News Archive for February 2018

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Eric Nimmo

who died on Tuesday 20th February 2018

May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements

Vigil Mass
Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 18.30
St. John Fisher
141, Kidbrooke Park Road
Kidbrooke SE3 0DZ
020 8856 4536

Funeral Mass
Friday 23rd March 2018 at 12 noon
St. John Fisher
Kidbrooke SE3 0DZ

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 17th February 2018 at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Southwark

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The Archbishop presided, assisted by Bishop Pat Lynch and Bishop Paul Hendricks, along with Monsignor Matthew, the Vicar General and Deacon Phil Harrison, a visiting Deacon who is going to be ordinated later this year.

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The Archbishop asked for the Book of the Elect to be brought to him in which 204 Catechumens, 25 of whom were under 14, had signed earlier in the Baptistry.

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Bishop Paul, Bishop Pat and Monsignor Matthew then presented the catechumens, as each name was read out and they stood with their Godparents

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184 candidates, 2 of whom were under 14, supported by their sponsors  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 Holy Communion


Archbishop Peter thanked the Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation, Dr Mark Nash and his staff, the Cathedral Dean, Canon Richard Hearn and all the Cathedral staff, along with the Diocesan Choir led by Canon Alan McLean and of course the altar servers, from the parish of Eltham along with Peter Morrissey, from the Diocesan Deaf Service, who provided signing throughout the service for the deaf and hard of hearing for making the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion such a memorable occasion.

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Archbishop Peter and the clergy present greeted and congratulated all everyone at the end of the liturgy




More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Click here to visit the Centre for Catholic Formation's website

The Centre for Catholic Formation, based at Tooting Bec, is looking for two part time vacancies

Accountable to the Director, the job will involve planning and organising specific conferences/events and courses for Kent parish or deanery clergy, catechists and others involved in parish ministry; assisting in teaching/delivery of specific courses; working closely with local clergy to encourage the appointment and formation of local catechists and co-ordinators of particular areas of catechesis (eg RCIA); advising on materials and resources for RCIA, catechesis and adult formation; participating in and contributing to CCF Study and Prayer Days; building good relationships with other diocesan agencies and ecumenical and inter religious relationships.


Based in Tooting Bec this role is primarily focused on co-ordinating CCF initiatives relating to evangelization.  This will include planning, organising and facilitating special events/courses both at the CCF and for parish or deanery Clergy and/or parish evangelization teams; developing  and maintaining a network of local evangelization contacts and encouraging the development of parish evangelization teams; advising on materials and resources for pre-evangelization and evangelization and integrating into the existing inter-diocesan networks for evangelization and home mission.

Click here for further information

Adoremus: Representing the Archdiocese of Southwark

Recently the Centre for Catholic Formation hosted an art workshop entitled  ‘The River of Life’.  The workshop enabled parishioners to give consideration to the beginnings of a banner which will be produced for the Adoremus National Pilgrimage and Congress this September. This will be a key representation of the prayers and parishioners of the diocese

Water is an important element of our sacramental journey as Christians, but in addition, the sea and river Thames form both a boundary and gateway in Southwark, bringing life and nourishment

The workshop was inspired by a discussion centering around the individual and collective perception of the Eucharist, aided by verse, materials and excellent guidance from our facilitator, Rebekah O’Keeffe

For further information please click here

Adoremus National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress 

Merton Deanery Delegates' Meeting

On Friday 2nd February, Fr John Muilligan (Morden Parish), who is heading up Southwark's approach to Adoremus, led a meeting of parishioners who will attend the National Eucharistic Congress in September this year.  

This was an opportunity for the delegates to learn more about the nature of the event, to socialise together and to learn about how they can bring the fruits of Adoremus back to their parishes and wider communities in due course.

The next meeting for delegates will be held in Lambeth Deanery at 7 pm on Friday 23rd February 2018 and is by invitation by Fr Richard Reid only.

However, Father Mulligan would like to encourage each of our 20 Southwark Deaneries to hold a similar familiarisation events for delegates by the end of this July. The key aim will be to enable and equip those participating from parishes in order to maximise the legacy of the National Congress at a local level in due course.

