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

   

Archbishop Peter Smith

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

 


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8th December 2015 to 20th November 2016
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Silver Jubilee of African Ministry in London

The Pan-African Annual Mass was held on 18th September in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George to mark the 25th Anniversary of the African Ministry in London

160918 - Pan African Annual Mass Silver Jubilee

The main celebrant was Archbishop Peter Smith

160918 - Pan African Annual Mass Silver Jubilee

160918 - Pan African Annual Mass Silver Jubilee

160918 - Pan African Annual Mass Silver Jubilee

160918 - Pan African Annual Mass Silver Jubilee

The Mass was followed by a reception at the Amigo Hall

Southwark Catholic Youth Service

On Saturday 10th September Monsignor Matthew Dickens, VG commissioned this year's Southwark Catholic Youth Service's Youth Ministry Team.





Monsignor Matthew was assisted by Deacon Javier Elderfield, Chair of the SCYS Management Group



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



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

Apostleship of the Sea Mass for seafarers

A Mass to pray for seafarers and for the ministry of Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) was celebrated in the Cathedral on 20th September 2016

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In Archbishop Peter's homily he said

''The Apostleship of the Sea provides great support and comfort to seafarers, who often spend many months away from their families, in pretty poor conditions and often with very poor pay.   This Charity is a great example of the works of mercy by the Church, offering friendship and support at the drop-in centres in our ports, and material help as well.

It is indeed a wonderful work of mercy and we thank God today for all of you who support this work as volunteers, or who help to provide the financial support without which this work of mercy could not continue.  So we ask for the intercession of Our Blessed Lady for all seafarers and for the flourishing of The Apostleship of the Sea''

160920 - AOS Mass



Southwark Diocesan Retreat for Priests

The Diocesan OGF (Ongoing formation of Priests) held its annual Retreat for Priests from Monday 12 to Friday 16 September, at the Emmaus Centre, in West Wickham. Entitled "Luke, the Gospel of Mercy", the retreat was led by Fr Peter Edmonds SJ. Thirty priests gathered for the retreat, together with the OGF coordinators Fr Adrian McKenna and Sr.Sheila Moloney.

OGF Priests retreat in session  
The retreatants gathered for one of the talks with Fr Peter Edmonds SJ 


Gathered in prayer for one of the Retreat Masses


"Putney to St George's"

Several Deaneries have gathered parishioners together in order to make a Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage to one of the Doors of Mercy in the diocese. Over 80 people from the Mortlake Deanery made their pilgrimage on Saturday 10th September, many walking the six and half mile journey from the church of Our Lady of Pity and Saint Simon Stock, Putney, to the spiritual heart of the diocese, the Cathedral of St George.
 
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The walking pilgrims - ready for the journey

Journeys end - The Door of Mercy
Arriving at the Cathedral Door of Mercy

A few words of welcome
Pilgrims with the Cathedral Dean at journey's end.


Communications Officer

The Diocese is seeking to appoint a Communications Officer to help develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to expand the reach and message of the Diocese using current communication methods. Based at Archbishop’s House in London SE1, the job holder will also provide editorial, creative and operational support across the Diocese. The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent, and have a sound knowledge of the Catholic Church and Catholic teaching.  He/she will have broad experience in journalism, communications or PR and be able to demonstrate in-depth skills in social media, Internet and website content management.  This is a full time role which will involve some evening and weekend work.  Salary range:  £32,000 - £36,000 per annum depending on experience.
If you would like to apply for this job please email your CV to: sarah.wood@finance-rcdsouthwark.org
by the closing date of Friday 14th October 2016.
 

