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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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God was born into our world in a way that allows faith to ground itself on something that is quiet and undramatic. Jesus, as we know, was born into our world with no fanfare and no power, a baby lying help-less in the straw, another child among milions. Nothing spectacular to human eyes surrounded his birth.

Why doesn’t God show himself to us more directly and more powerfully so as to make faith easier? That’s a fair question for which, partly, there is no fully satisfying answer. But the answer we do have lies in understanding the manner in which God manifests himself in our lives and in our world. Unlike most everything else that’s trying to get our attention, God never tries everywhere, inside us and around us, al-most unfelt, largely unnoticed, and easily ignored, a quiet, gentle nudge; but, if drawn upon, the ultimate stream of love and energy.

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate Mass to mark this anniversary on Sunday, 14th September at 6pm in St. Mary & St. Michaels Church, Commercial Road, Stepney.
The peace was signed by Cardinal Manning. Through his untiring labours he brought the strike to an end and obtained higher wages for the dockworkers. This had a great influence on the development of Catholic social teaching.

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.

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.


Monday, 8th - KEEP FIT
Returns in the Becket Centre. Get back to fitness after the summer indulgences!

Tuesday, 9th -
Welcome back for Autumn! On the . Yvette Bacchus (our friendly approachable solicitor) returns to discuss more “Legal Matters”. Looking forward to seeing everyone again at 2pm in the Becket Centre.


We would be grateful to receive sandwiches, cakes, sweets, toiletries and clean men’s clothing. Items can be left in the parish office between 9.30am and 1.30pm on Wednesday morning or at the Becket Centre between 7pm and 8pm. Thank you for your continued support.

Thursday, 11th - MESSENGERS’ MEETING
8pm in the William Scott Room.


Badminton has re-started on Thursday night between 8m and 10pm in Trinity School, Mornington Road. New players welcome. For details please ‘phone Liz on 07759 410304.

Weekend 13th/14th -
Dr. Charlie O’Donnell (Intensive Care Consultant at Whipps Cross Hospital) will speak after all Masses about Faith & Reason. Dr. O’Donnell will promote a small book he has written. All proceeds to “WONDER”, a Catholic charity supporting vulnerable women throughout the world.

Sunday, 14th - CAKE SALE
There will be a Cake Sale in the Becket Centre after all Masses in support of Cancer Research.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate Mass to mark this anniversary at 6pm in St. Mary & St. Michael's Church, Commercial Road, Stepney. The peace was signed by Cardinal Manning. Through his untiring labours he brought the strike to an end and obtained higher wages for the dockworkers. This had a great influence on the development of Catholic Social Teaching.

Friday, 19th - 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.

Friday, 19th to Sunday, 21st - LIFELINE FOR MARRIAGE
Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. It is not counselling but provides the tools and skills to help to get your marriage back on track. Retrouvaille has helped 10’s of 1000’s of couples experiencing marital difficulty at all levels from disillusionment to deep misery. The next programme commences with a residential weekend, dates as above.
email info@retrouvaille.org.uk or 0797 3380443 visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk

Monday, 22nd - JOURNEY OF FAITH
The Journey of Faith sessions will com-mence again at 8pm in the William Scott Room (upstairs in the Becket Centre). These sessions are for those adults who wish to be received into the church as well as for those who simply wish to know what the church teaches whether they are already Catholic or not. There is no need to register in advance, simply turn up on the night.


Saturday, 4th October - DEANERY MUSIC DAY
10.00am—4pm, Church of Our Lady & St. George, Shernhall Street, Walthamstow.
All are welcome, even if you do not play an instrument or cannot read music. Workshop for Singers and Instrumentalists covering Psalms for the Seasons, Mass settings and forthcoming songs and hymns for Sundays. No Charge. Just bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee provided. Booking forms at back of church.

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.


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.

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.

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: 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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