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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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FR  AUSTIN WRITES:
We recently heard the Gospel telling us of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead: it is interesting to recall how it happened. He tells relatives and friends, because of the burial cloths, to unbind him and let him go free. Today, Palm Sunday, we have another reminder that this too is to be our mission.

When Jesus sends the disciples for the donkey he says: if anyone asks you what you are doingsay: release him, the Lord needs him...On this opening day of Holy Week why don’t we hear again that wise counselthis time addressed to us: if anyone asks what you are doing simply say unbinding (from whatever binds), setting freebecause the Lord needs them.

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Fr Austin writes: "My enforced rest in the past few months of 2013 has allowed me to put together writing on various topics – which might be of interest. As they are somewhat lengthy I have made them available for download for reading at your leisure." 

Click here to go to page on the website for downloading Fr Austin's further writings - which include the Lent talks.


HOLY WEEK

Monday, 14th April
Mass at St. Thomas 10am, Chigwell Convent 9.30am
Evening Prayer & Exposition 6pm to 6.30pm.

SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION
St. Thomas’ 7.30pm. A number of priests will be available to hear confessions. No further public times for celebrating this sacrament before Easter.
Tuesday, 15th April
Mass at St. Thomas 10am
Chigwell Convent 9.30am
Evening Prayer and Exposition 6pm to 6.30pm.
Wednesday, 16th April
Mass at St. Thomas 10am
Chigwell Convent 9.30am
Evening Prayer and Exposition 6pm to 6.30pm
MAUNDY THURSDAY, 17th April
No Morning Mass, Morning Prayer 10am at St. Thomas’ & Chigwell
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8pm at St. Thomas’ and Chigwell Convent.

WASHING OF THE FEET
Many thanks to all who volunteered. Can you please ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before the start of Mass and report to Angela who will be at the back of the church. If you have volunteered and are unable to attend this Mass, please contact Angela on 07707 769344 as soon as possible.

After Mass the Blessed Sacrament is carried in procession to the Altar of Repose. Everyone is invited to watch at the Altar. Watching will conclude after Night Prayer at 11pm.
GOOD FRIDAY, 18th April (Day of Fasting & Abstinence)
Morning Prayer 10am at St. Thomas’
10.30am Stations of the Cross for children

CELEBRATION OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD
3pm at St. Thomas’ and Chigwell Convent
The collection after the veneration of the Cross is for the upkeep of the Holy Places in the Holy Land. Please note that at this service the front benches will be reserved for those with walking difficulties

STATIONS OF THE CROSS 8PM
HOLY SATURDAY, 19th April
Morning Prayer 10am at St. Thomas’.

EASTER VIGIL
8pm St. Thomas’ and Chigwell Convent.

Weather permitting, gather at 8pm in front of the church after collecting a candle from the church. The reception into the Church of Catechumens and Candidates takes place during this Mass. Everyone is invited for cheese and wine in the Becket Centre afterwards.
EASTER SUNDAY
Masses St. Thomas’ 8.30am, 10am and 11.30am.
Chigwell 10am.
St. James URC, Buckhurst Hill 9am
All collections after the Masses on Easter Sunday are the parishioners’ contribution to the Franciscan Community.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY . . .

Sunday, 13th - FRIARY TENNIS CLUB AGM
3pm, Clubhouse, Friary Gardens. Click here to download the newsletter and minutes of last AGM.


Sunday, 13th -
LONDON MARATHON
Alan Mair will be running the London Marathon on April for Asthma UK. Please support Alan at www.virginmoneygiving.com/ALANMAIR1963

Tuesday, 15th - LENTEN LUNCH
Becket Centre 12.15pm until 1.30pm. Homemade soup with French bread £2.50 (tea and coffee extra). All funds raised will be sent to Mary’s Meals, which feeds school children in Haiti. Lenten lunches have so far raised £575 for Mary’s Meals. If you have yet to sample our delicious home-made soups, come and join us in the Becket Centre for the final time this Lent.

Wednesday, 16th - EASTER CHURCH CLEANING
It is the BIG clean of the church at 10.30am. Please can you give a little of your time to help us get the church ready for Easter. Even half an hour will make a difference.

Sunday, 27th - BEREAVEMENT GROUP
The Woodford Bereavement Support Group is having a Service of Remembrance at St. Thomas of Canterbury for those who have died young. We invite you to join us at 4pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and afterwards in the Becket Centre for refreshments. Any enquiries please contact Kathie on 07778 216212.

ADVANCE NOTICE > > >
 
Saturday, 3rd May -
CONCERT: RUSSIANS GET VOCAL IN WOODFORD
A leading Russian vocal ensemble will be visiting Britain this Spring and performing at All Saint's, Woodford Wells. To find out more / book tickets click here >>>


THANK YOU

OVARIAN CANCER FUNDRAISING EVENING
Thank you to all who contributed in any way to help raise £1,093 on the night. Barclays Bank who were represented by 3 of their Senior Staff will match that up to £1,000.The fact that Dad, Mum and Kevin Harty entertained us for free, Cameron Palmer donated the tickets, everyone was SO generous with the raffle money and others who could not come donated money certainly something to dance about (and dance they did!).

A BIG THANK YOU - To everyone who donated to the second collection
last weekend in aid of HemiHelp. £580 was raised.

FROM TOM JARVIS - Thank you for coming to my quiz in the Becket Centre on Saturday 29th March – hope you all enjoyed it. We raised over £1,000, which was amazing. Thought you may like to see some of the photos and write up on the CAFOD Brentwood blog. Best wishes, Tom Jarvis.


WHIPPS CROSS CHAPLAINCY

If you, a family member or a friend would like to see a Catholic Chaplain or receive Holy Communion whilst receiving treatment at Whipps Cross Hospital, Please contact St. George’s 020 8520 5877 or The Chaplaincy Team on 020 8535 6988.



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>>

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.







 
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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