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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.


Click banner below to go to the Universalis website for readings and prayers for the day

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.

Parish life tends to blossom in September, flourish through the months and run down to hibernation in July. It has been a difficult year in the Friary albeit still with many blessings. We have known your sympathy and eagerness to help in every way possible, and we are very grateful. You do so much for us as well as your commitment to parish affairs. Thank you for taking responsibility for all the varied tasks, services, ministries; for caring, teaching, leading, praying and all else you do so generously. We look forward with hope to new beginnings in September. Meantime travel safely, enjoy a change and a rest, and return full of vigour for more.

Preparations are afoot for starting up the weekly meetings again in September. Meantime we are eagerly looking for enquiring minds to join us. No commitment. It is open to people of all persuasions - and none!? There are no presumptions about whither the quest may lead. Come and contribute your views. Quentin would like to know whom we may expect to welcome.

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis has declared 1st September as "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation" encouraging the faithful all around the world to dedicate a day to praying for the environment.

The declaration follows the publication of his landmark encyclical Laudato Si’, which calls on "every person living on this planet" to protect the earth: our common home. It also comes just weeks before the Pope addresses world leaders gathering at the UN to agree the new Sustainable Development Goals.

Download this beautiful prayer: In union with creation and pray it on 1st September, knowing that millions of our brothers and sisters around the world will be joining in communion.

Click here>>> to find out how you can get involved to mark this special moment which includes signing a petition to the Prime Minister urging him to take action with other world leaders to cut
carbon emissions to keep global temperature rise below the dangerous threshold of 1.5°C, and to prevent climate change pushing people deeper into poverty.


Please note that there will be no newsletter during the month of August. Urgent items should be given to a priest or Parish Office to be included in the notices read out after Mass.

PRAYER LIST - There will be a prayer list for the sick, lately dead and anniversaries on the notice board each week in the church porch - also available here>>>

CHARITY RUN - Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society is looking for individuals to represent their parish and to take part in our ‘Run for a Child’ 5K run on Wednesday, 2nd September at 7pm.  The run, organised by Pitsea Running Club, takes place at Westley Heights Country Park, Basildon. There is no need to book, just turn up and run; under 16s are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult. The entry fee is only £2 to cover the costs of running this event, so any additional sponsorship money you are able to raise will allow us to continue to support the children and families who need us, so please do your best.  For further information or to request a Sponsor Form please contact Julie 01268 784544 / jabbott@bccs.org.uk

FIRST COMMUNION 2016 - Application forms are now at the back of church. Please complete one and return it if you live in our parish and have a child who will be in Year 3 in the next school year, ie from September 2015. The closing date for applications is Friday 11th September 2015. No applications will be accepted after this date.


The Music Group are taking a break during August but will be back on Sunday, 6th September. We look forward to seeing you then.


Friday, 3rd October - CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY
Harvest is the time of year when we celebrate the abundance of God’s creation. Yet one in eight people go to bed hungry every night, even though there is enough food for everyone. And so on this Harvest Fast Day we are inviting you to put your faith into action, make a place at the table and donate, so that all can share in the abundance that God has provided for us. Click here>>> to find out more.

3rd to 11th October -
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.


Minutes of June meeting of the Parish
Pastoral Council are now available here>>>


On Friday, 11th September the House of Commons will debate and vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide. This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk. Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate and vote against the Bill. You can send an email to your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide or send a letter by post, a draft of which can be found at the back of the church.

Bishop Alan Williams SM

  Meet farmers Atram Padma Bai and her husband Atram Rajeshwar, from Telangana in India. Before Fairtrade they had real financial worries, weren’t making enough from their cotton and couldn’t afford to send their children to school. They relied on unscrupulous money lenders for loans to keep their farm going.

Since becoming Fairtrade and organic certified they are no longer financially vulnerable, as Padma Bai explains: "We are now not answerable to anyone... we don’t have the tension of going to money lenders."

