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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.

 

 

                                                    SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)          

                                                     

                                                          Mass Book pp: 125-127. 19th JANUARY 2020

 

 

                                                         BIDDING PRAYERS:(Page 68) Reader: Make me
                                                                                                               People: a channel of your peace

 

                                                                BEHOLD JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD

                                                        

John the Baptist identifies Jesus as the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. Jesus will replace all previous religious sacrifices. Lambs were sacrificed in expiation for sin. The lamb also recalls the blood sprinkled on lintel and door to save the Hebrews in Egypt. The Lamb, meek and gentle before the slaughter, represented the innocence and non-violence of Jesus, the suffering servant, dying to save others.

 

 

At Mass we profess our faith in Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away our sins. Guilt is the heaviest burden to carry; a burden that cannot be carried by another because it is within. The grace of handling all guilt over to Jesus is a gift beyond price. Before receiving the Lord in Eucharist, we call on him as the Lamb who takes away our sins. Although we are unworthy, yet happy are we who are called to his banquet.

 

 

                                                                      

                          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: Friday 11am – 1pm & 5pm – 6.30pm.

 

 

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

 

We Thank : the Ghanaian Catholic Association 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 on 25th January 2020 at 11am. Parents are expected to bring the young ones on time.

 

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation 2020: Lessons will take place on 25th January 2020 at 11am.

 

CONFIRMATION 2020 PARENT’S MEETING: Parents and Candidates who have applied to join the preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation should please attend Meeting on 25/01/2020 at 1.30pm in the Church. This meeting will mark the beginning of the preparation program for all. Please attend

 

BAPTISM OF CHILDREN: will take place on Saturday 25/1/20. Parents who are yet to apply should do so. Parents & God Parents are requested to attend preparation on Thursday 23/1/20 at 6pm.

 

MSP DAY: The Annual MSP Day Celebration will hold on Friday 24th January 2020, the Mass will be Celebrated by Archbishop John Wilson in the Cathedral at 6.30pm. Reception after Mass in Amigo Hall, food/drinks will be free for all. Parishioners are invited, It’s the time to say thank you to all friends of MSP.

 

Missions Appeal: Annual Parish Appeal in support of MSP Missions in different parts of the world will take place on 26th Jan 20. Please support the appeal. Consider being an Associate Member of MSP.

 

Projector: Please be informed that there is a projector installed in the Church for use during Mass. We thank members of the choir and all who have contributed to ensure the installation and management of the projector in the church, work is still in progress.

 

Thank you: to chief Tony Ajiduah who has bought a big catering Hot water boiler for tea and coffee after Mass. Please the groups serving tea / coffee handle it well.

 

Birthday Blessing: for January 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 JANUARY. CONGRATULATIONS! PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM:

 

RAYMOND AKPALOU
DIVINE UWADIAE
JAYDEN UKACHUKWA
TATIANA MENDIA PRADO
DANIEL KORANTENG
BERNARD AGU
SANDRA OKOYE-KACHIKWU
NANCY KONADU BAAH
DANIEL ODUNTAN

DAVID EBUKA

KEVIN BONSU

KARLUN BONSU

 

 

 

 

LAST WEEK MASS ATTENDANCE:  Sun 9.am – 80, 10.30am – 220, 2.pm – 85, 6.30pm – 66

 

Readers for the Weekend Mass: Sunday 19th January 2020. 9.00am: Jackie Sanders 10.30am: Cynthia Andoh & Albert Quansah

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: Charles Clemento, Rebecca Allen, Catherine Leggett, Kenneth Severin, Peter Coyle, Ellen O’Brien, Veronica Batholomew, Mary James, Samuel Tomey, Jim Kavanagh, James McKeever.

 

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