News Archive for 2012 - June

Two new Deacons on the road to Priesthood

Archbishop Peter visited St John's Seminary, Wonersh, on Saturday, 30th June 2012, to ordain five men to the Diaconate - two of them, Nicolas Van Malaise and Stuart Meyer, for the Southwark diocese.

Two of the new deacons are for the Brentwood diocese and one for the Plymouth diocese.

The proclamation of the Gospel

The Rite of Ordination

Newly-ordained Deacons Nicolas and Stuart assist the Archbishop

Archbishop Peter with the new deacons at the shrine of Our Lady
in the ambulacrum at St John's Seminary

Archbishop Peter with Deacon Nicolas (left) and Deacon Stuart

We congratulate our new deacons and keep them and all our seminarians in our prayers.  

More photos of the Ordination on RCSouthwark's Flickr page


Expression of faith on the site of an ancient abbey

On Sunday afternoon, 24th June 2012, Archbishop Peter joined priests, deacons and people from the Bexley and Greenwich Deaneries at Lesnes Abbey Park for their Annual Procession of the Blessed Sacrament.

Lesnes Abbey is situated in the parish of St Benet, Abbey Wood. The abbey was founded in 1178 by Richard de Lucy, who, in 1170, had been complicit with Henry II in the murder of St Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury. He built the abbey within the boundaries of his Manor in reparation and, having joined the religious community, ended his days there and was buried in the Chapter House.

The abbey was a foundation of the Augustinian Canons within the Diocese of Rochester. It was closed in 1524 by Cardinal Wolsey to raise revenue to found a college in Oxford, but at Wolsey's fall in 1530 the site became the property of the King.

Father Michael Scanlon carried the Blessed Sacrament and
presided at Benediction

Archbishop Peter gave the homily

First Communicants who joined the procession

Archbishop Peter met the people after Benediction

More photos on RCSouthwark's Flickr page


Confirmation and Parish Celebration at Westerham

On Sunday, 24th June 2012, Father Ivan Aquilina, Priest in Charge of St John the Baptist, Westerham, and parishioners welcomed Archbishop Peter to their parish to preside at Mass, confer the Sacrament of Confirmation and join their parish celebration on the feast of the birth of their patron.

Archbishop Peter confirmed three young parishioners

More photos of the occasion on RCSouthwark's Flickr page


Gratitude and Farewell to Sidcup Marist Community

On the evening of Friday, 22nd June 2012, Archbishop Peter visited St Lawrence's Church, Sidcup. He presided at a Mass of Thanksgiving for the ministry of the Marist Community, who have served the parish for 101 years and who will be leaving Sidcup this August.

Joining the Archbishop and Marist concelebrants were Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia, himself a Marist who taught at their school in Sidcup, Bishop Paul and Monsignor Matthew Dickens.

More photos of the occasion on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

(posted 27-06-12)


Southwark seminarian ordained to the Diaconate

The sanctuary of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

On Friday, 15th June 2012, Bishop Thomas Burns of Menevia, ordained Southwark seminarian Leonard Tatt (Eltham) to the diaconate in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside The Walls in Rome.

He ordained eighteen men from the Pontifical Beda College where Len has studied for the past three years and obtained a Bachelor of Theology degree. Southwark’s Alan Burgess (Cathedral parish), a 4th year Beda seminarian, assisted as deacon at the Ordination Mass.

Following a summer pastoral placement, Len will return to Rome for the final year of seminary formation before returning to Southwark in June 2013. For the 2012/2013 academic year, Len has responsibilities as the college’s Head of Hospitality.

Len’s guests included his mother, Eileen, widow of Phillip Tatt, who for many years taught physics at St Joseph’s College, Beulah Hill. Len also attended St Joseph’s after his primary education at St Patrick’s, Plumstead. Also present at his Ordination were his sister, Barbara, and her husband, Simon, along with Fr John Weatherill and Fr Gary Murphy CRL.

Prostration during the Litany

The Laying on of Hands

Clothing with stole and dalmatic

Presentation of the Book of the Gospels
'Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you now are.
Believe what you read, teach what you believe
and practise what you teach.'

Deacon Len with his mother, Eileen, and Bishop Tom

Deacon Len with his mother, Eileen, and sister, Barbara

Congratulations to Deacon Len. We keep him and all who are studying of the priesthood and diaconate in our prayers.

(posted 27-06-12)


Canon Jim Pannett celebrates his Golden Jubilee

On Friday, 22nd June 2012, Bishop Howard presided at Mass in the John Fisher School Chapel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of Canon Jim Pannett and Fr Michael Perry who were ordained in the school chapel by Bishop Cyril Cowderoy on 21st June 1962, the Feast of Corpus Christi.

In the photo, from left to right are: Fr James Clark, Fr Stephen Langridge, Fr Tony Whale, Fr Paul Sanders, Canon Jim, Bishop Howard, Fr Michael Perry, Fr Tony Lovegrove, Fr Doug Bull, who are all old boys of the John Fisher School, and Deacon Tony Flavin.

