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                                         PARISH NOTICES

Parish Office Hours This Week
Parish Priest: Wednesday 11.00am to 1.00pm & Thursday 5.00pm to 6.00pm

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

Appreciation and Thanks: To our generous parishioners and friends for giving in support of the Church development.To the Parish cleaning team and volunteers for cleaning the Church this weekend. To all who made our Sunday Mass a wonderful celebration - Altar servers, Readers, Communion Ministers, Ushers, the Music team/ Choir, Sacristians/ Volunteers who set up for the Mass, the office staff and all. God bless you.

Parish Memorial Mass for Fr John Leahy: On 31/12/17 at 10.30am to be celebrated by Bishop Pat Lynch. All are welcome

Christmas Offering: The Christmas in the RC Archdiocese of Southwark is to support the Priests and priestly ministry in the church.(Mark 9:41 and Matthew 10:42). All are expected to contribute in this way. Please collect your envelopes and prepare your offerings to be collected on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas Cards? Church Diary: are available. Collect for yourself and for a friend you wissh to invite for Christmas.

Parish Office: Will close for Christmas break from Friday 22/12/2017 to Thursday 28/12/2017. If you would like to do any business in the office within this period break, kindly come on Friday 29/12/2017.


First Holy Communion: Lessons on Saturday 16th December from 11.00am to 12.30pm in the Back Hall. Thanks to all the teachers/volunteers,parents/guardians for supporting our children.Ensure the children are there to learn.

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adult and young people under 14 years): Thanks to all who attended the last lesson. Lessons this week will take place on Saturday 16th December 2017, from 11.00am to 12.30pm in the Church.


Confirmation 2018: The Confirmation forms are available in the hall way.

Baptism of Children: will take place on Saturday 16th December 2017 at 3.00pm. Next Parents and sponsors  preparation meeting will take place on Friday 15th December at 6.00pm in the Church. Please ensure you are available.

Altar Server Meeting: Please can all altar servers attend a meeting on Saturday 23rd December 2017 at 1.00pm. This will be our final gathering for the year and it will end with a Christmas Party for all servers. Attendance will be mandatory. We will use this as an opportunity and rehearse for the Christmas Masses. Please get in touch with Tunde at 9.00am mass Sunday on 07956613753 or Richard at 10.30am mass Sunday  if you have any questions.

Children Liturgy and Sunday School: We thank all our children and teachers for their participation last Sunday. At 10.30 Mass, the Children from ages 9,8 and 7 including those who have made their First Holy Communion and those preparing for Holy Communion next year will be coordinated by Mrs Amaka Agu, assisted by Mrs Nnenna
Ekemiri and all Holy Communion and Junior RCIA
Teachers in the back hall. Children in reception Year 1 and Year 2 in school will meet in the Front Hall to be coordinated by Dierdre, Anastasia and Parents of these Children. Parents bring the children first into the Church. Children come out to the front of the Church after the Opening prayer and the priest will send the children to go with the teachers to learn about Jesus and the Mass. At the end of their sessions, the Children will return to the Church during offertory, processing to the front for blessing. Thank you.

Eucharistic Congress 2018: 'Adoramus' organised by the Bishops of England and Wales in Liverpool, two representatives are needed from each parish to join the Diocesan Contingent.


2018 Calendar: is available in the bookshop.

 

Building Fund and the next phase of work: Thanks to Parishioners and friends for your contributions towards the building project. The design for the repairs of the external walls of the church is displayed on the notice board for your support.

2nd Collection and donations: Please be informed that the Church Fundraising and Project Commission has agreed that 2nd collections be taken for our Building/ Development project on Sundays when there are no diocesan collections. Please be generous and help your Church. God bless all.

Parish Registration: Forms are available in the Hall way or you can register on the website.

Christmas Giving Tree: We request people to donate useful items, mainly food and toiletries in support of those in need.

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

Annual Mass Count 2017: Last Sunday attendance: 6.30 (Sat) - 49 , Sunday 9am - 91, 10.30am - 244, 2pm -83, 6.30pm - 41

Little Pillars Day Nursery:  is open to Monday - Friday 7.30am to 6.30pm. Ages from 3 months - 5 years. Contact number 07981953092.



 

                    
                                                        
  
 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 Front Hall for Tea, Coffee, refreshments and interaction after Mass.  
 
BIDDING PRAYERS:
                (Page 140 ) Reader: My soul magnifies the Lord.
                                  People :my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.


 
                         
           
ADVENT OF JOY
Advent unites our preparation for the celebration of the birth of the Saviour and, at a much deeper level, the expectation of our Lord’s coming at the end of time. There is excitement in the expectation, joy in the anticipation. Hence the third Sunday of Advent calls us to rejoice in the nearness of the Lord. Anticipation of Christmas should focus our attention on Jesus Christ, the source of joy. In the 2nd Reading of this Sunday (Thessalonica 5:16-24), St. Paul writes, “Brothers and Sisters: Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances …” In this passage, he reminds us that the Christian is a cheerful person; a happy person since he/she derives his/her life from Christ and Christ has shown him/her the meaning of life. In poverty or wealth, sickness or health, alive or dead the Christian belongs to Christ (Romans 14:8).
Joy/happiness is a demanding task, but it is a gift that God gives to all believers. St Paul tells us that Joy or happiness is one of the fruits or the results of having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in us (Galatians 5:22-23). We cannot fake joy, we either have it or we don’t. Pope Francis stated in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium no.1 (The Joy of the Gospel), there is joy in the heart of everyone who has received Christ. Christ comes with the joy of redemption, the joy of salvation. Christ’s coming into the world represents God’s intervention in human history. This in-breaking of God brought with it great joy to humanity.
Hence, St. Paul says in his letter to the Philippians: Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice (Phil 4, 4). We are able to accept and share the joy of Christ if we allow the light of Christ to shine on us, especially the dark aspects of our life. These dark aspects could be the difficult times we are going through in form of sickness, bereavement, loss of job, collapse of business, being unable to meet our expectations, personal crisis, broken relationship, family problems, dealing with difficult people and situations, failure, disappointment and it could be sin which we find it difficult to get rid of. Let us pray for the grace and the courage to bring the light of Christ to the dark parts of our life and our world.

               Enjoy the Season of Advent and Happy Sunday!
                               FR. FRANCIS, MSP
 

                      

Pray for the sick and housebound:
Joan Bond, Alan Bond,Omobolaji Odokale,Pat Miller (Phillips), Rosemary Mbachu, Charmaine Perriman, Stephanie and Peter St. Rose, Arlene Brown, Rosa Maria, Santos, 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, Graham Roberts, Patrick Purvis, Sheila Dormer, Rebecca Linton, Chief Edison Otomewo.

Pray for the dead: especially those who died recently in our parish this week Fr John Leahy, Esther Maurice Ekpo, Maurice Ekpo,Jim Duffy,Bridget O' Shea, Veronica Otuodung, Francis Otuodung and those whose anniversary is this week...Dominic Mondesir,Kathleen Cooney,Thomas Doran,Carl Sleroczuk, Steed Kiely,Rose Asfour, Annie Dixey,John Cronin,James Elliott,Helen Hayes,Frank Conrad,Joseph Chetouli, Lydia Adlan, Mary Diamont,Vincent Rooney,Jovito Athaide, Comfort Timothy-Lupembe,Frances Ricketts,Helen Vidovic, Harry Mills,Baby Kaitlyn Lunuck-Craughwell, Henry Southern.


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
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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

  
 

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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