Archbishop Peter joined Canon Anthony Charlton (parish priest), Fr Arbo Lekule, Deacon Al Callan and parishioners of Our Lady Immaculate, Tolworth, on Friday, 31st May 2013, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the consecration of their church.
Archbishop Peter presided at the Mass and gave the homily. A reception followed in the hall.
All catechists in the diocese should have received – through their Parish Priest or Parish Secretary – an invitation to this year’s Day for Catechists on Saturday, 22nd June 2013, at St George’s Cathedral. This Day is for all the catechists of the diocese, including those involved in Children’s Liturgy.
The first session of workshops will include sessions on ‘Engaging parents in First Holy Communion preparation’, ‘Reconciliation: preparing people for First Confession’ and ‘What is Catechesis?’ The second session will include ‘The role of prayer in Catechesis’ and ‘Catechizing through the Saints’.
At the Mass at 4:00 pm, the Archbishop will send out the catechists to catechize on his behalf.
Catechists who have not yet done so should use their parish form to notify the CCF which workshops they plan to attend.
On Saturday, 25th May 2013, Archbishop Peter presided at Mass in St George's Cathedral on the Diocesan Diaconal Day. This is the occasion each year when our Permanent Deacons renew their commitment to their diaconal ministry.
During the day, Deacon Michael Knight, who is Chaplain at St
Catholic Comprehensive School, Gravesend, gave a PowerPoint presentation 'Catholic Senior Schools: Fight or Flight?'
We thank our Permanent Deacons for their ministry among us and keep them in our prayers.
On Friday, 10th May 2013, Archbishop Peter presided at a Memorial Service in Saint George's Cathedral on the fifth anniversary of the tragic murder of Jimmy Mizen at Lee in South East London in May 2008. The Service was particularly poignant in that the previous day would have been Jimmy's twenty-first birthday.
The Priests were special guest singers at the Service attended by family, friends and hundreds of supporters. It also launched twenty-one days of fund-raising activities to promote the work of The Jimmy Mizen Foundation.
The Union of Catholic Mothers gathered on a rainy Tuesday, 28th May 2013, for their annual pilgrimage at The Friars, Aylesford.
The UCM was established in 1913 and so this year is their centenary year. A further cause for celebration is that 2013 is the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UCM in Southwark.
Archbishop Peter presided at the Mass during which he thanked them for their dedication to the mission of the Church and their witness to family life.
The day included the Rosary along the Rosary Way and Bendiction.
Ad multos annos.
On Tuesday, 28th May 2013, at St George's Cathedral, Joanna Bogle was invested as a Dame of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Gregory the Great, founded by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831. Mgr Keith Newton presided at the Mass and Archbishop Peter presented the decoration. Fr Stephen Langridge gave the homily.
Aid to the Church in Need recommended Joanna for the Order but Joanna's charitable and campaigning work extends far and wide over many years and through a wide variety of apostolic works and organisations.
A reception was held in the Amigo Hall afterwards.
has written to the Catholic Communications Network requesting photos of Catholic congregations to contribute to its project to compile a 'visual census' of Christian church congregations across the UK.
They are asking for a photo or short video of the people in their parish, with details of how many people attend and their motives for going to church.
The project is due to last for the next three weeks.
On Friday, 31st May 2013, Archbishop Kevin, in his capacity as
Chair of the Bishops' Conference Office for Interreligious
Dialogue, joined several other faith leaders at the Woolwich
Mosque as hundreds of Muslims gathered for the Friday Prayers.
Archbishop Kevin stressed the importance of continued inter-faith dialogue and for the different faith communities to work harmoniously for the common good.
The Archbishop's words were received well by the Muslim Community, many of them were visibly moved by his presence and message of solidarity.
Archbishop Kevin had already issued a Statement on behalf of the Bishops' Conference in the wake of the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of
Father Martin Murphy
who died on 30th May 2013
His Funeral Mass will be held
on Sunday, 2nd June, at 11:00 am
at the Sacred Heart Church
Newbawn, Co Wexford
The Archbishop will be represented by Father John Lavery
May he rest in peace
On Pentecost Sunday, 19th May 2013, the whole parish of Saint Augustine, Tunbridge Wells, (1,000 parishioners) gathered for Mass in thanksgiving for the 175 years since the establishment of the Mission there by the Jesuit Fathers in 1838.