For further information please see the Adoremus link to the left hand side of this page.

Pastoral Letter in Preparation for Lent

Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday 2018, the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time  - Sunday 11th February 2018.

... the message of Lent is a message of hope and trust in the person of Jesus, our Saviour and redeemer , who says to each one of us, “I am with you until the end of time.”

Lent is essentially an opportunity to be reborn and
grow still more in the life of the Spirit. It’s a task which requires courage and effort. We are asked to open our hearts, through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, and to receive once again the gift of God’s love and mercy, allowing him to renew our lives so that we witness to the Good News of God’s love, mercy and compassion, especially to the poor and needy.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Edeghonghon "John" Ehichioya
of the Diocese of Uromi, Nigeria, serving in Thornton Heath Parish
who died on Thursday 1st February 2018

May he rest in peace

Two Requiem Masses will take place
before Fr John is repatriated to Nigeria:
6pm Tuesday 20th February, St Andrew's Thornton Heath.
12noon Wednesday 21st February,
St Andrew's Thornton Heath.
(Clergy are asked to bring diocesan purple vestments)

A River of Life: Adoremus Workshop 

On Thursday 8th of February at the Centre for Catholic Formation, Rebekah O'Keeffe will be holding a workshop at 6.30 pm, when participants will start to create a piece of art that will represent the prayers and parishioners of the Archdiocese of Southwark.  

The artwork produced, which will be based around the idea of life-giving water, will be taken to the National Eucharistic Congress this September. If you want to be part of the workshop that will create this unique banner email:

To find out more, view Rebekah's short film.

Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of 
Holy Communion at the Cathedral

On Saturday 3rd February 2018 60 people were commissioned as Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at the Cathedral

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Bishop Paul started the day with a talk based on the sacrifice of the Mass

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

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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

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Monsignor Matthew presided at the Commissioning Mass during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.  Monsignor Matthew also thanked all the new Extraordinary Minsters from their commitment in answering the call to serve

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The new Ministers came from 24 parishes around the Archdiocese Anerley, Barnes, Bexley, Brixton Hill, Carshalton, Cathedral, Chislehurst West, Colliers Wood, Croydon West, Earlsfield, Gravesend, Lee, Mottingham, New Addington, Norbury, North Cheam,, Northfleet, Norwood West, Thanet - Birchington & Westgate, Tooting Bec, Walworth, Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon South
plus Digby Stuart College

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Adoremus - Liverpool Congress Programme 

The organisers of Adoremus have made the programme for Congress available. A PDF copy of the current version of the programme can be accessed by clicking here. Southwark has initially been allocated 124 delegate places on Friday 7th September, and 570 for Saturday 8th.

Adoremus Preparatory Talks

To prepare ourselves for the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool this coming September, a range of relevant talks and workshops will be offered in the months leading up to the main event. All parishioners across the Diocese are very welcome to attend, especially those that have been asked by their priest to become involved in order to share the fruits of Adoremus with their parish.

Two events will take place in February 2018:

The Apostolate of Adoration
Brendan Cleary will talk on this subject in two locations on
Saturday 3rd February 2018.

  • 11 am: Centre for Catholic Formation, 21 Tooting Bec Road, London SW17
  • 3 pm: St Thomas More Parish, More Park, West Malling ME19

At a time when meditation and mindfulness are popular concepts, how do we bring those thoughts towards embracing God’s call to Eucharistic Adoration, striving to be a people of prayer, discernment, vision and mission?

For further information visit:

A River of Life
Rebekah O'Keeffe will lead an art workshop focusing on Adoremus on Thursday 8 February at 6.30 pm at the Centre for Catholic Formation.

Water is a strong theme in the Diocese of Southwark, with the River Thames and sea forming both boundary and gateway. At this workshop Rebekah will present the idea of ‘A River of Life’, using the Thames as a motif for Southwark. During the workshop, those gathered will begin work on a collaborative image that will represent Southwark Diocese and all who worship here.

To book email:
For further information: