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News Archive for December 2015


Archbishop Peter's Christmas Prayer ...


Gerrit van Honthorst 
Adoration of the Child c.1620 
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

I pray that God may bless you, your famliy and friends, 
and give you the gifts of his love, peace, joy, and mercy this Christmas 
and throughout the extra-ordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

Archbishop of Southwark


Christmas Family Mass in the Cathderal

Archbishop Peter presided at the Family Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George on Christmas morning


151225 - Christmas Morning Mass

151225 - Christmas Morning Mass

After Mass Archbishop Peter distributed sweets to the children

 151225 - Christmas Morning Mass

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Televised Midnight Mass 2015




Midnight Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George was broadcast live this year on BBC 1.

The Mass is available to 'watch again' on the BBC IPlayer (click here) until 23rd January




The Mass, which Archbishop Peter celebrated, along with Fr Richard Hearn (Cathedral Dean), Fr Oladele Craig, Fr Thomas Bakulumpagi and Fr David Gibbons 

151225 - Midnight Mass

Archbishop Peter was assited by Deacons Daniel Weatherley, David Howell and Philip Andrews

151225 - Midnight Mass

Southwark Seminarian ordained Deacon

Daniel Weatherley was ordained a Deacon on 19th December 2015 by Archbishop Peter at St John's Seminary - Wonersh 

151219 - Ordination of Deacon Daniel Weatherley

Deacon Daniel will exercise his ministry at Wornesh 

151219 - Ordination of Deacon Daniel Weatherley

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

South East Catholic Schools Christmas Music Festival 
Sacred Heart Church - Camberwell

8 Catholic schools, in South East London, on Thursday 17th December, gathered at Sacred Heart Church Camberwell for the second edition of the SE Catholic schools music festival.



The schools are, St Joseph Infant School, Camberwell, St Francis Primary School,  Peckham, English Martyrs Primary School, Walworth, St Josephs Primary School, Camberwell, Sacred Heart Secondary School, Camberwell, Virgo Fidelis Convent School, St Michaels Catholic College, Bermondsey, and St Thomas the Apostle, Nunhead



Bishop Patrick Lynch was the special guest of honour and thanked all those who worked hard towards the celebration, and he reminded everyone that the birthday of Jesus is what Christmas celebrates. He blessed all the participants and all who were present



The parish priest, Fr Victor Darlington, in an interview, also reminded everyone that the birthday of Jesus is the reason for this joyful season, and he stressed that the annual celebration of the music festival, is to strengthen solidarity between catholic schools in the South East of London and to promote the Catholic ethos of our schools.






Mass and Lunch with Overseas Clergy Support Group and Ethnic Chaplaincy - Woolwich

On the 15th December Archbishop Peter visited St Peter's Wololwich to join Father Shaju Varkey, the new coordinator of Ethnic Chaplaincy in Southwark and the On Going Formation of Preists, who organised a Mass and Christmas Lunch for the Southwark Ethnic Chaps and overseas clergy in Southwark

151215 - Mass and Lunch with Overseas Clergy Support Group - Woolwich
151215 - Mass and Lunch with Overseas Clergy Support Group - Woolwich

The parishioners of St Peter’s provided superb lunch consisting of many different dishes from throughout the world

151215 - Mass and Lunch with Overseas Clergy Support Group - Woolwich

151215 - Mass and Lunch with Overseas Clergy Support Group - Woolwich

Opening of the "Door of Mercy" at the Cathedral

On Sunday 13th December Catholic Bishops throughout the world opened a Door of Mercy in their Cathedral Church. Pope Francis opened the Door of Mercy in his Cathedral Church, the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, on this same day, having previously opened the door in St Peter’s Basilica.

151213 - Opening Door of Mercy

Archbishop Peter opened the St George’s Door of Mercy at the beginning of the 11.30am Mass, joined by Bishop Paul Hendricks, clergy from the Cathedral, the Rev Canon Andrew Nunn (Dean of the local Anglican Cathedral), and many people, some of whom had joined the Cathedral Mass especially for the Jubilee event. 

151213 - Opening Door of Mercy

Over the door is a quote from the Gospel of Luke (13.24) “enter by the narrow door”; although the Mercy of God is generous beyond our understanding, as Christians we are called to respond to the challenge of living our lives by following Christ and his Gospel message

Jesus went through one town and village after another, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, ‘Lord, will only a few be saved?’ He said to them, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.’      (Luke 13:22-24)

151213 - Opening Door of Mercy

The Door of Mercy in our Cathedral is a completely new entrance. The builders broke began the process of breaking through the wall a few weeks ago, and the exterior of the door was completed, just in time, the previous Friday – more work will be done inside over the next few weeks to complete the project.

