News Archive for 2012 - September

International Mass at West Norwood

On Saturday, 22nd September 2012, Father Oliver Antao, parish priest, and parishioners of St Matthew, West Norwood, welcomed Archbishop Peter to their parish where he presided at the International Mass.

More photos of the occasion on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

More photos also on West Norwood's Flickr stream

(posted 07-10-12)


Religious gather at Aylesford

On Friday, 21st September 2012, Archbishop Peter joined the Day for Religious at The Friars, Aylesford, where he presided at Mass.

More photos of the day on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

(posted 07-10-12)


Goan community honour St Francis Xavier

A large number of people from the diocese and beyond gathered in Mitcham for the Goan Chaplaincy Day on Sunday, 16th September 2012.

The theme was 'Xavier: Our Inspiration on life's pilgrim way' and a statue of St Francis Xavier was carried in procession. Archbishop Peter presided at the Mass at the Archbishop Lanfranc School in Mitcham.

The day continued with a get together with buffet meal and live music. 

The Goan Chapliancy has just uploaded its new web site:, which contains some more photos.

More photos also on RCSouthwark's Flickr page 

(posted 07-10-12)


Induction of New Parish Priest at Putney

Canon Michael receives the Letter of Appointment from Bishop Paul

On Friday evening, 28th September 2012, Bishop Paul inducted Canon Michael O’Dea as Parish Priest of Our Lady of Pity and St Simon Stock, Putney.

The Mass was attended by Mgr William Saunders, Dean of Mortlake, together with clergy from both Mortlake and Croydon deaneries. Parishioners from both Putney and Canon Michael’s previous parish of The Faithful Virgin, Upper Norwood, joined him for the occasion.

The Mass was followed by a reception in the parish garden.

Canon Michael with sisters from Virgo Fidelis Convent


Award for dedication to the sick and housebound

Beryl Price with Bishop John and Father Luke Smith

On Sunday, 30th September 2012, Bishop John presented the Benemerenti Medal to Beryl Price during Mass at St Anne's Church, Cliftonville. The Parish Priest of SS Austin and Gregory with St Anne, Margate, Fr Luke Smith, together with the Assistant Priest, Fr Godfrey Holdstock, concelebrated the Mass.

The medal was awarded in recognition for Beryl's long dedication to the ministry of visiting the sick and housebound and particularly for taking Holy Communion to patients in the local hospital every Friday for nearly twenty years.


On the Feast of the Archangels ...

The Dedication of the Church of Saint Raphael, Surbiton

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On Friday evening, 28th September 2012, the Vigil of the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels, Archbishop Peter dedicated the Church of St Raphael, Surbiton, and consecrated the altar.

The church, completed in 1848, is one of the finest examples of Victorian Italianate architecture in Britain and has recently been beautifully refurbished.

Father Vincent Flynn, parish priest, and Bishop Howard were among the priests who concelebrated the Mass.

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The Archbishop anoints the altar ...

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... and the dedication crosses

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Father Vincent Flynn, parish priest

Many more photos on the CCEW Flickr page

More photos also on RCSouthwark's Flickr page


Military Ordinariate celebrates twenty-five years

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On Saturday, 29th September 2012, Bishop Richard presided at a Mass at Cathedral Church of St Michael and St George, Aldershot in celebration of twenty-five years since the Military Ordinariate's establishment.

The community was joined by over twenty bishops from England, Wales and Scotland, including Archbishop Peter and Archbishop Kevin.

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The Central Band of the Royal Air Force provided music, both at the Mass and at the Curry Lunch which followed.

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CCEW News and Media Press Report and links to Bishop Richard's homily and Message from the Holy Father

Many more photos on the CCEW Flickr page

(posted 03-10-12)


Birthday Celebration at Wallington

On Sunday, 30th September 2012, at St Elpheges’s Church, Wallington, Bishop Paul presided at Mass to mark the 75th birthday of Fr Stephen Danso, who retired from Africa to assist Fr Paul Hough, the parish priest of St Elphege's.

The pupils from the local primary school, dressed in African costumes, sang an African song of welcome at the beginning of the Mass. The Bidding prayers were read in a number of different languages reflecting the multi- cultural background of the parishioners.

Among the concelebrants was Fr David, whom Father Stephen had taught in Africa.

Towards the end of Mass, Bishop Paul presented the Benemerenti Medal to Frederika Pizzoferro, who has been the parish secretary for the last 25 years.

The Mass was followed by a reception in the parish hall.


Apostleship of the Sea Bishop speaks at Wonersh

On Thursday, 27th September 2012, the Vatican’s Apostleship of the Sea bishop visited St John's Seminary, Wonersh, to meet and speak to staff and students. The Bishop was in England for World Maritime Day, promoted by the United Nations International Maritime Organisation (IMO) it also coincides with the feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea.

Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil from the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples shared with the seminary community the work of the Pontifical Council in particular through the Apostleship of the Sea.

More photos on the Apostleship of the Sea's Flickr page


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Josef Gula S.Chr.

ho died on 21st September 2012
aged 86.

Father Gula was a member of the parish clergy
at St John the Evangelist Polish Church, Putney,
for over 35 years.

He had ministered in England for over 40 years.

His Funeral Mass will be offered
at St John the Evangelist Polish Church,
St John's Avenue, Putney,
on Monday, 8th October 2012 at 10:30 am.

May he rest in peace


Archbishop Peter introduces the Year of Faith in the first of a series of weekly videos for young people which will be available for use in schools and parishes throughout the year.

The videos are produced by the Southwark Catholic Youth Service and the diocesan Education Commission and can be downloaded from the 'Inspiring Faith' Vimeo page:


The aim of the project is to inspire and encourage young people to reflect on their own faith and life situations. This first video is designed to be used during the week beginning 8th October.



The Ongoing Formation of Priests Team has published its programme of In-Service Training Courses for 2012 - 2013, the Year of Faith.

The courses are designed primarily for priests and deacons, but sometimes a wider audience might be appropriate. The Ongoing Formation for Priests Office at the Centre for Catholic Formation would be happy to hear from any other interested parties.

Telephone: 020 8672 9391 - Email:

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Download the In-Service Training Programme in A4 .pdf format


Peer Ministers commissioned at St Vincent's

On Wednesday, 26th September 2012, Bishop John visited St Vincent's, the residential centre of the Southwark Catholic Youth Service, to commission their new team of Peer Ministers.

In the photo: Janet Dory, Julianna Byrne, Charlotte Harris, Julia Fitzgerald, John Toryusen, Siân Thomas, Bishop John, Michael Macgillivray, Helen Sheppard, John Gillespie and Amy Payling.


The Year of Faith, announced by Pope Benedict XVI, will run from 11th October 2012 until 24th November 2013.

Archbishop Peter will preside at the Inaugural Mass at St George's Cathedral on Saturday, 13th October, at 12:30 pm and has invited representatives from every parish, school, religious community and organisation in the diocese to gather with him for this Mass, and to receive a copy of the Creed to take home.

A full programme has been arranged to celebrate the Year of Faith and the brochure with details will be available in our parishes, together with a prayer card, on the first weekend in October.

The brochure is already available in A4 (.pdf) format (4 pages).

Please click here to download the brochure and find out what is planned

A link to the brochure is also on our diocesan Year of Faith page


St Boniface, Tooting, celebrates 85 years

On the evening of Saturday, 22nd September 2012, Bishop Paul joined the parish priest, Father Tom McElhone, priests past and present of the parish and parishioners of St Boniface, Tooting, to celebrate the 85th Anniversary of the consecration of their church.

Bishop Paul, a former assistant priest at St Boniface, presided at the Mass during which the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist renewed their commitment.


Education Commission's new web site is online

At the beginning of September the diocesan Commission for Schools and Colleges changed its name to the Education Commission.

Please click here to visit its new web site


New Liturgy Music Resource

A new liturgical resource has been added to the Liturgy Commission Section of our web site. It is a Music Planner which lists the music that best reflects the themes of the Mass readings on Sundays and Holy Days.

To access the Music Planner please visit our Liturgy Commission pages and click on the menu or click on the box on the left sidebar of this page.

Liturgy Commission section


Benemerenti for Forty Years Dedicated Service

Colleen Spain was presented with the Benemerenti Medal during Mass at St Peter's Church, Westgate-on-Sea (in the Parish of The Holy Family, Thanet), on Sunday, 16th September 2012, by the Parish Priest, Father Don Coleman.