Property Manager

We are looking to appoint a Property Manager to take responsibility for the significant and varied Diocesan estate. Based in London, SE1 but traveling throughout the Diocese, this role will cover everything from all aspects of maintenance and maintenance programmes on a range of buildings including historic churches, through commercial and residential lettings to developments and disposals.
Applicants should be a chartered surveyor or equivalent; the successful candidate will have extensive estates management experience of a diverse range of property, alongside proven expertise in development and disposals.  Comprehensive health and safety knowledge is essential, as are good IT skills.  Experience of religious buildings and a knowledge of the Catholic Church are desirable but not essential.  This is a full time position which may include occasional weekends and evenings.  Salary range £50,000 to £55,000 per annum depending upon skills and experience, plus car allowance.
If you would like to apply please email a copy of your CV to:
sarah.wood@finance-rcdsouthwark.org
by the closing date of 14th October 2016.

125th Anniversary of the founding of
St John's Seminary, Wonersh
plus the 18th Rector of the Seminary
formally takes up his office

On Thursday 8th September Father Brian Coyle formally took up his office as the 18th Rector of St John's Seminary, Wonersh during the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Seminary.

160908 - 125th Anniversary of the founding of St John's Seminary and Fr Brian Coyle as 18th Rectory of the Seminary

160908 - 125th Anniversary of the founding of St John's Seminary and Fr Brian Coyle as 18th Rectory of the Seminary

160908 - 125th Anniversary of the founding of St John's Seminary and Fr Brian Coyle as 18th Rectory of the Seminary

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160908 - 125th Anniversary of the founding of St John's Seminary and Fr Brian Coyle as 18th Rectory of the Seminary




RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives

Our Archivist, Mrs Jenny Delves, has updated the Southwark Diocesan Archives' Blog
Irish Easter Rising 1916
Irish prisoners strike in Lewes Jail




Please see the southwarkdiocesanarchives.blogspot for more information

Archdiocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2016


On Saturday 20th August 2016 Archbishop Peter led the Southwark diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.

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

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

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

Southwark Pilgrims meeting
Southwark Pilgrims first meeting

On Sunday 21st the Pilgrimage joins over seven thousand others for the Sunday International Mass

International Mass
International Mass, held in the Underground Pius X Basilica
International Mass
Pilgrims gather at the Grotto after Mass to say the Angelus 

On Monday 22nd the pilgrims assemble at Crowned Virgin statue to process to the Grotto for Mass

Grotto Mass

Grotto Mass

Later in the day the pilgrims gathered for the Penitential Service

Pilgrimage Penance Service

Pilgrimage Penance Service

Pilgrimage Penance Service

On Tuesday 23rd August the Southwark Pilgrims gather for their Diocesan Mass in the Chapelle St John Vianney

Southwark Diocesan Mass and Candle

Southwark Diocesan Mass and Candle

Southwark Diocesan Mass and Candle

At the end of the Mass Bishop Paul blessed a candle for the Grotto 

Southwark Diocesan Mass and Candle

The Southwark Pilgrims then took the candle to the Grotto

Southwark Diocesan Mass and Candle
Father Ed Perera, The Diocesan Pilgrimage Director and John Toryusen,  The Director of The Southwark Catholic Youth Service

Southwark Diocesan Mass and Candle

After the candle is lit and placed in the candle stand near the Grotto the pilgrims pray for all the intentions of the Diocese



Celebratation of 
Blessed Oscar Romero's 99th birthday

On Saturday, 13 August 2016, over 150 people gathered in St George's Cathedral, Southwark, to celebrate Blessed Oscar Romero's 99th birthday.

160813 - Romero Mass 2016

In his homily, Southwark’s Auxiliary Bishop Patrick Lynch, reflected on the Parable of the Good Samaritan and the suffering of many people today, inspired by a homily Romero preached on the same subject over thirty years ago.

"[The Good Samaritan] truly ‘sees’ the suffering: he is ‘sensitive’ to the suffering: he ‘stays’ with the suffering and he ‘speaks up’ for those who are suffering. That is precisely what Oscar Romero did in his ministry in El Salvador."

160813 - Romero Mass 2016

In this Year of Mercy, Bishop Pat then encouraged all people to be 'prophets of God’s Mercy’ - to speak up for those who suffer and are exploited.

