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

   

Archbishop Peter Smith

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

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Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Peter Ryman

who died on 18th June 2017

May he rest in peace




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


Knights of St Columba from the Southern Provinces


170611 - KSC Pilgrimage to Aylesford

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.


170611 - KSC Pilgrimage to Aylesford

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

170611 - KSC Pilgrimage to Aylesford


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.

170611 - KSC Pilgrimage to Aylesford


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.

170611 - KSC Pilgrimage to Aylesford

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 

2017 Annual Marriage Anniversary Mass

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

2017 Annual Marriage Anniversary Mass

All couples renewed their wedding vows

2017 Annual Marriage Anniversary Mass


2017 Annual Marriage Anniversary Mass

The celebration continued in the Amigo hall with light refreshment

2017 Annual Marriage Anniversary Mass

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

170604 - Confirmation in the Cathedral

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

170604 - Confirmation in the Cathedral

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

170604 - Confirmation in the Cathedral


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
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 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)


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are looking for an
ADVISER for CATECHESIS and ADULT FORMATION
to join the Centre for Catholic Formation team, based in Tooting Bec.

Accountable to the Director, the job holder will be committed to working collaboratively with colleagues in the development and delivery of educational materials for evangelization, adult formation and parish catechesis.
This will include planning and organising specific conferences/events and courses for parish or deanery clergy, catechists and others involved in parish ministry; assisting in teaching/delivery of specific courses; working closely with local clergy encourage the appointment and formation of local catechists and co-ordinators of particular areas of catechesis (eg RCIA); advising on materials and resources for RCIA, catechesis and adult formation; participating in and contributing to CCF Study and Prayer Days; building good relationships with other diocesan agencies and ecumenical and inter religious relationships.
The ideal candidate will be a practising Catholic with previous experience in catechesis and/or adult formation. He/she will have previous experience in the design and delivery of educational materials and have outstanding communication skills at all levels. A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office is essential.
This is a full time role which will include some evenings and weekends.
Salary range - £30,000 to £35,000 depending on skills and experience.
For more information and to apply please contact sarah.wood@finance-rcdsouthwark.org by the closing date of Friday 2nd June 2017. Interviews will be held on 13th June 2017


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

A Concert with Friar Alessandro - Voice from Assisi

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

A Concert with Friar Alessandro - Voice from Assisi

and that of the supporting act, the soloist Jay Britton

A Concert with Friar Alessandro - Voice from Assisi

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

170507 - UK Pilar Father’s 25th Anniversary Mass

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

170507 - UK Pilar Father’s 25th Anniversary Mass

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

170507 - UK Pilar Father’s 25th Anniversary Mass


170507 - UK Pilar Father’s 25th Anniversary Mass


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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170413 - Maunday Thursday

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,

170328 - Catholics and Lutherans hold joint service 500 years after Reformation at the Cathedral

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

170328 - Catholics and Lutherans hold joint service 500 years after Reformation at the Cathedral

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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