About 30 old boys of the school were present, as were all of year seven and the whole of Bede House, which was Canon Jim's house during his time at school. The school closed for a half-day. There was a reception in the hall after the Mass.

(posted 26-06-12)


Reception and Confirmation at Roehampton

Bishop Paul and Father David Gummett, parish priest

On Sunday, 17th June 2012, Bishop Paul celebrated Mass at St Joseph's, Roehampton, during which he received two young adults into the Catholic Church and conferred the sacrament of Confirmation on them and twelve other young people.

Bishop Paul with the newly received and confirmed

Bishop Paul with his secretary, Jacques Lambert, and the book,
mitre and crozier bearers

(posted 26-06-12)


Diocesan Day for Catechists

On Saturday, 23rd June 2012, the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation held a Day for Catechists at St George’s Cathedral.

Some 300 catechists from throughout the diocese attended a day packed with talks, workshops and seminars on subjects as diverse as Children’s Liturgy of the Word, the spirituality of the catechist, and answers to hard questions.

The Day ended with Mass, at which the Archbishop ‘sent out’ the catechists to catechize on his behalf in their parishes and chaplaincies.

The Day exceeded expectations and was so successful and well received by those who attended that another one is already being planned for next year.


More photos of the Day for Catechists on RCSouthwark's Flickr page


Archbishop visits Virgo Fidelis Preparatory School


On Thursday, 21st June 2012, Archbishop Peter visited the pupils and staff of Virgo Fidelis Preparatory School in Upper Norwood.

During the school assembly, Archbishop Peter was given a card, cake and gift to mark the forthcoming 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

More  photos of the visit on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

Visit Virgo Fidelis Preparatory School's web site



Archbishop Peter's visit to Kenya with CAFOD

The news coverage of the visit to Kenya by Archbishop Peter, Father Philip Glandfield and Chris Bain, Director of CAFOD, has been transferred to its own dedicated page.

This page now contains a report of the field visit to the Integrated AIDS Programme in Thika with a selection of photos. Final reports will be uploaded soon.

Photos of the field visit to the Integrated AIDS Programme are on  RCSouthwark's Flickr page

Please click here to view coverage of the Kenyan visit

For convenience there is also a link to this page on the left sidebar


Songs of Praise from St Augustine's, Ramsgate

BBC 1’s Songs of Praise at 5:00 pm this Sunday, 24th June 2012, will come from St Augustine’s Church in Ramsgate, Augustus Welby Pugin's personal church.

The special programme is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pugin's birth.

Aled Jones will be one of the guests. The singer, who had never been to Ramsgate before said: 'St Augustine's really is an amazing church and the fact it is being renovated is great news.'

Also appearing in the programme will be Father Marcus Holden, the parish priest, who is Chairman of Friends of St Augustine’s Church, Pugin's biographer Rosemary Hill and Pugin's great great grandson Robert Pugin Purcell.

Available on BBC iPlayer for a week after transmission


Visit the official Year of Faith web site

Pope Benedict XVI will open a ‘Year of Faith’ on 11th October 2012, which will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24th November 2013. The start of the Year coincides with three significant events in the life of the Catholic Church: 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Synod of Bishops in Rome focusing on evangelisation.

Parishes across England and Wales are being sent free resources to support them to participate in a worldwide Catholic celebration of faith.

More details on the CCEW News and Media web site

Overview of the Year of Faith on the CCEW News and Media web site

Download the Year of Faith Introductory booklet (A4 .pdf 8 pages)


Heart Gives Unto Heart Catholic Digital Radio

Heart Gives Unto Heart, the internet radio station that broadcast during the Pope's visit to Great Britain in September 2010, is to go live on 16th September, the second anniversary of the papal visit.

HGUH Radio is now located at St John's Seminary, Wonersh, and is looking for volunteers to join its team, even by working from home.
Please click here to visit the volunteer page.

Latest Heart Gives Unto Heart Bulletin - June 2012 (.pdf) 

Visit the Heart Gives Unto Heart web site for more information

Heart Gives Unto Heart's contribution to 100 Days of Peace is a CD featuring Catholic artists including Ooberfuse and Gerry Coates. For further details and a booking form please visit our 100 Days of Peace page.


Handmaids of Mary celebrate centenary in UK

On Sunday, 17th June 2012, Archbishop Peter presided at Mass in St Bede's Church, Clapham Park, in thanksgiving for the hundred years since the Handmaids of Mary established their first house in the United Kingdom.

Archbishop Peter with the Handmaids of Mary
and Father Christopher Basden, parish priest

Reception after the Mass

More photos of the occasion on RCSouthwark's Flickr page



Bishop Paul presided at the Mass in Celebration of Marriage at Saint George's Cathedral on Saturday, 16th June 2012. Over 1,000 people packed the Cathedral for this annual Mass. Many of the couples who shared in the Mass had been personally invited as they are celebrating a significant anniversary of their marriage this year: 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th and 60th.