"This means reminding the leaders of business that the dignity of all workers - no matter how 'menial' their work - must be respected. This means reminding and working with Government to ensure that everything is done that can be done, through legislation and action, to eradicate such exploitation and prevent it happening in the future. This means doing all we can to bring to justice the perpetrators of such injustice."

160813 - Romero Mass 2016

Bishop Pat concluded his homily by looking to the Catholic Church in Latin America and its contribution to a key aspect of the overall mission of the Church - to build a more just world in solidarity with the poor.

"That phrase ‘in solidarity with the poor’ is very important. That is precisely what Oscar Romero tried to do in El Salvador. The only way we can begin do that is, like the Good Samaritan and Romero, by truly seeing, being sensitive to, staying with and speaking up for those who suffer and are exploited in our world today... we begin that journey like the Good Samaritan and Romero by allowing ourselves be moved by the wonderful gift of God’s Mercy and compassion and going back across the road if we are tempted to pass by."

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The mass also launched the Archbishop Romero Centenary which was marked in the Amigo Hall with a toast to Oscar Romero, given by Bishop John Rawsthorne of the Romero Trust, who cut a birthday cake in his honour alongside, Elisabeth Hayek-Weinmann, the new Ambassador to the United Kingdom from El Salvador.

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Throughout the coming anniversary year there will be special events, talks and services to mark the ministry, martyrdom and enduring legacy of Blessed Oscar Romero.

Further details will be found on the Trust's website, www.romerotrust.org, and on Facebook and Twitter

You can download the full text of Bishop Pat's homily HERE


Summertime Altar Servers 2016

There were 32 attendees from the parishes of Addiscombe, Bexleyheath, Clapham Park, Crayford, Dartford, Erith, Gravesend, and  New Addington

160810 - Summertime

A great week of devotions, outings and sports.

160810 - Summertime

160810 - Summertime


Ordination to Diaconate of
Brother Kevin O'Donnell SDB

On Saturday 6th August 2016 Archbishop Peter joined the Salesian Community in Battersea to ordain Brother Kevin O'Donnell SDB as a Deacon on his journey to Priesthood in The Sacred Heart  - Battersea

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160806 - Ordination to Diaconate of Brother Kevin O'Donnell

Brother Kevin was joined by his Mother, Brother, Sister and family along with the parishioners of The Sacred Heart

160806 - Ordination to Diaconate of Brother Kevin O'Donnell

Brother Kevin will continue his ministry in the parish of Battersea West

160806 - Ordination to Diaconate of Brother Kevin O'Donnell

The celebrations continued in the main hall of St John Bosco College with a buffet reception

On Going Formation of Priests - Aylesford

On Tuesday 19th until Thursday 21st the On Going Formation of Priests' team organised a over night stay at Aylesford for the newly arrived and newly ordained priests and also for the newly appointed Parish Priests

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This course, presented by the Chancery, was part of four throughout the year that the On Going Formation of Priests' team provide

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There is also a course presented by the Finance Office, the Education Commission and the Safeguarding Office to help priest comprehend the Diocese as an organisation

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It provided a fortuitous opportunity to celebrate Fr Bartlomiej Dudek’s birthday




Southwark Catholic Youth Service
Pilgrimage to World Youth Day






The pilgrims say goodbye to Krakow and give thanks for an amazing week with a wonderful group of clergy, leaders and young people.





Campus Misericordiae - Holy Mass on the occasion of the World Youth Day Krakow 2016 (arrow to the area where the Altar was set up):



Looking out from the Sanctuary some hours before Mass began... the empty benches were later filled with concelebrating clergy.










