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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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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.


A “Mystery” because it is something happening in each of us, and we discover it only gradually. It means the whole span of Jesus’ life through suffering death, resurrection and triumphal return to heaven. We rehearse it each year in our shared liturgy and private prayer. So we begin on Wednesday: 40 days through which we go deeper in understanding that Jesus’ suffering is now precisely the things that go wrong for us. It is not miserable, because it is the discipline that lays the foundation of future glory.

Fr. Austin will talk to us about MERCY on Tuesdays 16th February and 1st March at 8pm in the Becket Centre. The two Tuesdays following his talks we will meet again to explore how it is working in us. So to unravel the mystery. This is the most important of our Lent exercises, until we come to Holy Week.

Each Friday we engage in this devotion. After the 10am Mass it is led by a volunteer of the parish community. So far we have two people who have offered to lead this starting on Friday. Volunteers please come forward for the other Fridays. The friars will generally lead the evening devotion at 8pm.

A sizeable number have quietly journeyed through the weeks. Some are already baptised Catholic, seeking better knowledge and understanding. Now two catechumens are ready for baptism and another to enter into full communion of our church. Next Sunday at the 11.30am Mass we will send them with our blessing to Brentwood, to meet the Bishop and be formally elected by him. The grand entry will be at the Easter Vigil.



BUCKHURST HILL - As part of the parish of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Mass is celebrated at St. James United Reformed Church in Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill at 9am each Sunday . . . a friendly and welcoming community currently have spaces available in our children’s liturgy group. If anyone would like to join us they will be very welcome.

BANKING - As planned, the parish has opened a parish deposit account with Liberty Credit Union. Based in Barking, it is a “not for profit” organisation set up to assist low income families with simple banking facilities. Regular savers are also able to borrow money at competitive rates, providing a sound alternative to banks, high interest payday loans and doorstop lending. There are some leaflets at the back of the church if you have any interest in joining this credit union. All deposits are covered by Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Find out more about LCU here>>>


Programme started on Thursday, 4th February with Mass of Enrolment for Candidates, Sponsors and Parents - gathering at Church at 7pm for 7.30pm. For details of full programme, click here>>>


A MASSIVE THANK YOU . . . to all those who attended/donated to the wonderful Music Quiz Night held in the Becket Centre
at end of Janaury. A whopping £1,400 was raised for Cancer Research UK and St. Clare’s Hospice, Harlow.


We have re-stocked with Lent and Easter in view thinking particularly about books to help children understand what’s happening in church. There are also some lovely new statues of Our Lady and some saints. Come and have a browse—if you can’t see what you need perhaps we can order it for you.

Winter 2015 issue now available. Features include: Education: the Light at the End of the Tunnel for our Youth; John Forest Dougherty OFM RIP; Lights by Seamus Mulholland OFM; How we take going to school for granted! And more . . . Available as you leave church - or online from Friar.org by clicking here>>>


CHURCH CLEANING - We need one more person to help clean on a Friday at 9am on a rota once in seven weeks. Please contact Pat Bell on 8504 4577.

SUNDAY TEAS - We are looking for one person to help with teas after 10am Mass on a Sunday morning in a team of three on a rota once in seven weeks. Please contact Pat Bell on 020 8504 4577 or email mrmcbell@btinternet.com if you can help.

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER PRINTING - We are in urgent need of more volunteers to print the weekly newsletter on a rota basis. If you feel you can help, please contact Mario Cheong 8504 9368.

SAINSBURYS VOUCHERS - Once again the Mother and Toddler Group are collecting Sainsburys vouchers and would appreciate your help. Please hand them into the parish office. Thank you.

ASSISI LUNCH DRIVERS NEEDED - The lunch teams are in need of a few more drivers to be added to the helpers list to bring at approx. 12.30pm and take home approx 2.30pm on the last Friday of each month. Please call Dolly on 07940 429815. New Assisi lunch guests required as we have spaces — see flyers at the back of the church or call Dolly on the number above (evenings only).