151213 - Opening Door of Mercy

The Door of Mercy will be fully open for pilgrim groups at some point in January; Parishes, Deaneries or other groups who wish to make a particular pilgrimage to the Cathedral and the Door of Mercy should contact the Cathedral bookings@stgeorges.org.uk

151213 - Opening Door of Mercy

Once the work is completely finished the Door of Mercy will be available for the duration of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, and will be formally closed on Sunday 13th November 2016.

151213 - Opening Door of Mercy

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page


Three futher "Doors of Mercy" in Southwark

In the Bull of Indiction of the Jubilee Pope Francis gave Diocesan Bishops permission to permit Shrines also to have a Door of Mercy. In Southwark three shrines in Kent will have a Door for the Jubilee: St Augustine's Shrine (Ramsgate), St Jude's Shrine (Faversham), The Friars (Aylesford).

151213 - Opening of the Holy Door of Mercy Aylesford

The Carmelite community at Aylesford gathered at the 10.15am Mass to open the Door of Mercy at the Shrine, the Prior, Fr Damian, presided over the Mass, delegated by the Archbishop to open the door on his behalf.

151213 - Opening of the Holy Door of Mercy Aylesford

151213 - Opening of the Holy Door of Mercy Aylesford

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page


The Jubilee of Mercy has begun

Archbishop Peter, together with Bishop Paul Hendricks and several other priests celebrated the Cathedral Parish 12.30pm Mass on Tuesday December 8th.
151208 - Year of Mercy Opening Mass

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was chosen by Pope Francis to be the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy; a particularly important day in the dioceses as Mary the Immaculate Conception is our principal Patron
Futher pictures on the Jubillee page

Advent Reflections

Preparing for God’s Coming – 5 minute daily thoughts for Advent


Our diocesan Spirituality Commission and stewardship team have developed a series of daily reflections featuring the Scripture of the day and a related thought and prayer drawn from the spirituality of stewardship

If you would like to receive these daily emails and encounter Advent in this way please subscribe via http://eepurl.com/bF0b6P


New Tabernacle blessed at Tonbridge

Archbishop joined the community of Corpus Christi Parish, Tonbridge, to bless a new tabernacle on the 6th Decemeber 2015.
A generous donation enabled the Parish to be able to buy the new tabernacle for the Sanctuary. Fr Peter Murphy invited Archbishop Peter to bless the new tabernacle, which he did during the Sunday evening parish Mass. The Tabernacle in a church is a securely locked place where the Blessed Sacrament may safely be reserved, principally so that Holy Communion by be brought to sick or dying, but also as a focus of prayer as Jesus Christ is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. The tabernacle, of a Spanish design, takes a very visible place in the centre of the rear wall of the sanctuary – a precious home for Corpus Christi (the Body of Christ) in Corpus Christi Parish.


151206 - New Tabernacle blessed at Tonbridge

151206 - New Tabernacle blessed at Tonbridge


Live Simply Award for Tunbridge Wells Parish

On 6th December  St Augustine - Tunbridge Wells welcomed Archbishop Peter Smith to celebrate the 11.15am Mass and present the live simply award

151206 - Live Simply Award for Tunbridge Wells Parish
The community of Tunbridge Well, inspired by the Pope's encyclical Laudato Si', wanted to put their faith into action.  The parish livesimply award enables them to strengthen the bonds of their community, nourish their spiritual life and care for God's gift of creation.

151206 - Live Simply Award for Tunbridge Wells Parish

To win the award, the parish displayed nine ways in which it put into practice the three principles of livesimply: living in solidarity with people in poverty; living simply; and living sustainably with creation.  Receipt of the award is national recognition to Catholic parishes that they are making a difference to their community – and the world.

151206 - Live Simply Award for Tunbridge Wells Parish

There was refreshments in the hall afterwards

151206 - Live Simply Award for Tunbridge Wells Parish

How to become a Live Simply Parish

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Holy Family Thanet

Father Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent, presented Don Macpherson and Ann Shufflebotham each with the new diocean award 'Fideliter Servienti' for their outstanding work in the parish over many years.



The presentation was made during the 9.15 am Mass at the parish church of The Holy Family in Birchington on the Second Sunday of Advent, 6th December 2015.



Don is Parish Secretary and Ann has just retired
as the organist/choirmaster



The Most Holy Trinity - Bermondsey

Ayowunmii Nuga was presented with a cheque for £800 by John Rayer, at the 10:00 Mass on Sunday 6th December 2015

The cheque is given by the Catenian Association Bursary Fund which supports hundreds of young Catholics every year who volunteer for varied charitable projects.



The money will help her in her work with a charity to fight poverty in Northern Ghana for the next six months.

John is a leading figure in the Catenian Association as has been involved in trying to start a group of Catenians in the Cathedral Deanery.

The Association is always looking forward to sponsor young people in this way and we wish Nuga every success and look forward to hearing about the work on her return