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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.

PRISONERS - Thank you for your support for prisoners and their families last weekend. You gave £600 in the retiring collection. A man just two weeks out from 9 years of prison happened to call during the week for help. It is well to know that there are such men and their families on our doorstep. Above all they need trust to help them start on a job and a search for a home.

SACRISTY LINEN CARE - We have a real crisis in the lack of the small towels and purificators needed at Mass. As I write there are just 4 in the drawer. We have been using handkerchiefs and a towel, not appropriate for the proper respect to Our Lord in the Eucharist. There should be a large stock of these small linens. Evidently they have been taken home for washing and not returned. So please look to see if there are any lurking in your linen drawers at home.

MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION - Thank you, current Ministers, for taking your envelope from the table at the back of church. We are grateful that you either have filled, or will fill in the form for the commissioning which will happen at all Masses on the first Sunday of Advent. If you have not yet taken your envelope and returned the included form please do so as soon as is convenient.

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS - I will be seeing people who require a certificate of Catholic practice on Monday, 24th Oct. and Friday, 28th Oct. between 7pm and 8pm. Please contact the parish office to put your name down.

YOUTH SUNDAY: 20TH NOVEMBER - If our church is to have a future: if our parish is to have a future—we need to help our young people to discover the joy of our belonging to the family. The family of our parish that is, and then to the family of the church. We who are older and much older can look back to the clubs and activities of our childhood and adolescence. It was by coming regularly together for common interests that we learned it is good to belong, especially with like-minded people holding the same standards and values. We need to pray for our young people. We also need to come up with better ways of helping them.


SCHOOL ADMISSIONS - I think I have attended to most who need a certificate of Catholic practice. If there are any more, I will arrange more opportunities. Evenings seem best.

MINISTERS OF COMMUNION - We are required by the Bishop to re-commission our Parish Ministers of Communion outlining the re-commissioning process together with a re-commission form which are available at the back of the church. If you can, please complete the form today [Sunday] and return it next Sunday or to the Parish Office. If you are a Minister of Communion and haven’t received a letter, please add your name to the list at the back of the church.

GIFT AID - 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.

BAPTISM COURSE - The next baptism course is on 2nd, 9th and 16th November. If you need to attend for your first child, please contact the Parish Office for details. There will not be another course before 2017. Baptisms take place
in St. Thomas’ on the first and third Sunday of each month.

CALLING ALL READERS - On Saturday, 19th November between 10.30am and 1.30pm we will be holding a workshop for all readers of the parish, St. Thomas’, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell facilitated by Sue Seward who comes highly recommended. The aim of the session is to provide Readers with coaching on acoustics, voice projection and use of the microphone (amongst other topics) It is over 6 years since we last had any readers’ training and regardless of whether you have been a reader for 4 months or 40 years, please make every effort to attend. Places are limited so please ‘phone the Parish Office to secure your place.

To those who joined us at The Copperbox. We need to order tickets for a very important meeting at The Salvation Army Headquarters in Ilford (179 goes there directly). We are actively working with Redbridge Council to obtain land to build Community Land Trusts (CLTs) to enable our young people to own their first home. Redbridge Council respects numbers so we need a minimum of 20 people to join us on Thursday, 27th October at 19.00. Please ‘phone Angela on 020 8504 2138.

Find out more about Community Land Trusts here>>>


Ian Mawdsley, SVP National Twinnage Officer, wishes to convey his thanks to the Friars and those present at the Becket Centre on Wednesday, 28th September. In a recent letter he wrote: “Please pass on my best wishes to all I met for their kindness and generosity in helping our work in Sudan and South Sudan. The generosity of those attending will help us to continue with the vital work in supporting the poorest people of the world.”

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.


Click here>>> to find out more about the Friary Tennis Club, now including photos of newly laid courts and and recent newsletters.


The Assisi lunch is monthly for those who are elderly, housebound or maybe live alone and would like a wonderful home-cooked two-course meal where guests can sit and chat and make new friends or even catch up with old friends. The cost is £4. Come and join us in the Becket Centre and give it a try! Next lunch is on Friday, 28th October - meal at 1pm.

We are also looking for drivers to assist in bringing guests to the lunch at 12.15pm and taking them home again at approx. 2.30pm. The lunch is only once a month usually the last Friday of the month. If you are available to help when required please call Dolly on 07940 429815 (evenings only).

Find out out more here>>>


The repository has been re-stocked in the children’s section with Mass and prayer books and bible stories. Do pop in and see if what you need for your children is now available and, if not, let us know what could help. Don’t forget there is a free rosary ring for any child who visits during the month of October.

One of the hallmarks of Fairtrade Foundation's new strategy Fairtrade Can, I Can is literally putting the ‘I’ into Fairtrade. In other words, this time it’s personal – in more ways than one.


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.

Monday, 24th -
TELCO: Refugees Welcome
“London will not have forgotten how to treat a stranger” Paddington’s Aunt Lucy. Join us at Kings Cross Square at 2pm to show that London is ready to welcome the 387 children in the Calais camp eligible to come to the UK. Hear from refugees, faith and community leaders. Local council leaders and the Mayor have been invited to stand with us. Children (and adults!) invited to dress up as Paddington or create a Paddington banner or mask to wear. We look forward to seeing you there! If you need more information - munizsoledad@yahoo.es

Tuesday, 25th - TUESDAY CLUB
Not only are we being treated to Frank’s Music but menus are available for our Christmas Lunch, and we’ll count those who wish to attend. 2pm in the Becket Centre.

We would like to say a big thank you to the parents and staff of Loyola School for the large donation of food following their Harvest Festival. We filled the boot and a large number of seats on the parish mini-bus. For this reason, we are NOT asking for any further donations of food for Wednesday’s Soup Run as we have very limited storage space. The next Soup Run will be on 9th November.

Weekend of 29/30th October - CAFOD ART SALE
A parish artist will be selling original paintings to raise funds for CAFOD in the Becket Centre after every Mass. Come and have a browse—tea and coffee will be available.

Sunday, 30th October - ST. FRANCIS RAMBLERS
Welcome parishioners to our ramble. Suitable footwear please! Meet Loughton station 10am for a 10.15am SHARP departure. THE CLOCKS SHOULD HAVE GONE BACK BY 1 HOUR OVERNIGHT! Lunch at The Bull, Station Approach, Theydon Bois, CM16 7HR. Distance 9 miles finishing at Epping. Please call Tony on 020 8767 5293 for more details.


Thursday, 3rd November - SCRIPTURE PRAYER SHARING
Next meeting of Scripture Prayer sharing group, led by Sr. Sandra will be in the Becket Centre at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

Our annual bereavement service will be at 4pm in St. Thomas’.

Monday, 21st November - CRY AWARENESS WEEK
Forissy Chill Out Day at the Becket Centre. There will be breakfast, cake, hot lunches and an amazing Christmas stall. We have screening weekends now booked for 2017 and we are now raising money for 2018 plus equipment. We are in need of cakes on the day and raffle prizes. Contact Della on FORISSY@aol.com

Saturday, 26th November - CHRISTMAS FAYRE
Volunteers needed even for one hour before the Fayre to help sort donations, make wreaths, hampers etc. It can be any time that suits you e.g. after dropping children off at school or before picking them up or in the evening. Any help on the day is also welcome. So if you can spare an hour to help please call Jackie on 07952 077546.


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.

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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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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