Who we are, what we stand for, where we work, how you can help. If you are a new or current volunteer, or someone who is just interested in our work, then join us for a highly interesting and stimulating day at St Francis of Assisi parish hall in Stratford on Saturday, 28th January from 10.00am until 3.30pm (a simple lunch will be provided). This is a great opportunity to learn more about us and to meet other volunteers from across the dioceses of Brentwood and Westminster.


Today [Sunday, 22nd] there is a retiring collection for Anchor House in Canning Town. Originally a hostel for seamen, run by Apostleship of the Sea. Since the London docks declined it has developed into a residential centre for homeless persons, serving several hundred each year and equipping them with life-skills. Find out more about Anchor House here>>>

Fr Ignatius R.I.P.

Fr Ignatius died last Sunday [8 January], having enjoyed almost ten months of wonderful care from our Franciscan sisters in their nursing home in Littlehampton. Raymond had previously cared with great love and dedication till his need grew beyond Raymond’s and our domestic capability here. It was the end of a remarkable life. Ignatius began his priesthood studies here in Woodford in 1946. Soon he moved on to Rome for studies both before and after ordination. He gained a Doctorate in Theology, writing his dissertation on sacramental theology. Rome is not noted for forward thinking but he read extensively and so was thoroughly in tune with up-to-date thinking when Vatican II arrived. He taught


On behalf of the Franciscan Community and family of Fr. Ignatius, to all who attended the Requiem celebrations for Fr. Ignatius and helped in the church and Becket Centre, especially Kathryn and Choir, Fran and Joe, and the good ladies of the CWL. May Fr. Ignatius O.F.M. Rest in Peace. Fr. Donal and Community of Friars, OFM

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In accord with the request from our Minister General that I reported last week, we begin a monthly exercise of prayer for peace, especially in the Middle East. He asked that the children pray. Today at the 10am Mass we will make special intercessions when they rejoin us from their own liturgy. And then we will all join in reciting the prayer for peace in the spirit of St. Francis as follows: Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring your love. Where there is injury your pardon, Lord. And where there’s doubt true faith in you Make me a channel of your peace Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope, Where there is darkness only light, And where t


The SVP thank all parishioners for their generous donations to their last collection, the money will be put to good use helping those in need.

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