Vigil with Pope Francis in Campus Misericordiae 30 July 2016








The Holy Father arrives for World Youth Day. He greeted the President and his wife, children gave him flowers and a traditional Cracovian hat before he drove off to Wawel Castle










The Reverend Jacques Hamel

''It was with great sadness that I heard the terrible news of the death of Fr. Jacques Hamel in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France.
I am with hundreds of thousands young Catholics in Krakow, Poland, and together we offer a positive witness of faith.
It was the great witness of Fr Jacques to stand by the Gospel that Jesus Christ gave to us against the terror of a grossly distorted understanding of God's will.
We pray for the Diocese of Rouen and its people, but let us also pray for peace among all peoples and security for all in their daily life.''
A statement from Archbishop Peter Smith



Muslim leaders join Cardinal Nichols in prayer

''Together as faith leaders our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all those affected by the murderous assault that took place at the Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in France. We are deeply saddened and shocked by the brutal murder of Fr Jacques Hamel. To commit murder at a place where people gather in peace to worship adds another layer of depravity to the violence that we have witnessed over the past weeks. We pray for the courage to respond to all evil with truth, justice, and reconciliation''
Cardinal Vincent Nichols
President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales

Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli
Director, Noor Trust

Imam Qari Muhammad Asim
Head Imam, Mecca Mosque

Sheikh Babikir
Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra
Co-Chair, Christian-Muslim Forum

Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi
Director-General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society

Moulana Muhammad Shahid Raza
Chair, MINAB

Moulana Sayed Ali Raza Rizvi
Senior Imam & President Emeritus, Shia Ulama Council Europe

Courtesy of ICN Independent Catholic News


Southwark Catholic Youth Service
Pilgrimage to World Youth Day

On Saturday 23rd July 2016 The Southwark Catholic Youth Service set off from St George's Cathedral, Southwark, via Aylesford Priory to join up with more young people, to lead a group of pilgrims to the World Youth Day in Poland




After Mass at Aylesford Priory the pilgrims set off by coach to Dover



Beautiful night prayer on the coach this evening



Archbishop Peter along with Bishops Paul Hendricks and Paul Mason celebrated mass for pilgrims from the diocese and were joined by Bishop Ralph and pilgrims from Hallam diocese 



A trip to Auschwitz to pay respects. A very moving experience



Błonia Park - the official World Youth Day Opening Mass




Speaker for Catechesis is Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York
"Show you are Catholic by joy, by peace and by faith" - Cardinal Dolan



Cardinal Dolan with  Bishop Paul Paul Mason ‪‬ 



Open Air Mass in Canterbury

Sunday 3rd July was a special day for St Thomas’s Parish, Canterbury. For the first time since the 1950s the parish family came together to bear witness to our faith in public in the central park, Dane John Gardens.
In 1953 the sanctuary was installed on the bandstand.





In 1953 the sanctuary was installed on the bandstand.


Photo taken in the 50s



Parish priest Canon Anthony Charlton presided at the concelebrated Mass with Fathers Valentine Erhahon, Binoy Thomas and Father George Marsden in attendance. Deacons Alfred Ngalim Wirbir and Casimir Kwabla Agbenuawor from Rome assisted.



Canon Anthony has announced that next year’s Open Air Mass will take place on Sunday 2nd of July 2017




Diamond Jubilee Mass 
St Catherine's School - Crayford

On 2nd July 2016 Archbishop Peter was joined by Father Philip Glandfield and Father Ignatius Edet to concelebrate Mass on the 60th anniversary of St Catherine's School, Crayford



There were many former teachers, students, governors and
sisters of La Sainte Union present





The history of St Catherine’s, going back to even before 1956, has been written by Alex Tomlinson and Lois Fitzgerald. If you would like a copy please go onto the website www.stccg.co.uk




11 New Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

On 20th July 2016 the Dean of Greenwich, Father Richard Plunkett commissioned 11 Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for  St Ursula’s Convent School, Greenwich, at Our Ladye Star of the Sea, Greenwich, assisted by Father Kevin Robinson




Retirement Mass for Canon Jim Pannett - Purley

On Sunday 17th July Canon James Pannett KCHS was joined at his retirement Mass from St John the Baptist parish Purley by Archbishop Peter, who was the main celebrant and Bishop Howard Tripp

160717 - Retirement Mass for Canon Jim Pannett

Canon Jim has been in Purley for the past 20 years and has been a priest of the Diocese for 55 years

