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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.


At 3pm today we honour the members of our parish who are doing the most difficult of our tasks: quietly bearing the Cross with Jesus. For many it is a lonely task as through long days and weary nights they carry burdens of pain in body mind and spirit. I am grateful to you who bring them to a brief mass this afternoon during which they will receive the sacrament of the sick. Then tea and chat in Becket Centre.

. . . is the question many have asked about last weekend’s day of Adoration. Only God can answer. Individually very many know the quiet extended period just sitting with Jesus has done something profound to us. I think somewhat fewer came this year, but still the number was substantial. Well done, and thank you. I am profoundly impressed by the obvious deep prayer of so many. No fuss, no pretence. Just sitting with Jesus. We must do it again. And a hint: Any time day or night spent in this way is precious. But the small hours of the morning are even richer. Remember that for next time.

You may be interested in a day of conversation at
CAFOD HQ, Romero House, SE1 on Saturday, 7th October from 10.30am to 4.00pm. Pope Francis insists he wants to listen to what we are saying. He is particularly interested in young adults. The day will bring together young people who take their faith seriously and want to change the church. Many of them are discontent with the church and us clergy. This an opportunity to talk. Please tell me if you could be interested.


A document proposing how our Diocese should be renewed and restructured was made public at the beginning of August. A good time to hide it you might think. But this document has very serious implications for the future of our church. Please read it and let me know if you are interested to engage in a serious discussion of its premises and proposals. To get it from the Brentwood Diocese Website
click here>>>

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time  - 24th September 2017

Isaiah 55:6-933:7-9
Psalm 144, Response: The Lord is close to all who call him.

Philippians 1:20-24, 27 13:8-10 Matthew 20:1-6

The Gospel of the late coming labourers in the vineyard is one among many teachings of Jesus that we agree with in theory but don’t think of its implications or its applications to any situation that involves us.  But it is something intensely human to think of our own status, position, and privileges with regard to others, and it requires a great effort to imagine there is a world in which we are not the centre.  Our natural instinct is to be suspicious of outsiders – from foreigners ‘swamping’ the doctor’s surgery right down to people who move into our parish from another one – especially in these times of amalgamation of parishes, (bear in mind the re-organisation of our own diocese). There are questions of justice in some of these situations, but there are some human needs which have to be fulfilled regardless of the perceived merit of the one receiving it.  Entry to the kingdom is one of those, and the Lord gives a hearing to all who call on him.  In the first reading there is another category of people perceived as unworthy: the evil and the wicked, who will be forgiven if they turn their back on the Lord.  Tabloid newspapers (and their readers) would not do it; but then the Lord’s thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways.  The Psalm echoes sentiments similar to those of last week, particularly the first two lines of the second verse. (Listen carefully for it).

Alan Mair
For Journey of Faith


"The important thing is not to walk alone, but to rely on each other as brothers and sisters, especially under the leadership of the bishops, in a wise and realistic pastoral discernment."
From Bishop Alan
"As I write this foreword I have just returned from the diocesan pilgrimages to Walsingham and Lourdes. At Walsingham, together with over 3,000 pilgrims, I entrusted the future of the diocese to the care of Mary the Mother of Jesus.

On the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes earlier this year, I wrote of the need to respond to the needs of a quickly changing world – our parishes, schools and all our communities will need to face this challenge. Last week, in our biggest ever pilgrimage to Lourdes, I glimpsed an image of the Church as it could be – young and old united together in prayer, charity and joy.

The Stewards of the Gospel initiative has already borne much fruit in many of our parishes. There have already been many conversations and wide consultation. I am grateful for the continued energy and faith of our Stewards and their helpers.

In my Pastoral Letter earlier this year I wrote that it is clear to me that we now need to make important choices for our own diocese. Pope Saint John Paul II almost 30 years ago urged dioceses to embrace “Collaboration, dialogue, discernment... and consultation of the lay faithful, women and men.”

Pope Francis takes up this challenge and points to a way forward, “A proposal of goals without an adequate communal search for the means of achieving them will prove illusory... The important thing is not to walk alone, but to rely on each other as brothers and sisters, especially under the leadership of the bishops, in a wise and realistic pastoral discernment."

Click here>>> to download in pdf format the Diocese Renewal and Restructuring document.

Steward of the Gospel Initiative

Changes to St Thomas?  Have your say now on the
Latest Proposals>>>

William Yeung
Steward of the Gospel
St Thomas of Canterbury Parish


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

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.


A Mass for the Sick, Housebound and those living in Care Homes will be celebrated on Sunday, 24th September at 3pm here at St. Thomas’; followed by light refreshments. During the Mass, the Sacrament of the Sick will be available for those wishing to receive it. We are keen to invite as many of our sick and housebound parishioners to this Mass, so please take a flyer giving details of the Mass (available at the back of the church) and invite any neighbours your know who might like to come along.

