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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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SCAFFOLDING AT ST THOMAS' CHURCH MAIN ENTRANCE
Please take caution when walking by the scaffolding outside the church. We are doing our best to ensure that there is no escaping debris. We advise people to use the side entrance to the church rather than the main door.



LENT

LENTEN EXERCISE

POPE FRANCIS’ REQUEST
Pope Francis wants to hear the experiences of the whole church on contemporary family and marriage.

A number came and listened to Quentin’s attempt to set out what Pope Francis is asking of us. It became clear that there is little confidence in the process of the Synod. There is much in “the church” that is unsatisfactory. No clarity emerged about where we should go next. Perhaps the failure was that it proved to be yet another clerical talk. What was intended was a sharing of your thoughts, feelings, wishes, seeing the making of family and marriage from your angle. So can we start again next Wednesday? This time we will listen to you. Perhaps a SWOT analysis: Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats. From your lived experience what is wrong with church teaching and its presentation; what could be, should be, changed? The Pope said he wants to hear what people really think: they should speak out without fear.
Do come along Wednesday 7.30pm in the Becket Centre.

POST IT!
A suggestion at the end of our first session on the Family and Marriage was to write down two areas/questions of interest and bring them along next week to organize the Group Sharing over the next few weeks. So do a “Post It” memo with two questions. If you are unable to come—send in your suggestions to the parish office so we can collate areas of interest. Hopefully then, we will feed the results of our discussions back through the parish and its various groups.

Come join the debate!!

Fr. Michael

WEEKDAY MASSES DURING LENT
St. Thomas’ 10am, Morning Prayer 9.45am
Chigwell Convent 9.30am Monday—Friday, 10am Saturday

Trinity School (Lower Site) 8.30am Monday—Friday
Parents and children of St. Antony’s School are most welcome to join the Mass in the Chapel of the Divine Child.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Fridays of Lent
After 10am Mass and at 8pm in the church.

LENTEN LUNCHES
Tuesdays in Lent, 12.15pm—1.30pm in the Becket Centre. 
There was an excellent response to the first of our lunches, which raised £220. If you haven’t tried our delicious home-made soups, French bread and butter why not join us this coming week—it’s only £3 and your money would help to feed vulnerable children. Proceeds to Mary’s Meals. Learn about Mary's Meals here>>>

LENTEN FLYERS
Please take a flyer as you leave the church giving you details of services and Masses during the Lenten period.




Rebuilding your life after a devastating storm can seem an impossible task. But it was what Kyin Nu and her husband had to do after a cyclone ripped through their community. They lost their business, the food they had worked so hard to produce and worst of all, two of their daughters were killed.

Cyclone Nargis was the strongest cyclone ever to hit Myanmar (formerly named Burma). Over 150,000 people died, and 2.4 million were affected. Half of Kyin Nu’s village were killed. As with many storms, the poorest people suffered the most. It has been a long, hard struggle for Kyin Nu, but your donations to CAFOD have made a real difference to the community. By planting trees, providing animals and paying people to rebuild roads and protective embankments, we have helped Kyin Nu and the rest of her community get back on their feet.


*Matched funding from the government is valid for donations to the CAFOD Lent Appeal up to a total of £5 million, and for donations received between 18 February and 17 May 2015.

Click here>>> for our Lenten calendar to guide you through the daily Scriptures of Lent and inspire you to give, act and pray for the world’s poorest people.


Over the past 20 years Fairtrade has paved the way for fairer and more ethical trading. 70% of the world’s food is produced by 500 million smallholder farmers yet many of them remain trapped in chronic poverty whilst shoppers enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Fairtrade ensures producers receive a fairer price for their work, as well as an additional premium used by the farmers to invest in their communities. You can help — buy Fairtrade products when you see them, or ask your trader to stock Fairtrade where you don’t see them!

Learn more at the Fairtrade Foundation here>>>



THANKS

ST THOMAS ‘SVP
Thank everyone for their very generous donations to the collection last weekend, over £750 was raised.

SOUP RUN FOR THE HOMELESS AND NEEDY
We would like to say a big thank you to the SVP for their generous donations towards the cost of sleeping bags. The next Soup Run is on Wednesday, 11th March.

JUMBLE SALE
The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary wish to extend a very sincere thank you to all who very generously contributed their time, talent and treasure to make last weekend’s fundraiser Jumble Sale such a huge success. The proceeds, which were in excess of £1,300 will be used in our feeding programmes in Zambia, the Philippines, Uganda and El Salvador. Holy Mass has been offered for the intentions of all who helped out in the project.




