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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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lick here>>> for today's readings at Mass incl. Gospel

Recently seven candles were found burning in church and precariously lodged right above the container of 100 more candles. It is an obvious hazard. Our insurers have warned us of this and are unhappy that we allow such risk. Please exercise care.
Only light a candle when there is a
vacant cup where it may burn safely.


MINISTERS OF COMMUNION - Thanks to a huge amount of work by Cathy Mair and Theresa McCleary we will shortly have 28 Ministers ready and cleared to take communion to the sick in their homes. We intend to provide one or two evenings for a refresher course of our practice so that we are all well able to serve the sick as they deserve. We are looking at Tuesday and Wednesday, 2nd and 3rd May if possible from 7.30pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel With this rich resource I hope we shall immediately provide weekly communion for all who wish to receive it. More of this later.

STEWARDS OF THE GOSPEL - William Yeung has done a prodigious job for us. He has patiently gathered information to complete a 55 page response to the questionnaire and reported to the Diocesan co-ordinators. The picture of our parish emerging is very much a “curate’s egg” good in parts but languishing in others. See the whole report on line. But thank you William. We are much in your debt.

JOURNEY OF FAITH - We welcomed three new members of our church and parish on Easter night. Now we need to resume the Journey with the next cohort of walkers. If more are to have that joy next Easter, we need to start now. Look to see if you know anyone who just needs a nudge to explore our faith with us: people of no faith, or other communities, also baptised who have had little instruction or experience of what we are privileged to enjoy.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION - The first batch of young people who have been preparing since last September with fortnightly lessons, will receive Our Lord this coming Saturday at 11.30am.

LENT DISCUSSIONS - Have not stopped: only paused. Still good comments are coming in about how good the three discussions were. I have put up a summary of the main drift of what we explored. But it leaves big questions, particularly of where we go from here. Please read and comment in any way you like. Graffiti accepted!

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER - The liturgies from Palm Sunday to Easter were well thought and performed. It was a work demanding much preparation and the involvement of many. I thank you all for your care and commitment, with a special word of thanks to both choirs. You sang beautifully—the result of much rehearsal. I will add a deeper reflection next week.

CHURCH CLEANING - The church was gleaming for the Holy Week and Easter ceremonies. Thank you to six ladies, a man and a boy who came for the spring-clean. We really need to strengthen our teams for care of the church and regular maintenance of all its equipment.

LENTEN LUNCHES - Have raised a total of £1,650 for Mary’s Meals working with schoolchildren in Haiti. Thank you to all who contributed so generously with both time and money: the soup-makers, the soup consumers, the kitchen helpers, the furniture movers and the money collectors. A great team effort!



The Friars in the Franciscan Community at Woodford thank you all for your generous Easter offerings and gifts. May God grant you many Easter Blessings.

Donal O.F.M.


Thank you to everyone who attended the coffee morning on Friday, 21st. Funds raised for the East Africa Appeal will be announced in the weekly newsletter.

Steward of the Gospel Initiative

Recently, parishioners and group leaders have been requested to provide answers to

Steward of the Gospel Questions 


Bishop Alan's Questions

with respect to the future of our parish. The responses received may be viewed by clicking on the above. Additionally Parishioners may be interested to view data collected so far for the

Parish Questionnaire

by clicking it.

Note:  comments and answers may still be sent to william@yeung.org.uk who will be collecting information until Good Friday


Click here>>>
to download schedule of dates for this year's Confirmation programme.


Our Communications group are publishing a quarterly newsletter to keep us updated with events and parish news. It will be sent out by email, with a few copies printed for those not having email access. If you would like to be among the first to receive it and keep up to date with what is going on in the parish, please send a mail to parishnews@friar.org or scan in the QR code.

The Word - Issue 2, Lent 2017>>>

Following Fr Quentin’s recent sermon about the laity’s contribution to parish affairs, this is an appeal to you all.

