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News Archive for April 2016


Mass for the Parish Gift Aid Organisers of the Dioceses

160490 - Gift Aid Mass

Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated a Mass on Saturday 30th April in The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George Southwark in thanksgiving for the work of the Parish Gift Aid Organisers within the Diocese

160490 - Gift Aid Mass

This is an annual celebration and was followed by the AGM and refreshments in the Amigo Hall

Launch of the Diocesan Good Samaritan Fund

Bishop Pat Lynch celebrated Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George Southwark for the launch of the Good Samaritan Fund with the Secondary Schools of the diocses

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Concelebating with Bishop Pat was Father Saju John SDB, Father James Clark, Monsignorn Phelim Rowland and Father Liam Gallagher

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More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Year of Mercy Youth Event

On the 24th April over 300 young people and their parents and catechists gathered together at St George’s Cathedral for the afternoon in conjunction with the Jubilee event for young people in the Vatican.

The afternoon began in the Amigo Hall with Archbishop Peter who led everyone through the Holy Door.

160424 - Julilee of Mercy Service for Confirmation

Once in the Cathedral the Archbishop encouraged all in their lives of faith and to daily prayer

The afternoon contiuned with catechesis, testimony, prayer and music with a chance to meet other young Catholics

160424 - Julilee of Mercy Service for Confirmation

The afternoon finished with a Renewal of Baptismal Promises

160424 - Julilee of Mercy Service for Confirmation

After the service refreshments were served in Amigo Hall

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page


Pilgrimage to Rome by the Confirmation Candidates of St. Thomas Parish, Canterbury 

A group of 120 people from St. Thomas’s Catholic Church, Canterbury was recently led on a pilgrimage to Rome by Fr. Valentine Erhahon. The objective was to enable a group of young people currently preparing for Confirmation and those having been confirmed in the last five years now on the Young Mentors Award Programme for Confirmation to meet our Holy Father Pope Francis to present two gifts to him and also experience living in a seminary so as to encourage vocations to the Priesthood and to the religious life and be inspired by this Holy Year of Mercy. 

160405 - Pilgrimage to Rome by the Confirmation Candidates of St. Thomas Parish, Canterbury

57 families accompanied their young members on the journey to Rome

160405 - Pilgrimage to Rome by the Confirmation Candidates of St. Thomas Parish, Canterbury

In preparation for the Pilgrimage, Fr Valentine created two gifts for the Holy Father, a painting and a drawing book of letters written by the parish children. The painting depicts the Pope watering a garden made up of the signatures of many people including 300 children and young people, individuals from the parish, seminarians, priests, Muslims and non-Catholics. From the signatures grows the Canterbury Parish Family Mercy Tree, producing the 14 corporal and spiritual works of mercy shown as fruits of the tree.  On the painting, there is a poem that recounts our salvation history and mission. The artist, Mrs. Charlotte Galt, painted the painting for the Holy Father. In addition Mrs. Nieves Castro organised over 70 children and young people to make drawings and letters for the Pope in anticipation of his birthday later this year.

160405 - Pilgrimage to Rome by the Confirmation Candidates of St. Thomas Parish, Canterbury

Later in July, Canon Anthony Charlton will lead a group of young people from St. Thomas’s Canterbury to the World youth Day in Poland to meet with the Holy Father.
For more information regarding the Pilgrimage

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Jubilee Year of Mercy - Pilgrimage Mass for the 
Knights of St Columba

The Knights of St Columba made a pilgrimage to the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St. George, Southwark to pass through the Holy Door

160423 - Mass for Knights of St Columba

Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Peter

160423 - Mass for Knights of St Columba

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Mass of St George - Cathedral

On Friday 22nd April 2016 Archbishop Peter joined The Chapter Canons at a Mass on the Vigil of the Feast of St George, followed by a reception in the Amigo Hall

160422 - Mass of St George - Cathedral

160422 - Mass of St George - Cathedral

160422 - Mass of St George - Cathedral

160422 - Mass of St George - Cathedral

The relics of St George were venerated


Les Walker receives the Diocesan Medal from Bishop-elect Paul Mason in Herne Bay

The parish of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Herne Bay recognised the faithful and joyful service provided, at the altar, by Les Walker, at the 11.15am Mass on Sunday 24 April. At the end of Mass, Bishop-elect Paul Mason presented Les with the Southwark Diocesan Fideliter Servienti (Faithful Servant) award.


Deacon Barry Walker (Les’ son), Les Walker and Bishop-elect Paul Mason

The Fideliter Servienti is an award that Archbishop Peter has established as a means of recognising the faithful work done by so many people in the diocese. Les, an altar server in the parish for over 30 years and a wonderful help to the younger members of the congregation, has certainly provided such work!
Les’ great grand daughters, Fr Charles CP, Les and Deacon Barry  

    RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives         

The Rare Books Collection
 
Maria Cipollone is the volunteer caring for our rare books collection. As well as cleaning the books and ensuring that they are being stored in a way that will protect them, Maria is researching the background to the books and the collection to build a clear picture of what the Diocese holds. Below you will find Maria's account of the collection and her work.

Among the many treasures of the Archives, there is a small collection of manuscripts and rare books.

This is the title page of a liturgical book printed in Paris in 1555

Please see the southwarkdiocesanarchives.blogspot for more information


11am 23rd April 2016

Pope Francis appoints new Auxiliary Bishop
to Southwark Diocese

Pope Francis has appointed Father Paul Mason as the new Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark.  Fr Mason, a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark, has been the Episcopal Vicar for Kent which comprises the Deaneries of Canterbury, Chatham, Dover, Gravesend, Maidstone, Thanet and Tunbridge Wells.

