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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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.
WALK WITH ME
This year is a journey of prayer and contemplation on the mercy of God. The daily reflections are rooted in the Gospel from the daily and Sunday liturgy and Pope Francis’ vision for the holy year.
Copies for Advent are available from the back of the church. Price £1, please leave in basket.
CAFOD's interactive Advent calendar has a reflection and prayer for every day. Each day also has a suggested action that you can take on your own or with others, and many feature stories from World Gifts.
Click here>>> to go to the interactive Advent calendar.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES
Please note that the Mass of Christmas Eve will be at 10.15pm preceded by just 15 minutes of carols. It will be well to aim to attend this Mass rather than the Masses at 5pm and 7pm which tend to be over-crowded.
Please take an Advent Flyer available from the back of the church, giving the times of Masses and Services during Advent.
We are delighted to tell you that we now have a wide and inexpensive choice of Advent and Christmas stock. Advent Candles and Calendars to count away the days, Christmas Cards in packs and singly and build-your-own Cribs (other available to order). If you can’t see what you need there is still time to order it.
next baptism course will run shortly. If you need to attend a course
please contact the Parish Office. If you have attended a course with a
previous child the baptism can be booked. Baptisms take place on the 1st
and 3rd Sundays of each month. We do recommend that parents attend a
baptism course before the birth of their child.
NOTICED THE NEW BANNER IN CHURCH?
Vocations to the Franciscan Friars Minor are encouraged in our Franciscan Parish! Single Catholic Men 18-40 years, interested?
A big thank you to all those who came to the Quiz in aid of the Laryngectomee Trust held last Saturday in the Becket Centre. We had a fantastic night and raised a whopping £392 which we are bumping up to £400. Thanks to all—Sheila & Mona
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY . . .
NOVEMBER DEAD LIST
Mass will be offered daily during the month of November for your loved ones. Envelopes are available from the back of the church. Please return either through the Friary letterbox (no need to ring the bell) or the Parish Office.
Tuesday, 1st - MOTHER’S PRAYER GROUP
December after the 10am Mass in the Francis Room.
Wednesday, 2nd - CWL SOCIAL
William Scott Room at 8pm upstairs in the Becket Centre.
Friday, 4th - POPE PAUL VI MEMORIAL LECTURE
Cardinal Peter Turkson will deliver this year’s at St Mary’s Church in London. He will speak about the Church’s response to climate change in an address titled Care for Creation: how to protect and sustain our common home. This year’s lecture coincides with the COP 21 in Paris when world leaders will meet to agree legally binding targets to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.
Speaker: Cardinal Peter Turkson has been president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. The Cardinal is Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Coast, Ghana, and this year played a key role in communicating Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the environment. Chair: Dr. Anna Rowlands, Director of the Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice.
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Doors open at 6:30pm. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. Find out more and book your lecture tickets here>>>
Sunday, 6th - ADVENT CAROL SERVICE
Woodford Fellowship of Churches Advent Carol Concert at St. Thomas’ on December at 4.30pm. Choirs from all Saints, St. Thomas’ and Loyola School. Light refreshments will be served in the Becket Centre afterwards. Donations of mince pies would be greatlyappreciated.
Monday, 7th - HOLY FAMILY LAY ASSOCIATES
Meeting 7.30pm at Maureen’s house. Please bring Phase III booklet for “Flame Meditation”.
Tuesday, 8th - MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
I invite you all to join me at 7.30pm on December in St. Thomas’ for a period of adoration followed by a short meeting. It is primarily for ourselves, to reflect on the trust God gives us as ministers. An opportunity will follow for any business orqueries about our service. Quentin.
Wednesday, 9th - SOUP RUN
Final soup run of the year.
Friday, 11th - ASSISI CHRISTMAS LUNCH
12.30pm-2.30pm, Becket Centre.
Saturday, 12th - CROFTON SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT
7.30pm, St. Mary’s Church, South Woodford. Music for Advent & Christmas including Palestrina, Byrd, Parry & Vaughan Williams. Tickets including refreshments £10. Under 18’s free. www.croftonsingers.org.uk
Monday, 14th - RECONCILIATION SERVICE
Short service of reconciliation with availability of priests for individual confession. It is a good opportunity of preparation for Christmas.
WHITE STORK TAI CHI CLUB
Tai Chi Class on Thursdays in the Becket Centre 9.45am— 10.45am, please call Rudi on 020 8502 9842 to find out more.
Not long to Christmas!! Come and get fit after the summer holidays. Join us in the Becket Centre 8pm on Monday evening.
FRIARY TENNIS CLUB
are two good courts and a clubhouse, idyllically situated in the friary
gardens. If you would like to play tennis there, do contact, Bernard
Hunter on 07968 173110 for details. We charge a small subscription fee
to cover maintenance and other costs. Membership is open to anybody.
More information about FTC here>>>
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.
In the latest issue you can read ...
Fr Joachim School, Jawalgera, India; Robert Stewart OFM, RIP; Thanks from Pakistan School; Thank you for New Hall in Blaauwbosch; Inter-Faith Welcome Centre construction update; Warm Greetings from Kottur Mission; The Foundation of the Order in Ghana; A Shaggy Dog Story ; Sunday Humour; Laudato Si'
Autumn 2015 issue available here>>>
SYNOD QUESTIONS / RESPONSE
Click here>>> to go to the page on this website containing the parish Synod discussions and response document.
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
ST THOMAS’ SVP CONFERENCE
urgently need more members to help us in our work. For more information
please contact Gerry Curran on 07754 100149 or email
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/
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?
If 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>>
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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!
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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
St James URC BuckhurstHill
Sunday: 9am (Children's Liturgy)
Sunday: 10am (Children's Liturgy)
Weekdays: 6.50am (Morning Prayer), 9.30am
First Wednesday of month no morning Mass
Confession: Saturday, after 10am Mass