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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.


BISHOP’S CERTIFICATE IN CATECHESIS AND YOUTH MINISTRY - A new venture to provide the basic training and help that a catechist needs. A 12-part course will begin in January and another in April. It is done on-line with just two Saturday meetings. They promise it will only take up 45 minutes per week. I believe the course will give its students the confidence to take on the rewarding task of working with our young people. The parish will gladly pay the £25 course fee. You will find it will nourish your own prayer and personal life. Anyone interested? Please tell Quentin.
TELCO GROUP - Hosted a policy-shaping last Tuesday in Trinity. The meeting brought 80 committed people to select the objectives they will now prioritise.
They are: Affordable housing Crime safety and Islamophobia Services for young people. I am very grateful that you are doing our parish task of bringing Catholic Social Teaching into our locality.

MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION - I thank you 57 ministers who came this week for a time of prayer and catching up. It means there are now about 40 who have not joined in the preparation provided for re -commissioning on 3rd Dec. I will offer you two more opportunities. Monday, 27th at Chigwell Convent and Wednesday, 29th at St. Thomas’ both starting at 7.30pm. I will presume that anyone at present serving this ministry, but who does not engage in one of these sessions, wishes not to continue as Minister of Holy Communion.

YOUTH SUNDAY: Sunday week – the Feast of Christ towards whom the whole existence and life of creation is moving – is given specially to young people. I hope we will find some small ways to affirm our young people on Sunday week. Then we start nearly a year of preparing for the next Synod in Rome which will explore what young people need and want: to nourish their lives, and focus their aims. We have much to do. They have much to tell us. By attentive listening we help them to articulate their deep yearnings


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All donations raised for the Children in Need charity.
Thank you for your generosity.

17th November lunch time over! Thank you to the team in the kitchen. Another great success.

A delicious lasagne was enjoyed by parishioners at the monthly Assisi lunch on Friday, 20th - with portions to take home too! Main course was followed by tiramisu for dessert. Lots of raffle prizes, brought in by diners. Everyone went home happy!

Please note the date of the Christmas lunch is Friday, 1st December.

Saturday, 25th November. 1pm—4pm
Trinity Lower Site, Sydney Road

We need people to help on stalls throughout the afternoon so if you can give one hour of your time please get in touch.? Donations for the Fayre cannot be accepted before Thursday, 23rd November due to storage problems. Please bring your items to the foyer of the Becket Centre between 9.30am—11am on Thursday and 9.30am—1.30pm on Friday. Alternatively, they can be left at the Parish Office.?

On Thursday, 23rd November we will be making hampers from 9am in the Claire Room. Please join us. Refreshments provided.? Friday 7pm—9pm in Trinity Lower School, assembling wreaths. Please join Andrea and bring greenery. ?ALSO? on Friday help is needed to put tickets on bottles for the bottle stall and also to sort donations.?

HOME PRODUCE STALL - Mary Charter and Catherine Bissmire would welcome donations on the day of jam, chutney, breads, pickled onions etc. Phone Mary 020 8504 3798, Catherine 020 8559 0281 if you need collection.

Jewellery needed—please bring donations to Parish Office.

CWL request cakes to be brought on the morning of the Fayre to Trinity Lower Site, Sydney Road.

PLEA FOR PRIZES - At the Christmas Fayre every year we try to “share the love” with our Grand Raffle. We are really keen to make this an even bigger and better event this year and therefore we are in great need of prizes! We would ask that you check in your cupboards for any unwanted, unused good quality gifts Any nice bottle of alcohol

Do you own a business eg a restaurant, a hairdressers and would be willing to give us a voucher for a meal or a haircut for example? Do you provide a service—could you give us a voucher for a boiler service or one hour’s tutoring or an oven clean? This is an easy way to support the Parish and a great way to share the joy with your fellow parishioners.

If you can help with the above please contact Nicola Crowther on 07771 855905 who will co-ordinate receipt of your donations.


CAFOD's local Church partner, Caritas Bangladesh, is responding to the refugee crisis by providing emergency aid to those in need.

In coordination with the Bangladeshi Government and other Caritas aid agencies, Caritas Bangladesh hopes to reach more than 60,000 vulnerable people with food, clean water and shelter.

Forty local aid workers from CAFOD’s partner Caritas Bangladesh - supported by many volunteers - have begun emergency aid distributions for vulnerable families in Kutupalong and Moinargona Camp, and in Teknaf Upazila. They are distributing 4 kg of dal (pulse), 500 gsm of salt, 2 litres of edible oil and 1 kg of sugar to each family, as well as giving them plates, spoons, cups and kitchen utensils.