The couple can now send their children to school and save for the future, particularly important if unpredictable rains affect how much cotton they can grow. Choosing Fairtrade cotton means knowing farmers like Padma Bai and Rajeshwar get a fair deal. Find out more here>>>


Three months since Nepal was devastated by an earthquake, CAFOD’s Nana Anto-Awuakye visited a community receiving support thanks to your donations. She writes:

"As we bump along the narrow potholed roads in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, heading east for a village in the Kavrepalanchok district, it’s hard to imagine that this bustling city, along with the rest of the country, was struck by a violent earthquake just three months ago."

Read more here>>>


The final amount received from the ap- peal by Fr Thomas for the F.M.U. was £6,550.00 Thank you to everybody who contributed.

Thank you to all the parishioners for all their support in sending in Sainsbury Vouchers. We have ordered new toys for the group.


We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Kathy Wilson for the resounding and heart-warming success of this venture. Over many months she planned and provided meticulously for the two concerts. Then coaxed and cajoled with charm the many musicians, providers and helpers for both evenings. You enjoyed the glorious music, well-chosen, delicately dedicated and executed to a very high standard. Thank you Kathy for the concerts and for all your contribution to St. Thomas’ high quality of music.


The Aurelian Ensemble and St Thomas of Canterbury Church Choir entertained a large audience of pariishioners at St Thomas' on Saturday, 4th July as part of the parish music festival and in honour of the 70th Anniversary of the VE & VJ days.

A full and varied programme of popular classics included The Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell), Serenade for Strings (Elgar), Spring from the Four Seasons (Vivaldi), Brandenburg Concerto (Bach) and included audience participation in The Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah (Handel). Following the interval the programme continued with a rousing "Last Night of the Proms" performance.



How will the universal Church respond to the resounding act of papal leadership, which touches life at every level, from the turning off light switches and recycling paper, to major decisions regarding international investment, lobbying politicians and deciding how to vote?

“Local and national Churches will need to look to their lifestyles, bishops to their conference agendas, priests to their weekly preaching, schools to their textbooks, families to how they spend and what they enjoy”.
The Tablet, 20th June 2015

"Our common home’: a challenge and an opportunity"

Linda Jones, Head of the CAFOD Theology Programme. shares her initial response to the Pope Francis’ encyclical. Read it here>>>


Click here>>> to go to the page on this website containing the parish Synod discussions and response document.


There are two good courts and a clubhouse, idyllically situated in the friary gardens. If you would like to play tennis there, do contact, Bernard Hunter on 07968 173110 for details. We charge a small subscription fee to cover maintenance and other costs. Membership is open to anybody. More information about FTC here>>>


After 21 years, CAFOD Brentwood has moved from Chigwell Convent as the community requires the space.

On Wednesday, 24 June a Leaving Mass was held for supporters and volunteers to thank the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary for their hospitality and support over the previous 21 years. Thank you to Frs Tony and Matthew for leading the service.

Follow this link>>> to the CAFOD Brentwood Blog for further report.

The latest (and possibly last in it’s present format) CAFOD Brentwood newsletter is now available here>>>


The sponsored walk for BCCS (Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society) took place on Saturday, 6th June.
Fine weather greeted the 37 people (aged from 5 to 65 (!)) from St Thomas' and St Edmund's, Loughton who left the Becket Centre at 11am for the circular walk of approx 9.4miles through Epping Forest - according to one walker's iPhone 19000+ steps! Once again, thank you to Franca and CWL for providing the walkers with some fine refreshments on their return to the Becket Centre at 3.30pm.

The walkers at Grimston's Oak, nr Connaught Water. More photos here>>>

If you would like to sponsor the walk, please contact David Underwood on 07905 741033 or leave your contribution in an envelope at the Parish Office.

Find out about the work of BCCS here>>>


The latest issue of “The Troubadour” is available here>>>.

The Troubadour appears two or three times a year. 
It is described as: "A Missionary Magazine at the service of  (a) Franciscan Missionaries working throughout the world but especially in disaster areas, and (b) The Franciscan Missionary Union."

It contains a tribute to Fr. Austin Kinsella as well as news about how the money you put in your mission boxes is used. Please take a copy as you leave church. Please also take a mission box.


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, 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!

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>>

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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