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50th Anniversary St Gregory's School
Tunbridge Wells

Archbishop Peter Smith concelebrated Mass on June 30th at St Gregory's School, Tunbridge Wells as part of their Golden Anniversary celebrations 

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160630 - 50th Anniversary Mass - St Gregory's School - Tunbrdge Wells

The school hymn was heard for the first time.  It was composed by former students Laurie Denman and Freddy Viner with lyrics by year 13 student Tom Fish

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160630 - 50th Anniversary Mass - St Gregory's School - Tunbrdge Wells

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Announced June 2016

Father Josephat Ezeanolue C.S.Sp
, who has been serving as Parochial Administrator since December 2015 at the Parish of Our Lady of Grace, Charlton, has been formally appointed by Archbishop Peter as the Parish Priest.  The formal handover took place on 1st May

Father Damian Ozokwere C.S.Sp
 has been appointed as Assistant Priest at Our Lady of Grace, Charlton in succession to Father Michael Ezenwammadu C.S.Sp.  Father Michael  remains as a member of the community and is currently on Sabbatical pursing studies in the University of Kent. He continues in his role as a Chaplain at Christ the King Sixth Form College.

 

Father Emmanuel Ahua C.S.S.p has been appointed as an assistant priest at the parish of St Chad’s South Norwood.

He replaces Father Bartholomew Zubeviel C.S.S.p who was appointed as Parish Priest at South Norwood at the beginning of the year.

 

Father Jesus Suarnaba Dicto has been formally exclaustrated from the Missionaries of St Charles- Scalabrini Fathers and by a decree dated 29th March 2016 is now incardinated into the Archdiocese of Southwark. He continues in his role as chaplain to Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital

 

Monsignor Canon James Cronin has completed his term of office as National Director of Missio and will return to the diocese to take up appointment as Parish Priest of St. Osmund, Barnes. He is to take up this appointment as of 10th May 2016.

Father Luke Marappillil MST who has been Parochial Administrator in the parish will be taking on another appointment in the diocese later this summer.

Ruby Anniversary of Father Jim Hay

Fr James Hay was ordained on 30th June 1976, having served in Brixton he was transferred to St. Peter the Apostle, Woolwich, in 1981, under the then Parish Priest Fr. Niall Thornton, who was quick to recognise his talents and placed him in charge of St Catherine LeBoure, Charlton.

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He has had to retire due to ill health but still resides at St. Peters, and his Brother Priests have said “he is a constant source of inspiration, he has a sound head when giving advice to the brother Priests, and keeps them all on their toes, he his always good fun to have around in the presbytery.

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Mass was concelebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley Archbishop of Birmingham, a long standing friend of Father Jim, together with Bishop Patrick Lynch, Area Bishop for the South East Area, Monsignor Mathew Dickens, Vicar General, Father Richard Plunkett, Dean of Greenwich, many past priests who had served at St Peter’s along with the current clergy, Father Michael Branch, parish priest, Father Henry Tikki Wenna and Father Graziano de Palma, along with priests from the Greenwich Deanery and beyond.  Assisting at the mass was the recently ordained Deacon for St Peter’s, Deacon Piotr Ziezio.  Father Oledele Craig who was based at St. Peter’s during his training at Wonersh acted as Master of Ceremonies

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The celebrations carried on in the parish centre where Archbishop Peter Smith was able to join Fr. Jim after another engagement

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150th Anniversary - St Anslems - Dartford

On Sunday 26th June 2016 Archbishop join the community of St Anslem - Dartford to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of their parish

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160626 - 150th Anniversary - St Anslems - Dartford

160626 - 150th Anniversary - St Anslems - Dartford


The celebrations continued in the grounds of the church with a barbeque
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160626 - 150th Anniversary - St Anslems - Dartford

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Diaconal Ordinations

On Friday 17th June Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated the diaconal ordination of Mass of three men who live in the diocese 

The Ordination Mass

Gathering in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, many family, friends and fellow parishioners of Gerard Perkins (from Norbury), Piotr Ziezio (from Woolwich) and Robert Smith (from Westerham), came to offer their prayers and support. 

The Ordination Mass


Gerard and Piotr were ordained as Permanent Deacons for our Diocese of Southwark. Robert was ordained by Archbishop Peter as a Permanent Deacon at the request of Mgr Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. 

The Ordination Mass


Several other Deacons were present at the Mass to welcome the three men into the Order of Deacons, including Deacon Joice James who had studied with them – he had been ordained in India a short time before as he belongs to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Community. 

The newly ordained Deacons

After Mass the celebrations continued in the Amigo Hall, after which the three men headed home to prepare to minister for the first time as a Deacon in their home communities.

 Diaconal Ordination - reception after Mass

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Annual Diocesan Marriage Anniversary Mass

Diocesan Marriage Mass 2016

Saturday 18th June the annual diocesan marriage Mass took place, with over three hundred couples coming to the Cathedral to celebrate their milestone anniversaries and to renew their marriage vows. They were joined by family and friends, and so over a thousand people were in the Cathedral that afternoon

Diocesan Marriage Mass 2016

Archbishop Peter concelebrated Mass with Fr Richard Hearn and Fr Tom Bakulumpagi, part of the Cathedral Clergy and Fr Graham Preston,  Fr Tom Creagh-Fuller, Fr Liam Gallagher and assisted by Deacon Philip Pond, part of the Marriage and Family Life Team.