Archbishop Kevin presided at the Mass which was concelebrated by Canon Peter Stodart, parish priest, Mgr Matthew Dickens, Vicar General, and Father Dermott Preston SJ, the Jesuit Provincial, with priests and deacons from the deanery and former priests of the parish.
In attendance were the Mayor and Mayoress of Tunbridge Wells, Cllr and Mrs John Smith, with the Rt Hon Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells.
A reception followed at St Gregory's Catholic Comprehensive School.
John Cunningham has written a new history of the parish to mark the anniversary.
Parish Deacon Kevin Dunne presented a copy of the history to Archbishop Peter at Archbishop's House on 21st May.
Bishop Paul, Bishop Richard, Father Ken McCarthy, Bishop Howard,
Bishop Frank Walmsley, Archbishop Michael and Mgr Canon Jeremy Garratt
Bishop Howard Tripp presided at a Mass at St George’s for the Diamond Jubilarians on Tuesday, 28th May 2013.
In 1953 ten men were ordained from Wonersh seminary. Five have now died and five are alive. Four were able to be present for the Jubilarians Mass and were joined by bishops, priests, deacons, religious and lay people from the diocese for the joyful celebration. After the Mass there was a reception in the Amigo Hall.
The four Jubilarians who were present were Bishop Howard Tripp himself, Bishop Frank Walmsley, Canon Bill Clements and Fr Ken McCarthy. Fr Cyril Williams is unwell and was unable to be present. The five priests ordained who have died were Fr Peter Boulding, Fr Raymond Bryant, Fr Andrew Dorricot, Fr John Peckham and Fr Desmond Trant McCarthy – and they were remembered and prayed for during the Mass.
The homily was given by Rev Mgr Canon Jeremy Garratt, the current Rector of Wonersh, who spoke about the faithful ministry of those ordained in 1953 and how they had lived out their priestly lives during a time of unprecedented change both in the Church and in society. He also gave thanks for the formation they themselves had received for the priesthood and how it had prepared them for their lives of dedicated priestly ministry.
We keep them all in our grateful prayers - you may wish to use the bidding prayers offered at the Mass (.doc)
Ad multos annos vivant
On Trinity Sunday, 26th May 2013, Archbishop Peter presided at Mass at the Church of the Precious Blood, Borough, and dedicated and blessed a new shrine to the Blessed John Henry Newman.
The parish is in the care of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Blessed John Henry Newman is a patron of the Ordinariate.
The shrine features a copy (left) of the 1881 portrait of Newman by Sir Sir John Everett Millais which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.
Concelebrating the Mass with Archbishop Peter were Fr Christopher Pearson, Priest in Charge, and fellow Ordinariate priest, Fr Peter Andrews.
In his homily, the Archbishop said that these were sad times for Britain and for South London following the Woolwich murder of a young soldier, and that faith and love of God and neighbour must be at the core of all our lives. He noted the pressures on the Church from established secularism, and urged all to a deeper prayer-life and a stronger understanding of the Christian faith, following the example of Newman.
Picture: © National Portrait Gallery, London
Pope Francis with Mgr Canon James Cronin
Missio National Directors from across the world recently gathered in Rome for their annual meeting. Among those who attended a special audience with Pope Francis on Friday, 17th May 2013, was Mgr Canon James Cronin, National Director of Missio in England and Wales.
The Holy Father greeted the assembly, thanking them because they help him 'keep evangelization, the paradigm of every act of the Church, alive'. He encouraged the directors to continue their work 'so that the local Churches might ever more generously take on their share of responsibility for the Church's universal mission'.
Pope Francis became the first Pope to launch a mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. The Pontifical Mission Societies’ MISSIO app is free and features the latest news and video about the Catholic Church from around the world.
The ANNUAL MISSION MASS, at which Mgr Cronin will preside, will celebrated at St George's Cathedral on Wednesday, 26th June 2013. Presentation and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:00 pm and Mass at 3:00 pm.
The eight parishes of the Merton Deanery took part in a Year of Faith Deanery Mission from 4th until 19th May 2013. The Mission was run by the lay people and priests of the Sion Catholic Community for Evangelism. The theme was God as our loving Father.
