This weekend we shall be taking up the annual collection for the work of SPUC – The Society for the Protection of the Unborn.
There objectives are to affirm, defend and promote the existence and value of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. To reassert the principle laid down in the “Declaration of the Rights of the Child” that “the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.” Also, to defend, assist and promote the life and welfare of mothers during pregnancy and of their children from the time of conception up to, during and after birth. It is our privilege to help this wonderful society in their task.


2.- Parish Catechist

We need to recruit extra catechists for our catechetical programs – Communion, Confirmation and Baptism preparation! You do not have to have a degree in theology – just a real desire to pass on your Catholic faith – please speak to Fr Dennis, Fr Linferd or Sue if you can help.


3.- London SW Catholic Social Group

This is a group for Catholic adults living, working or staying in London to meet for regular social and networking events.. Please contact us on our Facebook page or Our next events is a Mass, Walk and Meal at St Patrick’s Church, Soho Square on 19th January at 11 am. We aim to visit a different parish church each month, please join us in exploring new parishes and making new friends.


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.


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.


6.- THE HOLY LAND 2020

Fr Dennis has been asked to lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in June of next year from the 16th – 23rd. If you are at all interested in being part of that pilgrimage group then please let him know. There will be further details available very shortly. A visit to the Holy Land is the journey of a lifetime and a truly spiritual experience, to visit and pray where Our Lord lived, died and rose for us is a truly life-changing experience!

7.- The 12-0-clock Choir

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.

8.- 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.


9-  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.

December draw winners:

147 Mary-Lou Pitts £600            161 Nancy Smith £28                  42  Felicity Guille £28
138 Christina Zoltowska £17     66 Thomas Lonergan £17           60 Kevin Lawler £12

During 2019 the 22 Club raised £6.790 and paid out £3,428 in prizes and provided £3,362 for Parish activities. Many thanks for all your support. New members are always most welcome; application forms are available at the church door.


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


The Bible Study Group will start to meet again this coming Friday at 4.30 pm at no 62. As the Church throughout the world prepares to keep a special Year of the Word of God such meetings are very important.


11.- 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.

12.-  Going to Hospital?

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