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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.

29th Sunday C
We are very familiar today with corruption in high places.  Whether we look at politicians, sport, global business, fashion as well as judiciary and police we find examples of self-serving power where there should be care for people.

It provokes an apparently despairing comment from Jesus:  Will he find any faith on earth when he comes back?

Yet Jesus is never despairing or without certain hope.  He emphatically says that God will resolve all the mess into true just treatment for all.  There is however one condition:  We must cry to him day and night no matter how long he delays.

That is crucial in today’s parable.  It is crucial in our Diocese when our lovely bishop tells us we have to be Stewards of the Gospel.
For we in our Catholic Church and life are not free of the confusion we see in our secular leaders. Read more here>>>


PRISONERS’ WEEK - Holy God, Thank you for your gift to us of your son, Jesus. Please help us to put you first in our lives and share what we have with others. We ask you to be with people in prison and help them as they get closer to you. Please be with all those who lose what is special to them and help them to know that you are with them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The retiring collection today [Sunday] is for the Prisons Advice and Care Trust. It is our church’s agency caring for families of prisoners, those coming out of prison and those in prison. We hear much of their plight as financial cuts hinder the ventures working for betterment of their conditions. Today we must pray for all involved in the vast array of suffering resulting from the custodial system. I am this week making some visits to prisons and prisoners as a small token of interest and help. Do be aware of anyone facing the steep hill facing one coming out of detention; and of their families’ needs. They are truly on our doorstep.

JOURNEY OF FAITH - Numbers are small: it makes for a more intimate discussion. Please come if you feel you would like to deepen your knowledge of our faith, and encourage anyone who might be interested. We will meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm for a cup of tea to make a relaxed atmosphere, a short sharing of next Sunday’s gospel and then some input. This week will be about Vatican II.

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS - I think I have attended to most who need a certificate of Catholic practice. If there are any more, I will arrange more opportunities. Evenings seem best.

MINISTERS OF COMMUNION - We are required by the Bishop to re-commission our Parish Ministers of Communion outlining the re-commissioning process together with a re-commission form which are available at the back of the church. If you can, please complete the form today [Sunday] and return it next Sunday or to the Parish Office. If you are a Minister of Communion and haven’t received a letter, please add your name to the list at the back of the church.

GIFT AID - If you donate via Gift Aid your Gift Aid Donation Statement for the Tax Year ended 5th April 2016 is available from the back of the church.

BAPTISM COURSE - The next baptism course is on 2nd, 9th and 16th November. If you need to attend for your first child, please contact the Parish Office for details. There will not be another course before 2017. Baptisms take place
in St. Thomas’ on the first and third Sunday of each month.

CALLING ALL READERS - On Saturday, 19th November between 10.30am and 1.30pm we will be holding a workshop for all readers of the parish, St. Thomas’, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell facilitated by Sue Seward who comes highly recommended. The aim of the session is to provide Readers with coaching on acoustics, voice projection and use of the microphone (amongst other topics) It is over 6 years since we last had any readers’ training and regardless of whether you have been a reader for 4 months or 40 years, please make every effort to attend. Places are limited so please ‘phone the Parish Office to secure your place.

To those who joined us at The Copperbox. We need to order tickets for a very important meeting at The Salvation Army Headquarters in Ilford (179 goes there directly). We are actively working with Redbridge Council to obtain land to build Community Land Trusts (CLTs) to enable our young people to own their first home. Redbridge Council respects numbers so we need a minimum of 20 people to join us on Thursday, 27th October at 19.00. Please ‘phone Angela on 020 8504 2138.

Find out more about Community Land Trusts here>>>


Ian Mawdsley, SVP National Twinnage Officer, wishes to convey his thanks to the Friars and those present at the Becket Centre on Wednesday, 28th September. In a recent letter he wrote: “Please pass on my best wishes to all I met for their kindness and generosity in helping our work in Sudan and South Sudan. The generosity of those attending will help us to continue with the vital work in supporting the poorest people of the world.”

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.


Click here>>> to find out more about the Friary Tennis Club, now including photos of newly laid courts and and recent newsletters.


The Assisi lunch is monthly for those who are elderly, housebound or maybe live alone and would like a wonderful home-cooked two-course meal where guests can sit and chat and make new friends or even catch up with old friends. The cost is £4. Come and join us in the Becket Centre and give it a try! Next lunch is on Friday, 28th October - meal at 1pm.

We are also looking for drivers to assist in bringing guests to the lunch at 12.15pm and taking them home again at approx. 2.30pm. The lunch is only once a month usually the last Friday of the month. If you are available to help when required please call Dolly on 07940 429815 (evenings only).

Find out out more here>>>


The repository has been re-stocked in the children’s section with Mass and prayer books and bible stories. Do pop in and see if what you need for your children is now available and, if not, let us know what could help. Don’t forget there is a free rosary ring for any child who visits during the month of October.

One of the hallmarks of Fairtrade Foundation's new strategy Fairtrade Can, I Can is literally putting the ‘I’ into Fairtrade. In other words, this time it’s personal – in more ways than one.


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, 18th - JOURNEY OF FAITH
Numbers are small: it makes for a more intimate discussion. Please come if you feel you would like to deepen your knowledge of our faith, and encourage anyone who might be interested. We will meet at 7.30pm for a cup of tea to make a relaxed atmosphere, a short sharing of next Sunday’s gospel and then some input. This week will be about Vatican II.

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

Monday, 24th - TELCO: Refugees Welcome
“London will not have forgotten how to treat a stranger” Paddington’s Aunt Lucy.
Join us at Kings Cross Square at 2pm to show that London is ready to welcome the 387 children in the Calais camp eligible to come to the UK.
Hear from refugees, faith and community leaders. Local council leaders and the Mayor have been invited to stand with us. Children (and adults!) invited to dress up as Paddington or create a Paddington banner or mask to wear. We look forward to seeing you there! If you need more information - munizsoledad@yahoo.es


We are up London again and would be grateful to receive, sandwiches, cakes, fruit, sweets, toiletries and clean men’s clothes. Items can be left in the Parish Office during opening hours or in the Becket Centre on Wednesday night between 7-8pm. Thank you for your continued support.


Our annual bereavement service will be at 4pm in St. Thomas’.

Saturday, 26th November - CHRISTMAS FAYRE
Volunteers needed even for one hour before the Fayre to help sort donations, make wreaths, hampers etc. It can be any time that suits you e.g. after dropping children off at school or before picking them up or in the evening. Any help on the day is also welcome. So if you can spare an hour to help please call Jackie on 07952 077546.


The next Jumbulance Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be in April 2017. We have places for anyone wishing to travel as a pilgrim. Please contact the parish office if you or anyone you know would like to travel with us.

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@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>>

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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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