Ordinations to the Priesthood
In our Archbishop’s Pentecost letter*, he announced “I will ordain Rev Dermott O’Gorman, Rev Peter Sebastian, Rev John Howard, and Rev Giovanni Prandini, to the Sacred Priesthood. I have discussed this with them and we have a plan to move forward. It will probably mean that very limited numbers will be able to be present, including priests; but each candidate desires to be ordained for service as a priest as soon as possible. Please keep them all in your prayers as they prepare to undertake their pre-ordination retreat.”
*NOTE: You can read our Archbishop's Pentecost letter in the Documents section (>Pastoral Letters) of our website.
Pope Francis's Pentecost message to the ecumenical prayer movement (Thy Kingdom Come)
Today, Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis delivered a Pentecost message for “Thy Kingdom Come”, an annual global ecumenical prayer movement promoted by the Right Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Pope Francis warns that we have been “isolated and anaesthetized before the cry of the poor and the devastation of our planet.” He prays that, like the people who repented after Peter, prompted by the Spirit, spoke to them on the day of Pentecost, we too may see the need to “turn back to God and our neighbour”. Finally he said “We need to be united in facing all these pandemics that are spreading,” said the Pope. “Not only that of the virus, but also those of hunger, war, contempt for life, and indifference to others.”
You can watch the Pope's full message on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JrCa0jDg24
Extract from David Murray's letter to Fr Anthony
[David is a CAFOD Volunteer from St Elphege’s parish]
Since January the pandemic has affected all our lives and also CAFOD’s work. To see examples of CAFOD’s work during the pandemic in Latin America, please click on the internet address, below. It shows a recording of an on-line talk, a webinar:
It features Clare Dixon, head of CAFOD's Latin America department, describing situations across the continent during the pandemic. As Clare points out the Latin American situations she talks about could describe similar situations in Africa and other areas where CAFOD works. The webinar also introduces another CAFOD petition concerning Coronavirus which can be signed on-line.
Please could you also try and find a way despite these very difficult times to invite your parishioners to sign the petition. It can be found on-line here:
Out of love for our sisters and brothers overseas, sign our petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the most vulnerable people are the priority in the UK’s international efforts as well as at home.
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals has recorded a special message for our parishioners. You can find his message, filmed outside the shed in Argyll where it all began for Mary’s Meals, using this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9e_zhu98HY&feature=youtu.be.
Don't Forget Me
An update from Syria
from Sr Annie Demerijan based in Aleppo, Syria (via Aid to the Church in Need):
"It is very painful what the world is passing through at this time. We can see how the Holy Father is trying to lift us up spiritually with prayer and a word of consolation.
Here in Syria, the Government has closed schools and universities. Churches have been closed. In Aleppo, our groups of volunteers are continuing, visiting homes where it is safe to do so and taking great care. We are helping the old people especially because so many of them have no other support.
We need to help our family members, we need to help our friends, we need to to help those who are most in need. We need to help each other, lift each other's spirits and this will pass. God bless you."
Sprucing up St Margaret's Church inside and out, in readiness for re-opening!
Read our Archbishop's letter to Boris Johnson requesting that churches be opened now in the Documents section (>Pastoral Letters) of this website
The Gospel of Matthew
is to be read at Sunday Masses. More information can be found using this link:
Carshalton Beeches Mass Centre was established by Father Frederick Rhead in 1934, and served from Holy Rosary, Sutton, where Father Rhead was Parish Priest. A temporary chapel with a corrugated roof was built at the same time and blessed by Bishop William Brown, then auxiliary bishop in Southwark. It remained “temporary” for forty seven years! You can read the full church history on our Church History page.
You can print out our welcome booklet here