There was a special Mission Programme for the deanery's young people - BLISS Engage, BLISS Enrich and BLISS Ignite.
The Mission included a Service of Reconciliation, an Anointing Mass with the Sacrament of the Sick and a special Mass at the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon, in celebration of the Feast of Pentecost, followed by a shared buffet lunch.
In the wake of yesterday's tragic death of a soldier from Woolwich Barracks (now known to be Drummer Lee Rigby of the Royal Fusiliers), the local community came together at St Peter the Apostle Church, Woolwich, to offer Mass at 12:30 pm today, Thursday, 23rd May 2013. Bishop Patrick presided at the Mass and Father Lloyd Shanthikumar concelebrated in the presence of the Anglican Bishop of Woolwich, Dr Michael Ipgrave.
Bishop Ipgrave read the bidding prayers: for Drummer Lee Rigby, whose life was brutally taken in yesterday’s incident; for his family and his friends and colleagues at Woolwich Barracks; for the Police and Ambulance Services; for those who witnessed the murder and for the community that they find peace and unity.
Many of the parishioners also lit candles for him. May he rest in peace.
Bishop Michael Ipgrave, Bishop Patrick and Father Lloyd Shanthikumar
Bishop Michael Ipgrave, Father Michael Branch and
Father Lloyd Shanthikumar
After the Mass, Bishop Patrick met with Father Michael Branch, parish priest of Saint Peter the Apostle, Woolwich. They issued this joint request for prayer:
'We encourage people to pray for the young man who died so tragically and for his family and colleagues at Woolwich Barracks, who must be devastated by recent events.
We would also ask people of the diocese to unite themselves in prayer with the people of Woolwich at this difficult time.
In recent years there has been a very good relationship between the various cultural and faith communities in the Woolwich area and we have every confidence that this mutual respect and collaboration will indeed continue and grow stronger.'
Following the brutal killing of a soldier in Woolwich yesterday, members of the Faiths Forum for London have united to deplore the crime and express their solidarity to respect the sanctity of life and pray for the victim and his family.
Their statement reads: 'We, as representatives of many of London's faith communities, deplore the terrible attack that has taken place today in Woolwich.
All of our religions exalt the sanctity of human life and no grievance could justify such a barbaric assault that has cost a young man his life. Terrorism has no place on our streets. We pray for the victim of this attack and his family, and call for Londoners to stand together at this time.
We will redouble our efforts to work for peace, love, understanding and hope.'
The Catholic signatory was Southwark Deacon Jon Dal Din, who is Chaplain to the Caribbean community and the Director of the Diocese of Westminster's Interfaith Agency.
On Tuesday, 21st May 2013, at Saint George's Cathedral, Archbishop Peter presided at a Mass in thanksgiving for the many years of ministry in our diocese of those who are celebrating significant anniversaries of their ordinations to priesthood and diaconate.
Bishop Emeritus Howard Tripp
Canon William Clements
Father Cyril Williams
Father Roy Dunstan CRL
Canon John Madden
Father Patrick Moloney
Father Kevin Pelham
Father Bede Chaberski OFM Conv
Father Denis O'Gorman CRL
Father Michael Boland
Father Joseph Feeley
Father James Kirby
Father James McGillicuddy
Father Richard Punkett
Father Simon Peat
Father Joseph Akono
Father John Fricker CRL
Deacon Kevin Dunne
Deacon Kevin Dunne, a deacon for twenty-five years, reads the Gospel
The Eucharistic Prayer
Celebration lunch following the Mass
We congratulate all our jubilarians, thank them for their ministry and keep them in our prayers.
Howard will be joined by priests who studied with him at Saint
John's Seminary, Wonersh, and were ordained in 1953, at a
Mass of Thanksgiving in Saint George's Cathedral, on Tuesday, 28th
Bishop Howard celebrates his diamond jubilee on 31st May: also ordained from Wonersh in 1953 and expected to concelebrate at the Mass are Bishop Francis Walmsley (Bishop Emeritus of the Forces), Canon Bill Clements (who was Administrator at St George’s Cathedral between 1970 and 1980) and Fr Ken McCarthy of the Arundel and Brighton Diocese.
