Clergy meeting

Bishop Alan called all priests to a meeting last week. As always he was positive and affirming of all the good things that we enjoy and all the dedication evident among people and priests. The restructuring of the Diocese is not an imposition of a pre-set pattern. Bishop Alan stressed that different solutions are needed in the differing local situations and encouraged initiatives and diversity. This was an important communication of fundamentals. It chimes well with what we have begun in our meetings of the parishes of Wanstead, S Woodford and ourselves.

Care of minors and vulnerable

Bishop Alan also spoke of the excellent provisions the Diocese has built up with regard to Safeguarding. We are all under the scrutiny of the National Inquiry into abuse of minors which reminds us forcibly of the need not to relax our vigilance. He spoke of how fortunate we are to have Simon Moules as our SG Coordinator. Locally we know how blessed we are to have his watchful, wise and gentle vigilance. If you are interested to know what the much trumpeted Vatican Conference is doing in these days you might log on to

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 - 25 February – 10 March

For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. £1.86 is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income. A typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on around 74p a day. For the women the situation is even worse. They may plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, carry water, collect wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but often with fewer rights than men. One of the simplest ways to suppor

Altar linen

Thank you to the ladies who have returned laundered cloths to the sacristy. We did purchase a considerable stock of these cloths not so long ago, but most have disappeared. Could you look again at your laundry baskets to see if any are lurking there?

Altar linen

I am most grateful to the many ladies who launder the altar linen every week. Alas though we have a good stock of these small cloths—the number in the sacristy has greatly diminished. Could you have a look to see if any are lurking in your domestic laundry, awaiting a return home? Thank you.

Health and Safety

New regulations aimed to prevent fires and health hazards are constantly appearing. The Parish Council and the Parish Office keep abreast of requirements. This week work has been done to update warning systems. Soon we must move to the next stage. We all need training: in how to use the precautions and particularly how to vacate the church and premises quickly.

Second Collection

There will be a second collection after all masses for Racial Justice. Thank you.

Baptism Course

Baptisms take place on the first and third Sunday each month. First time parents will need to attend a course. Forms can be found on the website or are available by contacting the Parish Office— The dates for the next course are 20th March, 27th March and 3rd April.

Car parking

Last Sunday a Range Rover was parked well before 11.30, blocking exit to 3 cars whose occupants were trying to leave. Despite two public requests in church the car did not move till 12.35. Do you think a person so inconsiderate was fit to join in the mass? Jesus said: “Leave your gift before the altar. Go and be reconciled with your brother and then come and make your gift”. In any public carpark it is universally recognised that no one may double-park to impede cars in marked bays. In future please observe the same practice at St Thomas. If all marked spaces are occupied there is no alternative but to leave to seek parking elsewhere.

Care of the sick

I have been asked about the availability of a priest when someone is ill or in distress. Of course we are on call at all times on 85041688. Please do particularly ask in good time for the sacrament of the sick and/or for holy communion. It is our privilege to offer these sacraments. Do not think you are ‘troubling’ us.

First Holy Communion Parents meeting

A reminder that the parents meeting will take place on 18th February 2019 at 8pm in the Becket Centre. Dr Doherty will be speaking about Reconciliation.

15th Woodford Rainbows

If you are interested in your daughter joining rainbows please go to to register. Please note we have a waiting list. We meet on a Tuesday from 5.20 to 6.20pm for girl aged 5 to 7 and then they move to brownies.

15th Woodford Rainbows & Guides

We are looking for helpers on Tuesdays from 5.20 to 6.20pm or on Fridays from 6.30 to 8pm working with the girls on achieving their badges and having fun please call Janet Morris on 07803810666

Parish Office

The Parish Office will be closed on Monday 11th February 2019.

Church Maintenance

We need DIY-competent volunteers to join our team which undertakes simple repair and maintenance tasks around the Church and Becket Centre. PLEASE get in touch by email to if you might be able to help.

Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 27th May 2019

Cost is £649.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight, all taxes, transfers, 4 nights’ stay in hotel, excursions/guided tours. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278.

Parishes in Partnership

The snow last week limited the number who came to the meeting of the Councils of our 3 parishes. The friars alas flinched and stayed at home. But reports suggest a useful first encounter of the members of the respective Councils. There are two much opposed views of what the Restructuring means. One sees it as something to be organised from the top down; the other sees it as the business of the whole family of the church, whose views should be crystallised by each Parish Council. The bishop is talking to all his priests on the subject next week.

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Woodford Green
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