Was ordained a priest 50 years ago on 30th March 1968. He will be celebrating this occasion with a Mass of Thanksgiving on 9th June at 11am in our church (the 10 am Mass will be cancelled). A reception will take place in the Becket Centre afterwards. All are welcome to attend this special event in our parish.


A Parishioner is putting together a box to send to needy families in Malacca, Malaysia. If you have any clothing - adult or child - please call Lawrence Xavier on 020 8925 0302.


We offer a very cordial welcome to Geraldine Mansbridge who has this week started her task as Office Manager. Holiday bookings mean she will not be fully operational till next month. Then our office team will be back to full strength. Monday opening will resume on 11th June. I am most grateful to Sue, Kate and Lucy for doing much extra work through the past few months.


Each Sunday cones have been deployed indicating no parking opposite the church. They have been disregarded, often run over, impeded free passage. So we have decided to remove them. There are still double yellow lines. These also are frequently ignored. I suspect the offenders – who would not dare park on double-yellow on the public street for fear of fines – are not readers of this newsletter.


Is your faith-life frozen? I see many people who come to Sunday mass with us, live a good life, harm no one, and are busy with job and domestic details. But their faith-life trundles round a narrow circular track. It is ill-fed and sometimes leads to a total disenchantment with church and even God. The remedy: to get involved actively in giving to the church family by committing to join one of the groups feeding parish life. Are we misogynist? The church is frequently criticised for this undoubted failure – and sin. I see the majority of our church cleaners, leaders of Sunday children’s liturgy and communion preparation are the ladies. The Parish Council now boasts only 3 ladies, the rest ar


The Parish fabric team needs one or two new volunteers to help with simple maintenance jobs around the place. Please email with some details about your skills and experience if you would like to help or want to know more.

From the Fairtrade Foundation

It’s World Fair Trade Day and all around the world people are coming together to stand for fairness and show support for the people who grow our food. To mark this special day, we're celebrating some of the Fairtrade pioneers that have created their entire businesses with farmers at the heart of everything they do. Zaytoun is one of these brilliant organisations. In our new blog you can read how Zaytoun are supporting Palestinian farmers like Bassema Barahmeh (pictured below) through their unique challenges, such as highly restricted access to land and water, with dignity. 'My life has been transformed by Fairtrade. I have a say in my household and in my community. It has given me independen

World Communications Day

The Vatican Council wrote about Communication as part of Catholic concern. We know now about fake news, cyber attacks, international manipulation of elections, spin put on news, and the effect of such things as Facebook. So a day to think about how we are affected in our faith and personal lives: and pray for a healthy use of all media, and for those professionally engaged therein. We can profitably think how we are using our parish communications: web, paper, discussion, lectures, preaching.

Parish Office

The parish office will remain closed on a Monday until 11th June when normal service will resume.


Our chalices enabling you to receive Communion in both kinds have become sadly worn. We now have four new shining chalices fitting for such a holy purpose. I thank two families who have generously paid for them. Please handle them carefully. Be careful of sharp finger nails – and rings on fingers as you care for the vessels.


Can you help? We urgently need two people to come and work with the girls and leaders on Friday night during term time. If you can help please call Janet Morris on 07803 810666


We are in real need of help with the cleaning of our church: please can you give one hour of your time on a rota once every 7 weeks. We would welcome any men who could help. If you can help on a Thursday or Friday (9am or 10.30am), or on Saturday at 10.30am please call Pat on 0208 504 4577 or email for info.


You can find contact details for our Safeguarding Officers and also Brentwood Safeguarding information on our website by going to About Us and the Safeguarding Representative.

Migrants’ Mass

The annual Mass to celebrate migrants’ contributions to London’s catholic community is at St Georges Cathedral Southwark. It starts at 11.00 on Monday.


This holyday is now to be celebrated on its proper day: 40 days after Easter, rather than the recent transfer to Sunday. Mass of the feast will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening; at 10 am and 8 pm on Thursday, and 10.00am on Chigwell Convent.


A world-wide novena of prayer, from Ascension to Pentecost 10th to 20th May is being widely promoted. Some literature is in circulation in the parish. You are invited to join in this surge of prayer for evangelisation. I know plenty are already doing this in your homes and in church.


You really turned out in force to support Telco as it pressured our Borough leaders to adopt Telco policies. Thank you. It was noticeably the senior members of our parish who responded to the call. Last Sunday the Gospel image - of Jesus the vine, we the branches and the good fruit produced - has I hope prompted the next generations to heed God’s word. We are only good catholics if we are actively going out to others. Telco gives us a healthy lead to know how to contribute to the shaping of our troubled world.

Mass on the Grass

There is some anxiety about how drastic the suspension of masses will be on 10th June. Please rest assured. There will be Mass at 6 on Saturday 9th On Sunday 10th there will be Mass at St James Buckhurst Hill at 9 and Chigwell convent at 10 am. It is only the three morning masses customarily in St Thomas that will be suspended on that day. All the same it would be nice if the whole parish could be united in a single enthusiastic mass, and then some fun afterwards.


Pope Francis’ most recent apostolic exhortation. We hope copies of this must-read letter will be available today in the Repository.


Our next meeting will be held in the Henrietta Suite of the Becket Centre on Thursday 10th May at 7.30pm. Anyone who has been bereaved and feels that they would like to join our small supportive group is welcome to phone for more details. Please call Angela on 0208 505 0356 if you have any queries about this meeting.

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