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NEWSLETTER

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WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS WEBSITE

A NEW WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AS THE CURRENT ONE IS MORE THAN

FIFTEEN YEARS OLD AND WORKING ON OLD SOFTWARE WHICH IS NO LONGER SUPPORTED


 

 

 

PHOTOS FROM HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2018

 

 

 

Under construction

 

 

 

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for more photos of the Easter Vigil

 


YOUR LENTEN JOURNEY

Free videos on the sacraments streamed to your

tablet, phone or computer from

The St Paul Centre


 If you want to do something positive over Lent in order to deepen your understanding of your faith

and recognise still better the grace brought to us by our Lord Jesus Christ,

please watch these videos which will be streamed directly to you. Every Wednesday two more videos

will be made available for you to watch over the internet. They offer an excellent grounding in

the connection between the Sacraments and the Bible.

This series of videos is being offered free during Lent. Each film is around 25 minutes long.


All you need to do is follow the link below and insert your e-mail address,

and then the film will start streaming. Every Wednesday you will receive an e-mail with the next two films.

You can still see the first two films from Ash Wednesday.


THE BIBLE AND THE SACRAMENTS

 

Film Session Listing:
Lesson One: Introduction to the Mysteries
Lesson Two: The Ritual of Family
Lesson Three: The Waters of Salvation (Baptism)
Lesson Four: On a Mission for God (Confirmation)
Lesson Five: The Sacrificial Offering (Eucharist)
Lesson Six: Lamb of God (Eucharist)
Lesson Seven: Heaven on Earth (Eucharist)
Lesson Eight: Reconciled to God (Penance)
Lesson Nine: Spiritual Healing (Anointing of the Sick)
Lesson Ten: Brides and Bridegrooms (Marriage)
Lesson Eleven: Ordained to Serve (Priesthood)

 

https://stpaulcenter.com/lent-2018/

 

THE BIBLE AND THE VIRGIN MARY

 

Similarly you can tune in to the videos the Bible and the Virgin Mary.

This is a helpful way of linking the role of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God,

with the Bible, and her central role in salvation history.

 

https://stpaulcenter.com/lent-2018/

 


 

PASTORAL LETTER FOR THE SEASON OF LENT 2018

ARCHBISHOP PETER SMITH

DIOCESE OF SOUTHWARK

 

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SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION

BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION AND HOLY EUCHARIST

11.30 AM ON 21 January 2018 AT OUR SUNDAY MASS

 

 


CHRISTMAS AT ST RAPHAEL'S

 

 


FR MICHAEL'S WELCOME DINNER

 

 

 

 


KINGSTON UNIVERSITY PILGRIMAGE TO CATHOLIC OXFORD

28 October 2017



 


KINGSTON UNIVERSITY CATHOLIC SOCIETY (KUCS)

IN FRESHERS' WEEK



Fr Michael (seated) joins Cameron, the President of the student Catholic Society at Kingston University, Dr Sandra Coombs and

Deacon Peter (Kingston University Catholic Faith Adviser and Chaplain to the Catholic Society)

at the Kingston University Freshers Fayre at the end of September. 45 students joined the Catholic Society.


WE WELCOME SARAH KEEFE, THE NEW HEADTEACHER

 OF ST JOSEPH'S PRIMARY AND NURSERY SCHOOL.

BISHOP PAUL HENDRICKS PRESIDED AT MASS


 


Above: Bishop Paul Hendricks presided and concelebrated with Fr Michael Lovell and Fr Julian Shergold

 at the induction Mass of Mrs Sarah Keefe, the new head teacher of St Joseph's Primary and Nursery School, Kingston.

Sarah, standing next to Bishop Paul, was accompanied by her husband, friends, staff and governors of St Joseph's.

Below: St Joseph's pupils who served during the induction Mass pose for a photograph with the head teacher.

For more photos and for the Surrey Comet article, please link here



WE WELCOME

OUR NEW PARISH PRIEST

FR MICHAEL LOVELL


Fr Michael Lovell


Fr. Michael writes – It is my pleasure and privilege to join you as your Parish Priest in succession to Fr. Kevin Stokes.

Please pray for us both. I look forward to meeting you all.


 

WARM FAREWELL

TO OUR OUTGOING PARISH PRIEST

FR KEVIN STOKES

 

We thank you for your years of faithful service to God and to our Parish of St Raphael's,

for helping us and ministering to our needs

 

Fr Kevin writes:

 

I would like to thank those who have sent emails, cards, and for the many gifts that have been given to me in appreciation

of my four years here as Parish Priest. I will be offering Holy Mass for your intentions.
We pray for Fr. Michael Lovell our new parish priest. I also ask you to pray for me.
 

God bless you all

 

Fr. Kevin

 


 

IMPROVE YOUR PRAYER LIFE

 

A DVD on prayer and how to deepen one's prayer life was shown over two Sundays at church

 and was warmly received. If anyone else would like to see the DVD, please get in touch with Deacon Peter

 


 

 SUNDAY PARKING ALONG THE PORTSMOUTH ROAD

 

Latest - we are working closely with the Royal Borough's Planning Department

to resolve the current problem. Grateful for your patience.


Since the completion of the Cycle lane along the Portsmouth Road, the parking situation outside the Church has deteriorated dramatically and has now become a major issue. At the time of the original consultation, people raised their concerns with Kingston Borough Council about the widening of the footpath on the church side of the road and the building of a wide cycle lane on the river side of the road. We were all concerned that the road would be too narrow. However, we were assured that there would no change to the

current parking regulations along the Portsmouth Road on a Sunday. Now that all these concerns have proved all too valid -

the Council wishes to ban all parking outside the Church at all times.

 

Recently Fr. Kevin and some representatives from the Parish had a meeting with Owen Bentley, the new Project Manager of the scheme, at Kingston Council. During the meeting it was pointed out that, despite the Council being advised of all these issues at the planning stage, the Council had taken no notice of the concerns raised. Now we in effect are being penalised for the Council's mismanagement of the scheme.

 

It was pointed out that nearly five hundred people attend this church on a Sunday - many young families with children and senior citizens and this must be taken into account when any decision is made about the situation. There are no local buses on a Sunday that service the Portsmouth Road, so Public Transport was not an option, especially for those who cannot walk far.

 

It was also pointed out that it was, in fact, Kingston Council which had stipulated the size of the current car park beside the

church and refused permission for anything larger. In addition it was the Council which would not allow permission for

a 2nd Car Park to be built in front of Alexander House at the time that construction work was being carried out there.

 

Mr Bentley took these points on board. However, it seems likely that the new restrictions will come into force. It was agreed that

we would undertake a four week monitoring of vehicles parked on the single yellow lines at the times of all the Sunday Masses.

We will keep you advised of any further developments.

 


 

STUDENT DISCUSSIONS ON FAITH

 

At the weekly meeting of the Kingston University Catholic Society in the Parish Library after the 5 pm Mass, Deacon Peter is leading a series of discussions on key aspects of our faith. Today’s subject is prayer and how to pray (with a video about prayer led by Bishop Mark Davies).

Next week’s subject is Scripture, Tradition and the Teaching Authority of the Church.

All college and 6th Form students are most welcome to join in. For more information, please contact Deacon Peter.

 


 

CONFIRMATION 2017

 

We will be joining with Our Lady Immaculate parish for the Confirmation programme for teenagers

 who wish to be confirmed in 2017. The programme will begin on 17th January 2017 with the Confirmation Mass being held on 3 June 2017. 

Candidates must be in year 9 or above. Application packs are available from the sacristy or parish office

and can also be downloaded from this web site.

Please submit completed forms to our parish office.

The closing date for all applications is

SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2016

 

Link to Confirmation page

 


BECOME A CATHOLIC

It's not too late to join

 

- COURSE STARTS EARLY OCTOBER -

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW ON

FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER

ALEXANDER HOUSE LIBRARY

7.30 PM

If you are interested, please come along

 

The course for adult non-Catholics who would like to be received into the Catholic Church or

who want to know more about the Catholic faith -

as well as adult baptised Catholics who are seeking the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation,

starts in the first week of October. The group is very friendly - you go at your own pace.

There is no expectation that in joining the group you will become a Catholic.

You can leave the course at any time.

Please contact Deacon Peter who will be running the course.

 


 

JOIN THE KINGSTON UNIVERSITY

CATHOLIC SOCIETY

 

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PARISHIONER DEACON DAVID HOWELL

WAS ORDAINED TO THE SACRED PRIESTHOOD

BY ARCHBISHOP PETER SMITH ON

SATURDAY 16 JULY 2016, 12.30 PM AT

ST GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL, SOUTHWARK



Link to Photos

https://www.flickr.com/photos/catholicism/albums/72157668268757673

 

We wish Fr. David and his family every blessing and good wish on this wonderful Occasion.

 


FR DAVID CELEBRATED HIS FIRST HOLY MASS

ON SUNDAY 17 JULY 2016 AT 11.30 AM

IN HIS HOME PARISH OF ST RAPHAEL'S, SURBITON


We welcome Fr. David’s family and friends including the many visiting priests

who have come to support him at his first Holy Mass.

 

We welcome in particular The Mayor & Mayoress of Kingston,

Councillor Geoff Austin and Mrs Sheila Austin.

 

To mark this special event the Parish has commissioned a set of white Marian Mass Vestments

which Fr. Kevin presented to Fr. David after Mass.

 

After Mass the celebration continued with a Garden Party.

 



Deacon David Howell (left), parishioner of St Raphael's and seminarian at the Venerable English College in Rome,

assists Pope Francis at the Curial Mass.


 

Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Coombs

 

Congratulations to Sandra Coombs, who was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kingston University for services to the University.  Sandra has been a longstanding member of our parish and supported it and the Catholic Society of students at Kingston University in many ways. She has been a loyal and supportive alumni of Kingston University.  Well done Sandra!

