Christmas Eve St Thomas’ 3pm (Children's) 5.15pm 7:30pm to be recorded/on-line 10pm Chigwell Office of readings with carols 8.30pm. Night mass at 9pm Christmas Day St Thomas’ 8.30am 10am (family) 11.30am St James 9am Chigwell 10am JANUARY 2020 Sunday 5th January The Epiphany of the Lord—Masses at usual times. Thursday 9th January Holy Communion Parents meeting 8pm Bereavement Support group 7.30pm Friday 10th January Assisi Lunch in the Becket Centre
Your offerings at the Christmas Masses will be for the Friars, if you do not have a gift aid envelope but wish your offering to be gift aided please use the yellow envelope available at the back of church.
The rotas for the Masses are displayed at the back of the church, on the left-hand side as you leave. If you have volunteered your services, please check the list on your way out. Some Masses /Ministries were oversubscribed and others left with “vacancies”. On the table at the back of the church is a list of what we still require, in particular: Ministers of Communion for the 3pm, 5:15pm, 7:30pm & 10pm masses on Christmas Eve. Sacristans for the 5:15pm & 7:30pm masses on Chri
In January we will be reviewing the contents of the notice boards in the Church porch area. This will involve removing all current posters etc. and deciding what will be placed on the boards in future.
To remind you that from January 2020 the Catholic newspapers will only be supplied by pre ordering/paying for them from the Parish Office. If you would like us to set up a subscription please contact us as soon as possible.
Single Catholic men, 18-43 years of age, interested in the Franciscan Life Are invited to join us in the Becket Centre. Friday: 3rd January 5-5.45pm Franciscan Prayer Saturday: 4th January 12noon-12.45pm Life and Spirituality of St. Francis 2.30pm to 3.15pm Franciscan History 4pm to 4.45pm Franciscan Formation 7.30pm to 8.15pm Franciscan Ministry now + the Future If interested in attending these talks and you are seriously considering a Religious Vocation, then please contact
So far you have used the church well in preparation for the Lord’s 2019 coming. A large number came to the Ecumenical Advent service last Sunday. It is well to be reminded that we should value and do more to build our good relations with sister churches in the locality. We are all sharing what Matthew Arnold described as “the long roar of the receding tide of faith”. Carol services usually retell the story of how Christ came in the past. On Sunday six other churches joined us
Many thanks to all who volunteered last weekend. However, we still have a long way to go before we have a full complement of Readers, Ministers of Communion, Ushers & Sacristans for all the masses on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Currently we don’t have any volunteers for any of the ministries at the 10am mass on Christmas Day! Also, as we are expecting the church to be full at all the masses, we urgently need more experienced Ushers to assist with the smooth and safe runnin
As you know it is the practice that the loose plate offerings made at the Christmas masses are your personal offerings for the Friars. For those of you who pay by standing order we will have yellow envelopes available in which you can place your donation and this will enable that donation to be gift aided.
Many thanks to all those who supported the service, particularly to the readers, the choirs and the CWL. The retiring collection raised £850, which will be divided between Mary’s Meals and the Redbridge Cold Weather Centre. Your generosity was appreciated.
St Thomas’ thrives because of the large band of volunteers that keep it alive, active and well cared for. In recognition of this the Parish Council would like to thank you all for your contribution to parish life and our community. As a small token of our appreciation, we would like to invite those who can come to a small social event on 25th January 2020 between 7 & 9pm. We would love to be able to embrace you all at this event but alas, numbers have to be restricted to the