Keep up with the latest news from in and around the diocese.
A Day with Mary 2024
Download poster for full schedule here.
Date: Saturday 16th December 2023
Place: St. George’s Cathedral, Lambeth Road, SE1.
Date: Sunday 12th May 2024
Place: Walsingham National Catholic Shrine. View poster for travel information.
Date: Saturday 13th July 2024
Place: Westminster Cathedral, Westminster.
Date: Saturday 27th July 2024
Place: St Anselm, Tooting Bec.
Date: Saturday 24th August 2024
Place: St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark.
Date: Saturday 12th October 2024
Place: Westminster Cathedral, Westminster.
Date: Saturday 14th December 2024
Place: St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark.
Catholic Spirituality Network Advent Day of Reflection
Date: 16th December @ 10:00am
The Catholic Spirituality Network will hold an Advent Day of Reflection on Saturday 16th December between 10 am-3 pm with the theme ‘Anticipating God’s Justice: O that you would tear the heavens and come down.’ (Isaiah 63).
The event will take place on Zoom, and for those who wish to register, a full programme will be sent together with a joining link
Please contact email@example.com to find out more, or leave your telephone and email details if you wish to register.
A participants list will be made available after the event. Please state clearly whether you are happy for your name to appear on this list.
In Partnership with Housing Justice
Caritas Southwark has produced an Advent Calendar for 2023. Follow the calendar to donate throughout the month of December.
Caritas Southwark is hosting an online information session on 13 December 2023, 7.30-8.30 PM for people interested in becoming a host for a refugee.
Download poster and QR code here.
Retrouvaille: A Programme for Couples Struggling in their Marriages
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Help Your Marriage – Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille is a programme to support couples who have difficulties in their marriage. It brings a positive focus, new hope and helps nourish and grow your marriage. Tens of thousands of couples headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending and using the tools provided. The programme helps spouses uncover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. It helps them through difficult times whether they are disillusioned or in deep misery. There is no group therapy or group work. For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the next programme commencing with a Virtual weekend on 8 – 11 February 2024 or a Face to Face weekend in Welwyn Garden City on 14-16 June 2024, call or text 07887 296983 or 07973 380443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk.
Retrouvaille – Do you need in your marriage? Retrouvaille has helped many couples find new hope, nourishment and growth in their marriages. If you want to uncover or reawaken the love, trust and commitment that brought you together and work through difficult times in your marriage contact Retrouvaille confidential for more information about our 2024 programmes. There is no group therapy or group work. Our next programme commences with a Virtual weekend on 8 – 11 February 2024 or there is a Face to Face weekend in Welwyn Garden City on 14-16 June 2024. Call or text 07887 296983 or 07973 380443, email email@example.com – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
Parish Secretary Vacancies
St. Francis of Sales & St. Gertrude, Stockwell
Hours: 4 hours per day on Tuesdays & Thursdays
Contact: Fr Michael 0207-622-1621
Church of Annunciation & St. Augustine, Beckenham
Hours: 6 per day hours on Tuesdays & Fridays.
Contact: Fr Uduak Abara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Season of Advent with CAFOD
As we prepare for the Advent season, CAFOD would like to invite you to join us as we seek to draw closer to God and our global family, during this meaningful but often busy time.
Each day, our Advent Calendar, we will be sharing scripture reflections, stories of our global famkly, prayers and practical ideas for action with you, as we take time to prepare for the coming of Christ.
Click the link to join Interactive online Advent calendar 2023 (cafod.org.uk)
Parish Activation Days
Saturday 20 January 2024 (Ashford): https://aecsouthwark.churchsuite.com/events/xgqscwqs
The point of parish activity, certainly in the areas of Evangelisation, Catechesis and Formation, is to bring people to intimacy and communion with Jesus Christ. Whatever we do, this is our goal.
As no parish is the same, it is important that each parish formulates its own plan by reflecting and considering the good work already undertaken whilst also looking to see the areas where growth is possible.
These days are being offered to you to kickstart your process.
