14th July 2pm Parish Annual Meeting

Big decisions lie ahead radically affecting our parish life. Last week you read the bishop’s warning that we cannot simply shut our eyes and presume all will continue as it is. Already we see a decline in interest in parish activities including the numbers at Sunday mass. You see today a brief summary of what the Council has achieved in the past year. I hope you will come to the meeting to show appreciation, and then your readiness to provide the support needed for the next stage.

Our Parish Community

Today I know there will be very many exhausted by the work you have done to create and carry through the Parish Fete. I do thank you. I hope we can pause a little to draw breath as we embark on the final stage of the school – and therefore parish – year. A postscript to last week’s item about the Mass. You have probably heard often the statement that every baptised person is a priest. At your baptism the priest said: As Christ was anointed priest prophet and king, so may you live always as a member of his body. You do not have the role and ministry of those ordained priest by a bishop. But you are part of Christ’s body: as he worships, feeds and heals, governs and teaches in the contemporary

Annual Gift Aid Statement

Please provide the Parish Office with your email address and we shall gladly email you the statement for the last financial year.

Mass of Thanksgiving for Marriage and Family Life

Each year Bishop Alan celebrates this Mass particularly for those who are newly married or celebrating special anniversaries. The Mass is on Saturday 6th July at 3pm in Brentwood Cathedral, with a reception afterwards. If you would like an invitation, please speak to your parish priest. On the same day there is a conference in the Cathedral Hall for all those involved in supporting and promoting the vocation to marriage—see the diocesan website for more information.


Martin Fitzpatrick will be conducting performance of Benjamin Britten’s short opera ‘Noye’s Flute’ (10 minutes) at the Theatre Royal, Stratford from 1st-13th July. A children’s chorus, 120 strong, with half taken from Churchfields School, will be singing. Tickets can be bought online.

Corpus Christi

Today is the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. It is a day to stop and think what happens at Mass. At the centre of each mass the climax comes when we hear the priest say: This is my body...This is my blood… But who brings Jesus down on the altar? It is not just the priest. It is all of us. Jesus needs readers to proclaim God’s word. He needs helpers to distribute his body and blood in the form of bread and wine; welcomers and ushers who help all to move in orderly fashion, sacristans and collectors to prepare and receive the gifts. Very much he needs voices to speak and sing supported by musicians. Above all he needs hearts that pour in love. So please think today: I am not just “going

Parish Council Vacancies

We will have some vacancies for the Parish Council. Nomination forms are available at the back of the Church or from the website or parish office. These must be completed and returned by 27th June 2019 at 10am.

Carpark Repair

You are doubtless aware that our carpark was in poor condition. The grasscrete, which we were obliged to lay by the planning authority, was breaking up in places. George, so helpful in many practical matters has recently re-laid a large area that was a considerable hazard. Eventually we shall have to resurface the whole area. But thanks to George we can now put off a major repair. And concentrate on the next stage of the Parish restoration.

Summer fete request

We are still in need of RAFFLE PRIZES and BOTTLES for the Tombola Stall. New things and unopened bottles are welcome.

Cakes are needed

The CWL would be pleased to receive cakes for refreshments at the Summer Fete. Please bring any donations to the Becket Centre at 10am on the morning of the Fete. Many thanks.

Children’s Liturgy

Please note that due to safeguarding rules we are able to invite children in the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 only. Should any younger siblings wish to join the Children’s Liturgy, they must be accompanied by a parent, or responsible adult. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Gift Aid Envelopes

We encourage parishioners to join the Gift Aid Scheme with St Thomas of Canterbury. If you pay tax, our parish as a charity can benefit from extra 20% on any donation you make. Every pound matters. The claim on all donations will be done through HMRC. All you need to do is to fill in the Declaration form and take a set of envelopes from the back of the church. There is an envelope for each week in the set. You place your donation in the Gift Aid envelope and put it in the loose plate when there is a general collection at the mass.

The Becket Centre Bookings

The Becket Centre is available for hire by parishioners. If you would like to receive more information please email the Parish Office.

Parish Summer Fete - Saturday, 29th June 11 to 4pm

Come and be part of the organisation: St Thomas’ “Got Talent”: should there be any budding performers who wish to grace the stage at the Fete, please get in touch with the Parish Office, as we would love to see as many performers as possible from year 3 and above. Limited slots and first come first served basis. Could your business sponsor something? Please contact Aine at

Sacraments of initiation

The Holy Spirit was much in evidence here last Sunday. The Confirmation mass was a splendid celebration. All the catechists and Fr Michael deserve much praise and gratitude for the imagination and relevance of the preparation course. A priest from Poland asked: How long was the preparation? And was astonished at its brevity. He thought it should be two years. I would not dream of matching his expectation. But it did jolt me to think how seriously we should take the sacrament, its meaning and all it involves. Then on Monday the children in St Antony’s school who had received their communion at various masses through May came resplendent in their communion dress for a lovely mass in school. Co

Parish Annual Sponsored Walk for BCCS

A reminder that this year's sponsored walk through Epping Forest for Brentwood Catholic Children's Society is on Saturday, 22nd June. 2019 is 35th year BCCS has worked for children and families in the diocese. It's also the 10th year we have raised funds for BCCS through a sponsored walk, so good reasons to make this year's walk even more special. Please see David Underwood as you leave mass at St Thomas' if you would like to take part or sponsor the walk this year.

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