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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                  Web: www.stthomasnunhead.org.uk        

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

THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B)

      The Archbishop: Most Revd. Peter Smith.  Area Bishop: Rt. Rev. Patrick Lynch ss.cc

PARISH PASTORAL TEAM

      Parish Priest: Revd Fr. Francis Eyo, MSP (francis.eyo16@gmail.com )

      Deacon: Revd Alan Bond

      Religious: Sisters of Christian Instruction

      Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), Parish Finance Committee (PFC), Parish Administrative/Support Staff.

 

 

PARISH PROGRAMME

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

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/ANNIVERSARIES/SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS: Please contact the Parish Priest.

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

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Saturday: 5.30pm – 6.15 pm & 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 Front Hall for Tea/Coffee/refreshment/Interaction after 9.00am and 10.30am Mass. Holy Shop in the Hallway.

 

 

                       THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR  B)                 Mass Book pp: 157-160. 18th NOVEMBER 2018

 BIDDING PRAYERS:(Page 252)  Reader: Jesus tells us to rejoice,

                                                    People: because our names are written in heaven.

 

                                                                                            GENEROSITY PLEASES GOD

Our Sunday reading this week from 1King 17:10-16 and Mark 12:38-44 tell us about the generosity of two women who were widows and very poor, but they had great love for God and people. They put their trust in God and relied completely on God’s word. Although they were poor, they knew that sharing with people and the community was a sign of their generosity, faith and prayer offered to God. Jesus paid attention during the temple collection and noticed the widow who dropped two copper coins into the collection bag. She gave all that she had to live on and she gave cheerfully, with no hesitation, believing that God will reward her. St Paul tells us that God loves a cheerful giver (2Cor:9:7), and it’s rewarding to give to God (1Cor: 16:1-4).

Jesus praised the generosity of the widow and pointed out that it is a sign of self giving and sacrifice to God. God has given us life, family, shelter, job, health, and all the good things of life. God expect us to share our blessings to show that we appreciate God’s love for us. When we come to the Church, what do we offer during Mass and how do we make our offering? Are we conscious of God’s generous love towards us? Practising generous giving, sharing our gifts and resources with people or the community, will bring us fulfilment and blessing. How we give and the quality of what we give matter in the eyes of God. God sees us even from a distance, and so we should not try to play games with God. Sacrificial giving is a sign of our faith and trust in the generosity and abundance of God who rewards every act of kindness that we perform. Let us be generous and cheerful in giving.                

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

 

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

Parish Priest: Tuesday 12.30 – 1.30pm and 5pm – 6pm.

Office Staff: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm.

HOLY SOULS: The month of November is dedicated to Holy Souls: Holy Souls list and Mass request should be placed in the box provided or in the parish office. Camberwell Deanery Day of Prayer – Our deanery will hold a Mass for the deceased members of our communities and families at St James the Great Catholic Church Peckham Rye on 23rd November 2018 at 7.30pm. There will  be refreshment after the Mass. All are invited to join the priests in the deanery to mark this day.

THANKS TO: Our Parish Cleaning Team/Volunteers for cleaning the Church this weekend, and all who have made our Sunday Mass a wonderful celebration, especially, Altar servers, Readers, Communion Ministers, Ushers, the Music Team, Sacristans/Volunteers, Communication Team, our office Staff. More volunteers are needed in the cleaning team, please help.

Parish Year Planner 2019: All Church Groups/Associations intending to use the Church and Parish Halls in  2019 should send their programs to the Parish Office to enable us to prepare the 2019 planner. Booking will be done based on availability of dates.

Baptism of Children: There will be baptism on the last Saturday of November. Preparation for parents/Godparents will take place on Thurs 22/11/18 at 6.30pm. Please attend. Godparents must be baptised, confirmed and practising Catholics.

First Holy Communion 2019: First Holy Communion lessons will take place on Saturday 17th November 2018 at 11am. Parents please bring your children on time to the lessons and ensure you collect them after the lessons.

Confirmation 2019: Registration forms are to be returned to the Church office by Friday 16th November. The child should be 14 years and above by October 2019.

RCIA is mainly for Adults, young adults and young people under the age of 14 who are yet to be baptised, confirmed and have not made their First Holy Communion to grow in the faith. Next lessons will be on 24th November at 1pm in the Church.

Children’s Liturgy: There will be Children’s Liturgy this Sunday and next Sunday. Parents please take care of the Children.

Retreat for Special Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers: On Saturday 17th November from 10.30am at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Bell Trees, SW16 2HY. We encourage all in our parish to attend, Sacrament/Education Committee should coordinate this.

Our Church Building Project: Constructing a New Church Main Entrance & Paving with Disable Access round the Church will be our Birthday Gifts for Jesus Christ at Christmas in our Parish. Remember anything good we do in the name of Christ will be rewarded (Mark 9:38-43). We need everyone’s support. We thank all for your great generosity and love.

LAST WEEK MASS ATTENDANCE: Sat 6.30pm -35. Sun 9.am – 81, 10.30am – 290, 2.pm – 80, 6.30pm- 45

Readers for the Weekend Mass: Saturday 17th November. 6.30pm: Emma Adebodun. Sunday 18th November 2018. 9.00am: Jackie Sanders 10.30am: Issac Ehioghae & Albert Quansah. 6.30pm: Caroline Hart

 

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: Charles Edwards, Joan Bond, Alan Bond, Omobolaji Odokale, Pat Miller (Phillips), Rosemary Mbachu, Charmaine Perriman, 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.

Pray for the dead: especially those who died recently in our Parish: 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: Vic Ruddle, George Calixte, Emmanuele Caruara, Mary Flaherty, Fred Ezeoke, Anthony Ezeoke, Elicio Paredes Gonzales, Leon Raczynski, Maria D’Almada Queta, Kwame Adu Darkwa, Jeanette Stone.

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.
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.

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

CHIDIMMA LOVETH AGU
CHRIST AGUAH
ELIJAH AKUFO
VIDA AMACHIE
REBECCA ASANTEWAA-DUAH
ALICE-ADA ATIONU
ART-MICHAEL JNR ATIONU
STEPHANIE BASTION
DESMOND BILY
ELIZABETH BOAKYE
JOSEPH CUMMINGS
CHRISTIAN DIALA
CHRISTOPHER DIALA
CHERISH EFESOA
RACHEAL EGBENIYOK
NNENNA EGBUJI-ANISI
ISAAC EHIOGHAE
NNENNA EKEIRI
REV. FR. FRANCIS EYO
JUMOKE AYOKE FAYEMILUA
DAISY IMOESI
MERCY IYAMU
ALEX ADOMAKOH – KONTOH
ANGELA KOROMA
JOHN KOROMA
ROSE KOROMA
ESTELLE LAURENT
DIANA ODUNTAN
MOSES OKE
OPEOLUWA OKE
JARDEL OSUAGWU
SHIRLEY OTOMEWO
ROSINA PENAIHOOK
DYREL SMITH
NNEKA UCHENDU
ANNIE UKPABI
STACEY UWADIAE
TODI VERA-CRUZ

 

Hall booking: 10.00 to 5.00pm Monday – Friday or call 07538759770, 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 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/ 07538759770. Infant Baptism – 020 7639 3724. Knights of St. Columba – 07834 11741