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TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: – YEAR A 





DateWeekly LiturgyIntentions / Activities

Saturday

August 19th


20th Sunday in Ordinary Time


6.30pm: James Mullarky RIP

Sunday

August 20th

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

 
9.00am:Junior & Alice Ationu - Thanksgiving
2.00pm : Misa en Espanol
6.30pm

Monday

August 21st
Eucharistic Service: 9.30am


 Priests’ Day Off 


Tuesday

August 22nd






 


Wednesday

August 23rd



Thursday

August 24th




Friday

August 25th






Saturday

August 26th




6.30pm:

Sunday

August 27th










9.00am:People of the Parish
10.30am:
2.00pm: Misa en Espanol
6.30pm: 

 






                                         PARISH NOTICES

Parish Office Hours This Week
Parish Priest: Wednesday 11.00am to 1.00pm & Thursday 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Office Staff:  Monday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm 
Hall booking: 10.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday or call 020 7639 3724, 07737 457247
CCTV Awareness:  Parishioners are hereby notified that CCTV cameras are now in place to cover the entire Church premises for security and Safety. Thank you for your cooperation


Diocesan Day for Catechists - Saturday 23rd September 2017.There will be annual Diocesan Day of Catechists on Saturday 23rd September 2017 at St Georges Cathedral Southwark SE1 6HR. This ay is for all the Catechists of the Diocese, including those involved in Children's Liturgy of the Word and the RCIA process.
 
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: 24th August - 31st August 2017 organised by Mo Lynn - St Peter Pilgrimages.

The First Holy Communion 2017 DVD: is out and is available for collection. The Parents of the Communicants should wait after 10.30 mass for collection.

Baptism of Children: Will be in the month of August. Parents please note that if the Godparents do not attend this Church they would need to obtain a letter of Catholicity from their parish.
 
Walsingham Annual Pilgrimage for Sanctity of Life: Sunday 17th September 2017, led by Rt Rev. Robert Byrne CO, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham. All are warmly invited to unite in this day of prayer.

Pledges on FATHER'S DAY: We thank those who made pledges during the Father's Day celebration. Please come to the office after Mass and redeem your pledges. May the good Lord bless you.

Gift Aid Envelopes are still available for those who are yet to collect their envelopes. Thank you. 

Parish History Book by Joan Bond: is on sale. Kindly buy a copy in support of the Parish - £5.00 per copy.




                    
                                                        
  
 A Warm Welcome to our Visitors, Friends and Parishioners worshipping with us today! This is St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. We are happy to have you with us. Help us keep our vision and mission alive and do join us in the back Hall for Tea and Coffee after 10.30am Mass.  

BIDDING PRAYERS: (Page 48 ) Reader: Stay with us, Lord Jesus,
                                                                 People :
may we never be separated from you.


               RECOGNISING THE RISEN JESUS IN THE JOURNEY OF  LIFE           
Our gospel story gives another appearance of Jesus after his resurrection. Two disciples of Jesus were still mourning about the brutal death of their Master in Jerusalem and they decided to travel to Emmaus to be there by themselves. They had abandoned Jesus. Jesus, however, does not abandon them. He seeks them out. He walks and talks with them. Jesus journeys and walks with us every step of the way. The risen Jesus was in their midst but something prevented them from recognising Him. What prevents us from recognising the risen Jesus and having a stronger faith in His presence in our lives? We can easily identify with these two disciples because it is our journey too. Have we not at times felt like them? Our plans go awry; our expectations fail; our dreams become nightmares and we feel so down that we can hardly lift up our heads.
 
We can learn from the gospel story. All along the road to Emmaus Jesus had recognised these two disciples and became a skilful Therapist, helping them to talk (pray) about the things that were troubling them – ‘’What things?’’ Jesus asked them, feigning ignorance. We too need to talk to Jesus and verbalise our struggles. He offers us a listening ear; even more, He has a listening heart. This is real prayer when heart talks to heart. After this moment of serious thoughts and prayer, Jesus then strengthen them with his word. They have a private privileged audience with Jesus. He becomes both their guest and their host! He had revealed himself along the journey through his word setting their hearts afire, he now shows himself to them in sacrament in the breaking of the bread. Their eyes are opened, and they recognised Him but His disclosure marks his disappearance.
 
