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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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lick here>>> for today's readings at Mass incl. Gospel

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.


CENTENARY OF THE DIOCESE - Several events are in prospect to celebrate this centenary. We are all asked to join the Diocesan pilgrimage to Walsingham on Saturday, 22nd July. Immediately the Bishop has asked every parish to have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament all day on Saturday, 11th February. This we will do.

PARISH PROJECT FOR 2017 - Our aim this year is to take on board and put into practice the new direction of our church as urged by Pope Francis. We were a church dominated by scrupulous observance of laws. We have already started to move with Francis to be instead a church of thinking adults who follow Jesus not because we are compelled but because we love. We respond to the God of mercy. Our intention is to set up some serious discussion in Lent. We will try to become familiar with his Letter The Joy of Love. I hope you will start—or continue—reading it.

CHURCH REPAIRS - We have started! One stained-glass window in a state of collapse has been re-leaded and put back in place. Other damaged windows have been repaired. We are addressing the problem of raising the temperature in church. But for the moment keep wearing your thermals and a good coat!



FRANCISCAN VOCATION TALKS - Proposed dates Wednesday, 25th Jan —Friday 27th January at St Thomas of Canterbury. For single Catholic men 18-43 years of age interested in the Franciscan life. If interested in attending these talks and are seriously considering a Religious Vocation then contact by 22nd January Br. Donal OFM (Vocation Director) Email only brdonalofm@yahoo.co.uk

FRANCISCAN MISSIONS - The latest issue of the FMU magazine “The Troubadour” is available at the back of the church. Please take one as well as a calendar for 2017 as you leave.

Alternatively get it online here>>>


On behalf of the Franciscan Community and family of Fr. Ignatius, to all who attended the Requiem celebrations for Fr. Ignatius and helped in the church and Becket Centre, especially Kathryn and Choir, Fran and Joe, and the good ladies of the CWL.

May Fr. Ignatius O.F.M. Rest in Peace.

Fr. Donal and Community of Friars, OFM


Today [Sunday, 22nd] there is a retiring collection for Anchor House in Canning Town. Originally a hostel for seamen, run by Apostleship of the Sea. Since the London docks declined it has developed into a residential centre for homeless persons, serving several hundred each year and equipping them with life-skills
. Find out more about Anchor House here>>>


Our Communications group are publishing a quarterly newsletter to keep us updated with events and parish news. It will be sent out by email, with a few copies printed for those not having email access. If you would like to be among the first to receive it and keep up to date with what is going on in the parish, please send a mail to parishnews@friar.org or scan in the QR code.


Who we are, what we stand for, where we work, how you can help. If you are a new or current volunteer, or someone who is just interested in our work, then join us for a highly interesting and stimulating day at St Francis of Assisi parish hall in Stratford on Saturday, 28th January from 10.00am until 3.30pm (a simple lunch will be provided). This is a great opportunity to learn more about us and to meet other volunteers from across the dioceses of Brentwood and Westminster. Click here>>> for more information


We serve Fairtrade tea and coffee after 10.00am and 11.30am Masses most Sundays of the year. Do pop in and join us. A good chance to meet old friends and new people. Click here>>> to find out more about buying Fairtrade.

Sunday, 22nd - CHRISTIAN UNITY
The Service of Christian Unity will be held at Derby Road Methodist Church, South Woodford at 6.30pm. There will be light refreshments afterwards. All very welcome.

Tuesday, 24th - TUESDAY CLUB
FRANK’S QUIZ - Galvanise the Little Grey Cells! AND tea AND biscuits—not just for the winners. Becket Centre at 2pm. Look forward to seeing everyone.

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

10.00am until 3.30pm at St Francis of Assisi parish hall, Stratford. See panel above or click here>>> for more information.


Monday, 6th February - SACRED HEART COMPANIONS
Will have their monthly meeting at 2pm at Chigwell Convent. All new members are welcome


The next Jumbulance Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be in April 2017. We have places for anyone wishing to travel as a pilgrim. Please contact the parish office if you or anyone you know would like to travel with us.


The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has decided to launch an appeal for Yemen where there has been a 20-month long bloody civil war between the Houthi ethnic group and supporters of Yemen’s government led by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

At the request of the Yemeni government, an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia, have carried out air strikes across the country against the Houthi. For ordinary Yemenis, the consequences have been devastating. The UN now estimates that more than 10,000 people have been killed since the start of the conflict, with 6,000 people killed in 2016 alone.

CAFOD is working with DEC to respond to this crisis. Your questions on the Yemen Crisis Appeal answered here>>>

Click here>>> to go to new / updated OFM website.

FRANCISCAN MISSIONS - The latest issue of The Troubadour is at the back of the church. Please take a copy as you leave after Mass. Alternatively, download it from the OFM website, link above.

Are you a coffee connoisseur? However you like your coffee, when you choose Fairtrade you know you’re supporting the farmers who grew the beans to build a better quality of life for their families and communities. And that’s not all. Find out more here>>>

The Catholic Women’s League is an international organisation serving the Parish and the wider Church and enjoying spiritual and social activities. Members engage in events to whatever extent is appropriate to them.

Find out more about CWL in our parish



Vocations to the Franciscan Friars Minor are encouraged in our Franciscan Parish! Single Catholic Men 18-40 years, interested?


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".


We urgently need more members to help us in our work. For more information please contact Gerry Curran on 07754 100149 or email gerrypcurransvp[at]hotmail.co.uk

he 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/

800 YEARS!

he Friars have donated a book and DVD to celebrate 800 years of the Order of Franciscan Friars and these are available 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>>

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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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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