News Archive for November 2014

Confirmation at St Vincent - Dartford

Archbishop Peter Smith joined the community of St Vincent, Dartford to Confirm their young people on Saturday 22nd November 2014
141124 - Confirmation St Vincents Dartford

141124 - Confirmation St Vincents Dartford

Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter which was read in our parishes on the First Sunday of Advent, 30th November 2014

Full text of Archbishop Peter's Pastoral Letter

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Deacon John Roberts KHS

who died on the 21st November 2014

His Funeral Mass will beh held on

11th December 2014 at 11.00am

St. Teresa's - Ashford

May he rest in peace

The Canterbury Project

On 22 November 2014, the Parish of St. Thomas Canterbury Catholic Church, Canterbury came together with friends and visitors from different parts of the world, to celebrate Our Canterbury Project, entitled: Burgate Our Canterbury Home with an adaptation of a Vespers of St. Cecelia by candlelight.
141122 - The Canterbury Project
The project created by Fr. Valentine Erhahon celebrates Canterbury through the lens of a parish church with the written word and art. It is a project that celebrates how the parish church brings people together as one family under the love of God and invites them to celebrate their gifts and talent for the building up of the church, in a sprit of co-responsibility.
Fr. Valentine mentioned at the introduction “it was a celebration of us as a pilgrim people in a Church we can consider our family and in Canterbury we can call our home.”
141122 - The Canterbury Project
During the Vespers, extracts from the living history based on the interviews of nine parishioners born between 1933 to 2014 written by Liam Faulkner was read. And the 6ft by 5ft oil on canvas painting of the nine parishioners and a dog by the artist Ohimai Stephen Areguamen, was unveiled by Canon Anthony Charlton and Mr. Julian Brazier, MP of Canterbury and Whitstable.
In his homily during the Vespers, Canon Anthony Charlton mentioned that in Canterbury there are lot of saints, and St. Thomas’ have even got a Saints chapel with a mural of all the saints in Canterbury. The painting, entitled Burgate our Canterbury Home, represents the diversity of the parish community and the nine parishioners who have been painted, represents saints in the making.
141122 - The Canterbury Project
The painting is temporarily exhibited in the Saint’s chapel in the Church.
All those who worked on the project did so voluntarily, and the artist offer the painting as a free gift to St. Thomas’.
141122 - The Canterbury Project
It is hoped that the painting will serve as a link between the church and the local council. For example, the painting could be used to raise money to support charities in Canterbury who look after homeless people who must sleep rough.
More photos are available on One Drive
Introduction of the Painting, Burgate our Canterbury Home

Clergy Appointments and News

Announced November 2014

Father Alan Burgess, currently Parochial Administrator at St Michael and All Angels, Farnborough has been appointed as Parish Priest at St Michael and All Angels, Farnborough on 23rd November 2014.

Following the forthcoming departure of the Carmelite Friars from the Parish of Walworth, the Archbishop has appointed Father Thomas Udie as the New Parish Priest.

Father Mushtaq Azad a priest from the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles has been appointed to the parish of Surrey Docks as Parochial Administrator on 17th November 2014.

Father Philip Seed has been appointed as the new Dean of Thanet Deanery to succeed Canon Luke Smith.

Canon Luke Smith has been appointed as the new Dean of Maidstone Deanery to succeed Canon John Clark.

Father Peter Edwards has been appointed as the new Dean of Kingston Deanery to succeed Canon Anthony Charlton

The date of the Dean's appointments is from 28th October 2014 for the remained of the term of office which expires on 31st October 2016.

Father Hubert Miranda was formally incardinated into the Diocese on 27th October 2014 and continues as Parish Priest of the Parish of St. Michael, Pollards Hill.

Following the recent Provincial Chapter, Father Charles Serignat OFM Cap has been appointed as the new Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Angels, Erith. He succeeds Father Gordon Pesterfield OFM Cap who is moving to the community in Oxford on 17th November 2014.

