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

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Archbishop Peter Smith
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Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Sean Hearty

who died on Saturday 2nd June 2018

May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements

Reception of Body
Wednesday 4th July at 17.30
Good Shepherd
Dunley Drive
New Addington
CR0 0RG

Vigil Mass
Wednesday 4th July at 19.30
Good Shepherd
New Addington

Funeral Mass
Thursday 5th July at 12 noon
Good Shepherd
New Addington

followed by burial at West Norwood Cemetery
 


Appointment of Director of Music 

at Saint George's Cathedral


We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Schranz has been appointed as the new Director of Music for St George's Cathedral, Southwark. 

Jonathan is a graduate of Churchill College, Cambridge and of the prestigious Royal Academy Choral Conducting course.  He currently enjoys a diverse conducting career and is an Associate Conductor for the National Youth Choirs of
Great Britain.

The Dean of St George's said of the appointment "Jonathan will bring a great deal to the role and I am confident that he will build upon the great work that his predecessor Norman Harper has done both in developing the choir and enhancing the music tradition at St George's Cathedral".

Jonathan will commence his role in January 2019 and we look forward to welcoming him.


Mass in Celebration of Marriage

'The Courage to be Happy'



Last Saturday, 16th June 2018, in St George's Cathedral, Archbishop Peter Smith and Southwark Clergy offered a Diocesan Mass in celebration of Marriage. Couples who are marking significant anniversaries this year, whether their 1st, 25th, 50th or beyond were invited to attend.



Couples, many of whom were specially attired for this celebratory service, heard readings from the book of Tobit, the first letter of John and the Gospel reading was the well-known passage from Wedding of Cana. (John 2. 1-11)



During the bidding prayers the congregation prayed for married couples throughout the world, especially those in areas affected by conflict and experiencing poverty, those considering marriage, alll separated and divorced, for young families and for those struggling with sickness.

During his homily, Archbishop Peter said 'True love gives rise to very practical demands and consequences'. He went on to quote Pope Francis:
'I am asking you to rebel against the culture
that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately
believes you are incapable of true love...
so have courage to swim against the tide...
and also the courage to be happy'.


He concluded the homily by asking all present to pray for those whose marriages have broken down, explaining that Pope Francis would want us to enfold them with love and compassion, not making any judgements but doing what we can to support them and bring healing.



Following the homily, couples were invited to renew their vows, saying the following words:

I renew with all my heart
the vows that I have made:
that you are my lawful wedded wife / husband,
to have and to hold
for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish
till death do us part.

At the end of the service the couples and their families received a blessing and were encouraged to 'be witnesses in the world to God's love'.

The Cathedral's Director of Music brought the service to a joyous conclusion by playing the popular Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.



Archbishop Peter met with couples outside St George's Cathedral 
after the Mass




Many couples and their families were specially dressed for the occasion



Several couples asked for their wedding rings to be blessed...



and brought family of all ages with them in order to join in
the celebration

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For further information:

Southwark Marriage and Family Life
Fr Graham Preston (Episcopal Vicar)
72 Paradise Street, London SE16 4QD
Tel: 020 7237 2969
email: glpreston@gmail.com

World Meeting of Families
On August 21-26 the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) will take place in Dublin. Its highlight is a visit by Pope Francis. During the WMOF, an important and joyful international gathering, there will be a wide-ranging progamme of talks and workshop. That’s in addition to exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances.
For more information visit the website: www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en


Centre for Catholic Formation: Golden Jubilee Lectures

On 19 June 1968, Archbishop Cyril Cowderoy opened the Centre for Catholic Formation with the aim of providing Catholic formation and training to the people of Southwark.
Consequently the CCF willl be celebrating their 50th anniversary.  The next lecture will take place on Friday 8th June, when Dr Caroline Farey will explore 'The Catechetical Journey'.  This will be folllowed on Thursday 14th June with a talk on GK Chesterton, delivered by Canon John Udris, who is the priest appointed to look after the cause for Chesterton's Canonisation.

Doors will open at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start and refreshments will be available. All are welcome and admission is free.

Please click here to find out additional Golden Jubilee talks this June.

A Jubilee Mass of thanksgiving will be celebrated on Saturday 23rd June at 3.30 pm in St Anslem's  RC Church, Tooting Bec. Archbishop Peter Smith will be the Principal Celebrant.                                                         


St. Columba - Southern Provinces Pilgrimage
to Aylesford


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Archbishop Peter Smith led the Knights of St. Columba, Southern Provinces Pilgrimage, to Aylesford.  The Knights came from five different Dioceses to their 52nd Pilgrimage to Aylesford. 

