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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.

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.


A huge thank you: first of all to you who worked so hard before the day and on Saturday. Then to all who came, helped, spent and I hope enjoyed the Fete. Alas friars were sparse, and I regret and apologise. The Fete is a wonderful exercise in bonding the parish family. Well done and I look forward to being in the thick of it next year. Quentin

There are a number of unclaimed raffle prizes from the Fete in the Parish Office awaiting collection.

A grateful thanks to parishioners, £683.00 was raised in our May collection.


Please support the Parish Music Festival. We pay tribute to the 70th anniversary of VE and VJ Days in Mr. Churchill’s former constituency.

4th July at 7.45pm. The Aurelian String Orchestra brings the Last Night of the Proms to St. Thomas’. This wonderful professional orchestra will fill our church with glorious sound, including the Hallelujah Choirs & Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ concerto.

11th July at 7.45pm. Redbridge Brass Band has recently performed at the national championships. They will provide a one hour programme of 1940s music to honour Sea Sunday & VJ Day. Both concerts offer a free glass of wine/soft drink.

Tickets available at the parish office or from the box office 0208 505 7900. Please pre-book to assist catering. If you cannot attend either event, will you sponsor us?
£10 sponsors a WW2 guest £1 sponsors their glass of fizz. Profits donated to the Jumbulance Appeal & the Royal British Legion.


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>>>


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>>>


Are looking for two volunteers to help run Brownies in the Becket Centre on Tuesday evenings. One to take over the admin for the unit, the other to help run the weekly sessions. They’re very varied roles, sadly unpaid but fun to do (and will look good on your CV too). We have a really great group of girls; and leader’s children do get automatic entry to the unit too. Please call Julie Traynor on 07860 262065.


We will be holding our annual tea in the Becket Centre on Sunday, 28th June from 3pm to 5pm. We welcome all who have been bereaved to join us for a simple tea and a chat. You are welcome to bring a friend or relative. It would be helpful for us to have numbers for catering so if you would ring Angela on 020 8505 0356 she will send you an invitation with the details.

For more information about the Bereavement Support Groups click here>>>


The parish magazine
IN TOUCH will be on sale at all Masses next weekend. This is the last issue edited by the current editor so it may be worth keeping a copy for posterity. All entries for the autumn issue should be forwarded to the new editor, Alan Mair at editor@myintouch.co.uk.

Tuesday, 23rd June - TU
2.00pm, Becket Centre to enjoy some of Peter’s music. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, 24th June - SOUP RUN
We are up London again next Wed and would be grateful to receive sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, tins, sweets. fruit and clean men’s clothing. The numbers needing help has increased dramatically in recent months and the food supplied has been declining if you have any spare tins, food or toiletries please either drop them into the Parish Office or leave in the Becket Centre between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday night. Thank you for your continued support.

Thursday, 25th June - SUMMER CONCERT

The Salway Singers invite you at 7.30pm to Salway Church, Top of Forest Approach, Woodford Green IG8 9BW. Admission Free.

Saturday, 27th June - VALENTINE SINGERS: 1215 AND ALL THAT
Featuring Gilbert & Sullivan, Trial by Jury, Vaughan Williams, In Windsor Forest at 7.30pm at St. Mary’s Church, South Woodford 207 High Road E18 2PA Tickets £12, £7 students/benefit holders . £14/£9 on the door. Box Office 020 8550 4654.

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.

We will be holding our annual tea in the Becket Centre on Sunday, 28th June from 3pm to 5pm. We welcome all who have been bereaved to join us for a simple tea and a chat. You are welcome to bring a friend or relative. It would be helpful for us to have numbers for catering so if you would ring Angela on 020 8505 0356 she will send you an invitation with the details. For more information about the Bereavement Support Groups click here>>>

Sunday, 28th June - JOURNEY OF FAITH BBQ
To finish this year’s JOF sessions there will be a BBQ/Garden Party at 3pm at 72 Malvern Drive, Woodford Green, IG8 OJP. Anybody associated with the JOF over the past 30 years is welcome. Please spread the word. For catering purposes, please RSVP to leon@racionzer.net with numbers as soon as possible.

Weekend of 4th/5th July - EVER ANCIENT, EVER NEW
Men aged 18-40 with a passion for God and the Church are invited to consider a vocation to the men’s branch of a new religious community. Join us on the  at Abbotswick House of Prayer, Brentwood, for a time of prayer, sharing and reflection. It will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham’s charism and how it may relate to your own faith journey. For further info call 01277373848.

Saturdays, 4th July, 11th July - PARISH MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015
Please reserve the above Saturdays in your diary. We have concerts which are offered in honour of the 70th Anniversary of VE and VJ Day. Please see noticeboard in the church porch for further details.

Saturday, 4th July - BRADWELL PILGRIMAGE

11am—3.30pm. More information can be found at www.bradwellpilgrimage.webs.com


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.

CAFOD has launched a £3m emergency appeal following the earthquake in Nepal. An initial £100,000 has already been committed. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), a coalition of leading aid agencies of which CAFOD is part, has also launched a joint appeal.

Thousands of people in this already impoverished country have been killed and many thousands more are now in urgent need of food, water, shelter and emergency supplies. The UN estimates that 8 million people (a quarter of the population) are affected.

CAFOD is respond
ing with Caritas Nepal and the Church and we have deployed a team to provide specialist support. We are particularly concerned for communities in remote areas that have not yet been reached and need to be ready to act quickly when access becomes possible. 

Support will also be needed for the long term - long after the television cameras have left - to enable communities to rebuild their lives and plan for the future.

Donations can be made online here>>> where you can Gift Aid your donation to increase its value by 25%.


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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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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