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Archdiocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2016


On Saturday 20th August 2016 Archbishop Peter led the Southwark diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.

They traveled with The Catholic Association who has organised pilgrimages to Lourdes for over a hundred years. While preserving the diocesan identity, they will be part of a larger group and have the opportunity to meet people from other dioceses, schools, and organisations throughout the country

They go to Lourdes in response to an invitation of Our Blessed Lady to go there in Procession, to give praise to God Our Father, to meet him in the Eucharist, to make known his Kingdom here on earth. Mary invites us to go to Lourdes to pray, to contemplate the mysteries of the Rosary, the Rosary which Pope Paul VI called 'a synthesis of the whole Gospel'

The Pilgrims remember the whole diocese in their prayers and worship and ask the whole diocese of pray for them in return

Southwark Pilgrims meeting
Southwark Pilgrims first meeting

On Sunday 21st the Pilgrimage joins over seven thousand others for the Sunday International Mass

International Mass
International Mass, held in the Underground Pius X Basilica
International Mass
Pilgrims gather at the Grotto after Mass to say the Angelus 

On Monday 22nd the pilgrims assemble at Crowned Virgin statue to process to the Grotto for Mass

Grotto Mass

Grotto Mass

Later in the day the pilgrims gathered for the Penitential Service

Pilgrimage Penance Service

Pilgrimage Penance Service

Pilgrimage Penance Service

On Tuesday 23rd August the Southwark Pilgrims gather for their Diocesan Mass in the Chapelle St John Vianney

Southwark Diocesan Mass and Candle

Southwark Diocesan Mass and Candle

Southwark Diocesan Mass and Candle

At the end of the Mass Bishop Paul blessed a candle for the Grotto 

Southwark Diocesan Mass and Candle

The Southwark Pilgrims then took the candle to the Grotto

Southwark Diocesan Mass and Candle
Father Ed Perera, The Diocesan Pilgrimage Director and John Toryusen,  The Director of The Southwark Catholic Youth Service

Southwark Diocesan Mass and Candle

After the candle is lit and placed in the candle stand near the Grotto the pilgrims pray for all the intentions of the Diocese



Celebratation of 
Blessed Oscar Romero's 99th birthday

On Saturday, 13 August 2016, over 150 people gathered in St George's Cathedral, Southwark, to celebrate Blessed Oscar Romero's 99th birthday.

160813 - Romero Mass 2016

In his homily, Southwark’s Auxiliary Bishop Patrick Lynch, reflected on the Parable of the Good Samaritan and the suffering of many people today, inspired by a homily Romero preached on the same subject over thirty years ago.

"[The Good Samaritan] truly ‘sees’ the suffering: he is ‘sensitive’ to the suffering: he ‘stays’ with the suffering and he ‘speaks up’ for those who are suffering. That is precisely what Oscar Romero did in his ministry in El Salvador."

160813 - Romero Mass 2016

In this Year of Mercy, Bishop Pat then encouraged all people to be 'prophets of God’s Mercy’ - to speak up for those who suffer and are exploited.

"This means reminding the leaders of business that the dignity of all workers - no matter how 'menial' their work - must be respected. This means reminding and working with Government to ensure that everything is done that can be done, through legislation and action, to eradicate such exploitation and prevent it happening in the future. This means doing all we can to bring to justice the perpetrators of such injustice."

160813 - Romero Mass 2016

Bishop Pat concluded his homily by looking to the Catholic Church in Latin America and its contribution to a key aspect of the overall mission of the Church - to build a more just world in solidarity with the poor.

"That phrase ‘in solidarity with the poor’ is very important. That is precisely what Oscar Romero tried to do in El Salvador. The only way we can begin do that is, like the Good Samaritan and Romero, by truly seeing, being sensitive to, staying with and speaking up for those who suffer and are exploited in our world today... we begin that journey like the Good Samaritan and Romero by allowing ourselves be moved by the wonderful gift of God’s Mercy and compassion and going back across the road if we are tempted to pass by."

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The mass also launched the Archbishop Romero Centenary which was marked in the Amigo Hall with a toast to Oscar Romero, given by Bishop John Rawsthorne of the Romero Trust, who cut a birthday cake in his honour alongside, Elisabeth Hayek-Weinmann, the new Ambassador to the United Kingdom from El Salvador.

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Throughout the coming anniversary year there will be special events, talks and services to mark the ministry, martyrdom and enduring legacy of Blessed Oscar Romero.

Further details will be found on the Trust's website, www.romerotrust.org, and on Facebook and Twitter

You can download the full text of Bishop Pat's homily HERE


Summertime Altar Servers 2016

There were 32 attendees from the parishes of Addiscombe, Bexleyheath, Clapham Park, Crayford, Dartford, Erith, Gravesend, and  New Addington

160810 - Summertime

A great week of devotions, outings and sports.

160810 - Summertime

160810 - Summertime


Ordination to Diaconate of
Brother Kevin O'Donnell SDB

On Saturday 6th August 2016 Archbishop Peter joined the Salesian Community in Battersea to ordain Brother Kevin O'Donnell SDB as a Deacon on his journey to Priesthood in The Sacred Heart  - Battersea

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160806 - Ordination to Diaconate of Brother Kevin O'Donnell

Brother Kevin was joined by his Mother, Brother, Sister and family along with the parishioners of The Sacred Heart

160806 - Ordination to Diaconate of Brother Kevin O'Donnell

Brother Kevin will continue his ministry in the parish of Battersea West

160806 - Ordination to Diaconate of Brother Kevin O'Donnell

The celebrations continued in the main hall of St John Bosco College with a buffet reception.

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page