During the General Audience on Wednesday [23 February], Pope Francis made a heartfelt appeal for peace in Ukraine, saying that the threat of war had caused “great pain in my heart.”
“Despite the diplomatic efforts of the last few weeks,” the Pope said, “increasingly alarming scenarios are opening up,” with many people all over the world feeling anguish and pain. Read more>>>
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has urged the Catholic community to pray for peace in Ukraine as Western nations warn that Russia could invade its neighbour at any time. Read more>>>
Please pray for the safe and happy repose of the soul of Father Robert Ellis who passed away in Kingston Hospital on the morning of 29 October. He was the parish priest at St. Thomas Aquinus, Ham.
The Ellis family were parishioners of St. Bart’s, and Robert was ordained in our church on 10 July 1982.
Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord…….
A reminder that the Pentecost Novena may be found on our Website here.
The Church’s senior tribunal, which handles all matter of the internal forum and indulgences, the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, issued a decree on 22 October 2020 concerning the annual opportunity to gain indulgences for the souls in Purgatory in time of COVID.
It is summarised as follows:
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.