News Archive for June 2017

Bishop Paul Hendricks Blesses the new reception at
St Mary’s Catholic High School - Croydon

On Monday 26th June, St Mary’s was delighted to welcome Bishop Paul Hendricks to bless its new school reception area and to present badges of office to the new school's Student Leadership teams.

In addition, the school was also pleased to welcome Dr Maureen Glackin, Head of School of Education at St Mary’s University, Twickenham as a special guest for the day.

Bishop Paul led a special ‘Liturgy of the Word’ for all students in the school’s Sports Hall before presenting badges of office to the new Student Leadership teams, including the Head and Deputy Girls and Boys.

Before blessing the new reception, Bishop Paul also blessed the crucifix, statue of Our Lady and photographs of Pope Francis & Archbishop Peter which were then placed in the new facility.

Faith in Action Awards

On Sunday 25th June at the 9:00am Mass, Bishop Paul Mason presented Faith in Action certificates and badges to 40 of the young people at St. Francis - Maidstone from their Flame and Fledglings groups. This is a new national award awarded at different levels.

The young people have worked very hard during the past year on their journey of faith, including learning new prayers and litanies, raising awareness of the plight of Syrian refugees and the local homeless, leading the living Stations of the Cross, visiting care homes, the Cathedral and taking part in small pilgrimages.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Deacon Peter Rennie

who died on 27th June 2017

May he rest in peace

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Peter Ryman

who died on 18th June 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details

The funeral will take place at

Our Lady of Sorrows
The Friary
Friary Road
SE15 1RH

020 7639 0947

On Monday 17th July 2017 at 12 noon

His body will be received into the church
Sunday 16th July 2017 at 18.00

After Mass there will be a Holy Hour

Purple vestments are to be worn

Greenwich and Bexley Deanery
Corpus Christi Procession

Parishes from the Greenwich and Bexley Deaneries gather together for their annual Blessed Sacrament Procession in the ruins of Lesnes Abbey on Sunday 25th June 2017 led by Brother Martin Mikuskiewicz, parish priest of Our Lady of the Angels, Erith.


Clergy from the two deaneries were joined by other local Christian Ministers


Children who had recently received their First Holy Communion, young people who had recently been Confirmed and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were given special places in the procession.


Lesnes Abbey is situated in the parish of St Benet, Abbey Wood. The abbey was founded in 1178 by Richard de Lucy, who, in 1170, had been complicit with Henry II in the murder of St Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury. He built the abbey within the boundaries of his Manor in reparation and, having assumed the religious habit, ended his days there and was buried in the Chapter House.


The abbey was a foundation of the Augustinian Canons within the Diocese of Rochester. It was closed in 1524 by Cardinal Wolsey to raise revenue to found a college in Oxford, but at Wolsey's fall in 1530 the site became the property of the King.


A collection was taken up by the Knights of Saint Columba, who had also marshalled and helped organise the event, for the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice which is situated near Lesnes Abbey

Photos by Sean P Mulligan

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

Diaconate Ordination Amgad Gerges

On Monday 12th June 2017 Bishop Patrick Lynch ordained Amgad Gerges into the Permanent Diaconate at St. William of York - Forest Hill

170621 - Ordination of Deacon Amgad Gerges

170621 - Ordination of Deacon Amgad Gerges

Joining Bishop Pat was Father Tom Creagh-Fuller, parish priest of Forest Hill along with many priests from the Deanery, and Deacon Javier Elderfield

170621 - Ordination of Deacon Amgad Gerges

The Reverend Deacon Amgad was also join by his very proud family

170621 - Ordination of Deacon Amgad Gerges

Students studying for the Permanent Diaconate 

On Sunday 18th June 10 men who are studying for the Permanent Diaconate gathered in St Elphege Church, Wallington.  4 men received the Ministry of the Word and 6 men the Ministry of Acolyte from Bishop Paul Hendricks who was the main celebrant of the Mass

170610 - Ministry of the Word and Acolyte - Deacons

Please remember them in your prayers that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their Ministry

Photos by Sean P Mulligan

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

United Nations Arts Ambassador visited
St Mary’s Catholic High School

On Wednesday 7 June the United Nations Arts Ambassador Ibiyinka Alao visited St Mary’s Catholic High School to work with Year Seven on a project called ‘The Bag of Hope’

This is a global project which raises awareness of the rights of children.  The project raises funds for UNICEF and other organisations working with and supporting children and young adults and is completed by children from all countries, creating the largest decorated canvas bag in the world. This year  the project will attempt to beat the current Guinness World record for such a bag.  St Mary’s are privileged to be part of this initiative.

