May I, on behalf of the people of St. Margaret Clitherow Dulwich Wood Park, welcome you to our website.
We are a parish community in South East London with many nationalities represented within our faith family. We hope this website gives you a flavour of our parish. If you are new to the area, we’d be delighted to have you visit.
For those who wish to find out more about the sacramental life of the Church, then please peruse the relevant pages on our site. We also have some downloads (at the foot of the page) about the various administration forms for Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation and so on.
Thank you and God Bless
Fr Luke Marappillil
Returning to Mass at Pentecost
From the Bishop’s Conference of England & Wales
Spring Plenary 2022 Resolution
An invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales: “This is the bread come down from heaven (John 6:58)”.
A beautiful hallmark of the Catholic faith is the profound desire to participate in the Holy Mass and share in the Eucharist. We do so with deep gratitude and joy. The Eucharist gives the Church her identity – “The Eucharist makes the Church, and the Church makes the Eucharist.” It enables us to worship Almighty God, to support each other on our journey of faith, and to be a visible sign of faith in the world. This hallmark is supported and strengthened by the precept that our fundamental Christian duty is to worship God by participating in the celebration of Mass. Attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is the greatest of all privileges, sometimes referred to as “the Sunday Obligation.”
Please click here to read our newsletters, which contain the dates and times of Mass, Mass Intentions, the Order of Mass, and other useful information. If you would like a Mass intention said, please send the details via, email (email@example.com), phone (020 8670 1639), or letter. The offering for the Mass can be sent to the parish account using the details in the Offertory Collection section below.
You can support our parish mission and ministry, by donating your offertory using online methods, such as Direct Payments, Standing Orders, and via the diocesan JustGiving page. The details to set up Direct Payment and Standing Orders can be obtained from Fr Luke or emailing the parish office(firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are a taxpayer and can do Gift Aid, please let us know and we will send you a form. It’s very simple, private, secure, and doesn’t cost you a penny. However, for every £1 you donate to the Church we can claim 20p back from the Tax Man.
It‘s easy to feel hopeless when faced with so much suffering and we know many of our dedicated supporters are facing their own challenges. But, even in desperate times, because of people like you, Mary’s Meals remains a beacon of hope.
For just 8p a serving, together we are feeding hungry children in truly difficult circumstances, including in six countries affected by brutal conflict like Ethiopia and Yemen.
Every single thing that you do for our mission makes an enormous difference to the very vulnerable children who rely on our nutritious school meals, like nine-year-old Agnes who lives in extreme poverty in Zimbabwe. Before Mary’s Meals arrived at her school, hunger meant she struggled to learn.
She says: “I felt so happy and my hope for learning came back when our teacher said that we will be having meals at school. I have been waiting patiently for a day like this. Today I am seeing the promise come true. I’m really grateful to the people who have made this food a reality.”
With Mary’s Meals, hope can conquer fear, hunger and unfulfilled dreams. At this difficult time, more than ever, we need your help to keep our promise to the 2,279,941 children who eat our meals every school day.
Please donate if you can.
Thank you from CAFOD
Thank you so much for your generosity this Lent Fast Day, and special thanks to those who took part in the Walk Against Hunger. All your efforts really make a difference, and in fact, with your help, we were able to raise over £300,000 to help those struggling with hunger. We also deeply appreciate your contribution to our Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, and your continued support for the people affected by the war. We’ve raised over £2.7 million for the Appeal so far. You can read about how the funds are being used by Caritas and other CAFOD Partners on our Ukraine news webpage. Thank you again!
Fix the Food System – CAFOD Summer Campaign
Over 800 million people go hungry each day. Yet the world produces over 4 billion tonnes of food and we only need 3.7 billion tonnes to feed everyone. From all this food produced, a third is wasted. St John Paul II called this ‘the paradox of abundance.’ Clearly the currently global food system is not working. But as Pope Francis said, “Each of us has a role to play in transforming food systems for the benefit of people and the planet.” Let’s respond to his call! CAFOD’s new campaign is called Fix the Food System. See www.cafod.org.uk/food for more information, including an invitation for parish groups to learn about the impact of our food with our Fix the Food System: a 7-station journey resource.
Southwark Vocations Presentation
Have you ever considered you may be called to the priesthood or the religious life?
Next Tuesday 24th May at 7pm Southwark Vocations will be hosting an open meeting on the subject of Vocations. Fr Paul Kyne, Director of Vocations, will be joined by Sr Aelred OSB of Minster Abbey, Fr Stephen Morrison O Praem of St Philip’s Priory, Chelmsford, Dcn Joseph Gulliford and Stephen Trafford, Seminarian. The 60 minute webinar entitled ‘Here I am, send me’ will have different presenters speaking about discovering God’s plan for each one of us. Please join us by registering for the event in advance by following the link:
Diocesan Job Vacancies
Secretary to Episcopal Vicar for South East London and Commissions for Racial Equality and Education
This is initially a 12 month contract for 3 days per week, based in Blackheath to support the newly created Episcopal Vicar function. This is a senior secretarial position which requires someone with considerable previous secretarial experience and excellent organisational skills. Must be very self-motivated.
Diocesan Central Services Administrator
Based in Bowen House, SE1 this is a full time administrative position which will provide support for a variety of functions as well as covering reception duties. Must have previous admin/secretarial experience and be very adaptable to changing priorities.
Parish Secretary St Osmund’s, Barnes
Experienced parish secretary needed on a part-time basis for busy parish in Barnes. Must have previous parish secretarial experience and a good working knowledge of the Catholic church.
Full details of these vacancies are available on the Diocesan website: Vacancies: Archdiocese of Southwark (rcsouthwark.co.uk)
Power, Treason and Plot in Tudor England:
Margaret Clitherow an Elizabethan Saint
For those interested in the life and times surrounding Margaret Clitherow, there is a new book available by historian Tony Morgan.
Tony is an Associate Professor at the University of Leeds, and having lived near York for 30 years, is fascinated by the city’s history. He’s written three historical novels and delivers historical talks about two of York’s most famous former residents, Guy Fawkes and Margaret Clitherow.
For more details about the book, please visit your favourite bookshop, or click on the link below: