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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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.
FR QUENTIN WRITES:
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - Many commented on the lovely atmosphere of friendship good will and generous sharing of time that was evident at the Bazaar. I thank you all: for coming and spending, for generously supplying goods for the stalls, but principally my appreciation goes to the organisers. For some it has been a matter of days and evenings spent over several weeks, then of lifting the gifts contributed as well as the huge effort of Saturday. The parish and several other charities benefited to some £3,600. That is fantastic. More important still though is the social sharing of the whole project and afternoon. Besides the praying teaching and caring we do need to share some fun together. A parish is a family and families need to spend time enjoying company. I encourage those of you who came to give your personal and financial support to think of joining in the organisation next year. That part is really much more enjoyable.
MINISTERS OF COMMUNION - Last Sunday I commissioned a number of Ministers for one year. That gives time to become clearer about who is a Minister and who not. Several dozen have not yet indicated whether they still wish to serve. And as yet I have not received any communication of a housebound person who would like to receive communion at home. Please do think if you know of any such.
CERTIFICATE OF CATHOLIC PRACTICE - I will be available to sign certificates of catholic practice for parents wishing to find a place for their child in St Antony’s school next year. Come to the William Scott Room upstairs in the Becket Centre between 7pm and 8pm on Tuesday evening, 6th December.
CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES AT ST. THOMAS’ - Calling all Readers, Ministers of Communion, Ushers & Sacristans. If you will be attending any of the three Masses (5pm, 7pm and Midnight: 10.15pm) at St. Thomas’ on Christmas Eve, please indicate your availability by adding your name to the lists located on the table at the back of the church. Please note, as Christmas day falls on a Sunday this year, Christmas Day Masses will be covered by the normal Sunday rotas.
PARISH ADVENT 2016 CALENDAR - Download the parish Advent 2016 calendar here>>>
CHRISTMAS FAYRE 2016
And a jolly good time was had by all!
YEAR OF MERCYAs the Year of Mercy comes to a close parishioners at the parish Christmas Fayre on Saturday were invited to send a message of hope to refugees. Below is a selection of the messages.
If you would like to write a message of hope you can do so online here>>>
Find out more about the Lampedusa Cross here>>>
Nine of our parishioners represented St. Thomas’ at The Delegates’ Assembly last Thursday at the Muslim Centre in Whitechapel.250 people of all races, religions, ages, sexes and schools joined together to recognise our achievements (among which were the Living Wage, safety for some Refugees and Housing (including CLTs). Also to follow up the promise of 100 CLTs on The Olympic Park and renew our promise to work together for The Common Good. We marked the beginning of our new campaign on Health and energy. Bernadette, Claire and Gloria took active roles.
If there are any parishioners who would like to join us on the Committee we would welcome you with open arms. We welcomed two new members who joined us for the Assembly. “That we all may be one…” Is what comes to mind when we come together to “fight” for just causes.
you or someone you know affected by dementia? The Alzheimer’s Society’s
Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change
people’s perceptions of dementia. Dementia Friends is about learning
more about dementia and the small ways you can help. The parish is
running a free “Dementia Friends” Information Session on Tuesday, 6th December at 7.30pm in the
Becket Centre, open to anyone interested in finding out more about this
initiative. Numbers are limited; further sessions can be arranged in the
New Year. Please contact the parish office if you wish to attend.
World Gifts are CAFOD's charity gift range of virtual and ethical
presents that will delight the people you give them to and help
transform the lives of poor communities and families in developing
countries. See examples below from the range available:
Click here>>> to see how WORLD GIFTS work.
Please take a Christmas booklet for CAFOD World Gifts as you leave Mass today - alternatively, order your gift online here>>>
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY . . .
TEA AND COFFEE AFTER SUNDAY MASS
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.
INTERACTIVE ADVENT CALENDAR
Click here>>> to go to the CAFOD Advent 2016 Calendar. The interactive Advent calendar has a reflection and prayer for every day.
Sunday, 4th - ECUMENICAL ADVENT CAROL SERVICE
At St. Thomas’ at 4.30pm with the choirs of All Saints, St. Thomas’ and St. Antony’s School. Light refreshments to follow in the Becket Centre (donations of mince pies gratefully received). All are most welcome.
Monday, 5th - SACRED HEART COMPANIONS
Will have their monthly meeting at 2pm in Chigwell Convent. All new members are welcome.
Monday, 5th - HOLY FAMILY LAY ASSOCIATES
Meeting 7.30pm at Maureen’s house.
Tuesday, 6th - MOTHER’S PRAYER GROUP
Francis Room after the 10am Mass.
Tuesday, 6th - TRINITY SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING
Road Site from 5pm. Advice on Higher Education will also be available.
The Headmaster and Director of Sixth Form will speak to all students and
parents about the application process in the Ratcliffe Hall at 7pm.
Tuesday, 6th - DEMENTIA AWARENESS
Are you or someone you know affected by dementia? The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. The parish is running a free “Dementia Friends” Information Session at 7.30pm in the Becket Centre, open to anyone interested in finding out more about this initiative. Numbers are limited; further sessions can be arranged in the New Year. Please contact the parish office if you wish to attend.Wednesday 7th - CWL
December Social at 8pm in the William Scott Room.
Thursday, 8th - SALWAY SINGERS
Present The Christmas
Story in words and music at Salway Church, top of Forest Approach,
Woodford Green at 7.30pm, also Saturday, 10th Dec. at 3pm. Free admission—retiring collection for named charities.
Wednesday, 14th - SOUP RUN FOR THE HOMELESS
final Soup Run for the year where we would like to be able to give all
the people who need our help a Christmas selection pack. Packs can be
left in the parish office or in the Becket Centre on the night of the
14th. Thank you for your continued support.
Thursday, 15th - PRAYER/SCRIPTURE SHARING GROUP
Held in the Becket Centre at 7.30pm led by Sr. Sandra. You are welcome to come to any of these sessions.
ADVANCE NOTICE . . .
APRIL 2017 - ACROSS PILGRIMAGE 2017
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.
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>>>
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
Find out more about CWL in our parish here>>>
NOTICED THE NEW BANNER IN CHURCH?
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
ST THOMAS’ SVP CONFERENCE
urgently need more members to help us in our work. For more information
please contact Gerry Curran on 07754 100149 or email
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/
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.
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?
If 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.
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
St James URC BuckhurstHill
Sunday: 9am (Children's Liturgy)
Sunday: 10am (Children's Liturgy)
Weekdays: 6.50am (Morning Prayer), 9.30am
First Wednesday of month no morning Mass
Confession: Saturday, after 10am Mass