News and Events at St Mary Magdalen

Update on Funeral Liturgies for
Archbishop Emeritus Peter Smith

With great sadness the Archdiocese of Southwark must announce that the Funeral Liturgies of the late Archbishop Emeritus Peter Smith, which are due to take place
on 29th and 30th March, will no longer be open to the public
due to current public health concerns.

It is hoped that it will be possible to hold a Mass In Memoriam later this year.
Please continue to pray for the repose of the soul of our much loved
Archbishop Emeritus: may he rest in peace.



Please note that Diocesan Choir rehearsals for the Funeral Liturgies and other forthcoming diocesan services have, by necessity, been cancelled.


We ask parishioners and the general public to check the status of planned meetings and events in Southwark before endeavouring to attend.


Pastoral Letter from Archbishop John Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

'Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth'

I wanted to write to you personally as we face the threats posed locally, nationally
and internationally by the COVID-19 Coronavirus.  For so many people, including
those in our parish and school communities, this situation brings uncertainty and fear.  It has the capacity to bring out both the best and worst of our human nature. Working together, in the strength of God's grace, we must seek to ensure that the very best of our common humanity triumphs, especially for the health and well-being of the weakest, the poorest and the most vulnerable.

The Lord Jesus commanded us to love one another and to serve after his example
(Jn. 13:12-15; 13:34). Now is the time for our love to be displayed more deeply and our service to find heightened expression.  Our calling as disciples is to be salt and light to the world (Mt. 5:13-16) in witness to the Gospel of Christ.

Few of us will have witnessed circumstances such as those we are presently experiencing. It is crucial that we take the necessary measures to maximise the welfare of every person and follow the guidance and requirements of our Government and Statutory Agencies.

The Bishops of England and Wales have implemented changes in how we are to practise our faith as we move forward. Details of this can be found below and on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.  I ask every member of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Southwark to abide by these measures until they are amended or withdrawn. They will be kept under review in the light of expert health and hygiene advice.

To continue reading Archbishop John's Pastoral Letter, click here.

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