CAFOD: The time is now!

THE TIME IS NOW! It’s time to confront this climate and environmental crisis and tell our leaders that Britain should no longer contribute to the destruction of our common home. As people of faith, we’re determined to speak up for our common home, and on Wednesday 26 June CAFOD is joining together with over 100 like-minded organisations to ask the government to protect the earth, our common home, and we would love for you to join us. We’ll be gathering at Westminster to connect the poor to the powerful by sharing our concerns on climate change and the environment with leaders who can make a difference. Politicians will only increase their ambition if they see that we care. They will act if their constituents tell them that they want change.


So join CAFOD and thousands of others for a mass lobby to make our voices heard on the climate crisis. There are a number of events and activities taking place throughout the day including workshops and a Walk of Witness from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament at 11.30am. Lobbying with MPs starts from 1pm.For more information and to register for the mass lobby go to the CAFOD web site Do contact your local MP to let them know you will be attending. If on the day you would like to meet up with CAFOD staff and others from the Brentwood Diocese, CAFOD’s representative in the diocese, Chris Driscoll, will be happy to meet you. Contact Chris directly on 07776 493162 or email


I am very pleased to be able to let you know that is now live! You will see over 70 charities, groups and local projects – and already there is a wonderful flavour of the work being done across the Diocese to support those who are ill, poor and marginalised in any way. The website represents thousands and thousands of volunteer hours transforming thousands of lives every year, and it is a real testament to lived – but often hidden – witness to faith. 

It may well be that you and those in your parish/group/organisation look at this and think, “we should be on there.” The great beauty of a website is that there is always room for more – and I have no doubt that the number of organisations, groups and projects featured will continue to rise. Please refer back to earlier emails to see how to submit content, or simply email me and I will provide the information. 

The website is supported by Social Media – please link to our Instagram and Twitter feeds, @caritasDOB, and to our Facebook page, to keep up to date with news from local, diocesan and national groups, as well as any words from Pope Francis on Social Justice and wider Catholic Social Teaching – we will try to keep the Social Media regularly updated.  

Please share this with people in your networks – you will find the “launch message” from Bishop Alan on the website. Thank you for any encouragement that you can give. 


With every blessing


Fr Dominic

Franciscan Missionary Union (FMU)

As Franciscans staff the parish we have committed ourselves to support our Friars who are working in the missions abroad.  Missionary collection boxes are available.


The Franciscans have been involved in missionary work since their very early days and the work continues through our own parish. The Franciscans in this country have sent many friars out to India and South Africa in past years and, although the numbers have reduced in recent years, support is still given by way of prayers and almsgiving, particularly to South Africa.


FMU at St Thomas of Canterbury


In this parish we have the Franciscan Missionary Union (FMU) to encourage parishioners to help the poor in South Africa in several ways. Each year we have an appeal at all Masses on one weekend, usually given by a Friar from South Africa, and we are all asked to respond by taking a mission envelope home and bringing it back with an offering.

In addition we have mission boxes which parishioners take from the church to fill with their loose coin and bring back when full. Many of our parishioners have a box in their home and it is a good way of remembering the missions during the year and keeping them in our prayers.

Further support can be given if contributors sign a Gift Aid form in favour of the FMU (This Gift Aid forn is quite separate from the one signed for the parish). At present we claim back about £1,500 each year through the Gift Aid scheme.

We are currently looking for a director for the FMU in this parish. Please contact the Parish Office for more information

Tel :   020 8504 1686



The parish of St. Thomas of Canterbury has been an active member of The East 

London Citizens Organisation (TELCO) for over 20 years.

TELCO is the founding chapter of Citizens UK the home of community
organising in the UK, with diverse civil society alliances in London and
most major cities in England and Wales.

We organise communities to act together for power, social justice and the
common good. We develop the leadership capacity of members so they can hold
politicians and other decision makers to account on the issues that matter
to them.

Community organising is democracy in action: winning victories that change
lives and transform communities.

The declared objectives of Citizens UK are for the benefit of the public

1. to develop the capacity and skills of the socially and economically
disadvantaged communities of Britain and Ireland in such a way that members 

of such communities are better able to identify and meet their needs and 

participate more fully in society.

2. to assist by directly promoting the more effective working of local and
national capacity building institutions designed to pursue that aim.

Community organising is based on the principle that when people work
together they have the power to change their neighbourhoods, cities, and
ultimately the country for the better. We work with people who want to
transform the world, from what it is to what they believe it should be. To
do this we listen to our members, asking them about their concerns and
developing strategies to improve our communities. We ensure that civil 

society is at the negotiating table alongside the market and state, so that 

our communities are included in the decisions that affect them.

The local alliance of TELCO members identified issues of concern as a) the
quality of social care; b) lack of affordable homes and;  c) the unacceptable
standard of privately rented accommodation. As a result of our organised
campaigning, Redbridge Council is now an accredited Living Wage Employer,
committed to paying social care workers a Living Wage. The Council has
implemented Selective licensing of private rented accommodation, and is
committed to the development of 250 permanently affordable community

land trust homes.

Citizens UK Registered charity number 1107264

Contact: Bernadette Harris 



Phone 07754477532

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Parish Office Tel: 020 8504 1686
The Friary  Tel: 020 8504 1688




St. Thomas of Canterbury Church

557/559 High Road
Woodford Green
Essex IG8 0RB

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