Shrine of Saint Jude
the Feast of Saint Jude, 28th October 2015, the National Shrine of
Saint Jude celebrated their Diamond Jubilee with a very special Mass.
Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Peter and concelebrated
Fr Tony Lester, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Carmelites
attendance was : Mr Jonathan Neame Esq DL who is represented the
Lieutenancy of Kent; the Mayor and Mayoress of Faversham, Councillor
Nigel A Kay and Mrs Anne Kay; the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Shiel Campbell,
plus all the former chaplains of the Shrine
The National Shrine is
looked after by the British Province of the
50th Anniversary Mass
Holy Family Primary School - Maidstone South
On the 21st October
Archbishop Peter joined the community of Holy
primary school to celebrate their 50th anniversary
photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page
Jubilarians at the Venerable English College in Rome
some of this year's Jubilarians went to the annual celebration
organised for them by the Venerable English College in Rome
New Marriage Rite Meeting for Priests & Deacons
first of three meetings for priests and deacons took place on Tuesday
20th October, in the hall at The Good Shepherd parish,
Fr David Gibbons and Paul Moynihan from the diocesan Liturgy Commission
explained the new Order of Celebrating Matrimony, which comes into use
at Easter 2016.
Good Shepherd - Downham
addition, there was input from Monsignor Matthew Dickens (Chancellor)
and Deacon Michael Kennedy (Chancery Administrator) about the correct
procedures and paperwork, and from Lisette Blanchet Ball and Fr Tom
Creagh-Fuller (from the South-east London Area Marriage &
Life team) about Marriage preparation.
further meetings are to be held, on Monday 26th October at The Sacred
Heart parish, Wimbledon and on Wednesday 28th October at St Teresa’s
Sacred Heart - Wimbledon
Saint Teresa - Ashford
On Going Formation of Priests
Southwark Ongoing Formation Office held its first In-Service Training
Day last Thursday, 8 October, at the Centre for Catholic Formation
entitled Digital Citizenship and Wellbeing.
Carrick-Davies delivered an impressive, animated and informative
presentation supported by slides and handouts. He gave the
gathered clergy an insight into the various facets of social media, a
reflection of the spiritual issues of life online and how it impacts on
parish life as well as an understanding and a review of
Archdiocese of Southwark Archives
Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, has added to the Archives' blog
recently discovered, in the archive, six original photographs taken at
the time of the liberation of Bergen-BelsenConcentration Camp in 1945.
These were entitled, “Photographs taken by a friend of Mgr D.P. Wall.
Belsen Concentration Camp. German soldiers compelled under an armed
guard of British troops to bury the dead.” Mgr Denis P Wall (ordained
1944, died 1992) was a priest of the Diocese and we can only speculate
why these photographs ended up in the Diocesan Archive. Perhaps whoever
took them recognised their importance and wanted to put them somewhere
that they would be well looked after. The images captured scenes of
piles of skeletal bodies being buried (I have not included the images
in this blog due to their disturbing content)
find out more please visit our archive blog:
Catenian Association - Province 7 Southwark
Sunday 11th October 2015 The Catenian Association - Province 7
Southwark Brothers, once again held their annual Mass at Metropolitan
Cathedral Church of St George Cathedral, Southwark to remember their
deceased Brothers who had died in the past 12 months
cathedral was also packed with their families, relatives and friends
and the names of the deceased were read out by Bro. Fergus Ponsia,
Province 7’s Provincial President.
Mass was celebrated by Fr. Stephen Haines who warmly welcomed Bro.
Fergus and the Brothers and introduced the ethos of
the congregation and the purpose of the Mass
of Extraordinary Ministers
Holy Communion at the Cathedral
On Saturday 10th October
2015 Bishop Patrick Lynch commissioned 161
people as Extraordinary Ministers Holy Communion
Bishop Pat started the
day with a talk on the Eucharist and this
special Ministry using the symbols of Holy Communion and the
Matthew Dickens presided at a period of adoration before the Blessed
lunch Monsignor Matthew spoke of the role of the Extraordinary Minister
and the rubrics, including the service of administering Holy Communion
to the Sick and the checks that need to be taken before staring this
ministry and so therefore bringing together all the training that had
been given in every parish
Patrick Lynch presided at the Mass along with the other concelebrants
Monsignor Matthew Dickens and Father Richard Hearn, Dean of the
Cathedral, during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers
and presented their certificates.
The Extra Ordinary Ministers
came from 39 parishes from around the
Hill and Bellingham,
Croydon West, Downham,
, Herne Hill
, North Cheam
Hill, Sidcup, Sydenham
Heath, Tolworth, Tooting
Bec, Vauxhall, Walworth,
South together with The Latin American Chaplaincy and King's College
2015 Archbishop Romero Lecture
On the 1st October
2015 St George's cathedral hosted the annual Archbishop Romero Memorial
Lecture which was given by Cardinal Oscar Rodrguez.
cardinal is archbishop of Tegucigalpa in Honduras and
of the Council of Cardinals whom Pope Francis established
to advises him on reforming the workings of the Vatican.
The title of the talk was 'From
Romero to Francis: the joy and the tensions of becoming a poor Church
with the poor'
The lecture was attended by over 200 people and was organised by the
Archbishop Romero Trust.
cardinal was very moved by the Romero Cross which stands in the
cathedral as a memorial to the Blessed Oscar Romero and was presented
with a copy of the cross by Julian Filochowski, chair of the Archbishop
Gathering of Diocesan Safeguarding Representatives
Diocesan Safeguarding Team
organised a gathering for Parish Safeguarding Representatives from
diocese on Saturday 3rd October and 98 attended
is an annual opportunity for Parish Reps
to get together for some input on the important ministry of working to
safeguard children and vulnerable adults; this work also includes the
of diocesan best practice and national guidelines. Following a welcome
Archbishop Peter, Helen Sheppard, the Diocesan Safeguarding
about work at the Diocesan level and gave some updates to Reps
of the day was a presentation by Steven Carrick-Davies on “E-safety
social media”, an area of life that is in a state of rapid and constant
evolution, but also an area in which young people can be particularly
vulnerable to intimidation, bullying and harm.
Reps’ from a vital part
of the Safeguarding structure; not only do they act as a contact point
parish, they also represent the Safeguarding Office and Safeguarding
in their parish.
They are a direct link
to the diocese as they carry
ministry, supporting the clergy and people, and working to keep those
safe; a task Archbishop Peter thanks them for when he celebrated Mass
Cathedral with them.
Day for Religious
On the 2nd October 2015
Archbishop Peter joined about one hundred
religious Sisters and Brothers from around the diocese for their annual
meeting at The Friars, Aylesford
The Church is currently
celebrating the ‘Year of Consecrated Life’, and
so this year’s gathering was of special note. The speaker for the day
was Sr. Margaret O'Shea, a religious of the Poor Servant of the Mother
of God congregation.
Sr Margaret is a very
experienced religious, and
was previously a Vicar for Religious in the diocese of Arundel and
Brighton, although now based in Euston. She spoke about being thankful
for gift of consecrated life, both personally and as a gift to the
Church, living the consecrated life with joy, and looking forward to
the future with hope.
With a great sense of
humour Sr Margaret shared
her own experience, anecdotes from the lives of other religious, and
encouraged those present to also share.
The day ended with
Archbishop Peter celebrating a Mass for those
present and remembering all those who couldn’t make it to the gathering.
photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page