Is looking to appoint additional directors to the Trust Board. Please see hhtp:// The closing date for applications is noon on 16th April.


Saturday 28th April has been designated World Tai Chi Day. To celebrate our local Tai Chi class (who meet in the Becket Centre on Thursday mornings) intend demonstrating Tai Chi on the Green in Woodford - adjacent to the cricket pitch. Weather permitting that is!! We would welcome anyone who would like to join us take part in this wonderfully healthy, gentle martial art. Rudi de Burgh


During Lent each Friday there will be Stations of the Cross after the 10am mass and at 8pm. Also exposition each Saturday for an hour after the morning mass.


Many thanks to everyone who offered their services; the rotas for Readers, Ministers of Communion, Ushers and Sacristans for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Holy Saturday, are located at the back of the church (on the left as you leave the church) Please ensure that you check the rotas before you leave. If you volunteered your services but your name hasn’t been included, this is due to the response to last weekend’s appeal resulting in all services being oversubscribed.


Read the text of two homilies by Fr Quentin and two new articles by Fr Austin. You can find these on our website by going to News then Our Faith. We would like to hear from you. So if you have a faith experience you would like to share on the website please send it to Click here to go to the page


The afternoon service, which was cancelled because of the snow, has been rearranged for Friday, 6th April at 2.15pm at the Salvation Hall, Daisy Road, South Woodford. Everyone welcome (men included).


Please pray for our brother Michael O’Grady who will be ordained priest next Saturday at Stratford at 11am.


His hip operation due on 20th March has now been deferred to 17th April. Good Friday, 30th March, will be the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. To allow recovery from the hip operation it is planned to have the Thanksgiving Mass of this significant occasion on Saturday, 9th June, at 11am here at St Thomas’, to which all are welcome.

Lent Calendar

LENT CALENDAR Follow our 2018 online Lent calendar to reflect, pray and take global justice actions throughout the season of Lent. To receive weekly Gospel reflections via email please sign up to our e-newsletter for weekly reflections


Is usually for children of primary school age who attend non-catholic school. We will be breaking up for Easter on 17th March, restarting on Saturday 21st April. We are still looking for a volunteer to help - 10am until 11am during term time. Please call Nancy Hayward on 07979 544325


We have now published terms of reference for publication of items in the parish newsletter & on the parish website. We have also published a policy on security of information. To find these go to our website and look for the Church Policies section under the About Us tab. These will help us meet compliance & safeguarding targets.


The name sounds like some sort of archaic Druidic process. In fact it means that at the Easter Vigil – only 4 weeks hence – we will welcome with delight 9 new members to our parish family. They have learned, studied, thought, prayed together regularly - some for over a year. Now it is our task and our joy to accompany them more seriously. The business of belonging has started for each of them but is far from complete. First by prayer in these 4 weeks we accompany them. Then we must think of practical ways in which we help them to take up all the practices we enjoy and that enrich our lives and families.

Sr. Teresa says goodbye

Sr Teresa (Holy Family) has been in Woodford for the past 15 years; she will soon be leaving to join the Sisters’ Care Home community in Birkenhead. During her time here she has made many friends, through her involvement with sacramental preparation with the children and with the Holy Family Lay Associates. She leaves Woodford with very happy memories, and will carry you in her prayer, asking in turn that you remember her in yours.


Will have their monthly meeting on Thursday 8th March at 7.30pm in the Becket Centre. Anyone who is bereaved and feels they would like to join our small supportive group is welcome. Just come along or phone me, Angela Barnes on 020 8505 0356, if you want more details.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018: Monday 26 February - Sunday 11 March

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