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.
A FAIRTRADE PARISH
Click banner below to go to the Universalis website for readings and prayers for the day 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. FR AUSTIN WRITES:
The King will not pronounce judgment against us because we have failed the hungry, the thirsty, the lonely and the naked; he will pronounce us guilty because we have failed him! “they were hungry” but “I” was hungry!
In so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me—not to one of the least of these “subjects” of mine but to the least of these “brethren” of mine—not “you did it for me” but “you did it to me”. It’s beginning to look as though we might need to radically rethink our understanding of Christ as Universal King.
Jesus Christ is not just Lord, or King, he is our Lord, our King; he leads us from within ourselves; he is truly among us. We have been transformed into him, without ceasing to be ourselves—that is why we must love one another...because it is the way he loves us.
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.
Guardian Fr. Donal WalshEffective by the end of January 2015
Vicar Fr. Antoine Baya
Parish Priest Fr. Michael O’Kane
Fr. Ignatius Kelly
Fr. Quentin Jackson
Bro. Malachy Seymour
Custos: Fr. Patrick Lonsdale
Bro. Raymond Hynes
Fr. Austin to Canterbury
Fr. Brian to Craigmillar (Edinburgh)
Fr. Michael Copps to Stratford
URGENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Repository urgently needs volunteers for the 6pm Mass and Sunday after 8.30am, 10.00am and 11.30am Mass. Please leave your details with the Parish Office if you are interested in joining a rota. If you no longer are a volunteer for the Repository, please return the keys to the Parish Office.
Christmas cards, 2015 Church Calendars, Advent Calendars and Advent candles are now available from the Repository.
WALK WITH ME
A Journey of Prayer for Advent and Christmastide 2014. Copies available from the back of the church—price £1.
The latest edition of The Troubadour is at the back of the church. Please take one as you leave. You will also find mission boxes available and you are asked to take one home and fill it with your small change for the missions. Grateful thanks.
A BIG THANKS: Pat Angelo would like to thank everyone who helped her collect items for the Christmas Shoe Boxes which will be sent to children in Iraq.
Give a little.
From Alan's blog, NYC Sunday, 2nd Nov. 2.20am local time: "In New York about to run. Let's be clear. Give a little means every
single penny is shared between CAFOD and BCCS (Brentwood Catholic
Children's Society). I wanted to run the six World Marathon Majors and
perhaps achieve a world record for myself; my own well being and
positive mental health. I have met every single cost personally. It is
about me being well and something I want to do. So "Give a little" is
about thinking what you can do without. Forego the skinny latte and
save lives . . ." For more on this go to Alan's blog here>>>
UPDATE 03/11/14: "Marathon
Major 5 completed in 3:22:22. A very windy day with winds hitting
40mph. Tough conditions but a great race. Now two months rest and
Tokyo, February 22nd. Alan"
the fifth of his six major marathons, New York, completed on 2 November, thank you to parishioners who so far have donated over £980
to Alan's "Race for Justice" programme in support jointly of Brentwood Catholic Children's Society and CAFOD. Next event is Tokyo
on 23 February.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY . . .
NOVEMBER DEAD LIST
Mass will be offered daily during the month of November for your loved ones. Envelopes are available from the back of the church. Please return either through the Friary letterbox (no need to ring the bell—it is secure) or the parish office.
Monday, 24th - AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR
Their first performance in the UK is at All Saints’, Woodford Wells at 7pm. You are warmly welcome. Tickets available from 0209 8504 0266 £5 adults, £3 children.
- TUESDAY CLUB
Very much looking forward to the entertaining Loughton Ladies Choir at 2pm. They are always raring to go so, if possible, please arrive in good time (or creep through the kitchen). Please bring your menu and details of any more friends you would like to bring to our Christmas lunch on the 9th December.
Wednesday, 26th - SOUP RUN
We are up London again next Wednesday night and would be grateful to receive sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, sweets, toiletries and warm men’s clothing. Items can be left in the Parish Office or in the Becket Centre on Weds. between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. We urgently need tins of tuna, soup, beans etc, for people who find themselves unable to survive on their current income. A big thank you for the anonymous donation and for all the parishioners’ continuous support.
Thursday, 27th - ADVENT WREATH WORKSHOP
along on at 7.30pm to the Becket Centre, to create and
make a wreath which will be sold at the Christmas Fayre. Bring a large
bag of green foliage. All proceeds to the church.
Friday, 28th - ASSISI LUNCH
12.30pm- 2.30pm, Becket Centre.
Saturday, 29th - ST THOMAS' CHRISTMAS FAYRE
1pm, Lower Site Trinity High School. Please support the Fayre by coming along on the day. Father Christmas will be in attendance for the day. We are looking for donations of toys and children's books in good condition, costume jewellery, toiletries and unwanted gifts. Also donations of Christmas cakes and puddings, home-made or shop bought, for the tombola.
HOME PRODUCE STALLADVANCE NOTICE >>>
Mary Charter and Catherine Bissmire would welcome donations on the day of jam, chutney, breads, pickled onions etc. ‘Phone Mary 020 8504 3798, Catherine 020 8559 0281 if you need collection. Please leave any items of value with the Parish Office. We thank you in advance for your continued support. Also, any interested stallholders and help-ers please contact Jackie on 020 8506 1799 / 07952077546.
We are in urgent need of costume jewel-lery. Please bring it in to the parish office a.s.a.p. Grateful thanks.
Would be grateful to receive cakes, scones, etc, or sale at the Christmas Fayre. Please bring on the morning of the Fayre to Trinity Hall.
Urgently required. Please bring to the Parish Office.
Wednesday, 3rd December - FR AUSTIN’S TALKS
Fr. Austin will be giving a talk at 7.30pm in the Becket Centre and on the following Wednesdays during Advent.
Saturday, 6th December - CAFOD FANCY DRESS NATIVITY RUN
Join us for a 5k,10k or festive toddle around Clapham Common before warming up with a mince pie and fair-trade drink. All money raised will help raise funds for mothers and babies in Guarjila, El Salvador. Call 0208 502 9722 or email us at email@example.com.
Saturday, 6th December - DURUFLE REQUIEM South West Essex Choir
7.30pm at All Saints Church, Inmans Row, Woodford Green. Tickets £13, £11 concessions in advance. Contact 020 8554 2830 or www.southwestessexchoir.org.uk
Thursday, 18th December - IN CONVERSATION WITH BISHOP ALAN
7.30pm—10.00pm at Cathedral House, Conference Room Brentwood. Open to everyone aged 17-35 especially those discerning a vocation to Priesthood and the Religious Life. Evening includes fish & chip supper and is free. Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Fr. Dominic, Vocations Director on 01268 281732
9th April 2015 - ACROSS Trip to Lourdes
If you know of anyone sick, disabled and terminally ill who would benefit from the pilgrimage to Lourdes, please take an application form from the back of the church.
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.
WHIPPS CROSS CHAPLAINCY
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.
NEW TO THE PARISH?
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RECYCLING FOR CAFOD
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.
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
St James URC BuckhurstHill
Sunday: 9am (Children's Liturgy)
Sunday: 10am (Children's Liturgy)
Weekdays: 6.50am (Morning Prayer), 9.30am
First Wednesday of month no morning Mass
Confession: Saturday, after 10am Mass