Edelmira and Martir are farmers in El Salvador. They live on and depend on their land. The harvest they reap is used to put food on the table, and sold to buy essential items such as clothes and medicine. CAFOD's partner, Solidaridad CVX, are working with farmers like Edelmira and Martir to provide training and reintroduce native seeds that were used generations ago. These seeds are strong and able to grow in the warm, rainy climate, ensuring that farmers are able to harvest crops, and with that, the surety that they will be able to provide for their families. By donating to CAFOD's Harvest Fast Day appeal you can plant the seeds for an abundant future. Take a CAFOD envelope home after Mass


"The important thing is not to walk alone, but to rely on each other as brothers and sisters, especially under the leadership of the bishops, in a wise and realistic pastoral discernment." From Bishop Alan "As I write this foreword I have just returned from the diocesan pilgrimages to Walsingham and Lourdes. At Walsingham, together with over 3,000 pilgrims, I entrusted the future of the diocese to the care of Mary the Mother of Jesus. On the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes earlier this year, I wrote of the need to respond to the needs of a quickly changing world – our parishes, schools and all our communities will need to face this challenge. Last week, in our biggest ever pilgrimage to Lourd


​CAFOD dismayed by Sainsbury's move away from Fairtrade. Follow this link>>> for more information and to join 95,000 people who have signed the petition to Sainsbury's. Aim is to get to 150,000 signatures. NOT ALL TEA IS CREATED EQUAL - Find out more here>>> Leading the way WAITROSE has recently announced a strengthening of its commitment to Fairtrade. All their own brand tea will in future be Fairtrade. More here>>> We are delighted to announce that for the next six months the WAITROSE branch in Buckhurst Hill has donated the Fairtrade tea and coffee we use after Sunday 10am and 11.30am Masses. This means that all the donations for these refreshments received from parishioners ca


St. Thomas’ TELCO Team are working with a team of other faith organisations in Redbridge on a community sponsorship project. This is a government scheme whereby local communities are involved in the welcoming and resettlement of a vulnerable refugee family fleeing war. The group is looking to recruit befrienders for the family and would welcome applications from parishioners who would be willing to dedicate some regular time over a period of 1 year to help support the family through this transition. Please contact for more information


Come and see ZOOTROPOLIS on Friday 29th September at 6pm in the Friary Gardens. There will be a BBQ and licensed bar. Tickets for cinema will be £6 on the door (under 3 free). Advance bargain tickets can be purchased £8 per person for cinema, BBQ and soft drink or family ticket for 4 people for £30 to include cinema, BBQ and 4 soft drinks. All welcome. Please bring your own blankets. Popcorn and ice cream will also be available, alternative arrangements have been made in case of rain!! Advance tickets must be paid to the Parish Office by Tuesday, 26th September. Please leave your name and tickets will be ready for your collection on the door. St. Thomas TELCO Group with our community sponsor


A Mass for the Sick, Housebound and those living in Care Homes will be celebrated on Sunday, 24th September at 3pm here at St. Thomas’; followed by light refreshments. During the Mass, the Sacrament of the Sick will be available for those wishing to receive it. We are keen to invite as many of our sick and housebound parishioners to this Mass, so please take a flyer giving details of the Mass (available at the back of the church) and invite any neighbours your know who might like to come along. Ministers of Communion who take Holy Communion to the sick: please ensure that you invite those you Minister to. Anyone wishing to attend the Mass and requiring transport, please call the Parish Offic


The SVP thank you all for your generous donations to our collections over the summer holiday, the money will be put to good use helping those in need.


Jeremiah 20:7-9 Psalm 62 Response: For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God. Romans 12:1-2 Matthew 16:21-27 The Gospel today is a continuation of last week’s passage. Remember, Peter, who do you say I am? You are the Christ. And Jesus gives him the keys of the Kingdom of God. This week Peter is again shown as impulsive, taking issue with Jesus’ words and receiving a rebuke. This is only incidental to the main point of the story, which is that Jesus revealed that he was to suffer grievously, to be put to death and to be raised up on the third day. Peter’s reaction, though, is instructive for us. Would we have said anything different? It is not easy to be told that your bel

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