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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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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.


MOTHERS’ DAY - We honour all mothers who do their noble task, and wish you a happy Mothers’ Day.
HOLY WEEK - Begins two weeks hence. Ideally it should be a kind of retreat. We accompany Jesus through the sequence of events of his last week on earth. On Palm Sunday particularly at 11.30, we re-enact his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We will have a drum and singing in canon as we process into church. Minutes later we who were singing Praise! are shouting Crucify him!

SVP TWINNAGE  - Part of today’s monthly SVP collection will also go to the project in Sudan … feeding children. If you would like to donate specifically to their baby-feeding programme in Sudan please can you put your donation in an envelope marked ‘Sudan’; any cheques should be made out to ‘SVP Twinnage’. Gift aid envelopes are available if you would like to use them. The collection will be taken up after all Masses this weekend. Find out more here>>>

LENTEN DISCUSSIONS - Our initial hope was that we would learn how to look at our spiritual and moral life from the new perspective given by Pope Francis. Have we achieved this? Thank you for taking such an enthusiastic part. We must not leave it there. For the need is that as parish we provide accompaniment – to those moving through education, the approach to marriage, the early stages, advent of children and further stages of personal, married and family life. We need to accompany those perplexed by issues of sexual orientation and the wide range of difficulties that families throw up. We have made a brave start. Please keep talking and probing.

FAMINE RELIEF - You had no prior warning – CAFOD only contacted us 2 days before – but you contributed magnificently to last Sunday’s special collection for the starving people in Africa. Well done and thank you.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS - Through Lent we will provide the mediation for this devotion each Friday evening at 8pm. Also the stations will be said every Friday in Lent after the 10am Mass.

LITURGY - A very small group met last week in the hope of pioneering improvements to our regular and occasional liturgies. The problem I see is that the many groups that have quietly done the children’s liturgy and catechetics, ushering, cleaning, sacristy duties, training of altar servers, printing of newsletters etc etc are losing efficiency because of wastage, ageing and ill-health. Nearly all the groups need new members. Please help me to find the generous people who will be willing to come and give time regularly. I know you are all busy, but most of the needs require a very limited amount of time.


Over 16 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are affected by severe drought and in urgent need of food. Help CAFOD provide vital aid to communities affected by the crisis in East Africa.




Thank you for coming again last Wednesday in large number. We will meet for the final session this week not on Wednesday but Thursday. Some common themes are emerging and these we will pursue. Some key words need exploring: Accompaniment, Gradualness, Conscience Discernment. We know what they mean in general, but the precise function they serve the Pope needs deeper thought. We will try to clarify by examples.

- Powerpoint presentation in pdf format Clic
k here>>>


Click here>>>
to download schedule of dates for this year's Confirmation programme.


Beginning 7th March and every Tuesday until 11th April in the Becket Centre from 12.15pm to 1.30pm. Come and join us for home-made soup and French bread with butter, all for £3. All proceeds will be sent to Mary’s Meals to provide lunches for schoolchildren in Haiti. Find out more about Mary's Meals here>>>


The very first Fam
ily Fast Day was held on Friday, 11th March 1960, when volunteer members of the National Board of Catholic Women raised funds for a Dominica mother and baby clinic. This year, Lent Fast Day focuses on the work our partners are doing in Zambia.

Florence, 41, from Zambia received training from our partner, the
Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The sisters have worked in Zambia for over 20 years, and provided Florence with training in fish farming, giving her tools and some starter fish.  Florence dug a pond, tended to her fish and then began selling them at market. Thanks to your support and Florence's determination, something as small as the size of your thumb - a tiny tilapia fish - became something amazing: a future for her children.

See more about the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

Follow the CAFOD Lenten interactive calendar here>>>

Steward of the Gospel Initiative

Recently, parishioners and group leaders have been requested to provide answers to

Steward of the Gospel Questions 


Bishop Alan's Questions

with respect to the future of our parish. The responses received may be viewed by clicking on the above. Additionally Parishioners may be interested to view data collected so far for the

Parish Questionnaire

by clicking it.

