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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.


Click banner below to go to the Universalis website for readings and prayers for the day
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.


During this First Communion season the parish website is delighted to feature
on its Home page some of the lovely drawings prepared by the children
for their celebration on 6th May
Scroll down the page and have a look.


SUMMER FAYRE Preparations are well in hand for our Fair on Saturday 24th June. The weather cannot be as unkind as last year. So we hope the sun and you will come out for the afternoon. The organisers have done their task with much skill and imagination for years: one for 24 years, another 17. They have served us well, and now decided they will stand down. So we are looking for other brave persons who will take their place. All support and help will be provided to ensure a smooth takeover. So please think: Can I do it? I will keep asking for it is such an important part of our parish life and building for the future. We cannot just let it disappear from the annual programme.

PARISH AGM Will meet after the 11.30 Mass on Sunday 16th July. The most important task is to reinforce the membership of the Council for the coming year. Please be aware that this is a critical time for our parish. No longer can we coast contented that the good things we enjoy will continue as they are. Already the Council has begun taking responsibility for the major decisions that will fashion our future. There is much more to be done. Please think what you can do. We need 2 or 3 new members on the Council. They in turn rely on you, and look to find people who think our parish is worth their while to sacrifice their time and energies to its tasks. Believe me, catholic life comes alive when you commit to these engagements.

SALE Chantelle Bacchus will be selling cakes and bakes after 8.30am and 10.00am Masses this Sunday in the Becket Centre to raise funds for the British Red Cross in particular their Anti-Human Trafficking and Anti-Modern Slavery work in the U.K

SAFEGUARDING The Diocese has recommended that all volunteers who have a CRB check have the check updated to a DBS. Please could all such volunteers contact Therese McLeary, Safeguarding Representative (therese.mcleary@btinternet.com to arrange this update. Volunteers will also be advised about the online DBS updating service.

Would all volunteers who are undertaking their ministries with a CRB/DBS obtained via their employer please contact the Safeguarding Representative to ensure that the Church DBS process is followed.

A Safeguarding notice board is on display at the back of the Church near the Ushers’ Table. Please do read the information and contact the Safeguarding Representative if you have any queries.

JOURNEY OF FAITH We intend to make a gentle start to the next stage of our parish Journey of the current year. Anyone interested is invited to come to Becket this Wednesday at 7.30 pm. After time to make sure everyone is comfortable, not in any way pressured by expectations of the outcome, we will address the question: What is it to be a Catholic in 2017? It can be of interest to members of any church or faith, to those who have not any particular religious belief or practice. And also to many who are already baptised Catholic. So many are rusty, and not up to date with a Church which is fast developing with contemporary events. Give it a try!

CHURCH LINEN We replenished our stock some months ago and have had plenty for regular use. Alas the stock has again disappeared. So Please: If you kind persons who launder the linen have some items at home, do bring them back.

GENERAL ELECTION It is the one time when politicians will listen to us. So we need to tell them what we want. That is not easy. But we have gradually picked up, from Pope’s letters, from our own reflection and prayer life, the main elements of Catholic Social Teaching. Work for Justice and Peace, care for family and marriage, the dignity of every individual, concern for refugees, poor, disabled, marginalised are just some of the basic principles we expect our leaders to make their aim. Telco is taking a valuable lead in pursuing achievable progress in practical ways.

PARISH AGM We are looking for up to three individuals to volunteer for election to the Parish Council. Election is normally for three years, subject to personal commitments. Please hand your name into the parish office with contact details if you think you can help. We will contact you to explain further what is involved before you confirm your willingness to stand.



Click here>>> for infomation about the Church's teaching on social, political and economic issues, including a message from Cardinal Vincent Nichols.


The Parish Council meets tomorrow Monday at 8 pm. Soon the AGM will be upon us, in early July. Then we will be looking for more eager people interested to make our parish, to step into the shoes of members retiring from the Council. Our parish is good. The prevailing climate does not encourage the c
ommitment we get from you existing workers. There are many who come to enjoy the benefits, but put little or nothing into the work required. Into which category do you fit? Give it a thought.


The next Annual General Meeting of the parish will take place after the 11.30am Mass on Sunday, 16th July. Please keep this date fr
ee and your diary and attend if possible. We are looking for up to three individuals to volunteer for election to the Parish Council. Election is normally for three years, subject to personal commitments. Please hand your name into the Parish Office with contact details if you think you can help. We will contact you to explain further what is involved before you confirm your willingness to stand

Over the past couple of months the PPC have worked on a new constitution. This will need approval at the AGM. Click the links below to see Current and Proposed constitutions.

Follow this link>>> for information about the Parish Council.

Steward of the Gospel Initiative

Follow this link>>> for information.


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


During this election campaign, we have the opportunity to stand up for the values of openness, tolerance and welcome.

We must encourage and challenge all political parties and candidates to show how they will do the same.

Click here>>> to find out how.


There is a special display of appropriate gifts for our First Holy Communion recipients, some really lovely, different items - do pop in to have a look.

- 13th MAY

In the lead up to World Fair Trade Day>>> the Fairtrade Foundation have been celebrating some of the people who put Fairtrade at the heart of everything they do.

Here's a short video>>> about how we are supporting Guatemalan farmers in getting a fairer price for their honey.


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, 23rd - TUESDAY CLUB
THE LOUGHTON LADIES’ CHOIR. If you can’t make it on time, please tip-toe through the kitchen! Heavenly voices at 2pm in the Becket Centre. All welcome.

Wednesday, 24th - SOUP RUN
We would be grateful to receive sandwiches, cakes, fruits, toiletries and men’s clothing. Please bring to the parish office on Wednesday during office hours 9.30am—1.30pm or to the Becket Centre at 7pm.

Friday, 26th -  A
12.30-2.30pm Becket Centre.

Sunday, 28th May - Congolese Orphanage Garden Party
The Oblates of the Assumption will hold their annual Garden Party at the Convent, 20 Higham Station Avenue, on the above date. Hot meals will be served between 12.30 - 2.30pm—ALL WELCOME.

Thursday, 25th - Scripture Prayer Group
OU ARE WELCOME TO COME pray and share in our grfoup. Also on the following dates: 8th June, 22nd June and 6th July at 7.30pm in the Francis Room upstairs in the Becket Centre.


Monday, 5th June - ELECTION HUSTINGS
7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, South Woodford, Election Hustings for the parliamentary seat of Woodford and Chingford. All candidates have been invited. To reserve tickets, send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Hustings c/o Memorial Hall, 209 High Road, South Woodford. Maximum of 3 tickets per household, and please suggest a possible question.


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. Previous years' events here>>>


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

Featuring the Rodrigo Guitar Concerto.

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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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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