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
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who was installed
at Saint George's Cathedral on 10th June 2010

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Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Canon Bill Clements KHS

who died on the 10th August 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral details:
30th August 2017
Reception of Body - 16.00
Vigil Mass - 19.00
31st August 2017
Funeral Mass - 13.00
Our Lady & St Benedict
Minnis Road, Birchington
CT7 9SF
01843 841549




Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Deacon James Foley

who died on the 2nd August 2017

May he rest in peace

The funeral will take place
at 10.00am on Monday 21st August 2017 in
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
The Retreat, Sea Street
Herne Bay
CT6 8SP
01227 375095



Pilgrimage of the Sick - Aylesford

On Sunday 13 August, the Carmelite Community celebrated the transferred Solemnity of The Assumption of Our Lady with more than 600 pilgrims from the Society of Our Lady of Lourdes.  The mass was celebrated by the new Prior, Fr. Francis Kemsley and assisted by Fr. Michael Cox. 



At the mass there was the Sacrament of the Sick.  At Aylesford it is the tradition to use blue vestments on major feast days of Our Lady.  



The original medieval Church that the shrine is built upon was dedicated to the Assumption of the Glorious Virgin, in 1248.

Oscar Romero Centenary Mass

On Saturday, 12 August, five hundred people gathered in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George to commemorate the 100th birthday of Blessed Oscar Romero.

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Archbishop Peter was the main celebrant at the Mass and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who is the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life; Grand Chancellor of the St John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, travelled from Italy to deliver the homily

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Archbishop Paglia is also the postulator of the cause for the canonisation of Archbishop Romero - the main person at the Vatican promoting Romero being formally recognised as a saint. Archbishop Paglia wore Archbishop Romero's pectoral cross.

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In his homily, Archbishop Paglia spoke about Romero's life and enduring legacy. Reflecting on martyrdom, he challenged that 'This is the meaning of martyrdom. Love for Jesus and for the poor is greater than love for oneself', and as such it is something we are all called to live out.

Canon Alan McLean, with many members of the Most Holy Trinity Church, Dockhead, where he is parish priest, helped form the choir.

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After Mass the celebrations continued in Amigo Hall where a toast was raised for Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero

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Click here to download Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia's homily via romerotrust.org.uk

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

Father Michael Adams celebrates
his Golden Anniversary

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On Sunday 9th July 2017 Father Michael Adams had a celebration Mass in thanksgiving for his Golden Jubilee to the Priesthood.

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Bishop Paul Mason was the main celebrant and was joined by many clergy, Father Michael's family and friends plus parishioners of St Augustine's RC Church and from other parishes that he has served over the last 50 years

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Shinto Priest joins Nagasaki Remembrance
at Aylesford Priory

For over 30 years people have gathered at Aylesford Priory on either 6th or 9th August to remember the uses of atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. People of other faiths or none have always been welcome to come and remember alongside the Catholics who organise the events. However, a special “flavour” was provided this year by their contributions to the liturgy.

Taishi Kato (加藤大志) is a young Shinto priest, undertaking a postgraduate course at SOAS in London. He is keen to give talks and presentations about Shinto while in the UK. He became licensed as a Shinto priest by following a one-year course at Kokugakuin University, immediately after graduating from Keio University. His family acquired the right of managing the the Hattori Tenjingu shrine in Osaka after it was ruined during the war, and his father is the current head priest



Taisho is pictured with Fr Francis Kemsley, Prior of the Carmelite Community at Aylesford, and Phil Kerton, co-ordinator of Justice and Peace activity in the Kent Area of the Southwark Diocese. Phil says, “These annual events stem from a remark made by the late Bishop John Jukes to the effect that, while we may not agree about how to remove the threat of nuclear war, we can agree to pray for guidance and remember what has happened in the past. We are especially grateful to the Carmelites for their consistent welcome at this historic place of prayer.”

(Shinto is the indigenous faith of Japan. It remains Japan's major religion, alongside Buddhism.)


Carmelite Shrine at Aylesford
awarded listed building status

The Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Simon Stock at Aylesford Priory in Kent, a site of great significance for the whole Carmelite Order and for the Catholic community in England and Wales, has been granted listed building status



2017 marks 70 years of the practice of listing, which was introduced in the Town and County Planning Act in 1947 to protect important properties from destruction in the period of re-building and urban development after World War II. Today listed status is granted to buildings and sites which have special architectural, historical, or cultural significance

The Carmelites first came to Aylesford from Mount Carmel in 1242. Aylesford became important in the Carmelite Order's sense of identity and spirituality; it was here that the first General Chapter took place in 1247 which led to the Carmelite hermits becoming mendicants (begging brothers), and later legends claimed that it was here that the prior general of the Order, Saint Simon Stock, received a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary who blessed the scapular of his religious habit.

The medieval priory was a place of worship and study, offering hospitality to pilgrims travelling between London and Canterbury.



