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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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Does God curse those who are afraid and who bury their talents? Jesus at least seems to say no. “To everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” That hurts.

Remember—both heaven and hell have the same description! They are the ways we will live forever within the totally unselfish love who is God. The heaven of it is obvious. The hell of it…? Notice a spoiled child (or adult) doesn’t fit easily into a loving family. The spoiled lives only for self, to get, to keep, to exclude...by definition cannot be at home where the well-being of another is primary.

We don’t have to achieve perfect love in this life—just simply travel together in the right direction; to live my life not as I see it but as you need it!

Click here >>>
to go to page on the website for downloading Fr Austin's various topic writings -
including the five Lent 2014 talks. Click here>>> to go to Fr Austin's previous weekly Newsletter writings.


A Journey of Prayer for Advent and Christmastide 2014. Copies available from the back of the church—price £1.


A group of ladies from the parish are walking on Thursday from St. Thomas’ Woodford to Canterbury Cathedral along the pilgrims way in aid of the Altzeihmers Society. If you would like to sponsor us then go to: justgiving.com/dollyanderson. Grateful thanks.


The latest edition of The Troubadour is at the back of the church. Please take one as you leave. You will also find mission boxes available and you are asked to take one home and fill it with your small change for the missions. Grateful thanks.

Give a little.

From Alan's blog, NYC Sunday, 2nd Nov. 2.20am local time: "In New York about to run. Let's be clear. Give a little means every single penny is shared between CAFOD and BCCS (Brentwood Catholic Children's Society). I wanted to run the six World Marathon Majors and perhaps achieve a world record for myself; my own well being and positive mental health. I have met every single cost personally. It is about me being well and something I want to do. So "Give a little" is about thinking what you can do without. Forego the skinny latte and save lives . . ."  For more on this go to Alan's blog here>>>

UPDATE 03/11/14: "Marathon Major 5 completed in 3:22:22.  A very windy day with winds hitting 40mph.  Tough conditions but a great race. Now two months rest and Tokyo, February 22nd. Alan"

Donate here>>>


CWL would like to thank everyone who donated to the jumble sale and sends special thanks to the many helpers who made it such a fantastic success. The money raised stands at £1,231.78.


The Inland Revenue have now refunded £32,544.04 in favour of the parish. This is a direct result of people joining the Gift Aid Scheme. Our grateful thanks. If you would like to join this scheme and are a taxpayer, please contact the parish office for information.

We are grateful to all those who supported our Quiz Night in the Becket Centre. We raised a fantastic £530 for our charities. £200 will be given to Breast Cancer Care, £300 to the Catholic Church, St. Ithllaha in Dohuk, North Iraq. This Church is now housing 95 displaced Catholic families who had to leave their home and are now living on the floor of the church. The balance of £30 will go to the “Bench Appeal”. The “Bench Appeal” is now the only charity left and we are short of £525. We are hoping to raise that at our last fundraising effort in the Becket Centre on Saturday, 22nd November between 2 and 5pm. Keep that date free if you can. It’s an International Afternoon. Tasters for donations with foods from around the world. Thank you

With New York on 2 November - the fifth of his six major marathons - now completed, thank you to parishioners who so far have donated over £980 to Alan's "Race for Justice" programme in support jointly of bccs (Brentwood Catholic Children's Society) and CAFOD. Next event is Tokyo on 23 February.


Mass will be offered daily during the month of November for your loved ones. Envelopes are available from the back of the church. Please return either through the Friary letterbox (no need to ring the bell—it is secure) or the parish office.

One of the Guiders (Marie Morris) from the 15th Woodford is going to Switzerland with 40 other girls and leaders. She is holding a cake and home-made preserves sale as a way to raise money for this amazing opportunity. It will be after every Mass at St. Thomas’.

Please pray and fast for the end of abortion and euthanasia. Your prayer and fasting is urgently needed so that the women helped, by The Good Counsel Network, will receive the Grace from God to continue their pregnancies. For information on the days of Prayer and Fasting contact The Good Counsel Network on 020 7723 1740 or see www.goodcounselnetwork.com.

Thursday, 20th November - GREAT TRINITY GHOST LECTURE
7.30pm in the Ratcliffe Hall at Trinity High School, Mornington Road. Dr. Doherty is going to make a break from the past and concentrate on two or three very eerie ghost stories, originals, which he has recently written. He hopes to tell the stories in a very dramatic way! Admission is £2. Refreshments will be on sale. Dr. Doherty shall raffle signed copies of his novels with all monies going to the school fund. If you wish to reserve seats please contact Mrs Sally Parry: sally parry@fc.tchs.uk.net

Saturday, 22nd November -
We are short of £525. Please come and support our last fundraising effort in the Becket Centre between 2pm and 5pm. It’s an International Afternoon with foods from around the world. Taster plates available for donations. Thank you. Mothers of St. Thomas’ (MOST)

Saturday,  22nd November - SUNG REQUIEM MASS
10.30am at St. Patrick’s Cemetery Chapel, Langthorne Road, Leytonstone, E.11 for all those at rest in the cemetery.

Monday, 24th November -
Their first performance in the UK is at All Saints’, Woodford Wells at 7pm. You are warmly welcome. Tickets available from 0209 8504 0266 £5 adults, £3 children.

Saturday, 29th November -
1pm, Lower Site Trinity High School. Please support the Fayre by coming along on the day. Father Christmas will be in attendance for the day. We are looking for donations of toys and children's books in good condition, costume jewellery, toiletries and unwanted gifts. Also donations of Christmas cakes and puddings, home-made or shop bought, for the tombola.
Mary Charter and Catherine Bissmire would welcome donations on the day of jam, chutney, breads, pickled onions etc. ‘Phone Mary 020 8504 3798, Catherine 020 8559 0281 if you need collection.
Please leave any items of value with the Parish Office. We thank you in advance for your continued support. Also, any interested stallholders and helpers please contact Jackie on 0208 506 1799/07952077546.

Join us for a 5k,10k or festive toddle around Clapham Common before warming up with a mince pie and fair-trade drink. All money raised will help raise funds for mothers and babies in Guarjila, El Salvador. Call 0208 502 9722 or email us at brentwood@cafod.org.uk.

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.

If 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.

Thanks to everyone who has recycled their inkjet and laser toner cartridges and old mobile phones for CAFOD. £112.39 has so far been raised.

Check the current CAFOD recycling price list here to see if your inkjet and laser toner cartridges can be recycled - and the price CAFOD will get for them.
Only those items listed generate income for CAFOD, please only present items that are listed.


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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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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