The Mass will be at 12:30 pm.
The image is of the reredos in the Lady Chapel at Saint John's Seminary, Wonersh:
Queen of the Clergy
Pray for them
For the third year running, Friends of Saint Augustine's are holding a week of celebration leading up to the Feast of St Augustine on Monday, 27th May 2013.
This year’s programme, which started on Saturday, 18th May, includes liturgies, music, a play, a documentary, readings, lectures and tours.
The church will be open from 10 am until 4 pm each day throughout the week and a record number of visitors are expected.
Father Marcus Holden, Parish Priest and Rector of the Shrine said: ' St Augustine’s week will help to attract visitors from far and wide to Ramsgate, but we hope it will also attract local families and people of all age groups to look in and see this part of Ramsgate’s heritage for themselves.'
On Sunday, 5th May 2013 at St Raphael’s, Surbiton, Bishop Paul conferred the ministry of Reader on four men studying for the Permanent Diaconate:
Tom McCarthy (St Anselm’s parish, Tooting Bec),
Simon English (St Anselm’s parish, Tooting Bec),
Michael Butt (St Winefride’s parish, Wimbledon South) and
Julian Burling (Sacred Heart parish, Wimbledon).
Bishop Paul also conferred the ministry of Acolyte on
Peter Sebastian (St Raphael’s parish, Surbiton), who is in the second year of his studies for the Permanent Diaconate.
Those who received ministries with Fr Peter Edwards, Director of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate, and Deacon Peter Rennie, Assistant Director
We congratulate them and keep them in our prayers.
On Saturday, 4th May 2013, Bishop Patrick was welcomed by Father Mark Odion MSP, parish priest, Deacon Jeffrey Singleton and the parishioners of The Annunciation and St Augustine, Beckenham Hill and Bellingham, where he conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on nine young parishioners.
The Prayer of Consecration
The Eucharistic Prayer
Presentation of Certificates
Earlier this month Archbishop Peter received a letter from Cardinal Joseph Zen SDB, the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, asking for prayers for Christians in the People's Republic of China.
The Cardinal wrote: 'The situation of the Church in China is getting more and more difficult. The enemies of the Church are trying all efforts to enslave our bishops and priests in order to strengthen a Church independent from the authority of the Pope.'
In 2007, Pope Emeritus Benedict asked the whole Church to pray for the Church in China, especially on 24th May, the Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, and composed a prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan, who is venerated at her shrine in Shanghai.
The image is of Our Lady of Sheshan.
On Friday, 3rd May 2013, staff and students at Saint Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury, hosted a day to celebrate the Year of Faith.
Six local Catholic primary schools were invited to take part.
The day started with the celebration of Mass attended by almost four hundred pupils. After Mass, they participated in a day of arts and crafts reflecting the Year of Faith.
On Friday, 7th May 2013, Bishop Paul conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on twenty young people at St Raphael's Church, Surbiton. The Mass was concelebrated by Father Vincent Flynn, parish priest, and Father David Gibbons, Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of
Deacon Maurice Williams
who died on 9th May 2013
His body will be received at
St Anselm's, 89 West Hill, Dartford, Kent DA1 2HJ
(Telephone: 01322 220075)
on Wednesday, 29th May, at 5:00 pm
A Vigil Mass will be offered there by Bishop Patrick
on Wednesday, 29th May, at 7:30 pm
His Funeral Mass will be offered there by Archbishop Peter
on Thursday, 30th May, at 10:00 am
May he rest in peace
On Friday, 3rd May 2013, Archbishop Peter visited the Bonus Pastor Catholic College in Lewisham to officially open and bless the College's new premises.
The College was founded in 1958 and has moved into the recently completed new buildings.
The Archbishop presided at Mass in the hall to bless the future of the College.
The Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, gave an address about the new school buildings.
The Principal, Mrs Ruth Holden, said: 'The Grand Opening of the school’s new buildings was the best event I have ever seen at the school, a really dignified and lovely occasion.'
Archbishop Peter gives his homily during Mass
On Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May 2013, the annual Mass in support of London's migrant workers was offered in Westminster Cathedral.