At the Reformation of the 1530s, the priory passed into private ownership, but continued to be known as "The Friars". The Carmelite Order was able to purchase back The Friars in 1949, and since then the priory has developed as a major site of pilgrimage for Catholics and Christians of other denominations, welcoming about a quarter of a million visitors each year



Throughout the summer months in particular, many thousands of people come to Aylesford either as a part of organised groups or simply because it is known as a holy place. Aylesford is a major place of pilgrimage for groups from the Archdiocese of Southwark

For futher information please see The Independent Catholic News and
The British Province of Carmelites website


 Pilgrimage Visit of the Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St George’s Cathedral

The Miraculous Relic Image visited St George’s Cathedral on Friday, 28th July to Monday, 31st July 2017

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The Service of Reception was led by Archbishop Peter Smith.

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The Knights Of St. Columba were a vital part of the proceedings, always ensuring pilgrims’ safety and encouraging respect and dignity throughout.

Photos by Sean P Mulligan

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

Priesthood Ordination of Reverend
Paul Kyne by Archbishop Peter Smith

On the 15th July 2017 Reverend Paul Kyne was ordained a Priest by Archbishop Peter

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In a full Cathedral, Clergy, family, friends, and parishioners gathered to pray for Reverend Paul

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After Mass Father Paul gave his First Blessing to Archbishop Peter and assembled congregation

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His First Mass was at his home parish, Brockley

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Father Paul is a past parishioner of St. Mary Magdalen, Brockley and past pupil of the Salesian College in Battersea.  His formation was at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh

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His first appointment will be at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Southwark in September

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page


The Reverend Father Dominic Clovis

Dominic Clovis was ordained to the Priesthood on 10th June 2017.  He is the sixth child of ten and was born 1st September 1989.  He joined the Institute of the Incarnate Word after his A Levels and has been studying in Italy for the last eight years.
 


Having returned to the UK after his ordination, on Sunday 18th June, he celebrated his first Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St Mary’s Chislehurst, his home parish.
 
Father Charles Briggs, Parish Priest of St Mary’s Chislehurst said, “He has been serving Mass here since I arrived, many years ago.  He has been a great example to countless boys in the parish, both young and old. May God bless him in his ministry.”
 
The following Sunday he celebrated an Extraordinary Form Mass at St Bede’s, Clapham Park, where he took part in the Corpus Christi Procession.
 
Father Dominic will be exercise his ministry near Edinburgh in Scotland where the Institute of the Incarnate Word has four parishes.



Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father John Lavery
who died on the evening of 26th July 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details

The funeral will take place
at 10.30am on Saturday 29th July, at:
St Peter's Church
Great Georges Street South
Warrenpoint, Co Down, BT34 3NF.
(028 4175 9981)
Link to Parish Webcam


Ongoing Formation of Priests - Aylesford


On Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th July, as part of the Ongoing Formation of Priests programme for newly ordained priests of the diocese, newly arrived priests from overseas, and for those taking up parish priest appointments for the first time, a number of priests met at Aylesford to learn more about the workings of the Diocesan Chancery

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They met with the Diocesan Chancery Team who then facilitated a series of presentations on some of the major areas of their work

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There was an opportunity for questions, discussion, and time together.  The group spent time together in prayer and celebrated Mass on each of the days

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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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Diaconate Ordination


Photo: Alexander Balzanella

Fr Gerard Mulvihill, Fr Philip Andrews, Fr John Diver, Bishop Terence Drainey, Rev. Francis Murphy, Fr Sean O'Connor, Fr Matthew O'Gorman and Fr David Howell.

On Wednesday 12 July, Southwark seminarian Francis Murphy was one of six students of the Venerable English College to be ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Terence Drainey (Middlesbrough).

The ordination took place at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, in the English College's Villa Palazzola. Among those in attendance were Francis' parish priest, Fr Gerard Mulvihill (St Thomas More, Dulwich), and Vocations Director Fr John Diver (St Lawrence, Sidcup).

Ooberfuse inspire Greenwich students
to act on climate change



Critically acclaimed electric pop duo Ooberfuse have held a workshop for pupils at St Ursula’s Convent school, Greenwich, to encourage them to think about the importance of renewable energy.

The duo, who live in Woolwich, ran four sessions for students in Year Eight and Nine. Pupils began by learning about Power to Be, the aid agency CAFOD’s latest campaign on the importance of renewable energy for the world’s poorest communities. Ooberfuse then held a song writing workshop where students were encouraged to write their own lyrics on the importance of clean energy.

To finish the day Ooberfuse performed for an hour, during which students were invited to sing and showcase their work. The school hall may have been a contrast to the Ministry of Sound and the O2, where Ooberfuse have previously performed, but pupils and band alike had a fantastic time.

Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson formed Ooberfuse in 2010 and their music has taken them all over the world, from Madrid, where they played for two million young Catholics on World Youth Day, to Iraq, where they played at a refugee camp in Erbil. Social justice and inequality are strong themes in their music; they have written songs in aid of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, for persecuted Christians in Iraq and Pakistan, and are soon to release a song on the plight of refugees.

It is this use of music to promote social justice, as well as their Catholic faith, which motivated them to get involved with CAFOD’s work and subsequently run the workshop at St. Ursula’s.

CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign encourages communities to lobby the World Bank, the global organisation which the UK partners with to fight worldwide poverty, to invest in local, renewable energy. Through the World Bank, the UK already invests in energy access to combat poverty but less than 3% of this spending goes towards renewable energy.

