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
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8th December 2015 to 20th November 2016
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Southwark Catholic Youth Service
Pilgrimage to World Youth Day

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 Hemel 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 Archbishopn 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 pilgirms to the World Youth Day in Poland




After Mass at Aylesford Priory the piilgrims set off my coach do 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 Glanfiled 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 retirments Mass from St John the Baptist parish Purley by Archbishop Peter, who was the main celebrant and Bishop Howard Tripp

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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

Amoung the many clergy that were present at the Mass to wish Canon a happy retirment was Deacon Jim Sheeham, who returned from Eire for the occassion, 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 Hatley, 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

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

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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 minstry 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 solmen 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, comminity and parishes members

160709 - Priest ordination for Augustinian Recollects - Vauxhall

The celebration continued in the school hall


Mass for retirment 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.

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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 studentof 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

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160703 - 175th Anniversary St Thomas a Becket - Wandsworth

160703 - 175th Anniversary St Thomas a Becket - Wandsworth



50th Anniversary St Gregory's School
Tunbridge Wells

Archbishop Peter Smith concelebrated Mass at St Gregory's School, Tunbridge Wells as part of their Golden Anniversary celebrations

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160630 - 50th Anniversary Mass - St Gregory's School - Tunbrdge Wells

The school hymn was heard for the first time.  It was composed by former students Laurie Denman and Freddy Viner with lyrics by year 13 student Tom Fish

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160630 - 50th Anniversary Mass - St Gregory's School - Tunbrdge Wells

Ruby Anniversay of Father Jim Hay

Fr James Hay was ordained on 30th June 1976, having served in Brixton he was transferred to St. Peter the Apostle, Woolwich, in 1981, under the then Parish Priest Fr. Niall Thornton, who was quick to recognise his talents and placed him in charge of St Catherine LeBoure, Charlton.

160630 - Ruby Anniversary Father James Hay

He has had to retire due to ill health but still resides at St. Peters, and his Brother Priests have said “he is a constant source of inspiration, he has a sound head when giving advice to the brother Priests, and keeps them all on their toes, he his always good fun to have around in the presbytery.

160630 - Ruby Anniversary Father James Hay

Mass was concelebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley Archbishop of Birmingham, a long standing friend of Father Jim, together with Bishop Patrick Lynch, Area Bishop for the South East Area, Monsignor Mathew Dickens, Vicar General, Father Richard Plunkett, Dean of Greenwich, many past priests who had served at St Peter’s along with the current clergy, Father Michael Branch, parish priest, Father Henry Tikki Wenna and Father Graziano de Palma, along with priests from the Greenwich Deanery and beyond.  Assisting at the mass was the recently ordained Deacon for St Peter’s, Deacon Piotr Ziezio.  Father Oledele Craig who was based at St. Peter’s during his training at Wonersh acted as Master of Ceremonies

160630 - Ruby Anniversary Father James Hay

The celebrations carried on in the parish centre where Archbishop Peter Smith was able to join Fr. Jim after another engagement

160630 - Ruby Anniversary Father James Hay

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

150th Anniversary - St Anslems - Dartford

On Sunday 26th June 2016 Archbishop join the community of St Anslem - Dartford to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of their parish

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160626 - 150th Anniversary - St Anslems - Dartford

160626 - 150th Anniversary - St Anslems - Dartford


The celebrations continued in the grounds of the church with a barbeque

160626 - 150th Anniversary - St Anslems - Dartford

160626 - 150th Anniversary - St Anslems - Dartford

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

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.




Diaconal Ordinations

On Friday 17th June Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated the diaconal ordination of Mass of three men who live in the diocese 

The Ordination Mass

Gathering in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, many family, friends and fellow parishioners of Gerard Perkins (from Norbury), Piotr Ziezio (from Woolwich) and Robert Smith (from Westerham), came to offer their prayers and support. 

The Ordination Mass


Gerard and Piotr were ordained as Permanent Deacons for our Diocese of Southwark. Robert was ordained by Archbishop Peter as a Permanent Deacon at the request of Mgr Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. 

The Ordination Mass


Several other Deacons were present at the Mass to welcome the three men into the Order of Deacons, including Deacon Joice James who had studied with them – he had been ordained in India a short time before as he belongs to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Community. 

The newly ordained Deacons

After Mass the celebrations continued in the Amigo Hall, after which the three men headed home to prepare to minister for the first time as a Deacon in their home communities.

