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THANK YOU

SVP - Thank you to parishioners who were extremely generous at the Christmas SVP collection. Over £900 was raised to be put to good use as soon as possible. . . . The Franciscan Community of Friars at Woodford Green thank all the very kind people who gave gifts and donations for the Brothers here. We shall remember you all in our prayers and wish you many blessings of the Lord in this New Year! - Fr. Donal O.F.M. . . . To the volunteers who turned up to clean the church, the tree and crib—the work of the Parish Council and friends, the flower arrangers, choir and music group, readers, ministers, servers, ushers and sacristans—thank you for responding in such good numbers.

SERENITY PRAYER

SERENITY PRAYER God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world As it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right If I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life And supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen.

THANK YOU

MANY THANKS - To all who contributed to the Ecumenical Advent Carol Service. There was a very generous response to the retiring collection which raised £860. This amount has been divided between Redbridge Cold Weather Centre and Mary’s Meals. HOLY FAMILY SISTERS AND CHRISTMAS PRESENTS -The Holy Family Sisters of 5 The Green are very grateful to all their friends who, for the past two years, donated to various Charities instead to giving them Christmas presents. We would be very happy if you do the same this year as there are still so many families in need. - We take this opportunity to thank you for your kindness and generosity to us and to wish all of you a very happy and blessed Christma

YEAR OF MERCY

As the Year of Mercy comes to a close parishioners at the parish Christmas Fayre on Saturday were invited to send a message of hope to refugees. Below is a selection of the messages.

TELCO

Nine of our parishioners represented St. Thomas’ at The Delegates’ Assembly last Thursday at the Muslim Centre in Whitechapel.250 people of all races, religions, ages, sexes and schools joined together to recognise our achievements (among which were the Living Wage, safety for some Refugees and Housing (including CLTs). Also to follow up the promise of 100 CLTs on The Olympic Park and renew our promise to work together for The Common Good. We marked the beginning of our new campaign on Health and energy. Bernadette, Claire and Gloria took active roles. If there are any parishioners who would like to join us on the Committee we would welcome you with open arms. We welcomed two new members w

DEMENTIA AWARENESS

Are you or someone you know affected by dementia? The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. The parish is running a free “Dementia Friends” Information Session on Tuesday, 6th December at 7.30pm in the Becket Centre, open to anyone interested in finding out more about this initiative. Numbers are limited; further sessions can be arranged in the New Year. Please contact the parish office if you wish to attend.

Come-and-Sing-Messiah

BRENTWOOD CATHEDRAL In the beautiful setting of Brentwood Cathedral and under the baton and leadership of Andrew Wright you are invited to attend a performance of Handel’s masterpiece, where a specially formed choir will perform alongside professional soloists and orchestra. Tickets: £15 per person Performance: 7pm In aid of Brentwood Catholic Children's Society

Fairtrade Foundation

We’re in an unprecedented situation. In this post-EU referendum, post-US election world, trade has never been more in the spotlight. And as Brexit moves ahead, our trade deals with the rest of the world will be rewritten. Please add your name to our letter to Prime Minister Theresa May and ask her publicly to commit to trade that delivers a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries. We are handing in our letter next week to Theresa May and we need you to help get us to 50,000 signatures. Click here>> to sign the petition There's so much noise to cut through that it's more important than ever to speak up for the farmers and workers whose voices may not be heard. Bre

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