Through Power to Be, CAFOD is asking the UK’s representative at the World Bank, Melanie Robinson, to use her influence to ensure that children everywhere have the power to achieve great things and lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the planet.

Susan Elderfield, the Chaplain at St Ursula’s, said: “I don’t think we should forget the message of today; how we should look after the planet. Each one of us has a responsibility – from switching off the lights to getting involved with NGOs to becoming politicians. It’s our planet and our job to look after it.”


Bishop Paul Mason, the Bishop Promoter for the Apostleship of the Sea

Bishop Paul Mason, the Bishop Promoter for England and Wales for the Apostleship of the Sea gives an interview for Sea Sunday which this year was on Sunday 9th July 2017


He explains why it's so important for parishes and everyone one of us to support Sea Sunday and to pray for seafarers.


Bishop Paul Hendricks Blesses the new reception at
St Mary’s Catholic High School - Croydon

On Monday 26th June, St Mary’s was delighted to welcome Bishop Paul Hendricks to bless its new school reception area and to present badges of office to the new school's Student Leadership teams.



In addition, the school was also pleased to welcome Dr Maureen Glackin, Head of School of Education at St Mary’s University, Twickenham as a special guest for the day.



Bishop Paul led a special ‘Liturgy of the Word’ for all students in the school’s Sports Hall before presenting badges of office to the new Student Leadership teams, including the Head and Deputy Girls and Boys.



Before blessing the new reception, Bishop Paul also blessed the crucifix, statue of Our Lady and photographs of Pope Francis & Archbishop Peter which were then placed in the new facility.

Faith in Action Awards

On Sunday 25th June at the 9:00am Mass, Bishop Paul Mason presented Faith in Action certificates and badges to 40 of the young people at St. Francis - Maidstone from their Flame and Fledglings groups. This is a new national award awarded at different levels.



The young people have worked very hard during the past year on their journey of faith, including learning new prayers and litanies, raising awareness of the plight of Syrian refugees and the local homeless, leading the living Stations of the Cross, visiting care homes, the Cathedral and taking part in small pilgrimages.



Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Deacon Peter Rennie

who died on 27th June 2017

May he rest in peace





Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Peter Ryman

who died on 18th June 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details

The funeral will take place at

Our Lady of Sorrows
The Friary
Friary Road
Peckham
SE15 1RH

020 7639 0947

On Monday 17th July 2017 at 12 noon

His body will be received into the church
Sunday 16th July 2017 at 18.00

After Mass there will be a Holy Hour

Purple vestments are to be worn




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 25th June 2017 led by Brother Martin Mikuskiewicz, parish priest of Our Lady of the Angels, Erith.

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Clergy from the two deaneries were joined by other local Christian Ministers

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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.

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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.

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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, who had also marshalled and helped organise the event, for the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice which is situated near Lesnes Abbey

Photos by Sean P Mulligan

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page


Diaconate Ordination Amgad Gerges

On Monday 12th June 2017 Bishop Patrick Lynch ordained Amgad Gerges into the Permanent Diaconate at St. William of York - Forest Hill

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Joining Bishop Pat was Father Tom Creagh-Fuller, parish priest of Forest Hill along with many priests from the Deanery, and Deacon Javier Elderfield

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The Reverend Deacon Amgad was also join by his very proud family

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Students studying for the Permanent Diaconate 

On Sunday 18th June 10 men who are studying for the Permanent Diaconate gathered in St Elphege Church, Wallington.  4 men received the Ministry of the Word and 6 men the Ministry of Acolyte from Bishop Paul Hendricks who was the main celebrant of the Mass

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Please remember them in your prayers that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their Ministry

Photos by Sean P Mulligan

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page


United Nations Arts Ambassador visited
St Mary’s Catholic High School

On Wednesday 7 June the United Nations Arts Ambassador Ibiyinka Alao visited St Mary’s Catholic High School to work with Year Seven on a project called ‘The Bag of Hope’



This is a global project which raises awareness of the rights of children.  The project raises funds for UNICEF and other organisations working with and supporting children and young adults and is completed by children from all countries, creating the largest decorated canvas bag in the world. This year  the project will attempt to beat the current Guinness World record for such a bag.  St Mary’s are privileged to be part of this initiative.



In an assembly with Mr Alao, the children were made aware of their rights to free education, to feel safe, to be fed, to receive healthcare and the right to help when you have been mistreated or abused.

Mr Alao shared much of his work with the students, telling us the stories that inspired them.



After meeting Mr Alao all of Year Seven moved to the Art classrooms to work on their own pictures to symbolise hope.  The students were most excited, and somewhat inspired when they were told that these will be displayed on the United Nations building in New York.


 For more information please see www.bagofhope.world

Knights of St Columba from the Southern Provinces


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Sunday 11th June 2017 the Knights of St Columba from the Southern Provinces including Southwark joined together in pilgrimage to The Friars, Aylesford, also celebrating their patrons feast day which was on 9th June.


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The Mass was concelbrated by Monsignor Matthew Dickens and Father Innocent Abonyi, the KSC Southwark Provincial Chaplain.

