Those wishing to make their Confirmation next year and who are in Year 9 or above are invited to collect a form from Fr Dennis or Fr Linferd after Saturday evening Mass or any of the Sunday Masses. Forms may only be collected by the candidate. Please return them to the Presbytery by the 19th November – late applications will not be accepted.
2.- Remembrance Sunday
Once again we have been asked to support the annual Poppy Appeal. The poppy is a symbol of both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. It is a well-known and well-established symbol that carries a wealth of history and meaning. Wearing a poppy is, of course, a very personal choice, reflecting individual experiences and personal memories, but doing so is greatly appreciated by those who it is intended to support.
3.- Parish Catechist for Holy Communion
Due to the most encouraging rise in the number of children applying for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, we need to recruit some extra catechists! You do not have to have a degree in theology for this task – just a real desire to pass on your Catholic faith – please speak to Fr Dennis or Sue if you can help. Thanks
4.- REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
The poppy is a symbol of both Remembrance and hope. A well- known and well-established symbol that carries a wealth of history and meaning. Wearing a poppy is, of course, a very personal choice, reflecting individual experiences and personal memories, but doing so is greatly appreciated by those who it is intended to support. There are poppies available at both doors of the church and the solemn Act of Remembrance will be offered at the Parish War Memorial (in the cemetery) at the conclusion of the
12 o-clock Mass on Sunday morning.
5.- EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
If you are a regular Eucharistic Minister here at St Thomas of Canterbury and would be available to take Holy Communion to our housebound parishioners, on Sundays or during the week, would you please speak to Fr Dennis a.s.a.p.! There is a great need for more ‘ministers’ to go out into the community to bring the Sacraments to those unable to get to Mass. Thank you for your help.
The Annual Requiem at North Sheen cemetery will be on Sunday 17th November at 2.30 pm.
Please note that at the presbytery door of the church there are special Funeral Instruction Leaflets. The idea of such a leaflet is that you take it home, fill it in, put it with your important papers and then forget about it!! Or at least, you do not fret over it. The purpose of such leaflets is to help your family in the future, so that they may be 100% certain that they are following your wishes when the time comes – as it doe for all of us. I promise you, your family will be deeply grateful for your help and wisdom.
The choir will be starting up again next weekend, and as always the leaders are looking to recruit further members! If you are interested in becoming a part of this increasingly committed choir please speak to either Matthew or James after Mass on Sunday.
THE 10.30 MASS CHOIR
Our Family Mass choir has a thriving number of members, but is always more than happy to welcome newcomers. Music is a vital part of our worship and prayer both at 12 and at 10.30 – please help our community in making it even more so.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
11- Renewal Time! – 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 112 members for the latest draw (October). The winners are:
1 £140 Paul Alexander 198 £28 Donna Thomas
77 £17 Ned & Patrick Millington-Buck 116 £28 Matthias Siller
10 £17 Gerald Daly . 8 £17 Helen Murcott
To join or renew membership please complete a membership form, copies by the door, or email Charles Noel: email@example.com
12.- WORLD ALIVE- BIBLE STUDY
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.
13.- Gift Aid Notice
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org so that we don’t ask for tax that has not been paid.
- 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 email@example.com) 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.