Walworth, London SE17
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1950’s - A memory shared!
"I can remember when our school, St Peters primary burnt down! We had our lessons in the crypt of the church. All our books smelt of wood smoke and when I smell it today, all these years later, it takes me back to those happy days. We also held all of our open days on the lawn of the church gardens. I used to play in the gardens a lot, it was magical. Thank you so much."
Wow, thanks so much for this, Val! What an amazing memory of St Peter’s you’ve shared!
Anonymous asked: Do you still have children from the school dancing around a maypole during May. I remember doing it when I was at school there in the 1950's. Happy days - from Roger
Hi, sorry to have missed this! Sadly we don’t have a maypole any more, though lots of people remember it. It would be great to have a new one, wouldn’t it - who knows!!
Thanks for your message!
ASH WEDNESDAY, 5th March: details of Services
9.10am Morning Prayer w Ash
10am School Mass
12noon Said Mass
2pm School Service
7.30pm Solemn Sung Mass
with Imposition of Ashes
Everyone is welcome at any of the above services on Ash Wednesday.
If you will be away from the parish on Ash Wednesday, please go to www.achurchnearyou.com to find a service near your work or school.
You (and I) are infinitely loved!
Father Andrew writes: These wise words (above and below) really sum up the whole meaning of life for me. In church I’ve been urging everyone to try praying at www.sacredspace.ie a prayer site run by the Irish Jesuits. It is simple and beautiful, and I am sure you will find it helpful and fruitful. As you’re online now, why not click here and then click ‘Begin the Prayer’.
In the meantime here is the Sacred Space ‘thought for the week’:
Your graced life
Each of us is infinitely loved – that is the simple message of the gospels and the core meaning of our lives. You, then, are a glorious mystery, and so is everyone else. It is good to keep growing in appreciation of this mystery, until it is fully revealed when you encounter God face to face. The mystery, Saint Paul tells us ‘is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Colossians 1:27).
Your image of yourself may be of someone who plods along dully day by day. Nothing remarkable seems to happen. Yet God is busily crafting something glorious from the raw material of your years. So he did with Jesus: his life looked very ordinary; his glory shone out briefly on one occasion, in his Transfiguration. But in his Passion he looked anything but glorious, and as Saint Matthew says, when he died there was only darkness over the earth. But then came his resurrection.
So we miss the point by looking for glory in the outer shape of our lives. It is on the inside that grace is working its transforming power, making us truly like God in whose image we were made.
Amen! Have a great day!
Southwark Council-funded works at St Peter’s
We are very pleased that significant works around the church will begin this coming week, thanks to generous funding from Southwark Council’s Cleaner, Greener, Safer fund. We’re grateful for the support of Cllr Lorraine Lauder, MBE, Cllr Dan Garfield and Cllr Abdul Mohamed, our three Faraday Ward councillors.
On Monday, 3rd February St Peter’s listed Gates will be removed to be restored. Then from Monday, 10th Feb through to Friday, 28th Feb, the forecourt will be completely closed for re-surfacing works. During this time, access to the church and InSpire will be via the Monkey Park gate, situated within the Churchyard. From Liverpool Grove (front entrance), walk along the path of Church Gardens to the end of the church, turn left behind the church, and the Monkey Park entrance is via the next gate on your left. Follow the signs for both the steps and access to InSpire and the church.
The double gates in Liverpool Grove, opposite Lytham Street, will be left open while works are being carried out, for easier access to the MonkeyPark gate for those with disabilities.
We look forward to the works beginning, and also to being able to celebrate their completion!