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News Archive for November 2015


Consecration and Dedication of
St Cecilia’s Church North Cheam

On Sunday 22 November, Bishop Paul consecrated and dedicated St Cecilia’s Church North Cheam

151122 - North Cheam Consecration and Dedication

He was assisted by Deacon Phillip Pond. The Mass was concelebrated by Fr Robert Sugg, current Parish Priest, Bishop Howard Tripp, Fr Michael Gwinnell and Canon Luke Verhees

151122 - North Cheam Consecration and Dedication

As part of the Ceremony, a relic of St Cecilia was sealed in the centre of the altar

151122 - North Cheam Consecration and Dedication

151122 - North Cheam Consecration and Dedication

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Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read on the First Sunday of Advent 2015 - Sunday 29th November 2015.

This Advent and the coming Year of Mercy are a God-given opportunity for us to deepen and strengthen our faith and trust in [God], every day making our own the prayer of the Psalmist in Psalm 50:
“A pure heart create for me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.”
My dear brothers and sisters, never forget the words of Jesus: “Courage! Do not be afraid, for I am with you until the end of time.”  

Full text of the Pastoral Letter

Catholic school pupils raise the roof with
carols for seafarers

The students from Sacred Heart RC Secondary School in Camberwell sang traditional Christmas carols to get people in the festive mood, and station users responded – a total of £320.00 was collected in just over an hour!

The  group of Year 7 students raised the roof at Oval Tube station with their carol singing during rush hour on December 2



The cash will go a long way towards supporting AoS’ work with seafarers and their families, and help spread some Christmas cheer among the hundreds of seafarers arriving at UK ports this season

AoS Development Director John Green said, “The children were such great singers. We’re delighted to have them and their school do their bit to raise awareness about seafarers who work through the Christmas season to bring us up to 95% of the goods and services we consume”

He also thanked the management of Oval Tube station for their support



More carols for seafarers have been planned in London over the next few weeks. On December 11, pupils from Sacred Heart of Mary School in Upminster will be carolling at Upminster Tube station between 1.30 and 2.30pm

And on December 16, pupils of Westminster Cathedral School will sing at Pimlico Tube station between 1.30 and 2.30pm.

Later that day, from 4.30 to 6.30pm, the same students will join AoS head office staff and a team from shipping law firm Holman Fenwick Willan to spread more Christmas joy to commuters at Pimlico Tube Station
 

Knights of St Columba

On 14th November 2015 Archbishop Peter joined the Knights of St Columba in the parish of Erith to celebrated a Mass for the deceased members of the Knights

Knights of St Columba Erith

Knights of St Columba Erith

Knights of St Columba Erith



Opening of St John Bosco College - Battersea

On Friday 13th November Archbishop Peter formally blessed and opened the new school buildings of St. John Bosco College in its new home in Battersea, where in 1887 St. John Bosco sent his first Salesians to in the United Kingdom. The new buildings, has been a culmination of years of planning, as Archbishop Peter wrote in his forward “a labour of love and faith over many many months” to build a Secondary School with a sixth form for up to 1300 students

151113 - Opening of St John Bosco College

The Archbishop was joined by the Salesian Provincial, Father Martin Coyle SDB, the local Member of Parliament, Jane Ellison and representatives from the Southwark Education Commission, London Borough of Wandsworth and Lendlease who has worked in partnership with the Diocese and the Salesians of Don Bosco to deliver this project

151113 - Opening of St John Bosco College

The Archbishop blessing the new facilities accompanied by students from the college and the Head Teacher, Dr Simon Uttley

151113 - Opening of St John Bosco College

151113 - Opening of St John Bosco College

151113 - Opening of St John Bosco College

The celebration continued with refreshments after the Blessing    

151113 - Opening of St John Bosco College


RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives

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

The policy in Southwark Diocese is that parishes look after their own parish archives within their parish. The Diocesan Archive aims to advise and support parishes in this by developing guidance on record keeping, answering questions, visiting and offering advice etc.