Ministers of Communion who take Holy Communion to the sick: please ensure that you invite those to whom you Minister. Anyone wishing to attend the Mass and requiring transport, please call the Parish Office 020 8504 12686.


This coming Friday, 29th September. 12.30pm - 2.30pm, Becket Centre. Cost is £4.00. Transport can be provided. Contact Parish Office for more details.


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!!!


CAFOD dismayed by Sainsbury's move away from Fairtrade.

Follow this link>>> for more information and to join 95,000 people who have signed the Change.org petition to Sainsbury's. Aim is to get to 150,000 signatures.

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.


St. Thomas’ TELCO Team are working with a team of other faith organisations in Redbridge on a community sponsorship project. This is a government scheme whereby local communities are involved in the welcoming and resettlement of a vulnerable refugee family fleeing war. The group is looking to recruit befrienders for the family and would welcome applications from parishioners who would be willing to dedicate some regular time over a period of one year to help support the family through this transition. Please contact gemmabourdillon3@hotmail.com for more information.


Come and see ZOOTROPOLIS on Friday 29th September at 6pm in the Friary Gardens. There will be a BBQ and licensed bar. Tickets for cinema will be £6 on the door (under 3 free). Advance bargain tickets can be purchased £8 per person for cinema, BBQ and soft drink or family ticket for 4 people for £30 to include cinema, BBQ and 4 soft drinks. All welcome. Please bring your own blankets. Popcorn and ice cream will also be available, alternative arrangements have been made in case of rain!!

Advance tickets must be paid to the Parish Office by Tuesday, 26th September. Please leave your name and tickets will be ready for your collection on the door. St. Thomas TELCO Group with our community sponsorship partners are raising money for the community sponsorship programme working towards bringing a Syrian family to Redbridge. Please come and support us. Email gemmabourdillon3@hotmail for more details.

If you would like to know more about the event/community sponsorship/St Thomas Telco Team please email Gemma at gemmabourdillon3@hotmail.com


Pat Bell (above, far right) and helpers welcome parishioners
for a cup of Fairtrade tea and coffee after 10am Mass on 10th September.


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.

On sale after all Masses this weekend. Price £2

Saturday, 23rd and Sunday 24th - HARVEST FESTIVAL WEEKEND
At St. James URC, Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill. A Barn Dance will be held there on Saturday, 23rd September from 7-10pm with live music by the Let’s Dance Band and caller Jane Pfaff. In the interval, enjoy a buffet of locally grown fruit and vegetables. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children. Please contact Margaret or Peter Minoletti on 020 8505 3883 or margaretminoletti[at]gmail.com. All ages welcome!

Sunday, 24th - Mass for the Sick & Housebound (including those living in Care Homes)
With anointing of the sick will be held at St. Thomas’ at 3pm; followed by tea and coffee. See panel above.

Tuesday, 26th - TUESDAY CLUB
“Curiosities” Jenifer Plummer in the Becket Centre at 2pm and refreshments.

Wednesday, 27th - SOUP RUN
Donations of warm men’s clothing, trainers, toiletries, sandwiches, cakes, fruit gratefully received. Please bring to the parish office on Wednesday morning or the Becket Centre at 7pm.

Wednesday, 27th - JOURNEY OF FAITH
Please contact alan_mair@yahoo.co.uk

Meeting of the Group in the William Scott Room upstairs in the Becket Centre at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

Friday, 29th - ASSISI LUNCH
12.30pm, Becket Centre. See panel above for details.

Come and see ZOOTROPOLIS at 6pm in the Friary Gardens. See panel above.


Will be said daily after the 10am weekday Mass commencing on Tuesday, 3rd

Thursday, 5th & Friday 6th October - CERTIFICATE OF PRACTICE
Fr. Quentin will be signing forms 8.30am—9.30am in the parlour & Friday, 6th Oct. 7pm—8pm in the Assisi Room (upstairs in the BC).

Saturday, 18th November - CALLING ALL COOKS!!
We are organising an international social evening on in the Becket Centre. We are looking for lots of cooks who can prepare some international dishes for us all to share. Please contact Sue susimusi@hotmail.co.uk by Monday. 25th September.


Holy Communion preparation will begin before the end of September. This year we are loosing some of our most experienced and hardworking volunteers, so we are looking for people to help with this year's programme. This involves 10 Saturday mornings, in term-time, helping with adminstration, preparation and organisation.

The programme runs to April 2018. We have two groups on alternate Saturdays. Ideally we need four volunteers - two per group, to help the programme continue and the children have the best instruction we can provide.

If you think you can help, please call Jackie Reilly on 07952 077546.


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.

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 Offic

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.

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



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[at]hotmail.co.uk

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!

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.


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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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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