Br Zbigniew Fryska OFM Cap will also be leaving the Erith Community and has been transferred to Oxford.

Father James Moran O.Carm has been appointed as the new Chaplain at Coloma Court Nursing Home, West Wickham as of 9th October 2014.

Father Pietro Celotto cs - The Church of the Holy Redeemer, Italian Mission - has has returned to Italy and his place as Parish Priest has been taken by Father Francesco Buttazzo cs.
Father Francesco has been part of the community at Brixton since 2010.

Father Renato Zilio has been transferred to France and his place has been taken by Father Walter Hernan Diaz cs.
Father Walter is from Argentina and was ordained on 15th March 2014. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Father Patrick Feyisetan from the Diocese of Abeokuta, Nigeria, has been appointed as Parochial Administrator of the Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption, Links Road on the 24th October 2014

Father Patrick has been looking after the parish since February when he stepped in to look after the parish while Fr Francis Reid was ill.

The Sisters of Mercy celebrate 
175 years of service in Bermondsey

On the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 21st November 2014 the Sisters of Mercy gathered from all over the world to attend a Mass in The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George  - Southwark to give thanks for their 175 years of service in Bermondsey.
The Chief Celebrant was Archbishop Peter Smith who was joined by  Archbishop Emeritus Michael Bowen, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Howard Trip, Father Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent, Father Jim Hurley, Episcopal Vicar for Religious and many more clergy from Southwark and other dioceses. The homily was preached by the Parish Priest of Dockhead Bermondsey, Canon Alan McLean
141121 - 175th Anniversary Mass - Mercy Sisters
In 1831 a new priest, Father Peter Butler was sent to Dockhead Bermondsey.  At that time Bermondsey was a place of warehouses and factories filled with goods from all over the world, yet local and migrant workers lived in desperate poverty and overcrowded and dirty housing.
A small number of local women helped Father Peter in his ministry to the poor of the parish.  They lived very simply in a former chapel where they ran a school during the day and wore a uniform of a black dress ,white veil and cap.  Father Peter knew they wanted to enter religious life so in 1838 he and Bishop Thomas Griffiths wrote to Catherine McAuley, the foundress of a new religious order in Ireland, the Sisters of Mercy.
141121 - 175th Anniversary Mass - Mercy Sisters
Father Peter asked Augustus Welby Pugin, who had completed the new Dockhead church in 1835, to build a suitable convent and on 19th November 1839 Catherine McAuley and a group of Irish sisters arrived in Bermondsey. The Convent of Mercy soon became known as a place where anyone in trouble, whether Catholic or not, could find help.
In 1854 some of the Sisters of Mercy from Bermondsey joined Florence Nightingale at the converted barracks hospital in Scutari and nursed the wounded and dying of the Crimean War.  In 1897 four sisters who had survived were awarded the Royal Red Cross medal by Queen Victoria for their outstanding efforts
141121 - 175th Anniversary Mass - Mercy Sisters
The Sisters of Mercy had to rebuild their convent after the Second World War as, along with most of Bermondsey, it was destroyed by the Blitz.  In December 1940 the church was destroyed and on March 1945 a V2 rocket wrecked the presbytery and convent killing three priests.
141121 - 175th Anniversary Mass - Mercy Sisters
Despite the improvements in the lives of the local people the Sisters of Mercy continue to work with vulnerable people on the margins of society, the homeless, the lonely and the sick.