God’s visits go so deep that we realise that he had been with us only after He has gone away. When the two disciples thought everything had seemingly ended, everything had really begun. It was late but they had to run back to Jerusalem, a mini marathon of faith, to share their experience with the Eleven.  Our prayer should be: Stay with us, Lord. In our darkness, be our Light. In our blindness, be our Sight. In our weakness, be our Strength. In our loneliness, be our Friend. In our hopelessness, be our Hope. In our defeat, be our Victory. In our tiredness, be our Rest. In our journey, be our End. Amen.
                                Happy Sunday!Fr Francis, MSP


Pray for the sick and housebound:
Pat Miller (Phillips), Rosemary Mbachu, Fr. John Leahy, Charmaine Perriman, Stephanie and Peter St. Rose, Arlene Brown, Rosa Maria Santos, Graham Roberts, Patrick Purvis, Sheila Dormer, Rebecca Linton, Bernard Bruno Da Silva, May Purvis, Maria Herriart, Teresa Cox, Adama Sheriff, Antonio Neto, John Cox, Angela Roberts, Betty MacLean, George Kirby, Alma Fernandes, Margaret and Tom Wyse, Caroline Knight, Caroline Onyekwere, Sarah Kayaga, Rachael Tullong, Chief Edison Otomewo.

Pray for the dead: especially those who died recently in our parish

Richard Sewell, Rose Carter, Veronica Loveday,Michael Sheehan, Thomas Conroy,Dennis Palmer, John Nolan, Izaak Symons, Edwina (Winnie) Tomking


Our Vision: We are St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church that seeks to meet the Pastoral needs of all.

Mission Statement: We are a diverse, welcoming and lively community that strives to be caring and listening to all through our active participation in the sharing of God’s gifts.

MottoSt. Thomas the Apostle: Sharing God’s Gifts in Love and Service.

Parish Prayer:
God our Father and Creator of the human family,  Pour out your Spirit on the people of this Parish and grant us generous hearts, faithfulness to your word and a new vision of your glory, as we seek to build a welcoming, lively and caring community. Bless us with greater unity in worship and a new consecration to your service that your love may grow among us. Forgive us all our sins and let this parish be a family where healing, pardon and goodness flow for all, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen. Holy Mary Mother of God: Pray for us. St Thomas the Apostle: Pray for us.  May the souls of our departed parishioners and all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

PARISH ANTHEM (Children of Abraham –  Like the stars in the sky, we are numbered in the millions … (c. P. O’Neil))
Father, pour out your spirit on the people of this parish.
Grant us generous hearts, faithfulness to your word.
May we worship as one, consecrated to your service
sharing God’s gifts in love, sharing God’s gifts with all
 
CHORUS: Teach us pardon and forgiveness, how to listen and to heal.
 Unified, a parish family, where your goodness will flow
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we will be a church that cares,
With a vision of your glory.
Father help our community shine just like the stars
.


 
MEETINGS
Breaking the Word – Prayer Group - Monday's at 7.30pm
Life Ascending – Group for older people    Church - Wednesday's at 10.00am
Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary – Prayer Group - Thursday's at 7.00pm
St. Thomas the Apostle Youth Group - Youth - Friday's at  7.00-8.30pm
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Receiving Holy Communion from the Chalice by ‘Self-Intinction’ (by dipping the Host in the Chalice by a communicant):  
The Church teaches that one can receive Holy Communion on both kinds or on either kind. Where Holy Communion is given on both kinds every communicant who wants is welcome to receive the body as well as the blood from the Chalice.  However, dipping the Host in the Chalice by oneself is not encouraged.  Please you are advised to receive only the body if you cannot drink from the Chalice.
 

POLITE REMINDER: 

For safeguarding purposes, all children using our toilet facilities must be accompanied by parent or guardian. 

 
 
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St Thomas The Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Nunhead
81 Evelina Road, 
Nunhead, SE15 3HL
Tel: 020 7639 3724
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Parish Priest:
Revd Fr Francis Eyo, MSP

Priest In Residence:
Revd Fr Joseph Etim, MSP

Deacon: 
Rev Alan Bond

Religious Congregation: 
Sisters of Christian Instruction
Faithful Companions of Jesus


Mass Times:
Saturday 6.30pm,
Sundays 9.00am,10.30am, 2.00pm (Spanish Mass), 6.30pm.

Weekday Masses: 
9.30am

Holy days of Obligation:
9.30am and 7.00pm.

Reconciliation:
Saturday 5.30pm or by appointment

Exposition  & Morning Prayers: 
Mondays - Fridays  9.00am-9.30am

Communion to the Sick:
Friday

Infant Baptism/Child Dedication:
Last Saturday of the month and as announced

Weddings:
By appointment with the Parish Priest (six months’ notice is required)

Funerals:
By Arrangement (contact the Parish Priest) 

Birthdays:
During Sunday Mass - first and last Sunday's of the month

Thanksgiving & Anniversaries:
Please contact the Parish Priest

 
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