News Archive for March 2018

Easter Services

We wish you and your family a blessed Easter.  We have travellled together from Palm Sunday to the Crucifixion and now have the joy of experiencing the Resurrection.  As Pope St John Paul II once said 'We are the Easter People and Hallelujah is our song'.

We are pleased to share a smalll number of photographs from Holy Week at St George's Cathedral, but more can be found by visiting our Flickr page.

Why not share photos of your own parish church at Easter on Twitter?  If you worship in Southwark, mention your church's name and area on the tweet and include @RC_Southwark in the text. Please ask the permission of your parish priest in the first instance.  Thank you!

Archbishop Peter and Canon Richard Hearn (Cathedral Dean)

A resplendent Cathedral on Easter Day

The Paschal Candle is lit and Exultet is sung at the Easter Vigil

St George's Cathedral Choir beautifully enhanced the Easter Liturgies

A full Cathedral, including a number of the Elect who came into the Church at the Easter Vigil

The Sub-Dean, Fr Ola Craig, and Cathedral Parishioners read the
Passion on Good Friday

Archbishop Peter Smith at the washing of feet on Maundy Thursday

Clergy process to the Sanctuary at the start of the Chrism Mass
Photo: M. Mazur

Archbishop Peter Smith blesses the Eucharistic gifts.  The three oils which are blessed and consecrated at the Chrism Mass stand before the altar. Photo: M. Mazur

The Archbishop gives the Homily on Palm Sunday, with Palms and the beautiful Crucifixion window in the background.  

Chrism Mass & Holy Week Services

Thank you to all who attended the Chrism Mass at St George's Cathedral on 28 March. Despite the initial inclement weather, both priests and laity kindly filled the Cathedral both physically and spiritually. The Chrism Mass is a solemn occasion but today was also full of joy and roof-raising singing!  A few related videos will appear on the RC Southwark You Tube account in the near future so please keep your eyes on our Twitter feed for announcements (link below the left hand picture of Archbishop Peter Smith). You can also view a record of the day's events on our Flickr page.

 If you would like to attend a Holy Week  Service but are not sure where your local  Catholic Church is located, please visit this link  to see the full list of parishes throughout  Southwark, or visit the Parishes list on the  right hand side of this page. Each church will  offer details on their website or have a  phone line on which services are listed.

Director of Music

St George's Cathedral

The post of Director of Music at St George's Cathedral will fall vacant in January 2019 on the retirement of Norman Harper.  A highly qualified and experienced musician is sought to take charge of an active and successful Music Department.

Please click here for a Job Description
Enquiries and applications to

Closing date: Monday 7 May 2018.  Interviews from 21 May 2018.

Mass of Chrism

Holy Week 2018 begins on Sunday 25th March with the celebration of Palm Sunday. The annual diocesan gathering for the Chrism Mass will be on Wednesday 28th March, at St George's Cathedral, Southwark. The Clergy procession starts at approximately 11.15am, and the Mass begins at 11.30am.

It is during this Mass that the Archbishop will bless the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens, and consecrate the Sacred Chrism. After Mass these Oils are taken back to all the parishes in the diocese for use during the coming year.
The Roman Missal describes this Mass, which the Archbishop concelebrates with his presbyterate as "...a manifestation of the Priests' communion with their Bishop" and so well-nigh 200 clergy will join this celebration, together with people from all over the Diocese.  
This public Mass is open to all and is usually very well attended, so seating may be limited.

Oscar Romero Feast Day

Pope Francis has recently approved a decree recognising a miracle which has been attributed to Blessed Oscar Romero. This has opened the door for the Salvadorian Martyr to be canonised.

Please join us for the forthcoming Mass at 12.30 pm on Saturday 24th March in Saint George's Cathedral, Southwark.

Archbishop Peter Smith will be the principle celebrant and Bishop John Rawsthorne will be preaching.
This event also offers an opportunity for all gathered to visit the Romero Shrine, which is located on the South Aisle of the Cathedral. All are welcome.

The River of Life: an Adoremus Concert

This concert is centred around the theme 'The River of Life.  

Water is an important symbol within the Sacraments and  also a key feature of the Diocese, bordered as it is by the sea and the River Thames. The concept will be an important part of how the Diocese is represented at the Adoremus National Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage to Liverpool in September this year.

Massed schools from around the Diocese, under the baton of Natalie Christian John, will take their audience on a journey from Lent to Easter. The programme will include pieces such as ' Now behold the Lamb' and a special arrangement of 'You raise me up'. Tickets will be £8 and will be available on the door.

Born for This

The Southwark Catholic Youth Chaplaincy and Aylesford Priory present 'BORN FOR THIS': a dramatised depiction of The Stations of the Cross and a great way to prepare for Easter.

Young people from across the Diocese will be taking part: please join them for this time of prayer and reflection. Admission Free.

Papal Initiative: "24 Hours for the Lord"

9th and 10th March

This year Pope Francis is again inviting us join together to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament in his initiative '24 Hours for the Lord''. The 2018 theme is “With you is forgiveness” from Psalm 130:4.

Several churches in the diocese are arranging special time for Adoration on the 9th / 10th March, and offering the opportunity to "celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration" as the Pope mentioned in his message for Lent 2018. Click Here for the current list of venues.

Young People and the 2018 Synod

This day is for adults that accompany young people and offers some insights to the preparation material for the Synod.  We will also look at how we engage with and support young people in our communities in a practical way. Workshops on the day will also provide some insight into the resources available. 

The day runs from 10:30am - 4:30pm. Please bring a packed lunch.

Please let know if you’re joining us, or call 01227 272900

For a timetable for the day, information on the Synod, including the
'Life to the Full' guidance booklet for young people, click here.

Human Trafficking Awareness and Livelihood Campaign

Our Diocesan newspaper, The Pilgrim, will soon be published and available shortly in parishes.  Amongst the features this month will be an article on Human Trafficking, which the Church is dedicated to ending.
Please click here to find out more about Southwark's response to this call.