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Guild of Church Musicians

Archbishop Peter Smith was invited to join the Guild of Church of Musicians on Friday 20th of November 2014 for Evensong and to present their awards and honours for 2014
The Guild of Church Musicians was founded in 1888 as the Church Choir Guild, and was incorporated in 1905 to become known as the Incorporated Guild of Church Musicians, with the foundation patrons being Archbishop Frederick Temple and Sir George Elvey, organist of St George's Chapel, Windsor. Until 1988 it was mainly Anglican, but in that Centenary Year the Archbishop of Canterbury invited the Archbishop of Westminster to become a joint patron, so it has gradually become fully interdenominational being open to all branches of the Christian Church.
The Guild is in essence a fellowship of those who sincerely desire to offer the best in music to the service of the church both amateur and professional musicians being unified in a common ideal. It exists to encourage all musicians within the church, whether amateur or professional to foster the highest attainable standards of music in the worship of Almighty God.
The recipients were:
The Preliminary Certificate in Church Music
Miranda Hunt
India-Rose Slack
Natalie McGowan
Sophie Price
Amy Lockwood
Molly Shapland
David George Flatt
Archbishop's Award in Church in Church Music
Jessica Cooling
Archbishop's Certificate in Church Music
Thomas Morgan
Ian Harrison
Honorary Fellowship
Judith Bingham
The Reverend Canon Perran Gay

Sacred Heart Catholic School - Camberwell

On the 18th November 2014 Archbishop Peter Smith along with clergy from the Deanery of Camberwell join the community of Sacred Heart School to celebrate the opening of their new school premises by celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving
141118 - Opening of the new building of Sacred Heart School - Camberwell
The old school building for Sacred Heart School was over 50 years old and unsuitable for 21st century teaching and learning so it was rebuilt to ensure the school comminity have outstanding facilities to support the outstanding educational experience that is delivered.
141118 - Opening of the new building of Sacred Heart School - Camberwell
The new school building for Sacred Heart Catholic Schiool has new learning spaces and sports facilities including a sports hall, drama studio, dining area, multi-use games area and places for students to socialise during breaks and advanced ICT facilities to support teaching and learning.
141118 - Opening of the new building of Sacred Heart School - Camberwell
The day of celebrations concluded with a social gathering in the rebuilt school hall where thanks were expressed and gifts distributed

Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy

Archbishop Peter Smith was invited to join the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy and celebrate Mass with them on 16th November 2014
141116 - Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy

141116 - Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Diamond Jubilee of St Ambrose -  Wye 

On Friday 14th November Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated Mass with the communityof St Ambrose Wye on the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the church. 
141114 - 60th Anniversary Mass - St Ambrose - Wye
John Jolliffe was awarded a Papal Award, The Bene Merenti, in honour of his long and dedicated Service to St Ambrose in Wye and the Parish of St Teresa's.
141114 - 60th Anniversary Mass - St Ambrose - Wye

More photos can be found on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Dedication Mass at Chessington and Hook

On Saturday 8th November 2014 Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated a special Mass of Dedication for the Church building and Altar for the service of God at St. Catherine of Siena - Chessington and Hook
141108 - Dedication Mass - Chessington
This ceremony completes the work of Fr. Augustine Queally and many of our older parishioners who have worked for this day for over 50 years
141108 - Dedication Mass - Chessington
The Archbishop lit the Consecration Candles around the church having anointed the walls of with the Oil of Chrism
141108 - Dedication Mass - Chessington
Two papal blessings were presented to two families who have worked tirelessly for the Parish for the past 50 years and were actively involved in the initial fund raising campaign 50 years ago. The consecration Mass was a very significant day for them
141108 - Dedication Mass - Chessington
The celebrations continued in the parish hall
141108 - Dedication Mass - Chessington
Kind acknowlement for some photos go to the Facebook Page of
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

News from the Dean of the Cathedral

''On Friday Nov 14, it was announced that I have been appointed as the full-time RC National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary of the Department of Dialogue and Unity for the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales – a bit of a mouthful and a big task!
As a result, I will be leaving St George’s at the end of December in order to be in post for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January. Archbishop Peter has named Fr Richard Hearn as my successor as Dean.
At present, Fr Richard is a prison chaplain at Elmley Prison on the Isle of Sheppey. Because of his prison commitments he will not be able to take up his new post until the beginning of March 2015 and so Fr Philip Smith has been appointed by the Archbishop as Acting Dean from January 1 2015.''

