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An Easter Message from Archbishop Peter...

 


Fra Angelico
Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb
Fresco - 1441 - Convento di San Marco, Florence
 

When we Christians celebrate Easter, we celebrate the fact that Christ is risen from the dead and that he lives in our hearts and minds through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, who is the Lord and giver of Life. In celebrating Easter we are celebrating life itself and life to the full. From the darkness of his death, the light of eternal life shone out in all its brightness when Jesus, the Light of the world, was raised to new life.

Our Easter faith is a joyful and exultant proclamation that there is a real meaning to life, a vitality to every day, a purpose to those efforts of loving which can at times tire our hearts and distress our spirit. We believe that the whole meaning and purpose of life lies in the gift of love - that
self-giving love which was at the heart of Christ's own life - a love that will never end.

We will know that Easter is real, that Christ lives, when we allow him to make our own lives sources of light and life for others; when our words heal and encourage; when our hearts come alive with compassion; when we stand firm for the value of life in all its aspects. Easter becomes a reality in our own lives when people are healed, consoled and strengthened by the life-giving love we show to each other, and especially to those in need. Easter is real when we become living signs and symbols of the presence of the risen Christ in our world, and of the values which he taught during his life on earth.

May the presence of the risen Christ in your lives bring you happiness and renewed strength this special Easter during the Jubilee of Mercy.

With my blessing and an assurance of my prayers,

Archbishop of Southwark

160327 - Easter Sunday


160327 - Easter Sunday


160327 - Easter Sunday

300316 - Easter Garden

300316 - Easter Garden




The Easter Vigil began with darkness. 

160326 - Easter Vigil



160326 - Easter Vigil

The candidates are baptized

160326 - Easter Vigil




The Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord was held in the Cathedral at 3.00

160325 - Good Friday

The Passion was read by Father Ola and members of the parish

160325 - Good Friday

The cross was then venerated

160325 - Good Friday



Holy Thursday is the commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ, when he established the sacrament of Holy Communion prior to his arrest and crucifixion. It also commemorates His institution of the priesthood


160324 - Mass of the Lords Supper

Jesus performed a final act of service for his Disciples, following the Passover meal. Arising from the table, He tied a towel about His waist and filled a basin with water. Then, one after another He washed the feet of each disciple. We too are called to serve others in a spirit of humility. Archbishop Peter washed the feet of 12 parishioners 


160324 - Mass of the Lords Supper




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.

160323 - Chrism Mass

160323 - 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.

160323 - Chrism Mass

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.

160323 - Chrism Mass

160323 - Chrism Mass

160323 - Chrism Mass

160323 - 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.

160323 - 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.

160323 - Chrism Mass

160323 - Chrism Mass

Following the Mass the oils are brought in procession into Archbishop's House where the Deanery Oils Stocks are filled.

These are then taken back to the Dearies where the Parish Oil Stocks are filled and use throughout the Diocese

160323 - Chrism Mass




Archbishop Peter celebrated Palm Sunday Mass with the clergy and community of the Cathedral

160320 - Palm Sunday

160320 - Palm Sunday

160320 - Palm Sunday

160320 - Palm Sunday


Deacon Michael Gould retires as the Chair of Sacred Heart Govering Body after 25 years

Sacred Heart School and Parish marked the retirement of Deacon Michael Gould as the Chair of Governors at a Mass of Thanksgiving on Monday 14th March 2016



The principle celebrant was Bishop Patrick Lynch and he was joined by Father Victor, Father David, Father Paul and Father Gerry. The Sacred Heart Church was full with pupils, staff and invited guests. Deacon Michael's wife Joan was also a guest of honour



At the end of the service Bishop Pat presented Michael with the Southwark Diocesan Fideliter Servienti (Faithful Servant) award.
This is an award that Archbishop Peter has established as a means of recognising the faithful work done by so many people in the diocese.
The award is a token of the appreciation that the Archbishop and the Diocese has for the work that Michael has carried out



Mass was followed by a lavish afternoon trea and speeches from all the Heads of the Sacred Heart School who Michael had worked with.