Note:  comments and answers may still be sent to william@yeung.org.uk who will be collecting information until Good Friday


Our Communications group are publishing a quarterly newsletter to keep us updated with events and parish news. It will be sent out by email, with a few copies printed for those not having email access. If you would like to be among the first to receive it and keep up to date with what is going on in the parish, please send a mail to parishnews@friar.org or scan in the QR code.

The Word - Issue 2, Lent 2017>>>

Following Fr Quentin’s recent sermon about the laity’s contribution to parish affairs, this is an appeal to you all.

The Parish Council, of which I am the current Chair, has a number of sub-committees (below) which need more members if they are to achieve what they should. If you have an interest and might like to be actively involved, please contact me for an informal discussion (kit.tranmer[at]btopenworld.com)
  • Liturgy – anything and everything pertaining to our regular and special services
  • Maintenance – especially if you have DIY or professional skills
  • Becket Centre – it does not manage itself, and is an invaluable asset which we need to look after and use fully
  • Caring – many of our charitable activities, within and outside the community
  • Communication – it is crucial that we communicate effectively, with all sections of the Parish not just those who collect a Newsletter –that too needs effort.

AGM 2016 Questions and Answers click here>>>

Parish Council meeting minutes click here>>>

Fr Quentin and a group of St Thomas’ parishioners joined a thousand others, including a number from St Antony’s School, at York Hall last Thursday evening. We were there to celebrate the founding of TELCO on its 20th Anniversary. We can be proud of our twenty years of fighting for the common good!

See a report of the event from Citizen's UK


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.

Tuesdays in March - LENTEN LUNCHES
Every Tuesday until 11th April in the Becket Centre from 12.15pm to 1.30pm. Come and join us for home-made soup and French bread with butter, all for £3. All proceeds will be sent to Mary’s Meals to provide lunches for schoolchildren in Haiti.
Find out more about Mary's Meals here>>>

Thursday 23rd (possibly also Wednesday, 29th) - LENT DISCUSSIONS
Becket Centre.

Saturday, 25th March - RACE NIGHT
St. Thomas of Canterbury Scout Group 7.30pm in the Becket Centre. Please come and support your Scout Group. Nine Race Card. Adults £2 children free. Pay on the door. Bring your own snacks/drinks.

Tuesday, 28th - TUESDAY CLUB
PETER’S MUSIC in the Becket Centre at 2pm. Refreshments will be served. All welcome.

Friday, 31st - ASSISI LUNCH
12.30pm - 2.30pm in the Becket Centre.


Single Catholic men 18-43 years of age interested in the Franciscan Life. Talks held in the Francis Room upstairs in the Becket Centre.
12 Noon Franciscan History.
2.30pm Franciscan Formation
4pm—5pm Franciscan Ministry and Mission
7.30pm-8.30pm Franciscan Spirituality
If interested in attending these talks and you are seriously considering a Religious Vocation then contact by 29th March.
Br. Donal O.F.M. (Vocation Director) brdonalofm@yahoo.co.uk.

Sunday, 2nd April - MUSIC GROUP CAKE SALE
Will be on after all Sunday Masses to raise funds for maintenance of equipment. Please come along and buy some cakes and help support us in providing music at Mass every week. Thank you.

Will have their monthly meeting at 2pm at Chigwell Convent. New members are most welcome.

Meeting 7.30pm at the Convent.

Next meeting on at 7.30pm in the Clare Room. All are welcome.

Sunday, 15th April - JOURNEY OF FAITH
At the Easter Vigil on three candidates will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church here at St Thomas’. More of them later. Next Sunday they will meet the Bishop at the Rite of Election and be formally welcomed by him into our Diocesan community. This year the event will be at Forest Gate as the Cathedral is not yet re-opened.


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.


The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has decided to launch an appeal for Yemen where there has been a 20-month long bloody civil war between the Houthi ethnic group and supporters of Yemen’s government led by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

At the request of the Yemeni government, an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia, have carried out air strikes across the country against the Houthi. For ordinary Yemenis, the consequences have been devastating. The UN now estimates that more than 10,000 people have been killed since the start of the conflict, with 6,000 people killed in 2016 alone.

CAFOD is working with DEC to respond to this crisis. Your questions on the Yemen Crisis Appeal answered here>>>

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.

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[at]hotmail.co.uk

he 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!

he 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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