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During the Mass over 30 Brother Knights were elevated to Knighthood degree by the Supreme Knight assisted by Brother Bertie Grogan who is the Supreme Director for Membership.

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This was the 51st Pilgrimage to Aylesford for the Knights and the welcome by the Carmelite community was up to it usual prayerful, and spiritual high standards.   Father Francis Kemsley blessed all the scapulars and religious items purchased at Aylesford.

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Photos by Sean P Mulligan

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

Annual Diocesan Marriage Anniversary Mass

Saturday 17th June 2017 the annual diocesan marriage Mass took place, with over 260 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 nearly 900 people were in the Cathedral 

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Archbishop Peter concelebrated Mass with Canon Richard Hearn and Fr Graham Preston, Episcopal Vicar for Marriage and Family Life and assisted by Deacon Philip Pond, part of the Marriage and Family Life Team and Deacon Gehad Homsey

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All couples renewed their wedding vows

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2017 Annual Marriage Anniversary Mass

The celebration continued in the Amigo hall with light refreshment

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The Marriage and Family Life Team have supplied the following statistics

Kent - 46 couples and 31 family members
SE - 114 couples and 159 family members
SW - 100 couples and 156 family members

The breakdown by anniversary:
60th - 22 couples
50th - 63 couples
40th - 37 couples
25th - 59 couples
10th - 34 couples
1st - 15 couples

Largest parish contingents:
KENT - Tunbridge Wells - 5 couples
SE - Sidcup - 11 couples
SW - Addiscombe - 10 couples

Largest family groups: 
Joyces of Mottingham and Fashesins of Battersea with 13 family members each

Longest married: 
Mr and Mrs Lane of Sidcup, 67 years
Mr and Mrs Pezzani of Rotherhithe, 68 years
Mr and Mrs Kwasniewski of Forest Hill, 69 years 

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page


Presentation of Football Cups to the
Altar Servers team from Peckham

At the Southwark Altar Servers 40th Annual Rally on the 1st of May at The Friars, Aylesford Priory, both the Junior and Senior football tournament was won by the Altar Servers from Peckham

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At that time there were no cups available to given to the winning teams so parishioners from Peckham purchased two cups to be presented to this year’s winning teams and then to subsequent winning teams

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Archbishop Peter was delighted to present these cups to the teams on the 4th of June in Archbishop's House

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page


Mass for New Catholics

The annual Mass for New Catholics took place on Saturday 3rd June 2017 at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George. Archbishop Peter was the Principal Celebrant and preacher

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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’

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

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

Confirmation at the Cathedral

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On Pentecost Sunday, 4th June 2016, Archbishop Peter conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on young members of the Cathedral parish in Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

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The Archbishop was joined by Canon Richard Hearn, Dean of the Cathedral, Father Oladele Craig, the Sub Dean of the Cathedral, Father Thomas Bakulumpagi, Assistant Priest of the Cathedral and Fr Ronald Kigozi a PhD student from Rome

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Thanksgiving and Celebration for Thirty Two years of the Institute of St. Anselm in the UK


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On Monday 29th May 2017 Archbishop Peter joined the Director, Staff, and Participants of the Institute of St Anselm in thanksgiving and celebration for their thirty two years of the Institute of St. Anselm in the UK from 1985 to 2017 before the Institute moves to Rome

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The Archbishop was the main celebrant with many priests from the diocese and beyond at the Mass at St. Anne’s Church, Cliftonville

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After Mass the celebrations continued at a buffet lunch at the Institute of St. Anselm





Love your neighbour as yourself

Vigils For The Victims Of The London Bridge Terror Attacks

In a demonstration of unity yesterday evening, Archbishop Peter Smith stood alongside dignitaries, leaders of other faiths and the people of London at a Vigil for those who lost their lives in the terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday 3rd June

Vigils For The Victims Of The London Bridge Terror Attacks

Leading a short ceremony, the Mayor, Sadiq Khan said ‘our unity and love for one another will always be stronger than the hate of the extremists’.  All gathered  then observed a minute’s silence before laying flowers and writing messages of unity by City Hall.

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Commenting on the events of last Saturday, Archbishop Peter Smith said ‘Our hearts go out to the innocent victims of this attack last Saturday evening. In a time of adversity the whole community has come together to support victims of crime with extraordinary generosity. 
In this we have a wonderful example of how to live out the second commandment
‘You must love your neighbour as yourself’

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Please keep all affected by this tragic event in your prayers.

Shrine of St Augustine




On 3rd June the Grand Re-opening of St Augustine’s was celebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith with a service of blessing and Vespers. Bishop Paul Mason, area bishop for Kent also attend. Local choirs, St Ethelbert’s Primary School, and community groups associated with St Augustine’s took part. This marks the start of the re-use of St Augustine’s following restoration. Afterwards there was a celebratory reception in the gardens of the Divine Retreat Centre, across the road from St Augustine’s.

