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.
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 critici
The Parish fabric team needs one or two new volunteers to help with simple maintenance jobs around the place. Please email email@example.com with some details about your skills and experience if you would like to help or want to know more.
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)
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, lec
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. https://www.stthomaswoodford.org/safeguarding-representative