News Archive for January 2015

Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of 
Holy Communion at the Metropolitan Cathedral 
Church of St George Southwark

On Saturday 31st January 2015 Bishop Paul Hendricks, Auxiliary Bishop with responsibility for the South West area of the diocese, and Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General, led the Commissioning Day.
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Bishop Paul started the day with a talk on the Eucharist and this special Ministry
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Monsignor Matthew Dickens presided at a period of adoration before the
Blessed Sacrament.
150131 - EMOHC - CathedralAfter lunch Monsignor Matthew spoke of the role of the Extraordinary Minister and the rubrics, including the service of administering Holy Communion to the Sick therefore bringing together all the training that had been given in every parish
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Bishop Paul presided at the Mass along with the other concelebrants Monsignor Matthew, Monsignor Gerry Ewing and assisted by Father Philip Smith, during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.
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93 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were commission from Addiscombe, Balham, Beckenham Hill and Bellingham, Brixton, Brixton Hill, Camberwell, Carshalton, Carshalton Beeches, Catford, Cathedral, Croydon West, East Sheen, Eltham Well Hall, Erith, Farnborough, Forest Hill, Hartley, Sanderstead, Shooters Hill, Sydenham, Tolworth, Tooting, Tunbridge Wells, Vauxhall, Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon South and Woolwich  
More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

The Clergy Support Fund Campaign

Archbishop Peter has identified the needs of our sick and retired priests as a priority for the Diocese. We all want the best for our own family and as part of the family of the Church, our priests deserve our support as they enter a new chapter in their lives.

Over the coming year it is the aim of the Campaign to offer every parishioner in Southwark Diocese the opportunity to find out more with a view to lending their support. The first step in this process is sharing the need and with the help of priests and enthusiastic laity across the Diocese, the Campaign Team are providing training sessions for all voluntary Parish Representatives who will eventually explain the need to their own parishioners. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of support and are pleased to share some photographs from our most recent Information and Training event for Parish Representatives in Mortlake Deanery, which took place at the end of January 2015.

Frances Mulligan, our South West Area Leader, has worked on the Campaign since its instigation in Croydon Deanery. Along with Deanery Lay-leaders and the Campaign Team, she regularly provides training for new Parish Representatives. Volunteers come from a number of different backgrounds: we are particularly keen to hear from those with presenting, technology, hospitality and organisational skills.

A strong network of clergy and laity are working together to deliver the Campaign. There are plenty of opportunities to share experiences and enjoy some fellowship.

The Campaign Office supplies Parish Representatives with a variety of resources and materials, including information booklets, training guidance handbooks, films, presentations and a website from which they can download a variety of additional resources. Further Information and Training events are due to take place in Sutton, Kingston, Tonbridge Wells, Chatham, Bexley, Camberwell and Wandsworth Deaneries prior to Easter. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Representative, please speak to your Parish Priest in the first instance.

To find out further information about the Campaign please visit our website:

Vocations Weekend Targets Later Vocations

Policemen, doctors and engineers were among a group of seven men who travelled down to Whitstable for an over-40s Vocations Retreat.
Father Stephen Langridge, the Vocations Director, admitted to being pleased at the number of men who participated in the event which was advertised by word of mouth and through parish newsletters.

“I hope it will encourage parish priests”, he said, "to advertise our events and to mention them at Mass. We can only reach people with their help”.

The Vocation Centre hosts regular vocation weekends which have grown in popularity in recent months. “Things came to a head just before Christmas”, Fr Stephen explained, “when we had to turn some men away because we didn’t have enough room. It was clear to me that we should offer two events tailored for specific age groups”.

The next regular weekend at the Vocations Centre (for men under 40) will be from 6th - 8th February.

There will also be a vocations weekend at St John’s Seminary at the end of February for men already in contact with the Vocations Office.

Missionaries of Saint Paul Mass of Thanksgiving

On the evening of Friday, 23rd January 2015, Archbishop Peter Smith presided at a Mass of Thanksgiving with the Missionary Society of Saint  
Paul in the Cathedral

The UK Mission of the Society started in 2000 and in that year Fr. Addison Okpeh joined the Archdiocese of Southwark.
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In 2002 Fr Eustace Durugbo (now the UK Mission Superior) and Fr Casmir Dike arrived to join Fr Addison in Southwark. Today the Society has ten priests in the diocese who have the care of six parishes: Beckenham Hill, Deptford, Gravesend, Norbiton, Nunhead, Stockwell and Brixton
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The celebrations continued in Amigo Hall after Mass

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The Knights of Saint Columba

On the Friday 16th January 2015 Mr Diego Gomes, retiring Provincial Grand Knight and Mr Michael Akinrele, who will be succeeding him as Provincial Grand Knight presented Archbishop Peter with their annual generous cheque for Seminary Fund.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Reverend Deacon Austin Martin

who died on 21st January 2015

His Funeral Mass will be held on
Friday 13th February 2015 at 11.00am
Holy Innocents
Strickland Way
Kent BR6 9UE

01689 817537

May he rest in peace

Marymount International School Celebrates 60th years

On Friday 9th January 2015 Marymount International School in Kingston began its 60th anniversary celebrations.
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Bishop Paul presided at a special mass during which he commissioned 8 Students as Eucharistic Ministers.
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This was followed by the formal opening of the schools new 3D Fabrication Laboratory by Baroness Greenfield, a renowned scientist.
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The Laboratory was then blessed by Bishop Paul.
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After which guests, staff and pupils enjoyed afternoon tea together.

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

'Sternsinger' - dressed as the Magi came to bless Archbishop’s House for the coming year

On the 11th January 2015 a goupr of German children ('Sternsinger', literally star-singers) dressed as the Magi came to visit Archbishop Peter and give, in words and music, a traditional blessing of Archbishop’s House for the coming year.
Symbols are chalked onto the front door of the house: 20*C+M+B+15 This represents the words Christus Mansionem Benedicat (may Christ bless this house) between the numbers for the current year. The star represents the star that guided the Magi and the three crosses represent Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is also sometimes claimed that the letters stand for the supposed names of the Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. These symbols are often to be found on the front doors of houses and churches in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The Sternsinger will be visiting different households in the German-speaking Catholic community of London in the coming week. They request an offering at each house (including Archbishop’s House!) towards the outreach to refugee children undertaken by the Pontifical children’s relief organisation in Germany.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Reverend Robert Kaggwa M.Afr
the Chaplain at Digby Stuart College, Roehampton

who died on 9th January 2015

His funeral Mass will be on
Thursday 29th January at 11.00 at
Ealing Abbey
(Parish of St Benedict)
Marchwood Crescent W5 2DZ
020 8862 2160

May he rest in peace

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Anthony Richins BA, FCP

who died on 3rd January 2015

His Funeral Mass will be held on
Tuesday 27th January at 14.00 at the
Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
Lambeth Road London SE1 6HY

May he rest in peace