News Archive for 2010 - October

Archbishop Peter's visit to Surbiton

On Sunday, 31st October 2010, the Feast of All Saints, Archbishop Peter visited St Raphael's in Surbiton, where he offered Mass at 9:30 am and 11:30 am.

After the Masses, Fr Vincent Flynn, Parish Priest, showed the Archbishop and Fr Philip Glandfield the site where the new parish hall and presbytery are to be constructed.

A few more photos of the Archbishop's visit

More photos on St Raphael's web site


Altar Servers pilgrimage to Rome

Fr Stephen Boyle, the diocesan chaplain of the Guild of St Stephen, led a group of 43 pilgrims (altar servers and parents) to Rome during the October half-term.

At the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith where Mgr
Patrick Burke gave a guided tour

During their annual pilgrimage, they attended the Pope's Wednesday General Audience, visited the Venerable English College, where Mass was offered in the Martyrs' Chapel and the Rector, Mgr Nicholas Hudson, gave them a guided tour of the frescoes, and on Thursday they celebrated Mass at the tomb of St Pius X in St Peter's Basilica. They also prayed at the tomb of Pope John Paul II.


Day for Altar Servers at New Addington

On Saturday, 23rd October 2010, forty-one altar servers gathered at the Good Shepherd Church, New Addington. They enjoyed renewing old friendships and making new ones.

The day was an opportunity for them to deepen their faith with a talk and discussion on the theme Evolution and the Mass. There was also time for prayer with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and six priests were
available for confessions. The free time was taken up with sport, card tricks and the usual fun ice-breakers. The day ended with the Mass at 6:30 pm.

There will be another altar servers' day next term at a date and venue to be decided.


Mass in gratitude for sixty-two years service

The Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood have left Archbishop's House after serving five Archbishops and their staff. They arrived in 1948 during Archbishop Amigo's final years. Twenty-eight sisters were present at a Mass in gratitude for their service which was offered in St George' Cathedral on Thursday, 21st October 2010, and at a buffet lunch in Archbishop's House afterwards.

Archbishop Peter presided at the Mass and was joined by Archbishops Michael and Kevin and Bishops John, Patrick, Paul and Howard and past and present clergy and laity who have been members of the Archbishhop's House staff.

In his homily, Bishop John gave thanks for the sisters' sixty-two years service - their presence in the house had meant that it was not just an administrative office for they brought a constant atmosphere of prayer. The resident priests always began their day celebrating Mass with the sisiters in their chapel.


At the reception, Archbishop Peter thanked the sisters for their presence not only at Archbishop's House but also elsewhere including St John's Seminary. He presented them with a framed print commemorating with gratitude their long and devoted service. Cards with a smaller version of the print were given to all the sisters present.

Archbishop Michael thanked the sisters for providing a hospitable environment not only for the resident staff, but for clergy throughout the diocese especially 'out of office hours'. He also paid tribute to their work in the Cathedral parish and at St George's Cathedral Primary School.

A page of photos of the occasion


A new building for Donhead School, Wimbledon

Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr M Blundell, introduces
Archbishop Peter and other guests

On Wednesday, 20th October 2010, Archbishop Peter opened a new building at Donhead School, Wimbledon, a Jesuit School founded in 1933. The new building is dedicated to St John Berchmans, a Jesuit seminarian who died at the age of 22 in 1621 and was canonised in 1888.

The school is an independent boys school with 220+ pupils aged 4 - 11.











Archbishop Peter with the Headteacher of Donhead, Mr G C McGrath, outside the new classrooms




A few more photos of the occasion


JPIC Autumn Assembly - 'Why Justice and Peace?'

On Saturday, 16th October 2010, the Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation held its Autumn Assembly in the Amigo Hall.

The theme, 'Why Justice and Peace?', was addressed by the speakers - Archbishop Peter and Helen O'Brien, the Chief Executive of Caritas Social Action Network.

In his address, Archbishop Peter pointed to the challenge faced by us all:

'We have a duty, as citizens of all faiths and none, to engage appropriately and in accordance with our gifts and talents in political and public life, to promote the common good and do our best to transform society for the better.'

