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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.


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Recently seven candles were found burning in church and precariously lodged right above the container of 100 more candles. It is an obvious hazard. Our insurers have warned us of this and are unhappy that we allow such risk. Please exercise care.
Only light a candle when there is a
vacant cup where it may burn safely.


PARISH AGM - Thank you to you who came last Sunday to show your interest in our parish. In general you showed satisfaction with the Council’s performance over last year. As there were no nominations to take up the vacant places on the Council there was no election. We hope we may co-opt willing helpers to do the necessary jobs. The Council, wasting no time, met on the following day to elect chair and vice-chair for the current year. Paul Turpin was chosen as chair, with Kit Tranmer now vice-chair. I look forward to working with them. It involves constant meetings and planning and is no sinecure. At Monday’s meeting we ranged over much “blue-sky thinking”. We found need to concentrate on the social life of our parish, on provision for young people and also further education and training at an adult level.

24 HOURS ADORATION - It begins at 6pm on Friday, 15th September and continues till the Vigil Mass on the following day. A long way off? Well—No. We hope that everyone in the parish will come at least for a brief visit. But in addition we invite all the groups that comprise the parish to come for an hour together. That needs organising now before we scatter holiday- bent.

CHURCH HEATING - As you swelter in the heat—much work has been done on the church heating and we are confident of warmth when winter comes. But do not throw away your overcoat.....

A DAY FOR LIFE - We failed to observe this national exercise last month. So there will be a retiring collection next Sunday for this work. Partly it supports the Anscombe Centre maintaining progress in our understanding of ethical issues. It gives help to the several Catholic organisations voicing concern for life in a society which puts pleasure and convenience before life. I referred to last week to one such organisation—Good Counsel—as promoting what should be our practical help for those struggling with this matter of conscience.

1ST HOLY COMMUNION 2017-2018 - Applications are now available from the back of the church. If your child will be in Year 3 in September, please take one and return it to the parish office a.s.a.p. Closing date for applications is Friday, 1st September 2017. Applications after this date will not be accepted. Already scores have registered their desire for this training. Only one person has offered to help. I hope, and think, that when you have had a good holiday many more will offer. It is a very rewarding experience. You parents are the first and principal teachers of your children. This is nowhere more true than in accompanying the children as they come to know Jesus. PLEASE NOTE if you would like to help contact Jackie Reilly on 07952 077546.


NEWSLETTER - Please note there will be no newsletter during the month of August. A prayer list will be put on the notice-board at the back of the church. If you have an urgent notice please hand it to a priest to be read out after Mass. Grateful thanks.

BAPTISMS - The next baptism course will commence in September. If you need to attend a course for your first child, please contact the parish office for details. Baptisms take place on the first and third Sundays in each month.

HAPPY 91ST! - On behalf of the parish we wish Fr. Brian McGrath O.F.M. a very happy belated 91st Birthday which he celebrated last week.

PARISH OFFICE -The office will be open during August from 9.30am—1.30pm..


So far the appeal by Fr Cornelius on behalf of the Franciscan Missions has raised £7,034.71. A thank you to all who have made offerings. The mission envelope are still available for anyone who missed the appeal and would like to contribute.


CAFOD dismayed by Sainsbury's move away from Fairtrade. Follow this link>>> for more information and to join 90,000 people who have signed the Change.org petition to Sainsbury's.


Waitrose has this week announced a strengthening of their commitment to Fairtrade. All their own brand tea will in future be Fairtrade. More here>>>

Watch Nick Hewer travel with the Fairtrade Foundation to St. Lucia, where he met Waitrose Banana producers here>>>


The last day for the Music Group to play before the summer break will be 30th July. We will return on Sunday, 10th September.


Please send articles for IN TOUCH magazine to the Editor by 1st August. Photos of the Parish Fayre would be most welcome editor@myintouch.co.uk.

10.15am: 40 parishioners (aged 8 to 80) and three dogs from St Thomas' and St Edmund's (Loughton)
set off from the Becket Centre on the annual sponsored walk
through Epping Forest for Brentwood Catholic Children's Society.

12.30pm: The walkers take a lunch break at the "Biker's cafe"  top of Fairmead (left).
1pm: Traditional photo at Grimston's Oak near Connaught Water (right).
2.30pm: Thanks to Franca and CWL for the lovely refreshments on return to the Becket Centre.

