Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of
Holy Communion at
the Metropolitan Cathedral
Church of St George
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.
Bishop Paul started the day
with a talk on the Eucharist and this special Ministry
Monsignor Matthew Dickens
at a period of adoration
Monsignor Matthew spoke of the role of the Extraordinary Minister and
rubrics, including the service of administering Holy Communion to the
Sick therefore bringing together all the training that had been
given in every parish
Bishop Paul presided at
Mass along with the other concelebrants Monsignor Matthew, Monsignor
Ewing and assisted by Father Philip Smith, during which he commissioned
Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.
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
Sanderstead, Shooters Hill, Sydenham, Tolworth, Tooting, Tunbridge
Wells, Vauxhall, Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon South and Woolwich
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
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
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
To find out further information about the Campaign please visit our
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
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
“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.
In 2002 Fr
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
The celebrations continued
in Amigo Hall after Mass
Please click on above for
the Southwark Diocesan Liturgy Commission’s
Music Spring Flyer and Booking Form
The Knights of Saint Columba
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
who died on 21st January 2015
His Funeral Mass will be held on
Friday 13th February 2015 at 11.00am
May he rest in
Marymount International School Celebrates 60th years
On Friday 9th January
Marymount International School in Kingston began its 60th anniversary
Bishop Paul presided at a special mass during which he commissioned 8
Students as Eucharistic Ministers.
This was followed by the formal opening of the schools new 3D
Fabrication Laboratory by Baroness Greenfield, a renowned scientist.
The Laboratory was then blessed by Bishop Paul.
After which guests, staff and pupils enjoyed afternoon tea together.
'Sternsinger' - dressed as the Magi came to bless
Archbishop’s House for the coming year
On the 11th January 2015 a
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
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
(Parish of St Benedict)
Marchwood Crescent W5 2DZ
020 8862 2160
May he rest in peace
pray for the repose of the soul of
Richins BA, FCP
who died on 3rd
His Funeral Mass will be held on
Tuesday 27th January at 14.00
Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
Lambeth Road London SE1 6HY
rest in peace