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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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SCAFFOLDING AT ST THOMAS' CHURCH MAIN ENTRANCE
Please take caution when walking by the scaffolding outside the church. We are doing our best to ensure that there is no escaping debris. We advise people to use the side entrance to the church rather than the main door.



LENT

FAMILY AND MARRIAGE
Some have expressed concern about issues so far raised in our search for what the Pope is asking of us. You are quite right to insist that basic doctrine will not change. One question put was to identify the unchangeable and look to where there is a margin for development of understanding and practice. God does not exclude: he seeks to draw all no matter how sinful or unconventional into Christ’s loving family. The Pope’s priority is a change of attitude in the church. “I have not come to condemn the world but to save it” said Jesus last Sunday. The Pope is urging not judgement but compassion for all.

WEEKDAY MASSES DURING LENT
St. Thomas’ 10am, Morning Prayer 9.45am
Chigwell Convent 9.30am Monday—Friday, 10am Saturday
Trinity School (Lower Site) 8.30am Monday—Friday
Parents and children of St. Antony’s School are most welcome to join the Mass in the Chapel of the Divine Child.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Fridays of Lent. After 10am Mass and at 8pm in the church

LENTEN LUNCHES
Tuesdays in Lent, 12.15pm—1.30pm in the Becket Centre. If you haven’t tried our delicious home-made soups, French bread and butter why not join us this coming week, it’s only £3 and your money would help to feed vulnerable children. Proceeds to Mary’s Meals. Learn about Mary's Meals here>>>

SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION
Monday, 30th March 7.30pm at St. Thomas’. A number of priests will be available to hear confessions. No further public times for celebrating this sacrament before Easter.

EASTER TRIDUUM
Many thanks to all those who offered their services last weekend; we do however, still need more Readers, Ministers of Communion, Sacristans and Ushers for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Please add your name to the lists located at the back of the church if you are able to help.

MAUNDY THURSDAY Washing of the Feet
We are looking for 12 volunteers (male or female), so far we have six volunteers so we are half way there! If you would like to take part in this moving re-enactment of Our Lord washing the feet of his disciples, please add your name to the list at the back of the church.

HOLY WEEK FLYER
Please take a flyer as you leave church giving you details of the Masses and services over the Easter period.


Easter Mass Cards are now available from the Repository and Parish Office.


VOLUNTEERING?

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
.


ST THOMAS’ SVP CONFERENCE

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..



DATES FOR YOUR DIARY . . .

Sunday,
22nd March - CWL
Woodford Section warmly invites any ladies interested in joining our active and sociable group to drop into the Becket Centre after the 10am or 11.30am Masses where there will be CWL members who will be pleased to speak to you about our international organisation.

Sunday, 22nd March - FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS
3pm. Mass for all First Holy Communion children and parents. Fr. Michael will explain all aspects of the Mass.

Tuesday, 24th - TUESDAY CLUB
The last before Easter. The ever interesting and amusing JENIFER PLUMMER will give us the low-down on “Sweets & Chocolates”, appropriately enough. See you all at 2pm in the Becket Centre. We’ll resume on the 14th April with the LOUGHTON LADIES’ CHOIR.

Tuesday 24th March - HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS TALK

There will be a Human Trafficking Awareness talk on at 7.30pm at Chigwell Convent. Come and find out more about the global and local issue of human trafficking. All are welcome. Tea and coffee will be provided. Additional talks will be arranged after Easter.

Wednesday, 25th March - SOUP RUN FOR THE HOMELESS AND NEEDY
We are up London again on Wednesday night and would be grateful to receive sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, sweets, toiletries and warm clean men’s clothing and shoes. Items can be left in the parish office from 9.30am - 1.30pm or the Becket Centre from 6.30pm on Wednesday evening. As this is the last Soup Run before Easter it would be lovely to be able to give every person that needs our help an Easter Egg to take away.

Friday 29th - ASSISI LUNCH
12.30pm - 2.30pm, Becket Centre.

