News Archive for 2014 - April
50th Anniversary Celebrations
of St George 2014
Solemnity of St George
was transferred to Monday 28th April this year, as the 23rd fell within
the Easter Octave. Archbishop Peter joined the Cathedral Parish and the
Canons of the Cathedral for a Mass on that evening.
During the Mass three new
Chapter Canons were formally installed.
Canon Anthony Charlton
received the profession of faith from the new
Canons on behalf of the Provost (Canon Tom McHugh) who was unable to be
right: the three new
members of the chapter kneeling:
Edward Perera, Canon Luke Smith and Canon John Weatherill; seated:
Canon Anthony Charlton (Secretary to the Cathedral Chapter), with
Deacon Jim Shehan standing)
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The Resurrection of Christ (detail) 1475-79
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
happy and blessed Easter
Bishops offer Easter Day
Masses in Prisons
On Easter Sunday Bishop
Patrick offered Mass
in HMP Belmarsh and Bishop Paul offered Mass in
Fr Paul Mason,
Episcopal Vicar for Kent, offered Mass in two of the
prisons on the
Isle of Sheppey.
In Southwark diocese
there are fifteen prisons ranging from Young
Offenders' Institutes to High Security Prisons.
Week and the Chrism
Peter celebrated the Easter Triduum and the morning
The Chrism Mass is the
largest regular diocesan celebration held during the year. In this
liturgy priests, deacons and people gather with the Archbishop for the
blessing of the holy oils that will be used in parishes in the coming
year – the oil of the sick, the oil of Catechumens and the oil of
Chrism, from which the Mass receives its name.
THE BLESSING AND CONSECRATION OF OILS…
While the Oil of the Sick, used for those who seek the anointing, and
the Oil of the Catechumens, used for those preparing for baptism, are
simply “blessed,” the Sacred Chrism is “consecrated”. All the priests
present participate in the latter moment by extending their hands
toward the vessel containing it as the bishop says the prayer of
jars of oil after the
blessing and consecration.
The Oil of Chrism is used at baptisms, confirmations, the ordination of
priests and bishops, the consecration of altars and the blessing of
churches, where the walls are smeared with it in the shape of the sign
of the cross.
As part of the consecration of the Chrism, balsam is poured into the
oil, which gives it a sweet smell intended to remind those who
encounter it of the “odour of sanctity” to which those people and
things who are marked with it, and by extension all of us, are called
to strive for.
RENEWAL OF ORDINATION PROMISES
The Chrism Mass also provides an opportunity for the priests of the
diocese to renew the promises they first made at ordination.
As a group of ministers gathered with members of the faithful of the
diocese they make their public commitment to the service of God, the
Church and its people once more. The deacons and
the people in turn offer their prayerful support of their priests and
to the Archbishop.
A TIME TO GATHER AS A DIOCESAN FAMILY
In this most holy of weeks the Chrism Mass provides us with a moment to
gather as a diocese – bishop, clergy and people – to support and pray
for one another, to remember and pray for the people of our diocese and
on the Diocesan Flickr page
photos of the Southwark Chrism Mass
on the Flickr page of the Bishops' Conference
CJM’s 'Born for This' was
presented by Southwark Catholic Youth Service and the Order of
Carmelites in partnership with Catholic Secondary Schools at the
Aylesford Priory on Saturday 5th April and St George’s Cathedral on
Sunday 6th April.
It was a very moving and prayerful depiction of the Stations of the
Cross which was valued by all present.
shrine of St.
Augustine of England, Ramsgate
shrine of St. Augustine
of England, Ramsgate, will open to visitors seven days a week from
1st April. This is made possible by volunteers from the Parish and from
the Pugin Society, and is in addition to the daily worship that already
takes place there.
The new opening times are 10am – 4pm every day. Daily Mass is held at
12pm, followed by devotions.
The new opening times will open up access to the church for the
increasing number of visitors who come from around the world.
Augustine’s is developing an Education, Research, and Visitor Centre,
with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the new opening times
are key to bringing more visitors to St. Augustine’s and to Thanet.
Rector, Fr. Marcus Holden, said, “Recently daytrippers visited from
London, expecting such a major building to be open each day. Such an
important place for England and the world – religiously, historically,
and architecturally – should be open, and we are delighted to be able
to meet this expectation.”
St. Augustine’s has several cultural events planned for this year, as
well as numerous pilgrimages, and architectural and archaeological
visits. In the last week of May the site is hosting the annual St.
Augustine Week. In September, the site will host the inaugural Pugin
St. Augustine’s was designated a diocesan shrine of St. Augustine on
2012 by Archbishop Peter Smith, and contains one of two
known relics of St. Augustine. This is the first shrine to the founder
of English Christianity since his tomb at St. Augustine’s, Canterbury,
was destroyed during the Reformation.
Joseph's Primary, Surbiton
Peter paid a
visit to the Primary School in Surbiton to bless their new chapel. The
pupils gathered for an assembly with hymns and scripture readings.
Archbishop Peter explained to the children the reasons we have special
places for prayer, and encouraged them to use their new chapel.
speaking to the children
(the entrance to the new chapel can be seen on the left)
After the assembly Archbishop Peter spent some time with the School,
visiting the pupils in their class rooms.
Futher photos of the Assembly on
the Flickr Page
of Parish Jubilee
Parish of The
Annunciation and St. Augustine, Beckenham Hill and Bellingham, have
begun a special year of celebrations as they begin to mark the Golden
jubilee of the dedication of the Church. Bishop Pat Lynch joined the
parish and Fr Mark Odion for the Inaugural Mass of their Jubilee Year,
together with other priests and deacons from the diocese.
Bishop Pat speaks with
some of the parishioners
as the celebrations
The following day parishioners gathered for a Parish Stewardship
Conference. This day helped those who attended to recognise their role
as stewards of God's gifts; including "Time, Talents and Treasure."
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