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Our parish of St Thomas of Canterbury promotes God's kingdom of justice, love and peace through worship, the proclamation of the Word and prayer. As a community we serve those in need and support God's family in all areas of life.


A FAIRTRADE PARISH

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Oscar Romero
Celebrate the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who continues to bring hope to our sisters and brothers around the world.

Click here>>> to learn about the beatification on Saturday, 23rd May of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, who was shot dead while celebrating Mass on 24 March 1980.
Find prayers and reflections>>> to celebrate the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero,
martyr and champion of poor communities in El Salvador.



GRAFFITI?

It is great that comments have been added to the board at the back of the church displaying our response to the Synod. Keep them coming. Perhaps we need some post-its for you to add your views. I am delighted that the thinking and discussion continues. It is exactly what the Pope asked for: not just yes-persons, but the freedom to be honest and say what we think and believe. The discussion continues as we help each other to discover all the richness God is putting into our families and marriages.

QUENTIN



SYNOD QUESTIONS / RESPONSE

Click here>>> to go to the page on this website containing the parish Synod discussions and response document.
 

FRANCISCAN MISSIONS

The latest issue of “The Troubadour” is available here>>>.

The Troubadour appears two or three times a year. 
It is described as: "A Missionary Magazine at the service of  (a) Franciscan Missionaries working throughout the world but especially in disaster areas, and (b) The Franciscan Missionary Union."

It contains a tribute to Fr. Austin Kinsella as well as news about how the money you put in your mission boxes is used. Please take a copy as you leave church. Please also take a mission box.



PARISH ANNUAL SPONSORED WALK FOR BCCS

The sponsored walk for BCCS (Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society) is taking place this year on Saturday, 6th June. Our walk from the Becket Centre through lovely Epping Forest is the best supported in the Diocese and is suited for all ages. It’s a great family event. If you would like to take part or sponsor the walk, please contact David Underwood on 07905 741033.


THANK YOU

CAFOD LENT FAST DAY - Grateful thanks to all parishioners £1,216.71 was raised.

THE MUSIC GROUP would like to thank all who donated musical instruments. 50 instruments were handed in. Well done.


REPOSITORY GIFT SHOP

Confirmation invites, cards, and photo albums now available in the Repository. Confirmations are on 7th June this year.



FRIARY TENNIS CLUB

You may not be aware that there are two good courts and a clubhouse, idyllically situated in the friary gardens. If you would like to play tennis there, do please contact the club chair, Bernard Hunter, on 07968 173110 for details. We charge a small subscription fee to cover maintenance and other costs. Membership is open to anybody.



DATES FOR YOUR DIARY . . .

FIRST COMMUNION MASSES
Saturday, 23rd May 11.30am - Fr. Quentin
Sunday, 24th May 11.30am - Fr. Antoine
Saturday, 30th May 11.30am - Fr. Michael
Sunday, 31st May 11.30am - Fr. Quentin
We ask you to remember in your prayers the First Communion children who will be receiving Communion for the first time
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Sunday, 24th May - FUN FILLED  FAMILY EVENT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR NEPAL EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
2.30pm-6.30pm, Becket Centre. Try Nepalese food plus other international food and drinks. Enjoy home baked cakes. Nail bar, toy shop, sweet shop, table games, lots of other fun activities.

Sunday, 24th May - PRAISE & WORSHIP EVENING PENTECOST SUNDAY

At Sion Community, Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood,  7.30pm—9pm. Come and celebrate Pentecost with us. Everyone welcome.


Tuesday, 26th - TUESDAY CLUB
We’re having a QUIZ this week, and picking our brains at 2pm. Where? In the Becket Centre! No prizes, but refreshments for all.

Wednesday, 27th - SOUP RUN
We are up London again on Wednesday night and would be grateful to receive sandwiches, biscuits, cakes, sweets, fruit and clean men’s clothing. Items can be left in the parish office during 9.30am—1.30pm or in the Becket Centre between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. We would like to say a big thank you for the donation of £50 towards our costs.

Friday, 29th May - ASSISI LUNCH
12.30pm - 2.30pm, Becket Centre
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Sunday, 31st May - CONGOLESE ORPHANAGE GARDEN PARTY

The Oblates of the Assumption will hold their annual garden party at the Convent, 20 Higham Station Ave E4 9AZ on the above date. Hot Meals will be served between 12.30pm—3pm. All are welcome.


ADVANCE NOTICE >>>

Monday, 1st June - HOLY FAMILY LAY ASSOCIATES
Meeting at 7.30pm at the Convent. Please bring your ‘Joy of the Gospel’ booklet.

Thursday, 4th June - SVP ‘OPEN EVENING’
If you are interested in finding out more about the SVP and the work we do, please come along for a chat and a glass of wine on at 7.30pm in the Assisi Room. All welcome.

Saturday, 6th June - ANNUAL SPONSORED WALK FOR BCCS
See panel above for details.

Sunday, 7th June - PARISH CONFIRMATIONS

Saturday, 13th June - PARISH SUMMER GARDEN FETE
Noon—5pm PLEASE DONATE A BOTTLE before Saturday 13th June 2015. We need beer BOTTLES , spirit BOTTLES, mixer BOTTLES, soft drinks BOTTLES, ANY BOTTLES for the Bottle Stall. Tombola BOTTLES can be left at the Parish Office or contact Laura Beales  07947 765882 020 8505 2311 to arrange collection THANK YOU for your support.

Saturday, 13th June - MASS AND ROSARY PROCESSION
There will be a Helpers of God’s Precious Infants Rosary Procession, led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will begin at 9am after which we start our Rosary Procession, following an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to Marie Stopes Essex Centre, Buckhurst Hill, where we shall pray 15 decades of the Rosary and sing hymns. At approx 12noon we return to St. Thomas’ for refreshments in the Clare Room. See poster on church noticeboard.


Wednesday, 17th June - "Speak Up For The Love Of" - CAFOD EVENT
Whether you’re a seasoned campaigner or simply passionate about your faith and our world, join us and The Climate Coalition in London
between 12pm and 5pm and tell your MP about the things you love that you could lose to climate change. Find out more here>>>






Friday, 19th June - LADIES’ ASCOT DAY LUNCHEON
Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society and HCPT are hosting a Ladies’ Ascot Day Luncheon at the Rayleigh Golf & Country Club to coincide with Royal Ascot week. Ladies are encouraged to dust off their best hats and enter the spirit of a “Day at the Races”. Tickets cost £20 per person for a delicious two course luncheon with tea and coffee, served in our own private dining room overlooking the golf course at this exclusive club. Places are limited so in order to avoid disappointment we would encourage you to book early. Please contact Libby on 01268 784544. lphillips@bccs.org.uk

Saturday, 27th June - IN TOUCH
The summer issue of the parish magazine will be on sale from today. Articles and letters for publication should reach the editor at the very latest by Friday, 3rd June. The current editor has given notice that this will be the last issue he will edit. Would any person interested in taking over as editor please provide the parish office with their details so that they can be contacted.

Saturdays, 4th July, 11th July - PARISH MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015
Please reserve the above Saturdays in your diary. We have concerts which are offered in honour of the 70th Anniversary of VE and VJ Day. Please see noticeboard in the church porch for further details.

Sunday, 26th July - PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES WITH BISHOP ALAN

The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is filling up—book soon! Sunday 26th to Friday, 31st July 2015 from £649 by air with full board for six days, five nights, or from £429 by coach. For a brochure call Cathy O’Connor 01206 501146 or www.brentwoodlourdes.org.

3rd to 11th October - LONDON TO WALSINGHAM WALK
Applications are invited for this traditional walking pilgrimage. No special fitness level is necessary and full guidance will be given. We also need an additional support vehicle, with driver. This is a terrific opportunity to slow the pace of modern life for a few days in company with a group of like-minded Catholic men. Contact Peter Walters (Walk Administrator) 01799 550398 jpw33@live.co.uk.


CAFOD has launched a £3m emergency appeal following the earthquake in Nepal. An initial £100,000 has already been committed. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), a coalition of leading aid agencies of which CAFOD is part, has also launched a joint appeal.