 Diaconal Ordination - reception after Mass


Annual Diocesan Marriage Anniversary Mass

Diocesan Marriage Mass 2016

Saturday 18th June the annual diocesan marriage Mass took place, with over three hundred couples coming to the Cathedral to celebrate their milestone anniversaries and to renew their marriage vows. They were joined by family and friends, and so over a thousand people were in the Cathedral that afternoon

Diocesan Marriage Mass 2016

Archbishop Peter concelebrated Mass with Fr Richard Hearn and Fr Tom Bakulumpagi, part of the Cathedral Clergy and Fr Graham Preston,  Fr Tom Creagh-Fuller, Fr Liam Gallagher and assisted by Deacon Philip Pond, part of the Marriage and Family Life Team.

Diocesan Marriage Mass 2016

The Marriage and Family Life Team organised the celebration and they were thanked by Archbishop Peter for all their hard work

Diocesan Marriage Mass 2016

The team supplied some statistics
Kent - 21 parishes were represented - the largest - Tunbridge Wells - 7 and Herne Bay -  6 couples
SE London - 37 parishes were represented - the largest - Sidcup with 10 couples
SW London - 39 parishes were represented - the largest - Addiscombe with 13 and Purley & Thornton Heath with 10 couples
Largest family groups:  Crinnions from Farnborough with 17 family members — children and grandchildren and Schokmans from Purley with 13 family members — children and grandchildren
Longest married:  Mr and Mrs Lane of Sidcup, 66 years married
60 years - 27 couples, 50 years - 75 couples, 40 years - 68 couples, 25 years  - 65 couples, 10 years  - 49 couples, 1 year -  12 couples and some other anniversaries
Total couples - 320 - Total family members - 385

Diocesan Marriage Mass 2016

The celebration continued in the Amigo hall with light refreshment



Catholic Chaplain - Kings College London

Based at the Medical School at Guys Hospital, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Southwark is looking to recruit a Chaplain as part of the Kings College chaplaincy team.  Kings College London was founded as a Christian foundation and so has a strong Christian tradition.  All Christian chaplains at Kings have a responsibility to the whole Christian Community (staff and students) at the college and should develop initiatives to respond to needs within this community.   In addition they are required to take a multi-faith approach to pastoral care in the locations in which they operate.  The Anglican College Chaplain operates as the team leader for the whole chaplaincy team.

The remit of the role is broad and will include:
•    Ministering to the spiritual, catechetical and general needs of Catholic students and staff.
•    Organising and facilitating talks/lectures, social events, pilgrimages, retreats and other appropriate events.
•    Developing and delivering pastoral support for staff and students of all faiths and none.
•    Responding to crises

The ideal candidate will be a committed Catholic with a thorough understanding of the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church and be able to bring these to the life of the medical school at Guys.  Strong communication skills are essential and previous experience in a similar role is highly desirable.
This role is offered on a 4 or 5 days a week basis.  The role at Guy’s medical school will be 4 days a week.  An additional day may also be available at another south London site.  Actual days/hours of work will vary depending on the needs of the students/staff and events.  Flexibility is, therefore, essential.  Starting salary will be in the range of £26,000 to £28,000 per annum (pro-rated for part time) depending on experience.
If you would like to apply for this role or would like further information please contact Sarah Wood via email at sarah.wood@finance-rcdsouthwark.org
Closing date for this vacancy is 20th July 2016

Mass for Thanksgiving for the Queen's 90th Birthday

On Sunday 12th June 2016 Archbishop Peter joined the community of the  Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II 

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All of the Cathedral Clergy, Father Richard Hearn, Father Oladele Craig, Father Thomas Bakulumpagi and Father Stephen Haines concelebrated with the Archbishop

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Deacon Daniel Weatherley, who is due to be ordained in July proclaimed the Gospel

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Your Catholic Legacy Mass

Archbishop Peter Smith and Your Catholic Legacy celebrated a Mass in St George's Cathedral on 11th June 2016 to mark the end of the "Share a Prayer" campaign.

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The Mass focused on giving thanks for the work of Catholic charities and praying for those whose the lives they change.

160611 - Your Catholic Legacy Mass - Cathedral


160611 - Your Catholic Legacy Mass - Cathedral

"Your Catholic Legacy", is a collection of Catholic Charities, including the Archdiocese of Southwark, who are working together to encourage people to include a legacy in their wills.