A guard of honour was formed by the pupils of the Sacred Heart School from the church to the school hall

Three Diocesan Medals and a Farewell at the CCF

On Thursday 10 March, at the Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bec, Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated Mass at which he presented three Diocesan Fideliter Servienti (Faithful Servant) Medals. Suzanne Evans, Lewis Horner and Colleen Quaranta have, between them, volunteered at the Centre for over 67 years.

160310 - Three Diocesan Medals and a Farewell at the CCF

Archbishop Peter established this diocesan award as a means of recognising the faithful work done by so many people in the diocese; work which could perhaps best be described as above and beyond the call of duty.

Also on this day, the Centre for Catholic Formation bade farewell to Dr Frank Keen, a diocesan employee for 16 years, who has been heavily involved with the Catholic Certificate for Religious Studies (CCRS). All at the Centre and those who know him from his work with the CCRS and the Rite of Election wish Frank all the best in retirement.

160310 - Three Diocesan Medals and a Farewell at the CCF

Jubilee of Mercy: '24 Hours for the Lord'

Many Catholic Churches through out the world joined '24 hours for the Lord' initiative which Pope Francis began in 2014, encouraging people to come and spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament. In this Jubilee of Mercy there is a particular invitation to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation;the Holy Father spent some time in St Peter's Rome exercising this important ministry.



The Cathedral took its part in the initiative, and there was prayer and adoration from 12.30pm on Friday 4th March; this special time came to a conclusion at the end of the Saturday 12.30pm Mass. Fr Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent, will began the 24 hours by celebrating the 12.30pm Mass. Adoration then took place in the Cathedral, most of the time at the main Altar. Additional opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation were made available from 8pm to midnight on the Friday, several visiting priests joined the Cathedral priests;
including Archbishop Peter and Bishop Paul Hendricks.





During the course of the night, on each hour, some brief reflection or prayer was led. The Reflections focused on the Works of Mercy, and provided thought provoking material to bring to prayer. The 'Night Shift' will concluded with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Peter at 9.30am.  The team from the Diocesan Youth Service laid on some extra opportunities to pray in a more hands on way. An example of this was the creation of a Mercy Icon which some of the young people who attended the '24 hours' helped to prayerfully paint. The finished Icon was received and blessed by Archbishop Peter during the morning Mass.

            The Mercy Icon

The Archbishop is grateful to the Cathedral Clergy, Staff and Parishioners for helping to make this possible, and particularly to the Southwark Catholic Youth Service (SCYS) for co-ordinating the 'Night Shift'.


Archbishop Peter, the SCYS team and the Mercy Icon after Mass.

The Holy Family - Thanet
24 Hours for the Lord


The Parish Church of The Holy Family – Thanet followed Pope Francis' invitation and spent 24 hours for the Lord

The exposition began at 10 am on Friday 4th March, with Stations of the Cross at 11.30 am followed by Friday's daily Mass.



The church then remained open having parishioners always in attendance with the exposed Blessed Sacrament until Exposition was concluded with Saturday morning Mass at 10 am.

'The 100 Best Stained Glass Sites in London'

St George's Cathedral has been featured in a newly published booking detailing the best stained glass sites in London



The book called 'The 100 Best Stained Glass Sites in London' is beautifully illustrated and contains a great deal of detail about each site. The author, Caroline Swash, presented a copy to the Dean of the Cathedral Fr Richard Hearn in front of the newly restored west window.



Whilst a very small amount of the original Pugin stained glass survived the war time bombing most of the stained glass dates from the late 1950s.
The east and west windows are by the Harry Clarke Studios in Dublin. The east window depicts the crucifixion, our Lord is surrounded by the saints, the west window is of the coronation of the our Lady.



The  two other major windows are in the north transept, commemorating the visit of Pope St. John Paul II in 1982, and in the east end above the Holy Door, a memorial to deceased members of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Both are by John Lawson of Goddard & Gibbs Studio.