NEWS 

Major refurbishment

You know your homes need regular maintenance. Through the years the Church, Friary and the rest have received this regular attention. But some more areas that have served us long are now crying for replacement. We are about to embark on the first stage of a major renewal of the property. The roof tiles, probably 130 years old, are cracked and many held together with sticking plaster. We did renew most of the church roof when in 1976 we reordered the church. Work will begin this month to replace the tiles on the Friary and chapels not yet restored. It will include bringing insulation up to present standards.

Paying the piper

It will be a big job. Thanks to you we do have some reserves to start paying the immediate bills, but we need to raise a considerable sum. I am looking to gather a team to manage this efficiently. We are fortunate to have many and varied talents within our community. Efficient fund-raising today has special skills. So I ask you, if you have any of the skills that are useful, and are willing to help, do let me know. I have no clue of how to go about it.

Saturday School

This provides instruction for children not in catholic schools. Numbers have dwindled. We hope to relaunch the school after Easter. There are very many children in the parish who need it. Parents please think hard. Their faith and life with God are the most important gifts you can help your children to receive. Do not let them miss out. You and they are busy. But their future has many hurdles to surmount, and a basis of faith was never more needed.

Mother’s Day

We wish all mothers a happy Mother’s Day. We pray that your love and selfless giving will be recognised and honoured. May we all learn from you to be caring and generous of ourselves.

Easter Triduum

Readers, Ministers of Communion, Ushers & Sacristans: If you will be attending any of the services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Saturday please add your name to the lists located at the back of the church.

Assisi lunch helpers

We are in need of more volunteers to join us to help with serving a lunch for the elderly in our parish. It is a commitment for new members of 2 Fridays per year 9.30am till 3pm, that’s all! The teams have fun and the guests really enjoy the lunches monthly. Please contact Dolly on 07940429815 (eves only).

Quiz Night

27th of April 8pm in the Becket Centre. Tables up to 8 people. Cost of £5 per person, bring own drinks and nibbles. To book a table ring Sheila Brown on 02085047485

Collection for relief in Africa

In Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe hundreds have lost home and livelihood and many their lives. Today as you leave each Mass we shall make a special collection to bring them the essentials of life. Please be generous.

The Easter Vigil Mass

On April 20th it will start at 9pm this year because it has to begin in the dark. It is the most important event in the year for anyone living a Christian life. It centres on the sacrament of baptism. Do you ever think of your baptism and the lasting effect it has in shaping your life? Inevitably we are preoccupied with the demands of daily life in a fast-moving world. Job, career, family, home-making, money, health: these are the urgent matters that demand our attention. But underneath baptism is the most significant event and reality of life. What started that day weaves through all our daily preoccupations, but steadily moves us on to our destiny of resurrection beyond the grave. That is

The Joy of Love

The Repository sold out its stock of this letter of Pope Francis, but now has a fresh stock. I recommend it as good reading for Lent, as are his other encyclicals. Reading Joy of Love is a must for anyone contemplating marriage. Global warming is much in today’s secular news. There is no better treatment of its many aspects than in Francis’ letter: Lodato Si – on Care for our Common Home.

Musical Evening with Fr Stan

Parishioners are invited to a musical evening with Fr. Stan, a Franciscan of the Friars of the Renewal on March 27th from 7.30pm in the Ratcliffe Hall on Upper site, Mornington Rd. Free admission, refreshments will be served. Alan_mair@fc.tchs.uk.net

Cheese and Wine for Assisi helpers

to all Assisi lunch helpers (whether in the kitchen, serving dinner, driving or shopping for the meals) please join Dolly in the Becket center for wine & nibbles on 3rd April at 7.30pm, or if you want to volunteer or find out more, just come and meet the teams over a glass of wine!

New Rota

The cleaning rota for the period April to September 2019 is available in the Flower Room. Please collect a copy.

St Thomas of Canterbury YFC

We are looking for new players to join our friendly club. Players of all ages, boys and girls welcome, we train at Ashton Playing Fields, Chigwell Road every Tuesday. If interested please contact Matt Tallon 07855170256 or chairman@stcyfc.com

Cook

The Friars are looking for a Part-time cook for 6/7 weeks commencing on 15th July 2019. Working Monday to Wednesday 9.30am to 2pm. For further information please contact the Parish Office Manager by email parishoffice@stthomaswoodford.org

The Raphaël Pilgrimage to Lourdes 26th to 30th August

Enjoy four nights full board in Lourdes with The Raphaël Pilgrimage staying at the Padoue Hotel. We offer a full spiritual programme in sociable company. Flight direct to Lourdes from Stansted. Cost from £685 pp. Details and booking forms from Paul Affleck. Tel: 020 8504 9138.

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557/559 High Road
Woodford Green
Essex IG8 0RB

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