We desire to be a parish in which everyone’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ is established, confirmed and strengthened. We desire to be a people who, having been bound to Christ and to each other in the Church, place the call of the Lord to make new disciples at the very centre of our catechetical life. We desire to be a parish in which every disciple is a personal witness to the Gospel.
Our parish aspires to be a place that people consider to be their home. Home, a place of healing; a place of rest and nourishment; a place where good news is shared freely. We aim to encourage transformation and be witnesses to the Lord we know to be alive. As a witnessing community, we will seek conversion of head and heart in all who cross the threshold to our parish home and to those beyond its visible bounds.
As, together, we seek to deepen our life of prayer and worship, our parish also looks to deepen our understanding of God’s Holy Word and the teachings of the Church. Each member of the community will have an opportunity to explore the riches of the faith, according to their ability and age in the course of the year. We will be a community where the Mystery of our Faith is discovered, is celebrated, so that it may be shared with those around us.
There will be places for 6 parishes to join.
We are suggesting that you come as a group between 3-10 people. Please detail how many people will be joining.
*Snacks and refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch
10:30am – Arrivals
11:00am – Session 1 – Vision
12:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Session 2 – Reality
2:30pm – Session 3 – Plan
4:00pm – End
Catholic Youth Ministry Internships
Castlerigg Manor (The Lancaster Diocese Retreat Centre) is looking for young Catholics aged 18-25 to join their Youth Ministry Internship Programme. The scheme gives participants wide ranging experience, skills, training, and qualifications as well as the opportunity to work with a fantastic team based in the English Lake District. For more information contact email@example.com
Girls Self Defence classes in Lewisham
Lewisham Housing are delighted to announce that Clarion have organised new Free Self-defence sessions for girls aged 13 -16 years running every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:30 at the Orchard Gardens Community Centre, SE13 7LQ.
Participants can expect:
- Professional & Experienced Trainer
- Improved Confidence
- Equipment Provided
- Increased Fitness
Participants will learn:
- Self Defence Techniques
- Situation Awareness
These sessions will focus on self-defence techniques while incorporating open discussions in a safe environment.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07572143835
Courses and Pilgrimmages offered by the London Jesuit Centre
Visit the website for all courses and dates at October Events at the London Jesuit Centre (mailchi.mp)
Discover Ignatian Spirituality
Date: 3 October- 28 November
every Tuesdays 6.30pm-8pm
Website: Discover Ignatian Spirituality (03-Oct-2023) · ChurchSuite Events
Spiritual Exercises Ignatius of Loyola
Date: 26th June to 30th July 2024 (30 days retreat)
Place: The Spirituality Centre, Ignatius
The Spain of St Ignatius Loyola: A Pilgrimage
Date: 27th July—3rd August 2024
Price: £775 or EUR890
Jesus Christ: Past, Present and Future
In this year-long theology programme we take a sustained look at Jesus, and what Christians believe about him. Jesus belongs to a particular place and time in history. So how did the first century Palestinian carpenter known as ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ become the ‘Jesus Christ’ of Christianity, the ‘eternally begotten Son of the Father’, the ‘Word made Flesh’? What does it mean to claim that Jesus—a human—was God? What sense can we make of the idea that the crucifixion—a horrifying form of public execution—was part of God’s plan for Jesus, and for all of humanity? How can it be that something so obviously bad could also become the source of ‘good news’? And how should Christians understand the thought that the Church—with all its conflicts, flaws and failings—is the ‘body’ of Christ? We will examine these and other issues, looking at the past, present and future of Jesus Christ.
Participants will gain a better understanding of some of the most important Christian ideas, and emerge with a deeper, richer understanding of their own tradition.
Saturday, 14 October 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday, 25 November 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday, 13 January 2024 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday, 9 March 2024 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday, 11 May 2024 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday, 29 June 2024 10:00am – 4:00pm
Click here for more info and sign up Jesus Christ: Past, Present and Future – One-year Course (14-Oct-2023) · ChurchSuite Events
Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England & Wales – Decree on the minimum age for marriage
In November 2022 at the Catholic Bishop’s conference Plenary Assembly unanimously agree to increase the minimum age for marriage for both sexes from 16 to 18. Click here to view full decree.