Saturday, 28th March -
QUIZ NIGHT
7.30pm at Trinity School. Fundraiser for Young People of the parish on Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Please contact Mrs Lanchester on 0208 504 8946 for tickets.

Saturday, 28th March - VALENTINE SINGERS
JS Bach St. Matthew Passion at 7pm at St. Mary’s Church, High Road, South Woodford E18 2PA. Tickets £16/£10 (students/benefit holders) £18/£12 on the door 020 8550 4654

Monday, 30th March - HOLY FAMILY LAY ASSOCIATES MEETING
Held at 5, The Green at 7.30pm. Please bring your “Joy of the Gospel” booklet.

Tuesday, 31st March - IN CONVERSATION WITH FR. CHRISTOPHER JAMISON
(Tues of Holy Week) 7.30pm—10.00pm, Church Hall, St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 79 Barking Road, Canning Town E16 4HB Open to everyone aged 17-35 especially those discerning a vocation to Priesthood and the Religious life. For more details please see poster at back of church. Flyers are available from the back of the church.

EASTER CLEAN : CHANGE OF DATE
The Easter Clean of the Church is at 10.30am on TUESDAY, 31ST MARCH. PLEASE PLEASE put it in your diaries. We only had 3 people helping at the Christmas clean. Can you please give just a little of your time to get our Church clean for the Easter celebrations. THANK YOU.

ADVANCE NOTICE >>>

Easter Sat. 4th April - PIANO & ORGAN RECITAL
7pm at Holy Trinity Church South Woodford in aid of UK registered charity “Iraqi Christians in Need”.

Thursday, 9th April -
ACROSS TRIP TO LOURDES
If you know of anyone sick, disabled and terminally ill who would benefit from the pilgrimage to Lourdes, please take an application form from the back of the church.

Thursday, 9th April - CAFOD FAMILY WALK AND PICNIC WITH CHILDREN'S TREASURE TRAIL
Hanningfield Reservoir, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex CM11 1WT. Meet at the Visitor Centre 11.15 am, leaving for the walk 11.30 am. Enjoy a stroll to the fishing lodge for games and refreshments. Bring your own picnic (coffee and tea available from the cafe). £5 suggested donation per adult — children free. For more details click here>>> or call CAFOD Brentwood office on 020 8502 9722.

Saturday, 11th April - LONDON CITIZENS (Telco)
A reminder of The Social Care Tea Party - At the Becket Centre on from 3pm to 5pm. If you are receiving care or are a carer we would warmly welcome you to attend. Please contact the Parish Office 020 8504 1686 a.s.a.p. or by 1st April.

Sunday, 26th July - PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES WITH BISHOP ALAN

The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is filling up—book soon! Sunday 26th to Friday, 31st July 2015 from £649 by air with full board for six days, five nights, or from £429 by coach. For a brochure call Cathy O’Connor 01206 501146 or www.brentwoodlourdes.org.

3rd to 11th October - LONDON TO WALSINGHAM WALK
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.




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


SPORT/FITNESS

BADMINTON CLUB

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.

PILATES
Has now restarted Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the Clare Room (upstairs in the Becket Centre). For more information davidrae56gmail.com
KEEP FIT
Monday in Becket Centre 8pm. Come and work off those Christmas indulgences!


FRANCISCAN MISSIONS

Please take a copy of The Troubadour and a 2015 mission calendar as you leave church. In the year just ended the parish sent £10,124 to the FMU office in Glasgow for the Franciscan Missions. Half of that total came from the annual appeal, a quarter from the mission boxes (some available from the back of the church) and £1,330 from the Gift Aid tax reclaim. Thank you to all who have supported us during the year.



ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA

Have you every prayed to St. Anthony? If after Fr. Austin’s words on St. Anthony in the last newsletter you feel compelled to make a donation to St. Anthony’s Bread as a gesture of thanks, you will find a coin slot on the back wall of the church marked S.A.B. Our church collects this money throughout the year and then divides it among five or six worthy causes at Christmas.


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?

I
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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