160717 - Retirement Mass for Canon Jim Pannett


160717 - Retirement Mass for Canon Jim Pannett


160717 - Retirement Mass for Canon Jim Pannett

Among the many clergy that were present at the Mass to wish Canon a happy retirement was Deacon Jim Sheehan, who returned from Eire for the occasion, Deacon Vincent Morrison and Matthew O'Gorman, assistant priest at Purley

160717 - Retirement Mass for Canon Jim Pannett



Please pray for the repose of the soul of 

Reverend Father Bernard Jones, O.Carm.

who died on Saturday 16th July 2016

Aged 88

He was Parish Priest in Faversham in the 1970’s
and he also served in Hartley, Aylesford and Walworth

He will be buried in North Devon

There will be Months Mind Mass for Fr. Bernard at Aylesford Priory
on Tuesday 16th August
at 12 noon


Priesthood Ordinations for Archdiocese of Southwark

One of the greatest joys a bishop has, is to ordain priests for his diocese”, these were words that Archbishop Peter said during the ordination Mass of three new priests for the Archdiocese of Southwark on Saturday 16th July 2016.

Priesthood Ordinations for Archdiocese of Southwark

In a busy Cathedral, family, friends, and parishioners gathered to pray for Philip Andrews, David Howell, and Daniel Weatherley as they completed their journey to the priesthood. 

Priesthood Ordinations for Archdiocese of Southwark

Archbishop Peter was the principal celebrant and ordaining bishop; he was joined by Bishop Paul Hendricks, Bishop Nicholas Hudson (former Southwark Priest, former Rector at the Venerable English College, and an Auxiliary in Westminster), over ninety other priests from Southwark Diocese and beyond, together with Deacons and laity for an uplifting and prayerful celebration of Mass.

Priesthood Ordinations for Archdiocese of Southwark

Priesthood Ordinations for Archdiocese of Southwark

At the end of the Mass Archbishop Peter announced the parishes he had appointed the Ordinands as their first role as assistant priests:
Father Philip Andrews to St. Anselm’s Tooting Bec, Father David Howell to Corpus Christi, Brixton Hill, and Father Daniel Weatherley to St. Thomas of Canterbury, Canterbury.

Priesthood Ordinations for Archdiocese of Southwark

After Mass the three new priests gave first blessings to Archbishop Peter, and to many others who had joined them for their ordination. Please pray for them as they begin to exercise their new ministry and as they prepare to take up their appointments at the end of the summer.

Priesthood Ordinations for Archdiocese of Southwark


Two deacons celebrate 25 years as
Permanent Deacons in the Diocese

Two deacon's from Thanet Deanery celebrated their 25 years as Permanent Deacons in the Diocese. James Burleigh and Neville Gascoigne were ordained – together with eight other men – on Saturday 27th July, 1991 at St. George's Cathedral, Southwark by Archbishop Michael Bowen.


On Saturday, 16th July 2016 there was a joint celebration Mass at St. Anne's Church, Cliftonville presided by Bishop Paul Mason, area bishop for Kent.



James Burleigh, although retired, still exercises his ministry in the Parish of The Holy Family – Thanet (Birchington & Westgate-on-Sea). Neville Gascoigne is the senior Deacon at Sts. Austin & Gregory with St. Anne, Margate.



Both deacons were accompanied by their wives, Pauline Burleigh and Anne Gascoigne, together with members of their immediate families and the wider parish family across the deanery.




Priestly Ordination for Augustinian Recollects
at Vauxhall

On Saturday 9th July 2016 Archbishop Peter join the community of St Anne - Vauxhall to confer the sacred order of priesthood on Friar Douglas Beard

160709 - Priest ordination for Augustinian Recollects - Vauxhall

Friar Douglas was born in Enfield and went to school in Epping and Debden.  He studied philosophy Allen Hall Seminary and at the Theological Centre San Agustin, near Madrid, which is affiliated to the Pontifical University of Salamanca

160709 - Priest ordination for Augustinian Recollects - Vauxhall

He made his simple profession on 7th August 2010 in the Novitiate Convent of Monteagudo and he received the lay minister of lector on 1st October 2011 in the Casa de Formacion San Agustin Las Rozas and lay ministry of acolyte in the Centro Teologico San Agustin, affiliated to the Pontifical University of Salamanca in June 2014

