photos on the Divine Retreat Centre website
Link to an overview of the work of the Divine Retreat Centre

Presentation of Awards in Morden Parish

Archbishop Peter celebrated Mass in the Parish of Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus, Morden on Sunday 9th March, during which he presented four parishioners with awards in recognition of their dedicated service to the Parish and the local community. Margaret O’Donovan, David O’Connor, Winnie Mann and William Hanrahan, together with friends and family met with the Archbishop after Mass.

Mass at St Teresa's, Morden, and the giving of 3 Diocean awards and a Papal award
Archbishop Peter with the award recipients  and Fr John Mulligan.

Visit our Flickr page for more photographs of the Mass and presentation.

Sense and Nonsense on ‘Assisted Dying’


An Assisted Dying Bill to legalise assisted suicide is currently before Parliament. There is often confusion about what ‘assisted dying’ means. The Bishops' Conference has compiled a briefing note which explains simply and clearly what the issues are, and what the Church says. Copies of this short briefing note can be found on the Bishops' Conference website:  www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide-information

Upcoming International Conference in Rome
on Human Trafficking

Bishop Pat visited Fr Michael Branch and Parishioners in St. Peter's Parish, Woolwich, to bless a new picture of
St Josephine Bakhita, who was the victim of human trafficking, and to ask parishioners to pray for the success of the upcoming International Conference in Rome on Human Trafficking which will take place on April 9th and 10th.
It is expected that the Holy Father will himself will join the conference for a short period to meet the participants - some victims of human trafficking, some bishops from around the world and up to twenty heads of police from different countries.  We ask that you keep the success of the conference in your prayers.

In related news The Holy See signed a joint statment, which announced the goal of eradicating modern slavery and human trafficking across the world by 2020. Signed on the Feast of St Patrick, who was himself a slave for part of his life, the joint statement was issued on behalf of:
the Holy Father, Pope Francis;
the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Egypt Dr Mahmoud Azab;
the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby;
and the Walk Free Foundation.
The statement began "Modern slavery and human trafficking are crimes against humanity." Click here for the Vatican Press Release and full text.

Jubilee Celebrations
at Holy Family Parish, Sutton Green

On Sunday 2nd March Archbishop Peter joined the congregation of a packed Holy Family Church, Sutton Green, as they celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Dedication of their church building. Fr Julian Shurgold, the current parish priest, and Canon Luke Verhees concelebrated the anniversary Mass with the Archbishop.


Holy Family Church, Sutton Green during the Anniversary Mass

At the end of Mass Fr Barry Angus who had been parish priest when Archbishop Bowen dedicated the church, joined the Archbishop and parishioners as the celebrations continued in the Parish Hall.

Visit our Flickr page for more photographs of this day.




Archbishop Peter meets parishioners after Mass,
with Fr Julian Shurgold and Fr Barry Angus

National Week of Prayer and Awareness of Dementia (12 - 19 March)

With over 800,000 people in the UK diagnosed with having a form of dementia, raising awareness and enabling others to help in some small way can make such a difference. The organisers of this initiative recognise that response in recent years has been encouraging, and hope that this year on each of the days there will be times of prayer in parishes and schools throughout the UK and Ireland. We are all invited to get involved in the week of prayer 12-19th March 2014.
Archbishop Peter is supporting this initiative, and will celebrate the 12.30pm Mass in the Cathedral on Tuesday 18th March for “those who suffer from Dementia and those who care for them
Prayer and Awareness Week resources are available to download from the website of the "Pastoral Care Project"

"Today’s Mass" newsletter inserts

A new series of these popular newsletter inserts - written by Fr David Gibbons, Director of the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation - is available for Lent 2014.  Simply click on the link on the left toolbar .  Alternatively, visit the ‘Downloads’ page of the CCF website or email the CCF office.  The insert for each Sunday can easily be copied and pasted into newsletters.
 



Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Patrick (Ambrose) McLoughlin

who died on 9th March 2014

His Funeral Mass will be 
in the Church of the Immaculate Conception,
Bonniconlon, Co Mayo
on Wednesday, 12th March, at 12 noon


May he rest in peace
    

   

A joyful step on the journey of faith

On Saturday, 8th March 2014, Archbishop Peter presided at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at Saint George's Cathedral.

Signing the Book of the Elect
One of the Catechumens Signing the Book of the Elect

The Cathedral was full as the almost 296 Catechumens, who will be baptised and the 211 Candidates, who will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church in their parishes at the Easter Vigil gathered with their god-parents, sponsors and families for this joyful occasion. They came from 82 parishes throughout the diocese.

