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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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Eleven votive lights were found alight in church and perched dangerously last Sunday.
We do ask that you only leave candles in the stands provided at the altars. Grateful thanks.


Minutes of June meeting of the Parish
Pastoral Council are now available here>>>

  Meet farmers Atram Padma Bai and her husband Atram Rajeshwar, from Telangana in India. Before Fairtrade they had real financial worries, weren’t making enough from their cotton and couldn’t afford to send their children to school. They relied on unscrupulous money lenders for loans to keep their farm going.

Since becoming Fairtrade and organic certified they are no longer financially vulnerable, as Padma Bai explains: "We are now not answerable to anyone... we don’t have the tension of going to money lenders."

The couple can now send their children to school and save for the future, particularly important if unpredictable rains affect how much cotton they can grow. Choosing Fairtrade cotton means knowing farmers like Padma Bai and Rajeshwar get a fair deal. Find out more here>>>


We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Kathy Wilson for the resounding and heart-warming success of this venture. Over many months she planned and provided meticulously for the two concerts. Then coaxed and cajoled with charm the many musicians, providers and helpers for both evenings. You enjoyed the glorious music, well-chosen, delicately dedicated and executed to a very high standard. Thank you Kathy for the concerts and for all your contribution to St. Thomas’ high quality of music.


The Aurelian Ensemble and St Thomas of Canterbury Church Choir entertained a large audience of pariishioners at St Thomas' on Saturday, 4th July as part of the parish music festival and in honour of the 70th Anniversary of the VE & VJ days.

A full and varied programme of popular classics included The Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell), Serenade for Strings (Elgar), Spring from the Four Seasons (Vivaldi), Brandenburg Concerto (Bach) and included audience participation in The Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah (Handel). Following the interval the programme continued with a rousing "Last Night of the Proms" performance.



Grateful thanks to all parishioners who contributed to CAFOD’s recent appeal. £1,883.34 was received.

Award-winning actress and CAFOD supporter Jo Joyner is now backing the appeal which has so fair raised £3.3million thanks to generous donations from supporters across England and Wales. Jo travelled to Nepal with CAFOD to meet earthquake survivors. Read about it here>>> - Tune in to ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Tuesday 21 July, 6am – 8:30am, to see Jo talk about her experiences in Nepal.


Application forms are now at the back of church. Please complete one and return it if you live in our parish and have a child who will be in Year 3 in the next school year, ie from September 2015. The closing date for applications is Friday 11th September 2015. No applications will be accepted after this date.


On Friday, 11th September the House of Commons will debate and vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide. This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk. Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate and vote against the Bill. You can send an email to your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide or send a letter by post, a draft of which can be found at the back of the church.

Bishop Alan Williams sm.


How will the universal Church respond to the resounding act of papal leadership, which touches life at every level, from the turning off light switches and recycling paper, to major decisions regarding international investment, lobbying politicians and deciding how to vote?

“Local and national Churches will need to look to their lifestyles, bishops to their conference agendas, priests to their weekly preaching, schools to their textbooks, families to how they spend and what they enjoy”.
The Tablet, 20th June 2015

Protect and care for each other and the earth
Join Catholics worldwide to ensure that the message in Pope Francis' Laudato Si' encyclical reaches world leaders
Sign the petition>>>

"Our common home’: a challenge and an opportunity"

Linda Jones, Head of the CAFOD Theology Programme. shares her initial response to the Pope Francis’ encyclical. Read it here>>>


Some hopeful signs emerged from a high powered conference in Rome last week. I summarise some of the aspirations:

  1. The work in hand is neither to preserve the status quo at all costs, nor to move to acceptance of the easy solutions of contemporary society.
  2. God is speaking: we need to hear and then articulate the language he is using.
  3. The way forward comes from a life of prayer and the exercise of family and marital values in daily living. From absorbing the underlying sense of scripture and traditional documents, rather than isolated texts.
  4. At grass-root level we need to seek how to exercise compassion eg when a marriage breaks down to care for those damaged rather than wait to impose sanctions when a new relationship begins to germinate. Also the issues of diversity of sexual orientations.
I think this gives us something to be digesting and then to share among ourselves. How shall we go about it?


Click here>>> to go to the page on this website containing the parish Synod discussions and response document.


Some of our young people in the parish are travelling to Lourdes on 25th July. If you would like them to bring a Prayer Intention on your behalf then please place this in an envelope marked “LOURDES 2015” and leave it at the Parish Office on Monday, 20th July, and they will ensure that your petition makes its way safely to The Grotto.


Grateful thanks from the Jumbulance Team for the very generous contributions over the two concerts. The total amount raised was £975.21.

The response to the FMU Appeal by Fr. Thomas has been very generous. At the moment the total stands at £5,798. Thank you to everyone who has contributed. For those who missed the appeal and would like to make an offering, mission enve- lopes are available at the back of the church.


Our grateful thanks to Lucy and Bernie who have organised and served the repository for a number of years. Unfortunately, they are no longer able to continue. We are urgently asking for any volunteers who would like to take over the organising and buying of stock commencing end of August. Please contact the parish office if you are able to help.


There are two good courts and a clubhouse, idyllically situated in the friary gardens. If you would like to play tennis there, do contact, Bernard Hunter on 07968 173110 for details. We charge a small subscription fee to cover maintenance and other costs. Membership is open to anybody. More information about FTC here>>>


After 21 years, CAFOD Brentwood has moved from Chigwell Convent as the community requires the space.

On Wednesday, 24 June a Leaving Mass was held for supporters and volunteers to thank the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary for their hospitality and support over the previous 21 years. Thank you to Frs Tony and Matthew for leading the service.

Follow this link>>> to the CAFOD Brentwood Blog for further report.

The latest (and possibly last in it’s present format) CAFOD Brentwood newsletter is now available here>>>


We are up London on Wednesday night for the last soup run until September. We would be grateful to receive sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, sweets, fruit toiletries, clean men’s clothes and shoes. Items can be left in the Parish Office between 9.30am and 1.30pm or in the Becket Centre between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday night. The numbers needing help has increased dramatically this year and we are very grateful for your continued support.


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.


The sponsored walk for BCCS (Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society) took place on Saturday, 6th June.
Fine weather greeted the 37 people (aged from 5 to 65 (!)) from St Thomas' and St Edmund's, Loughton who left the Becket Centre at 11am for the circular walk of approx 9.4miles through Epping Forest - according to one walker's iPhone 19000+ steps! Once again, thank you to Franca and CWL for providing the walkers with some fine refreshments on their return to the Becket Centre at 3.30pm.

The walkers at Grimston's Oak, nr Connaught Water. More photos here>>>

If you would like to sponsor the walk, please contact David Underwood on 07905 741033 or leave your contribution in an envelope at the Parish Office.

Find out about the work of BCCS here>>>


The latest issue of “The Troubadour” is available here>>>.

The Troubadour appears two or three times a year. 
It is described as: "A Missionary Magazine at the service of  (a) Franciscan Missionaries working throughout the world but especially in disaster areas, and (b) The Franciscan Missionary Union."

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.


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, 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



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.

Has now restarted Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the Clare Room (upstairs in the Becket Centre). For more information davidrae56gmail.com
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.


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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