Thousands of people in this already impoverished country have been killed and many thousands more are now in urgent need of food, water, shelter and emergency supplies. The UN estimates that 8 million people (a quarter of the population) are affected.

CAFOD is respond
ing with Caritas Nepal and the Church and we have deployed a team to provide specialist support. We are particularly concerned for communities in remote areas that have not yet been reached and need to be ready to act quickly when access becomes possible. 

Support will also be needed for the long term - long after the television cameras have left - to enable communities to rebuild their lives and plan for the future.

Donations can be made online here>>> where you can Gift Aid your donation to increase its value by 25%.




VOLUNTEERING?

Need more cash to cover your expenses? If you are a Catholic aged 16-24 years you may be eligible for a grant from the Catenian Association’s Bursary Fund to help with your expenses. Your project must have a clear benefit for others as well as widening your life experience.

For full details, eligibility criteria and application form visit www.thecatenians.com and click on Bursary
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ST THOMAS’ SVP CONFERENCE

We urgently need more members to help us in our work. For more information please contact Gerry Curran on 07754 100149 or email gerrypcurransvp@hotmail.co.uk





The language of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is very theological. Youcat fills a gap for everyone. It is attractively presented with illustrations, interest- ing marginal quotes, accessible language, and is cross-referenced to the standard “big” Catechism. If you find the standard Catechism a bit too much, buy Youcat without hesitation and learn more about the Catholic faith. £9.95 in the Repository. There is also a youth Prayer book £7.95. http://www.youcat.org


SPORT/FITNESS

BADMINTON CLUB

Come and get fit in 2015. We play Thursday nights between 8pm and 10pm in Trinity School, Mornington Road. For details please ‘phone Liz 07759410304 or turn up on the night.

PILATES
Has now restarted Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the Clare Room (upstairs in the Becket Centre). For more information davidrae56gmail.com
KEEP FIT
Monday in Becket Centre 8pm. Come and work off those Christmas indulgences!


800 YEARS!

The Friars have donated a book and DVD to celebrate 800 years of the Order of Franciscan Friars and these are available this weekend at the back of the church for you to take a copy.

The book celebrates Franciscans with Frontiers since 1209 and the DVD looks at the life and ministry of the Friars in Great Britain since 1224. You are welcome to take a copy of each and any donations would be gratefully received.


WHIPPS CROSS CHAPLAINCY

If you, or a relative or friend are in Whipps Cross Hospital, please let the priests at Our Lady and St. George parish know 020 8520 5877. Though the hospital staff are very helpful, the priests at St. George’s also rely on being told of people who may welcome a visit.


NEW TO THE PARISH?

I
f you are new to the parish or have moved within the parish, please contact the Parish Office so we can keep our records up to date.

Download the New Parishioner / Change of Address form (pdf file, 312Kb) here>>

Follow this link to see events and notices previously listed on this page.



 

Any Christian community tries to live out the commandment of Christ to love God and one's neighbour as thyself. Both aspects are inseparable and support for CAFOD enables us to help those in great need.

A recent estimate indicates that we throw away enough food to feed the starving in the whole of Africa. We urge all to review their lifestyle and the effects that a secular and consumerist society have had upon our existence. Live simply so that others may simply live!

Click here to go to the page on this website for details of the Brentwood Diocesan branch of CAFOD. Click here to go directly to the CAFOD Brentwood website, from where you can access the latest newsletter.







 
Mass Times

St Thomas
Saturday: 6pm (First Mass of Sunday)
Sunday: 8.30am, 10am (Children's Liturgy)
11.30am (Traditional Choir)
Weekdays: 10am (The Rosary, Weds after Mass)
Confession: Saturday, 10.30am, 5pm

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St James URC BuckhurstHill
Sunday: 9am (Children's Liturgy)

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Chigwell Convent
Sunday: 10am (Children's Liturgy)
Weekdays: 6.50am (Morning Prayer), 9.30am
Saturday: 10am
First Wednesday of month no morning Mass
Confession: Saturday, after 10am Mass

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