The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion is a highlight of the Church's year and the Archbishop was joined for the service by our Auxiliary Bishops, the Episcopal Vicar for Kent, the Vicar General and the Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation. The music was led by Canon Alan McLean and the diocesan choir and the altar servers were from the parish of Saint Bartholomew, Norbury.

Visit our Flickr page for more photos

During the Service
Inside the full Cathedral during the Rite of Election

Outside the Cathedral after the Service
Archbishop Peter speaks to the people after the Rite of Election


Catholic MP Visits Diocesan Vocations Centre

On Saturday 22nd February Julian Brazier, the MP for Canterbury, who is a practising Catholic visited the Vocations Centre in Whitstable. After meeting the residents and a number of young men taking part in a vocations weekend, Julian had a chance to be shown round the centre before joining the group for lunch. In the get-together that followed he spoke encouragingly of the importance of the priestly vocation and also of the things that had led him to enter politics. We were impressed by his knowledge of the writings of Blessed John Henry Newman and some of the Fathers of the Church and were grateful to him for taking questions and coming up with some suggestions for things to study to help broaden our cultural awareness and understanding of the issues facing society today.

Vocation Centre February 2014

Archbishop Peter wrote  a Pastoral Letter for the Season of Lent which was to be read on Sunday 2nd March 2014.

In it he writes that Lent is: 'an opportunity the Church gives us every year for conversion and renewal - conversion of mind, heart and action
so that we can better fulfil the two great commandments: “You must love the Lord your God with your whole heart, mind and strength... You must love your neighbour as yourself.” (Mk 12:30-31)'

Full text of the Pastoral Letter (.pdf available)

 


P
lease pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Joseph Whooley

who died on 1st March 2014

His body will be received
on Wednesday, 19th March, at 7:30 pm
at Saint Francis Church,
126 Week Street, Maidstone, ME14 1RH (01622 756217)
followed immediately by a vigil Mass

His Funeral Mass will be offered there
on Thursday, 20th March, at 12 noon


May he rest in peace
    

   

Clergy Appointments and News

Announced March 2014

The Archbishop has made the following appointments: Episcopal Vicar for

Safeguarding - Father Graham Preston
Episcopal Vicar for Ethnic Chaplaincies - Canon John O'Toole


Our new Cardinal


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Pope Francis conferred the scarlet biretta on Cardinal Vincent at the Public Consistory in Saint Peter's Basilica on Saturday, 22nd February 2014. The Pope announced that his titular church would be the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer and Saint Alphonsus Liguori in the Via Merulana on the Esquiline Hill of Rome.


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Cardinal Vincent greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

After the Consistory, a festive lunch was held at the Venerable English College and then Cardinal Vincent attended the Visite di Calore at the Apostolic Palace, where the new Cardinals had the opportunity of meeting those who were in Rome to wish them well.

More photos of the Consistory on CCEW Flickr page

   


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Cardinal Designate Archbishop Vincent Nichols

On Saturday, 22nd February 2014, the Feast of the Chair of St Peter, Pope Francis will create nineteen new cardinals. Archbishop Vincent will be among those receiving the 'red hat' from the Pope.

The Consistory will take place in St Peter's Basilica from 9:55 am. And there on Sunday, 23rd February, the Pope will concelebrate Mass with the new cardinals at 8:50 am.

Archbishop Peter has travelled to Rome to represent the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales at the Consistory.

CCEW website is carrying the live broadcasts from CTV of the major ceremonies

 
Coverage on the CCEW web site

We congratulate our new cardinal and keep him in our prayers.

Father, we pray for Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
Through the power of your Holy Spirit,
give him wisdom and courage to do your will and to fulfil his role.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
Amen.

(posted 21-02-14)

   

Chemin Neuf Community welcomed at Lambeth Palace

On Thursday, 20th February 2014, Archbishop Peter and Archbishop Kevin were guests at a service in the chapel of Lambeth Palace at which  Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, welcomed four members of the international ecumenical foundation Chemin Neuf who will live at Lambeth Palace.

The community consists of a married Anglican couple, Ione and Alan Morley-Fletcher, a Lutheran training for ministry, Oliver Matri, and a Catholic consecrated sister, Ula Michlowicz.

Together they will share in the daily round of prayer that underpins the Archbishop's ministry, and further the ecumenical and international dimensions of his work.


