CAFOD will be hosting a supporter’s information afternoon with a guest speaker, Laura Ouseley, who has first- hand experience of our work in Overseas. Come and hear how CAFOD is helping communities, thanks to your support. Meeting will take place from 2.30 – 4pm at Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, Oakwood, London, N14 4HE Bookings taken on 0208 449 6970 or e firstname.lastname@example.org
2.- ST THOMAS’ BARN DANCE. Saturday 26th October – 7 to 9 pm
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! No dancing skills are required but only a willingness to move and have fun. The event is organised by St Thomas’ Friends for Friends. Can you help with the catering? Do let us know! Tickets will be on sale after all Masses. Cost Adults £5 Children FREE
All are welcome! Do come along and “DO-SI-DO”!!
3.- CANONISATION OF JOHN HENRY NEWMAN ROME – 10th – 14th October
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.
4.- 1ST RECONCILIATION AND 1ST HOLY COMMUNION
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 advised that the registration forms for this Sacramental Programme will be available from next weekend. Please remember they may only be collected by a parent or guardian of the child from Fr Dennis or Deacon Wayne after one of the Parish Masses on Saturday evening or Sunday.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS NEXT SUNDAY
NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
5.- SECONDARY SCHOOL TRANSFER
Fr Dennis will be available to sign Secondary School Transfer Forms on the following dates only:
Saturday 28th September and 19th October from 2 to 4 pm. Please come, with your child, to the Bowden Room where parents or guardians will be greeted and then will be seen in strict order of arrival. Please remember that forms can only be signed if you are a regular Mass attendee here at St Thomas. School forms must be accompanied by a Catholic Practice Form, which can be downloaded from the Web site or from the school. Please note that this form states quite clearly that a priest may only sign it if you have been attending Mass at St Thomas for the last 2 years.
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.
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.
8.-PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM
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.
9.- NATIONAL MASS FOR ALTAR SERVERS
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.
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
12- 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. The winners are:
167 £141.25 Anthony McGeever 161 £28.25 Nancy Smith
33 £17 Hazel Evinson 11 £28.25 Roxanne French
141 £17 Jean White 136 £17 Derek de Feitas
To join or renew membership please complete a membership form, copies by the door, or email Charles Noel: firstname.lastname@example.org
13.- 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.
14.- LOURDES SUMMER RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULTS
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: email@example.com Cost: £300 (£220 for students) a limited number of subsidised places available. Please note – cost of flight not included.
15.- 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.
16.- 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.