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At the end of the Mass the Archbishop blessed the newly restored ceramics of the angels in the shrine.  The ceramics were originally made by Adam Kossowski and were restored by the local potters Billy Byles and Alan Parris from Aylesford Pottery. 

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The Carmelite community are in the process of undertaking a major restoration of the Shrine, beginning with the roofs and the overflows.  Recently the Shrine, which was built by Adrian Gilbert Scott in the late 1950s/early 1960s, was granted Grade 2* listing.

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page


Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ



Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read at all Masses in the Diocese on the solemnity of Corpus Christi, the 3rd June 2018.
A PDF version of this letter is available by Clicking Here.
In his letter the Archbishop reminds us that the "Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ is perpetuated and remembered pre-eminently in the Eucharist".

He reflects also on the forthcoming Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress "Adoremus". This national gathering will take place in Liverpool later this year, 7th - 9th September. It is hoped that all Parishes in the Diocese will be represented at the Eucharistic Congress; recognising that not everyone can attend, only representatives, Archbishop Peter writes:

I invite and encourage every parish, every school and every community in the Archdiocese to engage with and explore the Congress themes because they all lead us into a deeper encounter with Jesus of Nazareth. I hope that as many parishes, schools and communities as possible will devote some time to prayer and Adoration in the coming months and especially during the Adoremus weekend in Liverpool, so that our deliberations in Liverpool and our reflections here at home are united together in prayer.

Click here and visit the Diocesan "Adoremus" page for details and for information about preparations here in Southwark. 

"Click here" to visit the National news, information and resouces page of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.


"The Good Shepherd Liturgy"

Mission Together celebrates 175 years with schools in the Archdiocese of Southwark at Aylesford Priory.

A sunny Aylesford Priory was the setting for Mission Together’s Good Shepherd liturgy on 23rd May 2018. A record number of pupils – over 1,200 – from across the Archdiocese of Southwark, gathered to celebrate being ‘children helping children’. They were joined by Bishop Pat Lynch and Missio National Director, Fr Anthony Chantry, who led the children in prayer, assisted by Fr Philip Baptiste and Aylesford Prior, Fr Francis Kemsley.


Southwark pupils celebrate the Good Shepherd Mass at Aylesford Priory

Each year schools supporting Mission Together, the Pope’s official children’s charity for overseas mission, unite to celebrate a year of prayer and sharing. Through scripture, reflections, song and dance, pupils share faith with one another, demonstrate their talents and remember that God’s love is for sharing with everyone, everywhere. This year is particularly special for Mission Together as schools mark 175 years of children around the world living out its motto: ‘children helping children'. 

When Mission Together was founded in France in 1843 by Bishop Charles de Forbin‐Janson he gave children the challenge of saying one prayer every day and giving a small coin every month for children living in poverty overseas. Since then the task has remained the same: to pray and to share. This year’s message from Pope Francis for the Mission Together children around the world reminds them: ‘When we give, we follow Jesus. When we follow Jesus we find peace and joy’.

Last year schools in Southwark raised over £8,500 for Mission Together. Thanks to them, children around the world who are living in poverty, learn that they are not forgotten. They know that there are children overseas who care about them, share with them, and who pray to God for them. This gives them hope for a better future.

Mission Together have expressed their heartfelt thanks to the children of Southwark for their generosity and joyful participation. In addition they would like to offer their thanks to all education staff and parents who helped prepare the young people with their performances as well as Aylesford Priory staff who assisted with the smooth and sucessful running of the day.

For further information on the work of this charity and the excellent resources available to schools and teachers, please visit: https://missiontogether.org.uk


Congratulations to our Jubilarians

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On the 22nd May 2018 at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Archbishop Peter presided at a Mass of thanksgiving for the many years of ministry of those who are celebrating significant anniversaries of their ordinations to priesthood and diaconate

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Fourteen Jubilarians and their guests joined Archbishop Peter for the celebration of Mass and for lunch in Archbishop's House

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Please keep all our Jubilarians and fellow clergy in your prayers

Diamond Jubilarians
Reverend Canon Colm Acton
Most Reverend Michael Bowen
Reverend John Hartley
Reverend Canon Francis Mooney
Reverend Patrick Murtagh

Golden Jubilarians
Reverend Canon David Caine
Reverend Patrick Cannon
Reverend Monsignor Edward Hill
Reverend James Hurley
Reverend Canon Thomas McHugh

Ruby Jubilarians
Reverend Monsignor Canon James Cronin
Reverend Michael Jones
Reverend William Keogh
Reverend Luke Marappillil
Reverend Canon Alan McLean
Reverend Canon John O'Toole
Reverend Canon Edward Perera

Silver Jubilarians
Reverend Deacon John Boughton
Reverend Patrick Feyisetan
Reverend Deacon James Hayes
Reverend Deacon James Sheahan
Reverend Julian Shurgold
Reverend Patrick Udotai
Reverend Deacon Gerald Watkins




Blessing of the new roof in Woolwich

In 1841 Father Coles opened a subscription list in order to raise funds to build the new church in Woolwich; the Church was designed by Augustus Pugin, and built on land donated by the government of the day

180518 - Woolwich Blessing of Roof

On 26 October 1842 the foundation stone was laid by Dr Griffiths, Bishop of the London District. Exactly a year later the new church was opened by the retired Bishop Dr Morris (formerly Bishop in Mauritius). The planned tower was never built, although Canon Monk had a special fund for it as late as 1950

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With the construction bill finally paid, the first anniversary of the dedication of the church was solemnly celebrated on 27 October 1844. The Masses were well attended by 4,000 Catholics in Woolwich, with the Catholic solders from Woolwich barracks marching down for the 9:30 Mass.
Nothing lasts forever, over the last 20 plus years the roof had been leaking causing damage to the fabric of the building, and repairs costs mounted up.  The inner cladding of the roof started to fall down and netting had to be put up in the church to protect the congregation.  Father Michael Branch made the decision a new roof was needed and fund raising began.

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The cost was enormous because of the size of the building and the fact it is a grade 2 listed building, lottery funding was sought and a £200,000 grant was awarded.  Specialist builders were approached and PAYE was awarded the contract to replace or repair the time damaged stonework and the roof with the work taking almost a year.

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On Friday 18th May Archbishop Peter Smith came to Woolwich to bless the new roof during a Mass and it is hoped that with Archbishop Peter’s blessing and God’s help the beautiful church will stay dry for another 175 years

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Click here for more history of St. Peter the Apostle - Woolwich


A Service of Thanksgiving

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On Friday 18th May 2018 The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George hosted a service of thanksgiving for those who have donated their bodies for medical education, training and research

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This was the first time this annual event had been held in the Cathedral and was dedicated to all those who donated their bodies during the past year and who have thus contributed, even after death, to the benefit of future generation.

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180518 - Thanksgiving Service for donated bodies for medical research

This generous act was acknowledged by the staff and students at Brighton + Sussex Medical School, Imperial College London, King's College London, Queen Mary University of London, St George's University of London and University College London

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Music was provided by the Conductor and Choir of King's College London accompanied by the Director of Music of the Cathedral, Mr Norman Haper.
The Ushers were from Brighton and Sussex Medical School

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The final blessing was given by Canon Richard Hearn - Dean of the Cathedral

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page


Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Committees launched for Southwark

Two groups of lay people, sent as delegates by parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Southwark, have been in formation and training during the past three months as part of the development of Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Committees during this year of the National Eucharistic Congress.

These were organised and conducted by Brendan Cleary of the Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration at the invitation of Archbishop Peter Smith, with the support of the bishops and priests of the Diocese.

The two Diocesan Committees were comissioned at Masses offered by Bishop Patrick Lynch at St Anselm's, Tooting Bec, for London South, and by Bishop Paul Mason at The Hermitage, West Malling, for the Kent Pastoral Area on Saturday 5th May 2018.



These Adoration Committees are equipped and trained to set up a system of viable weekly Adoration in parishes of the Archdiocese, subject to the invitation of parish priests.  Where a previous system of Adoration exists in a parish, the task undertaken will be strengthen and expand it.

A substantial numbers of parishes of the Archdiocese have promptly requested a future weekend presentation, or renewal, from one of the diocesan teams, at a date to be agreed.  It is expected that there will be a great uptake from still more parishes in the weeks ahead and contact teams are now available to respond to parishes at they make contact.

Application forms are available to parishes through their bishop's office:

Kent Adoration
The Secretary, The Hermitage, More Park, West Malling, Kent ME19 6HN
Email: bishoppaulmason@gmail.com

South West Adoration
Send to: 95 Carshalton Road, Sutton, Surrey SM1 4LL
Email: bishop.hendricks@gmaill.com

South East Adoration
Send to: Park House, 6a Creswelll Park, Blackheath, London SE3 9RD
Email: bishoplynch7@btinternet.com

Mass for new Catholics

On Saturday 12th May 2018 at 11 am the Mass for new Catholics took place at St George's Cathedral.  A congregation of those who entered the Church over the Easter period gathered to celebrate their Faith.

  

Readings were given by Dr Mark Nash and Pierpaolo Finaldi of the Centre for Catholic Formation and Archbishop Peter Smith gave the homily in which he offered the newly baptised and confirmed these words:

'We can never predict what we will meet on our journey
of faith, but we believe that throughout our journey the
Holy Spirit is with us at every moment, leading us and
guiding us, often in hidden ways. As we heard in the
reading from the Acts of the Apostles, the Holy Spirit
empowered St. Paul to remain faithful despite his
looming martyrdom in Rome'.