The South Bank Christian Churches
Remembrance Day Service at St George’s Cathedral

The South Bank Christian Churches (formerly called Churches Together in North Lambeth and District) organised a very successful Remembrance Day Service at St George’s Cathedral on Tuesday 11 November.
141111 - Schools Rememberance Gathering at St George's Cathedral
All the local schools in Southwark and Lambeth were invited to send a group of 50 people comprising either Year 6 students (from primary schools) or Year 7 students (from secondary schools) along with a group of teachers, governors and parents. 17 of the 21 schools responded enthusiastically and so the Cathedral was filled with over 900 people.
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Each of the students had been asked to make a poppy and to bring it along with them to the service as a symbol of the ‘peace project’ they had followed at school.
141111 - Schools Rememberance Gathering at St George's Cathedral
The service was a mixture of the old and new. Three large screens showed some of the footage of the First World War and of the human tragedy involved in the war that was meant to end all wars. The poem ‘In Flanders fields’ was read and the Salvation Army provided a cornet player to play the last post and reveille.
141111 - Schools Rememberance Gathering at St George's Cathedral
The students poppies were collected and then used to form a visual display of the word PEACE as a symbol of the commitment made by the congregation to learn the lessons of war and to declare peace.
141111 - Schools Rememberance Gathering at St George's Cathedral
It was planned that the poppies would be laid in the grounds of the Imperial War Museum and that there would be a football tournament among the schools to recall the Christmas truce during the first Christmas of the First World War. However, a suspect device found in the grounds of the Imperial War Museum forced the cancellation of this part of the planned programme and yet was a reminder of the reality that not all people are intent on peace.
141111 - Schools Rememberance Gathering at St George's Cathedral
The suspect device was made safe by a controlled explosion and the organisers were able to lay the poppies in the Tibetan peace garden in the grounds of the Imperial War Museum.
141111 - Schools Rememberance Gathering at St George's Cathedral

Kind acknowledgement for photos goes to PJimages - Phil Jenkins
More photos are on the PJimages' website

New Parish Priest
Our Lady of the Rosary - Blackfen

On Sunday 9th November 2014 Bishop Patrick Lunch inducted Father Steven Fisher as pariah priest of Our Lady of the Rosary - Blackfen
141109 - Induction of Father Steven Fisher to Blackfen
Father Fisher was joined in the celebration by the Dean of Bexley, Father James Spencer and clergy from around the Deanery
141109 - Induction of Father Steven Fisher to Blackfen

141109 - Induction of Father Steven Fisher to Blackfen
 The celebration contiuned in the Parish Hall
141109 - Induction of Father Steven Fisher to Blackfen

Richard Challoner School

A Specialist Technology and Sports Academy
Manor Drive North
New Malden
Surrey KT3 5PE
Are looking for a


Required: September 2015
Salary range: L34 - L39 (starting grade point dependent upon experience)
Applications are invited for the post of Headteacher of Richard Challoner School, to succeed the current Head, who is retiring at the end of August after over 20 years of strong leadership and high achievement.
Richard Challoner School is a highly successful Catholic comprehensive school for boys aged 11-18 and girls aged 16-18. The school is a DfE designated Academy, with Specialisms in Technology and Sports and is graded by Ofsted as being ‘outstanding’ and as Grade 1 by the Diocesan S48 Inspection.
Richard Challoner School has been serving the local Catholic community since 1959 and is heavily oversubscribed, with 4 applicants for each place available. The school continues to grow and now has 980 students on roll, including 260 in the Sixth Form.
At the heart of the school is its distinctive Catholic ethos, which in turn is supported by the excellent relationships which exist between the staff and the students. A shared vision for the school is supported by the staff, students, parents and governors, which has created a very strong caring and cohesive community, based on the Christian values of love, respect and compassion for others.
We are seeking to appoint an inspirational Headteacher; a highly effective, enthusiastic and forward thinking leader who will continue to build on the successes of our school. The Headteacher is expected to provide professional leadership and practical management for the school to continue its success, ensuring high quality education which realises the potential of all pupils.
You must be a practising Catholic, but need not be working in a Catholic school.
We welcome informal visits to the school – to make arrangements, please contact Marion Silvester, PA to Head:

