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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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SYNOD QUESTIONS

In 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wurttenberg and started the Reformation. I thought of that as last Saturday in church I pinned up your response to the Synod questions. We of course are with, in and for our church. Soon I hope it will appear on our parish website.

I have received warm thanks from the Project Organiser and an assurance it will go to the Cardinal and Bishop Doyle both representing us in Rome in October. Our work started without great hope but it has matured into a very useful contribution. WE HAVE MORE TO DO. We have said that the real church is US—God is in our homes.

We need to keep up the reflection: to spell out how we are living Christ’s life there; that we offer hope, light and joy to those who have lost their way and those who are different. Our conversation goes on.

QUENTIN


FRANCISCAN MISSIONS

The latest issue of “The Troubadour” is available. It contains a tribute to Fr. Austin Kinsella as well as news about how the money you put in your mission boxes is used. Please take a copy as you leave church. Please also take a mission box.



10AM MUSIC GROUP

As yet no response to our request!! The group would like to encourage toddlers up to seven years old to join them playing percussion during the recessional hymn. If you have any hand bells, small marrakas, miniature tamberines etc. you could donate please give them to a member of the Music Group. No drums or saxophones!!!



On Sunday, 26th April two teachers at Trinity Catholic High School, Michael Doherty and Daniel Baker, ran in the Virgin London Marathon for CAFOD. Addressing parishioners, they wrote: "We are extremely grateful that we will be able to take part in this amazing challenge and hope, within our local community, we will be able to raise a substantial amount for CAFOD.

As you know there are
many people in the world that need our help. CAFOD’s vision for a better world is inspired by the Catholic faith and by the strength and resourcefulness of poor communities... We would be grateful if you could donate anything to this great cause. Every penny counts and so whether you can contribute a small or large amount of money we would be extremely grateful."

 
Click here>>> to find out more in their letter to the parish.


Prudential Ride London - Surrey 100

The Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society has two remaining places in the ‘Ride London 100’ taking place on Sunday 2nd August 2015.

The deadline is fast approaching so please contact Julie on 01268 784544 asap for further information. We ask cyclists pay a registration fee of £50 & pledge to raise a minimum of £600.



THANK YOU

THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR
Grateful thanks to all parishioners who responded so generously to the Little Sisters’ Appeal last weekend [19 April] a breathtaking £2,452.66 was raised.

FUNDRAISING FOR BREAST CANCER
Thank you to all who supported the Quiz on Friday [24 April] in the Becket Centre. Although our numbers were down, a great time was had - and £477 was raised.

BRENDAN, OLIVIA & JAMES

Thank you for your very generous support of our cake sale last weekend [11/12 April]. We made the grand total of £407, which contributes to our fund raising to assist the elderly and infirm of the Brentwood Diocese in their pilgrimage to Lourdes this July.


HELP!

43rd Scouts Group are making Go Karts as a Project. We desperately need old pram wheels. If you have a buggy or pram on its last legs, please donate the wheels to us. Ring Claire Hobbs 07905 406361.



DATES FOR YOUR DIARY . . .

Sunday, 26th April
- SERVICE FOR BEREAVED PARENTS
The Woodford Bereavement Support Group invites you to a Service of Remem- brance for the benefit of bereaved families at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church this afternoon at 4pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and afterwards in the Becket Centre for refreshments. Any enquiries please contact Kathie on 07778 216212.

Monday, April 27th - HOLY FAMILY LAY ASSOCIATES MEETING
7.30pm at Maureen’s house. Please bring your ‘Joy of the Gospel’ booklet.

Tuesday, 28th April - TUESDAY CLUB
At 2pm we’ll be sitting safely in the Becket Centre while Bill guides us through “The History of Whitechapel”. After the adventures of the East End, refreshments for all!

Thursday, 30th April -
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ON LIVING YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH?
Join us at Our Lady of Lourdes Pastoral Centre, Wanstead, 7.30pm—9pm. No charge. Wine and nibbles are provided. Further details Roderick Sime 020 8530 8474.

ADVANCE NOTICE >>>

Saturday, 2nd May - CATHOLIC WORKER MOVEMENT MASS
To celebarate 82 years of the Catholic Worker Movement, Mass will be celebrated at 1pm at Guiseppe Conlon House, 49 Mattison Road, N4 1BG. For more information 020 8348 8212. Copies of The London Catholic Worker are available from the back of the church.

Saturday, 2nd May - CENTENARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
Ecumenical Service of Commemoration at 2pm with guest speakers, Armenian sacred music and Armenian refreshments afterwards at St. Mary’s Church, South Woodford. All welcome.

