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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.


A FAIRTRADE PARISH

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FR  AUSTIN WRITES:

For non-believers we are celebrating simply what was - what used-to be but isn’t any more: and so we celebrate anniversaries, because those gone before us live on as precious memories.

For believers there is no “was”. Death has nothing whatever to do with God - God “is”! Becoming as we are God can be born, can grow-up, suffer and die. Now, because of what happened at Easter, we can be as God is, now our experience of living, suffering and dying can offer itself as the raw material for the living that knows nothing of suffering and dying.

Because of what happened on Easter Day all our family and friends, all who have gone before us already share in this total living. Our grieving, our missing, our being separated, our being out of touch - will come to an end; this is Easter Faith – this is what Alleluia means.

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Fr Austin writes: "My enforced rest in the past few months of 2013 has allowed me to put together writing on various topics – which might be of interest. As they are somewhat lengthy I have made them available for download for reading at your leisure." 

Click here to go to page on the website for downloading Fr Austin's further writings - which include the five Lent 2014 talks.


MEMORABLE TREE

On Tuesday, the anniversary of the First Rule of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), we planted what can only be described as a “memorable tree”. It is a Yew that was in the original English Franciscan Novitiate at Killarney. When Killarney was ceded to the Irish Friars, a cutting was planted in the new Novitiate in Chilworth. When we vacated Chilworth we brought a cutting to Woodford.

It was solemnly planted in front of the Church (directly opposite the front door of the Friary) with prayers and blessing. We were fortunate to have a representative of the Irish Province there to witness this historic occasion.

We wish all parishioners a very Happy and Holy Easter


NEW BISHOP OF BRENTWOOD

Father Alan Williams SM has been named the new Bishop of Brentwood. The appointment, made by Pope Francis, was announced at a press conference this morning.

Fr Williams will be the seventh Bishop of Brentwood. He is currently director of The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and previously studied at the University of Durham and London University while earning his doctorate in Psychology.

According to Vatican Radio, he also studied theology at Allen Hall in Westminster, and received his License in Theology at Cambridge University and a Masters in Religious Education at Hull University.

Fr Williams became a member of the Society of Mary in in 1976, and was ordained on April 30, 1983. He served as Regional Superior of the Marist Fathers from 2000-2008, when he became director of the National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Walsingham, a position he previously held from 1992-2000. He was born in Blackburn on March 15, 1951.

Follow this link for more details >>>


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY . . .

Wednesday, 23rd - SOUP RUN FOR THE HOMELESS
We would be grateful to receive sandwiches, fruit, cakes, sweets, unwanted Easter eggs and warm men’s clothing. Items can be left in the parish office on Wed. morning or in the Becket Centre between 6.30pm and 8pm on Wed. evening. With more and more people struggling to live on their current income we find they are turning to soup runs to help them with food.

Due to lack of storage space please only bring items for the soup run on the day requested. Grateful thanks.


Friday, 25th - ASSISI LUNCH
12.30pm - 2.30pm, Becket Centre

Sunday, 27th -
BEREAVEMENT GROUP
The Woodford Bereavement Support Group is having a Service of Remembrance at St. Thomas of Canterbury for those who have died young. We invite you to join us at 4pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and afterwards in the Becket Centre for refreshments. Any enquiries please contact Kathie on 07778 216212.

ADVANCE NOTICE > > >
 
Saturday, 3rd May -
CONCERT: RUSSIANS GET VOCAL IN WOODFORD
A leading Russian vocal ensemble will be visiting Britain this Spring and performing at All Saint's, Woodford Wells. To find out more / book tickets click here >>>

TELCO EVENTS
There are two forthcoming TELCO events which you are invited to:
Monday Bank Holiday, 5th May - THE ANNUAL MASS IN HONOUR OF MIGRANTS
10.30am to 12noon Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Street.
Sunday, May 6th - REDBRIDGE LOCAL ELECTION ASSEMBLY
7pm at The Salvation Army in Clements Road.
More details to follow next week.

Saturday, 24th May - WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE
Come and meet our new Bishop, Fr. Alan Williams, on this pilgrimage by booking a place on the coach a.s.a.p. Place limited. £15 pr person. For further details visit info@abbotswick.org or call the Diocesan House of Prayer 01277 373959.

Saturday, 26th July - DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Join our new Bishop on his first Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. As Director of a Marian Shrine, we could ask for no better spiritual guide than Bishop-elect Alan Williams in this 25th Anniversary Year of the Brentwood Diocesan Pilgrimage. Returning Thursday 31st. Full details at www.brentwoodlourdes.org or call Cathy O’Connor about booking 01206 501146.


THANK YOU

LENTEN LUNCHES
Lenten lunches have raised £845.51 for Mary’s Meals, feeding schoolchildren in Haiti. Many thanks to all who contributed in any way: the soup makers, the soup eaters, the washers-up and the furniture movers.

PAX CHRISTI
Wish to thank parishioners for £363.98 which has been donated to the peace work of Pax Christi.


WHIPPS CROSS CHAPLAINCY

If you, a family member or a friend would like to see a Catholic Chaplain or receive Holy Communion whilst receiving treatment at Whipps Cross Hospital, Please contact St. George’s 020 8520 5877 or The Chaplaincy Team on 020 8535 6988.



NEW TO THE PARISH?
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.


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.







 
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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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