Diocesan Marriage Mass 2016

The Marriage and Family Life Team organised the celebration and they were thanked by Archbishop Peter for all their hard work

Diocesan Marriage Mass 2016

The team supplied some statistics
Kent - 21 parishes were represented - the largest - Tunbridge Wells - 7 and Herne Bay -  6 couples
SE London - 37 parishes were represented - the largest - Sidcup with 10 couples
SW London - 39 parishes were represented - the largest - Addiscombe with 13 and Purley & Thornton Heath with 10 couples
Largest family groups:  Crinnions from Farnborough with 17 family members — children and grandchildren and Schokmans from Purley with 13 family members — children and grandchildren
Longest married:  Mr and Mrs Lane of Sidcup, 66 years married
60 years - 27 couples, 50 years - 75 couples, 40 years - 68 couples, 25 years  - 65 couples, 10 years  - 49 couples, 1 year -  12 couples and some other anniversaries
Total couples - 320 - Total family members - 385

Diocesan Marriage Mass 2016

The celebration continued in the Amigo hall with light refreshment

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Catholic Chaplain - Kings College London

Based at the Medical School at Guys Hospital, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Southwark is looking to recruit a Chaplain as part of the Kings College chaplaincy team.  Kings College London was founded as a Christian foundation and so has a strong Christian tradition.  All Christian chaplains at Kings have a responsibility to the whole Christian Community (staff and students) at the college and should develop initiatives to respond to needs within this community.   In addition they are required to take a multi-faith approach to pastoral care in the locations in which they operate.  The Anglican College Chaplain operates as the team leader for the whole chaplaincy team.

The remit of the role is broad and will include:
•    Ministering to the spiritual, catechetical and general needs of Catholic students and staff.
•    Organising and facilitating talks/lectures, social events, pilgrimages, retreats and other appropriate events.
•    Developing and delivering pastoral support for staff and students of all faiths and none.
•    Responding to crises

The ideal candidate will be a committed Catholic with a thorough understanding of the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church and be able to bring these to the life of the medical school at Guys.  Strong communication skills are essential and previous experience in a similar role is highly desirable.
This role is offered on a 4 or 5 days a week basis.  The role at Guy’s medical school will be 4 days a week.  An additional day may also be available at another south London site.  Actual days/hours of work will vary depending on the needs of the students/staff and events.  Flexibility is, therefore, essential.  Starting salary will be in the range of £26,000 to £28,000 per annum (pro-rated for part time) depending on experience.
If you would like to apply for this role or would like further information please contact Sarah Wood via email at sarah.wood@finance-rcdsouthwark.org
Closing date for this vacancy is 20th July 2016

Mass for Thanksgiving for the Queen's 90th Birthday

On Sunday 12th June 2016 Archbishop Peter joined the community of the  Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II 

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All of the Cathedral Clergy, Father Richard Hearn, Father Oladele Craig, Father Thomas Bakulumpagi and Father Stephen Haines concelebrated with the Archbishop

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Deacon Daniel Weatherley, who is due to be ordained in July proclaimed the Gospel

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Your Catholic Legacy Mass

Archbishop Peter Smith and Your Catholic Legacy celebrated a Mass in St George's Cathedral on 11th June 2016 to mark the end of the "Share a Prayer" campaign.

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The Mass focused on giving thanks for the work of Catholic charities and praying for those whose the lives they change.

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160611 - Your Catholic Legacy Mass - Cathedral

"Your Catholic Legacy", is a collection of Catholic Charities, including the Archdiocese of Southwark, who are working together to encourage people to include a legacy in their wills.



After Mass a reception was held in the Amigo Hall, and Barry and Margaret Mizen spoken about their work for building peace and harmony in our world.

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page
and on
facebook.com/yourcatholiclegacy

Please click here for the Your Catholic Legacy website


St Joseph's Primary School - Crayford
Celebrates 150th Years


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On Thursday 9th June 2016 Archbishop Peter joined the community of St Joseph's Primary School in Crayford in the celebration of 150th Anniversary of the school

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Archbishop Peter concelebrated Mass with Father Ignatius Edet, Canon Jeremiah Cronin and Father Peter Madden

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Study Day for New Catechists

On Saturday 11th June 2016, 57 parish catechists and those interested in sacramental preparation gathered for a study day at the Centre for Catholic Formation (CCF), Tooting Bec.
The attendees, from each of the three areas of the diocese, some experienced and some new to catechesis, enjoyed lectures on the vocation of the catechist and the relationship of the sacraments to Christian living.

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After a shared lunch, the group then had a whistle-stop tour through the different areas of sacramental preparation starting with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a model for all catechesis in the Church, Baptism preparation, first Holy Communion and Reconciliation and Confirmation. This section ended with a look at the Liturgy of the Word for Children, not strictly catechesis but a liturgy in which the Word of God is broken open for the children in our parishes.

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Interesting discussions followed in the question and answer section and various general resources were recommended. Many of those who gathered for the day have asked for further sessions of a similar nature as well as training in their respective parishes. If a parish or a deanery wishes for local training or days of recollection for their catechists, readers or extraordinary ministers of holy communion, they are encouraged to get in touch with the Centre for Catholic Formation office@ccftootingbec.org.uk

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Later in the year, the CCF will run the annual diocesan day for catechists on Saturday 24 September 2016 at the Cathedral and Amigo Hall. All of those involved in RCIA, sacramental preparation and children’s liturgy are encouraged to come to that day, participate in the Year of Mercy liturgy, the workshops and be commissioned, at Mass, by Archbishop Peter to catechize on his behalf. For more information visit www.ccftootingbec.org.uk

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