The Shrine of St Augustine, England’s newest shrine recalling England’s first missionary. Pugin’s magnificent personal church and burial place, dedicated to his patron St Augustine, became, on 1st March 2012, the official shrine commemorating the coming of the Gospel to the Anglo-Saxon peoples. St Augustine who landed near to Ramsgate, sent by Pope Gregory the Great in 597AD, is an inspiration for faith and evangelisation today. We invite pilgrims and general visitors to come to St Augustine’s to pray and worship, to enjoy the beauty of its architecture and to learn about the history of the early saints so closely connected with the identity of Christian England.

For more information please see augustinefriends.co.uk


Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord
World Communications Day

"Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time"

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension, when Jesus exhorts the Apostles to 'Go, make disciples of all nations'. It is therefore fitting that Sunday 28th May is also World Communications Sunday.
We pray for all those involved in spreading God’s word through communications and media, that they may help us to hear God’s loving messages for our world and individual lives.

Within our own Diocese we joyfully honour Christ's request to spread his Word, and are pleased to announce the official launch of our Diocesan Facebook page and Twitter account. We also welcome our new Communications Officer, Jo Driver, who took up her new role this month and wish her a fruitful and fulfilling ministry.

Information and resources on
2017 World Communications Day
at the website of the Bishops' Conference

Statement by Archbishop Peter Smith
23rd May 2017


Following the events that took place in Manchester Arena yesterday evening I would like to extend my sincere condolences to all the victims of this attack, in particular, those traumatised by the unexpected loss of relatives and friends.  There are no words sufficient for the grief of losing a family member and the devastating nature of this event surely serves only to increase that pain.

Although nothing can prepare us for such loss, I pray that you will find consolation in each other, and peace in the knowledge that Christ is there for all of you at every moment in your lives, no matter what you face.  The Catholic community here offers its prayers for you and your loved ones today.

At this time, I encourage all people to renew their efforts to nurture respectful dialogue, with a view to fostering peace and trust in our communities. The answer is not in violence or arms, but in reaching out to others, openly discussing differences and endeavouring to forgive past actions.  It is by these measures that we have the opportunity bring about the light of understanding and avert animosity.

I would like to add my thanks to all those who have already expressed their gratitude to the emergency services for their swift action and care for those caught up in this tragedy.

With assurance of my prayers
 



Migrants Mass for
Westminster, Brentwood and Southwark

The Migrants' Mass has become an annual event and a feature of the Catholic Church's calendar. It's a Mass recognising the contribution of Migrant Workers and their families to UK society.

Migrants Mass for Westminster, Brentwood and Southwark Dioceses in the St Antony’s, Forest Gate.

The Mass, this year, took place at St Antony of Padua, Forest Gate on 1st of May, the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, the celebration is jointly organised by the dioceses of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster - whose territories cover the London area.  It is supported by London Citizens, a community-based civil organisation whose membership includes many Catholic parishes, schools and agencies.

Migrants Mass for Westminster, Brentwood and Southwark Dioceses in the St Antony’s, Forest Gate.

The Mass provides the opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity in our communities and acknowledges, in the words of Bishop Patrick Lynch, that “the Church has benefited greatly from the faith and witness of migrant communities from all parts of the world – from Africa and Asia, from Eastern and Western Europe, from the islands of the Caribbean and more recently from South America. Our parishes have been enriched by the strong sense of community and commitment to family life within many of our migrant communities, by their love for the Scriptures, by their devotion to Our Lady and especially by their joyful participation in the celebration of the Eucharist”

Migrants Mass for Westminster, Brentwood and Southwark Dioceses in the St Antony’s, Forest Gate.

For more photos visit Flickr page
of the Catholic Church of England and Wales


 Bishops issue General Election guidance
with encouragement to vote 

"As we approach the General Election on 8 June, we offer you these considerations." This is the beginning of the letter issued by the five Archbishops of England and Wales, including Archbishop Peter, on behalf of the English and Welsh Bishops. Distributed to Parishes in the week leading up to Sunday 21st May, the letter offers some key principles to guide consideration in the lead up to Polling Day. The letter also provides... "some questions you might consider yourselves and raise with candidates or those who seek your support."

The letter ends with a prayer:

Lord grant us wisdom to act always with integrity,
seeking the protection and flourishing of all,
and building a society based on justice and peace.

Link to PDF copy of the Bishops Election Message
Link to "Election 17" section on the Bishops' Conference website



Crowning of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima


Visit and Crowning of National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

As Pope Frances visited Fatima and canonised Jacinta and Francisco Marto last Saturday, 13th May 2017, Archbishop Peter crowned the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima in front of large congregation at Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

Visit and Crowning of National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

The Virgin Mary appeared to the siblings, along with their cousin Lucia, on 17th May 1917 and confided 3 secrets in them. The last secret was revealed when Pope John Paul II beatified the child-seers in 2000.

Visit and Crowning of National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

For further information please visit the World Apostolate of Fatima (England and Wales)


For more photos visit Flickr page
of the Catholic Church of England and Wales

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Commissioning at The Friars, Aylesford

On Saturday 2nd May 2015 Bishop Paul Mason, Auxiliary Bishop for Kent, and Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General, led the Commissioning Day.

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Bishop Paul started the day with a talk on the Eucharist and this special Ministry

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Monsignor Matthew Dickens presided at a period of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.

