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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

Year Planner 2018: All Groups and Associations that wish to use the Parish Halls and the Church in 2018 are requested to send in their Program of Activities to the Parish Office to enable us to draw up the YEAR PLANNER.

Appreciation & Thanks to: 

: Mrs Joan and Deacon Alan Bond for the sale of parish history book in support o the Church project. - £205.

: Brian and Jackie Sanders for their generous donation in support of the parish project

: Alicia Morales for her generous donation to the work of the Church

: The Walsh’s family for their generosity in remembering the parish in their will

: All our generous friends, parishioners and anonymous givers for their support to the Church. God bless all.

Parish Cleaning Team and Volunteers : Thank you for cleaning the Church this weekend and may God bless you all.

Life Ascending:  With apologies for the very long delay, we are hoping to renew our fortnightly meetings starting on Wednesday 18th October 2017. Please do your best to attend. New members are always welcome.

Thanks to all who contributed to make our Sunday Mass a wonderful celebration: Altar servers, Readers, Communion Ministers, Ushers,the Choir & Sacristians and other volunteers. God bless you.

RCIA: Adults who wish to be baptised and confirmed at Easter and young people under 14 years who are yet to be baptised are encouraged to register for the Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adult (RCIA). Forms are available in the hall way. The last day to return your forms is last Sunday of October 2017.

Confirmation:The Celebration of Confirmation in the Parish will take place on 15th October at 6.30pm Mass by Bishop Pat Lynch. Candidates, Parents & Sponsors please get ready. Confirmation retreat for all candidates is on the 7th October 2017 at Alysford. The coach will depart from the Church at 8.00am and return at 4pm.

Baptism Classes: 17th October at the Front Hall. Time is 6.30pm -8.00pm.

First Holy Communion 2018 Forms:  Parents who are yet to return their First Holy Communion forms should please do so by the end of the week, otherwise a child will not be admitted into the First Holy Communion preparation.

Annual Mass Count 2017: Bishops Conference of England and Wales requests the National Mass Count be carried out in all Parishes. Figures to be sent in advance to the Diocesan Chancery. Last Sunday attendance: 6.30pm(Sat) 41 and Sunday 9.00am -105, 10.30am - 237, 2pm- 101, 6.30pm-46.

Marriage Encounter:
Those who wish to discuss how to bless or rectify their marriages in order to participate fully in the Churchand reception of Holy Communion are welcome to have conservation with the parish priests during the office hours. There are options to explore in order to help every situation in the light of our faith teachings according to AMORIS LAETITIA by Pope Francis ("The joy of Love experienced by Families is also the joy of the Church- Pope Francis)

Catholic Singles: Singles, Separated, widowed or divorced?? Catholic Singles helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics, provide a strictly confidential service and support Catholic Parishes and Charities. It also publicises social events free of charge and sends members a monthly bulletin called Catholic Networking. Contact – 1 Burlescombe Close, Altrincham. WA14 4UX. Tel: 01619413498.

Tea/Coffee/Refreshments/Bar: after Sunday Mass will take place in the  Front Hall from now onwards, and as permitted. All groups serving tea and coffee/refreshment take note, and ensure proper cleaning is done. Thanks

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, especially now that we have specific building project to undertake. Please be generous and help your Church. God bless all.

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

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.  

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We are back to God’s farm this weekend, because God needs more generous and trust worthy tenants to cultivate God’s vineyard and to deliver the expected fruits when harvest time arrives. In the Gospel (Mathew 21:33-43), Jesus tells us another story about the bad tenants who disrespected the owner of the vineyard and treated his son badly. This story is about the violent rejection of Jesus Christ by the Scribes, Pharisees, and the Chief priests at the time. Jesus Christ was the victim of rejection, abuse and injustice perpetrated by his people, who refused to respond to God’s appeal for reconciliation and peace that he preached.

The situation is not different today, because Jesus Christ is still being rejected by some of us and by leaders and people of our world (God’s farm). Jesus Christ is the rejected figure on the cross, described as “the key stone rejected by the builders”. Rejection is a terrible experience for anyone. There is no pain more distressing than that of being rejected, especially by people you love. But rejection is something real in human world and we must be prepared to face it in our journey through life. Christians should learn to cope with and manage feeling and pain of rejection from Christ. Hence, Jesus tells us this story to remind us of the need to respond to his appeal to produce good fruits and become a beautiful harvest for God.

The Second Reading (Philippians 4:6-9) highlights those qualities or the good fruits that we are expected bear as friends of Jesus Christ to attract divine blessing and peace to ourselves and the world in which we live and work. We are to put our trust in God, be people of prayer, thanksgiving, generous, kind and forgiving, striving for excellence in our relationship with God and people. Avoid being cold, indifferent, and ungrateful to God who loves us so much in his Son Jesus Christ that he gave everything including his life to save us. Jesus Christ has become the source of risen life and hope of the resurrection for all. He is interested in you and me and all who are victims of rejection, abuse, injustice, poverty, social exclusion, religious controversy, violence, and any form of oppression for the sake of the Kingdom. Christ will restore the fortune of his people, because He is our Shepherd and we will lack nothing (Psalm 23).


Pray for the sick and housebound:
Joan Bond, Alan Bond,Omobolaji Odokale,Pat Miller (Phillips), Rosemary Mbachu, Fr. John Leahy, 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 Jim Duffy, Veronica Otuodung, Francis Otuodung and those whose anniversary is this week...  Alexander Bosompen, William Condron, Martha Johnson, Thomas Dillon, Marianna Prospere,Cornelius McAndrew, Thomas Corcoran, Mary Barnard,Maisie Parkinson.

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

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.


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

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: 

Holy days of Obligation:
9.30am and 7.00pm.

Saturday 5.30pm or by appointment

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

Communion to the Sick:

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

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

By Arrangement (contact the Parish Priest) 

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

Thanksgiving & Anniversaries:
Please contact the Parish Priest

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