In an assembly with Mr Alao, the children were made aware of their rights to free education, to feel safe, to be fed, to receive healthcare and the right to help when you have been mistreated or abused.

Mr Alao shared much of his work with the students, telling us the stories that inspired them.

After meeting Mr Alao all of Year Seven moved to the Art classrooms to work on their own pictures to symbolise hope.  The students were most excited, and somewhat inspired when they were told that these will be displayed on the United Nations building in New York.

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Knights of St Columba from the Southern Provinces

170611 - KSC Pilgrimage to Aylesford

Sunday 11th June 2017 the Knights of St Columba from the Southern Provinces including Southwark joined together in pilgrimage to The Friars, Aylesford, also celebrating their patrons feast day which was on 9th June.

170611 - KSC Pilgrimage to Aylesford

The Mass was concelebrated by Monsignor Matthew Dickens and Father Innocent Abonyi, the KSC Southwark Provincial Chaplain.

170611 - KSC Pilgrimage to Aylesford

During the Mass over 30 Brother Knights were elevated to Knighthood degree by the Supreme Knight assisted by Brother Bertie Grogan who is the Supreme Director for Membership.

170611 - KSC Pilgrimage to Aylesford

This was the 51st Pilgrimage to Aylesford for the Knights and the welcome by the Carmelite community was up to it usual prayerful, and spiritual high standards.   Father Francis Kemsley blessed all the scapulars and religious items purchased at Aylesford.

170611 - KSC Pilgrimage to Aylesford

Photos by Sean P Mulligan

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

The Reverend Father Dominic Clovis

Dominic Clovis was ordained to the Priesthood on 10th June 2017.  He is the sixth child of ten and was born 1st September 1989.  He joined the Institute of the Incarnate Word after his A Levels and has been studying in Italy for the last eight years.

Having returned to the UK after his ordination, on Sunday 18th June, he celebrated his first Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St Mary’s Chislehurst, his home parish.
Father Charles Briggs, Parish Priest of St Mary’s Chislehurst said, “He has been serving Mass here since I arrived, many years ago.  He has been a great example to countless boys in the parish, both young and old. May God bless him in his ministry.”
The following Sunday he celebrated an Extraordinary Form Mass at St Bede’s, Clapham Park, where he took part in the Corpus Christi Procession.
Father Dominic will be exercise his ministry near Edinburgh in Scotland where the Institute of the Incarnate Word has four parishes.

Annual Diocesan Marriage Anniversary Mass

Saturday 17th June 2017 the annual diocesan marriage Mass took place, with over 260 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 nearly 900 people were in the Cathedral 

2017 Annual Marriage Anniversary Mass

Archbishop Peter concelebrated Mass with Canon Richard Hearn and Fr Graham Preston, Episcopal Vicar for Marriage and Family Life and assisted by Deacon Philip Pond, part of the Marriage and Family Life Team and Deacon Gehad Homsey

2017 Annual Marriage Anniversary Mass

All couples renewed their wedding vows

2017 Annual Marriage Anniversary Mass

2017 Annual Marriage Anniversary Mass

The celebration continued in the Amigo hall with light refreshment

2017 Annual Marriage Anniversary Mass

The Marriage and Family Life Team have supplied the following statistics

Kent - 46 couples and 31 family members
SE - 114 couples and 159 family members
SW - 100 couples and 156 family members

The breakdown by anniversary:
60th - 22 couples
50th - 63 couples
40th - 37 couples
25th - 59 couples
10th - 34 couples
1st - 15 couples

