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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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What does God look like? Take a tree as your parable, when its leaves grow green then you know that summer is near...look at someone who has been forgiven and in turn has forgiven and you will know what God looks like. A little girl, drawing a picture, was asked by her mother: “What are you drawing?” She replied: “A picture of God!” “But we don’t know what God looks like,” her mother objected. “You will when I am finished.”

Families that sustain themselves also gather regularly, ideally daily, irrespective of whether there is a special occasion or not. They don’t just gather when the energy is good, when everyone is at his or her best, when nobody is bored or angry, and when some occasion merits the effort. They come together regularly, despite tedium, boredom, low energy, busyness, distractions, and interpersonal tensions because they recognize that family life is as much about sharing the ordinary, the distracted, the football results, and the tensions of life, as it is about sharing special moments. The weekday pizza supper in 20 minutes with the conversation going no deeper than the sports results, is not exactly the same as Christmas dinner or the conversation that takes place at a wedding or a funeral, but it is equally as important in creating family and keeping a family together. Families are for every day—not just for Christmas—just as they are for special occasions. So too is the Eucharist.

The Eucharist invites us to gather as family. The very essence of family life is sharing with others both the special and the ordinary moments of life. What happens uniquely at our kitchen table we share communally with each other around our church table.

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.


Application forms are now available at the back of the church. The programme will commence on 12th February 2015 and is open to young people registered in our parish who are currently in school Year 10. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 5th November 2014.
No applications will be accepted after this date.

Can you assist as a catechist? Commitment is seven sessions on a Thursday evening for two hours plus four training sessions running from February—May. We would especially invite parents of those children who wish to be on the programme. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.


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.


Alan Mair, parish councillor, sacristan at 10am Mass and teacher at Trinity Catholic High School has kindly agreed to run four major marathons over the next few months jointly for CAFOD and bccs (Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society). Alan will be running in Berlin (28th September), Chicago (12th October), New York (2nd November) and Tokyo (23rd February). Completion of these four marathons will give him the six major marathons in a single year — having completed already this year London (13th April) and Boston (21st April) perhaps the two hardest given that they were only eight days apart. Only 21 other people have previously completed this feat. Alan says although he may not be the first to do this, he aims to be the fastest (eg Kipsang of Kenya completed these six events over a period of two years).

If you would like to sponsor Alan please go to his donation site: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/alanmair63

To find out more about Alan's running read his article "The aloneness of the long distance runner" in the latest issue of In Touch our parish magazine, out now.

<<< UPDATE - Chicago, 12 October 22:40hrs
Alan reports having completed successfully the fourth of the six major marathons: "In the lounge waiting for flight. Attached is a couple of pics from today. My finishing time was in fact 3:19:44. The website seems to be wrong.  But my Garmin must be correct, unless of course it was longer than the official time. Back in the morning."

UPDATE - Berlin
, 28 September >>>
Alan reports: "A cold start to a truly historic day with another world record and the first time a race has been won in under 2:03.  Dennis Kimetto won in 2:02:57.  I lined up alongside him as my PB of 2:30 gave me a start position at the front of 40000 other runners.  The pace was fierce from the outset and I was able to stay on the pace for about 2Km.  I had planned to run fast for as long as I good to gauge my level of fitness.   I established personal records at 10, 20 & 30 Km.  The final 12 Kilometres however, were slow and painful.  I completed in 3:25:21. My PB for 2014 at this distance.  As my wife says perhaps I just have to accept that I am 50.  I am fully mobile this morning and planning to get back out running this evening.  Chicago marathon in two weeks time and my fourth major this year.  Three down and the race for justice continues.  Keep on running."

For the very latest news go to Alan's blog here>>>


Thank you for supporting Harvest Fast Day, for your compassion and solidarity. The amount you gave will help to ensure countless more people are able to eat healthy, nutritious food today and can grow their own food to support themselves tomorrow.

Thank you for your generous donations, we raised £630 at the last collection. If you are interested in joining, please call Gerry on 07754 100149.


The Rosary will be said after the 10am Mass each day during the month of October.

We would be grateful to receive sandwiches, cakes, sweets, biscuits, toiletries, tins (tuna, beans etc.) and warm clean men’s clothing. With many people finding it hard to survive on their income we find they are turning to soup runs for additional help. Please continue to support those in need. Thank you.

Saturday, 25th October - QUIZ NIGHT: MOST (Mothers’ of St. Thomas’)
Becket Centre 7.30pm for 8pm start. In aid of breast cancer, bench appeal and displaced Christians in Iraq.  Bring own drinks and nibbles. Maximum of 8 per table. Tickets £5 each from Sheila 020 8504 7485 or Mona 07899 797258.

Saturday, 25th
October - 
In aid of Across Group trip to Lourdes in April 2015 in St. Theresa’s Hall, Station Road, Chingford at 8pm. Bring own drinks and nibbles. Tickets £5 from Moira 07901 557876.


Saturday, 1st November - JUMBLE SALE: CWL
2pm in the Becket Centre. Please leave your donations in the porch.

, Becket Centre. Children’s Entertainer. Bring your own drinks. For tickets contact Ann Kyndt 020 8989 9032.

Saturday, 15th November -
7.30pm in the Becket Centre. Entrance £6 (plus cost of optional hot supper if you wish). Licensed Bar. Please contact Bernard on 07968 173110.

Saturday, 29th November - ST THOMAS' CHRISTMAS FAYRE
1pm, Lower Site Trinity High School. Preparations are under way to make this year’s Fayre better than ever, but we do need your help. Apart from the usual donations, which we will be asking for nearer the time, we are looking for any businesses which might have appropriate surplus stock we can sell.  Also interested stallholders and helpers please contact Jackie on 020 8506 1799 / 07952 077546.

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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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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