After Mass a reception was held in the Amigo Hall, and Barry and Margaret Mizen spoken about thier work for building peace and harmony in our world.



St Joseph's Primary School - Crayford
Celebrates 150th Years


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On Thursday 9th June 2016 Archbishop Peter joined the community of St Joseph's Primary School in Crayford in the celebration of 150th Anniversary of the school

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Archbishop Peter concelebrated Mass with Father Ignatius Edet, Canon Jeremiah Cronin and Father Peter Madden

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Study Day for New Catechists

On Saturday 11th June 2016, 57 parish catechists and those interested in sacramental preparation gathered for a study day at the Centre for Catholic Formation (CCF), Tooting Bec.
The attendees, from each of the three areas of the diocese, some experienced and some new to catechesis, enjoyed lectures on the vocation of the catechist and the relationship of the sacraments to Christian living.

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After a shared lunch, the group then had a whistle-stop tour through the different areas of sacramental preparation starting with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a model for all catechesis in the Church, Baptism preparation, first Holy Communion and Reconciliation and Confirmation. This section ended with a look at the Liturgy of the Word for Children, not strictly catechesis but a liturgy in which the Word of God is broken open for the children in our parishes.

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Interesting discussions followed in the question and answer section and various general resources were recommended. Many of those who gathered for the day have asked for further sessions of a similar nature as well as training in their respective parishes. If a parish or a deanery wishes for local training or days of recollection for their catechists, readers or extraordinary ministers of holy communion, they are encouraged to get in touch with the Centre for Catholic Formation office@ccftootingbec.org.uk

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Later in the year, the CCF will run the annual diocesan day for catechists on Saturday 24 September 2016 at the Cathedral and Amigo Hall. All of those involved in RCIA, sacramental preparation and children’s liturgy are encouraged to come to that day, participate in the Year of Mercy liturgy, the workshops and be commissioned, at Mass, by Archbishop Peter to catechize on his behalf. For more information visit www.ccftootingbec.org.uk


Blessing of the Sea in Ramsgate

The Mayors of Ramsgate, Broadstairs, and Margate, along with other dignitaries,and community groups attended the first ever ceremony of the Blessing of the Sea to be held in Ramsgate on Bank Holiday Monday at the end of May.
The ceremony was led by Fr Marcus Holden, Rector of St Augustine’s Shrine in Ramsgate. The ceremony was held during the annual St Augustine Week festival, which celebrates the legacy of Augustine of Canterbury who landed on Ramsgate’s shores in AD 597.
About a hundred people came out on a windy and cloudy day to witness the Blessing, taking place in Ramsgate for the first time. Scouts attended, and a Salvation Army trumpeter provided music. The choir of St Ethelbert’s Church, Ramsgate, sang.


Photo - Marie Muscat-King
The service began at the Obelisk in Ramsgate Royal Harbour with the National Anthem and prayers. Ramsgate’s Town Sergeant led the mayors and dignitaries, and the Cross led the ministers and people along the promenade to the beach. Fr Marcus Holden led prayers asking God’s blessing on those who work on the sea, and his protection for them, and the sea was sprinkled with holy water. Then a girl threw a bouquet of flowers into the sea. The procession made its way back to the Obelisk, where there was a final prayer.
The Blessing of the Sea in Ramsgate is especially connected with St Augustine of Canterbury, whose Shrine is the Augustus Pugin church in the town, because of St Augustine’s connection with the sea. He arrived by boat on the shores near Ramsgate in AD 597, and many of the medieval miracle stories about him are about rescuing sailors in the English Channel.

Wonersh seminarians learn about the
Church’s ministry to seafarers

It was a pastoral care lesson of a very different kind for a group of seminarians from St John's Seminary, Wonersh as they heard first-hand how the Church ministers to seafarers and fishers.
The men learnt about the work Catholic seafarers' charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) does in ports around the world and on cruise ships.
AoS development director John Green and AoS London officer Roland Hayes presented talks on 2nd June to the seminarians who came from Southwark, Portsmouth, Aberdeen, and as far away as Fairbanks, Alaska.
John and Roland were invited to speak to the group by Pastoral Director Fr Teyrnon Williams, who himself was an AoS port chaplain in Swansea for many years.