Thank you to all our sponsors.
Sum raised for bccs to date is £1768
If you would to add to this total please contact David Underwood via the Parish Office.
Alternatively, simply leave a contribution
with the Parish Office
in an envelope marked "bccs Sponsored Walk 2017".
Thank you.


We are looking for 2 people to help with teas after 10am Mass on a rota basis. Once in seven weeks for about an hour is not too much of a chore and is a very good way to meet new people especially if you have recently moved into the area. Please contact Pat Bell via the Parish Office.

We are looking for some fresh faces to join the Stewards’ rota at Sunday 10am Mass. Working in a team of 4 once every six weeks. Duties include welcoming people, handing out service sheets and weekly newsletters, conducting the offertory collect and guiding congregation to Communion. Young families very welcome to join. Please contact David Underwood via the Parish Offic

Our small team does some basic fixing and mending around the Church and Becket Centre. We need 2 more members to spread the load. If you have reasonable basic DIY skills and experience, and a little time every now and again, email fabricteam16[at]gmail.com for more information. Please note: for anything we cannot safely do, we bring contractors in.

Steward of the Gospel Initiative

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Every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream.

Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the world we share.

Click here>>> to find out more and sign the WORLD BANK petition.

ACROSS Pilgimage to Lourdes by Jumbulance

Debbie Hourihan is leading a national group pilgrimage to Lourdes via Jumbulance on 3-12th August 2017. Helpers needed and there are limited places for able/unable and VIP’s (those who are sick, disabled, terminally ill or just need a helping hand). Full week at Lourdes in 4* Hotel full board, Group programme for the week £699. Limited subsidies available for nurses and 16-25 year olds in full time education. For more information contact Debbie Hourihan on 07584 623 472 or 020 354 1800.


Applications are now available from the back of the church. If your child will be in Year 3 in September, please take one and return it to the parish office a.s.a.p.

Closing date for applications is Friday, 1st September 2017. Applications after this date will not be accepted.


St. Thomas’ TELCO Team are working with a team of other faith organisations in Redbridge in a community sponsorship project. This is a government scheme whereby local communities are involved in the welcoming and resettlement of a vulnerable refugee family fleeing war.

The group is looking to recruit befrienders for the family and would welcome applications for parishioners who would be willing to dedicate some regular time to the family; experience in working with refugees/vulnerable people would be helpful but not essential. If you have any additional experience/skills helpful to such a family (teaching English/ translating/play therapy/house maintenance for example) contact us gemmabourdillon3@hotmail.com.


We serve Fairtrade tea and coffee after 10.00am and 11.30am Masses most Sundays of the year. Do pop in and join us. A good chance to meet old friends and new people. Click here>>> to find out more about buying Fairtrade.

Coach leaves St Thomas at 8am sharp.

£699 p.p. sharing. Led by Fr. John Corbyn, Wickford. Contact Patricia 01268 762278 or knockpilgrimages@gmail.com for more information.

Wednesday 26th - SOUP RUN
Donations of men’s clothing, trainers, toiletries, sandwiches, sweets, biscuits all gratefully received. Please bring to the parish office on Wednesday between 9.30am - 1.30pm or 7pm to the Becket Centre. NO SOUP RUNS IN AUGUST.

There will be no Assisi Lunches during July and August.


Sunday, 24th September - A Mass for the Sick & Housebound (including those living in Care Homes)
With anointing of the sick will be held at St. Thomas’ at 3pm; followed by tea and coffee. More details will be provided in early September

Click here>>> to go to new / updated OFM website.

FRANCISCAN MISSIONS - The latest issue of The Troubadour is at the back of the church. Please take a copy as you leave after Mass. Alternatively, download it from the OFM website, link above.

Are you a coffee connoisseur? However you like your coffee, when you choose Fairtrade you know you’re supporting the farmers who grew the beans to build a better quality of life for their families and communities. And that’s not all. Find out more here>>>

The Catholic Women’s League is an international organisation serving the Parish and the wider Church and enjoying spiritual and social activities. Members engage in events to whatever extent is appropriate to them.

Find out more about CWL in our parish



Vocations to the Franciscan Friars Minor are encouraged in our Franciscan Parish! Single Catholic Men 18-40 years, interested?


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".


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

he language of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is very theological. Youcat fills a gap for everyone. It is attractively presented with illustrations, interesting 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/youcat/youcat-the-book/

800 YEARS!

he Friars have donated a book and DVD to celebrate 800 years of the Order of Franciscan Friars and these are available 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.


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.


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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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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