317 couples from around the diocese attended the Mass:

60 years (+) - 18 couples; 50 years - 68 couples; 40 years - 80 couples;
25 years - 97 couples; 10 years - 41 couples; first - 13 couples. The jubilarians were joined by 432 members of their families and friends.

The longest married couple were the Graydons from Anerley who have been married for 65 years. The largest family were the Websters (50th) from Ramsgate who were joined by 21 family members. The largest parish contingent was from Addiscombe with twelve couples.

We congratulate them all and keep them in our prayers.


More photos of the Mass on RCSouthwark's Flickr page


Blessed Sacrament Procession at Beckenham Hill

Father Mark Odion MSP, parish priest of The Annunciation and St Augustine, Beckenham Hill and Bellingham, carried the Blessed Sacrament during the parish Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday, 10th June 2012.


Triple Celebration at New Malden

On Sunday, 10th June 2012, Bishop Paul visited St Joseph's, New Malden, to confirm thirty-six young parishioners.

It was a triple celebration for the parish as during the Mass he presented Luis D’Souza with the Archconfraternity of St Stephen’s Silver medal for 10 years service as an altar server. He also presented Michael Barnes with the Archconfraternity of St Stephen’s Gold medal for 60 years service as an altar server.

The Archconfraternity of St Stephen is the Guild for altar servers and the award of the Silver medal is not a regular occurrence as recipients have to achieve at least 10 years service. The awarding of a Gold Medal is even rarer as servers have to have achieved at least 50 years service. Congratulations to Luis and Michael.

The National Central Council of the Archconfraternity was represented by President Emeritus Anthony Hawes KSG.

Anthony Hawes, Luis D’Souza, Bishop Paul and Michael Barnes

Fr Jonathon Routh, assistant priest, Jacques Lambert, Bishop Paul’s Private Secretary, Anthony Hawes, Fr Peter Edwards, parish priest, with the servers after Mass


International Eucharistic Congress opens in Dublin

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress opened in Dublin on Sunday, 10th June 2012, and will continue until 17th June.

Cardinal Marc Quellet, the Canadian Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, has been appointed by the Holy Father as the Papal Legate to the Congress and he presided at the Opening Mass which was held at the Royal Dublin Society.

RTÉ televised the Opening Ceremony and Mass and it is available to view on its RTÉ Player until 1st July 2012. Please click on the screen capture above to view the coverage (duration: 3 hours).

Visit the International Eucharistic Congress web site

Download the International Eucharistic Congress Prayer


Thanet Deanery Corpus Christi Procession

The Thanet Deanery held a Blessed Sacrament Procession on Sunday, 10th June 2012, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Children from the deanery who had received their First Holy Communion this year took part.

The service started at St Peter's Church, Westgate-on-Sea, (Parish of The Holy Family, Thanet), and then the Blessed Sacrament was carried in procession along the main Canterbury Road to Westgate's Ursuline College. After Benediction in the Ursuline Chapel a celebratory tea was enjoyed by the participants.

The Service was lead by the Dean, Fr Luke Smith (Parish Priest of Ss Austin and Gregory with St Anne, Margate) and organised by Fr Marcus Holden (Parish Priest of Ss Ethelbert and Gertrude, Ramsgate and Minster). Fr. Philip Seed (Parish Priest of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Broadstairs), Fr Godfrey Holdstock (Assistant Priest in Broadstairs), Fr John Slater (retired Deanery priest) and Fr Brian McMahon (supply priest from Blackpool) took part in the celebration.

The procession starts at St Peter's Church, Westgate-on-Sea

Benediction in the Ursuline College Chapel


Our Liturgy Commission is asking parishes to include a Bidding Prayer in the Prayers of Intercession at each Sunday Mass during the 100 Days of Peace to pray that we may be instrumental in spreading the Olympic values of Friendship, Courage, Respect, Equality, Excellence, Determination and Inspiration - values which reflect many of the ideals of the Gospel message.

In linking our prayer and worship with the Games, it is hoped that our people, young and old, may benefit spiritually from the celebration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in our country.

The Intercessions have been prepared by the Young People and the Liturgy Committee of our Diocesan Liturgy Commission.

Please download the Intercessions (.pdf)  - added links on the left sidebar and on our 100 Days of Peace  page


Diamond Jubilee beacon lit at East Sheen


On Monday, 4th June 2012, Bishop Paul joined Mgr William Saunders, parish priest, at Our Lady, Queen of Peace, East Sheen, to light the Diamond Jubilee beacon which was positioned on the roof of the parish room.

People had assembled in the parish hall from 9:30 pm and toasted Her Majesty at 10:00 pm.

The beacon was lit at 10:20 pm by Bishop Paul and Mgr Bill, the time when all churches and places of worship lit beacons throughout the realm and ten minutes before the Queen lit the final national beacon in The Mall.














Bishop Paul with
Mgr William Saunders