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Mass for Migrants. Saturday 2nd May at 10.30am live steamed on YouTube

Each year the Mass for Migrants celebrates the wonderful contribution of migrant workers. This year we listen to the voices and honour the many migrant workers in service during the Coronavirus pandemic on the "forefront" in the NHS, Social care, cleaners and caterers, transport and delivery drivers. "You are clapping for us, now join us in prayer" The Order of Service for tomorrow’s Mass for Migrants is now on the website, with the direct link The direct link to the YouTube streaming of the Mass, which will go live at 10.25am tomorrow

Suggested reflection activity for young people

Draw a path on a big piece of paper and, starting with being born, draw all the most important events in your life so far Thank God for always being with you, even if you didn’t know it at the time.

The Word - edition 8 - April 2020

Welcome to the eighth edition of The Word. A couple of articles are rather long reads so I have split them into (at least) two parts. The second part, and 9th edition of The Word will be issued hopefully next week. There are five articles in total in this edition. If you have anything that you would like to include from your church group please send to communications@stthomaswoodford.org

Holy Week

We were fortunate in being able to celebrate nearly all the liturgies of Holy Week. We missed you though since your presence and joining in positively are an essential part of the proper celebration. We felt that the usual liturgy for Good Friday afternoon was impossible without you and especially the choir. Instead we shared our skills and resources and managed to stream the Stations of the Cross. From the Becket the sound was better. It was a bonus that we could stream most of the services though, thanks to the skills and generosity of our streaming team. You in turn found this beneficial. Thank you for all the messages affirming the exercise. What next? Again we in the friary are the fort

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On this Easter day..

we can well return to the Pope’s encouragement spoken as he gave his Urbi et Orbi blessing last week: “It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others. We can look to so many exemplary companions for the journey, who, even though fearful, have reacted by giving their lives. This is the force of the Spirit poured out and fashioned in courageous and generous self-denial. It is the life in the Spirit that can redeem, value and demonstrate how our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinar

"Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?"

Lord, in this world, that you love more than we do, we have gone ahead at breakneck speed, feeling powerful and able to do anything. Greedy for profit, we let ourselves get caught up in things, and lured away by haste. We did not stop at your reproach to us, we were not shaken awake by wars or injustice across the world, nor did we listen to the cry of the poor or of our ailing planet. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay . “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”? Dear brothers and sisters, I would like this evening to entrust all of you to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary, Health of the People and Star of the stormy Sea. From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the w

Prayer for Easter

Dear Lord, may I realise afresh today what Your death and resurrection mean for me. Forgiveness, freedom, and the ability to walk with You through this fallen world into eternity. May I always find my satisfaction in You and Your willingness to offer Yourself to me. In Jesus' Name, Amen

MASS ON LINE

Maundy Thursday: 8pm Mass of the Last Supper with washing of feet  Good Friday: Way of the Cross at 3 pm  Holy Saturday: Easter vigil at 8 pm If your reception seems dim on Holy Saturday do not adjust your sets. We start in the (semi) dark. God is dead. So we go back to basics: hearing the story of First Creation and that of the Jews led out of Egypt to freedom through the Red Sea. The Easter candle proclaims: Jesus is alive! We have light and hope for a better future. Water is blessed as the medium of real life.  Easter Sunday: Mass at 10 am

Keep in touch

There are many ways to keep in touch during this difficult time. For example, the parish website, the newsletter by email, mass online, the Parish News mailing list, the parish Facebook page and, of course, the parish office. Please share this information with others and if any help is needed with any of these resources please contact the parish office. For any technical details please mail communications@stthomaswoodford.org www.stthomaswoodford.org or mail Communications@stthomaswoodford.org

Online Mass

As for the foreseeable future there will be no mass celebrations open for parishioners to attend it is our intention to record a mass weekly for online viewing. To watch mass online please visit our parish website https:// www.stthomaswoodford.org/ and click Mass Online on our homepage. This will bring up another link Watch Mass Online. Clicking on this link will take you to our You Tube channel from where you can view mass. You will see masses listed in date order. Click on any mass to view it. If you wish to receive an email notification when mass is uploaded each week you will need to subscribe on You Tube. (You will see a large red Subscribe button on the mass page on You Tube)

Holy Week

Paul and Mike are still struggling with less than perfect technologies and showing great initiative and inventiveness. We hope to offer you the following menu for the Holy Week services.  Palm Sunday: Procession of palms and mass at 10 am  Maundy Thursday: 8pm Mass of the Last Supper with washing of feet  Good Friday: Way of the Cross at 3 pm  Holy Saturday: Easter vigil at 8 pm If your reception seems dim on Holy Saturday do not adjust your sets. We start in the (semi) dark. God is dead. So we go back to basics: hearing the story of First Creation and that of the Jews led out of Egypt to freedom through the Red Sea. The Easter candle proclaims: Jesus is alive! We have light and hope for

The silver lining

There is one valuable benefit that the shutdown has produced: Our air is purer: the practices warming our environment have been drastically cut back. Will we manage to maintain this when normal life resumes? It will require a massive change of heart and a totally different approach to politics, commerce, banking and social life. The austerity forced on us has given a glimpse of what we can do. It is a time to go back to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si “A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system… This warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level and by an increase of extreme weather events. Most global

A prayer for Palm Sunday

Our Communications Team has set up a new email group (Parish News) to enable improved Parish Communication, especially important during these difficult times. This group will be used by the Parish Office to communicate information directly to all Parishioners. Anyone who has not yet joined may do so by mailing communications@sthomaswoodford.org Please note that Parish News is set up only to send information. Any email correspondence should be addressed, as normal to parishoffice@stthomaswoodford.org

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