News Archive for October 2016


On Wednesday 19th October 2016 at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Archbishop Peter presided at a Mass of thanksgiving for the many years of ministry of those who are celebrating significant anniversaries of their ordinations to priesthood and diaconate.


33 Jubilarians and their guests joined Archbishop Peter for the celebration of Mass and for lunch in Archbishop's House

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Please pray for our Jubilarians

Diamond Jubilarians
Reverend Denis Paul
Reverend Gerald Flood
Reverend Canon Francis O'Sullivan
Reverend Gregory Moore
Reverend Niall Thornton
Reverend Monsignor Leo White

Golden Jubilarians
Reverend Canon Charles Walker
Reverend Anthony Plummer
Reverend John Ryan
Reverend Joseph Smith
Reverend Canon Francis Moran

Ruby Jubilarians
Reverend Canon John Kavanagh
Reverend Geoffrey Pointer
Reverend James Hay

Silver Jubilarians
Reverend Gerard Bradley
Reverend Gary Dyer
Reverend Martin Edwards
Reverend Francis Lynch
Reverend John McGrory
Reverend David Peck
Reverend Robert Sugg
Deacon James Burleigh
Deacon Frederick Carter
Deacon Cyril Durbin
Deacon Neville Gascoigne
Deacon David Pease

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
at the Cathedral

On Saturday 15th October 2017 Bishop Paul Hendricks commissioned 119 people as Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.


Bishop Paul started the day with a talk on the Eucharist and this special Ministry


Monsignor Matthew Dickens presided at a period of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament


After lunch Monsignor Matthew spoke of the role of the Extraordinary Minister and the rubrics, including the service of administering Holy Communion to the Sick and the DBS checks that need to be taken before staring this ministry and so therefore bringing together all the training that had been given in every parish


Bishop Paul presided at the Mass along with the other concelebrants Monsignor Matthew Dickens VG and Canon Edward Perera, parish priest of Tolworth, during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.


They came from 31 parishes from around the Archdiocese, Addiscombe, Anerley, Ashford, Barne, Beckenham, Biggin Hill, Cathedral, Dulwich Wood Park, Eltham Well Hall, Forest Hill, Ham, Hythe, Italian Mission, Lee, Lewisham, Morden, Mortlake, North Cheam, Norwood Upper, Old Coulsdon, Plumstead Common, Rochester, Rotherhithe, Stockwell, Sutton Green, Sydenham Kirkdale, Tolworth, Waddon, Wallington, Wimbledon and Wimbledon South as well as Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital 

Chaplaincy and St John Fisher School in Purley


 Saint Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Archbishop Peter joined the community of St Joseph's Primary school in the Borough to celebrate their 50th Anniversary, on the 11th October.  

Archbishop Peter was joined by Father Christopher Pearson, parish priest of The Borough, Canon Micheal Cooley, parish priest, Bermondsey - Melior Street, Father Peter Murphy, parish priest of Tonbridge and past pupil of St Joseph's school and Father Philip Glandfield, the Archbishop's private secretary

New Parish Priest for New Malden

On Monday 10 October 2016 Father Uche Njoku was inducted as Parish Priest of St Joseph’s New Malden by Bishop Paul Hendricks.

He was joined by Deacons Fred Carter, Tom Kavanagh and John Simon Lawson as well as a number of fellow clergy, the deputy Mayor of Kingston and several ecumenical guests from the local Christian churches

Prisoners’ Sunday & Prisons Week

Sunday 9th October is Prisoners’ Sunday and the beginning of Prisons Week.
During this time we are encouraged to pray for those in prison, their families and those who work in prison; as well all those who work within the Criminal Justice system and those who are affected by crime.
There are over 85,000 people in prison within England and Wales; in Southwark diocese we have twelve prisons which includes some of the biggest in the country

For prayers and other resources for Prisons Week visit the Prisons Week website:

Please take some time this week to remember all those affected by the consequences of crime and being in prison, and also our prison chaplains who minister in very demanding circumstances

The Prison Advice & Care Trust (PACT) is a Catholic charity which supports
 prisoners and their families up and down the country and is heavily reliant on volunteers for its work. There is information on their website detailing how individuals can support their work practically and financially

Safeguarding Representatives 

On Saturday 1st October 2016 some 80 plus Safeguarding Representatives from parishes and religious communities in Southwark assembled for the third annual event held at Amigo Hall

The guest speaker for the day was Mr Kevin Hyland OBE, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner talking about his work and the issues of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Following a buffet lunch Helen Sheppard, Safeguarding Co-ordinator,  introduced Paul Czastka and Fiona Giscombe, the Safeguarding Team Administrators, and gave a brief presentation of Safeguarding updates

The day ended with Mass in St George’s Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop Peter, with Monsignor Matthew Dickens and Father Richard Hearn concelebrating

During the homily Archbishop Peter acknowledged the importance of the work of the Safeguarding Representatives in the parishes and the great need for vigilance to all types of abuse and particularly in the field of trafficking and modern day slavery