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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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Many feel it is right to criticise the employer in today’s story [Sunday, 21 Sept] - we worked harder and longer - but this is another way of seeing things.

What would it mean if that applied to us in our relationship with God? Would I protest that I am not getting what I deserve? Would I want simply what I’ve earned?

The work and the task of the Church is to reconcile two ways - we actually live in a meritocracy, you get what you earn - not wrong - but it does have consequences which we must accept if that is how we choose to live. But however we choose to live the Gospel foundation says simply this - no matter how late you turn to God, you will always receive everything God gives - because God doesn’t know how to give less than everything! Some say this is unreal - and yet it is present in every family! This is the privilege of being mother, father, sister and brother - how sad that on a daily basis we find ourselves having to leave such values at home when we go to work!

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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.


It is a stark fact that one in eight of us will go to bed hungry tonight. On Friday 3 October – Harvest Fast Day – CAFOD is asking you to make a place at your table to help our sisters and brothers in the world’s poorest countries get enough nutritious food to eat. Your Fast Day envelopes are available in church this week. Please give as much as you can so that hunger isn’t a fact of life for the world’s poorest people.

We pray for all who go hungry because of poverty and injustice: that through God’s grace we may be moved to bring about change, so that each and every person has good food and clean water. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


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 - Berlin, 28th 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."


Fr. Brian would like to thank everyone who made last his Diamond Jubilee such a happy occasion. Special thanks to all who took part (including Clergy) to the ladies who served such a beautiful buffet (and cake!); to the Organist and Choir. He would also like to record his thanks for all the lovely cards and gifts. A day he will remember.


Wednesday, 1st October - CWL MEETING
8pm, Assisi room.

Wednesday, 1st October -
Parents are reminded of the meeting at 8pm in the Becket Centre.

Friday, 3rd October - CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY
It is a stark fact that one in eight of us will go to bed hungry tonight. Please give as much as you can so that hunger isn’t a fact of life for the world’s poorest people. Grateful thanks.

Friday, 3rd October - FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS
On the eve of this great Feast of St Francis  7.30pm Friday, 3rd October, staff and students of Trinity Catholic High School are staging a moving, dramatic re-enactment of St. Francis’ death in St. Thomas’. Admission is free. All are welcome to attend this very dramatic presentation of the events surrounding the great Saint’s death.

Saturday. 4th October -
Mass will be said on the Feast (Saturday) at 10.00am in St. Thomas’ followed by tea and coffee in the Becket Centre.

Saturday, 4th October -
10.00am—4pm, Church of Our Lady & St. George, Shernhall Street, Walthamstow.
All are welcome, even if you do not play an instrument or cannot read music. Workshop for Singers and Instrumentalists covering Psalms for the Seasons, Mass settings and forthcoming songs and hymns for Sundays. No Charge. Just bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee provided. Booking forms at back of church.

Wednesday,  8th October - Are you interested in Community Organising & Catholic Social Teaching?
Citizens UK is running a day conference from 10am to 3.15pm in Trinity High School - Upper Site, Mornington Road - in light of Pope Francis’ vision. The day will be a mix of formal presentations with workshops & case studies. Attendance is free of charge. As our parish is a member of Citizens UK(TELCO) we have been assigned 10 tickets. If you would like to secure a place, please contact the parish office ASAP.

Weekend of 11th-12th October - BCYS YOUTH GATHER
Anyone in Year 10-13 is very welcome to join the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service
at Danbury Outdoor Centre.  There will be an opportunity to have a go at exhilarating outdoor activities such as High Ropes or Mountain Biking as well as activities & discussions on the theme ‘The Way, The Truth, The Life’. More info and forms available at www.bcys.net or email info@bcys.net or call 01277 265286.

Monday 13th - Friday 17th October - ABBOTSWICK RETREAT
5-day retreat led by Fr Matthew Blake OCD. Discover more about St Teresa of Avila on the 500th anniversary of her birth. Residential £250pp Non - Res £175pp inc all meals and refreshments. Call 01277 373959—booking essential.

Sunday 19th October - PARISH AGM
The parish Annual General Meeting is being held this year at 12.30pm in the Becket Centre. The AGM is open to everyone and is an opportunity to understand what has been happening in the parish over the last year and look forward to the coming year. The meeting will also present the President’s report, the parish finances and some of the parish groups will talk about their activities. The AGM will last about one hour and we look forward to seeing as many as possible.

Saturday, 25th October - ACROSS QUIZ
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.

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.

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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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