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
Click banner below to go to the Universalis website for readings and prayers for the day 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. FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2014
Monday, 24th February - Sunday, 9th March
Cheap bananas threaten farmers' future. Make a difference during Fairtrade Fortnight 2014. Buy only Fairtrade bananas. Together we can make bananas fair.
Go to http://foncho.fairtrade.org.uk to find out more.
At their meeting on Monday, 3rd March, PPC members with Frs Austin and Brian and Deacon Matthew show their support for fairtrading of bananas.
support of Fairtrade Fortnight this weekend we are giving out Fairtrade bananas after each Mass. This is to remind of us of the support that Free Trade Suppliers
provide farmers throughout the world and that cheap bananas threaten
farmers' futures. Over the last ten years the price of a banana has
halved while the cost of production has doubled. This has resulted in
many farmers around the works struggling to get a fair deal. St Thomas
of Canterbury is a Fairtrade parish and is being supported in this
weekend by Sainsbury’s in Loughton who are a Fairtrade supplier. Please
FR AUSTIN WRITES:
Ash Wednesday. if I’m serious about the Gospel in my life, it’s going to mean letting go of doing it my way - even our way - for intimacy with the way – Jesus says: I am the way, the truth, the life... Life is not a series of tasks it is a relationship - intimacy with God as Father through Jesus as brother. It is a way guided by:- Prayer, Fasting and Alms deeds.
Apply the same principle and see what this means: not my prayer, not my fasting, not my alms giving – not even ours – but the way – not I believe in God, but God believes in me – being still within that in the way Jesus knew himself as beloved of Abba – through the gift of the Holy Spirit, this is the prayer. Fasting – realizing what I need to let go for this to be real for me. Alms-giving – what I need to let go of for this to be real for you – to help you know yourself as beloved of Abba. This is the crucial one – God’s presence to each one is unique and unrepeatable elsewhere; cannot be subject to any system or expectation – I am being challenged to walk with you, and to enjoy seeing with you how God is leading you. This is where St Francis’ words are so challenging: wherever you go, whatever you are about – remember to worship the God who was there before you came!
Fr Austin writes: "My enforced rest in the past
few months of 2013 has allowed me to put together writing on various
topics – which might be of interest. As they are somewhat lengthy I have made them available for download for reading at your leisure." Click here to go to page on the website for downloading Fr Austin's further writings.
BRENTWOOD CATHOLIC CHILDREN'S SOCIETY wishes to thank parishioners for £402.94 being the proceeds of a retiring collection recently. The Society's charity shop in Highams Park would like a few more volunteers to help keep the work load down. If you could spare a few hours, please call Irene Newell on 020 8550 2620.
15TH WOODFORD RAINBOWS, BROWNIES AND GUIDES - All the girls thank the leaders for taking them to Alexandra Palace for Thinking Day last Saturday. We all had a great time.
CHIGWELL MISSIONS - A BIG THANK YOU to Ann Alfarno and her dedicated team for all the hard work at last week’s Jumble Sale for the Chigwell Missions. Over £1,400 was raised—well done!
CAFOD - Grateful thanks to parishioners for their very generous response to the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. £3,137.98 was received. Also, Harvest Fast Day 2013, £912.72 was raised.
5th March Obligatory Day of Fasting and Abstinence from all meat. Chigwell 9.30am, St. Thomas’ 10am, Solemn Opening of Lent 8pm. Please take a Lenten Leaflet giving you times of the Masses and Services during Lent.
Tuesdays in Lent commencing 11th March—15th April in the Becket Centre 12.15pm until 1.30pm. Homemade soup with French bread £2.50 (tea and coffee extra). All funds raised will be sent to Mary’s Meals, which feeds school children in Haiti.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Fridays of Lent. After 10am Mass and at 8pm in St. Thomas’.
SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION
Monday, 14th April 7.30pm in St. Thomas’. There will be a number of priests available after the service to hear confessions. No further public times for celebrating this Sacrament before Easter.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY . . .
Monday, 24th February to Sunday, 9th March - FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2014Cheap bananas threaten farmers' future. Make a difference during Fairtrade Fortnight 2014.
Buy only Fairtrade bananas.
Together we can make bananas fair.
Click here>>> to find out how to "Stick with Foncho"Friday, 7th to Sunday, 9th - LENTEN RETREATPlease join us for a residential Lenten Retreat led by the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham at Abbotswick, the Diocesan House of Prayer, Brentwood. All are welcome! Please call 01277 373959 for further details.Sunday, 9th - FIRST COMMUNION
3pm in St. Thomas’. The Mass is for all children and their parents. Fr. Michael O’Kane will be explaining the Mass.Wednesday, 12th - CWL MEETING
7.15pm in the Assisi Room. Please note the change of date and time.Wednesdays 12th, 19th, 26th March and 2nd, 9th April - LENTEN TALKS
at 8pm in the Becket Centre. Fr. Austin “ The Big Question—Why does God allow suffering?
Friday, 14th - FAMILY FAST DAY
Saturday, 29th March - CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT
7.30pm for 8pm start, Becket Centre. Tables of 8. Suggested donation £10 per adult to include Ploughmans supper. Bring your own drink. More details to follow.
ADVANCE NOTICE . . .
Tuesday, 8th April - Fund raising for Ovarian CancerBecket Centre at 7.30pm.Wednesday, 9th April - FAMILY WALK AND PICNIC WITH CAFOD BRENTWOOD11am-3pm, Hanningfield Reservoir, Billericay. Suitable for all ages. Click here for more information.
WHIPPS CROSS CHAPLAINCY
If you, a family member or a friend would like to see a Catholic Chaplain or receive Holy Communion whilst receiving treatment at Whipps Cross Hospital, Please contact St. George’s 020 8520 5877 or The Chaplaincy Team on 020 8535 6988.
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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.
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
St James URC BuckhurstHill
Sunday: 9am (Children's Liturgy)
Sunday: 10am (Children's Liturgy)
Weekdays: 6.50am (Morning Prayer), 9.30am
First Wednesday of month no morning Mass
Confession: Saturday, after 10am Mass