Latin American Pilgrimage to Aylesford
Saturday, 2nd May 2009
Inauguration of new Ghanaian Chaplain
Father Joseph Akono was inaugurated as Chaplain to the Ghanaian Community at Mass on All Saints' Day, 2nd November 2008, at the Sacred Heart Church, Camberwell. The Principal Concelebrant was Bishop Alan Hopes of Westminster, who is responsible nationally for Ethnic Chaplains. Father Joseph in his few words spoke of the great hope he has for the Chaplaincy. He is the second chaplain and replaces Fr James Enin who now works in America. Sent by the Bishops’ Conference of Ghana, Father Joseph brought greetings from Cardinal Turkson and the other bishops whom Bishop Patrick Lynch and Canon James Cronin met last year on their visit to Ghana.
We wish Father Joseph many happy years in London.
Ecuadorian Community celebrates
the Feast of Nuestra Senora del Cisne
joined the Ecuadorian community
on Sunday, 17th August 2008
at the Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Nunhead
for a procession, Mass and celebration
of the Feast of Nuestra Senora del Cisne
Community celebrates the Feast of the Divine Holy Spirit
On Pentecost Sunday, 11th May 2008,
Father Giandomenico of the Italian Mission in Brixton,
that also cares for the local Portuguese community,
followed a Madeiran tradition and blessed bread
and flags of the Holy Spirit for each family.
Father Giandomenico blesses the bread and flags of the Holy Spirit
The 'festeiros' who helped Father Giandomenico to visit and bless the families
Tamil Chaplaincy signs agreement with London dioceses
Bishop Alan Hopes, Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster, and Canon James
were among those present at the signing of a declaration between the three London Dioceses
and the Tamil Chaplaincy of a memorandum of understanding.
The Tamil Chaplaincy lead by Fr Eugene Francis has become the first Ethnic Chaplaincy
to sign up to the new agreement which governs the Chaplaincy and works
across the dioceses of Southwark, Brentwood and Westminster.
The memorandum details the arrangements for the structure of the Chaplaincy,
the maintenance of the Chaplain and the election and governance of lay associations.
The document has been a long time in preparation and the Tamil Community
were thanked for their enthusiasm and patience whilst this new memorandum was prepared. .
Prayers were offered at the meeting for peace in Sri Lanka.