Pastoral Letter from Archbishop John concerning the Reopening of Catholic Churches for Individual Prayer
A reminder of our news item of 17 May.
The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity is calling for women and men to pray to God for an end to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
While recognising the role of science in fighting the disease, the Committee says, “we should not forget to seek refuge in God, the All-Creator, as we face such a severe crisis”.
In calling for worldwide prayer, the Committee says, “Each one, from wherever they are and according to the teachings of their religion, faith, or sect, should implore God to lift this pandemic off us and the entire world, to rescue us all from this adversity”.
Their call also emphasises the importance of asking God “to inspire scientists to find a cure that can turn back this disease, and to save the whole world from the health, economic, and human repercussions of this serious pandemic”.
A day for prayers and supplications
The Committee suggests Thursday 14 May, as a day “for fasting, works of mercy, prayers, and supplications for the good of all humanity”.
The full text of this notification may be read on the Website of the Bishops's Conference of England & Wales HERE.
NHS Prayer Buddies: Rebekah O'Keeffe, a catechist who works within the Diocese, will pair people up as prayer buddies placing each one by name into God's care. If you would like to accompany an NHS worker in prayer at this time, please email Rebekah O’Keeffe with your name and parish details (name and area only). No email addresses will be passed on at any point.
An interesting short video, relevant to last Sunday’s World day of Prayer for Vocations, regarding life at Wonersh, our Diocesan Seminary
The God Who Speaks: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have dedicated 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’. Here you will find ideas to help you create a prayerful, scriptural and reflective time at home during this difficult period.
The Diocesan Vocations page on the website has some information on ordained ministry in Southwark, along with contact information for those seeking more information.
One of our recently ordained priests, Father Francis Murphy, has written a short reflection on his journey to priesthood: Click here to read more.
The Diocese has several students in formation for the priesthood. Four of these students have written about their response to God's call. Click here to read more.
The Diocesan Seminary, St. John's Seminary in Wonersh, annually produces a Seminary magazine. The 2019 edition has been made available to the Diocese. It can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking here (205Mb file).
Peace service to be led by Archbishop John Wilson in Streatham
Archbishop Peter asks your prayers for the repose of the soul of Canon Francis Moran (Mortlake Parish), who died on 29 January. May he rest in peace.
The Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Tuesday 19 February:
16:00: reception of the body at St Mary Magdalen's Church, Mortlake.
19:00: Vigil Mass at St Mary Magdalen's Church, Mortlake.
Wednesday 20 February:
12:30: Funeral Mass at St George's Cathedral, Southwark.
Thursday 21 February:
19:00: Vigil Mass at St Illtyd's Church, Dowlais, Wales.
Friday 22 February:
12:00: Funeral Mass at St Illtyd's Church, Dowlais, Wales; followed by the burial service.
Canon Francis' family are very keen to ensure that people in Southwark know they are very welcome to join them for the services in Wales.
Eileen Cecilia McCarthy
11 July 1930 – 7 February 2019
It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Eileen has passed away
following an illness of several months. She died in Croydon University Hospital.
For those of you who would like to attend her funeral, the details are below.
St Bartholomew’s Catholic Church, Ellison Road, Norbury SW16 5DE
and then South London Crematorium, Rowan Road, Streatham SW16 5JG
Eileen will be received into the church at 17:00 on Thursday 28 February 2019
and her Funeral Requiem Mass will be at 10:00 on Friday 1 March.
At 11:00 she will be taken to the South London Crematorium for cremation and then guests
are invited to join us at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall in Ellison Road for refreshments.
Donations, if wished should be made to: SPUC (Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child)
or CAFOD (Catholic Fund for Overseas Development)
Both of these causes were very dear to Eileen’s heart. Indeed for many years she has volunteered at SPUC in an admin capacity.
These can be made via the Funeral Director:
Alfred Smith, 15 Rowan Road, Streatham SW16 5JF
If you wish to send flowers, they have asked for them to arrive no later than 17:00 on 28 February.
We know though that Eileen’s preference would be donations.
As a further guide to prayer, we now have a Dedications page indicating the subjects that the Church suggests we focus on with our daily and monthly prayers. It is to be found under Thoughts and Prayers at the head of each page.
We acknowledge with gratitude the courtesy of Sam Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman, in permitting us to share them with you.