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After lunch Monsignor Matthew spoke of the role of the Extraordinary Minister and the rubrics, including the service of administering Holy Communion to the Sick and the essential requirements that need to be in place before staring this ministry and so therefore bringing together all the training that had been given in every parish

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Bishop Paul presided at the Mass assisted by Monsignor Matthew Dickens, during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates

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54 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were commissioned from Beckenham, Charlton, Dover, Greenwich, Hythe, Kew,Gardens, Maidstone,
Maidstone South, Mitcham, Northfleet,Parkwood & Wigmore, Purley, Rainham, Stockwell, Sutton, Sydenham, Sydenham Kirkdale, Walderslade and  West Malling

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More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Concert with Friar Alessandro, Voice From Assisi

On 6th May 2017 Friar Alessandro Brustenghi sung at a charity concert in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George to raise funds to support CAFOD’s East Africa Crisis Appeal and Caritas Bakhita House

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The musical director and pianist, Justin Harmer supported Friar Alessandro’s performance 

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and that of the supporting act, the soloist Jay Britton

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Archbishop Peter said I am delighted that Friar Alessandro has generously agreed to deliver a wonderful concert in the historic building of St George’s.  His vocation is a wonderful example of how we all can be inspired to live our faith and celebrate the joy of the gospel in the service of others.

A Concert with Friar Alessandro - Voice from Assisi


UK Pilar Father’s 25th Anniversary Mass

The Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier, popularly known as the Pilar Fathers, marked their 25 years in the UK this year with a celebration of Mass in Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George on Sunday 7th May 2017

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Archbishop Peter was the principle celebrant at Mass, joined by Bishop Howard Tripp, Monsignor Matthew Dickens VG, Fathers Lucas Rodrigues SFX, Anthony Manuel Fernandes SFX, and Patrick D'Souza SFX

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The altar servers where from the parish of SS. Peter & Paul, Mitcham

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Archbishop says medical help in
'hard cases' has its limits

Archbishop Peter Smith, has said that where medical treatment becomes disproportionate to any possible benefit, it is sometimes necessary to recognise the limitations of what can be done.

In these cases, proper palliative care for a sick person must be maintained, the archbishop said, while acknowledging that people are seeking to act with integrity and for what they believe to be their loved one’s good.

He was speaking in relation to the case of eight-month-old Charlie Gard, who has a rare genetic condition. Last month, a high court judge ruled that the boy’s life support should be withdrawn after specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London told the court they believed it was time to stop providing life support.

The boy’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, want to fly Charlie to the United States for an “experimental” treatment, but the court found it “very unlikely” the medical trial would improve his condition. They said they were “devastated” and were expected to apply to the Appeal Court to re-examine the decision.

Referring to the “tragic situation” of the baby, Archbishop Peter said that while those who are responsible for the boy’s medical care in the United Kingdom believe they have done all they can to help him, “it is completely understandable that his parents should want to pursue every possible chance of extending his life”.

However, he added: “Sadly, prolonged terminal illness is part of the human condition. We should never act with the deliberate intention to end a human life …We do sometimes, however, have to recognise the limitations of what can be done, while always acting humanely in the service of the sick person until the time of natural death occurs.”


Clergy Support Fund Campaign
Leaving a Legacy


Having rolled out presentations across almost all parishes in the Diocese over the past 2½ years, we very are pleased to announce a Spring / Summer Legacy Programme, during which we are offering literature to all parishioners who would like to find out more about how they can say ‘Thank you’ to our clergy after a lifetime of service to the Catholic community through a gift in their Will. 

Although the material is specifically geared towards our cause, it will be helpful to anyone considering the possibility of a gift to charity, for which there can be significant Inheritance Tax benefits.

We have decided to proceed with this new phase after receiving a number of legacy enquiries and also having heard many times over the past few years how central the Catholic faith is to the lives of parishioners and how valued the inspiration and support of our priests has been over many years.  Introductory leaflets will be circulated in parishes shortly, or you can make a request for further information by completing this leaflet and sending it to the Campaign Office.  A Freepost envelope in integrated within the leaflet.  You can also visit our website for further information: Southwark Clergy Support Fund - Leaving a Legacy

We would like to assure everyone that we respect their privacy and that all enquiries will be handled in the strictest of confidence. 

For further queries please telephone 020 7960 2500 and ask for Canon John Weatherill, Episcopal Vicar for Finance.

The Good Samaritan Mass

On 25th April 2017, the Good Samaritan Mass was concelebrated by Archbishop Peter along with Fathers Liam Gallagher, James Clark, and Fr Saju John, assisted by Deacons Javier Elderfield and Errol Quagraine at 
St George's Cathedral.

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In attendance were over 400 young people representing more than 20 Diocesan Secondary Schools, many of whom played an active role in the Mass. 


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The Good Samaritan Mass was organised as a joint effort of the Education Commission and the Westminster Catholic Children’s Society to celebrate all the charitable endeavours which occur in Diocesan Secondary Schools, with particular emphasis on fundraising and awareness of the Southwark Crisis Fund.


