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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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lick here>>> for today's readings at Mass incl. Gospel

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.

Newsletter for week beginning 19/02/17 not currently available


LENT EXPLORATION - Pope Francis is saying a lot. Are we all aware of precisely what he is saying? In three or four evenings starting March 8th, we will first give a brief summary of what he is saying about the Joy of Love. But next and most importantly Pope Francis is saying: I want to hear what you are thinking; we all need to listen to each other: That means Pope, Bishops, Priests, Deacons and lay people. It means those who agree with him and those who disagree and all the others in the middle. It means all ages and enthusiasms or disapproval of our church. Every view is important and must be heard. The Holy Spirit communicates his truth through all members of the church as we engage in this dialogue. Will you come to the three/four evenings? They will certainly not be dull. More information next week. In the meantime look at the programme at the back of the church.
  • Wednesday, 8th March
  • Wednesday, 15th March
  • Thursday, 23rd March
  • Possibly Wednesday, 29th March
PARISH AFTERNOON TEA - Parishioners are invited to an afternoon tea at the Becket Centre on Sunday, 12th March 3—5pm to discuss the issues raised in today’s Bishop’s pastoral letter and co-ordinate the parish response to it. Since our future plan requires more active participation of the laity, the discussion will be stimulated and moderated by leaders of our parish groups. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and join in the activities of these very active groups.

PLEASE NOTE: Responses to the Bishop’s questions should be handed in at your next Mass or to the parish office, or email to William@yeung.org.uk. If you need help text steward help to 0797912808.

LENT IS COMING - Meditation on the suffering and death of Jesus is an essential part of Christian prayer. In past Lents we have provided the exercise of Stations of the Cross twice each Friday. But interest seems to have wilted. Do you want it to continue? Is there some other form that is more suited to today? Please tell Quentin your feelings.

CERTIFICATE OF PRACTICE - Fr. Quentin will be making evenings available shortly to see parents who require the Certificate of Catholic Practice.


FRANCISCAN MISSIONS - The latest issue of the FMU magazine “The Troubadour” is available at the back of the church. Please take one as well as a calendar for 2017 as you leave.

Alternatively get it online here>>>


Our Communications group are publishing a quarterly newsletter to keep us updated with events and parish news. It will be sent out by email, with a few copies printed for those not having email access. If you would like to be among the first to receive it and keep up to date with what is going on in the parish, please send a mail to parishnews@friar.org or scan in the QR code.

AGM 2016 Questions and Answers click here>>>

Parish Council meeting minutes click here>>>

Following Fr Quentin’s recent sermon about the laity’s contribution to parish affairs, this is an appeal to you all.

The Parish Council, of which I am the current Chair, has a number of sub-committees (below) which need more members if they are to achieve what they should. If you have an interest and might like to be actively involved, please contact me for an informal discussion (kit.tranmer[at]btopenworld.com)
  • Liturgy – anything and everything pertaining to our regular and special services
  • Maintenance – especially if you have DIY or professional skills
  • Becket Centre – it does not manage itself, and is an invaluable asset which we need to look after and use fully
  • Caring – many of our charitable activities, within and outside the community
  • Communication – it is crucial that we communicate effectively, with all sections of the Parish not just those who collect a Newsletter –that too needs effort.

Aged 18-30?
Passionate about social justice?
Apply for CAFOD's Step Into the Gap gap-year programme now!
The deadline is 13 March 2017.

Click here>>> to find out more.

Read the blog here>>> from those currently taking part in the programme, share their experiences of meeting an inspirational business woman in her bustling Ethiopian café.

'In the life of an artisanal gold miner, every day is a lottery, but no one ever seems to win.'

We know that gold isn't a regular on our shopping list?  it’s not like tea or bananas!
For many, it’s a very special, once in a lifetime purchase.

Where gold comes from is not something we think about very often, which is why the terrible reality of small-scale gold mining is not well-known. Up to 16 million people work in small-scale gold mining worldwide, often due to poverty and a lack of alternative options. The dangers are endless and often unavoidable from pit collapse and mercury poisoning to child labour and exploitation.

Recently, photographer Ian Berry visited Africa’s first fairtrade certified gold mine and also documented the worst conditions of non-fairtrade artisanal mines in Uganda. The visit and his striking images were featured in the Telegraph's magazine.
So why not make yourself a Fairtrade cuppa and read it here now>>>


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.

Monday, 20th - IN TOUCH

Deadline for articles for next issue of In Touch magazine. Easter articles especially welcome.

Wednesday, 22nd - SOUP RUN
Donations of men's clothes, sandwiched, sweets, cakes and toiletries gratefully received. Please bring to Parish Office between 9.30am and 1.30pm on the day or 7.00pm to Becket Centre. Please note we cannot accept items before this date due to lack of storage.

Friday, 24th - ASSISI LUNCH
12.30pm - 2.30pm, Becket Centre.

Monday, 27th February - Sunday, 12th March - FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

When we come together we can change the way people think about trade and the products on our shelves - the Fairtrade movement is made up of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities for Fairtrade. Your actions help shopp
ers to make choices that change the lives of farmers and workers. Click here>>> to find out more.


Saturday, 4th March - CATHOLIC FELLOWSHIP
Are having their Annual Quiz at Trinity School, Upper Hall at 7.30pm for 8pm start. Please bring your own drinks. Ploughmans Supper will be provided. Cost £10.00. Tables of 8. Don’t worry if you can’t make a table of 8, we will put smaller groups together to make a table of 8. Tickets available from Ann on 020 8989 9032.

Wednesdays, 8th, 15th, 29th & Thursday, 22nd - LENT DISCUSSIONS
Becket Centre

Sunday, 12th March - PARISH AFTERNOON TEA
3-5pm Becket Centre.

Tuesday, 14th March - BE PART OF THE TRAIDCRAFT BIG BREW 2017
During Fairtrade Fortnight St. James URC, Palmerston Road are holding a coffee morning from 10.30am—12Noon. Fairtrade coffee and refreshments will be on offer, games, a Traidcraft stall (including Fairtrade Easter eggs) and a raffle. Price £2.50 includes coffee and a raffle ticket. All are welcome.


The next Jumbulance Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be in April 2017. We have places for anyone wishing to travel as a pilgrim. Please contact the parish office if you or anyone you know would like to travel with us.


The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has decided to launch an appeal for Yemen where there has been a 20-month long bloody civil war between the Houthi ethnic group and supporters of Yemen’s government led by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

At the request of the Yemeni government, an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia, have carried out air strikes across the country against the Houthi. For ordinary Yemenis, the consequences have been devastating. The UN now estimates that more than 10,000 people have been killed since the start of the conflict, with 6,000 people killed in 2016 alone.

CAFOD is working with DEC to respond to this crisis. Your questions on the Yemen Crisis Appeal answered here>>>

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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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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