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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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Please take caution when walking by the scaffolding outside the church. We are doing our best to ensure that there is no escaping debris. We advise people to use the side entrance to the church rather than the main door.


We can show our approval of Pope Francis and his new ways by engaging in the task he has set us. He wants us to contribute to the Synod on Marriage and Family Life coming up in October of this year. There are hopes and fears of what the Synod will bring. We can do something real to quash the fears and help communicate the treasures God wants us to enjoy in his gift of family and marriage. On the Wednesdays of Lent we intend to address this task in our parish. We will meet in the Becket Centre each Wednesday at 7.30pm.

First of all we need to be clear what precisely we are being asked to do. We are not used to Popes consulting us to know what the church should teach. We also need to look hard at the resources we have—perhaps not fully realised. Fr. Quentin will start the process by clarifying the task: what we are to do, why our experience is relevant, what we should hope to contribute and what we may hope for as a result of the Synod. This Wednesday will involve quite a lot of input, though we hope it will not just be a monologue. Then on subsequent Wednesdays we will try to facilitate constructive discussion.

Please do come to the Becket Centre on Wednesday at 7.30pm. It is very important to make a good start.

St. Thomas’ 10am, Morning Prayer 9.45am
Chigwell Convent 9.30am Monday—Friday, 10am Saturday

Trinity School (Lower Site) 8.30am Monday—Friday
Parents and children of St. Antony’s School are most welcome to join the Mass in the Chapel of the Divine Child.

Tuesdays in Lent, starting February 24th 12.15pm—1.30pm in the Becket Centre. Come and join us for a choice of three delicious home-made soups, French bread and butter, all for just £3. Proceeds to Mary’s Meals.

Please take a flyer as you leave the church giving you details of services and Masses during the Lenten period.

Rebuilding your life after a devastating storm can seem an impossible task. But it was what Kyin Nu and her husband had to do after a cyclone ripped through their community. They lost their business, the food they had worked so hard to produce and worst of all, two of their daughters were killed.

Cyclone Nargis was the strongest cyclone ever to hit Myanmar (formerly named Burma). Over 150,000 people died, and 2.4 million were affected. Half of Kyin Nu’s village were killed. As with many storms, the poorest people suffered the most. It has been a long, hard struggle for Kyin Nu, but your donations to CAFOD have made a real difference to the community. By planting trees, providing animals and paying people to rebuild roads and protective embankments, we have helped Kyin Nu and the rest of her community get back on their feet.

*Matched funding from the government is valid for donations to the CAFOD Lent Appeal up to a total of £5 million, and for donations received between 18 February and 17 May 2015.

Click here>>> for our Lenten calendar to guide you through the daily Scriptures of Lent and inspire you to give, act and pray for the world’s poorest people.


Today [Sunday, 22nd February] Alan Mair completes his “Race for Justice” for CAFOD and Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society in the Tokyo Marathon.

The 6,000-mile journey to Japan funded entirely by himself will mark the end of a challenge to run the six World Major Marathons – London, Boston, Berlin, Chicago, New York, and Tokyo – that Alan set himself to mark his fiftieth birthday. Only eight other people worldwide have run the six races in twelve months.

Click here>>> to read recent article (right) in London Evening Standard.

If you would like to support Alan, please leave a donation in the basket as you leave church or go online at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/alanmair63

23 February - 8 March 2015

Over the past 20 years Fairtrade has paved the way for fairer and more ethical trading. 70% of the world’s food is produced by 500 million smallholder farmers yet many of them remain trapped in chronic poverty whilst shoppers enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Fairtrade ensures producers receive a fairer price for their work, as well as an additional premium used by the farmers to invest in their communities. You can help — buy Fairtrade products when you see them, or ask your trader to stock Fairtrade where you don’t see them!


Saturday, 21st - NEARLY NEW & JUMBLE SALE
Chigwell Sisters at 2pm in the Becket Centre. We require mens/womens children’s clothes Gifts and nearly new items household linens, bric-a-brac, books/toys etc. All proceeds to go to the Chigwell Sisters’ feeding programmes in El Salvador, Zambia, Uganda and Philippines. Grateful thanks. Please leave donations in the church porch. Grateful thanks.

Tuesday, 24th - TUESDAY CLUB
Lycra & Trainers! No, not really!! Its CHAIR YOGA at 2pm on the 24th. We’ll be jogging along to the Becket Centre for a bit of controlled exercise—swiftly followed by refreshments.

Wednesday, 25th
We would be grateful to receive sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, sweets, fruit and warm men’s clothing. We always have a need for sleeping bags if you have any spare. Items can be left in the Parish Office 9.30am— 1.30pm on Wednesday or in the Becket Centre between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday night.

Thursday, 26th - CONFIRMATION 2015: SESSION 1
7:30pm - 9:00pm, Becket Centre. Session 1: Showing the face of Christ to the world

Friday, 27th - ASSISI LUNCH
12.30pm-2.30pm in the Becket Centre.


2pm at Chigwell Convent.

Monday, 2nd March -
Lay Associates’ Meeting at 7.30pm at Maureen’s house.

Saturday, 7th March - JOURNEY OF FAITH RETREAT
Led by Fr. Quentin Jackson O.F.M. at Chigwell Convent. Anybody is welcome to attend the day beginning with coffee and registration at 11am. Some may wish to go to the 10am Mass. Fuller details will be given nearer the time, but if you wish to register your interest please contact Debbie Smythe debbie.smythe@btopenworld.com or 8989 6718.

Tuesday, 31st March - IN CONVERSATION WITH FR. CHRISTOPHER JAMISON (Tues of Holy Week) 7.30pm—10.00pm, Church Hall, St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 79 Barking Road, Canning Town E16 4HB Open to everyone aged 17-35 especially those discerning a vocation to Priesthood and the Religious life. For more details please see poster at back of church. Flyers are available from the back of the church.

Thursday, 9th April -
If you know of anyone sick, disabled and terminally ill who would benefit from the pilgrimage to Lourdes, please take an application form from the back of the church.

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.


We are urgently in need of new members to help us in our work. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Gerry Curran on 07754 100149 or gerrypcurransvp@hotmail.co.uk.

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urgently needs volunteers for the 6pm Mass and Sunday after 8.30am, 10.00am and 11.30am Mass. Please leave your details with the Parish Office if you are interested in joining a rota. If you no longer are a volunteer for the Repository, please return the keys to the Parish Office. Christmas cards, 2015 Church Calendars, Advent Calendars and Advent candles are now available from the Repository.

We are looking for some fresh faces to join the Stewards' rota at 10am Mass. Working in a team of four once every six weeks, duties include welcoming people into church, handing out service sheets and weekly newsletters, conducting the Offertory (collection) and guiding the congregation to Communion in an orderly manner. We are particularly keen to involve young families. To find out how you can help and join this important Ministry, contact David on 07905 741033.

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



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.

Has now restarted Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the Clare Room (upstairs in the Becket Centre). For more information davidrae56gmail.com
Monday in Becket Centre 8pm. Come and work off those Christmas indulgences!


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.


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.


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>>

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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!

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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