Some 4 years ago St Thomas’ lost an indefatigable caring man of prayer as he moved to Chingford. Victor was a man of lovely old-world courtesy; a type rarely seen these days. A humble man who never married, loved cricket and especially bowls at which he excelled. But his total concern was for our parish and the poor whom he served 61 years through the SVP as you see from their appreciation. Victor died last week. His funeral will be at Our Lady of Grace N Chingford at a da
No longer just “catechumens”, they are now known as the “Elect”. We could not take Michelle Sinclair, Karen James, Olivia Gant, Laikyn Wassermann and Clayton Benvenuti to Brentwood to be “chosen” by the bishop. Instead we are doing it this week here in St Thomas. Please welcome them and pray for them. We hope they will become fully integrated into our church and parish at the Easter Vigil.
(St Alphonsus Liguori) My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all thin gs, and I desire to receive You into my sou l. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen
For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks. mine our gold and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid. In 2021, Fairtrade Fortnight will feel very different. 2020 has been a hard year for everyone and we know that physically campaigning and meeting people will continue to be
Religious Life: the theory & the stories Each Friday we gather together on Zoom from 7-8.15pm. There will be a short input on some aspect of religious life and then a guest speaker will share her/his vocation story. The meeting will also include a time for sharing, questions and discussion. Young adults 18-35 join us every Fridays in Lent starting on 19th February 2021 at 7pm -8.15pm Zoom link: email us on CompassCVP@gmail.com for the link and for any other information. Face
“To act in a Samaritan way in a crisis means letting myself be struck by what I see, knowing that the suffering will change me. We Christians talk about this as taking up and embracing the Cross. Embracing the Cross, confident that what will come is new life, gives us courage to stop lamenting and move out and serve others and so enable change, which will come only from compassion and service… Be the creators of your future”
A huge vote of thanks to Keith & Lynsey Stanger for their organisation and presentation of the second Zoom Quiz last Friday. It was great fun. It shows the strength of our parish interest. Keep it going. Well done to the McGuinness Family on getting the highest score.
You had to forego the pleasure of ashes this past week! There is nothing to stop us observing Family Fast Day this coming Friday. It is probably hard, even impossible, to find some pleasure you can deny yourself this week, with the added benefit of giving Cafod the money you save thereby. Cafod still needs its usual revenue from this practice. Details about how you can donate can be found on our website.https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day
Mass will be streamed at 10 am. I think we will need virtual ashes this year. The bishops have suggested we could stand at the door and sprinkle ashes on the top of your head. No touching of course. It really does not seem practical. You have had to put up with having no communion for so long. You can be patient with being deprived of ashes!
At this time of much anxiety and bereavement you are asking for many masses to be offered for your special needs. We are most grateful and eager to oblige. But the requests are greater at the moment than the number of masses that we can celebrate within the parish. It is no problem. I have passed some intentions to our brethren in Stratford. Others have been sent to priests in foreign missions. You can be completely sure that the mass will be offered as you request. Ev
have long served this parish. No longer able to provide class teachers to our schools they still add a special dimension to the pastoral service of St Thomas’. We hear this week that two of their convents have been stricken by covid. Four sisters in their Irish convent of Newbridge have died. Sister Teresa Quinn and Sandra have also contracted the infection in Rock Ferry convent. Thank God the latter two are said to be not seriously ill from it. Please add your prayers
The Royal London has established a family centre to provide immediate or Daily Sensitive response and updates for families of patients in intensive care or on covid wards. https://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/news/staying-in-contact-with-loved-ones-at-the-royal-london-hospital-10019
Two parishioners will be walking 14 miles on 14th Feb to raise awareness and money for the NHS Staff mental well-being, More information can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/jo-emma-walk-for-nhs-mental-wellbeing?sharetype=teams&member=8389898& utm_medium=email&utm_source=cust omer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&pc_code=em_db_co2876_v1&rc id=35992d4d25b348bf9a3e9731cecb8 450
In 2015, Pope Francis published his ground-breaking letter on the environment Laudato Si’. Since then, millions of people worldwide have joined the global movement to address the environmental crisis our world is facing. This Lent, we are inviting YOU to join us for a series of reflective evenings with inspiring speakers, prayer and discussion, using the film-based resource “Global Healing”. These engaging documentaries will inform and challenge people to respond to Pope Fran