News Archive for December 2016

Christmas 2016

I pray that God may bless you all and give you the gifts
of his love, peace and joy this Christmas and throughout 2017.
Archbishop of Southwark

Archbishop Peter joined the Parishioners, visitors and Clergy of St George's Cathedral for Masses on Christmas Night and Christmas morning.

Archbishop Peter delivers the homily
2016 Midight Mass

Cathedral Crib scene
Cathedral Nativity Scene

Deacon Paul Kyne reading the Gospel
Deacon Paul Kyne reading the Gospel

2016 Christmas Morning Mass
2016 Cathedral Christmas Family Mass

Archbishop Peter After Christmas Morning Mass
Archbishop Peter after the Christmas morning Mass

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Canon John "Jack" Madden

who died on Friday 16th December 2016

May he rest in peace

Reception of the body: 4pm Monday, 2nd January 2017,
Saint Edmund of Canterbury Parish,
20 Village Way, Beckenham, BR3 3NP
followed later by an evening Mass: 7pm,
Monday 2nd January

Funeral Mass: 11.30am Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Saint Edmund of Canterbury Parish,
20 Village Way, Beckenham, BR3 3NP

Diaconal Ordinations at Wonersh

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Archbishop Peter Smith ordained four students of St John Seminary, Wonersh to the Sacred Order of Deacon on Saturday 17th December 2016.  The first ordination since Canon Brian Coyle was appointed as Rector.

161217 - Wonersh Diaconal Ordinations

The new deacons are Paul Kyne and Peter Littleton for the diocese of Southwark and Robert Stewart and Ansel D’Mello for the diocese of Portsmouth

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They will continue formation at Wonersh and hope to be ordained to the Priesthood later in the year

Southwark Catholic Schools Music Festival

On Thursday 15th December at Sacred Heart Church Camberwell, 8 Catholic schools, both primary and secondary featured at the 3rd Southwark Schools Music Festival. Teachers, staff, parents and parishioners of Sacred Heart Church joined the schools, in preparation for Christmas.

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Bishop Patrick Lynch gave the closing remarks and emphasised the importance of this joyful season. He said "the world celebrates the coming of the  true light into our world, the birth of Jesus brought light to our darkened world and we rejoice always at his birth."

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Fr Victor Darlington thanked all the schools for all the hard work that had gone into the preparations.  He explained that this yearly gathering was held "to prepare us for Christmas and to create a platform for our Catholic Schools to interact and promote our Catholic ethos."

161214 - Southwark Catholic Schools Music Festival

The schools present were:
St Joseph's RC Infant School - Camberwell, St. Francis' RC Primary School - Peckham, St. Joseph's RC Junior School -  Camberwell,  St. Joseph's RC Primary School - Rotherhithe,  St Thomas the Apostle College - Nunhead, Sacred Heart RC School - Camberwell, Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School - Upper Norwood, and St Michael's Catholic College -  Bermondsey

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Cathedral Carol Service

Logo of St George's Cathedral Southwark
Parishioners and visitors joined together for the Cathedral Carol Service Thursday 15 December
at St George's Cathedral, Southwark,
The combined Cathedral Choirs sang
traditional and modern settings of carols,
and the congregation joined in singing well-loved favourite Christmas hymns.
This was followed by seasonal refreshments in the Amigo Hall.

Centre for Catholic Formation

On Tuesday 12 December, the team from the Centre for Catholic Formation spent their termly prayer day at Tyburn convent near Marble Arch. Since 1903, the enclosed, religious community at Tyburn have kept watch before the Blessed Sacrament in perpetual adoration, praying for the intentions of England’s Catholics and for those who have been and who continue to be persecuted for their faith.

Their work at the catechetical centre, so often means that they are planning ahead, an eye on Lent though Advent’s not yet ended, a look to the next academic year though December is yet to finish. The visit to Tyburn provided a much-needed moment of pause and, importantly, an historical and eschatological perspective for their work.

The convent’s crypt houses the relics of many the saints and martyrs who were killed for their faith between 1535 and 1681; their stories were told with such verve and enthusiasm by their guide Sister Thomasina.

They were also told of the tradition where young families brought their children to Tyburn so that their first steps were taken in the footsteps of the martyrs. The stained-glass panels illustrated some of the acts of mercy that the saints had undertaken in their lives; a task we, following in their stead, are called to continue today.

The team also took the opportunity to see visit and pray at the shrine of Marie-Adele Garnier, the foundress of the Benedictine Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre, whose cause for canonisation opened earlier this month.

Prayer, in the middle of a traffic island, at the site of the infamous ‘Tyburn Tree’ gallows, concluded a poignant and renewing time together.

Daily tours take place at 10.30am, 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

For more information on Tyburn Convent visit:

For more on the Centre for Catholic Formation see:

London United

On the 7th December 2016 Archbishop Peter Smith, Bishop Paul Hendricks and Monsignor Matthew Dickens joined London’s Church Leaders to launch a new campaign in response to the ongoing refugee crisis, and following continued reports of intolerance and heightened tension in the wake of the EU Referendum.

#LondonUnited encourages churches representing the capital’s different Christian dominations to showcase their community work, particularly in response to the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and destitute migrants.

Throughout the run-up to Christmas, churches will be sharing their stories of community cohesion in London, using the hashtag #LondonUnited on social media.

New Parish Priest at St John Fisher Merton

On Wednesday 7th December 2016 Bishop Paul Hendricks inducted Father David Gummett as the new Parish Priest at St John Fisher New Merton. He was joined by fellow clergy from the diocese along with the Mayor of Merton and other Christian clergy from the local area.

Fr David signing the profession of faith

Mary Farrell with some of the school choir

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Deacon Braz Menezes

who died on Monday 5th December 2016

May he rest in peace

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Eamonn Whelan 

who died on Saturday 3rd December 2016

May he rest in peace

Reception of the body:
5pm 20th December, St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Deal

Funeral Mass:
12noon 21st December, St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Deal