The presentations were part of the seminary's pastoral studies course looking at pastoral care in prisons, hospitals and ports.
John said, "They were surprised at the scale of shipping and the work the Church does to support seafarers, fishers and crew members of cruise ships.
“Seafarers play a vital role in our everyday lives bringing us the goods and services we need. AoS is the Catholic Church's maritime agency entrusted to look after their pastoral, spiritual and welfare needs."
On Sea Sunday on 10th July, churches around Great Britain and across the world will pray for and remember seafarers. Please support your parish's Sea Sunday appeal.


Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Paul Mason

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Archbishop Peter Smith presdided at the Episcopal Ordination of the Right Reverend Paul Mason on Tuesday 31st May 2016, the Feast of the Visitation, at St George's Cathedral

Episcopal Ordination Fr Paul Mason as Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark

The Archbishop was joined by twenty eight bishops, many priests and deacons, family and friends of Bishop Paul, and people from the diocese and beyond to celebrate the ordination

Episcopal Ordination Fr Paul Mason as Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark

In a wonderful celebration Fr Paul, having been formally been presented to the Archbishop, was consecrated and anointed as an Auxiliary Bishop for Southwark, and the Holy Father appointed him as the Titular Bishop of Skalholt

Episcopal Ordination Fr Paul Mason as Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark

After Mass the congregation met Bishop Paul in a reception in the marquee in the Cathedral grounds.

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160531 Bishop Paul Mason


Further Pictures on Flickr: Bishops Conference Pages

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page - Photographic Services

Canon Frank O’Sullivan
95 Years Old - 60 Years a Priest

Canon Frank O'Sullivan is a retired priest living in the parish of Purley celebrated his 95th birthday and also 60 years of priesthood.


Fr Peter Murphy (Tonbridge), Canon Francis Moran (Thornton Heath), Fr James Nolan (retired), Fr Joseph O'Connor (Addiscombe), Fr Denis Paul (retired), Fr Pat Maloney (retired), Mgr Matthew Dickens (Vicar General), from l to r (bottom row): Fr Michael Gwinnel (retired), Canon Joseph Collins (retired), Canon James Pannett (Purley), Canon Francis O'Sullivan (retired), Bishop John Hine (Tenterden), Fr Paddy Cannon (Waddon), Fr John Bliss (Old Coulsdon), Deacon Tony Flavin (Assistant Chaplain, The John Fisher School, Purley), Fr Matthew O'Gorman (Purley)

To commemorate these two milestones he celebrated Mass in the parish for parishioners and guests and preached about his years of ministry and dependence on the Lord. Before the final blessing he reminded us of the words of St Paul from Ephesians 3: "glory be to Him who can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine."


The celebrations continued in the parish hall where guests enjoyed food and drink as well as music and cake! In proposing a toast Fr Matthew O'Gorman said that in his short experience of life in Purley and his short acquaintance with Canon Frank two words came to mind; kindness and encouragement.
 

The parish of John the Baptist expressed that they felt very lucky to have Canon Frank in their midst and we're truly grateful for his years of service and long may they continue!







Confirmation at Purley


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On the 21st of May Archbishop Peter confered the sacrament of Confirmation on 41 young people in the parish of St John the Baptist Catholic Church - Purley

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The candidates received instruction for the past ten weeks in small groups
but came together for their retreat and the Sacrament of Confirmation

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90th Anniversary of Southwark Province of
The Knights of St Colomba

The Southwark Provice had their celebration on Sunday 22nd May 2016 begining with a Mass.  Archbishop Peter Smith, concelebrated with Father Innocent Abonyi, the Southwark Provinces', Provincial Chaplain, in Our Lady and All Angels, Erith

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During the Mass his Grace thanked the Knights for their support given to the Cathedral and to the clergy over the last 90 years, and for the tremendous work done the Knights have done to support the Church and the Diocese in that time.

160522 - 90th Anniversary of Southwark Province

Knights of St Columba was formed in Southwark, on 22nd May 1926 and was formally named  Southwark Province.   It was the 12th Province in the country to be erected, after the Order received Papal approval and Blessing. The Province covers the whole of the Southwark Diocese, and has many Bishops, Priests and Deacons as Members of Honour

160522 - 90th Anniversary of Southwark Province

The celebrations continued at the Marriot Hote,l Bexleyheath, for a double celebration the 90th Anniversary and Brother Albert Lynch’s 99th Birthday.   Albert served 35 years as a Provincial Officer.  After the meal Archbishop Peter was presented with a cheque for £3,000 for the seminary fund.  In his acceptance speech Archbishop Peter acknowledged that each year the Knights of Southwark come to him with a cheque for the furtherance of our future clergy and thanked the Knights for looking to the future and for the prayers for vocations
160522 - 90th Anniversary of Southwark Province




Two Priest in the Archdiocese of Southwark
on the Guardian website


The Guardian has published a very interesting set of interviews with people who have followed various vocations


Photograph: Andy Hall for the Guardian

One of these interviews is with two priests in Southwark,  Father Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm, Prior in Faversham and Father Leonard Tatt,  St Boniface, Tooting


60 Years of CHAS

On 19th May 2016 Archbishop Peter joined the Catholic Housing Aid Society celebrating their Diamond Jubilee in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

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The Archbishop was joined by Father Richard Hearn, the Cathedral Dean and The Bishop of Rochester, The Right Rev James Langstaff

160519 - 60 Years of CHAS

Two women set up CHAS to make available deposits for families living in slums to be able to afford a decent home

160519 - 60 Years of CHAS

In 2003 CHAS merged with Churches National Housing Coalition and Housing Justice was born  Their work today is very much about encouraging churches to develop services for homeless people, as well as supporting them in upholding standards of excellence


Confirmation in the Cathedral

On the feast of Pentecost, when we recall the coming of the Holy Spirit, Archbishop Peter confirmed 36 young people from the Cathedral parish

160515 - Confirmation in the Cathedral

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Concelebrating with the Archbishop was the Cathedral Clergy, Father Richard Hearn, Father Oladele Craig and Father Thomas Bakulumpagi

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The Cathedral Girl's Choir led the singing

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Mass for New Catholics

The annual Mass for New Catholics took place on Saturday 14th May 2016 at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George. The Archbishop was the Principal Celebrant and preacher. He was joined by Fathers David Gibbon and Michael Lovell and was assisted Deacon John Greenwood 

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This Mass - which is organised by the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation - is the culmination of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process, and ends the third and final period of the RCIA, which is called the ‘Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy’.

160514 - Mass for New Catholics

After Mass all were invited to a Question and Answer session with Archbishop Peter in Amigo Hall where refreshements were served

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More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page


HOW A HOTEL BECAME A MONASTERY!


Between the 9th and 13th of May 2016 a hotel venue in West Sussex played host to what has been described as, “one of the most important and seminal events for the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom”. The comment comes from Fr Victor Vella, Parish Priest of Holy Innocents' parish, Orpington in Southwark diocese and organizer of the ‘Life in the Spirit Retreat for a New Pentecost’. Co-sponsored by Redemptorist Publications and Hayes & Finch, the Copthorne Hotel staged a week long pre-Pentecost priests’ retreat and welcomed the inspirational Fr Raniero Cantalamessa (Preacher of the Papal Household) as its lead speaker. With nearly a hundred priests in attendance the event was unprecedented in both its size and importance.

Reflecting on the event, delegates have described it as, ‘absolutely amazing’ and ‘sure to bear fruit in the life of the Church in this country’. A wonderful example of what can happen when the talents of the laity are harnessed, the event was organised and served by a team of volunteers who are members of the parish evangelisation cells in Fr Victor's parish. 

One attending priest said of the event that for those few days "the hotel became a monastery", with the hotel banqueting hall turned into a chapel and a conference suite into a sacred space for the talks. True to the ethos behind the event, priests came from a wide range of backgrounds - young and old, from established circles and from the New Movements. The event was a truly diverse one, with a number of African missionaries in attendance, alongside diocesan priests from Portsmouth, Southwark, Westminster and Scotland.

Although the aim of the event was to bring the priests into a deeper awareness of the power of the Holy Spirit, it was not an event organised by the Charismatic Renewal but held under the auspices of the Southwark diocese, where the gifts of the Holy Spirit were put at the service of the wider Church. The retreat was opened by Bishop Richard Moth and the closing Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith.