The Parish Council, of which I am the current Chair, has a number of sub-committees (below) which need more members if they are to achieve what they should. If you have an interest and might like to be actively involved, please contact me for an informal discussion (kit.tranmer[at]btopenworld.com)
  • Liturgy – anything and everything pertaining to our regular and special services
  • Maintenance – especially if you have DIY or professional skills
  • Becket Centre – it does not manage itself, and is an invaluable asset which we need to look after and use fully
  • Caring – many of our charitable activities, within and outside the community
  • Communication – it is crucial that we communicate effectively, with all sections of the Parish not just those who collect a Newsletter –that too needs effort.

AGM 2016 Questions and Answers click here>>>

Parish Council meeting minutes click here>>>


We serve Fairtrade tea and coffee after 10.00am and 11.30am Masses most Sundays of the year. Do pop in and join us. A good chance to meet old friends and new people. Click here>>> to find out more about buying Fairtrade.

Tuesday, 25th - TUESDAY CLUB
More Favourite Poems—reflection and relaxation after the manic bingo (Thank you, Bernard). Hope to see you all at 2pm in the Becket Centre.

Wednesday, 26th -
We would be grateful to receive men’s clothing, toiletries, shoes/trainers, fruit, cakes and sandwiches. Please bring to the office during office hours 9.30am—1.30pm on Wednesday or bring to the Becket Centre a
t 7pm. A Massive thank you for the donation of Easter Eggs. Also the box of chocolates which were given to the volunteers as a “thank you”. Gratefully received.

Friday, 28th - ASSISI LUNCH

12.30pm - 2.30pm, Becket Centre.


8pm in the Becket Centre. All welcome. Cheese and wine served after the meeting.


Slightly earlier start this year of 10am from Becket Centre for 9-mile circular walk through Epping Forest returning for refreshments provided by CWL. More details to follow.


Asking all green fingers to start planting, so you can contribute to the Plant Stall at the Fete.


The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has decided to launch an appeal for Yemen where there has been a 20-month long bloody civil war between the Houthi ethnic group and supporters of Yemen’s government led by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

At the request of the Yemeni government, an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia, have carried out air strikes across the country against the Houthi. For ordinary Yemenis, the consequences have been devastating. The UN now estimates that more than 10,000 people have been killed since the start of the conflict, with 6,000 people killed in 2016 alone.

CAFOD is working with DEC to respond to this crisis. Your questions on the Yemen Crisis Appeal answered here>>>

Click here>>> to go to new / updated OFM website.

FRANCISCAN MISSIONS - The latest issue of The Troubadour is at the back of the church. Please take a copy as you leave after Mass. Alternatively, download it from the OFM website, link above.

Are you a coffee connoisseur? However you like your coffee, when you choose Fairtrade you know you’re supporting the farmers who grew the beans to build a better quality of life for their families and communities. And that’s not all. Find out more here>>>

The Catholic Women’s League is an international organisation serving the Parish and the wider Church and enjoying spiritual and social activities. Members engage in events to whatever extent is appropriate to them.

Find out more about CWL in our parish



Vocations to the Franciscan Friars Minor are encouraged in our Franciscan Parish! Single Catholic Men 18-40 years, interested?


Need more cash to cover your expenses? If you are a Catholic aged 16-24 years you may be eligible for a grant from the Catenian Association’s Bursary Fund to help with your expenses. Your project must have a clear benefit for others as well as widening your life experience. For full details, eligibility criteria and application form visit www.thecatenians.com and click on "Bursary".


We urgently need more members to help us in our work. For more information please contact Gerry Curran on 07754 100149 or email gerrypcurransvp[at]hotmail.co.uk

he language of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is very theological. Youcat fills a gap for everyone. It is attractively presented with illustrations, interesting marginal quotes, accessible language, and is cross-referenced to the standard “big” Catechism. If you find the standard Catechism a bit too much, buy Youcat without hesitation and learn more about the Catholic faith. £9.95 in the Repository. There is also a youth Prayer book £7.95. http://www.youcat.org/youcat/youcat-the-book/

800 YEARS!

he Friars have donated a book and DVD to celebrate 800 years of the Order of Franciscan Friars and these are available 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.


f 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.


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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