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Our parish of St Thomas of Canterbury promotes God's kingdom of justice, love and peace through worship, the proclamation of the Word and prayer. As a community we serve those in need and support God's family in all areas of life.


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Please note that there will be no newsletter during the month of August. If you have an urgent request please let the Parish Office know so that it can be read out after Mass. A list for those to be prayed for each week is available on the website here>>>. Other church notices are here>>>

The Parish Office will be open during August 9.30am—1.30pm to deal with any queries you may have. The Parish Diary for 2015 will be compiled during the month of August. Will all those groups and societies who use the Becket Centre on a regular basis, please submit their dates in writing for 2015 to the Parish Office. Please do not presume that your booking will be carried forward. Grateful thanks.

Thanks to everyone who has recycled their inkjet and laser toner cartridges and old mobile phones for CAFOD. Please ensure you check the current CAFOD recycling list to see if your inkjet and laser toner cartridges can be recycled by the scheme. Only those items listed generate income for CAFOD, Please only present items that are listed. Click here>>> for details.

Click here >>> to go to page on the website for downloading Fr Austin's various topic writings - including the five Lent 2014 talks. Click here>>> to go to Fr Austin's previous weekly Newsletter writings.


Parishioner, Caroline Rose, will be leading a team
for seven months on the Department for International Development’s International Citizen Service programme in Burkina Faso.
She will be working alongside volunteers from Burkina Faso, on a project that supports marginalised women and people with disabilities to understand their rights – and put them into action – in order to change their own lives for the better. Support Caroline’s project at www.justgiving.com/caroline-rose5.

To help raise awareness and funding for the two social justice projects - rights of the disabled and women’s rights - Alan Mair (pictured below) ran 100 kilometres on Saturday, 19th July in the Race to the Stones, www.racetothestones.com. All donations go directly to the projects in Burkina Faso.

Click here to see the route of Alan's run on Saturday in which he finished in 12hrs 06mins
. Click here to see some great photos of the event in 2013 and the landscape through which it passed.

Alan has also agreed to run a number of further marathons in the next few months to raise funds for CAFOD and bccs. Details to follow shortly.

To all parishioners of St. Thomas’ for their incredible generosity. Caroline has already reached her target through the retiring collections and at the Quiz Night on the 9th August.



So far the appeal for the F.M.U. has raised £3,330. In addition to the money from the appeal we have counted £885 from the mission boxes returned. Thank you to everyone who has responded. If you were away for the appeal there will be some envelopes available for your donation at the back of the church.

Application forms are now at the back of church. Please complete one and return it if you live in our parish and have a child who will be in Year 3 in the next school year. The closing date for applications is Friday 19th September 2014. No applications will be accepted after this date.

The next baptism course will run in September. If you need to attend a course please contact the Parish Office. If you have attended a course with a previous child the baptism can be booked. Contact the office for a form. Baptisms take place on the first and third Sundays of each month.


Wednesday, 27th August - SOUP RUN FOR THE HOMELESS

We would be grateful to receive sandwiches, fruit, cakes, sweets, toiletries and men’s clothing. We especially ask if you could spare a few tins, such as tuna, beans, soup etc, as we are often faced with people who are turning to soup runs to help with everyday living. Many thanks for your continuing support.


Friday, 19th September - BCCS GOLF CLASSIC
The Golf Classic is an annual charity golf day for Brentwood Catholic Children's Society held at Ilford Golf Club.  Cost £45 non-Ilford GC members, £25 Ilford GC members. Price includes 18-hole Stableford Competition, Nearest the Pin/Longest Drive and three course evening meal. Contact John Buckley 01708 455887 j.buckley@hotmail.co.uk for more details.


At 11am on a hot midsummer's day, 25 parishioners from St Thomas' and St Edmund's, Loughton
walked out from the Becket Centre to High Beach to raise funds for Brentwood Catholic Children's Society.

Pictured below, clockwise from top left: leaving the Becket Centre; lunch at the biker's cafe at the top of Fairmead Road; on the return leg heading to Fairmead Bottom; the walkers gather for the traditional photo at Grimston's Oak; the children, with Julie Abbott fundraising manager at bccs, proudly display their certificates.

Thanks once again to Franca and the CWL for the very welcome refreshments provided on our return to the Becket Centre at 3pm.

To find out more about the work of bccs click here>>>  If you would like to sponsor the walk and support the valuable work of bccs, please contact David Underwood on 07905 741033 or leave your contribution at the Parish Office in an envelope marked "bccs sponsored walk 2014".

Thank you to everyone who supported the walk this year. A total of over £1600 has so far been raised.

800 YEARS!

The Friars have donated a book and DVD to celebrate 800 years of the Order of Franciscan Friars and these are available this weekend at the back of the church for you to take a copy.

The book celebrates Franciscans with Frontiers since 1209 and the DVD looks at the life and ministry of the Friars in Great Britain since 1224. You are welcome to take a copy of each and any donations would be gratefully received.


If you, or a relative or friend are in Whipps Cross Hospital, please let the priests at Our Lady and St. George parish know 020 8520 5877. Though the hospital staff are very helpful, the priests at St. George’s also rely on being told of people who may welcome a visit.

If you are new to the parish or have moved within the parish, please contact the Parish Office so we can keep our records up to date.

Download the New Parishioner / Change of Address form (pdf file, 312Kb) here>>

Follow this link to see events and notices previously listed on this page.

Thanks to everyone who has recycled their inkjet and laser toner cartridges and old mobile phones for CAFOD. £112.39 has so far been raised.

Check the current CAFOD recycling price list here to see if your inkjet and laser toner cartridges can be recycled - and the price CAFOD will get for them.
Only those items listed generate income for CAFOD, please only present items that are listed.


Any Christian community tries to live out the commandment of Christ to love God and one's neighbour as thyself. Both aspects are inseparable and support for CAFOD enables us to help those in great need.

A recent estimate indicates that we throw away enough food to feed the starving in the whole of Africa. We urge all to review their lifestyle and the effects that a secular and consumerist society have had upon our existence. Live simply so that others may simply live!

Click here to go to the page on this website for details of the Brentwood Diocesan branch of CAFOD. Click here to go directly to the CAFOD Brentwood website, from where you can access the latest newsletter.

Mass Times

St Thomas
Saturday: 6pm (First Mass of Sunday)
Sunday: 8.30am, 10am (Children's Liturgy)
11.30am (Traditional Choir)
Weekdays: 10am (The Rosary, Weds after Mass)
Confession: Saturday, 10.30am, 5pm

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Sunday: 9am (Children's Liturgy)

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Chigwell Convent
Sunday: 10am (Children's Liturgy)
Weekdays: 6.50am (Morning Prayer), 9.30am
Saturday: 10am
First Wednesday of month no morning Mass
Confession: Saturday, after 10am Mass

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