Rosary rally relay this Sunday

Following the call of Pope Francis for families to pray the Rosary together during the month of May, a Rosary Rally has been organised inviting the faithful across England, Wales and Scotland to pray the Rosary on Pentecost Sunday from 9am to 9pm. The faithful in the Diocese of Brentwood are invited to pray the Rosary from 11am to 12 noon on 31st May

We appreciate the difficult decisions about returning to school that you have to face

Our constant prayer is for the safety of everyone of our parish community. - Life is good in the Friary. The regular life and our dependence on each other is a healthy experience. You have seen through the streamed masses that we have had a friar from South Korea – Stephen – with us. He insisted on doing all the washing up – we told him he has a degree in it. He returned to Korea last Saturday. Then sent us photos of stages of his journey and the quarantine in which he now sits. We miss him.

Austen asked Pope Francis..

Austen asked Pope Francis what he had to say to the elderly, to young people and to those facing poverty as a result of our crisis: “The elderly continue to be our roots. The tension between young and old must always be resolved in the encounter with each other. Because the young person is bud and foliage, but without roots they cannot bear fruit. The elderly are the roots. ‘I would say to them: I know you feel death is near and you are afraid, but look elsewhere, remember your children and do not stop dreaming’. To the young people: ‘Have the courage to look ahead and to be prophetic. May the dreams of the old correspond to your prophecies’. (cfr Joel 3,1) “Those who have been impoverished

Catholic Herald

From May, the Catholic Herald is changing from a weekly to monthly publication. More information can be found at

Messages from Facebook/ website

The Friars thank you for the kind messages they have been receiving through our social media channels, it is encouraging to hear from Parishioners in these unpresented times.

CAFOD’s Unite against Coronavirus

Unite against Coronavirus We are living through the biggest public health crisis in a century. Right across the UK, Coronavirus is having a devastating impact on all of our daily lives, and many people have lost precious loved ones. But in many developing countries where poverty is widespread and healthcare systems are much more fragile, the effects are likely to be disastrous. We must never forget that we are one global family, united in this struggle. Now is not the time to build barriers, but for the world to unite in love and compassion. Out of love for our sisters and brothers overseas, sign our petition to the the Prime Minister asking him to ensure that the most vulnerable people are

Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society (bccs)

For the past 11 years, parishioners at St Thomas’, along with St Edmund’s (Loughton), have generously supported the circular sponsored walk for bccs through Epping Forest that takes place in June from the Becket Centre. Due to the Coronavirus lockdown, the walk this year is to be re-scheduled to later in the year. Coronavirus update In line with the latest government advice to avoid non-essential contact, bccs has revised its working practices. It will be reviewing this situation and has made the difficult decision to withdraw its school-based staff for their safety and that of others. Its professional team is currently supporting children and families remotely by telephone or video calls an


As previously reported on our website, during Fairtrade Fortnight this year a number of parish groups joined in the celebration of 25 years of the Fairtrade mark in the UK. Link to the report on the website The Story of Chocolate - Unwrapping the Bar If you enjoyed some chocolate over Easter you may be interested in “The Story Of Chocolate” at the link below which looks at the heart of the chocolate industry and how Fairtrade is working towards a living income for cocoa farmers. It specifically focuses on women cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and the role of women in community development. The story is about 11 minutes long. Saturday, 9th May was Wo

Message from the Bishop: National Marriage Week

I would like to take this opportunity to send my greetings to all married couples, especially those celebrating significant anniversaries this year, and all those who are preparing for marriage. We have recently celebrated the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, and the church is greatly enriched by all those who live the vocation to marriage, helping their spouse and their children on the path to heaven and revealing something of Christ’s love for his church through their own commitment to each other. You are all in my prayers, but most especially those who are experiencing illness and bereavement. I am also aware of the deep disappointment experienced by the many engaged couples who have ha

Loyola School

EYFS Teacher and SENCO Vacancies Interested candidates please apply online via If you have any queries please email

Redbridge Mutual Aid

If you need help during this lockdown period please contact the Redbridge Mutual Aid for Food/household supplies. Helpline number: 020 31373984 (open 7 days/week, 8.00am to 8.00pm) Email address: Website: Home | Redbridge Mutual Aid They also welcome donations this Saturday to Prospect Hall, Prospect Road before 12 noon

The nation that knows not its history is set to repeat its mistakes

The summer of 1940 was glorious; as has been our recent weather. Hitler‘s troops stood triumphant at all points along Europe’s western shores. With a non-aggression pact with Russia secured, it would have been a simple task for his victorious army to cross the channel and conquer the whole of Britain. My father, a First World War veteran enlisted in Dad’s army. He came home armed only with an arm-band and a pickaxe handle. That was how Dad’s army was first equipped. Hitler thought he lacked air superiority. So the Battle of Britain took place in the air. Of it Churchill commented “Never was so much owed by so many to so few”. We still honour and remember the courage of the fighter pilots out

Good Shepherd Sunday

This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday when we traditionally pray for vocations to the priesthood for our diocese. Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood and to the religious life and also that all of us may be able to hear what God is asking us to do.

Mass intentions/ mass cards

If you would like a mass said please put the details in an envelope and post through the parish office door. We can also send mass cards for you, however, you will need to provide details of the recipient and their address. Cards cost £1.00.

Franciscan Vocation

Interested in the Franciscan way of life? Perhaps God may be inviting you to know more about the Franciscan vocation of a Franciscan Friar, Sister, Lay member? If so, contact:

Parish News — The Word

Parishioner’s mentioned viewing difficulties with colours please note there will be a plain text version of The Word uploaded to the web in pdf format.

Gift Aid Statements 2019/2020

have now been issued by email If you have not received one please let the parish office know by email—

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