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The Southwark Crisis Fund was launched November 2015 by the Westminster Catholic Children’s Society and Archbishop Peter Smith and provides one-off grants to support families living in Southwark where a relatively small amount of funding can make a big difference.

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The good work the fund does is only possible with the continued fundraising efforts of the schools and parishes in the Southwark Diocese

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More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page


Concert with Friar Alessandro, Voice From Assisi



The much acclaimed Italian tenor “Voice from Assisi” Friar Alessandro, is visiting London in May. Archbishop Peter is pleased to be able to welcome Friar Alessandro to St George’s Cathedral for a fundraising concert. This will be an evening performance on Saturday 6th May, 7.45pm to 9.15pm (doors open at 7.15pm).
Entry is with a reserved ticket which can be booked at no charge via:
An appeal for donations will be made at the event and monies raised will go to support CAFOD’s East Africa Crisis Appeal and Caritas Bakhita House.
 
Friar Alessandro Brustenghi is a Franciscan Friar from Assisi and acclaimed international tenor.  His three CDs, entitled “Voice from Assisi”, “Voice of Joy” and “Voice of Peace” have been heard throughout the world.  He has performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London in a programme that was recorded for the BBC. “Voice from Assisi” was heard across America in a PBS special screened in March 2017.  His visit to St George’s RC Cathedral London in May precedes a tour in America.  friaralessandro.com

Chapter Mass on the Feast of Saint George


On Monday 24th April 2017 the Canons of the Cathedral Chapter and the  Honorary Canons celebrated the Feast of Saint George, Patron of the Cathedral Church, at a Mass offered by Bishop Pat

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More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page



We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world

On Good Friday 14th April 2017, Archbishop Peter presided at the Celebration of the Lord's Passion at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George Southwark

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More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page


Archbishop Peter presided at the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday evening at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George Southwark

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More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page



Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Michael Hayes

who died on 15th April 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details
His body will be received into the chapel in Mary Immaculate College
at 4pm on Tuesday 18th April,
and Evening Prayer will be said at 8pm


Wednesday 19th April at 12:30pm

Funeral Mass at St John's Cathedral, Cathedral Place,
Limerick, Ireland


Chrism Mass - Wednesday 12th April 2017



The Chrism Mass is the main annual liturgical celebration where people from all over the diocese gather to celebrate the Eucharist with the Archbishop. It took place in its customary venue of Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, home of Archbishop Peter’s episcopal Cathedra. It is the largest regular gathering of clergy based in the diocese, and this year over 250 were present for the Mass, in a very full Cathedral.

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Archbishop Peter at the beginning of the Mass

At this Holy Week Mass the Archbishop blesses and consecrates the three oils which will be used in the sacraments over the forthcoming year: the Oil of the Sick, the Oil of Catechumens, and the Sacred Oil of Chrism.

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Consecration of the Sacred Chrism

The priests who gathered with Archbishop Peter also renewed their ordination promises. The congregation was supported in their singing by the Diocesan Choir, formed by about 100 people from parishes around the diocese.

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The last part of the procession at the end of the Mass

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Meeting some of the Congregation after Mass

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"No Parking" - an unexpected visiting bicycle!



On Sunday 9th April 2017 Archbishop Peter Smith marked the beginning of Holy Week by celebrating the Mass of Palm Sunday with the clergy and congregation of the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

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Catholics and Lutherans hold joint service 500 years after the Reformation at the
Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

On Sunday 26th March a joint commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation was held at the Cathedral Southwark, hosted by  Archbishop Peter Smith

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The Archbishop of Birmingham and Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department of Dialogue and Unity, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley,

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and Bishop Martin Lind, Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain preached at the commemoration

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Catholics, Lutherans and Anglicans attended the commemoration service - including the Dean of the St George's Cathedral, the Dean of Southwark Anglican Cathedral, and the Archdeacon of Lewisham, National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Department for Dialogue and Unity, Canon John O'Toole - as well as Bishop Howard Tripp, auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Southwark

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Intersessions read by The Rev Susanne Freddin Skovhus and The Rev Canon John O'Toole


Blessed Oscar Romero Mass


On Friday 24th March 2017 Bishop Pat Lynch was the principal celebrant at a Mass to mark the memoria of Blessed Oscar Romero

Bishop Lynch was vested in a red chasuble originally made for the beatification ceremony and presented to the Cathedral by the Diocese of San Salvador he will also use the new collect prayer for Blessed Oscar Romero.

The intention at the Mass was for the repose of the soul of Bishop Michael Evans, former bishop of East Anglia, and for nearly 28 years priest of the diocese of Southwark, who had a great admiration and devotion for Oscar Romero, and was a founding trustee of the Archbishop Romero Trust.

The Archdiocese of Southwark is the only diocese of England to be granted Indult for Blessed Oscar Romero

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Bishop Pat was joined by several priests from the diocese as well as many from the Diocese of East Anglia.

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The Romero Cross, in a chapel in the North side of the Cathedral



Further details can found on the Trust's website www.romerotrust.org




On the 11th March the SSE Arena, Wembley, was once again filled with roughly 10,000 young catholics from across Great Britain. In attendance were also young people who had travelled from Gibraltar and Norway!
Around 1200 of the attended from Southwark alongside Bishop Paul Hendricks, so we were very well represented at the event, and with front row seats we had the best view in the house!