Largest parish contingents:
KENT - Tunbridge Wells - 5 couples
SE - Sidcup - 11 couples
SW - Addiscombe - 10 couples

Largest family groups: 
Joyces of Mottingham and Fashesins of Battersea with 13 family members each

Longest married: 
Mr and Mrs Lane of Sidcup, 67 years
Mr and Mrs Pezzani of Rotherhithe, 68 years
Mr and Mrs Kwasniewski of Forest Hill, 69 years 

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

Presentation of Football Cups to the
Altar Servers team from Peckham

At the Southwark Altar Servers 40th Annual Rally on the 1st of May at The Friars, Aylesford Priory, both the Junior and Senior football tournament was won by the Altar Servers from Peckham


At that time there were no cups available to given to the winning teams so parishioners from Peckham purchased two cups to be presented to this year’s winning teams and then to subsequent winning teams


Archbishop Peter was delighted to present these cups to the teams on the 4th of June in Archbishop's House

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

Mass for New Catholics

The annual Mass for New Catholics took place on Saturday 3rd June 2017 at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George. Archbishop Peter was the Principal Celebrant and preacher

170603 - Mass for New Catholics

This Mass - which is organised by the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation - is the culmination of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process, and ends the third and final period of the RCIA, which is called the ‘Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy’

170603 - Mass for New Catholics

After Mass all were invited to a Question and Answer session with Archbishop Peter in Amigo Hall where refreshments were served.

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

Confirmation at the Cathedral

170604 - Confirmation in the Cathedral

On Pentecost Sunday, 4th June 2016, Archbishop Peter conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on young members of the Cathedral parish in Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

170604 - Confirmation in the Cathedral

The Archbishop was joined by Canon Richard Hearn, Dean of the Cathedral, Father Oladele Craig, the Sub Dean of the Cathedral, Father Thomas Bakulumpagi, Assistant Priest of the Cathedral and Fr Ronald Kigozi a PhD student from Rome

170604 - Confirmation in the Cathedral

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

Love your neighbour as yourself

Vigils For The Victims Of The London Bridge Terror Attacks

In a demonstration of unity yesterday evening, Archbishop Peter Smith stood alongside dignitaries, leaders of other faiths and the people of London at a Vigil for those who lost their lives in the terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday 3rd June

Vigils For The Victims Of The London Bridge Terror Attacks

Leading a short ceremony, the Mayor, Sadiq Khan said ‘our unity and love for one another will always be stronger than the hate of the extremists’.  All gathered  then observed a minute’s silence before laying flowers and writing messages of unity by City Hall.


Commenting on the events of last Saturday, Archbishop Peter Smith said ‘Our hearts go out to the innocent victims of this attack last Saturday evening. In a time of adversity the whole community has come together to support victims of crime with extraordinary generosity. 
In this we have a wonderful example of how to live out the second commandment
‘You must love your neighbour as yourself’

170605 - London Bridge Vigil

Please keep all affected by this tragic event in your prayers.

Shrine of St Augustine

On 3rd June the Grand Re-opening of St Augustine’s was celebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith with a service of blessing and Vespers. Bishop Paul Mason, area bishop for Kent also attend. Local choirs, St Ethelbert’s Primary School, and community groups associated with St Augustine’s took part. This marks the start of the re-use of St Augustine’s following restoration. Afterwards there was a celebratory reception in the gardens of the Divine Retreat Centre, across the road from St Augustine’s.

The Shrine of St Augustine, England’s newest shrine recalling England’s first missionary. Pugin’s magnificent personal church and burial place, dedicated to his patron St Augustine, became, on 1st March 2012, the official shrine commemorating the coming of the Gospel to the Anglo-Saxon peoples. St Augustine who landed near to Ramsgate, sent by Pope Gregory the Great in 597AD, is an inspiration for faith and evangelisation today. We invite pilgrims and general visitors to come to St Augustine’s to pray and worship, to enjoy the beauty of its architecture and to learn about the history of the early saints so closely connected with the identity of Christian England.
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