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News Archive for April 2015


Vocation Sunday in West Croydon

As part of the year of Consecrated Life the parish of West Croydon celebrated Vocations Sunday with life size images of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict on the sanctuary to encourage parishioners to pray for vocations to Priesthood and all other vocations



There was also a two week display of a life size nun and brother where people could put their own face through the head to remind people of the variety of vocations
The parishioners also made banner and there was a choice of literature available. The whole undertaking was very successful and a lot interest was shown



Beckenham Hill and Bellingham Parish
raise funds for their church roof

The Union of Catholic Mothers in The Annunciation and St. Augustine church Beckenham Hill and Bellingham Parish organised a day fun to raise funds for the church roof
150419 - Fundraising at Beckenham Hill

150419 - Fundraising at Beckenham Hill

Bishop Patrick Lynch visited Beckenham Hill and Bellingham Parish for Divine Mercy Sunday

On Sunday 12th April Bishop Patrick concelebated Mass with Father Mark Odien assisted by Deacon Jeff Singleton
150412 - Divine Mercy Sunday Beckenham Hill
After Mass Bishop Pat greeted the parishioners
150412 - Divine Mercy Sunday Beckenham Hill


Misericordiae Vultus 
BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY



Pope Francis pronounced a Holy Year, with the focus on mercy, during a penitential servcie at St Peter's Basilica.

''The Holy Year will open on 8 December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This liturgical feast day recalls God’s action from the very beginning of the history of mankind. After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil. So he turned his gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate in love (cf. Eph 1:4), choosing her to be the Mother of man’s Redeemer. When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of mercy. Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is ever ready to forgive. I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope.

The Jubilee year will close with the liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King on 20 November 2016. On that day, as we seal the Holy Door, we shall be filled, above all, with a sense of gratitude and thanksgiving to the Most Holy Trinity for having granted us an extraordinary time of grace. We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy upon us like the morning dew, so that everyone may work together to build a brighter future. How much I desire that the year to come will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God! May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!''

Photos of the announcement can be accesed via the [Multimedia] link on the full text of the Bull of Indiction
Full text of the Bull of Indiction



Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated the 10am Easter Sunday Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George with Father Richard Hearn, Dean of the Cathedral and Father Philip Smith, Assistant Priest of the Cathedral
150405 - Easter Sunday
After Mass Archbishop Peter distributed Easter Eggs to the children
150405 - Easter Sunday

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page



On Holy Saturday, 4th April 2015, Archbishop Peter presided at the Easter Vigil at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George with Father Richard Hearn, Dean of the Cathedral, Father Philip Smith, Father Oladele Craig, Father Stephen Haines and Father Thomas Bakulumpagi where baptised two adults and one child

150404 - Easter Vigil

150404 - Easter Vigil

150404 - Easter Vigil

150404 - Easter Vigil

The Archbishop and all the Cathedral Clergy greeted the congregation after Mass
150404 - Easter Vigil

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page


150401 - Chrism Mass

In this most holy of weeks the Chrism Mass provides us with a moment to gather as a diocese – bishop, clergy and people – to support and pray for one another, to remember and pray for the people of our diocese and beyond.

150401 - Chrism Mass

RENEWAL OF ORDINATION PROMISES

At the Chrism Mass priests of the diocese renew the promises they first made at ordination. As they gather with members of the faithful of the diocese they make their public commitment to the service of God, the Church and its people once more. The deacons and the people in turn offer their prayerful support of their priests and to the Archbishop.

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THE BLESSING AND CONSECRATION OF OILS

While the Oil of the Sick, used for those who seek the anointing, and the Oil of the Catechumens, used for those preparing for baptism, are simply “blessed,” the Sacred Chrism is “consecrated”. All the priests present participate in the latter moment by extending their hands toward the vessel containing it as the bishop says the prayer of consecration.

150401 - Chrism Mass
150401 - Chrism Mass
150401 - Chrism Mass
150401 - Chrism Mass

The Oil of Chrism is used at baptisms, confirmations, the ordination of priests and bishops, the consecration of altars and the blessing of churches, where the walls are smeared with it in the shape of the sign of the cross. As part of the consecration of the Chrism, balsam is poured into the oil, which gives it a sweet smell intended to remind those who encounter it of the “odour of sanctity” to which those people and things who are marked with it, and by extension all of us, are called to strive for.

150401 - Chrism Mass

The Chrism Mass is the largest regular diocesan celebration held during the year. In this liturgy priests, deacons and people gather with the Archbishop for the blessing of the holy oils that will be used in parishes in the coming year – the oil of the sick, the oil of Catechumens and the oil of Chrism, from which the Mass receives its name.

150401 - Chrism Mass

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page