News Archive for 2013 - August

Knights of St Columba at the service of the Forces

The Knights of St Columba in collaboration with the Catholic Truth Society have worked for two years to produce a prayer book for Catholics serving in the armed forces. The KSC has borne the entire cost of the print run of 30,000 copies.

It is based on the CTS Simple Prayer Book and has a weatherproof cover.

Bishop Richard Moth, Bishop of the Forces, said: 'The Catholic community within the Armed Forces owes a great debt of gratitude to the Knights of St. Columba for their work. This new prayer book is a wonderful resource and will be a source of strength, comfort and hope in prayer for so many as they go about their duties across the world.'

Ron Lynch, Supreme Knight, will formally present the new Prayer book to Bishop Richard at the 11:00 am Mass at the Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Aldershot. on Sunday, 15th September 2013, and, at the end of Mass, they will be presented to members of the Armed Forces.





Clergy Appointments and News

Announced August 2013


The Archbishop has made the following appointments:

Father Adrian McKenna-Whyte as Parish Priest of Corpus Christi, Brixton Hill, in succession to the late Father Tom Heneghan. He takes up his new appointment on 16th September 2013.

Father Peter Pagac SDB as Assistant Priest at The Sacred Heart, Battersea West. Father Pagac will also give part-time assistance to the Slovak Chaplaincy.


Father Michael Barnes SJ and Father Paul Fletcher SJ, both members of the British Province of the Society of Jesus, will be joining the community at Wimbledon, and will be resident at 14 Edge Hill, Wimbledon, SW19 4LP.


The Polish Catholic Mission has informed us of the following appointments:

Father Marek Ogorzaly SCh as Assistant Priest at St John the Evangelist Polish Church, Putney. He replaces Father Dominic Przbyszewski SCh.

Father Marcin Dobrzanski is moving to the Polish Church in Balham from the Polish Church in Croydon-Crystal Palace.

Father Jerzy Mikrut is moving to the Polish Church in Croydon-Cystal Palace from the Polish Church in Balham.

Father Leszek Klos is replacing Father Pawel Stebel and will celebrate Mass for the Polish Community in Ramsgate.



Lourdes pilgrims return home  

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As our diocesan pilgrims return from Lourdes today, we thank them for their prayers on behalf of the diocese.

(posted 30-08-13)


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Please join our Lourdes pilgrims in spirit and prayer

From Friday, 23rd, until Friday 30th August 2013, Bishop John will be leading the Southwark diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Bishop John, Father Edward Perera, our diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Director, and the Southwark pilgrims invite you to join them in spirit and even make a 'virtual' pilgrimage of prayer with them.

There are a few prayer resources in our Lourdes 2013 section:

 - as we continue to celebrate the Year of Faith, this year's Lourdes theme is
'Lourdes - a door of faith' - a meditation on this theme is available;

- we have included four pages with largely scriptural meditations for each mystery of the Rosary;

 - and photos of 'The Way of the Cross' both on Calvary and on the Prairie are available again this year.

Our pilgrims will pray daily for for a particular diocesan intention and a list of these intentions can be viewed by clicking on the link in our Lourdes 2013 section menu. You are invited to join your prayers with theirs. The intention for the day will also be published at the top of this homepage.

The pilgrimage programme is available: Mass at the Grotto will be celebrated on Monday, 26th, at 8:45 am (BST) - France is an hour ahead of us - and you can join our pilgrims for this Mass on the TVLive web site. This camera is trained on the Grotto 24/7 so it is possible to tune in any time of day or night.

Photos will be uploaded to our Lourdes Diary as we receive them. 

We wish all our pilgrims a blessed and happy pilgrimage.

Please click on the logo on the left to visit our Lourdes 2013 section


(posted 22-08-13)


Deacon Dave's Retirement Mass

On Saturday, 17th August 2013, Bishop Patrick presided at a Mass of Thanksgiving for the ministry of Deacon David Pease at St Patrick's Church, Plumstead.

Deacon Dave, as he is affectionately known in the parish, is retiring after 22 years diaconal ministry at St Patrick's, the parish he has lived in since his birth. He has been appreciated especially for his dedication to the sick and housebound, visiting over 25 people each week, the many Baptisms he celebrated and the comfort he has given to the bereaved when officiating at funerals - a man who is always quicker to listen than speak.

He has been greatly supported in his ministry by his wife, Margaret. Four generations of his family were present at the Mass.

Deacon Dave celebrates his 75th birthday today, 20th August. We wish him a great birthday and God's blessing throughout his retirement.

Deacon Dave, holding his Papal Blessing, with Fr Richard Plunkett,
Dean of Greenwich, Fr Richard Mway Zeng, SDS, Parish Priest,
and Bishop Patrick

Deacon Dave with his wife, Margaret

More photos of the Mass and reception on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

(posted 20-08-13)


Evangelization at the heart of the priestly ministry

The Chapel at the Vocations Centre in Whitstable

The inscription in the apse of the chapel of the Vocations Centre in Whitsable reads 'Duc in altum et laxate retia vestra in capturam' - put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch (Luke 5:4).

This is the challenge of a new vocations initiative that Father Stephen Langridge, our diocesan Vocations Director, is offering eight prospective candidates for the priesthood.

They will form a Vocations Mission Team, committed to evangelization in schools, universities and parishes - and even on the streets. They will be resident at the Centre throughout the year and will receive formation in the faith, with a view to explaining it to others, in the spiritual life and in community living.


Their time at the Centre will offer them a substantial period for the discernment of their own vocations and has the aim, says Father Stephen, that 'evangelization becomes part of the DNA of our future priests'.

The project reflects well the words of Pope Francis at World Youth Day:
'It is not enough simply to open the door in welcome, but we must go out through that door to seek and meet the people!'

Father Stephen asks for prayers for the project and for sponsors to help fund it.

Source: Southwark Vocations Blog


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Geoffrey Winchester 

ho died earlier this week

His Requiem Mass will be held
on Monday, 19th August 2013, at 11:30am
at St John Fisher, 48 Thanet Road,
Bexley, Kent DA5 1AP
01322 524813
Burial at 1:00 pm at Hill View Cemetery

Bishop Patrick will be the Principal Celebrant

May he rest in peace

(posted 26-07-13 - Funeral details added 07-08-13)