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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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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.

From last Sunday the rush for the beaches seemed to have started. The parish has flourished wonderfully in the past year since it sprang back to life last September. Quiet prayer and loud liturgy both blossomed; caring and steady personal growth too. Thank you for all you have done and given. We will come back refreshed in September. I devoutly hope and pray that we all may have a happy restful and safe summer break.

In 15 days since the Parish AGM the new Council you elected has met twice. They in turn have chosen Kit Tranmer as the chair, with Paul Turpin his vice-chair and Lesley Maeda as Secretary. Already they have fashioned a new pattern of working. Several task-groups have been formed, following the diverse talents of the members. They in turn will draw in other members of the parish to share their tasks. The broad areas so far addressed are:
Liturgy, Communications, Training/ Education, Caring and the Diocesan task of the Steward of the Gospel. A pilot scheme for managing the Becket Centre had been in existence for the past eight months and proved a very definite success. More are in process of taking shape. The groups will seek to support and help all the good things already running in the parish. Each group will have a different style and mode of procedure. In general the suggestion is:
Find what is happening at present. Any immediate needs for help? For recruitment? For action by the Parish Council? How can we develop the present to be better? Are there other areas than those so far identified which need attention?
The Council will meet again on 1st August and 5th September. You can contact any Councillor, or through the Parish Office.

To ensure we get the best out of our excellent facilities, and maintain them properly, the Parish Council has revised the Becket Centre terms and conditions of use. The new agreement makes users’ responsibilities and liabilities much clearer, and you might have noticed that there is more monitoring and feedback and maintenance being done. But this all needs to be explained and short meetings have been booked as follows: Thursday, 15th Sept at 8pm or Sat. 17th Sept. at 3.30pm. It is very important that each group that uses any of the rooms in the Becket Centre is represented at one of these meetings. Please contact Bernard.hunter@which.net to book in, or if you have any queries.

Application forms are now available from the back of the church. If your child will be in Year 3 in September please take one and return it to the parish office a.s.a.p. Closing date is Friday, 9th September 2016. Applications after this date will not be accepted.

Volunteers needed to water the plants outside the church from 23rd July—6th Aug. Please contact Parish Office if you can help.

We would ask all groups and societies who book the Becket Centre on a regular basis to submit their dates in writing for 2017 to the Parish Office. Please do not presume that your bookings will be carried over. Grateful thanks.



On behalf of the parish, we wish Fr. Brian McGrath O.F.M., a very happy 90th Birthday.


On Saturday,13th August at 11am here at the Franciscan church of St. Thomas’ we have the great joy for us Franciscan Friars and parishioners of celebrating the Mass of First Profession of Vows of our Novice Br. Tom O.F.M. Along with family members and Friars from Ireland, we invite all parishioners to come to this special Mass and happy occasion of witnessing a young man of 22 years of age committing his life to God in the Religious Life. May this be a time of praying for more Vocations for the Church and parish. Deo Gratias!


We serve Fairtrade tea and coffee after 10.00am and 11.30am Masses most Sundays of the year  (Note: 11.30am only during August). 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.

From Monday 25th to Thursday 28th July there will be no daily Mass in Chigwell Convent. Normal service resumes on Friday, 29th.

We are up London again next  and would be grateful to receive sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, sweets, fruit, tins (tuna, beans, soup etc) and clean men’s clothing. Items can be left in the parish office during opening hours or in the Becket Centre between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday night. Please note there is NO soup run during August and the next run after 27th July will be on 14th September. Thank you for your continued support.

Sunday, 31st July - CAKE SALE

There will be a Cake Sale in the Becket Centre after each Mass on 31st July in aid of two parish members raising money for voluntary service overseas to volunteer in Ghana and Nepal. Please come along and support them.


Sunday, 14th August to Friday, 19th August
Bishop 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 provide
s 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 cathy@brentwoodlourdes.org

Thursday, 15th September - BIBLE STUDY
Will re-commence at 7.30pm in the Francis Room.

Sunday, 25th September - A Mass for the Sick and Housebound (including those living in Care Homes) . . .
. . . with anointing of the sick will be held at St. Thomas’ at 3pm followed by tea and coffee. More details will be provided in early September.

The next baptism course will commence in September. If you need to attend a course for your first child, please contact the Parish Office for details. Baptisms take place on the first and third Sundays in each month.


. . . is a social action initiative from the Alzheimer’s Society which aims to give people a little bit more understanding about what its like to live with dementia and then turn that understanding into action.

The SVP have recently become Dementia Friends by participating in a Dementia Friends Information Session which we believe may be of benefit to other groups in the parish. We are keen to establish what interest there might be encouraging others in the Parish to become Dementia Friends with a view to developing a more dementia friendly community in the parish.

We would also like to find out how many parishioners are already Dementia Friends and/or Dementia Champions. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the SVP via the Parish Office.

Saturday, 2nd July



In honour of HM The Queen's 90th Birthday &
120th Anniversary of St Thomas of Canterbury parish

Vivaldi: Summer Concerto from the Four Seasons
Parry: I Was Glad - Walton: Crown Imperial
Rule Britannia   Land of Hope and Glory

Donations received
for the parish Jumbulance appeal at the ‘Promenade Concert’ have topped £1,030.


On Saturday, 18th June, 45 parishioners from St Thomas' and St Edmund's, Loughton took part in the annual sponsored walk for bccs.

Leaving the Becket Centre just after 11am
progress was rather slow due to the muddy/boggy conditions round Woodford Golf Course and across Whitehall Road up to the Butler's Retreat. After a short break the pace quickened (!) as we headed up the Green Ride to the Bikers' Cafe at the top of Fairmead. Following our home-made packed lunch (or tasty bacon sandwich from the cafe!) we made our way back to the Becket Centre at approx 3.30pm via the 350 year-old Grimston's Oak (for our traditional photo) and Connaught Water.

Thank you once again to Franca and the ladies of CWL for the fine refreshments on our return. As in the past, the walk - approx 8 miles or 19000 steps according to iPhone - is a real social event made particularly pleasurable by the mixture of ages of the participants - 5 years to 65+!

Sponsorship to date totals approx £2,500. If you would like to add to this total please see David Underwood after Mass or leave your contribution at the Parish Office.

Click here>>> to learn about the valuable work of bccs

and here>>> to see more photos of the walk


Children /  parents do come to the Repository to see all the new books we have bought for you. As well as books to read there are puzzle books, tracing books, lift the flap books and pop-up books. All to tell you more about Jesus, your friend. The Repository is open after all Masses so do come in.


SVP wish to thank parishioners for their generous offerings last weekend. Over £800 was raised.

As a result of the appeal by Fr. Antony Thouard we have raised £5,213 to be sent out to the Missions. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.

Keeping London Safe and Secure Together

The Parish Office has been visited by our Neighbourhood Officer who is willing to offer support and friendship. If anyone witnesses or suffers any hate crime at St. Thomas’ please report it to a priest or the Parish Office immediately. Thank you.

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>>>

The 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 to them.

Find out more about CWL in our parish



Vocations to the Franciscan Friars Minor are encouraged in our Franciscan Parish! Single Catholic Men 18-40 years, interested?


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".


We urgently need more members to help us in our work.
For more information please contact Gerry Curran on 07754 100149
or email gerrypcurransvp@hotmail.co.uk

The 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/

800 YEARS!

The 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.


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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