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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:

An edict was given to S. Lawrence stating that, on a certain day he was to have all the “treasures of the church” readied so that the soldiers could come and pick them up. When the day arrived, the local authorities, complete with their military support, arrived at the door of Lawrence’s house. He had assembled there, by his house, all the poor, the lame, the sick, the blind, the weak, the aged, the children, and the outcasts.

Religion, some claim, offers little to the healthy, talented people; the church is trying to teach happy people to be unhappy so that it has come power over them! Listen to Pope Francis echo S. Lawrence: In the very old and the very young and in those who are marginalized through illness, poverty, or other kinds of unattractiveness, in those who are not seen as gold or silver in our culture, the church, more than ever, is full of treasure.

Click here >>> to go to page on the website for downloading Fr Austin's various topic writings - including the five Lent 2014 talks. Click here>>> to go to Fr Austin's previous weekly Newsletter writings.


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PARISH MUSIC FESTIVAL

The last two Saturday evenings brought us two outstanding musical performances. First, we enjoyed a virtuoso organ recital by Didier Hennuyer, Master Organist, Boulogne Cathedral. The organ was challenged at every level and rose to the occasion through a varied selection and the consummate skill of our guest organist.

The second performance was a change of gear. We had a Gala evening, a promenade experience led by the Aurelian Ensemble (Conductor Graham Chambers) during which we heard a delightful solo and duet for violin and oboe. Gwendoline Ross, soprano, joined the orchestra for two pieces from Handel’s Messiah, and led us in a rousing rendering of Land of Hope and Glory. This was the first time we have hosted such a sparkling event, and judging from audience reaction, certainly should not be the last.

Thank-you Kathy for following your instinct in organising both events and for the helpers and supporters who rallied round you; and our CWL for looking after us so well during the interval break. A major contribution came from our parish choir, who joined the orchestra on two occasions—you were outstanding and excelled yourselves. How fitting it was to see Kathy take up the baton for the penultimate choir and audience sharing. Thank you.

MASSIVE THANKS

A massive thanks to the sponsors—just under £1,000 was raised for the Jumbulance Appeal.



A RACE FOR JUSTICE

Parishioner, Caroline Rose, will be leading a team
for seven months on the Department for International Development’s International Citizen Service programme in Burkina Faso.
She will be working alongside volunteers from Burkina Faso, on a project that supports marginalised women and people with disabilities to understand their rights – and put them into action – in order to change their own lives for the better. Support Caroline’s project at www.justgiving.com/caroline-rose5.

To help raise awareness and funding for the two social justice projects; rights of the disabled and women’s rights, Alan Mair will be racing 100 kilometres on Saturday, 19th July, Race to the Stones, a running race - www.racetothestones.com.

All donations go directly to the projects in Burkina Faso.

Click here to see the route of Alan's run on Saturday in which he finished in 12hrs 06mins
. Click here to see some great photos of the event in 2013 and the landscape through which it passed.

Caroline is also holding a Quiz Night in the Becket Centre on the 9th August – to find out more, contact her on 07906 572680

BIG THANKS
To all parishioners of St. Thomas’ for their incredible generosity at the Masses last weekend. Caroline has already reached her target through the retiring collections so anything that is raised at the Quiz Night on the 9th August will be extra towards International Service which is great news!



FRANCISCAN MISSIONS

Please put your FMU envelopes with your offering in the basket at the back of the church. There are spare envelopes beside the basket if needed and you can bring them back next week. Thank you for your support.


THANK YOU
So far the appeal for the F.M.U. has raised £3,330. In addition to the money from the appeal we have counted £885 from the mission boxes returned. Thank you to everyone who has responded. If you were away for the appeal there will be some envelopes available for your donation at the back of the church.



FIRST COMMUNION 2015
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. The closing date for applications is Friday 19th September 2014. No applications will be accepted after this date.


BAPTISMS
The next baptism course will run in September. If you need to attend a course please contact the Parish Office. If you have attended a course with a previous child the baptism can be booked. Contact the office for a form. Baptisms take place on the first and third Sundays of each month.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY . . .

There will be an SVP collection after all Masses this weekend.

Sunday, 27th July - CHILDREN’S LITURGY

Has finished for the summer and will restart on 7th September.

Sunday, 27th July and Thursday, 31st July - RADIO 4 APPEAL FOR THE PASSAGE

David Dimbleby will be appealing on Radio 4 on behalf of The Passage — the homelessness charity based in Victoria. Do listen to hear more about the work of this Catholic Charity. The broadcasts are on Sunday, 27th July at 07:55 and 21:26 and Thursday 31st July at 15:27
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ADVANCE NOTICE > > >

Please note that there will be no newsletter during the month of August. If you have an
urgent request please let the Parish Office know so that it can be read out after Mass. A list for those to be prayed for will be put on the noticeboard each week. The Parish Office will be open during August 9.30am—1.30pm to deal with any queries you may have
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PARISH DIARY
The parish diary for 2015 will be compiled during the month of August. Will all those groups and societies who use the Becket Centre on a regular basis, please submit their dates in writing for 2015 to the Parish Office. Please do not presume that your booking will be carried forward. Grateful thanks.


Friday, 1st August -
RETREAT
Christ the King Church, 455 Chingford Road, Chingford E4 8SP
11am-4pm, Faith that does the Impossible. 7pm-9pm, Drawing Down the Presence of God
Preached by Lalith Perera, international speaker, lay evangelist and founder of the Community of the Risen Lord, Sri Lanka. Admission free. All are welcome. Retreat conducted in English. No registration required. Refreshments provided. Please bring your bible and a note book. Please see poster on church noticeboard.

Wednesday, 13th August - SOUP RUN FOR THE HOMELESS
Wednesday, 27th August - SOUP RUN FOR THE HOMELESS
We would be grateful to receive sandwiches, fruit, cakes, sweets, toiletries and men’s clothing. We especially ask if you could spare a few tins, such as tuna, beans, soup etc, as we are often faced with people who are turning to soup runs to help with everyday living. Many thanks for your continuing support.

Friday, 19th September - BCCS GOLF CLASSIC

The Golf Classic is an annual charity golf day for Brentwood Catholic Children's Society held at Ilford Golf Club.  Cost £45 non-Ilford GC members, £25 Ilford GC members. Price includes 18-hole Stableford Competition, Nearest the Pin/Longest Drive and three course evening meal. Contact John Buckley 01708 455887 j.buckley@hotmail.co.uk for more details.


At 11am on a hot midsummer's day, 25 parishioners from St Thomas' and St Edmund's, Loughton walked out from the Becket Centre to High Beach to raise funds for Brentwood Catholic Children's Society.

Pictured below, clockwise from top left: leaving the Becket Centre; lunch at the biker's cafe at the top of Fairmead Road; on the return leg heading to Fairmead Bottom; the walkers gather for the traditional photo at Grimston's Oak; the children, with Julie Abbott fundraising manager at bccs, proudly display their certificates.

Thanks once again to Franca and the CWL for the very welcome refreshments provided on our return to the Becket Centre at 3pm.


To find out more about the work of bccs click here>>>  If you would like to sponsor the walk and support the valuable work of bccs, please contact David Underwood on 07905 741033 or leave your contribution at the Parish Office in an envelope marked "bccs sponsored walk 2014".

THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who supported the walk this year. A total of over £1600 has so far been raised.


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.



WHIPPS CROSS CHAPLAINCY

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.



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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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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