So St Francis greeted the world: You are all brothers and sisters. Now Pope Francis has chosen this clarion call to set out his programme for the post-Covid world. He looks at the mess the whole world is in: extremes of poverty and wealth; violent confrontations; everything else must be sacrificed to make sure the market values are honoured; make money before people’s needs are considered. Instead Francis maps out a world where every human being is precious and important;
Start small. Deal with individuals and individual cases. So it starts in the nuclear family – a great school of weaning from selfishness. Then families reach out to the human situations of need that abound. By coming together, sharing all the variety of gifts scattered through the families, small new green shoots appear. We are seeing it in the NHS. Heroic self-sacrifice. You teachers and parents are under huge pressure to teach at a safe distance with all the immense
UK Citizens – the parent organisation of which Telco is a part - organised a 2-hour zoom this week to familiarise all with this papal teaching. Its participants are from Christian churches, Muslim, Jew and all varieties of belief and unbelief. Honest men and women see the truth and validity of what the Pope is saying and doing and are acting it out. Telco is a very important part of our parish service. It is time for us to start planning how it will work out in St Thomas’
We are preparing to submit the HMRC claim for all donations we have received in 2020-2021. We presume that all donors are still paying taxes, unless you have told us otherwise. Please contact the Parish Office immediately if your circumstances have changed. We are so very grateful for your constant support!
On Thursday Bishop Alan and Simon Moules conducted a zoom training event for all the priests and deacons of our deanery. We are learning how best to use Zoom. But the two presenters brought us up to date on developments in safeguarding the vulnerable in our country. In 2019-20 there have been two rigorous Investigations – the so-called IICSA ordered by Parliament and another led by Ian Elliott and ordered by our bishops. There is reorganisation of the management in progre
Zoom is drawing out much evidence of expertise and ingenuity. The preparation programme for confirmation mounted an impressive gathering of nearly 100 parents, sponsors and interested parties. Reportedly it generated a most useful vehicle for information and discussion. The journey of faith meets weekly to pray and learn. We are still working on our support for you parents of children preparing for first communion. We do appreciate how burdened you are with working from h
In the hope that in the spring life may start to return to some form of new normality we wanted to review the Church Laundry Rota and the Church Cleaning Rota. Firstly each of these rotas needs a new co-ordinator, so if there is a willing parishioner who can assist with this please contact the Parish Office. Secondly, for those of you who are currently on the Rota’s it would be very much appreciated if you can confirm you willingness to continue. If any parishioner would
Thank you to those parishioners who have used the Diocese of Brentwood on-line donation website. For those who maybe interested the site can be found at https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/donations/?parish=woodford%20green
Monday Evening Mass at 7pm Tuesday 10am live streamed Wednesday Mass at 10am Thursday 10am live streamed Friday Mass at 10am Saturday Mass at 10am & 6pm A booking for the evening mass must be made Sunday Mass at 9am & 11am Bookings must be made The link for bookings is as follows: Saturday Masses https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/124524627513 - Sunday Masses https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/124234894915
Thank you for your messages of sympathy on his death and for your prayers and masses. In recent years his health declined and he kept more to his room. Previously though his interest and cheery smile made him a popular figure in church and around. His funeral on Wednesday was inevitably very low-key and we regret that you could not come as you wished to say goodbye in traditional manner.
We have all been alarmed at the sharp rise in the spread of the disease. From several quarters we are being urged simply to stay at home. It is in our own interest as well as being our duty to others that we take every possible precaution to avoid adding to the spread. So our Health and Safety committee has decided that we will stop all opportunities for access to mass and the church. We have been very well served by many stewards who have led you through the details of c
This is the annual week of prayer for the unity of all churches. The customary events in which we come together to pray in friendship obviously cannot happen. But we can think of our need to do better in sharing and appreciating all the varieties of prayer and practice of the different Christian churches and bodies. Each morning this week there will be a zoomed act of worship. Zoom Meeting at 7am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89224415457? pwd=SG81TlpGTkQvcFNzUmg0ZjFCZ 3N1UT09