Mental Well-being

The topic proved popular for about 100 came last Wednesday to hear Dr Kiran give a very thorough perspective of how mind and emotions develop especially in the young. We will pursue the subject further. If you can help us with suggestions they will be welcome. If you would like to receive the “slides” - power-point? of last Wednesday please contact


You started well last Wednesday with a good number at Mass that day. Each Friday there will be Stations of the Cross after the 10am mass and again led by friars at 8pm.

Rite of Election

Nine people who have been on the Journey of Faith for many months are going to Brentwood Cathedral this afternoon. They will each be introduced to our Bishop Alan. They are on the final stage of more intensive preparation for baptism and reception into our church at the Easter vigil Mass. Please pray for them. Please also use any opportunity to draw them into all the events and occasions of our parish life. They are joining the family. Make sure we relate well at all levels.

Towards Easter

The bible passages chosen through Lent are good for all of us but geared particularly to those coming into our family. Today and next Sunday we concentrate on the person of Jesus. He is truly human, disoriented and going back to basics in the desert, then truly God transfigured on the mountain. The following three Sundays give us detailed instruction on baptism. Are you conscious of the difference it makes through your daily life? And from Palm Sunday we accompany Jesus through the dramatic days that follow.

Restoration Fund

At the outset the communion preparation group had set themselves a target of raising £10,000 for the church restoration. Lockdown abruptly put an end to several fund-raising ventures. Still they have raised over £8000 for this purpose. I am amazed at your industry and generosity. Thank you very warmly. Contractors spent some time this past Thursday viewing the premises and task.

St James

Are looking for help with the provision of flowers and/or flower arrangers. Please contact the Parish Office for more information if you think you can help.

Jumble Sale—Thank you

Many thanks to all who donated, helped or attended the jumble sale last weekend. An amazing £837 was raised which will be divided between the Chigwell Sisters mission and the CWL children charities and a donation will also be made to the restoration fund.

Major event March 4th

We are looking at mental well-being this Lent. On Wednesday March 4th we are lucky that Dr Kiran Nijabat director of the Family Wellness Practice has agreed to come and give us the benefit of her expertise. She is a much sought-after expert especially in the mental well-being of young people. This is a quite exceptional opportunity. It is particularly for you parents who have the care and concern for the development of children and young people. So please do make a special effort to come to Becket at 7.15pm on Wednesday week.

Film Night

Alas the weather and start of half-term holiday played havoc with last Saturday’s film night. The Spears family converted the Becket into a modern cinema: all glitter, popcorn and nachos yet they and a couple of friars and one other were the audience. They are resilient and not to be down-hearted. Michelle and family: I do thank you for all the trouble you took.

Ash Wednesday Masses

St Thomas at 10 am and 8 pm. Chigwell 9.30 am The whole Mass is a call to “penance”. We plunge straight into hearing the Word of God calling us to change. Ashes symbolise decay, death, the absence of life. We used to hear a sombre “Remember man that thou art dust; and unto dust shall you return”. Much better on Wednesday the priest will say: “Change your life: believe (that is put into practice) the Gospel”. It is not one of the old so-called “Days of Obligation”. But each year you do come, just to start Lent well. It is also technically a “day of fasting and abstinence”. It will make much more sense if you do something positive for others, especially if it is inconvenient.

Walk with Me

A booklet of thoughts for each day of Lent is on sale at the back of the Church: £1.

Come and help with Sunday teas?

We are looking for some more volunteers to join our Sunday morning Tea/Coffee rotas after the 10.00am mass and the 11.30am mass. 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

Fundraising Team

Members of the fundraising team will be available after all Masses this week-end for parishoners to bring back, or get, Standing Order forms.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020: 24 February 8 March

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade seeks to address the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It seeks to enable them to improve their position and have more control over their lives. With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can help to get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and l

Volunteers social event

Two videos are now uploaded. They can be viewed on the website by going to Mass Online and then once on our You Tube Channel go to the playlist Special Services. They can also be seen by following the video links below:

Restoration Appeal

Thank you to all those who have responded to our appeals over the last two weeks. We will be available after all Masses this weekend with the necessary forms to complete the Standing Order and Gift Aid process. All you need to bring are your bank details.

Upcycling garments

Many thanks to the Church community for donating your used denim to me last February. I used it for upcycling garments for my 'Signs Of The Now' installation for the Connecting Afro Futures Exhibition in the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin running for three months ending in December last year. The message in my work was a call to action for every man woman and child to help save the environment and fight against climate change by reducing reusing and recycling (#R3 Campaign). Jose Hendo

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

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Woodford Green
Essex IG8 0RB

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