CAFOD Family Fast Day: Friday 4th October

On Family Fast Day, CAFOD invites us to share in the abundance that God has given us. We are asked to fast, pray and give to help people like Fabiano, who lives in a remote village in Uganda. The area is so hot and dry, people used to struggle to get enough clean water to survive. On Family Fast Day, CAFOD invites us to eat simply – perhaps having a bowl of soup instead of a meal – and give the money we save to help people like Fabiano. Please collect your Fast Day envelope & prayer card from the church this weekend and give what you can.

Music at 10am Sunday Mass

The Music Group would like to invite anyone with musical skills whether singing or playing an instrument, to join the group. A new pianist would be especially welcome. Please see Chantelle after Mass or telephone Pat on 8504 2017 to discuss further.

Rosary Prayer

Every weekday after 10am Mass duringthe month of October. Everyone is welcome to join.

Alert to all Ushers

The autumn count of attendance at weekend masses has to be taken today and on the next 3 Sundays. Please take special care to record the number present at each of the masses at St Thomas and also at St James Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell Convent. These should be sent to the Parish Office.

CRASH course

At Our Lady of Lourdes Wanstead. An 8 week course for 16-25 year olds. Searching the church’s teaching on morality of sex and kindred subjects. Starts 10 October 7.30 to 9 pm

Thursday October 3rd

Two important events that evening. At 7pm we will perform the traditional re-enactment of the happenings of the evening when St Francis died in 1226. That done you are all invited to modest refreshments in The Becket. For at 8pm…. Fr Dominic Howarth has agreed to come and help us with our project to provide good activities for our young people. Fr Dominic is the director of Abbotswick Youth Centre. The Centre hums with energy and brilliant ideas and youthful enthusiasm. Our three parishes building a partnership already have some preliminary ideas of what we can do with our combined resources. We anticipate there will be a good attendance from St Anne Line and Our Lady of Lourdes Wanstead. So


We regret we are unable to hold a Macmillan coffee morning fundraising event in St Thomas’s this year. Please join in at work, home or in the local community.

Parish annual sponsored walk

A very huge thank you to parishioners for supporting our annual walk for Brentwood Catholic Childrens’ Society on 22 June. With 95% of sponsorships now collected we have raised over £4.6k incl gift aid. This is the best result in the 10 years we have been walking for bccs. If you have still to make your sponsorship return please see David Underwood after mass or drop it in to the parish office in an envelope marked “bccs Sponsored Walk 2019”.

Sunday Teas

Volunteers are sought to assist on a rota basis with the after mass teas on a Sunday morning. Please contact Sheila on 020 85804 3839.

Launch of the Parish Fund-raising campaign

On Monday 14th October you are all cordially invited to a social in the Becket. It is well-known that when a parish has to raise money the need generates much good social engagement. So that will be the main topic of the evening. We will tell where we are in our process of renewing our ageing buildings and some future planning. And we hope you will come brimming with ideas of how we will start paying the bills. This is a major event for St Thomas. Do keep the evening free.


Should you wish your child to join Beavers, you need to ensure that you have put their name on the waiting list. Beavers start at 6 years old and then move on to Cubs when they are 8. They meet on a Monday night for 1 hour from 6.15pm at the Scout hut alongside the Becket Centre. An application form can be obtained by emailing the beaver leader

Trinity School applications

In response to the COVID-19 situation and due to extraordinary circumstances this year, the school have commissioned a virtual tour of Trinity Catholic High School, which can be found on our website ( The school has taken this decision, not to expose our prospective parents to any unnecessary risks. The school realises that you, as parents, may be disappointed with regard to this but please be aware that we only have the interests of the parents, and our school community, at the forefront of this decision, and would not wish to disadvantage any parents who may not feel able to attend. The website contains a lot of information regarding Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 teachin

Bro Brendan O’Neill

A genial 92 year old Franciscan brother died last week having long been cared for by the Franciscan Sisters in Littlehampton. His body will be brought to St Thomas at 6 pm today Sunday 15th for the celebration of vespers. His funeral mass will be tomorrow Monday 16th at 11am followed by burial in St Pat’s cemetery Leytonstone. May he enjoy everlasting life.

Fr Dominic Howarth

will speak to us, starting about 8pm on: What can we be doing for our youth. This has been and is one major preoccupation of Council and parish. Fr Dominic runs the Abbotswick Youth Centre which bristles with fun and busy activity. Young people across the Diocese are already enjoying the benefit of his skills and leadership. Please do come, both for the Transitus re-enactment the drink and the inter-active talk.

Mass for the sick & housebound - 29th September 3pm

A mass for the Sick and Housebound (including those living in care homes) with anointing of the sick will be held at St Thomas' on Sunday 29th September at 3pm, followed by tea and coffee in the Becket Centre. If you require transport to/from the mass please contact the parish office.

Parish Office Vacancy

The Parish Office is seeking to recruit a Finance administrator (15 hours per week). If you are interested please send in your CV and covering letter setting out how you meet the person specification to Closing date 23rd September at 12 noon. For more information please see the link below: Finance Administrator

International Food Evening

We will be hosting our third International Food Evening as a Parish Fundraising event on the 16th November. We currently have had four people come forward and offer to make a dish, if you are also able to contribute please do email

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