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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 Archbishop: Most Revd. John Wilson.  Area Bishop: Rt. Rev. Patrick Lynch ss.cc

 

PARISH PASTORAL TEAM

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

Deacon: Revd Alan Bond (rtd)

Religious: Sisters of Christian Instruction

 

 

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.

 

 

                                                      THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (C)          

                                                     

                                                          Mass Book pp: 164-166. 17th NOVEMBER 2019

 

 

                                                         BIDDING PRAYERS:(Page 374) Reader: Come, Lord Jesus, come;
                                                                                                               People: rebuild our lives

 

 

                                                                            

 

The Sadducees think of heaven as a fiction. They conceive it as a mere extension of earthly life with the same imperfect relationship and human limitations it endures in this world. Jesus corrects this error with a description of heaven in the barest and briefest terms. And from His description we understand that life in the glorified body is stripped of all imperfections that are now part of our human nature. We shall experience no want, no privation, no misunderstanding, no conflict, neither with the self nor with the other. So full, so rich, so all-satisfying will the heavenly life be, that we cannot exhaust it.

                                                 

                                           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: Priest – N/A

Office Staff: Monday – Friday – 10.00am – 5.00pm

 

 

Today is the THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME . All are welcome all to join us at this celebration.

 

We Thank : the Ghanaian Catholic Association for cleaning and preparing the 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.

 

BAPTISM OF CHILDREN: will take place on last Saturday of November and 1st Saturday of December 2019. Parents who are yet to apply should do so. Preparation will take place on November 22 and 28 at 6.00pm for parents and God parents.

 

First Holy Communion 2019/20: First Holy Communion Lesson will take place on Saturday 23/11/2019. Time: 11.00am. Parents are expected to bring the young ones on time.

 

RCIARite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Young People 2019/20: This is a useful Program for those who are yet to receive Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Next Lessons will be on 23rd November 2019. Time is 11am.

 

CONFIRMATIONS FORMS 2020: These forms are ready and are in the hallway. The child must be at least 14 years and above. Final date for submission is 20/12/2019. Parents to include passport photos and £20 fee.

 

ALTAR SERVERS MEETING: There will be meeting for both old and new members. Date: 23/11/2019. Time: 12.15pm. The meeting is very important. We encourage all parents to accompany their children.

 

YOUTH CHOIR: All young people who put their names to be part of youth choir and the ones who are interested should wait behind after 10.30am Mass this Sunday to meet with Rebecca and Blossom at the Sacristy.

 

LIFE ASCENDING: Next meeting will be after the 9am Mass on Wed. 20/11/2019. New members always welcome.

 

Parish Year Planner 2020: All Church Groups/Associations intending to use the Church and Parish Halls in 2020 should send their programs to the parish Office to enable us prepare the 2020 Planner. Booking will be done based on availability of dates.

 

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 Hall Hiring/Use: Groups and parishioners should please read and keep to the new policy which is now in effect.

 

Please remember, there is NO MASS on SATURDAY in the Parish. Kindly join the Sunday Mass at 9 & 10.30am , 2pm & 6pm.

 

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 NOVEMBER. CONGRATULATIONS! PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM:

 

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

 

 

 

 

LAST WEEK MASS ATTENDANCE:  Sun 9.am – 102, 10.30am – 157, 2.pm – 70, 6.30pm – 55

 

Readers for the Weekend Mass: Sunday 17th November 2019. 9.00am: Jackie Sanders 10.30am: Regina Ehioghae & Irene Kontoh

6.30pm: Danata Small

 

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: Cecil Bright, Ronald Smith, Denis Morgan, Icyline Williams, Margaret Penton, Julia Tobin, Brian Robinson, Edward Newnham, Andrew Doyle, Bridget McDonagh, Bridget Burke, Peggy Matthews, Mary Foley, Josephine McDonagh, Pat Connors, Johanna Vida Nketia, Thomas Parkinson, Michael Halsey, Jessie Foley.

 

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