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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Advent has two messages for us. First, it isn’t the time for make-believe, as if we are preparing for the coming of Christ all over again; we are celebrating not simply the birth of Christ but the birthday; the time when God came to be with us by giving us someone to love—a helpless baby, lying in a manger. But this is also a challenge asking us to remember that this is how he is to be found always. Wherever there is anyone in need of care, love and affection, that is where we will find him.
In these austere times there are many who are struggling, and having to make choices between eating and heating—The Advent challenge is to find time to stop, and notice. God’s presence always results in a heightened sensitivity to the needs of others. Mother Teresa said that all that was needed to lift a baby from a dustbin was a pair of hands—not quite—we need also the grace/sensitivity to stop and notice the baby. Let this be our Advent challenge—to stop, to notice, to respond and especially to enjoy.
Pictured left, Brendan and Alice who travelled to Lourdes this summer and who spoke at all Masses last weekend on behalf of the BCYS’s annual appeal and about the work BCYS does in our Diocese.
For more information about BCYS click here>>>
Please support our Philippino Community as they are going to have a number of different fund-raising events to raise much needed funds for the disaster in the Philippines. There are those within our parish whose families have lost everything in the way of homes and possessions.
CAFOD is working with local Catholic Church partners in the Philippines to provide emergency shelter, food and water. The special collection after all Masses taken for CAFOD’s emergency response to the extensive damage and suffering caused by Philippines Typhoon Haiyan - raised over £2600. Thank you.
Click here for a report on the CAFOD Brentwood blog on how CAFOD is supporting the people of the Philippines - and a link to download the Advent newsletter.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
Click here for the minutes of the November parish council meeting.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY . . .
Monday, 2nd - HOLY FAMILY MEETING
Associates of the Holy Family meeting at Maureen’s house at 7.30pm. Please bring Phase III booklet with you.
Tuesday, 3rd - MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP
In the Francis Room after the 10am Mass.
Wednesday, 4th - CWL
December social evening in the William Scott Room at 8pm.
Wednesday, 4th - 1ST COMMUNION
Catechists are reminded of the Catechists’ Meeting to cover Sessions 4 and 5 8pm in the Assisi Room
Friday, 6th - ASSISI LUNCH
Christmas Lunch in the Becket Centre.
Saturday. 7th - NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR LIFE
Please pray and fast for the end of abortion and euthanasia. You can pray a rosary (or an extra one) and fast on bread and water, or offer whatever you can. For more information see www.goodcounselnet.co.uk/Prayer -and-Fasting-Days.html
Sunday, 8th - ECUMENICAL ADVENT CAROL SERVICE
4.30pm with the choirs of All Saints Church and Loyola School, followed by refreshments in the Becket Centre. All welcome. Donations of mince pies would be appreciated.
ADVENT RETREAT AT ABBOTSWICK
weekend retreat in preparation for Christmas led by Sr. Gabriela and
Sr. Theresa from the resident Community of Our Lady of Walsingham at
Abbotswick Diocesan House of Prayer, Brentwood. This retreat is open to
all adults and booking is essential. Please call 01277 373959.
NEWS FROM CAFOD BRENTWOOD - ADVENT 2013
There have been lots of CAFOD events, activities and fundraising taking place throughout the Diocese and you can read all about them in the CAFOD Brentwood Advent newsletter>>>
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CATHOLIC PATIENTS IN WHIPPS CROSS HOSPITALIf you, or a relative or friend are in Whipps Cross Hospital, please let the priests at Our Lady and St. George parish know (tel: 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?
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Follow this link to see events and notices previously listed on this page.
RECYCLING FOR CAFOD
Thanks to everyone who has recycled their inkjet and laser toner cartridges and old mobile phones for CAFOD. £112.39 has so far been raised.
Check the current CAFOD recycling price list here to see if your inkjet and laser toner cartridges can be recycled - and the price CAFOD will get for them. Only those items listed generate income for CAFOD, please only present items that are listed.
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.
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