Video Message to Catechumens and Candidates

This Sunday 7th June 2020, Archbishop John Wilson was due to come to our parish and confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on some 33 of our young people.  Sadly, because of the current global situation, this has had to be deferred, as everyone is aware.  Archbishop John recorded a special very well-timed message to all the Catechumens and Candidates, people who had been preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation or to be received in to the Church during the Easter season. During the Pentecost Sunday Mass Homily he spoke particularly to them, but also made a short video for all affected:

Click here to see this video on YouTube.

Please remember our young people, their catechists and parents, our clergy, and also Archbishop John himself.  We very much look forward to welcoming him to St Joseph’s in the future!

National Mass for Keyworkers and Families

The Bishops’ Conference have organised a weekly live stream Mass to pray for Keyworkers and their Families. These Masses are celebrated by a different Bishop each Thursday at 7pm from one Cathedrals across the country. Archbishop John will be celebrating the 2nd July Mass. The planned schedule for the next few weeks is: 

4 June
Bishop John Arnold
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Salford
Salford Cathedral on

11 June
Bishop Patrick McKinney
St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham
Nottingham Cathedral on

18 June
Archbishop Bernard Longley
St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham
St Chad’s on MCN Media

25 June
Bishop Alan Hopes
Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich
YouTube Channel

2 July
Archbishop John Wilson
St George’s Cathedral, Southwark
YouTube Channel

9 July
Bishop Tom Williams
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool
YouTube Channel

Passing on The Faith

Parents have a lot more time with their children at the moment. The diocese is offering a programme they have run in the past in several parishes but now as an online service for families. For more details email Lisette Blanchett-Ball on

Archdiocese of Southwark May Devotions 7pm Wednesday 27 May 2020

Archbishop John invites everyone in the Diocese to join him for a special online gathering on Wednesday 27th May. He will be leading a live streamed May Devotions, including a Scriptural Rosary at 7pm from the Cathedral. At this time when we are asked to be more isolated than usual it is an opportunity to “spiritually gather” together.  Copy and paste this link: (as above), click on the QR Code, or visit our diocesan website for more info.