On 26 March 2015 the Prior General of the Carmelite Order, Most Rev.
Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., visited the National Shrine of
Saint Jude, Faversham to officially launch their diamond jubilee. He
attended with the Councillor General for Europe, Very Rev. Fr. John
Keating. The National Shrine is looked after by the British Province of
the Carmelites. During the morning, Fr. Fernando and Fr. John met the
community at Faversham, and then the team at the Shrine Office, so that
they could see the work of the Apostolate. Afterwards, they were taken
on a tour of the Shrine.
In the afternoon, Fr. Fernando celebrated Mass for the community and
lay staff in front of the beautiful sixteenth century statue of Saint
Jude. Fr. Fernando launched the diamond jubilee by thanking all the
Pilgrims who have supported and visited the Shrine since 1955. Fr.
Fernando noted that the Carmelite Order are very proud of the work of
the Shrine, the community and lay staff. He then unveiled a plaque to
celebrate the start of the diamond jubilee and his visit. On his
departure, Fr. Fernando was given a gift of a statue of Saint Jude and
Life Membership of the Guild of Saint Jude. Fr Michael Manning,
Chaplain, said: “It was a truly joyous occasion and Fr. Fernando
thoroughly enjoyed his visit to our special Shrine”. Mr Matt Betts,
Development Manager remarked: “The National Shrine of Saint Jude is
rightly proud of its 60 years of ministry and we are very pleased that
Fr. Fernando has started our celebrations off. We are looking forward
to seeing pilgrims at our Summer Celebration on 30 May 2015, when
celebrations will continue – all welcome”.
On the 21st March Bishop Patrick Lynch presided at a Mass of welcome
for Father Anthony Cassidy CSsR as Parochial Administrator for St
Matthew - West Norwood
A New Dean for
The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
On Friday 20th March 2015 Archbishop Peter Smith inducted Father
Richard Hearn as the next dean of the Cathedral
The celebrations continued in Amigo Hall after Mass
Mothers' Day at Beckenham Hill and Bellingham
The Catholic Union of Mothers in Beckenham Hill and Bellingham led the
celebrations for Mothering Sunday
15th March 2015
The celebrations contiuned in the parish hall after the Mass
Ordination of Keith Sylvia to the Priesthood
On 14th March 2015
Archbishop Peter ordained Keith Sylvia to the priesthood at the Church
of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Addiscombe
Father Keith had been a priest in the Church of England for twenty four
before he, his wife Jacqueline and the family became Catholics in 2013.
Keith exercised his diaconate ministry in Addiscombe since November and
has now been appointed there as Assistant Priest. Fr. Joe O'Connor and
the parishioners have welcomed Fr. Keith very warmly and he and
Jacqueline have already made a great contribution to the life of the
The parishioners turned out in great numbers for the Ordination
celebration and Keith was also well supported by family and friends.
'24 Hours for the Lord' - 13th March and 14th March
"Let us not underestimate the
power of so many voices united in prayer! The 24 Hours for the Lord
initiative, which I hope will be observed on 13-14 March throughout the
Church, also at the diocesan level, is meant to be a sign of this need
for prayer." (Pope Francis)
The Holy Father has invited Catholics throughout the world to
participate in this evangelizing event, by opening churches where
possible, offering Confessions and Eucharistic Adoration.
At St George’s Cathedral there was Adoration all Friday
afternoon, and adoration will continue after the Saturday
9.30am morning Mass until just before the start of the 12.30pm
Mass. For information about this events in the parishes of the
diocese, please visit the Newsletter pages of Parish websites (see
for links to Parish websites).
Over 900 young people from
the Diocese of Southwark, organised by the Southwark Catholic Youth
Service, joined over 10,000
other young people to attend Flame 2 at Wembley Arena on 7th
It is thought to be the biggest Catholic Youth Event
ever event in the UK
The day of prayer, reflection and celebration included talks
Cardinal Luis Tagle, who has frequently spoken to many thousands at the
Los Angeles RE Congress on a rare visit to the UK.
Sheila Hollins, past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
and President of the British Medical Association, who specialises in
working with young people who are themselves suffering with anxiety, or
accompanying friends who are in need; and Father Timothy Radcliffe OP,
the inspirational Dominican speaker and writer who was named by young
people at Flame 2012 as the speaker with the greatest impact.
The music was led by Grammy award winning artist Matt Redman and David
Wells, Director of Adult Formation and Youth Ministry in the
Diocese of Plymouth was the MC this year.
Cardinal Luis Tagle celebrated Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral
Church of St George on Sunday 8th March
Photo by Ms K Endozo
Cardinal Luis Tagle with
Archbishop Peter, Father Richard Hearn, the Dean of the Cathedral,
Father Philip Smith, Father Stephen Haines, Father Thomas Bakulumpagi,
Father Dermott Donnelly, Chair of CYMFED and John Toryusen,
Chair of CYMFED and Director of the Southwark Catholic Youth Service
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation grant for
St Augustine's Centre - Ramsgate
The Andrew Lloyd Webber
Foundation announced a £25,000 grant award
yesterday, for the proposed project for a Pugin and St Augustine
Education, Research, and Visitor Centre at St Augustine's in Ramsgate.
are the 16th grant giving organisation to support the Restoration and
proposed Centre. Over 400 people who have generously donated to the
project so far.
Fr Marcus Holden, Rector at St Augustines, said: "This
project is locally driven, but it is a project that has a national
importance. The things you see here inspired the architecture of a
nation, Parliament was inspired by Ramsgate. We are very grateful for
the donation from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Fund and for Lord Lloyd
Webber's personal interest and support for our project.
"It takes us one step nearer towards the church's restoration and the
setting up of a centre for Pugin inside the church."
Father Marcus Holden, Councillor Iris Johnston, Leader of Thanet
District Council, Chris Maton of Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Robert
Pugin Purcell on behalf of the Pugin family and Clive Aslet, Editor at
Large of Country Life Magazine - Picture: Marie Muscat-King
than 100 guests representing grant giving organisations and supporters
attended Monday's reception. They heard speeches in support of the St
Augustine's project from Clive Aslet, Editor at Large of Country Life
Magazine, Cllr Iris Johnston, Leader of Thanet District Council and
Robert Pugin Purcell on behalf of the Pugin family.
event was hosted by Fr Marcus Holden, Rector of St Augustine's church
in Ramsgate, the burial place of its great architect, Augustus Welby
Pugin. St Augustine's has made a second round application for Heritage
The cost of the project for a centre is likely to be just over
90th Anniversary of
in Great Britain
The National Catholic
Scout Fellowship (NCSF) had a special Mass to
celebrate 90 years at The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St
George on Sunday 1st March 2015
All Scouts, Guides,
Beavers and Cubs were invited to join them. The
was celebrated by Bishop Richard Moth, the Bishop for Scouting.
Sadly Father John Seddon, the National Chaplain to Catholic Scouts, who
was to have been
present died Friday 27th February 2015.
Many awards were
presented after Mass by Margaret McDowall, former Manager and Bishop
There was refreshments and a display of merchandise from the NCSF
in Amigo Hall afterwards.