Archbishop Peter's address

Father Michael Scanlon, Chairman of the Commission for Justice,
Peace and Integrity of Creation, chairs the Assembly

'Question Time'  - Archbishop Peter with Helen O'Brien,
Jim Simmons (CAFOD Southwark) and Father Michael Scanlon

Read Archbishop Peter's address at the Assembly

Report on the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation web site

More photos of the Assembly


A busy week at the Cathedral

Day of Renewal
9th October 2010

Union of Catholic Mothers Diocesan AGM
9th October 2010

Day of the Americas
10th October 2010

Justice and Peace Autumn Assembly
16th October 2010

More photos of these occasions


Aylesford Priests' Courses

The Aylesford Priests’ Courses for priests recently ordained or new to the diocese and new parish priests took place 12th-13th and 13th-14th October 2010 with twenty priests participating over the two courses. These have been running now for six years.

The priests were responding to an invitation from Archbishop Peter to take part in a support system for priests experiencing new situations – which is run by the Ongoing Formation of Priests Committee, whose Director is Mgr Gerry Ewing. 

A 24-hour residential course is offered to priests in January, April, July and October every year and priests are invited to four such courses in the first year of their new situations. They can take up the invitation at any stage, as it is a rolling programme.

Each course offers inputs, as well as time for discussion, reflection and prayer – and also time for relaxing and socialising. Each time, there is a focus on an aspect of Pastores Dabo Vobis – human, spiritual, intellectual or pastoral. The recent courses had a pastoral focus, with inputs from Canon John Clark, Fr Brian Coyle and Fr John Weatherill.

Over the course of the four segments, priests are introduced to each other, to the diocese and to the Ongoing Formation provision that is available to them in their life and ministry in Southwark.

Mass in the Cloister Chapel

A time to relax ...

Visit the Ongoing Formation of Priests web site


Charter Day celebrations at Deal

Archbishop Peter with the Mayor of Deal, Councillor Ben Bano, and
Fr Duncan Lourensz, Parish Priest of St Thomas of Canterbury, Deal

On Thursday, 14th October 2010, Archbishop Peter attended the Charter Day Service and reception at Deal. The celebration started at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church and continued with a parade through Deal to Deal Town Hall.

King William III signed the Charter of Incorporation on October 13th 1699, which gave Deal the status of a 'borough and market town' and the right to elect its own town Mayor and to run is own affairs.

Archbishop Peter's address


The Holy Father's gratitude ...

Feast of Blessed John Henry Newman - 9th October

This Saturday, 9th October, is our first opportunity to celebrate the newly-established feast of the Blessed John Henry Newman.

It was on this day that he was received into the Catholic Church by the Blessed Dominic Barberi in 1845.

The Mass for the feast will be the Common of Pastors and the text of the Opening Prayer is reminiscent of his thought:

O God, who bestowed on the Priest Blessed John Henry Newman the grace to follow your kindly light and find peace in your Church; graciously grant that, through his intercession and example, we may be led out of shadows and images into the fullness of your truth. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Copy of this prayer in .pdf format

The Holy See has granted the request of the bishops that Blessed John Henry Newman be included in the National Calendar for England on 9th  October as an optional memorial.

The text in English and Latin of the Collect and of the Second Reading of the Office of Readings (a section from his Apologia Pro Vita Sua) can be downloaded from the Liturgy Office for England and Wales web site in .pdf format.

Please click here for the texts for Mass and the Divine Office ...

... and here for the inclusion of the Feast in the National Calendar


English Martyrs, Walworth - a new school garden

On Friday, 1st October 2010, Bishop Paul offered Mass at the English Martyrs, Walworth, to celebtate the feast of St Thérèse of Lisieux, the blessing of the school garden and the golden jubilee of Nigeria's independence.

In the picture are Bishop Paul, Fr Wilfrid McGreal, the Provincial of the Carmelites, Fr Francis Kemsley, Parish Priest, Mrs Anne Boyde, Headteacher of English Martyrs School, Mrs Silvia Lucas from the School Commission, representatives from the pupils and some of the Governors of the School.

Full report on The British Province of Carmelite Friars web site

St Bede's School, Clapham Park - a new nursery

Also on Friday, 1st October, Bishop Patrick offered Mass at St Bede's, Clapham Park, and blessed and opened the school's new nursery.