1.- ‘Let’s Dance – St. Thomas’ Barn Dance
Sat 13th October – after the evening mass – in the school hall
This is a great chance to make new friends and for old friends to spend a good time together and ample refreshments are provided! The event is organised by St Thomas’ Friends for Friends, and is great fun! We had a fantastic time last year and are looking to make it even more of a success this year! Tickets are cheap as chips! Cost Adults £5 Children FREE
All are welcome! Do come along and “DO-SI-DO”!!
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.
Parents of children in Year 3, or above, who wish their children to make their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, are invited to collect a registration form from Fr Dennis of Fr Emmanuel after Mass on Saturday or Sunday and return it to the Presbytery as soon as possible. Please note that forms may only be collected by the parent or guardian of the child, and are only available after Mass on Saturday or Sunday.
8.- Westminster and Cardinal Vincent Nichols News
WESTMINSTER YEAR BOOKS
The new Diocesan Year Books are still on sale at the newspaper table. Also
available are the latest editions of Bible Alive.
THE WESTMINSTER RECORD
The latest edition of the Diocesan Newspaper is also available on the
newspaper table – always a good read; get your copy today!!
CARDINAL VINCENT NICHOLS PASTORAL LETTER
There is a pastoral letter for the Feast of the Holy Family from our Cardinal,
to be listened to at all Masses this weekend copies of the letter are also
available for you to take home after Mass, they too are on the newspaper
table – please help yourself.
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 email@example.com
10.- Secondary School Transfer
As usual, Fr Dennis is setting aside two Saturday afternoons (2 – 4 pm) for this; the 29th Sept + 20th Oct. If you are applying for a place where the closing date for applications is earlier than this, please speak to Gerald (in the Parish Office) and something will be sorted out.
Could I remind parents who are applying to The Oratory, Cardinal Vaughan or the Sacred Heart that he needs to meet with you too – failure to meet will mean an inevitable delay when the school send their own forms to him!
Finally, and with regard to all of this, please note that the Bishop’s Conference ‘Certificate of Catholic Practice’ may only be signed by a priest who can swear that the family are known to him and has been attending Mass faithfully for 2 years!! Fr Dennis may not, and will not sign such a document unless this is the case!
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.
To join or renew membership please complete a membership form, copies by the door, or email Charles Noel: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.7