Cardinal Bo talked about the changes taking place in Myanmar and how “hope has no expiry date”, but this message of hope continued throughout the day with inspiring words from Sarah Teather from the Jesuit Refugee Service, and Leah and Ryan speaking about their trip to Lebanon with CAFOD.



Matt Redman lead the crowd through moments of joyful praise and quiet reflection with songs such as ‘We are the Free’ and of course, ’10,000 Reasons’ from which the theme of the day took it’s name.



Some amazing highlights from the day included a thought-provoking talk from Mike Pilavachi and a beautiful and challenging reflection from David Wells.



Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke about the upcoming synod entitled ‘Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment’, details of which are available www.catholicnews.org.uk/synod-youth-poll, and encouraged the young people to complete the survey.
The day finished with a time of prayer, reflection and Adoration; a powerful experience shared with 10,000 other young catholics.



Photos from the day can be found at www.cymfed.org.uk/flame2017 and videos are expected to be added soon.





Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Cyril Elkington

who died on 11th March 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details
Monday 3rd April at 11:00am
St Joseph's Church Bromley
1 Orchard Road, Bromley, BR1 2PR
020 8402 0459

His body will be received into the church Sunday 2 April at 16:30.
The burial will take place at Mortlake on Monday 3 April at 16:00.




Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Barry Angus

who died on 11th March 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details
Monday 10th April at 12noon
St. Thomas of Canterbury, Canterbury
59 Burgate, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2HJ
01227 462896



Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Deacon Michael Gould

who died on 7th March 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details
Thursday 30th March at 12.45pm
Sacred Heart Church
Knatchbull Road, Camberwell, SE5 9QS
020 7274 1908

Bishop Pat Lynch will be the principal celebrant of the Mass



Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster)
new services in Southwark Diocesan


The Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster) is now providing services for disadvantaged children and families throughout Southwark Diocese.   Archbishop Peter Smith has very much welcomed this development and has taken up the appointment of Vice-President to the Catholic Children’s Society (CCS) to underline his commitment to this new and exciting partnership. 

Southwark Crisis Fund 
CCS has launched a Crisis Fund which provides emergency financial assistance for families facing a crisis.  This fund can be applied to by any Headteacher or Parish Priest who has identified a family that is facing exceptional circumstances and would benefit from one-off financial support.  The application form is short and simple and CCS responds within 24 hours.

It is hoped that this fund will be sustained via local fundraising initiatives.  Every penny of any donations made to CCS by Southwark schools and/or parishes will go directly into the Crisis Fund and will only be spent in Southwark to support local families.  Free teaching resources are provided to support schools with fundraising and these can be downloaded from the CCS website: http://www.cathchild.org.uk/resources/resource/

Mental Health Services for Schools
CCS delivers a range of mental health services including:
  • Qualified and experienced counsellors and therapists working on-site in schools.
  • Mental health training sessions for school staff, helping to enhance their skills to identify and support pupils with mental health needs.
  • Rainbows Bereavement Support Programme training for schools, enabling key staff to deliver support groups for pupils who have experienced a significant loss in their lives. 
More information on these services can be found at CCS’s ConnectEd website: http://ccsconnected.org.uk/   


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father David Peter Hutton

who died on 1st March 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details

Tuesday 14th March 2017
5pm Reception of the Body at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hayes
 7.30pm Requiem Mass at Hayes BR2 7BX

Wednesday 15th March
11.30am Solemn Requiem Mass at St Michael & All Angels, Farnborough BR6 8NN
followed by burial in St Mary’s Churchyard, Hayes BR2 7LH
and then finger buffet reception at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hayes BR2 7BX

Concelebrants: Purple vestments
Clergy in Choir: Cotta & purple stole (for Holy Communion)

Family flowers only -
Donations in memory of Fr David are divided between the Bournemouth Oratory-in-Formation and
St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham
Cheques payable to ‘Rosary Church, Hayes’ should sent to The Treasurer at the Hayes Parish



Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion


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This annual ceremony for those on RCIA courses in the various parishes and chaplaincies took place on Saturday 4th March 2017 at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Southwark

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The Archbishop presided, assisted by Bishop Pat Lynch, Bishop Paul Hendricks and Bishop Paul Mason, along with Monsignor Matthew, the Vicar General and Deacon Peter Littleton

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This year the names of 212 catechumens were read out by Bishop Pat, Bishop Paul and Bishop Paul according to their area during the Rite of Election, and their names were enrolled in the Book of the Elect

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177 candidates also had their names read out during the Rite of the Call to Continuing Conversion.  Candidates are those, already Baptised, who are preparing to receive the final sacraments of initiation, Confirmation and Eucharist

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Archbishop Peter thanked the Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation, Dr Mark Nash and his staff, the Cathedral Dean, Father Richard Hern and all the Cathedral staff, along with the Diocesan Choir led by Canon Alan McLean and of course the Cathedarl altar servers for making the Rite of Election such a memorable Diocese occasion

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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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