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Catholics and Lutherans hold joint service 500 years after the Reformation at the
Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

On Sunday 26th March a joint commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation was held at the Cathedral Southwark, hosted by  Archbishop Peter Smith

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The Archbishop of Birmingham and Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department of Dialogue and Unity, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley,

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and Bishop Martin Lind, Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain preached at the commemoration

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Catholics, Lutherans and Anglicans attended the commemoration service - including the Dean of the St George's Cathedral, the Dean of Southwark Anglican Cathedral, and the Archdeacon of Lewisham, National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Department for Dialogue and Unity, Canon John O'Toole - as well as Bishop Howard Tripp, auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Southwark

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Intersessions read by The Rev Susanne Freddin Skovhus and The Rev Canon John O'Toole


Blessed Oscar Romero Mass


On Friday 24th March 2017 Bishop Pat Lynch was the principal celebrant at a Mass to mark the memoria of Blessed Oscar Romero

Bishop Lynch was vested in a red chasuble originally made for the beatification ceremony and presented to the Cathedral by the Diocese of San Salvador he will also use the new collect prayer for Blessed Oscar Romero.

The intention at the Mass was for the repose of the soul of Bishop Michael Evans, former bishop of East Anglia, and for nearly 28 years priest of the diocese of Southwark, who had a great admiration and devotion for Oscar Romero, and was a founding trustee of the Archbishop Romero Trust.

The Archdiocese of Southwark is the only diocese of England to be granted Indult for Blessed Oscar Romero

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Bishop Pat was joined by several priests from the diocese as well as many from the Diocese of East Anglia.

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The Romero Cross, in a chapel in the North side of the Cathedral



Further details can found on the Trust's website www.romerotrust.org



On the 11th March the SSE Arena, Wembley, was once again filled with roughly 10,000 young catholics from across Great Britain. In attendance were also young people who had travelled from Gibraltar and Norway!
Around 1200 of the attended from Southwark alongside Bishop Paul Hendricks, so we were very well represented at the event, and with front row seats we had the best view in the house!



Cardinal Bo talked about the changes taking place in Myanmar and how “hope has no expiry date”, but this message of hope continued throughout the day with inspiring words from Sarah Teather from the Jesuit Refugee Service, and Leah and Ryan speaking about their trip to Lebanon with CAFOD.



Matt Redman lead the crowd through moments of joyful praise and quiet reflection with songs such as ‘We are the Free’ and of course, ’10,000 Reasons’ from which the theme of the day took it’s name.



Some amazing highlights from the day included a thought-provoking talk from Mike Pilavachi and a beautiful and challenging reflection from David Wells.



Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke about the upcoming synod entitled ‘Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment’, details of which are available www.catholicnews.org.uk/synod-youth-poll, and encouraged the young people to complete the survey.
The day finished with a time of prayer, reflection and Adoration; a powerful experience shared with 10,000 other young catholics.



Photos from the day can be found at www.cymfed.org.uk/flame2017 and videos are expected to be added soon.





Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Cyril Elkington

who died on 11th March 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details
Monday 3rd April at 11:00am
St Joseph's Church Bromley
1 Orchard Road, Bromley, BR1 2PR
020 8402 0459

His body will be received into the church Sunday 2 April at 16:30.
The burial will take place at Mortlake on Monday 3 April at 16:00.




Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Barry Angus

who died on 11th March 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details
Monday 10th April at 12noon
St. Thomas of Canterbury, Canterbury
59 Burgate, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2HJ
01227 462896



Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Deacon Michael Gould

who died on 7th March 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details
Thursday 30th March at 12.45pm
Sacred Heart Church
Knatchbull Road, Camberwell, SE5 9QS
020 7274 1908

Bishop Pat Lynch will be the principal celebrant of the Mass



Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster)
new services in Southwark Diocesan


The Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster) is now providing services for disadvantaged children and families throughout Southwark Diocese.   Archbishop Peter Smith has very much welcomed this development and has taken up the appointment of Vice-President to the Catholic Children’s Society (CCS) to underline his commitment to this new and exciting partnership. 

Southwark Crisis Fund 
CCS has launched a Crisis Fund which provides emergency financial assistance for families facing a crisis.  This fund can be applied to by any Headteacher or Parish Priest who has identified a family that is facing exceptional circumstances and would benefit from one-off financial support.  The application form is short and simple and CCS responds within 24 hours.

It is hoped that this fund will be sustained via local fundraising initiatives.  Every penny of any donations made to CCS by Southwark schools and/or parishes will go directly into the Crisis Fund and will only be spent in Southwark to support local families.  Free teaching resources are provided to support schools with fundraising and these can be downloaded from the CCS website: http://www.cathchild.org.uk/resources/resource/

Mental Health Services for Schools
CCS delivers a range of mental health services including:
  • Qualified and experienced counsellors and therapists working on-site in schools.
  • Mental health training sessions for school staff, helping to enhance their skills to identify and support pupils with mental health needs.
  • Rainbows Bereavement Support Programme training for schools, enabling key staff to deliver support groups for pupils who have experienced a significant loss in their lives. 
More information on these services can be found at CCS’s ConnectEd website: http://ccsconnected.org.uk/   


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father David Peter Hutton

who died on 1st March 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details

Tuesday 14th March 2017
5pm Reception of the Body at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hayes
 7.30pm Requiem Mass at Hayes BR2 7BX

Wednesday 15th March
11.30am Solemn Requiem Mass at St Michael & All Angels, Farnborough BR6 8NN
followed by burial in St Mary’s Churchyard, Hayes BR2 7LH
and then finger buffet reception at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hayes BR2 7BX

Concelebrants: Purple vestments
Clergy in Choir: Cotta & purple stole (for Holy Communion)

Family flowers only -
Donations in memory of Fr David are divided between the Bournemouth Oratory-in-Formation and
St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham
Cheques payable to ‘Rosary Church, Hayes’ should sent to The Treasurer at the Hayes Parish


Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion


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This annual ceremony for those on RCIA courses in the various parishes and chaplaincies took place on Saturday 4th March 2017 at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Southwark

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The Archbishop presided, assisted by Bishop Pat Lynch, Bishop Paul Hendricks and Bishop Paul Mason, along with Monsignor Matthew, the Vicar General and Deacon Peter Littleton

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This year the names of 212 catechumens were read out by Bishop Pat, Bishop Paul and Bishop Paul according to their area during the Rite of Election, and their names were enrolled in the Book of the Elect

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177 candidates also had their names read out during the Rite of the Call to Continuing Conversion.  Candidates are those, already Baptised, who are preparing to receive the final sacraments of initiation, Confirmation and Eucharist

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Archbishop Peter thanked the Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation, Dr Mark Nash and his staff, the Cathedral Dean, Father Richard Hern and all the Cathedral staff, along with the Diocesan Choir led by Canon Alan McLean and of course the Cathedarl altar servers for making the Rite of Election such a memorable Diocese occasion

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More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page