Richard Challoner School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and to equality of opportunity. Appointment to this post will be subject to an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website:

Closing date for application is
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 (midday)

 “Doing ordinary things extraordinarily well” (Bishop Richard Challoner)

Memories of a Parish in Wartime brought back to life

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY was particularly poignant this year for St Anselm’s Church, Tooting Bec where new war memorial plaques have been blessed, recalling names close to being forgotten forever.
    To mark the occasion, Parish Priest Father William Hebborn presided at a Requiem Mass and dedicated the two brass plaques commemorating both World Wars.
    The Last Post was performed by parishioner Justin Finn and the names of the dead were read out by Nick Dunne and John Pontifex who had carried out the research that led to the discovery of the parish war dead.
    Nick and John’s work has led to the publication of a book titled ‘A Parish in Wartime: Remembering the fallen from two World War.’ The 150-page paperback details the lives of the war dead.  Some were killed on the field of battle, others were shot down over enemy skies and still more were victims of air bombardments over London.
    The book tells the story of young Albert Austin, recently married to Sara Read, killed at the Somme in 1916.
    There is Peter Keast, a qualified vet, who died off the coast of Norway in December 1941, reportedly after coming to the aid of his Sergeant, and the de Beauchamp Collenette brothers, both airmen, shot down in the heat of the battle in 1942 and 1943 respectively.
    Another account describes how six-year-old Francis Carroll, and his mother, Winifred, lost their lives in January 1943 when a V-1 bomb landed on their home.
    Many of the stories have been told by surviving siblings – now in their 90s – who were contacted as part of the research into the book. A number of relatives were able to come to the launch of ‘A Parish in Wartime’ held at St Anselm’s on Saturday – the eve of Remembrance Sunday. Brendan Kearns compered the evening of remembrance complete with music from the period led by Catherine Pontifex – sister of John.
    An exhibition of wartime artefacts – old newspapers, footage from the period, ammunition boxes and other memorabilia – was assembled by a team led by Tom Gately, St Anselm’s parish catechetical co-ordinator. Among the items were a serviceman’s cap and gloves belonging to Flight Officer Daniel Corry, killed in September 1944, who lived in Tooting Bec.
The family still live in the parish and his nephew, Stephen Marsh, brought along the items for display.
    The programme of activities was organised by Martine Mercer, parish administrator.
    BBC London carried the story of the war memorials in broadcasts on Sunday evening.
    Father William Hebborn, who came up with the idea of the war memorial, said the book, the plaques and the programme of activities realise a dream he first conceived when he became parish priest at St Anselm’s back in 1997. He said: “I felt compelled to act when I discovered that the church had no memorial to the parish war dead. The trouble has been that we have very few parish records so carrying out the research has been very difficult. Over time however, fragments of evidence have been pieced together and at last we have been able to produce memorial plaques erected in the church to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.”
    Meantime, research into the St Anselm’s war dead continues. Those with information about other people eligible for inclusion on the plaques are invited to contact the parish.