DATES FOR YOUR DIARY . . .

Monday, 2nd March - SACRED HEART COMPANIONS
2pm at Chigwell Convent.

Monday, 2nd March -
HOLY FAMILY
Lay Associates’ Meeting at 7.30pm at Maureen’s house.

Tuesday, 3rd March - MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP
After 10am Mass.

Wednesday, 4th March - CWL AGM
8pm, William Scott room.

Friday, 6th March - WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Praying for the Bahamas. Services at 2.15pm Holy Trinity Church, Hermon Hill E18 1QQ and 6pm Hunter Court Lounge, Homesdale Close, New Wanstead E11 2TL

Saturday, 7th March - JOURNEY OF FAITH RETREAT
Led by Fr. Quentin Jackson O.F.M. at Chigwell Convent. Anybody is welcome to attend the day beginning with coffee and registration at 11am. Some may wish to go to the 10am Mass. Fuller details will be given nearer the time, but if you wish to register your interest please contact Debbie Smythe debbie.smythe@btopenworld.com or 8989 6718.

Saturday, 7th March - WANSTEAD & WOODFORD CATHOLIC FELLOWSHIP QUIZ
Trinity Upper Site 7.30pm for an 8pm prompt start. Tables of 8—these can be made up or bought as a complete unit. £10 entrance includes ploughman’s supper. Bring your own drinks and glasses! Tickets from Ann Kyndt 020 8989032

Wednesday, 11th March - SOUP RUN FOR THE HOMELESS AND NEEDY

Wednesday, 18th March - ST. JOHN’S R.C. SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL

Are hosting a 6th Form and College open Morning 10am— 12pm. Please come along to hear our plans for our sixth form, and new post-19 college in Woodford Bridge. Please ‘phone to confirm your attendance on 020 8504 1818 or email office@stjohnsrcschool.co.uk.


Saturday, 28th March - QUIZ NIGHT
7.30pm at Trinity School. Fundraiser for Young People of the parish on Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Please contact Mrs Lanchester on 0208 504 8946 for tickets.

Tuesday, 31st March - IN CONVERSATION WITH FR. CHRISTOPHER JAMISON (Tues of Holy Week) 7.30pm—10.00pm, Church Hall, St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 79 Barking Road, Canning Town E16 4HB Open to everyone aged 17-35 especially those discerning a vocation to Priesthood and the Religious life. For more details please see poster at back of church. Flyers are available from the back of the church.

Thursday, 9th April -
ACROSS TRIP TO LOURDES
If you know of anyone sick, disabled and terminally ill who would benefit from the pilgrimage to Lourdes, please take an application form from the back of the church.

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.


VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED

ST THOMAS’ SVP CONFERENCE
We are urgently in need of new members to help us in our work. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Gerry Curran on 07754 100149 or gerrypcurransvp@hotmail.co.uk.

THE REPOSITORY . . .
. . .
urgently needs volunteers for the 6pm Mass and Sunday after 8.30am, 10.00am and 11.30am Mass. Please leave your details with the Parish Office if you are interested in joining a rota. If you no longer are a volunteer for the Repository, please return the keys to the Parish Office. Christmas cards, 2015 Church Calendars, Advent Calendars and Advent candles are now available from the Repository.

10am MASS - STEWARDS ROTA 
We are looking for some fresh faces to join the Stewards' rota at 10am Mass. Working in a team of four once every six weeks, duties include welcoming people into church, handing out service sheets and weekly newsletters, conducting the Offertory (collection) and guiding the congregation to Communion in an orderly manner. We are particularly keen to involve young families. To find out how you can help and join this important Ministry, contact David on 07905 741033.




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!


FRANCISCAN MISSIONS

Please take a copy of The Troubadour and a 2015 mission calendar as you leave church. In the year just ended the parish sent £10,124 to the FMU office in Glasgow for the Franciscan Missions. Half of that total came from the annual appeal, a quarter from the mission boxes (some available from the back of the church) and £1,330 from the Gift Aid tax reclaim. Thank you to all who have supported us during the year.



ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA

Have you every prayed to St. Anthony? If after Fr. Austin’s words on St. Anthony in the last newsletter you feel compelled to make a donation to St. Anthony’s Bread as a gesture of thanks, you will find a coin slot on the back wall of the church marked S.A.B. Our church collects this money throughout the year and then divides it among five or six worthy causes at Christmas.


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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