News Archive for June 2018

Civic Honour Medal Presentation

Fr Michael Scanlon with the Mayor of Greenwich, Christine May (left) and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Mick Hayes (right)

On Thursday 28th June 2018, Fr Michael Scanlon, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Reparation and Dean of Croydon, was presented with a medal which was created in acknowledgement of receiving the Freedom of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in 2013.  The medal shows the Borough's Coat of Arms and the date on which it was received.  Others who received the same honour that day in 2013 include Prince Philip as well as Doreen and Neville Lawrence.

The original honour was awarded for work in the community whilst serving as Parish Priest at St Peter's RC Church in Woolwich for 18 years. During this time Fr Scanlon was involved as Ecumenical Borough Dean and worked closely with the Town Hall on regeneration of the area.

Many congratulations Fr Michael!

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Sean Hearty

who died on Saturday 2nd June 2018

May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements

Reception of Body
Wednesday 4th July at 17.30
Good Shepherd
Dunley Drive
New Addington

Vigil Mass
Wednesday 4th July at 19.30
Good Shepherd
New Addington

Funeral Mass
Thursday 5th July at 12 noon
Good Shepherd
New Addington

followed by burial at West Norwood Cemetery

Concelebrating clergy are asked to bring White Diocesan vestments

Appointment of Director of Music 

at Saint George's Cathedral

We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Schranz has been appointed as the new Director of Music for St George's Cathedral, Southwark. 

Jonathan is a graduate of Churchill College, Cambridge and of the prestigious Royal Academy Choral Conducting course.  He currently enjoys a diverse conducting career and is an Associate Conductor for the National Youth Choirs of
Great Britain.

The Dean of St George's said of the appointment "Jonathan will bring a great deal to the role and I am confident that he will build upon the great work that his predecessor Norman Harper has done both in developing the choir and enhancing the music tradition at St George's Cathedral".

Jonathan will commence his role in January 2019 and we look forward to welcoming him.

Mass in Celebration of Marriage

'The Courage to be Happy'

Last Saturday, 16th June 2018, in St George's Cathedral, Archbishop Peter Smith and Southwark Clergy offered a Diocesan Mass in celebration of Marriage. Couples who are marking significant anniversaries this year, whether their 1st, 25th, 50th or beyond were invited to attend.

Couples, many of whom were specially attired for this celebratory service, heard readings from the book of Tobit, the first letter of John and the Gospel reading was the well-known passage from Wedding of Cana. (John 2. 1-11)

During the bidding prayers the congregation prayed for married couples throughout the world, especially those in areas affected by conflict and experiencing poverty, those considering marriage, all separated and divorced, for young families and for those struggling with sickness.

During his homily, Archbishop Peter said 'True love gives rise to very practical demands and consequences'. He went on to quote Pope Francis:
'I am asking you to rebel against the culture
that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately
believes you are incapable of true love...
so have courage to swim against the tide...
and also the courage to be happy'.

He concluded the homily by asking all present to pray for those whose marriages have broken down, explaining that Pope Francis would want us to enfold them with love and compassion, not making any judgements but doing what we can to support them and bring healing.

Following the homily, couples were invited to renew their vows, saying the following words:

I renew with all my heart
the vows that I have made:
that you are my lawful wedded wife / husband,
to have and to hold
for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish
till death do us part.

At the end of the service the couples and their families received a blessing and were encouraged to 'be witnesses in the world to God's love'.

The Cathedral's Director of Music brought the service to a joyous conclusion by playing the popular Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

Archbishop Peter met with couples outside St George's Cathedral 
after the Mass

Many couples and their families were specially dressed for the occasion

Several couples asked for their wedding rings to be blessed...

and brought family of all ages with them in order to join in
the celebration

Our grateful thanks go to Marcin Mazur from the CBCEW
for these images. To see more click here.

For further information:

Southwark Marriage and Family Life
Fr Graham Preston (Episcopal Vicar)
72 Paradise Street, London SE16 4QD
Tel: 020 7237 2969

World Meeting of Families
On August 21-26 the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) will take place in Dublin. Its highlight is a visit by Pope Francis. During the WMOF, an important and joyful international gathering, there will be a wide-ranging programme of talks and workshop. That’s in addition to exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances.
For more information visit the website:

Centre for Catholic Formation: Golden Jubilee Lectures

On 19 June 1968, Archbishop Cyril Cowderoy opened the Centre for Catholic Formation with the aim of providing Catholic formation and training to the people of Southwark.
Consequently the CCF will be celebrating their 50th anniversary.  The next lecture will take place on Friday 8th June, when Dr Caroline Farey will explore 'The Catechetical Journey'.  This will be followed on Thursday 14th June with a talk on GK Chesterton, delivered by Canon John Udris, who is the priest appointed to look after the cause for Chesterton's Canonisation.

Doors will open at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start and refreshments will be available. All are welcome and admission is free.

Please click here to find out additional Golden Jubilee talks this June.

A Jubilee Mass of thanksgiving will be celebrated on Saturday 23rd June at 3.30 pm in St Anselm's  RC Church, Tooting Bec. Archbishop Peter Smith will be the Principal Celebrant.                                                         

Knights of St. Columba
Southern Provinces Pilgrimage to Aylesford


Archbishop Peter Smith led the Knights of St. Columba, Southern Provinces Pilgrimage, to Aylesford.  The Knights came from five different Dioceses to their 52nd Pilgrimage to Aylesford on the 10th June. 


At the end of the Mass the Archbishop blessed the newly restored ceramics of the angels in the shrine.  The ceramics were originally made by Adam Kossowski and were restored by the local potters Billy Byles and Alan Parris from Aylesford Pottery. 

180610 - KSC Pilgrimage Aylesford

The Carmelite community are in the process of undertaking a major restoration of the Shrine, beginning with the roofs and the overflows.  Recently the Shrine, which was built by Adrian Gilbert Scott in the late 1950s/early 1960s, was granted Grade 2* listing.

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read at all Masses in the Diocese on the solemnity of Corpus Christi, the 3rd June 2018.
A PDF version of this letter is available by Clicking Here.
In his letter the Archbishop reminds us that the "Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ is perpetuated and remembered pre-eminently in the Eucharist".

He reflects also on the forthcoming Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress "Adoremus". This national gathering will take place in Liverpool later this year, 7th - 9th September. It is hoped that all Parishes in the Diocese will be represented at the Eucharistic Congress; recognising that not everyone can attend, only representatives, Archbishop Peter writes:

I invite and encourage every parish, every school and every community in the Archdiocese to engage with and explore the Congress themes because they all lead us into a deeper encounter with Jesus of Nazareth. I hope that as many parishes, schools and communities as possible will devote some time to prayer and Adoration in the coming months and especially during the Adoremus weekend in Liverpool, so that our deliberations in Liverpool and our reflections here at home are united together in prayer.

Click here and visit the Diocesan "Adoremus" page for details and for information about preparations here in Southwark. 

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