The Archbishop went on to say that through the gift of the Holy Spirit, whose coming we will shortly celebrate at the Feast of Pentecost (Sunday 20th May) we may deepen our faith, awaken our strengths and ask for the inspiration to produce spiritual fruit that will last.       



10th Anniversary Service for Jimmy Mizen

A full St George's Cathedral was host to a Memorial Service for Jimmy  Mizen, who lost his life 10 years ago following an altercation.

The Jimmy Mizen Foundation has been set up with the intention of building a legacy of peace in Jimmy's honour, and as Cardinal Vincent Nicholas, who is their Patron, has said

'Building a legacy of peace is a fine project. Yet like all grand projects it is made up of many small steps, many small bricks.  
A legacy is something lasting. It is, therefore, more than a
vision or intention.  It is a construction, something put
together so that it lasts.
'

During the service powerful words were offered by friends about the legacy, in particular about the three Good Hope Cafes that have been established with the intention of creating safe spaces for young people to grow up in.



Margaret, Barry and Danny Mizen reflected on the ten-year journey since Jimmy's death and spoke positively about plans for the next 10 years. The couple appealed for young people and communities to come together to stop violence, particularly in London.  

Archbishop Peter Smith spoke of the need to assure young people that they are valuable and precious in God's eyes and encouraged alll gathered to think of how we can show each other love, forgiveness and compassion.                                           



During the service, which was accompanied by music led by Canon Alan McLean, ten large candles were lit to represent each anniversary year.

After the service the congregation enoyed talking in the sunshine on the Cathedral forecourt, having been encouraged to meet the challenges facing us all in the pursuit of peace.


Abp Peter Smith talks to Sadiq Khan & a pupil from Notre Dame School whilst the Dean of the Cathedral, Canon Richard Hearn, talks to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick.

More photographs of this event are available our Flickr page




The Director of Education

I am pleased to announce the appointment of our new Diocesan Director of Education.  Following the recruitment process over the last few months, Dr Simon Hughes has been appointed as successor to Dr Anne Bamford.  We are expecting him to take up his post in late July.

Simon has many years of experience in Catholic education, having taught in Catholic primary and secondary schools.  More recently he has had great experience of working in higher education, leadership development and as an Ofsted Inspector.  You can find more details of his history and experience in the brief biography attached.

I would also take this opportunity to thank Stephen Bryan for his dedication and energy over the last year in his role as Interim Director.  I am most grateful to him and to all education staff for their hard work and dedication, particularly whilst awaiting the appointment of a new Director.
+Peter Smith
Archbishop of Southwark

Dr Simon Hughes' Biography

Annual Migrants' Mass 2018

DSC02729 On Monday 7th May 2018, the Dioceses of Southwark, Brentwood and Westminster, through their respective Justice and Peace Comissions, held a Mass at St George's Cathedral for all migrants and refugees. The Mass was preceeded at 10.45am by a colourful banner procession. Archbishop Peter Smith was the Principal Celebrant. He was joined by Archeparch Menghesteab Tesfamariam of Asmara, Erirea, Bishop Alan Williams of Brentwood, Bishop Paul McAleenan Auxiliary bishop in Westminster, Bishop Pat Lynch Auxilary bishop of Southwark, several priests and deacons, and almost 750 people in the congragation.

During the Mass a specially formed choir led the congregation in singing worship songs from around the world. At the beginning of the Mass Sean Ryan MBE of Caritas Salford spoke introducing Samara a recent refuge that Caritas is supporting. Just befor the Mass concluded Ansel Wong of the Windrush Foundation addressed the congregation.

Prayers at the Shrine of St Frances-Xavier CabriniBefore and after Mass many people visited the Shrine of St Frances-Xavier Cabrini. She spent much of her life bringing the Gospel to European migrants seeking a better life in America and founded schools orphanges, hospitals and social centres on an international basis.  She died in Chicago in 1917, was canonised in 1946 and made the Universal Patroness of Migrants in 1950 by Pope Pius XII.
For more photos visit our Flickr Page


Bishop Paul Hendricks visits The Friars - Aylesford




On Saturday 5th May 2018 Bishop Paul presided at the Mass for the pilgrimage for the Legion of Mary to the Friars in Aylesford



This was the first time the new blue vestments were used by the community and visiting clergy

Greenwich Deanery Clergy celebrate
Fr Jim Kirby’s ministry

The Greenwich Deanery Clergy gathered on Sunday 29th April 2018 in fraternity and thanksgiving for the ministry of Fr Jim Kirby on the occasion of his retirement. Bishop Patrick presented Fr Jim with a cheque of £1000 from the Greenwich Deanery.