WOODFORD GREEN BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP - Do you have counselling/listening skills? Are you looking for a worthwhile use for these in a voluntary capacity? We need you. Our Bereavement Support Group has been based in the parish for more then 20 years and in that time we have supported many people both in the parish and in the wider area. We have achieved this through one to one support and annual events such as the Service of Remembrance in November, an afternoon tea in the summer and a Service for bereaved parents which is held in the Spring. Three years ago we introduced a monthly support group which is well attended. As a result of this we are looking to expand our support team. We can offer you the opportunity to give valuable service to bereaved members of the community.  If you have skills that you could offer the Support Group, we would be very interested to hear from you. Please ring Angela Barnes on 020 8505 0356.

29 February to 13 March

Sit down for breakfast - Stand up for farmers.

Find out more here>>>


Wednesday, 10th February - ASH WEDNESDAY
Masses with distribution of ashes:
Chigwell 9.30am;? St. Thomas’ 10.00am?; Solemn Opening of Lent?: St. Thomas’ 8pm?.

Please take a flyer from the back of the church giving you information of Masses and services during Lent.
Please refrain from putting flowers on the side altars during Lent. Grateful thanks.

Copies available from the back of the church—price £2.25.

Daily Reflections during Lent. Copies available from the back of the church—price £1.

LENTEN CALENDAR  - click here>>> for CAFOD's Lenten calendar which will guide you through the daily scriptures of Lent and inspire you to pray, give and act together with our global family.

We are up London on Wednesday and would be grateful to receive sandwiches, fruit, biscuits and cakes. We are asking for no tins or clothes on this run as we need to clear the supplies that have built up when we have been without a van. Items can be left in the Becket Centre between 7pm & 8pm or Wednesday night or in the Parish Office between 9.30am and 1.30pm.

2pm in the Becket Centre. Please leave your donations in the church
porch. Many thanks.

Sunday, 14th - YEAR OF MERCY
Fr. Martin Boland, the Dean of Brentwood Cathedral, would like to invite all refugees, those enslaved by all forms of human trafficking and those who help, defend and care for these people to come to the Cathedral, and join the Cathedral parish community at Mass at 6.30pm. The preacher will be Fr. Sean Connelly.

Will be celebrating Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Wanstead at 3pm followed by light refreshments. All welcome.

Tuesday, 16th - LENT LUNCHES
12.15pm— 1.30pm. In the Becket Centre on Tuesdays in Lent in aid of Mary’s Meals (an organisation which provides meals for school children in crisis-stricken countries). Home Made Soup and French Bread £3. Everyone is welcome.

Friday, 19th - FAMILY FAST DAY

Father Quentin will be available on February in the Becket Centre from 7pm for approx an hour . There are no individual appointments just pop along.

29 February to 13 March - FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

"Sit down for breakfast - Stand up for farmers". Find out more here>>>


Friday, 15th April - CHARITY BALL
Tickets are available for a Charity Ball at Packfords Hotel in Woodford to raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer in honour of late parishioner, Letitia Featherstone. If you would like to attend or want further details, please contact Rachael on rachael12512@msn.com or 07971 375073.

Thursday, 28th April - TELCO
Date for your diary - coach to the Olympic Park at 5pm from St Thomas’, to hear the three perspective London mayors being grilled about their aspirations for the four and a half year tenure. The coach leaves St. Thomas’ at 5pm prompt. Don’t miss it!!

Friday, 15th April - CHARITY BALL

Tickets are available for a Charity Ball at Packfords Hotel in Woodford to raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer in honour of late parishioner, Letitia Featherstone. If you would like to attend or want further details, please contact Rachael on rachael2512@msn.com or 07971 375073.

Sunday, 14th to Friday, 19th August - DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Bishop Alan will lead the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.  From £639 by air with full board for six days, five nights, or from £419 by coach. This pilgrimage includes an experienced medical team and plenty of help for those with mobility needs. It is also ideal for couples, individuals, and groups of friends. There is a full programme to opt in and out of, and everyone is welcome. There are brochures at the back of the church. For more information or for a brochure, please ‘phone Cathy O’Connor 01206 501146.


The next baptism course will run shortly. 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. Baptisms take place on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. We do recommend that parents attend a baptism course before the birth of their child.



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@hotmail.co.uk

The 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!

The 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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St James URC BuckhurstHill
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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