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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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Pope Francis wants to hear the experience of the whole church on contemporary family and marriage. That includes us. So we are exploring whether you would be interested in a series of meetings through Lent to share our experiences and make our contribution to next October’s Synod of Bishops on Family and Marriage.

The broad agenda has come out of last October’s session of the Bishops in Rome. It includes such topics as the situation of divorced and re-married Catholics, who should have access to the sacraments, what of those co-habiting, the understanding of sexuality in all its contemporary expressions, parenthood etc.

We do not intend a series of lectures rather a forum for sharing. Some input will be offered—to clarify the nature of the exercise and stimulate sharing of experiences. Would you come to take part? Details of the gatherings will be put in the newsletter shortly


15/01/15 - THANK YOU
"Thursday evening last
[15th January] was a truly memorable experience. So many of you braved the cold to come and be with us – never has the Becket Centre seemed so full. Every aspect of the parish was here – the young, the not-so-young and the superannuated all coming from every part of the parish and beyond.

The evening began with Jeremy – Parish Council Chair – announcing a surprise presentation from the children and staff of St Antony’s – with cards made by the children and with wonderful ingenuity personalised for the three of us. Dr Doherty spoke very kindly on behalf of Trinity School and indeed on behalf of the parish.

All three of us had our thank-yous to make; first and above all for the sense of really belonging we have all enjoyed through your friendship, joys and indeed sorrows too. We were reminded by the young – and others – you baptised me, your married us, you shared our grief in our bereavement. We too have our gratitude here through you inviting us to be with you on all these occasions.

As Michael pointed out – there is something here that is not normally elsewhere – a sensitivity which means not waiting to be asked to help but proactively anticipating needs and volunteering. Michael, your new parish priest, is inheriting this reassuring gift – with a wonderful Parish Office Staff, and volunteers for every aspect of parish life – too numerous to mention; though I can give examples from the teams for the Garden Fete and Christmas Bazaar – and for outreach beyond parish boundaries with the Soup-run teams and Telco...

We leave with that affectionate feeling of being missed – to be missed is to be loved, and that was abundantly present – many, many thanks.

Words that came to mind as saying something about this wonderful experience, are those of Yeats [Cloths of Heaven] ... Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths // Enwrought with gold and silver light // the blue and the dim and the dark cloths // of night and light and half-light // I would spread the cloths under your feet - but I being poor, have only my dreams // I have spread my dreams under your feet // tread softly, for you walk upon my dreams."

Brian, Michael and Austin

23/01/15 - FAREWELL
Frs. Brian and Michael Copps have now left the parish to take up their new posts. We pray that with the help of our Lord’s Grace, they will be guided through the new challenges that lay ahead of them in their new parishes. We shall miss them tremendously.


SVP would like to thank everyone for their generous donations last weekend, over £780 was raised.


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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.

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


Will have their monthly meeting at 2pm in Chigwell Convent. All new members are welcome.

Meeting at the Convent on at 7.30pm to join with the Sisters in memory of the occasion of 3rd February 1822.

Tuesday, 3rd - TELCO
Our next monthly meeting at 8pm upstairs in the Becket Centre. All welcome.

Wednesday, 4th - CWL
February meeting at 8pm in the Williams Scott Room

Thursday, 5th - 1ST HOLY COMMUNION
The second parents’ talk will be at 8pm in the Becket Centre. The theme of the talk is “Reconciliaton” and will be given by Dr. Paul Doherty, Trinity Headmaster. These talks are an integral part of the 1st Communion Programme and we ask that all parents make every effort to attend.

Becket Centre at 7.30pm in aid of Scout Japan Jamboree Fundraising 2015. Tickets, contact Kathleen Mahoney 07958 645746.

Saturday, 7th - QUIZ NIGHT
Buckhurst Hill Money Advice Service (BHMAS) is a free personal advice service for people with financial difficulties run by volunteers from various church groups located in the area. We are organising a quiz night at the Baptist Church in Buckhurst Hill to meet annual running expenses. Tables of 6-8 people are available so if interested in attending or putting a table together contact Miro on 0791 3754054.

Sunday, 8th - SUNDAY WORSHIP
Brentwood Cathedral have been approached by BBC Radio 4 who will be doing a live broadcast of Sunday (Morning) worship from the Cathedral with the Cathedral Choir and congregation at the 8am Mass. This will then be broadcast at 8.10am.

Wednesday, 11th - HEALING MASS
At Abbotswick House of Prayer, Brentwood to be celebrated by Fr. Eamonn Power at 2.30pm. All are welcome. Call 01277 373959 for more information.

Will be celebrating Mass at 2.30pm (please note the earlier time) at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Wanstead followed by refreshments. All welcome.


Please join Bishop Alan and parishioners from across the Diocese at Brentwood Cathedral at 3pm for Mass to celebrate on of the Patrons of Brentwood Diocese, in the week of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick. Many hundreds take part in our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes each year. Cathy O’Connor, the pilgrimage administrator, will be on hand to answer any queries you have, and the BCYS will also be assisting, just as they do in Lourdes. This special celebration will include candles blessed in Lourdes, and everyone is very welcome. There will be refreshments after the Mass. For more information contact Cathy on 01206 501146

Saturday, 21st - NEARLY NEW & JUMBLE SALE
Chigwell Sisters at 2pm in the Becket Centre. Please leave donations in the church porch. Grateful thanks.


9th April 2015 -
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.



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!

The Catholic community in England and Wales has so far donated £1m to CAFOD's Ebola crisis  appeal. Your support is helping our local Church partners to educate people about the risks of the virus, to supply essential hygiene kits and washing-stations, and to ensure that burials are carried out safely to reduce the risk of infection. We are also providing emergency supplies of rice to thousands of people in areas that have been quarantined or where farming has been restricted. DONATE TO THE EBOLA CRISIS APPEAL HERE>>>


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.


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.


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>>

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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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