The Diocesan Archives does, however, have a large collection of records relating to parishes – on average, one large box file per parish. These are not the parish records themselves, rather the records of the interactions between the Archbishop and the parish. These boxes can be of great value to those researching the history of their parish or local community

Arrival of the celebrant, 7 July 1935, Canterbury parish

These boxes contain a great mixture of items. They were created originally as a working filing system and anything that was created or received at Archbishop’s House in relation to a parish could be filed in them. This system continues today and once the material in the working filing system reaches ten years old it is evaluated to see if it has any long-term value. If it has, it is passed to the archive to be added to the parish file


Induction of Parish Priest in Beckenham

Father Stephen Wymer was inducted as Parish Priest of St. Edmund of Canterbury, Beckenham on 13th November 2015 by Archbishop Peter Smith

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The Archbishop was joined by clergy from the Bromley Deanery
 
151113 - Induction of Parish Priest Beckenham

The celebration continued in the parish hall after Mass

151113 - Induction of Parish Priest Beckenham


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and 
Readers' day of Recollection

On Saturday 14th November Bishop Pat Lynch joined the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers on a day of Recollection at Bishop Thomas Grant School in Streatham



Bishop Pat was joined by Father Ashley Beck who preached on the themes of Mercy and the Eucharist






Life: a post-Confirmation course for teenagers

A new post-Confirmation programme called Life was launched at a reception in the parish of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Addiscombe on Thursday 12th November.  The programme was written by Danny Curtin and Tom Caluori (a parishioner at Croydon) and is published by Redemptorist Publications.  The programme is the result in particular of Tom Caluori’s many years of youth work and school teaching in the Croydon area.



The Croydon Deanery was represented by Fr Joseph O’Connor (Dean) and Canon Frank O’Sullivan, as well as a number of parishioners.  The diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation was represented by Fr David Gibbons (Director).



The programme is based on the See, Judge, Act method, and can be used in schools (for example as a Mission follow-up) as well as in parishes after Confirmation.

Anniversary Weekend

Archbishop Peter joined two parishes on the weekend of the 6th and 7th November as they celebrated parish anniversaries

151107 - Golden Jubilee Strood

On the Saturday evening the people of Strood parish celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of the ‘new’ church of English Martyrs, together with Archbishop Peter and more than fifteen priests and deacons

151107 - Golden Jubilee Strood

The celebrations are being marked by the theme: ‘Forward together with Faith and Love’.  Before the Mass began a group of children from the parish school introduced the evening with a reflection and a song

151107 - Golden Jubilee Strood

 After the Mass the parish continued its celebration in the school hall

151107 - Golden Jubilee Strood 


151108 - Centenary Mass - Kennington Park


On Sunday morning Archbishop Peter made the short journey to Kennington Park as the Parish community of St Wilfrid’s marked the centenary of their church

151108 - Centenary Mass - Kennington Park

A few tired faces were present at the morning Mass, as the parish had also held celebrations the evening before. 

151108 - Centenary Mass - Kennington Park

During the Mass Archbishop Peter and the congregation paused at 11am for the two minutes silence of Remembrance Sunday


Feast of the Dedication of St George’s Cathedral


On Friday 6th November the Chapter of Canons gathered for a special Mass to celebrate the Dedication of St. George’s Cathedral. The celebrant and preacher was Canon Luke Smith, parish priest of St. Francis, Maidstone. The Cathedral Dean, Fr. Richard Hearn, concelebrated

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The original St George’s church was designed by A.W.N. Pugin and building commenced in 1840. The church was solemnly opened by Bishop Wiseman on 4th July 1848. When the English Hierarchy was restored in 1850 St George’s was chosen as the cathedral church of the new diocese of Southwark. The cathedral was consecrated by Bishop Butt on 7th November 1894.

151106 - Chapter Canons Mass

On the night of 16th April 1941 the cathedral was severely damaged by an incendiary bomb. It had to be rebuilt after the war and restoration work commenced in 1953. Romilly Craze was the architect for the restoration and the newly rebuilt cathedral was opened by Bishop Cowderoy on 4th July 1958.

Groups are always welcome to visit the cathedral and be given a guided tour of this historic and beautiful building, the Mother Church of our diocese.
For more information contact: info@stgeorges.org.uk 


Mass for Deceased Clergy of the Diocese

On Tuesday 3rd November Archbishop Peter celebrated Mass for all the deceased Clergy of the Diocese

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Archbishop Peter read the names of the deceased Clergy and asked all present to keep them in their prayers

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This will now be a annual celebration

151103 - Mass for deceased clergy

All concelebrating clergy were invited to lunch after Mass in Archbishop's House