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                             ST THOMAS THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH      

                                                                                     81 Evelina Road Nunhead, London SE15 3HL

                                                Tel:020-7639-3724. Email: parishpriest@stthomasnunhead.org.uk / nunheadrcaos.org.uk  

                                                                                                   Website:www.stthomasnunhead.org.uk

 

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

  

The Ordinary: Most Revd. John Wilson – Archbishop of Southwark Area Bishop: Rt. Rev. Patrick Lynch ss.cc

 

PARISH PASTORAL TEAM

Parish Priest: Revd Fr. Francis Eyo, MSP (parishpriest@stthomasnunhead.org.uk)

Pastoral Assistants: Deacon: Revd Alan Bond (rtd)

 

 

PARISH PROGRAMME

WEEKEND MASS – Sunday: 9.00am, 10.30am, 2.00pm (Spanish), 6.30pm

WEEKDAY : 9.30am

WEDDINGS: by appointment with the Parish Priest (six months’ notice is required).

FUNERAL: by arrangement – contact the Parish Priest.

BIRTHDAY BLESSING : First & Last Sundays of the Month.

THANKSGIVING/BLESSINGS: by arrangement please contact the Parish Priest.

BAPTISM OF CHILDREN: Last Saturday of the month and as announced.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday: 5.30pm – 6.30 pm & by arrangement.

VISITATION TO THE SICK: Friday after Morning Mass and by arrangement

 

 

 

This is St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. A Warm Welcome to our Visitors, Friends and Parishioners worshipping with us today! We are happy to have you with us. Help us keep our Vision and Mission alive and do join us in the Hall for refreshment after 9.00am and 10.30am Mass. Holy Shop in the Hallway.

 

 

                                                    SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  (A)          

                                                     

                                                          Mass Book pp: 139-142. 23rd FEBRUARY 2020

 

 

                                                         BIDDING PRAYERS:(Page 78) Reader: God of love and forgiveness,
                                                                                                               People: teach us your ways.

 

                                                                                    FORGIVE! THERE IS NO ROOM FOR RETALIATION

                                                        

Christians are called to reflect God’s perfect love even when faced with hatred and injustice. God’s love is unconditional. It is not based on the condition that one is holy or deserving. God is love and, therefore, loves even the greatest sinner with nothing less than 100% love. He causes his sun to rise on bad people as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest people alike. Love is more than a natural attraction to those we might like. It is a decision of the will to act positively towards everybody, regardless of whatever evil or hatred may be encountered.

 

The most severe testing of the depth of one’s Christian spirit is the willingness to forgive. It is pointless asking somebody to forget the past. The option is not between forgetting or remembering. Our only option is about how we remember…. with negative reactions or with the love of Christ. Prayer is the source of lifting up our hearts to Christ’s level. ‘It is not in our power not to feel or to forget an offence; but the heart that offers itself to the Holy Spirit turns injury into compassion and purifies the memory in transforming the hurt into intercession’ (Catechism # 2843)

 

 

                                                                      

                          Wishing all Parishioners & Friends Happy and Blessed Sunday! – Fr Francis, MSP  

 

                                                                   

                                                      

 

                                                                         

 

                                                        PARISH INFORMATION DESK

                       

 

Group                                                            Place of Meeting       Day & Time

Breaking the Word                                            Chapel                             Mon 7.30pm

Life Ascending                                                  Chapel                             Wed 10.00am

Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary                        Chapel                             Thurs 7.00pm

Catholic Charismatic Renewal                          Chapel                             Fri 7.30pm

Prayer Meeting

 

 

                                                                         CHURCH NOTICES

Parish Office Hours This Week: Monday – Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Parish Priest: Not available

 

 

Today we Celebrate Mass of the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A). We welcome all to this wonderful celebration.

 

We Thank : the CHRISTIAN MOTHERS & FATHERS ASSOCIATION/CATHOLIC WOMEN ORGANISATION/READERS/COMMUNION MINISTERS for cleaning and preparing the Church for Mass this weekend. God bless you.

 

We also thank all who made this Mass a wonderful celebration, especially the Altar servers, Readers, Holy Communion Ministers, Ushers, Music Team, Sacristans/Volunteers, Communication Team, our office Staff, Sunday Liturgy Teachers, Children, Young people.

 

First Holy Communion : Lessons will take place next Saturday 29th February 2020 at 11am. Parents are expected to bring the young ones on time.

 

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation 2020: The Rite of Election which will take place on 29/02/2020 at 12.30pm in St. George’s Cathedral. Please inform your God Parents and Sponsors to be in the Cathedral with you on the day.

 

CONFIRMATION 2020:  Lessons will take place on Saturday 29th February at 1.30pm. Please attend.

 

Ash Wednesday 26/02/2020: marks the beginning of Lent. There will be Mass at 9.30am, and 7.00pm. Pupils of St. Thomas the Apostle College will join us at 9.30am Mass.

