On Sunday 13th October, Pope Francis will ‘raise to the al- tars’ (declare to be a Saint) Blessed John Henry Newman. Newman was the first man to preach here at St Thomas, on the occasion of the Consecration of the church, in 1848. He was a close friend of Dr Bowden in whose memory our church was built. If you are interested in joining Fr Dennis in Rome for this exciting event please let Gerald know in the front office or speak directly to Fr Dennis. The cost – about £700 has not yet finalised. Please see the poster on the church noticeboard.



Parents of children who will be in Year 3, or above, from September and who wish their children to make their First Reconciliation before Christmas and their First Holy Communion next summer, are invited to collect a registration form from the Newspaper table in church and return it to the Presbytery as soon as possible. Please note these forms will not be available during the school holidays but will reappear in September when they will have to be collected from Fr Dennis.


We’re are looking forward to a wonderful evening violin recital from Megumi Rolfe on Sat 31st August after the evening Mass from. Programme to include the music of Bach and Telemann. No formal collection, but an offering for the church will be possible.


Please send a postcard to the Home Secretary, with an important message: “Don’t bring in abortion decriminalisation by the back door!” The pro- abortion lobby in the House of Commons is trying to amend the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill to push through abortion decriminalisation. The Draft Domestic Abuse Bill will introduce measures to tackle the horror of domestic abuse, but this important bill must not be hijacked and make more women even more vulnerable. The Society for the Protection of unborn children has produced a text for you to use, should you choose to do so. Please apply to the presbytery for a copy.

4.- A Special Invitation
This is a special invitation to the children of our community who have recently made their First Holy Communion. Now that you have encountered Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament the Church invites you to become an ALTAR SERVER so that you may help the Priest as he celebrates Mass. If you would like to join our wonderful team of servers please speak to Mr Wayne O’Reilly or Fr Dennis.

If you would like your children to read at the 10.30 am Mass or help with the brining of the gifts to the altar please have a word with Yvonne who very kindly co-ordinates this for the 10.30 am Family Mass. These ministries are a wonderful way for our youngsters to feel more involved at Mass, so please do encourage your children to take part.


Once again there is to be a day pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham on Saturday 21st September. We are looking forward to taking a coach! If you’re interested please have a word with Gerald in the parish office to register that you wish to be included.

This is also on 21st September(!) at Liverpool Cathedral. Those servers who wish to join Fr Dennis and Deacon Wayne for this exciting trip are asked to let them know as soon as possible.

7.- The Thursday Lunch Club
St Andrew’s Church, Greyhound Road 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm

Come and join us on the second and fourth Thursday of every month for a free hot meal, companionship, entertainment and music! This is an exciting new initiative for our Senior Citizens launched in association with The London Oratory School. ALL ARE WELCOME.

8.- Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes –20th to 26th JULY 2019

The Cardinal will once again be leading the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. More details and booking forms, may be found on the newspaper table.

9.- Parish Catechesis

Every year we prepare many children and adults for various sacraments.

To accomplish this we depend on the support of our dedicated catechists.

To find out more about this wonderful ministry please speak to Fr Dennis, Fr Emmanuel or Sue, or email

10- RenewalTime! – 200 Club Parish Lottery

The 200 Club is a monthly parish lottery open to all. Membership is £60 for the year or £5 by standing order. Half the money raised is paid in prizes, half goes to fund parish activities including the soup kitchen.

There were 113 members for the April draw. The winners are:

199. £143.75 Peggy Shillito       21. £28.75 Nancy McDermott

33. £17.25 hazel Evinson           17 £28.75 Adriano Parreira

150. £17.25 Elizabeth Meyer     55. £17.25 James Kelly

To join or renew membership please complete a membership form, copies by the door, or email Charles Noel:


Bible Study Group Thursday in the Bowden Room. There are two excellent monthly publications available for those wishing to study the scriptures on the newspaper table: Bible Alive and My Day By Day.


The Assumption Sisters and Fathers invite young adults in their 20-30s to join them for an English speaking spiritual retreat in Lourdes. Sat 3-7th August with talks, prayer, silence, pilgrimage and spiritual accompaniment. For more information email: Cost: £300 (£220 for students) a limited number of subsidised places available. Please note – cost of flight not included.

13.- Gift Aid Notice

  1. For those who have signed a Gift Aid Form

We submit a Gift Aid claim asking HM Revenue and Customs to give us back the tax that you have paid on your donations. So if you have stopped paying tax, please contact Martin O’Byrne on so that we don’t ask for tax that has not been paid.

  1. For Donors who have not signed a Gift Aid Form

If you have not signed a Gift Aid form but do pay tax, please consider signing one (please contact Martin O’Byrne on as we can claim 25p per £1 at no cost to you.

14.-  Going to Hospital?

In the event that you are admitted to Hospital, in light of data protection, please indicate on entering hospital that your details are to be passed to the RC Chaplain. Also mention that you would like the RC Chaplain to visit you.