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Tributes to Fr Jim followed by Bishop Patrick Lynch and the Dean of Greenwich, Fr Richard Plunkett. Both highlighted Fr Jim’s holiness and outstanding priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Southwark, especially as Parish Priest of St Joseph’s, Shooters Hill

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Fr Jim will enjoy his well earned retirement in his beloved Ireland. His successor Fr Seba, former chaplain to the Tamil Community in the UK, was among the gathered clergy.

Archbishop Peter at the Friars - Aylesford


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On Sunday 29th April Archbishop Peter joined the community at the Friars to celebrate Mass

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Rosary on the Coast


 Archbishop Peter Smith has endorsed Rosary on the Coast, which at the time of writing has 321 locations around the UK coast and inland participating in a service at 3 pm on Sunday 29th April 2018.  The aim is to encourage a re-flourishing of faith, respect for life and peace in the British Isles.  It follows successful similar events in both Poland and Ireland.

Archbishop Peter said of the event:

“Rosary on the Coast encourages us to join with others
in deep meditation on the mysteries of the Incarnation
as seen through the eyes of Our Blessed Lady reminding
us to look, as she does, with eyes of love on all creation
in its diversity and richness, remembering that we are all
equally held in Our Father’s love.  All the stages of life
from birth to death are gifts of His Grace, to be cherished
and enjoyed.

O Holy Mother of God pray for us sinners, now and at the
hour of our death.”


For those that wish to attend a service there is an interactive map of locations taking part, including many in and around Southwark Dioces. For this informatiion and more details about Rosary on the Coast, Click here.


St George's Cathedral

 On Monday 23rd April St  George's Cathedral  honoured its Patronal Feast  Day and celebrated the  Solemnity of St George.  Friends and Parishioners  joined the Archbishop,  Chapter Canons and  Cathedral Clergy for Mass in  the evening. A relic of St  George was placed in St  George's Chapel and this  was venerated with  reverence by both clergy and laity directly after the Mass. A lively and enjoyable reception followed afterwards in Amigo Hall.

The following morning the Good Samaritan Mass took place, at which Archbishop Peter thanked those assembled for raising money during the year for the Crisis Fund, which is administered by the Catholic Children's Society in Westminster. He explained that the fund exists to help families in need and that supporting those in need enables us to eminently fulfill the second Great Commandment to 'love your neighbour as yourself'. The Archbishop elucidated that the parable of The Good Samaritan offers a perfect example of a person who takes care of someone he does not know, but to whom he is compelled to offer help through compassion

The Good Samaritan: (Luke 10.25-37)

More photos can be viewed online of these and other events.  Click here.
 




Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Michael Murphy

who died on Wednesday 11th April 2018

May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements

Funeral Mass

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 12.30pm

St George's Cathedral
Lambeth Road
020 7928 5256



Vocations Sunday: 22 April 2018

Sunday 22nd April is the World Day of Vocations.  A vocation to the priesthood, diaconate or relgious life is one of listening and careful discernment. The calling may come suddenly in a moment of great clarity and certainty but more often that not develops gradually over a period of time. As the Pope explains in his Vocations Day Message for 2018:

'The Lord continues to call others to live with him and to follow him in a relationship of particular closeness. He continues to call others to serve him directly. If he lets us realize that he is calling us to consecrate ourselves totally to his kingdom, then we should have no fear! It is beautiful – and a great grace – to be completely and forever consecrated to God and the service of our brothers and sisters.'

If you feel you may have a calling to priesthood, diaconate or relgious life and would like to discuss or explore the matter, please talk to your priest in the first instance.  Alternatively, please speak to a member of the Vocations Team through Fr John Diver, Diocesan Director of Vocations, on 020 8300 2480, e-mail: southwarkpriest@gmail.com

We ask all Southwark parishioners to pray for vocations and for those discerning their vocation throughout the year, but especially this weekend.

Prayer for Vocations

God our Father, you made each of us
to use our gifts in the Body of Christ.

We ask that You inspire people
who you calll to priesthood and consecrated life
to courageously follow Your will.

Send workers into Your great harvest
so that the Gospel is preached,
the poor are served with love,
the suffering are comforted,
and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Social Justice and the Common Good

On Saturday 21st April 2018, as part of their Annual Study Day, the RC Southwark Commission for Christian Unity will hold a joint event with the Justice, Peace and Ingregrity of Creation Department of Southwark Anglican Diocese. The theme will be 'Social Justice and the Common Good' and will focus on issues that affect us all, in particular, homelessness, peace and the environment.