Donate online to the emergency appeal here>>>


Advent will shortly be upon us and Christmas not far away. Take a look in the shop after Mass. We have Advent Candles and Wreath Sets. Advent Calendars and plenty of Christmas Cards. All at very competitive prices. If you need crib figures there is still time to order. Check out the brochure and put details and telephone number in order book.


CAFOD dismayed by SAINSBURY'S move away from Fairtrade.

Follow this link>>> for more information and to join over 100,000 people who have signed the Change.org petition to SAINSBURY'S. Aim is to get to 150,000 signatures.

The photograph shows supporters led by CAFOD outside Sainsbury HQ on Thursday, 26th October ahead of the national day of action on Saturday, 28th presenting an "Fairtrade airline" ticket to the CEO Mike Coupe inviting him to visit his tea suppliers to see them at work.

Thank you to all 183 St Thomas parishioners and friends who signed the petition that has been now been emailed to the store manager at their South Woodford branch and to the CEO, Mike Coupe. And thanks also to those that signed the petition online.

See the response received from Sainsbury's CEO here>>>

See the campaign's response to CEO here>>>

NOT ALL TEA IS CREATED EQUAL - Find out more here>>> However you make your cuppa, make sure it's Fairtrade!

WAITROSE has recently announced a strengthening of its commitment to Fairtrade. All their own brand tea will in future be Fairtrade. More here>>>

We are delighted to announce that for the next six months the WAITROSE branch in Buckhurst Hill has donated the Fairtrade tea and coffee we use after Sunday 10am and 11.30am Masses. This means that all the donations for these refreshments received from parishioners can be shared between CAFOD and local charities.


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.

We need two people to help with teas after 10am Mass. It is on a rota so it would be once in seven weeks. Contact Pat Bell via Parish Office or mrmcbell[at]btinternet.com for more information

Mass will be offered daily during the month of November for your loved ones. Envelopes are available from the back of the church. Please return either through the Friary letterbox (no need to ring the bell) or the Parish Office.

7.30—10.30pm. Becket Centre.

Wednesday, 22nd - SOUP RUN
Donations of warm men’s clothing, sandwiches, cakes, sweets, toiletries etc., would be gratefully received. Please bring to theParish Office on Wednesday between 9.30am and 1.30pm or 7pm to the Becket Centre.

Thursday, 23rd - CHURCH CLEANING
10.30am - Jean Burke, Mary Charter, Dorothee Gabriel, Florence Kiggundu, Karen Webb.

Every Thursday - TAI CHI
Two classes each Thursday morning in Becket Centre - see orange panel adjacent for details.
Saturday, 25th November - PARISH CHRISTMAS FAYRE
To be held in Trinity Lower Site. Volunteers needed to help organise/man stalls.

Sunday, 26th November - Parish Annual Service of Remembrance
4pm. This date is a change to our normal practice of holding the service on the Sunday nearest to Remembrance Sunday so please share this information with friends and relatives.

CWL JUMBLE SALE - 28th October

CWL and helpers getting ready . . .
A welcome lunch break before the doors open . . .
Jumble sale in full swing . . .
End of the day - approx £1,150 raised for BCCS. Well done Anne and CWL!!!


We are currently estimating that once all sponsorship forms have been returned the total sum raised for Brentwood Catholic Children's Society will be approximately £3,000.

If Gift Aid can be claimed successfully on the sponsorships as indicated this could rise to over £3,600.

Thank you to everyone who sponsored the walkers. A great achievement. And much fun too for those that took part supporting this diocesan charity!!!



Pat Bell and helpers welcome parishioners after 10am Mass on 10th September for a cup of Fairtrade tea and coffee supplied by Waitrose Buckhurst Hill.

Come along for a cuppa and a chat.


We are looking for 2 people to help with teas after 10am Mass on a rota basis. Once in seven weeks for about an hour is not too much of a chore and is a very good way to meet new people especially if you have recently moved into the area. Please contact Pat Bell via the Parish Office.

We are looking for some fresh faces to join the Stewards’ rota at Sunday 10am Mass. Working in a team of 4 once every six weeks. Duties include welcoming people, handing out service sheets and weekly newsletters, conducting the offertory collect and guiding congregation to Communion. Young families very welcome to join. Please contact David Underwood via the Parish Office.

Our small team does some basic fixing and mending around the Church and Becket Centre. We need 2 more members to spread the load. If you have reasonable basic DIY skills and experience, and a little time every now and again, email fabricteam16@gmail.com for more information. Please note: for anything we cannot safely do, we bring contractors in.

Every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream.

Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the world we share.

Click here>>> to find out more and sign the WORLD BANK petition and add to the 2,400 signatures - aim is to get 2,500.

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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