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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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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.

I shall provide several more opportunities for you to receive the needed certificate. To start, I will be available in the William Scott Room (upstairs in the Becket Centre) on 28th Sept. 3-4pm, Thursday 29th 7pm—8pm and Friday 30th from 7pm—8pm. Please wait in the Francis Room until your turn. On each occasion I will see only 25 so that there is time to greet you properly. Do note that there will be abundant further opportunities in the following weeks. I do ask you to say honestly what your Catholic practice is. I am not at all happy with the formula that is forced on us by the education authorities.

In the middle of Mass last Sunday I was presented with a message requiring a car to be moved in the car park. This is just not on. The inconsiderate parking and the request are both inappropriate, and I should have ignored it. Please show consideration in using the car park. Be aware you may not find a space, and hence need to move elsewhere rather than abandon your car inconveniencing others.


If you donate via Gift Aid your Gift Aid Donation Statement for the Tax Year ended 5th April 2016 is available from the back of the church.

The next baptism course will commence in September. If you need to attend a course for your first child, please contact the Parish Office for details. Baptisms take place on the first and third Sundays in each month.


We are up London again on Wednesday and would be grateful to receive sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, sweets, fruit, tins (soup, tuna, beans etc.) toiletries and clean men’s clothing. Items can be left in the parish office during opening hours or in the Becket Centre between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday evening. With more and more people relying on soup runs we thank you for your continued support.


To all parishioners who supported Sainsburys Vouchers for the St. Thomas’ Baby Groups. We have received some lovely new equipment. Thank you for your help.

The Filipino community wish to thank parishioners for their generous support of the cake sale last weekend. They raised £420 for Cancer Research.

On Saturday, 17 September world leaders met at two crucial refugee summits.

The Catholic community responds to the refugee crisis

Find out more here>>>

Pictured left, Chris Driscoll Community Participation Coordinator – CAFOD Brentwood Volunteer Centre
holding the Lampedusa cross outside Brentwood Cathedral's Door of Mercy.

Sicilian carpenter Francesco Tuccio made rough crosses from the wreckage of a boat carrying refugees that sank off the island of Lampedusa. The crosses were offered to survivors as a symbol of their rescue and a sign of hope. A cross is held by each Diocese in England and Wales.

The Lampedusa Cross has been taken to schools across the diocese and has featured in a number of assemblies, liturgies and moments of prayer and reflection. The cross is a powerful symbol of the unfolding tragedy of the refugee crisis across the world, and many have expressed how moved they have been in its presence.

See more on the CAFOD Brentwood blog>>>



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.

September is SVP Awareness Month. If you or anyone you know needs help from the SVP please contact us via the Parish Office or on 07543 088950.

Thursday, 22nd September  - CATECHISTS’ MEETING
Will be on at 8pm in the Assisi Room upstairs in the Becket Centre.

Saturday, 24th September - ST. ANTONY’S FUNDRAISING RAFFLE
In order to raise much needed funds for new IT equipment at St. Antony’s School the parents have organised numerous hampers and prizes to be raffled at a school ball. Prizes include a mini iPad, Fortnum & Mason hampers, meat, wine & pamper hampers, Hypoxi, Space NK, Prezzo & Bel Sit vouchers to name but a few. Tickets are being sold after Masses on Sunday as well as at the school office and playground at £5 a strip. All funds raised will go to the school.

Sunday, 25th September - Mass for the Sick and Housebound (including those living in Care Homes) . . .

. . . with anointing of the sick will be held at St. Thomas’ at 3pm followed by tea and coffee.

Friday, 30th September - ASSISI LUNCH
12.30pm-2.30pm, Becket Centre.


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.


. . . is a social action initiative from the Alzheimer’s Society which aims to give people a little bit more understanding about what its like to live with dementia and then turn that understanding into action.

The SVP have recently become Dementia Friends by participating in a Dementia Friends Information Session which we believe may be of benefit to other groups in the parish. We are keen to establish what interest there might be encouraging others in the Parish to become Dementia Friends with a view to developing a more dementia friendly community in the parish.

We would also like to find out how many parishioners are already Dementia Friends and/or Dementia Champions. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the SVP via the Parish Office.

Saturday, 2nd July



In honour of HM The Queen's 90th Birthday &
120th Anniversary of St Thomas of Canterbury parish

Vivaldi: Summer Concerto from the Four Seasons
Parry: I Was Glad - Walton: Crown Imperial
Rule Britannia   Land of Hope and Glory

Donations received
for the parish Jumbulance appeal at the ‘Promenade Concert’ have topped £1,030.


On Saturday, 18th June, 45 parishioners from St Thomas' and St Edmund's, Loughton took part in the annual sponsored walk for bccs.

Leaving the Becket Centre just after 11am
progress was rather slow due to the muddy/boggy conditions round Woodford Golf Course and across Whitehall Road up to the Butler's Retreat. After a short break the pace quickened (!) as we headed up the Green Ride to the Bikers' Cafe at the top of Fairmead. Following our home-made packed lunch (or tasty bacon sandwich from the cafe!) we made our way back to the Becket Centre at approx 3.30pm via the 350 year-old Grimston's Oak (for our traditional photo) and Connaught Water.

Thank you once again to Franca and the ladies of CWL for the fine refreshments on our return. As in the past, the walk - approx 8 miles or 19000 steps according to iPhone - is a real social event made particularly pleasurable by the mixture of ages of the participants - 5 years to 65+!

Sponsorship to date totals approx £2,500. If you would like to add to this total please see David Underwood after Mass or leave your contribution at the Parish Office.

Click here>>> to learn about the valuable work of bccs

and here>>> to see more photos of the walk


Children /  parents do come to the Repository to see all the new books we have bought for you. As well as books to read there are puzzle books, tracing books, lift the flap books and pop-up books. All to tell you more about Jesus, your friend. The Repository is open after all Masses so do come in.


SVP wish to thank parishioners for their generous offerings last weekend. Over £800 was raised.

As a result of the appeal by Fr. Antony Thouard we have raised £5,213 to be sent out to the Missions. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.

Keeping London Safe and Secure Together

The Parish Office has been visited by our Neighbourhood Officer who is willing to offer support and friendship. If anyone witnesses or suffers any hate crime at St. Thomas’ please report it to a priest or the Parish Office immediately. Thank you.

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@hotmail.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, 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!

The 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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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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