Sunday, 3rd May -
ABSEIL FOR CAFOD
Why not challenge yourself to abseiling 110ft down the Harlow Water Tower? This annual sponsored event is organised by the Rotary Club of Harlow Tye. You have to be over 16 and there is a £30 participation fee. Places limited. For more details CAFOD Brentwood Office on 020 8502 9722 or email brentwood@cafod.org.uk. Click here>>> for a short video of last year's event!

Sunday, 3rd May - CATHOLIC FELLOWSHIP
Will be celebrating Mass at Chigwell Convent at 3pm followed by refreshments. All welcome.

Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May -
MASS FOR MIGRANTS
The annual Mass in celebration of Migrant workers and the contribution that they make to our country will be held  at 10.30am at St. George’s Cathedral, Lambert Road, Southwark (see notice at the back of church). Please come along to this very vibrant and moving Mass.

Tuesday, 12th May - MARRIAGE, DIVORCE & RE-MARRIAGE?
7.30pm—9.30pm at Brentwood Cathedral Conference Centre. Speaker Dr. Helen Costigane, SJCJ Moral Theologian,Canon Lawyer, a renowned lecturer and author of numerous articles. It is hoped that the evening will dispel some myths and preconceptions about the Church’s approach to this question and look at ways of dealing with one of the most difficult pastoral situations we face today. Cost £5 per person. For booking, please contact the Adult Rel. Education office on 01277 265255 or email are&fm@dioceseofbrentwood.org

Saturday, 13th June - PARISH SUMMER GARDEN FETE
We URGENTLY need volunteers to man the BBQ stall at the fete. Please contact the Parish Office if you can spare ANY time on the day.

Wednesday 17 June - "Speak Up For The Love Of" - CAFOD EVENT
Whether you’re a seasoned campaigner or simply passionate about your faith and our world, join us and The Climate Coalition in London
between 12pm and 5pm and tell your MP about the things you love that you could lose to climate change. Find out more here>>>





Saturday, 27th June - IN TOUCH
The summer issue of the parish magazine will be on sale from today. Articles and letters for publication should reach the editor at the very latest by Friday, 3rd June. The current editor has given notice that this will be the last issue he will edit. Would any person interested in taking over as editor please provide the parish office with their details so that they can be contacted.

Sunday, 26th July - PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES WITH BISHOP ALAN

The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is filling up—book soon! Sunday 26th to Friday, 31st July 2015 from £649 by air with full board for six days, five nights, or from £429 by coach. For a brochure call Cathy O’Connor 01206 501146 or www.brentwoodlourdes.org.

3rd to 11th October - LONDON TO WALSINGHAM WALK
Applications are invited for this traditional walking pilgrimage. No special fitness level is necessary and full guidance will be given. We also need an additional support vehicle, with driver. This is a terrific opportunity to slow the pace of modern life for a few days in company with a group of like-minded Catholic men. Contact Peter Walters (Walk Administrator) 01799 550398 jpw33@live.co.uk.


REDBRIDGE CITIZENS

On Saturday afternoon, 18th April, we held our Social Care Tea Party in the Becket Centre. Many thanks to those who contributed to making the afternoon such a memorable occasion. Along with the dignitaries: Iain Duncan Smith MP, the Deputy Mayor of Redbridge, the Bishop of Barking and councillors from Redbridge we had many of our housebound parishioners most of whom receive care in their own homes. The purpose of the tea-party was to promote the Citizens UK Care Charter, which comprises of four main points:
1. Training: Better training for Care Workers
2. Consistency: Provision of names care workers.
3. Living Wage: Care workers should be paid the Living Wage and for their travel time.
4. Enough time: at least 30 minute care visits.
We asked our MP, Iain Duncan Smith that if he was re-elected to parliament would he “support the aspirations of the Social Care Charter”. Not only did he agree to this, he promised that he would promote the charter with his cabinet colleagues, the Secretaries of State for Health and for Communities and Local Government. A resounding success!


VOLUNTEERING?

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
.


ST THOMAS’ SVP CONFERENCE

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, interest- ing 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


SPORT/FITNESS

BADMINTON CLUB

Come and get fit in 2015. We play Thursday nights between 8pm and 10pm in Trinity School, Mornington Road. For details please ‘phone Liz 07759410304 or turn up on the night.

PILATES
Has now restarted Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the Clare Room (upstairs in the Becket Centre). For more information davidrae56gmail.com
KEEP FIT
Monday in Becket Centre 8pm. Come and work off those Christmas indulgences!


800 YEARS!

The 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?

I
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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