160709 - Priest ordination for Augustinian Recollects - Vauxhall

He made his solemn profession in the parish of St Monica, Zaragoza on the 17th October 2015 and he was ordained deacon by Bishop Eusebio Ignacio Hernandez Sola, Bishop of Taragoza, in St Rita's parish Madrid on the 19th December 2016

160709 - Priest ordination for Augustinian Recollects - Vauxhall

Friar Douglas was joined by his parents, Stephen and Denise along with the many priests, friends, community and parishes members

160709 - Priest ordination for Augustinian Recollects - Vauxhall

The celebration continued in the school hall


Mass for retirement of Mr Louis Desa
Headteacher - Bishop Thomas Grant School

On Thursday July 7th the community of Bishop Thomas Grant School in Streatham gathered in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George - Southwark to give thanks and celebrate the Headship of Mr Louis Desa

Mr Desa is retiring after sixteen years of Headship & thirty six years of service to Catholic education in the Southwark Diocese. He has led the school to be Outstanding in all categories.

160707 - Mass for retirment of Mr Louis D'Sa - Headteacher - Bishop Thomas Grant School

Mass was con celebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith, along with Bishop Ralph Hesketh C.Ss.R, a former Chair of the school's governing body

160707 - Mass for retirment of Mr Louis D'Sa - Headteacher - Bishop Thomas Grant School

Also joining Mr Desa was Fathers Brian Coyle, Thomas Bakulumpagi, Gerry Mulvihill  Anthony Cassidy cssr, Liam Gallagher, Christopher Basden, Peter Morris, Canon Jim Pannett KCHS and Deacon Tony Flavin

160707 - Mass for retirment of Mr Louis D'Sa - Headteacher - Bishop Thomas Grant School

Mr Desa had been Headteacher at Bishop Thomas Grant School since 2001 and Head of Maths from 1992 to 1997.  He was also a former student of the school from  1967 to 1972

160707 - Mass for retirment of Mr Louis D'Sa - Headteacher - Bishop Thomas Grant School

On entering the Cathedral the congregation were met with a symbolic tree , the leaves bearing messages from from every pupil and member of staff in the school for Mr Desa

160707 - Mass for retirment of Mr Louis D'Sa - Headteacher - Bishop Thomas Grant School


175th Anniversary St Thomas a Becket - Wandsworth

On the 3rd July 2016 Archbishop Peter joined the community of St Thomas a Becket - Wandsworth to celebrate 175 years of their parish

160703 - 175th Anniversary St Thomas a Becket - Wandsworth

160703 - 175th Anniversary St Thomas a Becket - Wandsworth

160703 - 175th Anniversary St Thomas a Becket - Wandsworth



Day of Celebration for those with disabilities

Southwark’s annual day of celebration for the disabled was held on Sunday 3 July at The Friars, Aylesford in splendid sunshine. Over a hundred disabled people and their carers from across the archdiocese and beyond came for a joyous day of prayer, art, music and fun



Bishop Paul Hendricks celebrated Mass and stayed for the drumming workshop provided by the Psalm Drummers. A great attraction on the day was a mini petting zoo provided by Zoo 4 You with everything from hawks and snakes to giant cockroaches and skunks. The art workshop explored the theme of the day ‘Peace is flowing like a river’ with colourful displays and fun activities.





Various groups including L’Arche, Medway Faith and Light and others were instrumental in making this a great day for all as well as families and parishioners from around the Archdiocese.



The day is organised by the Centre for Catholic Formation who have plans for expanding the activities and participation in future. Next year’s Day of Celebration is on Sunday 2 July 2017. If you have groups who work with the disabled in your parish or local area we’d love to see you there.





The Diocesan Chancery

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

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

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The Mass is held each year in thanksgiving for the work of the Parish Gift Aid Organisers within the Diocese and then followed by the AGM and refreshments in the Amigo Hall