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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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FIRE HAZARD
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:       

MINISTER OF HOLY COMMUNION  - As announced last week. The Commission many received at various times in the past will end on 2nd December. Then those who wish to continue their ministry will be re-commissioned at each of the Masses of that weekend. We do hope that you who are active will choose to continue this service to parish and housebound.

We who are privileged to have this ministry meet periodically to reflect prayerfully on the task we have undertaken and to deal with any new needs emerging or problems arising. So I propose to give several opportunities from the middle of Nov. for you to come just on one evening. We will share a half hour of adoration and then engage in general discussion. I shall arrange several opportunities starting on Monday, 13th November and on different week evenings as I know you have busy schedules. But one thing is clear. Only those who attend one of the evening sessions will be eligible to receive a new commission on the first weekend of Advent.

CATECHISTS’ TRAINING DAY - At the Sacred Heart of Mary School, Upminster.
4th November, 10.30am—3.30pm. It will be worth attending. If you would care to take part please inform Gabriella at gabriellafusi@dioceseofbrentwood.org. There is also an online programme leading to the Bishop’s Certificate of Catechist. It involves a series of online exercises demanding they say only 45 minutes per week. This seems a good opportunity.  We are fortunate to have quite a number who realise how vital is the work of catechist. It is more enjoyable with a bit of training to give confidence. Contact Gabriella for more information.

COMMON PRAYERS AND RESPONSES AT MASS - Parts of the Mass are supposed to be a dialogue between the priest and yourselves. But many are unsure of what exact words are now the “correct” ones. So shortly there will be cards available, in a pouch on the radiators and in the middle aisle. Please use them and do replace them at the end of Mass! Also look at your hymn book. Many contain the words of the Mass and the relevant page is given on a label on the cover. At 11.30am Mass we have a new Sanctus, please join in if you are familiar with it.

IMPORTANT DATE  - Parish Annual Service of Remembrance 26th Nov. at 4pm. This date is a change to our normal practice of holding the service on the Sunday nearest to Remembrance Sunday so please share this information with
friends and relatives.


22/10/17

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SUNDAY READINGS

Commentary on 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday 22nd October

First Reading: Isaiah 45: 1, 4-6

Psalm 95. Response: Give the Lord glory and power

Second Reading: I Thessalonians

Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21

We have listened to three weeks now of being strongly lectured to.  This weekend we see the first signs of a counter-movement by Jesus’ opponents; the Pharisees’, a frequent target of Matthew, but they had their good points too.  The incident recalled this weekend is much quoted by politicians, even if they do not attribute it to the Gospel.  As it is highly unlikely that Jesus would want to give politicians a free hand, what does he actually mean by ‘render unto Caesar’?  Is there a total separation between the things of the secular state and the things of the Church?  Put the other way round, does the state recognise the church as a separate and untouchable sphere? No, the church is subject to the law like everyone else, as long as it is a just law.  The point is that everything belongs to God, including Caesar.  If Caesar is not going wrong then his authority is legitimate; but he only possesses this authority by the grace of God.  An example of this is King Cyrus, presented to us in the first reading.  It helps to know that he was the king of Persia and liberated Israel from 50 or 60 years of exile in Babylon in approximately 539 BCE, allowing them to return to Jerusalem.  This was a huge event and so Cyrus was a hero to Israel.  But he was God’s instrument only; it is the Lord who has glory and power, as we sing in the psalm.  The second reading from St. Paul, a world missionary indeed.

Alan Mair (for Journey of Faith)


CAFOD JOINS DEC TO RESPOND TO ROHINGYA CRISIS IN BANGLADESH

9 October 2017
More than 500,000 people are estimated to have fled to Bangladesh, escaping violence in Myanmar. CAFOD's partner, Caritas Bangladesh, is responding to the Rohingya crisis. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) have launched an emergency appeal for those affected.


Donate online to the emergency appeal here>>>


ASSISI LUNCH


A delicious lasagne was enjoyed by parishioners at the monthly Assisi lunch on Friday, 20th - with portions to take home too! Main course was followed by tiramisu for dessert. Lots of raffle prizes, brought in by diners. Everyone went home happy!

Please note the amended dates for the remaining lunches of 2017 - Friday, 17th November and Friday, 1st December (Christmas lunch).


REPOSITORY

Advent will shortly be upon us and Christmas not far away. Take a look in the shop after Mass. We have Advent Candles and Wreath Sets. Advent Calendars and plenty of Christmas Cards. All at very competitive prices. If you need crib figures there is still time to order. Check out the brochure and put details and telephone number in order book.


What is putting pressure on you and the people you care about in Redbridge?
We would like to hear from you on what is putting pressure on you and the people you care about in Redbridge. We are currently heading towards the local government elections in 2018 and building an agenda based on what local people care about. All the issues that people raise will be considered by Redbridge Citizens in TELCO and an agenda will be drafted for an accountability assembly in April 2018.

Please join Soledad and Moya during coffee after 11.30am Mass on this Sunday, 22nd October. to discuss the key local issues.


PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

Click here>>> to get minutes of the PPC September meeting and the AGM held in July.

GIFT AID DONATION STATEMENT FINANCIAL YEAR 2016/17
To save printing costs, envelopes and time we are moving towards a new system of distributing the annual statements. This will be done on a request basis. If you would like to receive a copy of the statement we would prefer to send it to you by email. Please email your request to sue@friar.org and ensure that you also confirm your current postal address. If you do not have access to a computer or email address please put your request in writing, specifying your current postal address and we will post the statement to you. The use of this email address is solely for year end Gift Aid Statement request.

If you do not have access to a computer or email address please put your request in writing, specifying your current postal address and we will post the statement to you.


