News Archive for 2009 - January

In the Year of Saint Paul ...

The Conversion of Saint Paul
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573-1610)
Santa Maria del Populo, Rome.

Sunday, 25th January, is the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.
In this Pauline Year, Archbishop Kevin has decreed that in Southwark
a Plenary Indulgence may be obtained in every Church and Chapel in the Diocese by those who attend Mass or other Solemn Prayers in honour of Saint Paul on the Vigil and Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, 24th and 25th January 2009, and fulfil the usual conditions.

Read Archbishop Kevin's decree for details

Vatican channel opens on

Friday, 23rd January 2009

At 11:00 am this morning the Vatican opened its own video channel on YouTube. The channel offers news coverage of the main activities of the Holy Father and of relevant Vatican events. It is updated daily.

In this year’s World Communications Day message, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, invites young people to embrace the new ‘digital landscape’ to announce the good news.  “It falls, in particular, to young people, who have an almost spontaneous affinity for the new means of communication, to take on the responsibility for the evangelization of this “digital continent”.  Be sure to announce the Gospel to your contemporaries with enthusiasm”. 

Visit the Vatican's YouTube channel:


Celebrating the Year of Saint Paul at Deptford

On Wednesday, 21st January 2009, the Missionaries of Saint Paul held a day of celebration and thanksgiving at the Church of the Assumption in Deptford. In the morning, Father Casmir Dike MSP, Mission Superior and Parish Priest of Saints Philip and James, Herne Hill, was joined by Missionaries of Saint Paul from around the country. In the afternoon, a wider group of priests and people, especially from parishes in which the MSP Fathers serve, joined them to share their celebration. Father John O'Toole, Director of the Christian Education Centre, gave a talk on Saint Paul which was followed by Mass with Bishop Patrick as the Principal Celebrant. Bishop Paul and Father Casmir were among the concelebrants. The day ended with a reception supper.

Hosting the day were Father Eustace Durugbo MSP, Parish Priest, Father Augustine Franklin MSP and the parishioners of Deptford.

Fathers of the Missionaries of Saint Paul currently serve in six parishes in our diocese: Cathedral, Balham, Beckenham Hill, Bermondsey South, Deptford and Herne Hill.

Page of photos with a synopsis of Father John's talk

The full text of Father John's talk

Visit the website of the Missionaries of Saint Paul


Filipino communities gather to honour Santo Niño

On Sunday, 18th January 2009, Bishop Patrick joined Filipino communities from the diocese who gathered at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Brixton to honour Santo Niño, a statue of the Child Jesus which has been venerated in the Philippines since 1521. The Feast is celebrated there on the third Sunday of January.

In his homily, Bishop Patrick told the congregation: 'Your presence and work in hospitals and care homes is deeply appreciated.'

Bishop Patrick is in charge of the Church's refugee policy in England and Wales and will call on the Government to amend new immigration rules which make it more difficult for migrants from the Philippines to work in this country. Under the new points system immigrants from outside the European Union who wish to work in health and social care will find it harder to obtain a visa.

More photos on Our Ethnic Communities homepage

This celebration was held on the World Day for Migrants and Refugees.

The Holy Father's Message for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees:
St Paul migrant 'Apostle of the peoples'


Unity and Peace ...

This Sunday, 18th January, marks the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It will run until Sunday, 25th January, the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.

Visit Southwark's Christian Unity Commission's webiste

A short page to focus on Christian Unity

Peace Sunday 2009 will be held in England and Wales on 18th January. The theme of the Holy Father's message this year is Fighting Poverty to Build Peace.