The award was granted in recognition of her 40 years dedicated service to the Catholic Church in Westgate - the majority of this time as Sacristan.

More photos of the presentation


Peace Icon visits Hartley

The Pax Christi Peace Icon is being hosted in various parishes encircling London during the 100 Days for Peace. It is being displayed in the Oratory of St Francis de Sales, Hartley, from 14th until 21st September, when it will be transferred to St Peter the Apostle, Woolwich.

Read the full press release


International Day at Beckenham Hill and Bellingham

On Sunday, 9th September 2012, Archbishop Peter joined Father Mark Odion MSP, parish priest, and parishioners of The Assumption and St Augustine, Beckenham Hill and Bellingham, to celebrate their International Day.

The altar with Offertory gifts from around the world

After the Mass, food from different countries was served and there was entertainment from various cultures.

Many more photos of the International Day on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

(posted 13-09-12)


Induction of Broadstairs Parish Priest
and blessing of new hall

Deacon Neville Gascoigne, Fr Philip Seed, Fr Luke Smith (Dean) and
Fr Marcus Holden (Parish Priest of Ss Ethelbert and Gertrude, Ramsgate)

Father Philip Seed was inducted as Parish Priest of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Broadstairs, on Wednesday, 12th September 2012, by Thanet's Dean, Father Luke Smith, who was deputising for Bishop John.

The evening also saw the opening of the new parish hall, again conducted by the Dean.

New Hall - exterior

New Hall - interior


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father David O'Regan

ho died on 10th September 2012

His Funeral Mass will be held at
Our Lady of Reparation, West Croydon,
on Monday, 17th September, at 11:30 am

Private Cremation at Putney Vale at 2:00 pm

May he rest in peace

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Canon John Morris

ho died on 5th September 2012

His Funeral Mass will be held at
St. Wilfrid’s Church
Station Road, Burgess Hill, East Sussex RH15 9EN
(Telephone: 01444 232358)
on Tuesday, 18th September, at 12 noon

There are some parking places in the church car park
and more in the town car park next to McDonald’s

May he rest in peace


Full text of Archbishop Peter's homily (added 12-09-12)

On Saturday, 8th September 2012, at St George's Cathedral, Southwark hosted the Mass of Thanksgiving for the achievements, inspiration and blessings of the Paralympic Games.

Archbishop Peter presided and was joined by the other 'London' bishops, Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Westminster) and Bishop Thomas McMahon (Brentwood), about twenty clergy and several hundred people from across London and beyond.

The Dockhead Choir, which won international acclaim for its part in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, sang at the Mass dressed in the costumes they had worn at the Opening Ceremony. Music for the Mass was under the direction of Canon Alan McLean.

In his homily, Archbishop Peter praised the 'inspiring' competitors and the selfless volunteers who had made the event possible.

He said, 'Overall, my impression was that the games radiated generosity, goodness and achievement; a vision of the values and attitudes that can build up and renew society at large – a society in which everyone is welcome, everyone is respected whatever their abilities and disabilities and everybody has a real hope and aspiration of living a more fulfilled life.'

The Archbishop also paid tribute to the Dockhead Choir.

More photos of the Mass on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

More photos of the Mass on CCEW Flickr page (link added 10-09-12)


Three more priests ordained for the Ordinariate

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On Saturday, 1st September 2012, at Our Lady of Reparation ('St Marys'), West Croydon, Archbishop Peter ordained Deacons Ken Berry, Paul Gibbons and Donald Minchew to the priesthood for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The Ordination took place in a packed church and in the presence of Mgr Keith Newton and Ordinariate and diocesan clergy.

During his homily, Archbishop Peter spoke of the particular ministry of the ordained priest in the service of Christ and his Church.

After the Mass, the Archbishop and the Ordinary joined the celebratory lunch which was served in the parish hall. .

Fr Minchew and Fr Berry served as Anglican clergy at St Michael and All Angels, Croydon, which is across the road from St Mary’s, and will now lead the Croydon Ordinariate Group. Fr Gibbons served in Maidstone where he will now serve the Ordinariate as pastor to a group there.

Two Masses in the Ordinariate Rite at 7:00 am and 4:30 pm have now been added to St Mary's busy Sunday Mass schedule.