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News Archive for October 2015


National Shrine of Saint Jude


On the Feast of Saint Jude, 28th October 2015, the National Shrine of Saint Jude celebrated their Diamond Jubilee with a very special Mass.

The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Peter and concelebrated by Fr Tony Lester, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Carmelites

151028 - St Jude

In 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

151028 - St Jude

The National Shrine is looked after by the British Province of the Carmelites.

151028 - St Jude

151028 - St Jude

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

50th Anniversary Mass
Holy Family Primary School - Maidstone South

On the 21st October Archbishop Peter joined the community of Holy Family primary school to celebrate their 50th anniversary

151021 - Holy Family School - Maidstone South

151021 - Holy Family School - Maidstone South

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Jubilarians at the Venerable English College in Rome

In October 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

The first of three meetings for priests and deacons took place on Tuesday 20th October, in the hall at The Good Shepherd parish, Downham.  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



In 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 & Family Life team) about Marriage preparation.



Two 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 parish, Ashford

Sacred Heart - Wimbledon






Saint Teresa - Ashford








On Going Formation of Priests

The 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. 



Stephen 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 e-safety policy.



RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives 

Our Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, has added to the Archives' blog



I 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)

To find out more please visit our archive blog:

http://southwarkdiocesanarchives.blogspot.co.uk

The Catenian Association - Province 7 Southwark

On 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



The 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.



The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Stephen Haines who warmly welcomed Bro. Fergus and the Brothers and introduced the ethos of Catenianism to the congregation and the purpose of the Mass




Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers
Holy Communion at the Cathedral

On Saturday 10th October 2015 Bishop Patrick Lynch commissioned 161 people as Extraordinary Ministers Holy Communion

151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of 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 Emmaus Story

151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

Monsignor Matthew Dickens presided at a period of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament

151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

After 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

151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion


Bishop 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.

151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

The Extra Ordinary Ministers came from 39 parishes from around the Diocese - Addiscombe, Anerley, Ashford, Balham, Beckenham, Beckenham Hill and Bellingham, Bexleyheath, Brixton Hill, Camberwell, Canterbury, Cathedral, Chislehurst West, Clapham Common, Croydon West, Downham, Eltham, Forest Hill, Greenwich, Ham, Hayes, Herne Hill, Kidbrooke, Merton, Mitcham, New Addington, North Cheam, Norwood South, Norwood Upper

Putney, Shooters Hill, Sidcup, Sydenham Kirkdale, Thornton Heath, Tolworth, Tooting Bec, Vauxhall, Walworth, Wimbledon South together with The Latin American Chaplaincy and King's College Hospital Chaplaincy


151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

151010 - Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

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.
The cardinal is archbishop of  Tegucigalpa in Honduras and coordinator 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.
The 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 Romero Trust.

Gathering of Diocesan Safeguarding Representatives

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team organised a gathering for Parish Safeguarding Representatives from around the diocese on Saturday 3rd October and 98 attended

151003 - Day for Safeguarding Reps

This 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 promotion of diocesan best practice and national guidelines. Following a welcome by Archbishop Peter, Helen Sheppard, the Diocesan Safeguarding coordinator, spoke about work at the Diocesan level and gave some updates to Reps

151003 - Day for Safeguarding Reps

The main input 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.

151003 - Day for Safeguarding Reps

‘Parish Reps’ from a vital part of the Safeguarding structure; not only do they act as a contact point in the parish, they also represent the Safeguarding Office and Safeguarding Commission in their parish.

151003 - Day for Safeguarding Reps

They are a direct link to the diocese as they carry out their ministry, supporting the clergy and people, and working to keep those at risk safe; a task Archbishop Peter thanks them for when he celebrated Mass in the Cathedral with them.

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

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

151002 - Day for Religous

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.

151002 - Day for Religous

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.

151002 - Day for Religous

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.

151002 - Day for Religous

The day ended with Archbishop Peter celebrating a Mass for those present and remembering all those who couldn’t make it to the gathering.

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page