 

Link to Surrey Comet Article on Sandra

 

 



Ordination to the diaconate of St Raphael parishioner David Howell (left) and Phil Andrews (right) who is based at

St Joseph's, New Malden.  Both David and Phil are seminarians at the Venerable English College, Rome. They were ordained on

12 July 2015 at Palazzola, the English College residence near Rome.


 

MORNING WITH MARY

 

             Saturday - 15 August 2015               

 

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY

 

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Simon, Julian, Archbishop Peter Smith, Peter, Tom


 

ORDINATION - PERMANENT DEACON

PETER SEBASTIAN

ST RAPHAEL'S PARISH


On Saturday 4 July, Peter Sebastian, our Parish Master of Ceremonies,

was ordained a Permanent Deacon by His Grace the Archbishop of Southwark at St. George’s Cathedral at 12.30pm.

See also Peter's Admission to Candidacy to the Permanent Diaconate

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‘grIEf to grace’

 

our lenten CHARITY project 2015

 

A very big thank you to everyone who supported our Lenten Project this year.

We raised £4,000.00.

Fr. Dominic Allain, the UK Director of ‘Grief to Grace’, will return to St. Raphael’s

 and offer the 9.30am Mass on Sunday 14th June. At the end of Mass Fr. Kevin

will present the cheque to him on behalf of the Parish.

 

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PARISH FINANCES

 

Gift Aid Scheme

 

Standing Orders

 

Please ask the Parish Office for a breakdown of parish income and expenses

 


 

GRIEF TO GRACE CHARITY FUNDRAISER

PARISH  LENTEN PROJECT

DIARY OF EVENTS

Our parish Lenten charity project - to raise money for Grief to Grace

"GRIEF TO GRACE"

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DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

St Raphael's Church

12 April 2015 - 3 pm Devotions

 


 

 

HOLY MASS AND STATIONS OF THE C ROSS

 

SEE DETAILS - EXTRA MASS TUESDAY EVENINGS DURING LENT 

 

EASTER SERVICES

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THE GENERAL ELECTION

7 MAY 2015

Letter to Catholics in England and Wales from their Bishops

The Bishops have released a letter addressed to Catholics across England and Wales

 about this year’s General Election. Over 500,000 copies of the letter have been sent to the parishes.

The letter can be read in full here. It's also available as a PDF download in English and Welsh.

 

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ARCHBISHOP PETER SMITH

 

LINK TO PASTORAL LETTER FOR LENT 2015


PASTORAL LETTER FROM

ARCHBISHOP PETER SMITH ON

THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

SUNDAY 28 DECEMBER 2014

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HOLY MASS FOLLOWED BY

FESTIVITIES AND FIREWORK PARTY TO CELEBRATE THE

FEAST OF ALL SAINTS ON 1 NOVEMBER

 

MORE PHOTOS

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Fr Kevin with members of the newly formed Catholic Society at Kingston University

Sunday 2 November 2014

 

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St Raphael's team at "Freshers Week" at Kingston University

 

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First Holy Communion - Sacrament of the Eucharist

The enrolment and registration process has now closed

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Sacrament of Confirmation

The enrolment and registration process has now closed

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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS AND CELEBRATION


 


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HOLY WEEK CONFIRMATIONS



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SENIOR CITIZENS' TEA PARTY

IT WAS GREAT FUN!


 

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PHOTOS OF ST. JOSEPH'S SCHOOL CAROLS AT

ST. RAPHAEL'S CHURCH ON 18 DECEMBER 2013


 

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St. Raphael's Parishioner, David Howell,

is accepted formally as a candidate for ordination in two years' time



Please pray for David Howell, a fifth-year Southwark seminarian who was admitted as a Candidate for Holy Orders on December 20th 2013 by Bishop John Arnold, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, at the Venerable English College in Rome with five other seminarians from Westminster, Shrewsbury, Copenhagen and Salford.

(Photograph courtesy of the Southwark Diocesan website)

 

Link here

 

 


St. Raphael’s Church

 

Annual Carol Service

Sunday 22nd December

at 6.30pm

Followed by Mulled Wine

and Mince Pies

 

All are welcome!

 


Wednesday 20 November 2013

St. Raphael's is honoured to receive the Kingston upon Thames Society award for

the refurbishment of the church and the building of the Parish Centre and Presbytery.

The award was presented by the society's president,

the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Penny Shelton.



Please link here for our web pages on the restoration of St. Raphael's

Church and the evolution of the building works

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A VERY WARM WELCOME TO FATHER KEVIN STOKES, OUR NEW PARISH PRIEST

 

FR. KEVIN'S INDUCTION MASS - BISHOP PAUL HENDRICKS PRESIDING -

TOOK PLACE ON SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER 11.30 A.M.

FOLLOWED BY A PARISH WELCOME LUNCH

ATTENDED BY THE DEPUTY MAYOR AND DEPUTY MAYORESS

 

A MESSAGE FROM FATHER KEVIN

 

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Left: Fr. Kevin.  Right: Bishop Paul Hendricks with the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Alan Dean, and the Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Miriam Dean.

 

 


Recent parish events and developments

 

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