Copies of ‘A Parish in Wartime’ are on sale from St Anselm’s priced £5 each. Postage and packing is £1.75 for one copy. Orders for two or more copies are £2.50 postage and packing.
To place your order, contact The Parish Office – ‘A Parish in Wartime’, St Anselm’s Church, 9 Tooting Bec Road, London SW17 8BS. Tel. 020 8672 2179. Cheques are payable to St Anselm’s Church. Email Martine Mercer, Parish Administrator at

Pilgrimage to St George's Chapel Windsor and
Eton College organised by the
Southwark Cathedrals Unity Forum

Members of congregations of both Southwark Cathedrals joined together with Canon John O'Toole - Dean of St George's Cathedral, to visit St George's chapel, where they followed medieval pilgrims to the short-lived shrine of Henry VI (founder of Eton College) and saw the modest last resting place of Henry VIII, whose Dissolution of the Monasteries and church reforms had such lasting effect on the lives of Christians in England that they are still experienced today.
141101 - Pilgrimage Windsor - Eton
St George's Chapel
They were shown round Eton College chapel, dedicated to our Lady of the Assumption, by the chaplain and vergers, where there is daily Evensong for Etonians.
141101 - Pilgrimage Windsor - Eton
Eton College
141101 - Pilgrimage Windsor - Eton
Our Lady of Sorrows
The final call was to the church of Our Lady of Sorrows, built in Eton in 1905 for RC pupils. The numbers are now too large and Mass is said in the lower chapel of the school. Since 2012 the Church has been owned by the College but is run as an RC parish church

The pilgrims were both fascinated and horrified to learn that initially there had been such fears in Eton that the new building was to contain no windows and no rainwater was to reach the ground, for fear that people and land might be 'contaminated' by contact with Roman Catholicism
141101 - Pilgrimage Windsor - Eton
Evening Prayer

Explore Your Archive is running from 
10-16th November

The Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) and The National Archives have come together to raise awareness of archives, their value to society and the impact they have on individual lives

RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives

The Diocesan Archive is located in Archbishop’s House, Southwark, next door to St George’s Cathedral. The Archive holds the episcopal and administrative records of the Archdiocese of Southwark from the foundation of the Diocese in 1850.
The Archive has three main purposes:
  • To preserve the records of the Southwark Archdiocese
  • To support and be a resource to the central administration, parishes and agencies of the Diocese
  • To make the archives of the Diocese available to researchers

Please contact Diocesan Archivist:
Jenny Delves (working hours: Monday-Tuesdays)

Phone: 020 7928 5592

Address: RC Archdiocese of Southwark, Archbishop's House,  150 St George's Road,  London SE1 6HX

Anniversary of the Dedication of St George's Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, designed by Augustus W.N. Pugin, was dedicated on 7th November 1894, with the ceremony taking four and a quarter hours.
141107 - Anniversary of the Dedication of St George's Cathedral
Although the Cathedral was opened in 1848 it was not consecrated until 1894 when all the debts had been paid. The original Cathedral was destroyed by an incendiary bomb in 1941 and rebuilt in 1958.
141107 - Anniversary of the Dedication of St George's Cathedral
On Friday 7th November 2014, Canon Edward Perera celebrated Mass in the Cathedral to mark the 120th anniversary. He was joined by some of the Canons of the diocese.
141107 - Anniversary of the Dedication of St George's Cathedral
Around the Cathedral the Consecration Cross Candles were lit as a sign of the building being set apart and made holy for worship, having been anointed with the Oil of Chrism.
141107 - Anniversary of the Dedication of St George's Cathedral
The day of its dedication is celebrated as a Feast each year throughout the diocese.

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Golden Jubilee Celebration
St. Michael and All Angels - Farnborough

On Sunday 2nd November 2014 Archbishop Peter joined the community of St. Michael and All Angels in Farnborough for the 50th anniversay of the opening of the parish church.
141102 - 50th Anniversary - Farnborough

141102 - 50th Anniversary - Farnborough
Archbishop Peter con celebrated Mass with Fathers Alan Burgess, Paul Fennessy and Bryan Wells
141102 - 50th Anniversary - Farnborough
The celebration continued in the marquee in the car park, especially erected for the occassion, with a fork food buffet enjoyed by all the parish community

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page