Last week I wrote: Do not try to do it all. Unfortunately it read as if I were discouraging you from supporting Cafod. Far from it. But in the week several had come forward with propaganda for a variety of good works and forms of prayer, caring and charity. There was not enough room on our notice boards. Meantime some of the essential bread-and-butter tasks of our parish are struggling to find volunteers. We all have to look to our priorities. Look after your marriage and Family first: seasoned by prayer accommodated to your situation. We cannot all do everything.

CALLING ALL READERS (and non-readers!)

Do you want to understand better the readings which you will share with the congregation? We are hoping to understand /share the Word of God in our group meeting on Thursday 3rd May at 7:30 in the Becket Centre. You will be guided in this sharing using the "Lectio Divina" method of quiet reflection--not discussion. This meeting particularly applies to Readers for the Sunday Liturgies of May 6th but all are welcome - Readers and non-readers, anyone who wishes to understand better the Word of God. Thank you. Sr Sandra.


Is looking for Marriage Preparation Providers. Training will be given. If you are interested please send your CV, by email, with a covering letter telling us why you want to be a Marriage Preparation Provider to:

"who made my clothes?"

On the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more in 2013, together with Fashion Revolution we are encouraging people to ask brands, "who made my clothes?". Since the Rana Plaza tragedy 5 years ago, millions of people have joined Fashion Revolution to demand a fairer, more transparent industry. And brands are listening. To ensure they continue to listen and to create the permanent change needed to ensure we never see a tragedy like Rana Plaza again, we need everyone to join Fashion Revolution and keep asking one simple question: Who Made My Clothes? Have you ever wondered who made your clothes? How much they’re paid, and what their liv


Had his hip replacement operation last week and is currently making good progress. He hopes to be back in Woodford this weekend and offers grateful thanks for your prayerful support.


Would like to thank all those who worked so hard to make the recent jumble sale so successful. £935 was raised for the Missions. We are so grateful for all your efforts.


Will have their meeting on Monday 30th April at 2pm at Chigwell Convent. Please note the change of dates due to the Bank Holidays. The May meeting will be on 18th May.


We have asked Geraldine Mansbridge to serve us as Parish Office Manager and she has accepted, to start sometime in May. I cannot thank Sue Kate and Lucy enough for their generosity in keeping the office efficient in the past months. I hope they can now be less pressured.


Did you go to the Lenten Talks and would like to continue the conversation? Did you miss them and want to know what happened? Either way check out our Facebook page (@STOCWoodford). We have created a new group called Lenten Talks. Join it and chat about the talks.


Are you a young person? Would you like to express your views? Would you like to have some additional youth activities within the church? We would really like to hear from you and so we have created a new group on our Facebook page (@STOCWoodford). See STOC Woodford - Youth Group. We also have a linked Instagram account - STOCWoodford Youth.


For men and women who find themselves single again following separation, divorce or the death of a partner. From 20th to 22nd April 2018 at the Domus Mariae Centre, Chigwell Convent. For more details contact Freda 01322 838415 or Sandra 01293 783965 or email


The final sum raised was £1,800, a record. The money has been sent to Mary’s Meals, with the request that it should be used for feeding schoolchildren in Haiti. Once again, many thanks for your generosity.

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