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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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THANKS

EASTER THANKS
Grateful thanks to all who participated in making the Easter ceremonies such a great success. Over 3,000 attended. May the Lord continue to bless our parish throughout the coming year.
Fr. Michael O.F.M.

The Franciscan Community here thank you for your Easter Cards, Gifts and generous Easter offerings particularly those Offerings from the Easter Collection for the support of the community. Happy and Holy Easter!
Fr. Donal O.F.M.

HOLY LAND
Thank you for your generous support for the Good Friday collection £1,202 collected.
Bro Raymond & Fr. Michael (Commissary of the Holy Land)

SVP
Thank you fpr the collection made at the evening mass of the Lord’s Supper which raised over £550.


USED STAMPS
The Chigwell Sisters would like to thank all those who take the trouble to save their used stamps for the Missions and put them in the box in the church porch. Your help is greatly appreciated.

CHURCH CLEANING
Thank you so much to the large group of people who turned up to help clean our Church for Easter. We were able to give a really good clean. Let’s hope this will be the way it is in the future.


LENTEN LUNCHES

Lenten Lunches have raised a total of £1,480 which has been sent to Mary’s Meals to be used in providing meals for schoolchildren in those countries affiliated by Ebola. There has been a tremendous response from our parishioners, and we have welcomed friends from Bancroft’s Ecumenical Church, All Saints, the United Free, St. Barnabas and St. Mary’s, South Woodford. Very many thanks to all who have contributed in any way: the soup-makers, the soup-consumers, the kitchen helpers and the money collectors.
Learn about Mary's Meals here>>>



CAFOD FAMILY WALK AND PICNIC WITH CHILDREN'S TREASURE TRAIL, 9 April

"We arrived at Hanningfield Reservoir in fog, but by the time people started arriving [from St Thomas' and other parishes in the diocese] the sun had broken through. Supporters joined us for a lovely walk through the nature reserve, with children collecting clues along the way . . ."



Click here>>> for a report on the event and more photos on the CAFOD Brentwood blog



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

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..



DATES FOR YOUR DIARY . . .

HOME MADE CAKE SALE
After all Sunday Masses this weekend. Please support Brendan, Olivia and James in their fund raising to allow them to help the elderly and infirm parishioners of the Brentwood Diocese in their pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer. Thank you for your support.

Saturday, 11th April - LONDON CITIZENS (Telco)
A reminder of The Social Care Tea Party - At the Becket Centre on from 3pm to 5pm. If you are receiving care or are a carer we would warmly welcome you to attend. Please contact the Parish Office 020 8504 1686 a.s.a.p. or by 1st April.

Tuesday, 14th April - TUESDAY CLUB
The Loughton Ladies’ Choir will be singing and entertaining us at the Becket Centre. They like to start at 2pm so, if you arrive later, please sidle in through the kitchen! Then refreshments for all. Look forward to seeing everyone again.

Thursday, 16th April - RENEWAL OF VOWS
The Franciscan Friars here and Stratford will renew their Religious Vows as Franciscans at 6pm Evening Prayer at St. Thomas’. All welcome!

Friday, 17th April - QUIZ NIGHT
Becket Centre 7.30pm for 8pm start. £5 per ticket (max 8 to a table) Please bring your own drinks and nibbles. Monies raised for Breast Cancer & Macmillan Nurses. Please call Shelia on 020 8504 7485 or 07826 378519 to book a table.

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

Sunday, 26th April - SERVICE FOR BEREAVED PARENTS
Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 4pm. More details to follow.

Thursday, 30th April - DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ON LIVING YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH?
Join us at Our Lady of Lourdes Pastoral Centre, Wanstead, 7.30pm—9pm. No charge. Wine and nibbles are provided. Further details Roderick Sime 020 8530 8474.

ADVANCE NOTICE >>>

Saturday, 2nd May - CATHOLIC WORKER MOVEMENT MASS
To celebarate 82 years of the Catholic Worker Movement, Mass will be celebrated at 1pm at Guiseppe Conlon House, 49 Mattison Road, N4 1BG. For more information 020 8348 8212. Copies of The London Catholic Worker are available from the back of the church.

Sunday, 3rd May -
ABSEIL FOR CAFOD
Why not challenge yourself to abseiling 110ft down the Har- low Water Tower? This annual sponsored event is organised by the Rotary Club of Harlow Tye. You have to be over 16 and there is a £30 participation fee. Places limited. For more details CAFOD Brent- wood Office on 020 8502 9722 or email brentwood@cafod.org.uk.


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.




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!


FRANCISCAN MISSIONS

Please take a copy of The Troubadour and a 2015 mission calendar as you leave church. In the year just ended the parish sent £10,124 to the FMU office in Glasgow for the Franciscan Missions. Half of that total came from the annual appeal, a quarter from the mission boxes (some available from the back of the church) and £1,330 from the Gift Aid tax reclaim. Thank you to all who have supported us during the year.



ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA

Have you every prayed to St. Anthony? If after Fr. Austin’s words on St. Anthony in the last newsletter you feel compelled to make a donation to St. Anthony’s Bread as a gesture of thanks, you will find a coin slot on the back wall of the church marked S.A.B. Our church collects this money throughout the year and then divides it among five or six worthy causes at Christmas.


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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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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