Archbishop Kevin, Archbishop Peter, Father Laurent Fabre (founder of Chemin Neuf), Archbishop Justin Welby, Oliver Matri, Ula Michlowicz, and Ione and Alan Morley-Fletcher

News report on the Lambeth Palace web site

Visit the Chemin Neuf (UK) web site

    



P
lease pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Cyril Williams

who died on 8th February 2014

His body will be received
on Thursday, 6th March, at 4:00 pm
at Our Lady Immaculate Church, Whitstable CT5 2DE
(01227 272758)
where Mass will be offered at 7:30 pm

His Funeral Mass will be offered there
on Friday, 7th March, at 12 noon

May he rest in peace
    

   

Father Deodat installed as Parochial Administrator

On Sunday, 2nd February 2014, Bishop Patrick was welcomed at St Bartholomew's, Norbuy, where he installed Father Deodat Msahala as Parochial Administrator.   

(posted 19-02-14)

   



P
lease pray for the repose of the soul of

Father David Rhys

who died on 16th February 2014

His body will be received
on Sunday, 2nd March, at 3:30 pm
at Christ the King,
3 Princes Road, Eastbourne, Sussex BN23 6HT

His Funeral Mass will be held there
on Monday, 3rd March, at 12:15 pm

May he rest in peace

Clergy who wish to attend are asked to let
Father Barry Anderson know by Friday, 28th February.
Email: banderckhr@aol.com - Phone: 01323 760048 

    

    

Understanding CAFOD Day

On Saturday, 1st February 2014, at the Amigo Hall, CAFOD hosted a very well-attended day to give potential volunteers and supporters a deeper understanding of its vital work tackling poverty and injustice across the world.

All interested in supporting CAFOD were invited to hear about the scope of its mission as the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales and how they could become involved

Visit CAFOD's web site

(posted 13-02-14)

   

   

Last month, Mr Clive Webster, Chief Executive of the Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership (KCSP), reported: 'As of 1st January 2014 two Catholic schools assumed academy status as part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership (KCSP). St Joseph’s Primary in Aylesham (Dover Deanery) and St Simon Stock Secondary in Maidstone (Maidstone Deanery) became the first voluntary-aided Catholic schools in Kent to become academies as part of an academy conversion schedule agreed with Kent County Council (KCC).

This should result in up to a further twelve academies as part of KCSP by the end of this school year. Academy status will be used to enable schools to better support themselves and one another in an ever strengthening Catholic context so that children and families experience continuously improving learning and faith outcomes.'

Today the Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership website has gone online. It contains information about the KCSP and links to newsletters that chart its progress.

Visit the Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership web site

(posted 12-02-14)

   



P
lease pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Alphonsus Brennan, OCarm

who died on 10th February 2014

His Funeral Mass will be held
at The Friars, Aylesford,
on Monday, 17th February, at 11:30 am
 

May he rest in peace
    

  
Obituary notice on The British Province of Carmelite Friars web site

   

Brand new school building for Autumn 2015

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Saint John Bosco College

 

On Friday, 7th February 2014, Archbishop Peter joined Mr Simon Uttley, Headteacher of St John Bosco College, Battersea, Father Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial of the Salesians, and Mr Richard Cook, Lendlease - the builders, to put the first spade in the ground at the site of a new state-of-the-art school building.

The college is due to transfer to the new building in the Autumn of 2015.


Archbishop Peter and Father Martin are helped by the Head Boy and Girl

More photos of the occasion on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

Visit the St John Bosco College web site

   

Ashford's Confirmation Group 2014

On Saturday, 8th February 2014, the Confirmation Group from St Teresa's parish, Ashford, (15 children aged 11/12 years) put on a show for parishioners, family and friends as part of their Confirmation programme. The show was a great success, well supported with singing and dancing, magic tricks, impersonations, musical events, a quiz and 'I'm a priest get me out of here' supported gamely by Fr Joe Feeley.

During their retreat at Worth Abbey, the candidates decided to raise money for charity. They chose the Demelza Children's Hospice (as as one of the candidates has a friend there) and Mary's Meals. They raised £880 which will be divided between the two charities.

  

New Learning Lab at Holy Ghost School, Balham

On Friday, 24th January 2014, Bishop Paul was welcomed at the Holy Ghost Primary School in Balham where he blessed and opened the school's new Learning Lab.

Visit the Holy Ghost School web site

(posted 10-02-14)

   

Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking

Feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita
8th February 2014

 

 
News report on CCEW web site

    

St George's Cathedral is looking to recruit a Premises and Events Manager to manage the use of the Cathedral and Amigo Hall. Please click on the image above for job description and details.

   

Clergy Appointments and News

Announced February 2014

 

The Archbishop has appointed three new Canons of the
Saint George's Cathedral Chapter:

 - Canon Edward Perera

 - Canon Luke Smith

 - Canon John Weatherill

   

The Diocesan Chancery

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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