Statement from Archbishop John Wilson on the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

On hearing the sad news of the announcement of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Archbishop John issued the following statement:

On behalf of the Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of Southwark, I wish to express my profound sorrow at the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. 
In union with the entire nation, we mourn the loss of not only an esteemed and respected member of the Royal Family, but also a man who exemplified the very best qualities of courage, fortitude and loyalty. Although born into a very different world, his example and witness leave us, here in this present age, with a lasting and enduring legacy of the timeless paradigm of duty and service.  
In this season of Eastertide, when we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and his victory over death, we pray that His Royal Highness will rest in peace and rise in glory. We also remember in our prayers Her Majesty the Queen and all members of the Royal Family at this sad time, offering to them our sincerest condolences.

Archbishop of Southwark

Joan Hill RIP

Dear friends, no doubt you will have heard the sad news of Joan Hill’s death a couple of weeks ago. Her family has asked me to share a couple of links with the parish, with a view to her friends sharing their memories of her.

Please click on the links below to read what is already there, and to add your own thoughts if you wish:

Joan’s Funeral will be held at St Joseph’s on Tuesday 27th April at 11.30am, by invitation only. For those who would like to pay their respects online, the Funeral will be live-streamed. Follow by clicking here.


Huge congratulations go to our own RAPHAEL MAURIN & DANIEL ALMEIDA, who were nominated by the parish for the above award earlier this year, and were successful in winning it!  

Last Wednesday, Raphaël & Daniel attended a short private ceremony in the grounds of Kingston Guildhall, to receive this Award from Her Worshipful The Mayor Councillor Margaret Thompson.

These two young men were nominated for their tireless work in our parish, especially during the past year, for their incentive and proactivity with setting up live-streaming, booking system etc, for their giving up of their valuable time to be there to support The Parish Office, Catechesis, Parish Pastoral Council, Music, the Safe Re-opening of the Church, and the comfort of all parishioners attending Mass at St Joseph’s.  I think everyone will agree that this Award was never more richly deserved.  

Read citation read at the ceremony below, together with more photos from the occasion.

Congratulations Raphaël & Daniel!!

Letter to parishoners from Father Uche

My dear Parishioners of St Joseph,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to you all. It is very good news that the number of daily Covid infections is coming down. Of course, it is still high compared with numbers up to October last year.
Sadly, our parishioners are still contracting the virus, although we believe not from attending Mass at St Joseph’s. Some of them are very poorly in hospital. We keep them all in our thoughts and prayers. Some of our parishioners have died of the pandemic and we pray God to grant them
eternal rest.

It is my responsibility as pastor to keep all parishioners as safe from infection as possible, while still ministering to their spiritual needs in the most reverential manner as possible. This is by no means an easy task, especially with the Covid variants which we as we have seen are so much easier to catch.
Since last summer there has been a small team of people working every day behind the scenes (including Christmas) on the practical side of achieving a safe worshipping environment for all; and a large team of stewards to whom I am very grateful for making it possible for parishioners to
attend Mass in person, when legally permitted.
There have been many difficult and complicated decisions to take. Often, they have had to be made very fast, with the health and safety of parishioners being the first priority.

Recently we purchased enough face shields for stewards and Extra-Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist to use – this is not compulsory but strongly recommended, as it provides an extra barrier
against infection.
For the health and safety of all parishioners, please do not come to the church if you are feeling unwell, are awaiting a test result or if you have been near someone who has tested positive. And remember always when coming to Church to wear your face mask completely covering your
mouth and nose. Each day, thanks to our technical team, we have at least one Mass livestreamed.
Each one of us has a part to play in keeping infections down, especially for the sake of those most vulnerable among us. I am doing everything within my power and by the grace of God to keep safe and free from Covid 19 so that I can continue to discharge my duties as your pastor.

We are extremely blessed to have Masses live-streamed and reaching so many of you every day.
We are still the same congregation of St Joseph’s, whether in the church or at home. Jesus is still present in the Blessed Sacrament in church and in our individual hearts. I am always saddenedeach time that I have to celebrate Mass alone in an empty church as was the case during Easter 2020. I hope and pray that by the grace of God, this will never happen again.

I am looking forward to welcoming you all back to our vibrant church once the lockdown is over. In the meantime, keep
safe and be assured of my prayers.

Fr Uche Njoku
Parish Priest