News Archive for July 2017

Pilgrimage Visit of the Miraculous Relic Image
of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St George’s Cathedral

The Miraculous Relic Image visited St George’s Cathedral on Friday, 28th July to Monday, 31st July 2017

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The Service of Reception was led by Archbishop Peter Smith.

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The Knights Of St. Columba were a vital part of the proceedings, always ensuring pilgrims’ safety and encouraging respect and dignity throughout.

Photos by Sean P Mulligan

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

Priesthood Ordination of Reverend
Paul Kyne by Archbishop Peter Smith

On the 15th July 2017 Reverend Paul Kyne was ordained a Priest by Archbishop Peter

2017 Priesthood Ordination: Homily

In a full Cathedral, Clergy, family, friends, and parishioners gathered to pray for Reverend Paul

2017 Priesthood Ordination: Litany of the Saints

After Mass Father Paul gave his First Blessing to Archbishop Peter and assembled congregation

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His First Mass was at his home parish, Brockley

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Father Paul is a past parishioner of St. Mary Magdalen, Brockley and past pupil of the Salesian College in Battersea.  His formation was at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh

2017 Priesthood Ordination: after Mass

His first appointment will be at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Southwark in September

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father John Lavery
who died on the evening of 26th July 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details

The funeral will take place
at 10.30am on Saturday 29th July, at:
St Peter's Church
Great Georges Street South
Warrenpoint, Co Down, BT34 3NF.
(028 4175 9981)
Link to Parish Webcam

Ongoing Formation of Priests - Aylesford

On Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th July, as part of the Ongoing Formation of Priests programme for newly ordained priests of the diocese, newly arrived priests from overseas, and for those taking up parish priest appointments for the first time, a number of priests met at Aylesford to learn more about the workings of the Diocesan Chancery


They met with the Diocesan Chancery Team who then facilitated a series of presentations on some of the major areas of their work


There was an opportunity for questions, discussion, and time together.  The group spent time together in prayer and celebrated Mass on each of the days


There is also a course presented by the Finance Office, the Education Commission and the Safeguarding Office to help priest comprehend the Diocese as an organisations


Diaconate Ordination

Photo: Alexander Balzanella

Fr Gerard Mulvihill, Fr Philip Andrews, Fr John Diver, Bishop Terence Drainey, Rev. Francis Murphy, Fr Sean O'Connor, Fr Matthew O'Gorman and Fr David Howell.

On Wednesday 12 July, Southwark seminarian Francis Murphy was one of six students of the Venerable English College to be ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Terence Drainey (Middlesbrough).

The ordination took place at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, in the English College's Villa Palazzola. Among those in attendance were Francis' parish priest, Fr Gerard Mulvihill (St Thomas More, Dulwich), and Vocations Director Fr John Diver (St Lawrence, Sidcup).

Father Michael Adams celebrates
his Golden Anniversary

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On Sunday 9th July 2017 Father Michael Adams had a celebration Mass in thanksgiving for his Golden Jubilee to the Priesthood.

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Bishop Paul Mason was the main celebrant and was joined by many clergy, Father Michael's family and friends plus parishioners of St Augustine's RC Church and from other parishes that he has served over the last 50 years

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Ooberfuse inspire Greenwich students
to act on climate change

Critically acclaimed electric pop duo Ooberfuse have held a workshop for pupils at St Ursula’s Convent school, Greenwich, to encourage them to think about the importance of renewable energy.

The duo, who live in Woolwich, ran four sessions for students in Year Eight and Nine. Pupils began by learning about Power to Be, the aid agency CAFOD’s latest campaign on the importance of renewable energy for the world’s poorest communities. Ooberfuse then held a song writing workshop where students were encouraged to write their own lyrics on the importance of clean energy.

To finish the day Ooberfuse performed for an hour, during which students were invited to sing and showcase their work. The school hall may have been a contrast to the Ministry of Sound and the O2, where Ooberfuse have previously performed, but pupils and band alike had a fantastic time.

Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson formed Ooberfuse in 2010 and their music has taken them all over the world, from Madrid, where they played for two million young Catholics on World Youth Day, to Iraq, where they played at a refugee camp in Erbil. Social justice and inequality are strong themes in their music; they have written songs in aid of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, for persecuted Christians in Iraq and Pakistan, and are soon to release a song on the plight of refugees.

It is this use of music to promote social justice, as well as their Catholic faith, which motivated them to get involved with CAFOD’s work and subsequently run the workshop at St. Ursula’s.

CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign encourages communities to lobby the World Bank, the global organisation which the UK partners with to fight worldwide poverty, to invest in local, renewable energy. Through the World Bank, the UK already invests in energy access to combat poverty but less than 3% of this spending goes towards renewable energy.

Through Power to Be, CAFOD is asking the UK’s representative at the World Bank, Melanie Robinson, to use her influence to ensure that children everywhere have the power to achieve great things and lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the planet.

Susan Elderfield, the Chaplain at St Ursula’s, said: “I don’t think we should forget the message of today; how we should look after the planet. Each one of us has a responsibility – from switching off the lights to getting involved with NGOs to becoming politicians. It’s our planet and our job to look after it.”

Bishop Paul Mason, the Bishop Promoter for the Apostleship of the Sea

Bishop Paul Mason, the Bishop Promoter for England and Wales for the Apostleship of the Sea gives an interview for Sea Sunday which this year was on Sunday 9th July 2017

He explains why it's so important for parishes and everyone one of us to support Sea Sunday and to pray for seafarers.