Volunteers social event

All went home marveling that it was such a good evening. Why? Surely it is obvious that when you people who are so generous in volunteering your service come together for a convivial evening we find a level of sharing and enjoyable company that is precious and all too rare in our busyness. Next time we hope more of you will not be shy – saying: I don’t do much. You do. I thank the office staff who had not a little to do in pressing ahead with a project most of us said was impossible.

Catholic Fellowship

In honour of Our Lady of Lourdes will take place on Sunday 9th February at 3pm at St Anne Line Church in South Woodford. All welcome


A Catholic Bible convention and Healing ministry on Saturday 15th February from 2 pm to 6 pm in St Anne's Catholic High School, 6 Oakthorpe Road, Palmers Green, London, N13 5TY. More information on

Across Chingford

Across is celebrating its 20th Anniver-sary with a Dinner/Dance at Gilwell Park, Chingford on 29th February 2020. Tickets £50.00. Contact Bernadette 07743 380895

Children attending non-Catholic primary schools

We have places available at our Satur-day school which meets for one hour upstairs in the Becket Centre. If you are interested please contact the par-ish office or pop along and have a chat with Sean at 10am on Saturday

Travel to Lourdes — with Across

There are some vacancies for sick, disabled, or seriously ill people to travel to Lourdes on the Jumbulance. Leaving Chingford on April16th and returning on April 25th. If anyone wishes to go or has a friend or relative who may wish to go, please contact Debbie on 07847714781

First confessions

Communion preparation resumes with group A next Saturday. All but 4 have now made their first confession. We must make sure it is the first of many: of a growing familiarity with Jesus and also a growing self-awareness. In St Antony’s school we are going to make a renewed effort to provide regular opportunities for each class. But it depends on you parents. You have to show that you value the sacrament. Then there are at least 40 of the candidates for Communion in May who do not attend St Antony school, and so do not enjoy the opportunity we offer.

Parish Office

The Parish Office will be closed on Wednesday 29th January for one day.

Pray with the Pope

Daily prayers from Pope Francis. On our website click ‘Let Us Pray’ or download the app - available on Android and iOS.

Gospel Reflections

Reflections by Fr Adrian Graffy are on our website click ‘Sunday Gospels’.

Readers Course

It will be offered in Church next Saturday 25th starting at 10.30am. I have been instructed to make sure that the Church is warm! So far only 20 have told us they will take part. You may be one of the good readers: we have many. But even these need refreshing. The BBC newsreaders engage in review and training at least once a month. We have more important news to proclaim.

Celebration of God’s Word

The Pope has made this a feature for the whole year, with special emphasis next Sunday. At each Mass all readers will renew their commitment to this service and ministry. It will be done quite simply.

Volunteers Please

We would like some more volunteers to join our Sunday morning Tea/Coffee rotas after the 10.00am mass and the 11.30am mass. The 10.00am mass is once every 9 weeks and the 11.30am is once every 7 weeks. Please if you can, come and speak to me in the Becket Centre after either mass or contact me on 0208 504 3839 or e-mail

Catholic newspapers

It is a good thing to read the Catholic press: otherwise how can anyone know what is happening in the church? But the publishers now refuse to provide them on a sale-or-return basis. So we have to order and pay for each copy they send us. If you wish to have a subscription please contact the parish office and they will happily and promptly make the arrangement.

Volunteers’ social

We have deliberated long: How can we show our appreciation of you who give your time and energies to the tasks of the parish. So there will be a simple social event in Becket on Jan 25th starting at 7pm. If you are fairly regularly doing any of the services or functions of the parish please come and celebrate with us. Do not be shy. But please do just tell us you are coming so that we will know the numbers. We do want Becket to be full to the scuppers.

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