Over 2,000 people filled the Cathedral for the Mass at which Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Westminster), Bishop Thomas McMahon (Brentwood) and Bishop Patrick represented the three dioceses which together cover the London area.
First held in 2006, the Mass is always a vibrant and colourful expression of faith which reflects the tremendous diversity of the Catholic community, with music from across the globe.
In his homily, Archbishop Vincent spoke of strain on family life caused by immigration policies: 'Economic and time-period thresholds recently established for non-EU families to be united here are putting great strain on the vital unit of the family and could be seen as actually putting a price-tag on the value of family unity. Given the proven importance of the family for social stability, surely it is for the common good that immigration policies must be more sensitively shaped in such matters.'
Bishop Patrick with members of the Syro-Malabar Church after the Mass
Congratulations to Bishop Richard Moth, Bishop of the Forces, for being granted the Freedom of the City of London.
The ceremony took place at the Guildhall on Wednesday, 1st May 2013.
In February, Bishop Richard was admitted to the Freedom of the Skinners' Company. He said: 'The City Livery Companies are involved in a great deal of charitable work and have close links to the Armed Forces. It is an honour to receive the Freedom of the City and to be associated with the great historical traditions of the City of London.'
The first Freedom is believed to have been presented in 1237.
In the face of rising levels of domestic poverty, with 350,000 families now using food-banks, 3.6 million children living in poverty and almost five million people earning below the living wage, the Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) has announced a seminal conference to strengthen and develop the Catholic Church’s response to the poverty crisis.
Archbishop Peter has led the call for Catholics to engage directly with the issue of domestic poverty in this vital conversation:
'The Holy Father Pope Francis has called us to be a Church for the poor. This conference offers a timely opportunity to develop our answer to his call here in England and Wales. With a growing number of families struggling to meet even the most basic standard of living, the Church’s mission to tackle poverty in our own communities is now more important than ever.
'Poverty cannot be viewed solely through an international lens; it exists in a variety of manifestations on our doorstep. Poverty in the UK may be less visible, but for the families and individuals in insecure accommodation, struggling to meet living costs and foregoing meals, it is just as real.'
On Saturday, 4th May 2013, Bishop Patrick led the Day of Commissioning for 47 new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion from seventeen parishes in the diocese. The day was held in Saint Joseph's Chapel at The Friars, Aylesford.
The day included a period of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, talks from Monsignor Matthew Dickens and Bishop Patrick and Mass with the distribution of certificates.
Bishop Patrick's homily during the Mass - seated behind the altar
are Monsignor Matthew Dickens (right) and Deacon Malcolm Turner
Bishop Patrick presents the new ministers with their certificates
A new minister supported by his family
His Excellency Archbishop Brian Udaigwe
On Sunday, 5th May 2013, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Peckham, the Nigerian Catholic Chaplaincy of England and Wales and Bishop Patrick joined Nigerian-born Archbishop Brian Udaigwe to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for his Episcopal Ordination which took place in St Peter's Basilica on 27th April.
Archbishop Udaigwe was formerly the First Counsellor at the Apostolic Nunciature in Wimbledon. He has been appointed as the Apostolic Nuncio of the Republic of Benin in West Africa.
On Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May 2013, altar servers from around the diocese gathered at The Friars, Aylesford, for their annual rally.
Bishop Paul was the Principal Celebrant at the Mass.
The altar servers from Ss Austin and Gregory with St Anne, Margate, were chosen to be the main servers at the Mass.
The Entry Procession
On Sunday, 5th May 2013, Bishop John conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on young people of the Thanet Deanery at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Broadstairs.
Fr Paul Connelly (Holy Family, Birchington and Westgate), Fr Luke Smith, Dean, (Ss Austin and Gregory with St Anne, Margate), Fr Philip Seed (Our Lady Star of the Sea, Broadstairs), Bishop John and Fr Marcus Holden (Ramsgate and Minster)
Please pray for the repose of the soul of
Father Eric Wright
who died on 4th May 2013
His Funeral Mass will be offered by Bishop Patrick
on Wednesday, 12th June, at 2:00 pm
at All Saints’ Chapel, Royal Hospital Chelsea,
Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR
(Telephone: 020 7881 5200)
The Chapel is at the infirmary end of the hospital
and there is a café were people can meet and wait.
May he rest in peace