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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Click here>>> for today's readings at Mass incl. Gospel
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:
1ST HOLY COMMUNION
The first of the Masses for children receiving our Lord for the first time has already been celebrated. Others follow through May. Please pray that for each of these children it will be the beginning of a regular weekly encounter with Jesus for the rest of their lives.
1ST COMMUNION MASSES
Sun. 1st May 11.30am Fr. Michael
Sat. 7th May 6pm Fr. Michael
Sun. 8th May 11.30am Fr. Donal
Sat. 14th May 11.30am Fr. Quentin
Sat. 21st May 6pm Fr. Quentin
Sun. 22nd May 11.30am Fr. Antoine
Sat. 28th May 11.30am Fr. Michael
Sat. 28th May 6.00pm Fr. Antoine
Sun. 29th May 11.30am Fr. Quentin
Sun. 22nd May 10am Fr. Donal
24 HOURS FOR THE LORD
Please take a leaflet explaining the arrangements for our 24 hours starting at 6pm on Friday, 20th May. Are you daunted by the thought of just sitting with Jesus for an hour, half an hour even? Then tell us what we can provide to help you. A few prompts maybe? It is not a time for reading, but just thinking lovingly with Jesus. Ideally you will come with the family. Whatever else: do come.
Copies are available in the repository and going like “hot cakes” It is a truly mind- blowing letter from the Pope building on the 2 year sharing of the whole church about family and marriage. Tell me what we are going to do in this parish about Chapter 6.
Leaders for the Sunday 10am children’s liturgy. Please tell Jackie Edwards or Quentin if you are ready to take your turn on a rota basis.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
Click here>>> to see who serves on the Parish Pastoral Council for 2015-16.
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
Find out more about CWL in our parish here>>>
Pictured below, guests of the parish enjoy a recent lunch prepared by volunteers.
Next Assisi Lunch will be on Friday, 29th April. 12.30pm - 2.30pm, Becket Centre.
Click here>>> for more details about the Assisi Lunch Group.
We have a large stock of rosary rings in the repository and, May being the month of Our Lady, we will be happy to give one to any child who calls in to help with the “Hail Marys”. A gift from the parish — no charge. AND if you have yet to buy First Holy Communion cards and gifts it is not too late — we still have some in stock.
SWITCHING TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE
Did you know there’s a way you can cut your carbon emissions, show solidarity with poor communities overseas and send a powerful message to the government - all without leaving your home.
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POWER TO THE PEOPLE
One in five of our brothers and sisters around the world don’t have the electricity they need to power school, clinics, homes and businesses. Local, renewable energy is a practical, affordable way for the poorest people to benefit. It helps tackle climate change and poverty. We know it works, and we urgently need our government to support it.
Access to this energy can transform lives: children can study longer at school, clinics can stay open at night, farmers can irrigate their crops, and water can be purified so that it is safe to drink.
Click here>>> to email today Nick Hurd MP the UK’s Development Minister and ask him to support energy services overseas that the poorest people can access.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY . . .
TEA AND COFFEE AFTER SUNDAY MASS
We serve Fairtrade tea and coffee after 10am and 11.30am Masses most Sundays. 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Teas and coffees will NOT be served in the Becket Centre during the month of May due to First Communion Masses.
Monday, 2nd - MASS FOR MIGRANTS
In Honour of St. Joseph the Worker. His Eminence, Cardinal Vincent Nicholls is the Principal Celebrant at the Mass for Migrants in Westminster Cathedral at 10am. You are invited to join with Fr. Quentin to represent our Parish at this Mass.
Tuesday, 3rd - MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUPMeeting in the Francis Room after 10am Mass.
Wednesday, 4th - CWL
8pm in the William Scott Room. New members welcome.
Thursday, 5th - BIBLE STUDY PRAYER GROUP
William Scott Room (upstairs in the Becket Centre) commencing at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.
Saturday, 7th - QUIZ NIGHT
Three young adults from the parish (Trinity pupils) are volunteering in Lourdes, along with Bishop Alan on the Diocesan Pilgrimage in August. They need to self fund and are therefore hosting a fundraising Quiz Night at 7pm in the Becket Centre and would love if you could support them by booking tickets or a table! Please text/telephone Margaret on 07478 868 871 to book your tickets/table. Thank you for your support.
Monday, 9th - SACRED HEART COMPANIONS
have their next meeting at Chigwell Convent at 2pm due to the Bank
Holiday on the first Monday. All new members are welcome.
Monday, 9th - HOLY FAMILY LAY ASSOCIATES
Meeting at 7.30pm at Maureen’s House.
Saturday, 21st - WORKS OF MERCY
The next Rosary Procession Vigil, led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, will be held on May 2016 at St. Thomas’, Woodford Green. We begin with 9am Mass, followed by our Procession at 9.45am to Marie Stopes abortion centre, 88 Russell Road, Buckhurst Hill, where we pray 15 decades of the Rosary and sing hymns, returning at approx 12.30pm to the church for refreshments. Full details on poster in church porch.
ADVANCE NOTICE >>>
Saturday, 11th June - PARISH SUMMER FETE
Friary Gardens. Details to follow.
Saturday, 18th June - PARISH ANNUAL SPONSORED WALK FOR BCCS
10.30am, Becket Centre - for registration for 11am start. Approx 9 miles, returning to Becket Centre at approx 3pm. Suitable for all ages. Families especially welcomed. Contact David Underwood via Parish Office more more details.
Saturday, 2nd July - PARISH GALA NIGHT
In honour of HM The Queen's 90th birthday and 120th anniversary of St Thomas of Canterbury church. More details to follow.
Sunday, 14th August to Friday, 19th August - DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDESBishop Alan will lead the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. From £639 by air with full board for six days, five nights, or from £419 by coach. This pilgrimage includes an experienced medical team and plenty of help for those with mobility needs. It is also ideal for couples, individuals, and groups of friends. There is a full programme to opt in and out of, and everyone is welcome. There are brochures at the back of the church.
Would like to increase further the medical cover it provides for its pilgrims. If you are a doctor, please consider joining the pilgrimage this year. Your care of our pilgrims is greatly needed, will be greatly appreciated, and is immensely rewarding. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Cathy O’Connor at 01206 501146 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
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>>>
50,000 PEOPLE PLEDGED TO MAKE THEIR BREAKFAST COUNT FOR FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2016
From the Shetland Islands to Penzance, more than 50,000 people pledged special breakfasts across the UK, as part of the national Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 campaign, to
shine a light on the challenges faced by millions of farmers and
workers who produce the food we eat, but struggle to feed themselves and
their families. Fairtrade - the power is in our hands, click here>>> to find out how.
Winter 2015 issue now available. Features include: Education: the Light at the End of the Tunnel for our Youth; John Forest Dougherty OFM RIP; Lights by Seamus Mulholland OFM; How we take going to school for granted! And more . . . Available as you leave church - or online from Friar.org by clicking here>>>
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
urgently need more members to help us in our work. For more information
please contact Gerry Curran on 07754 100149 or email
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/
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?
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>>
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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.
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
St James URC BuckhurstHill
Sunday: 9am (Children's Liturgy)
Sunday: 10am (Children's Liturgy)
Weekdays: 6.50am (Morning Prayer), 9.30am
First Wednesday of month no morning Mass
Confession: Saturday, after 10am Mass