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News Archive for September 2014


Safeguarding with Confidence

The second “Safeguarding with Confidence” conference was held at The Friars in Aylesford on 23 September with 60 people in attendance. The conference was opened with a prayer by the Episcopal Vicar for Kent, Fr Paul Mason followed by talks from Helen Sheppard (Safeguarding Coordinator) and Graham Preston (Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding)
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The day looked at the current structure for Safeguarding in the Catholic Church both nationally and locally. There was also a talk on sacrament and reconciliation and an interesting panel session to close the conference.
140926 - Safeguarding - Aylesford
Overall, a very positive day with encouraging comments from clergy.
A few to share…
“Thank you for the opportunity to meet my brothers – some I haven’t seen for long time, others I was able to meet for the first time. An altogether enjoyable and rewarding day. Your efforts did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.” Fr Jim Hurley
"The most useful part of the day was “the scenario session and the part of sacrament of reconciliation and safeguarding”. Fr Richard Plunkett
“The awareness of protection for children and vulnerable adults, but also the awareness of protecting myself. “ Unknown
140926 - Safeguarding - Aylesford
If you’ve not yet signed up to one of these events the Safeguarding team will be organising 3 more dates. For more details or to reserve a place please email rachel.stephens@sgo-rcdsouthwark.org
15 Oct - Ashford (St Teresa Parish)
14 Nov - Hayes (Our Lady of the Rosary) *FULLY BOOKED*
27 Nov - New Malden (St Joseph Parish)

More photos are on the RC Southwark Flickr page

Little Sisters of the Poor
St Peter's-Vauxhall

On 20th September 2014 Archbish Peter Smith join the community of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Vauxhall in welcoming their Mother General on a visit to the community and nursing home,
140920 - Mass at St Peter - Vauxhall with visit of Mother General
Also joining them on the day was Father Jim Hurley - Episcopal Vicar for Religious
140920 - Mass at St Peter - Vauxhall with visit of Mother General
The community presented Mother General with collage of their work and communities in the UK
140920 - Mass at St Peter - Vauxhall with visit of Mother General


Bi-Centenary of Don Bosco's Birth

Over 500 members of the Salesian family and friends came to the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George in Southwark on Saturday 20th September to celebrate the Bi-Centenary of their founder and the patron saint of young people, St John Bosco
140920 - Bi Centenary of Don Bosco's Birth
Mass was led by Archbishop Peter Smith – concelebrating were Bishop Paul Hendricks, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, Bishop Howard Tripp, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, Bishop Chris Budd, Bishop Emeritus of Plymouth (a past-pupil of Salesian School, Chertsey), Fr Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Great Britain, and 30 priests and deacons
140920 - Bi Centenary of Don Bosco's Birth
Fr Martin Coyle SDB in his homily, emphasized the unshakeable belief in the presence and providence of God that Don Bosco had; how Don Bosco believed in the goodness and potential of young people, especially those that Society had ignored, or worse, despised; concluding Fr Martin both encouraged and challenged the Salesian Family to continue the legacy of Don Bosco’s mission into the future.
140920 - Bi Centenary of Don Bosco's Birth
The Congregation was invited after the Mass to have refreshments in the Hall and to spend time looking at the Photographic Exhibition provided by Salesian Link (the Salesian office of Social Media and Communications in GB) on the theme – ‘Vision of Life’

Commissioning of the New Team at the
Southwark Catholic Youth Service's
Residential Centre in Whitstable

On Saturday 20th September 2014 Monsignor Matthew Dickens joined the team, their families and friends at St. Vincent’s Centre, the Southwark Diocesan Youth Retreat Centre for the AGM of the SCYS and to commission the new team for 2014/15

Isaac, Rachel, Rachel, Ellie & Katy were commissioned and welcomed to the team
Monsignor Matthew then con celebrated Mass with Father Damian Cassidy, O.Carm., the new Prior of The Friars, Aylesford and Father Gregory Griffiths which was offered for the repose of the soul of Shelia Doherty a former secretary of the Southwark Catholic Youth Service. Mass was followed by a reception

The Roman Catholic and The Anglican First XIs 
faced each other in Canterbury

The Roman Catholic and The Anglican First XIs faced each other in Canterbury on in a historic match to raise awareness of slavery and human trafficking.

The Twenty20 match, which was be played at Kent County Cricket Club in the shadow of Canterbury Cathedral on 19th September at 4pm, and along with the subsequent dinner, raised funds for the Global Freedom Network, the joint Anglican-Roman Catholic anti-trafficking initiative launched in March.

It was a magnificent ecumenical occasion, with the Archbishop of Canterbury joined by Archbishop David Moxon from the Anglican centre in Rome, as well as the Bishop of Dover, in friendly rivalry with the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Peter Smith and Bishop Pat Lynch
140919 - Ecumenical Cricket Match - Canterbury
The match marked the culmination of the St Peter's Cricket Club 'Tour of Light' initiative, and follows a challenge laid down by the club’s honourary president Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi to Archbishop Justin Welby.
140919 - Ecumenical Cricket Match - Canterbury
The St Peter’s Team consists of the following: two priests, four deacons and seven seminarians, all men involved in formation for the priesthood in Rome; eight Indians, two Sri Lankans, one each from Pakistan, England and Ireland, the majority are from the international Pontifical Colleges Maria Mater Ecclesiae and Collegio Urbano. The St Peter's team won the toss and decided to bat.

They scored 106 in the 20 overs. It had rained day before, so the ground was quite damp which made it difficult for the batters to score many runs The Archbishop of Canterbury XI started slowly and it looked promising for the Vatican team.  It came to the last over of the match and the Archbishop’s XI needed three runs to win which they scored with five balls to spare.140919 - Ecumenical Cricket Match - Canterbury

Day for Religious

On Friday 19th September 2014 the annual Day for Religious was held at The Friars, Aylesford
140919 - Day for Religious - Aylesford
Bishop Emeritus John Crowley from the Diocese of Middlesborough gave the key note speach.
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Archbishop Peter Smith joined the religious for the day along with Father Jim Hurley, Vicar for Religious

Dedication of St. Henry and St Elizabeth - Sheppey

On Sunday 14th September 2014 the parish of Sheppey celebrated the 150th anniversary of its opening. To mark the occasion Archbishop Peter Smith joined the parish celebrations during which he celebrated Mass with Canon Francis Moran and priests who had previously served in Sheerness, together with Clergy from the Deanery and dedicated the altar. Also present were Monsignor Matthew Dickens, the Vicar General and Fr Paul Mason, the Episcopal Vicar for Kent
140914 – Dedication of St. Henry and St Elizabeth - Sheppey
During the Mass two of the altar servers were presented with Long Service Medals to mark their many years of service in the Parish
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After Mass the celebrations continued in the parish hall
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Jubilee Mass for  Sister Sheila Moloney DMJ

Sister Sheila Moloney DMJ celebrated 50 years of her profession, at a Mass and reception at St Andrew’s Thornton Heath on the 12th September 2014.
140912 - Jubilee Mass for Sr. Sheila Moloney DMJ at Thornton Heath
She was joined by Archbishop Peter, who presided at the Mass, Archbishop Kevin McDonald, Bishop Howard Tripp, Sr Felicé DMJ the Provincial of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph congregation, other Sisters from the congregation, family, friends, colleagues and parishioners.
140912 - Jubilee Mass for Sr. Sheila Moloney DMJ at Thornton Heath
Sr Shelia has been in the Croydon area for all of her 50 years, including working in Coloma Girls School, and currently in the chaplaincy of the Croydon University Hospital. Canon Francis, the parish priest, reflected on her religious life in the homily; and on behalf of the very many people she had served and supported over the years he thanked her, praying that she would be blessed with many more happy years of professed life.
140912 - Jubilee Mass for Sr. Sheila Moloney DMJ at Thornton Heath


160th Anniversary of St. Mary's Chislehurst

On Sunday 7th September Archbishop Peter Smith visited the parish of St Mary Chislehurst to join with them as they celebrated the 160th anniversary of the opening of the Church.
140907 - 160th Anniversary of St. Mary's Chislehurst
Archbishop Peter celebrated the 9.30am Mass greeting parishioners afterwards, and then the 11am Mass with the parish priest Father Charles Briggs; this Mass was followed by a shared lunch in the parish room.

160th Anniversary of St. Mary's Chislehurst

140907 - 160th Anniversary of St. Mary's Chislehurst
During the 11am Mass Archbishop Peter blessed the new confessional, created by one of the craftsmen in the parish.
140907 - 160th Anniversary of St. Mary's Chislehurst


Clergy Appointments and News

 Announced September 2014

Canon Luke Smith has been appointed as Parish Priest of St Francis, Maidstone.

Father Timothy Finigan has been appointed as Parish Priest of Ss Austin and Gregory with St Anne, Margate.

Father Steven Fisher has been appointed as Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Blackfen from 3rd September 2014.

Father Bernard Heaphy is retiring as Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary, Brixton

Father James Spencer has been appointed as the Dean of Bexley Deanery to succeed Father Tim Finigan.

The Missionary Society of St Paul of Nigeria have been given the pastoral care of Our Lady of the Rosary, Brixton. Father Eustace Durugbo MSP, has been appointed the new Parish Priest. The MSP's have also been given permission to establish a Religious House in the parish.

Father Boniface Akpoigbe MSP succeeds Father Eustace Durugbo MSP as Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Assumption, Deptford.

Father Robert Ogbede cm has been appointed as the new Parish Priest of St Benet’s Abbey Wood

Father Peter Iwuoha cm will be the new assistant priest in the parish of
St Benet’s Abbey Wood

Canon David Caine has been appointed as Parish Priest of The Holy Family, Thanet.

Canon Anthony Charlton has been appointed as Parish Priest of St Thomas of Canterbury, Canterbury.

Canon Edward Perera has been appointed as Parish Priest of
Our Lady Immaculate, Tolworth.

Father Chukwuemeka Nnaji has been appointed as Parochial Administrator (Priest in Charge) of the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Lee.

Father Oladele Craig has been appointed as an Assistant Priest at the Metropolitan Cathedra Churchl of St George.

Father Joseph Owusu-Ansah, following his ordination in July, has been appointed as Assistant Priest to Holy Ghost Parish, Balham.

Father Anthony Plummer has been appointed as Parish Priest of
Christ the King, Wimbledon Park, to succeed Canon John Naughton who has retired.
 
The Society of the Missions (The Vincentians) Nigerian Province, have been entrusted with the pastoral care of the parish of Peckham, and Father Richard Diala cm has been appointed as the new Parish Priest, and at the same time his Provincial has appointed him the local Superior.

Father Vincent George cm will be coming to work in the diocese from Nigeria and will be an assistant in Peckham.

Father Christopher Heaps SDB was given a new appointment within the Salesian Order, and left the Parish of the Sacred Heart in July, to move to the Salesian Community in Bootle. The Salesian Provincial has nominated as interim Parish Priest Father Kieran Anderson, SDB, the present Rector of the Salesian Community in Battersea. He will combine these roles for one year.

Deacon Thomas Bakulumpagi, having completed his Seminary formaton, has been appointed a Deacon in the Metropolitan Cathedra Churchl of St George.