The Liturgies will take place at St. George's Cathedral, Southwark, and are as follows:
Sunday 3rd November:
17:00 Reception into St. George's Cathedral
18:00 Cathedral Mass: Archbishop Kevin McDonald to preside.
20:00 Vigil Service, after which the Cathedral will close
Monday 4th November:
07:00 Cathedral opens
07:30 Cathedral Mass
12:30 Funeral Mass: Archbishop John Wilson to preside
Burial in the Cathedral Crypt at the end of the Mass
All are welcome to be present for the repose of the soul of Archbishop Bowen and to pray for his family.
Please pray for the safe and happy repose of the soul of The Most Reverend Michael Bowen, former Archbishop of Southwark, who died peacefully in the early hours of Thursday 17 October at St Peter’s Residence in Vauxhall.
Born in Gibraltar in 1930, ordained to the Sacred Priesthood in 1958, Archbishop Bowen served as our Archbishop from 1977 until 2003. He was previously Bishop of Arundel & Brighton.
Details of his funeral will be announced in due course.
Today Cardinal John Henry Newman was Canonised (made a Saint) by Pope Francis. Vatican News has produced a recording of the whole of the Canonisation Mass from St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. It may be viewed on YouTube from HERE.
A relic of the Saint is will remain on display in the English Martyrs' Chapel at St. Georges Cathedral until 27 October.
St. John Henry Newman's Feast Day is 9 October.
Update 12 October: The Canonisation Mass will take place at St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, from 08:30 (UK time), and the whole of the proceedings will be available to view live here.
Radio 4's Morning Worship will be broadcast from Birmingham Oratory, which Cardinal Newman founded - the organist for the occasion will be Daniel Battle, one time organist to our Polyphony Choir. The program will be aired at 08:10, and then available on the BBC Radio 4 Website for 'catch-up' shortly afterwards.
We hope as many of you as possible will join us for this very special Mass, marking this great milestone in our parish history.
There will be the opportunity to greet Archbishop John after Mass. The Choir’s celebration in the hall afterwards is for invited past and present Choir members only.
Those who have taken GCSEs this year have now received their results under the new marking system. Congratulations to all those who have achieved the passes they hoped for. There will, of course, be those who have not gained the grades they were expecting, and who may be feeling some disappointment. It is important that they consult with staff at their schools in order to determine the way forward that might best suit them.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Father Tomasz Margol to St Bartholomew’s as Assistant Priest. Father Tomasz was ordained by Archbishop Peter Smith on Saturday 20 July in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark.
Father Tomasz hails from Poland and was a parishioner here a few years ago, during which time he entered our Archdiocesan Seminary, St. John’s, Wonersh.
We look forward with much joy to his arrival on Saturday 8 September! In the meantime, find out a little more about Father Tomasz HERE.
Pictures are Copyright © The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark 2019. For further pictures from the Archdiocese of the Ordination Mass see HERE.
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Thursday 15 August is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Masses here at St. Bartholomew's will be at 07:30, 10:00 and 20:00.
Our Social Committee will be running its first St. Bart’s Summer Festival daily from 12:00-16:00 from Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August.
The programme is filled with fun-packed activities throughout the week, for all ages, including: Making your own Books; Craft Workshop; Singalongs, Pampering (nails and hair); Teddy Bears’ Picnic; Seniors’ activities; Bake Off; Cupcake & Biscuit Decorating; Gardening Group; Head and Neck Massage; Table Top Sale.
We are looking for volunteers to help out throughout the week, so please do get in touch with the Parish Office if you can give of your time and talents during the Festival. We need bakers for the Bake Off on
16 August - the cake theme will be 'Sport'.
On Friday 16 August from 13:00-14:00 we shall be having a speaker from the Metropolitan Police, who will be giving a talk (with a presentation aimed at children aged 12 years and above and at parents) called ‘Makepeace: Policing serious youth violence in London’. This is, as we are all aware, a problem locally in the boroughs of both Lambeth and Croydon. Please spread the word and do come along and support this and indeed every event.
If you were among the many disappointed that the technical difficulties encountered at St. George's Cathedral prevented you from following the Installation of Bishop John Wilson as the 11th Archbishop of Southwark on Thursday 25 July, then you may wish to be aware that the Archdiocese has released this recording of the occasion. Also available to read is the Archbishop's Homily from the occasion.