There will be a range of speakers from Pax Chriisti, CSAN, Housing Justice and Cafod Southwark, amongst others. Bishop Paul Hendricks will also attend the day and give the closing speech.

All are very welcome at St Hugh's Anglican Church on Crosby Row SE1 between 10 am - 3 pm for a thought provoking and rewarding day of talks and discussion. To book please email: office@southwarkjandp.co.uk 

Sharing in His Life: CCF Lecture Series

On Thursday 19th April at 7 pm in Amigo Hall, Mark Nash, the Director of Southwark's CCF (Centre for Catholic Formation) will be holding a talk entitled 'Eucharist and the Mission of the Church'.  

This is the second in a series of five lectures called 'Sharing in his Life', which centres around the Eucharist.  

As we prepare for Adoremus, the National Eucharistic Congress which will take place in Liverpool this September, these lectures are an opportunity to learn more about this key aspect of our Faith. The lectures will also be a helpful aid to all parish delegates that have been asked to attend the Congress, with a view to rolling out the fruits of Adoremus in their own parish, schools and wider community.

For further information on the series visit the CCF website.

Find out how to get to St George's Cathedral and Amigo Hall


 

Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Visits Woolwich

Father Michael Branch, parish priest of St Peter's the Apostle, Woolwich, and the South East Area Bishop Pat Lynch, were delighted to welcome the Duke of Gloucester last Wednesday, 11th April. 
The Duke's visit marked the completion of work to replace 175-year-old roofslates and tons of weathered stonework on this historic church, the oldest of three London Catholic churches designed by Augustus Pugin. 



Members of the parish heritage group led the Duke on a tour of the church interior, including a newly-formed exhibition.  As a former architect himself, the Duke also took a close interest in photographs of the church refurbishment work, discussing these with the architect and the representative of the main contractor. 



All wearing hard hats, the party went on to the upper hall of Pugin Place, the adjacent community centre, originally designed in 1858 as the parish school by Edward Pugin, eldest son of Augustus.  His splendid hammer-beam roof was admired in spite of the risk from the fragile 160-year-old plaster between the rafters. 



The Duke wished the parish well in their efforts to raise funds for the refurbishment of this hall, to restore it for community use.
Afterwards Fr Michael said “It was great to have the importance of our parish history and heritage recognised by this royal visit.  The Duke also gave a wonderful morale boost for our efforts to bring Pugin Place back into full community use”.


Be a Voice for Migrants

On Monday 7th May 2018, St George's Cathedral, Southwark, will host a Mass for Migrants at 11 am with a preceding Banner Procession from 10.45 am. This is a lively and colouful service which jointly celebrates the diversity of Westminster, Brentwood and Southwark Dioceses. Archbishop Peter Smith will be Principal Celebrant this year.

The first music rehearsal for the Mass  will take place on Saturday 14th April from 2 pm - 5 pm in Amigo Hall, Lambeth Road SE1.

If you enjoy singing and would like to lend your voice to this special service please contact the Music Co-ordinator for the Mass, Frances Novillo: Email: francesnovillo@yahoo.co.uk or Tel: 07714 204 201.

You do not need to be able to read music but we would be grateful if you could let Frances know in advance if you plan to attend the rehearsal.

For further information please follow this link: Francesnovilllo.org.uk


Adoremus Talk

On Thursday 12 April 2018 the eminent New Testament scholar and acclaimed author, Fr Nicholas King SJ, will give a talk in preparation for Adoremus, the National Eucharistic Congress that will take place in Liverpool this September.

The theme of the talk will be 'Scripture and Eucharist - Get a Life!'  It will
take place at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre at
Sacred Heart RC Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon SW19. All are very welcome.
For more details on Adoremus click here


Apostolic Exhortation: Gaudete et Exsultate

On the Feast on the Annunciation of the Lord, when we are called upon to 'become partakers of His divine nature', Pope Francis has promulgated a new Apostolic Exhortation concerned with the call to holiness entitled Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad).  

As Pope Francis explains 'Holiness is as diverse as humanity; the Lord has in mind a particular path for each believer, not just the clergy, the consecrated, or those who live a contemplative life. We are all called to holiness, whatever our role, by living our lives with love and bearing witness, and in the everyday turning to God.'... Holiness keeps you faithful to your deepest self, free from every form of enslavement, and bearing fruit for our world.  

To watch a short video explaining the nature of the Exhortation folllow this link


Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign in Nigeria



We have received a wonderful update from the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Archdiocese of Benin, Nigeria.  

They report that 7,864 adults and young people in parishes, schools and a variety of outstations in the Archdiocese of Benin have attended their presentations about the dangers of human trafficking in the past two months alone.

This welcome news has been made possible as a result of the generosity of Southwark Parishioners, CBCEW Santa Marta Group and a number of private donors in our Diocese who have helped to raise £45,000 in order to increase awareness of Human Trafficking, which Pope Francis has described as 'an open wound on the body of contemporary society'.

Thank you to all who have supported the Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign in Nigeria, thereby helping to stem this cruel cycle of exploitation.  If you would like to find out more visit: http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk/trafficking.htm

The Manna Centre

 On the morning of Thursday 5th April,  Monsignor Matthew Dickens, the Vicar  General of the Archdiocese of Southwark,  paid a visit to the Manna Centre at its newly  refurbished premises in Melior Street. The  Manna Society has run the Centre since  1982, supporting homeless people in the  heart of London. It was founded by  Nannette Ffrench who saw the plight of the homeless people in and around London SE1 and wanted to do something to help them.  Following a discussion with Bishop Henderson, one of the Auxilliary Bishops of Southwark at the time, a property was found and a building at 6 Melior Street, SE1, was given freely by the Diocese.

The Manna Day Centre is now based at 12 Melior Street, London SE1 3QP and is open from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm, seven days a week, 51 weeks a year.

Today the Centre continues to help between 120 - 150 homeless and disadvantaged people every day by providing breakfast and lunch, meals, showers, clothing, housing, welfare advice, medical care and access to computers.  About 50 % sleep rough, 25% are in socially rented accommodation and the remaining 25% are in a hostel or stay with friends. What they all share in common is poverty and often loneliness.

The Centre is always looking for support. From a financial point of view, assistance is needed to help defray costs, whilst clothing needs to be passed on to those who come to the Centre.  Volunteers are also required to help the Centre carry out its work.  

Further details can be read here about the work of the Manna Centre can be read here and you are warmly invited to visit the their website: www.mannasocietyorg.uk

Easter Services


We wish you and your family a blessed Easter.  We have travellled together from Palm Sunday to the Crucifixion and now have the joy of experiencing the Resurrection.  As Pope St John Paul II once said 'We are the Easter People and Hallelujah is our song'.

We are pleased to share a smalll number of photographs from Holy Week at St George's Cathedral, but more can be found by visiting our Flickr page.

Why not share photos of your own parish church at Easter on Twitter?  If you worship in Southwark, mention your church's name and area on the tweet and include @RC_Southwark in the text. Please ask the permission of your parish priest in the first instance.  Thank you!



Archbishop Peter and Canon Richard Hearn (Cathedral Dean)



A resplendent Cathedral on Easter Day



The Paschal Candle is lit and Exultet is sung at the Easter Vigil



St George's Cathedral Choir beautifully enhanced the Easter Liturgies



A full Cathedral, including a number of the Elect who came into the Church at the Easter Vigil



The Sub-Dean, Fr Ola Craig, and Cathedral Parishioners read the
Passion on Good Friday



Archbishop Peter Smith at the washing of feet on Maundy Thursday



Clergy process to the Sanctuary at the start of the Chrism Mass
Photo: M. Mazur



Archbishop Peter Smith blesses the Eucharistic gifts.  The three oils which are blessed and consecrated at the Chrism Mass stand before the altar. Photo: M. Mazur



The Archbishop gives the Homily on Palm Sunday, with Palms and the beautiful Crucifixion window in the background.  


Chrism Mass & Holy Week Services


Thank you to all who attended the Chrism Mass at St George's Cathedral on 28 March. Despite the initial inclement weather, both priests and laity kindly filled the Cathedral both physically and spiritually. The Chrism Mass is a solemn occasion but today was also full of joy and roof-raising singing!  A few related videos will appear on the RC Southwark You Tube account in the near future so please keep your eyes on our Twitter feed for announcements (link below the left hand picture of Archbishop Peter Smith). You can also view a record of the day's events on our Flickr page.

 If you would like to attend a Holy Week  Service but are not sure where your local  Catholic Church is located, please visit this link  to see the full list of parishes throughout  Southwark, or visit the Parishes list on the  right hand side of this page. Each church will  offer details on their website or have a  phone line on which services are listed.



Director of Education

Competitive salary and benefits
Full-time, permanent

The Edcuation Commission is currently looking to recruit a new Director of Education.
The Director of Education’s role is to promote and manage the educational work of the Archdiocese by providing effective leadership and direction to the Education Commission in the development and implementation of a strategy and on-going management of the team, which delivers on the Archbishop’s core principles of Catholic education. 
The core requirement for the role is experience of education resources and curriculum management within a comparable organisation, local authority, school or further education setting. It is also essential that the post-holder is able to bring a credible level of understanding of the beliefs and traditions that underpin the work of the Catholic Church in the UK and that inform the development of Catholic education in schools.
It will also be important to be able to see the bigger picture and bring an understanding of the accountabilities and pastoral role of the Diocese in the lives of the people and communities it serves beyond its schools.
This is a senior role within the Archdiocese and as such is expected to work collaboratively with all other senior managers within the Archdiocese to meet the requirements of the Trustees.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (No. 1173050) and is run by a Board of Trustees led by the Archbishop, who are responsible for determining the strategic direction of the Diocese. 

Application is by way CV and a Supporting Statement.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact:

Simon Lloyd, Director, on 07961 988 523 or email simon.lloyd@nfpconsulting.co.uk 

Closing date: Tuesday 3rd April
Interview dates (TBC): Tuesday 10th April and Monday 23rd April



Director of Music

St George's Cathedral


The post of Director of Music at St George's Cathedral will fall vacant in January 2019 on the retirement of Norman Harper.  A highly qualified and experienced musician is sought to take charge of an active and successful Music Department.

Please click here for a Job Description
Enquiries and applications to sarah.wood@finance-rcdsouthwark.org

Closing date: Monday 7 May 2018.  Interviews from 21 May 2018.




Mass of Chrism

Holy Week 2018 begins on Sunday 25th March with the celebration of Palm Sunday. The annual diocesan gathering for the Chrism Mass will be on Wednesday 28th March, at St George's Cathedral, Southwark. The Clergy procession starts at approximately 11.15am, and the Mass begins at 11.30am.

It is during this Mass that the Archbishop will bless the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens, and consecrate the Sacred Chrism. After Mass these Oils are taken back to all the parishes in the diocese for use during the coming year.
The Roman Missal describes this Mass, which the Archbishop concelebrates with his presbyterate as "...a manifestation of the Priests' communion with their Bishop" and so well-nigh 200 clergy will join this celebration, together with people from all over the Diocese.  
This public Mass is open to all and is usually very well attended, so seating may be limited.

Oscar Romero Feast Day

Pope Francis has recently approved a decree recognising a miracle which has been attributed to Blessed Oscar Romero. This has opened the door for the Salvadorian Martyr to be canonised.

Please join us for the forthcoming Mass at 12.30 pm on Saturday 24th March in Saint George's Cathedral, Southwark.

Archbishop Peter Smith will be the principle celebrant and Bishop John Rawsthorne will be preaching.
This event also offers an opportunity for all gathered to visit the Romero Shrine, which is located on the South Aisle of the Cathedral. All are welcome.

The River of Life: an Adoremus Concert

This concert is centred around the theme 'The River of Life.  

Water is an important symbol within the Sacraments and  also a key feature of the Diocese, bordered as it is by the sea and the River Thames. The concept will be an important part of how the Diocese is represented at the Adoremus National Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage to Liverpool in September this year.

Massed schools from around the Diocese, under the baton of Natalie Christian John, will take their audience on a journey from Lent to Easter. The programme will include pieces such as ' Now behold the Lamb' and a special arrangement of 'You raise me up'. Tickets will be £8 and will be available on the door.


Born for This




The Southwark Catholic Youth Chaplaincy and Aylesford Priory present 'BORN FOR THIS': a dramatised depiction of The Stations of the Cross and a great way to prepare for Easter.

Young people from across the Diocese will be taking part: please join them for this time of prayer and reflection. Admission Free.

 Papal Initiative: "24 Hours for the Lord"

9th and 10th March

This year Pope Francis is again inviting us join together to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament in his initiative '24 Hours for the Lord''. The 2018 theme is “With you is forgiveness” from Psalm 130:4.

Several churches in the diocese are arranging special time for Adoration on the 9th / 10th March, and offering the opportunity to "celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration" as the Pope mentioned in his message for Lent 2018. Click Here for the current list of venues.

Young People and the 2018 Synod


This day is for adults that accompany young people and offers some insights to the preparation material for the Synod.  We will also look at how we engage with and support young people in our communities in a practical way. Workshops on the day will also provide some insight into the resources available. 

The day runs from 10:30am - 4:30pm. Please bring a packed lunch.

Please let jean@scys.org.uk know if you’re joining us, or call 01227 272900

For a timetable for the day, information on the Synod, including the
'Life to the Full' guidance booklet for young people, click here.
 

Human Trafficking Awareness and Livelihood Campaign



Our Diocesan newspaper, The Pilgrim, will soon be published and available shortly in parishes.  Amongst the features this month will be an article on Human Trafficking, which the Church is dedicated to ending.
Please click here to find out more about Southwark's response to this call.


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.

Please click on the logo above to visit this page.

 

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