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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.

Will begin about 12.30pm next Sunday in the Becket Centre. Please come. You can find the Agenda and other information on the notice-board in church. The principal practical business is to elect the members of the Parish Council who will guide us through the coming year. Their work will then begin with a meeting of the elected on Monday, 4th July at 8pm in the William Scott Room. There is much enthusiasm evident: fourteen candidates have offered their service. I am a little concerned about how we shall establish continuity since almost all the previously elected members have reached the end of their service. So pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us: that he will lead us to build further on t
he g ood work already achieved, using his gifts which we enjoy in such abundance. And especially that he will bring us united through all the year at what it will present.

Click here>>> to see who serves on the Parish Pastoral Council for 2015-16.

Click here>>> for Parish Accounts Summary 2015-16 on the Finance Committee page (bottom of page).

The work will begin in earnest in September. Registration forms are available, for children who will be in Year 3 in September. I decided for 2017 we will plan 6 sessions for receiving the sacrament each on a Saturday morning. Of the ten separate celebrations last month the three on Saturday mornings were by far the best. If you feel this is more laborious for you—then reflect that they were better precisely because the families put more into them. Thank God a
ll were dignified and devout. This we must repeat. If Holy Communion says anything at all it says that we must all agree and be one.

Application forms are now available from the back of the church. If your child will be in Year 3 in September please take one and return it to the p
arish office a.s.a.p. Closing date is Friday, 9th September 2016. Applications after this date will not be accepted.


Are you a Catechist on the First Holy Communion Programme, Confirmation, Saturday School, Journey of Faith or Children’s Liturgy? We have had high numbers enrolled in our Sacramental Programmes again this year. We never underestimate how integral our Catechists’ involvement is in relation to the success of sacramental preparation. We are having a Cheese & Wine evening to celebrate the end of the programmes and to thank you for your time and commitment. You are cordially invited to the Becket Centre on 30th June from 7.30pm.


On Saturday, 18th June, 45 parishioners from St Thomas' and St Edmund's, Loughton took part in the annual sponsored walk for bccs.

Leaving the Becket Centre just after 11am
progress was rather slow due to the muddy/boggy conditions round Woodford Golf Course and across Whitehall Road up to the Butler's Retreat. After a short break the pace quickened (!) as we headed up the Green Ride to the Bikers' Cafe at the top of Fairmead. Following our home-made packed lunch (or tasty bacon sandwich from the cafe!) we made our way back to the Becket Centre at approx 3.30pm via the 350 year-old Grimston's Oak (for our traditional photo) and Connaught Water.

Thank you once again to Franca and the ladies of CWL for the fine refreshments on our return. As in the past, the walk - approx 8 miles or 19000 steps according to iPhone - is a real social event made particularly pleasurable by the mixture of ages of the participants - 5 years to 65+!

Sponsorship to date totals approx £2000. If you would like to add to this total please see David Underwood after Mass or leave your contribution at the Parish Office.

Click here>>> to learn about the valuable work of bccs

and here>>> to see more photos of the walk


Did you know there’s a way you can cut your carbon emissions, show solidarity with poor communities overseas and send a powerful message to the government - all without leaving your home.

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One in five of our brothers and sisters around the world don’t have the electricity they need to power school, clinics, homes and businesses. Local, renewable energy is a practical, affordable way for the poorest people to benefit. It helps tackle climate change and poverty. We know it works, and we urgently need our government to support it.

Access to this energy can transform lives: children can study longer at school, clinics can stay open at night, farmers can irrigate their crops, and water can be purified so that it is safe to drink.

Click here>>> to email
today Nick Hurd MP the UK’s Development Minister and ask him to support energy services overseas that the poorest people can access.


Children /  parents do come to the Repository to see all the new books we have bought for you. As well as books to read there are puzzle books, tracing books, lift the flap books and pop-up books. All to tell you more about Jesus, your friend. The Repository is open after all Masses so do come in.


We serve Fairtrade tea and coffee after 10.00am and 11.30am Masses most Sundays. 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.

Tuesday, 28th TUESDAY CLUB
“LEGENDS OF THE TURF” a talk by BILL. Forget gardening! Canter along to the Becket Centre at 2pm. Hats are NOT required!!

Tuesday 28th & Wednesday, 29th - SS PETER AND PAUL
Holy Day of Obligation - Vigil Mass Tuesday, 28th at 7.30pm;  Wednesday, 29th Chigwell Convent at 10.00am, St Thomas’  at10.00am and 8.00pm


Saturday, 2nd July - PARISH GALA NIGHT
In honour of HM The Queen's 90th birthday and 120th anniversary of St Thomas of Canterbury church. More details to follow.

Sunday, 3rd July - PARISH AGM
The Parish AGM is being held in the Becket Centre at 12.30pm and everyone is welcome to attend and hear about parish matters over the last year, presentation of parish accounts and election of council members. It would be great to see as
many people as possible. If there are any specific matters that you would like to raise, can you please forward them in writing to the Parish Office and then they can be answered at the AGM on 3rd July.

3pm and 5pm, Becket Centre. We would like to welcome ALL who have been bereaved and particularly those who have lost their loved ones in the last year. We also look forward to seeing our friends who have been with us before. Please feel free to bring someone with you. Contact Angela Barnes 020 8505 0356 as soon as possible so that an invitation can be sent to you in order that we can have numbers for catering purposes.

Monday, 11th July
At St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Leytonstone, will be at 11.30am.

Wednesday, 13th July - FOSTERING
8pm, Becket Centre. GIVING A CHILD IN NEED A HOME Have you ever thought of fostering and giving a child in need a home? If so, now is the time to learn more . . .
Citizens UK (TELCO) and CORAM are responding to the urgent call for foster families to come forward in response to the dubs amendment which has recognised the desperate plight of unaccompanied refugee children fleeing war and the need to provide them with homes and families. If you would like to know more about fostering children in Redbridge or to support the refugees welcome campaign in Redbridge, please come along. For more information please contact Angela on redbridgewelcome@gmail.com

Sunday, 14th August to Friday, 19th August
Bishop Alan will lead the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.  From £639 by air with full board for six days, five nights, or from £419 by coach. This pilgrimage includes an experienced medical team and plenty of help for those with mobility needs. It is also ideal for couples, individuals, and groups of friends. There is a full programme to opt in and out of, and everyone is welcome. There are brochures at the back of the church.

Would like to increase further the medical cover it provides for its pilgrims. If you are a doctor, please consider joining the pilgrimage this year. Your care of our pilgrims is greatly needed, will be greatly appreciated, and is immensely rewarding. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Cathy O’Connor at 01206 501146 or via cathy@brentwoodlourdes.org

Thursday, 15th September - BIBLE STUDY
Will re-commence at 7.30pm in the Francis Room.

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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