 

Sacraments and Education: Readers, Special Ministers of Holy Communion, Choir Leaders: You’re encouraged to attend a Seminar on the Year of the Word: The God who speaks, at Sacred Heart Parish, Camberwell 14/03/20.

 

CHURCHES TOGETHER – LENT GROUPS: Lent offers us a special time to take stock of our lives and to grow closer to God. One good way of doing this is by joining a Lent Study Group. We shall be meeting on Wednesday 4th March at 10am in the Sacristy and each Wednesday during Lent. There shall be reading, reflection, discussion and prayer. It will be quite informal and last not more than an hour. Please join us for what can be a rewarding experience.

 

Donation: we thank all our Parishioners who donate generously in support of the Parish through Gift Aid, Standing Order and Sunday collection.

 

Birthday Blessing: for February birthday Celebrants at the end of Mass.

 

Upkeep of the Church Hall and Premises: We are appealing to Church Groups and Parishioners using the Hall and Church premises to ensure they clean well, remove the waste, and handle the facilities with care.

 

Church Renovation: Many thanks to parishioners and donors for your generous giving. Work is still in progress. You can always support us through a donation, standing order or paying directly to: St. Thomas the Apostle Church: A/c: 95248463 SC 601616 – NatWest. God bless all who are doing this. For God loves a cheerful (2Cor 9:7-8).

 

BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS IN FEBRUARY. CONGRATULATIONS! PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM:

 

THERESA BOAHIN
MRS DOROTHY A -DADZIE
JANCIE MENSAH
BINTY BANGURA
AYOOLA OKE
PAULINA FRANTON
JULIET OGHENEKEVWODE
TINA OGHENEKEVWODE
PAULINE BEASLEY
MASEROY MARCELLA KOROMA
EVONNE KORANTENG
MARIETT OGBEIDO
AGNES ADWOA MANSAH
SHEYI VERA-CRUZ
CHISOM PROMISE AGU
EHI OLUMESE
BABATUNDE SOTONWO
TREMAYNE JAMES LOWE
REBECCA MILLER

 

 

 

 

LAST WEEK MASS ATTENDANCE:  Sun 9.am – 115, 10.30am – 150, 2.pm – 45, 6.30pm – 30

 

Readers for the Weekend Mass: Sunday 23rd February 2020. 9.00am: Ciaron Roberts 10.30am: Atim Blossom & Isaac Ehioghae

6.30pm: Deirdre Toussant

 

This is St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. A Warm Welcome to our Visitors, Friends and Parishioners worshipping with us today! 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/refreshment/Interaction after 9.00am and 10.30am Mass. Holy Shop in the Hallway.

 

Please pray for the Sick and Housebound: in our parish: Alan Bond, Margaret Namusoke, Omobolaji Odokale, Pat Miller (Phillips), Rosemary Mbachu, Arlene Brown, Rosa Maria, Bernard Bruno Da Silva, May Purvis, Maria Herriart, Teresa Cox, Adama Sheriff, Antonio Neto, John Cox, Angela Roberts, Betty MacLean, George Kirby, Alma & Tom Fernandes, Margaret and Tom Wyse, Caroline Knight, Frederick Okolo, Stephanie and Peter St. Rose, Mrs Taylor, Lily Mulraine, Rebecca Linton, Femi Wete, Mrs Collet, Ella Thomas, Margaret Gallee, Varsha Chopra, Joyce Barnette, Benedict Kalunta, David Smith, Bridget Power.

 

Pray for the dead: especially those who died recently in our Parish: Freddy Stanley Barbe, Joan Bond, Victoria Abbey, Shormeh Nortey, Chief Edison Otomewo, Martin Wallace, Anna Akosua Adea, Steven N., Fr. John Leahy, Esther Maurice Ekpo, Bridget O’Shea, Jim Duffy, Veronica Otuodung, Francis Otuodung, Maurice Ekpo and those whose anniversary is this week: Mary Modeste, Frank Watson, Evelyn Gabriel, Avis Simpson, John Payne, Pauline Priestly, Catherine Gabbett, Bill Rutherford, Jeremiah Kelleher, Ann Marie Joyce, James Rogan, Daniel O’Brien, Ellen Golden, Jessie Holmes, Mary Ellen McDonagh, Joan Eileen Butcher.

 

Our Vision: To be a Catholic Community that seeks to meet the Pastoral needs of all our Parishioners.

 

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.

 

Motto: St. 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’Neill)
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.

 

Hall booking: 10.00 to 5.00pm Monday – Friday or call 020 7639 3724

 

Church Halls: Book our standard Church Hall, equipped with kitchen, Bar and other facilities, clean & neat for a full day or per hourly program. It’s a lovely space that can hold 180 – 200 people for various functions, celebrations, meetings, receptions, etc. Back Hall is good for events of about 80 – 100 people in case you need such. Contact us: 020 7639 3724

 

Contacts:
Parish Office/Administration – 020 7639 3724 First Communion – 020 7639 3724.
Hall Booking – 020 7639 3724. Infant Baptism – 020 7639 3724. Knights of St. Columba – 07834 117416