Bene Merenti for a parishioner of
St. George’s Church, South Darenth, Dartford

On Sunday 8th May 2016,  Mrs Mary Sheppard, a parishioner of St. George’s Church, which comes under the pastoral and sacramental care of the main parish Church, St. Anselm, Dartford was awarded a Bene Merenti medal for the many duties she has undertaking for the Community of St George during the past fifty years
160508 - Bene Merenti Medal - St. George - South Darenth - Dartford

The Archbishop Peter was joined by Father Stephen Boyle, parish priest of St. Anselm, Dartford and Father Philip Glandfield who had been an Altar Server at St. Anselm during the time of Mrs Sheppard’s training
160508 - Bene Merenti Medal - St. George - South Darenth - Dartford

On the 23rd March 2011, Mrs Sheppard was awarded the Dartfordian Award for services to both the Church and Community.  This is a local Civic Award and a fitting acknowledgement of her extraordinary dedication, which included many years of service to the Scout Association and voluntary help to the local Catholic primary school



Renovated Chapel at
St Thomas More Catholic School Purley


On Thursday 5th May 2016 Bishop Paul Hendricks blessed the renovated Chapel at St Thomas More Catholic School, Purley

what the chapel looks like today

He was assisted by Father Mathew O 'Gorman, the Chaplain and served by St Thomas More students

Bishop Paul

The stained glass window shown in the photo was designed by two sixth former students.
The Head Boy and Girl led the bidding prayers and the readings.    

Margaret Mulchrone (Headteacher), Bishop Paul Hendricks,


HCPT 60th Anniversary Mass



On Monday 2nd May 2015 Archbishop Peter
concelebrated Mass with many other clergy to mark the Diamond Jubilee it’s founding in 1956 of the HCPT


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The Jubilee was marked by a series of Masses on Monday 2nd May throughout the UK and beyond. They featured a similar liturgy to that being celebrated by HCPT Groups in Lourdes in 2016 and were also  held at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral; Swansea Cathedral; St Mel’s Cathedral, Longford (Ireland) and Carfin Shrine, Scotland. 
Further international Jubilee Masses are being planned for Jamaica, Poland, and the USA

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Appropriately the theme for this year’s HCPT pilgrimages is ‘Thanks be to God’, with a focus on thanking Him for His love. Also for His inspiring HCPT to have used that love for the benefit of the tens of thousands of people who have enjoyed its life changing pilgrimages over the last 60 years.

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HCPT will also join the Church in giving thanks for the Year of Mercy, a year in which Pope Francis calls on us all to reflect on the greatness of God’s mercy and love.

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Mass for the Parish Gift Aid Organisers of the Dioceses

160490 - Gift Aid Mass

Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated a Mass on Saturday 30th April in The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George Southwark in thanksgiving for the work of the Parish Gift Aid Organisers within the Diocese

160490 - Gift Aid Mass

This is an annual celebration and was followed by the AGM and refreshments in the Amigo Hall


St. John Fisher - Kidbrooke

160508 - PROCESSION OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA

The Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, and the relics of Jacinta and Francisco were processed from Kidbrook Green to St John Fisher's Church, at 4:30pm on Saturday 7th May 2016 with an all-night vigil ending at 8pm on Sunday 8th May 2016 where pilgrims were given the opportunity to venerate the relics.  The night also consisted of talks and a film show.

160508 - PROCESSION OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA

160508 - PROCESSION OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA

After the Sunday evening Mass pilgrims were given the final chance to venerate the relics.  fter a short service the Statue and relics were processed out of the church before departing for its next stop leaving behind many blessings and uplifted pilgrims.

160508 - PROCESSION OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA


St Peter's Catholic Primary School
Sittingbourne

Pupils from St Peter's Catholic Primary School in West Ridge, Sittingbourne, Kent recently learnt about how Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) port chaplains live out the seven Corporal Works of Mercy in their ministry supporting seafarers.

AoS London Officer Roland Hayes gave an assembly at the school using AoS’ new Year of Mercy Schools Resource, produced with the help of The Pilgrim editor Greg Watts



The resource provides real-life and specific examples of how the charity’s chaplains live out the Catholic faith by providing spiritual and practical support to seafarers in need.
 
Seafarers are responsible for bringing up to 95% of the goods consumed in Great Britain, from mobile phones to bananas and cars to fridges.

In one example under the ‘Clothing the naked’ section in the resource, AoS Director of Development John Green says, “A number of Catholic parishes around the country support our work by providing seafarers with woolly hats, socks and other clothing.  These items might seem unimportant, but if you are at sea in freezing weather, they can really make a difference.”

The Year of Mercy Schools Resource can be found here http://www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk/resources-schools


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