TROUBLE BREWING

CAFOD dismayed by Sainsbury's move away from Fairtrade.

Follow this link>>> for more information and to join over 100,000 people who have signed the Change.org petition to Sainsbury's. Aim is to get to 150,000 signatures. Or join us after 10am or 11.30am Mass on Sunday in the Becket Centre and sign the petition.

NOT ALL TEA IS CREATED EQUAL - Find out more here>>> However you make your cuppa, make sure it's Fairtrade!

WAITROSE has recently announced a strengthening of its commitment to Fairtrade. All their own brand tea will in future be Fairtrade. More here>>>

We are delighted to announce that for the next six months the WAITROSE branch in Buckhurst Hill has donated the Fairtrade tea and coffee we use after Sunday 10am and 11.30am Masses. This means that all the donations for these refreshments received from parishioners can be shared between CAFOD and local charities.



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.


THE ROSARY MONTH OF OCTOBER
Will be said daily after the 10am weekday Mass commencing on Tuesday, 3rd October.

Tuesday, 24th - TUESDAY CLUB
Music—Gilbert & Sullivan. We’re collecting Menus and Money for Christmas lunch. See you all in the Becket Centre at 2pm.

Wednesday, 25th - SOUP RUN FOR THE HOMELESS
We are up in London again on Wednesday night and would be grateful to receive sandwiches, cakes, fruit, sweets, tins, toiletries and warm mens clothing. Items can be left in the Becket Centre between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday evening or in the Parish Office during opening hours. Thank you for your continued support.

Thursday, 26th  - TAI CHI
Two classes each Thursday morning in Becket Centre - see orange panel adjacent for details.
 
Saturday, 28th - CWL JUMBLE SALE
This annual event will take place in the Becket Centre at 2pm. As usual, we need your support BUT we no longer have any storage facilities. Therefore we can ONLY accept your donations on FRIDAY 27th October in the Becket Centre until 5pm or SATURDAY 28th October in the Becket Centre from 9am onwards. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY JUMBLE - ANYWHERE - BEFORE THESE TIMES


Saturday, 28th - ACROSS JUMBULANCE QUIZ
Becket Centre 7.30pm for 8pm. £5 entrance. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Tables 8-10 or make up a table. To Book ring Sheila 0208 504 3839.


ADVANCE NOTICE . . .

Saturday, 4th November - CATECHISTS’ TRAINING DAY
At the Sacred Heart of Mary School, Upminster. 10.30am—3.30pm. It will be worth attending. If you would care to take part please inform Gabriella at gabriellafusi@dioceseofbrentwood.org. There is also an online programme leading to the Bishop’s Certificate of Catechist. It involves a series of online exercises demanding they say only 45 minutes per week. This seems a good opportunity.  We are fortunate to have quite a number who realise how vital is the work of catechist. It is more enjoyable with a bit of training to give confidence. Contact Gabriella for more information

Saturday, 18th November - INTERNATIONAL EVENING MEAL
7.30—10.30pm. Reserve this date for your diary. A chance to try dishes from all over the world. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Tickets £5 adults, £3 children available after Masses very soon.

Saturday, 25th November - PARISH CHRISTMAS FAYRE
To be held in Trinity Lower Site. Volunteers needed to help organise/man stalls. Those interested in getting involved please come to the Becket Centre on Tuesday,17th October at 8pm or contact Jackie 07952 077546.

Sunday, 26th November - Parish Annual Service of Remembrance
4pm. This date is a change to our normal practice of holding the service on the Sunday nearest to Remembrance Sunday so please share this information with friends and relatives.



PARISH SPONSORED WALK FOR bccs - UPDATE

We are currently estimating that once all sponsorship forms have been returned the total sum raised for Brentwood Catholic Children's Society will be approximately £3,000.

If Gift Aid can be claimed successfully on the sponsorships as indicated this could rise to over £3,600.

Thank you to everyone who sponsored the walkers. A great achievement. And much fun too for those that took part supporting this diocesan charity!!!

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JOIN US FOR TEA & COFFEE AFTER SUNDAY MASS

Pat Bell and helpers welcome parishioners after 10am Mass on 10th September for a cup of Fairtrade tea and coffee supplied by Waitrose Buckhurst Hill.

Come along for a cuppa and a chat.


HELP!

TEA ROTA
We are looking for 2 people to help with teas after 10am Mass on a rota basis. Once in seven weeks for about an hour is not too much of a chore and is a very good way to meet new people especially if you have recently moved into the area. Please contact Pat Bell via the Parish Office.

WELCOMERS (STEWARDS)
We are looking for some fresh faces to join the Stewards’ rota at Sunday 10am Mass. Working in a team of 4 once every six weeks. Duties include welcoming people, handing out service sheets and weekly newsletters, conducting the offertory collect and guiding congregation to Communion. Young families very welcome to join. Please contact David Underwood via the Parish Office.

FABRIC TEAM
Our small team does some basic fixing and mending around the Church and Becket Centre. We need 2 more members to spread the load. If you have reasonable basic DIY skills and experience, and a little time every now and again, email fabricteam16@gmail.com for more information. Please note: for anything we cannot safely do, we bring contractors in.


Every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream.

Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the world we share.

Click here>>> to find out more and sign the WORLD BANK petition and add to the 2,400 signatures - aim is to get 2,500.


 
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>>>


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
here>>>



FRANCISCAN
VOCATION
LITERATURE

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?



VOLUNTEERING?

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

We urgently need more members to help us in our work. For more information please contact Gerry Curran on 07754 100149 or email gerrypcurransvp[at]hotmail.co.uk




T
he 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!

T
he 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?

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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