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Paul Mason will take place in Saint George’s Cathedral, Southwark, on 31st May, 2016 at midday, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He will join Bishop Patrick Lynch and Bishop Paul Hendricks as Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese of Southwark, succeeding Bishop John Hine.

Archbishop Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark said:
"I was delighted to hear the news that Pope Francis has appointed Father Paul Mason as an Auxiliary Bishop in Southwark. He has served this Diocese for many years, recently in working with me in the care of the people in Kent as my Episcopal Vicar to them, following Bishop John Hine’s move to Tenterden. I am very happy that the Holy Father has once again appointed a third auxiliary to Southwark, and I am sure that as Paul begins this new stage in his ordained ministry he will work with the clergy, religious and lay faithful of Kent with the same energy and enthusiasm he has demonstrated as a priest.”

Archbishop Peter Smith and Bishop Elect Paul MasonBishop–Elect Paul Mason said:
“Although I have been working as Episcopal Vicar for Kent for just over two years, I still experienced something of a seismic shift when the Nuncio, Archbishop Mennini, handed me a letter saying that Pope Francis wished to appoint me as Auxiliary Bishop for Southwark. Southwark is a wonderful Diocese with great energy and diversity where the clergy are not only very supportive but also a delight to work with.   
I look forward to continuing my ministry with Archbishop Peter and to do all I can to support and promote the Catholic Faith and help share the love and mercy of God, particularly to the people of Kent and the Medway.”

Mini Biography of Father Paul Mason
Born 6 November 1962 in North Shields, Tyne & Wear.
Attended St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic High School, North Shields, and Kings College London.
Worked in Turin for Olivetti and London for Hewlett-Packard until September 1992
Seminary Training:
Venerable English College, Rome,
Ordained Priest 25th July 1998
Assistant priest at Saint John the Baptist, Purley (1998 - 2001)
Full time Hospital Chaplain at St. Thomas’ & Guys Hospital Trust (2001 - 2012)
Pastoral Director, Allen Hall Seminary, & Director of Southwark Ongoing Formation (2012 - 2013).
Named as Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark by Pope Francis on 23 April 2016 with the Titular See of Skàlholt.


St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls

Over 1400 pupils from St Philomena's High School for Girls - Carshalton gather in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George on the 21st April 2016 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Beatification of Blessed Marie Therese and the Transfer of Trusteeship to the Archdiocese of Southwark.  St Philomena's was founded by the Daughters of the Cross in 1893.
 
160421 - St Philomena Transfer of Trusteeship

160421 - St Philomena Transfer of Trusteeship

160421 - St Philomena Transfer of Trusteeship

160421 - St Philomena Transfer of Trusteeship

160421 - St Philomena Transfer of Trusteeship

St Winifred's Primary School - Lee

On Friday 15th April Archbishop Peter joined the community of St Winifred's Primary School in Lee to celebrate the amalgamation of St Winifred’s Catholic Nursery and Infant School and St Winifred’s Catholic Junior School

160415 - St Winifred Primary School

160415 - St Winifred Primary School

160415 - St Winifred Primary School

Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation 
Office Co-ordinator

The JPIC office at the Diocese of Southwark is looking for a new co-ordinator.  Based at Cathedral House in Westminster Bridge Road and reporting to the Chair of the JPIC, this job is responsible for all the administration associated with the promotion of JPIC issues.  This will include servicing all diocesan groups in their JPIC work through research, presentations and the production of materials; maintaining the JPIC database and website; producing the JPIC newsletter and other reports; liaising with and promoting associated bodies and networks and arranging conferences and other events.  The job holder will work with a support group who will help to give direction and aid effective performance in the role.  This is a part-time job, for around 22.5 hours per week.  Actual hours/days are flexible and will include some evening and weekend work.  Salary £27,000pa to £30,000pa, depending on experience, pro rata for part-time hours.
The ideal candidate will have a deep, personal commitment to the principles of justice and peace and a sound knowledge of social teaching in the Catholic Church.  They will be fully competent with general office IT systems such as databases, email and Word. In addition they will be confident working with the minimum of supervision and able to demonstrate both initiative and creativity.
If you would like to apply, please email your CV to sarah.wood@finance-rcdsouthwark.org by the closing date of 16th May 2016. 
Please note that we can only accept applications from candidates who have current permission to work in the UK.


Bishop Pat Lynch delivers the first talk in the
series of Saints of Mercy

On Thursday 8th April Bishop Pat Lynch spoke about St Damien of Molokai - The Leper Saint
The first of a serise of talks organised by the Centre for Catholic Formation during the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Bishop Pat explained that  Damien was a true companion to those with leprosy.  He looked at the ministry of Damien especially on the island of Molokai through the Gospel of Mercy and especially Luke’s story of Jesus’ journey with his two disciples to Emmaus.                      





Saints of Mercy

Six post-Easter talks on Thursdays, at the Amigo Hall, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HR.

Time 7.30pm until 9pm Entry is free, however, donations welcomed
Please contact office@ccftootingbec.org.uk to book a place


7 April
St Damien of Molokai "The Leper Saint" with Bishop Patrick Lynch, ss.cc

14 April
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta "Caring for the Vunerable" with Rhoslyn Thomas from the SPUC

21 April
St Maria Faustina Kowalska "The Message of Divine Mercy" with Fr Andrzej Gowkielewicz, MIC

28 April
Pope John Paul II "A Passion for Mercy" with Pierpaolo Finaldi from the CCF

5 May
St Josephine Bakhita "A Life of Fortitude and Mercy" with Cecilia Suarez

12 May
St Padre Pio & St Leopold Mandic "Saints of the Confessional" with Fr Martin Mikuskiewicz, OFM Cap