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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.

 

 

                                                      NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (C)          

                                                     

                                                          Mass Book pp: 121-124. 11th AUGUST 2019

 

 

                                                         BIDDING PRAYERS:(Page 346) Reader: Where our treasure is,
                                                                                                               People: there our heart will be

 

 

                                                                      BE READY: THE LORD COMES TO REWARD THE FAITHFUL

 

The parable of the master who returns from a wedding feast to his home in the middle of the night (Luke 12:35-40) invites us to remain firm in our faith in Christ and faithful in our service to Christ. Our faithfulness will be rewarded by a faithful God whom we serve. Jesus loves us and offers us himself as a priceless treasure and source of abundant joy and security that is worth selling all else for. Loving, serving Jesus requires undivided attention, no distraction, not even sleep or personal comfort should be allowed to interfere with our preparation to receive Jesus whenever He comes to us, especially in the Word and Sacraments. “Listen, I am standing and knocking at your door, if you hear my voice…” (Revelation 3:20).

 

The question is: if the Lord Jesus knocks on your door today would you be ready and eager to receive Him? He wants us to be prepared for his coming today, tomorrow, anytime, especially at the hour of departure from this life (our death) and when he comes again to judge the living and the dead. The Lord Jesus will reward those who have believed in Him. We ask the Lord Jesus to fill us with his grace and the holy desire to seek the Lord and his kingdom first above all else. Amen.

 

                                                                                

 

 

 

                                                        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 – Thursday 11am – 1pm and 5-6pm.

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

 

 

Today is the NINETEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME . All are welcome all to join us at this celebration.

 

We Thank : the Latin American Community for cleaning the Church last Saturday. 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.

 

Confirmation 2019: Will be Celebrated on 21st September at 12.00pm. Preparation meetings will be arranged accordingly, we encourage the Parents, Candidate and Families to participate.

 

NO Confirmation lessons next Saturday and NO CHILDREN LITURGY this Sunday.  Also remember, NO MASS ON SATURDAY on the Parish.

 

Baptism of Children: will take place on the last Saturday of August 31/8/19. Parents are to fill the forms and return to the Parish office.Preparation for parents and God parents in the Church on Friday 23rd and Thursday 29th of August at 6.00pm.

 

Christian Marriage: If you would like to have a wedding in the Church, you are welcome to contact the Parish Priest on office day.

 

First Holy Communion 2019/20: Forms are available in the Hall-way for parents to fill and return to the office with all the requirements. Registration will end by 1st Week of September. Please Parents do well to register your children.

 

RCIA : Rite 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. Registration forms are in the Hallway, fill and return to the office during office hours. Registration will close by 1st Week of September.

 

Diocesan Day for Catechists: will take place on Saturday 28 September 2019 at St. George’s Cathedral Southwark SE1 6HR for all Catechists, Children’s Liturgy and RCIA Teachers. Time: 10.30am. Please attend.

 

Parish Finance Committee and Church Hall Policy: Parish Finance Committee and Church Hall Policy: The Committee is in the process of making policy for the use of the Church Hall, send in your suggestions. The Policy will be binding on all.

 

A Caretaker Needed: for the Church premises, interested person should apply in writing to: The Parish Finance Committee, St. Thomas the Apostle RC Church 81 Evelina Road, London SE15 3HL.

 

Use 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. Please respect God’s House.

 

Church Renovation: Many thanks to parishioners and donors for your generous giving. Work is in progress. Please help us build for the Lord and make our worshipping environment safe and beautiful? 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 AUGUST. CONGRATULATIONS! PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM:

 

ELIZABETH NARDU CROFFIE-DUAH

JOSEPHINE ROBERTS

BECKY OSAZEE IYAMU KINGS

ERICA BATEREN

SAMUEL AYODELE-OJO

THERESAH TWENEBOAH

TONY FATUNBI

EVA-MARIE PALMER-SIMMONDS

TRACY BOAFO

FELA ODUNTAN

RAYMOND AMAKIHE

RICHARD OPPONG-WADIE

NEAVEAH TAKYIWAA AKOTO

AKAKAN THEODORE MBET-UDOAKA

BUTLER EMMANUEL

NANA OTCHERE KLU KORANTENG

RIANNA OWUSU

TEAHAQ UGBANA

DWAYNE OKOYE-KACHIKWU

JULIANA ADJEI

JEREMY NANA OWUSU

JOHN MAMBU

KOREDE OKE

GRACE CATO

 

 

 

 

LAST WEEK MASS ATTENDANCE:  Sun 9.am – 105, 10.30am – 255, 2.pm – 55, 6.30pm – 45

 

Readers for the Weekend Mass: Sunday 11th August 2019. 9.00am: Jackie Sanders 10.30am: Isaac Ehioghae & Atim Blossom

6.30pm: Babatunde Sotonwa

 

 

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.

 

Pray for the dead: especially those who died recently in our Parish: 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: Francis Woods, Elizabeth Honan, Isaiah Ogbogbo, Edward Kelly, Nancy Craughwell, Mary Torpey.

 

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.

 

 

Hall booking: 10.00 to 5.00pm Monday – Friday or call 07538 759770, 020 7639 3724

The Hall is currently under repairs and booking will resume in due course,

 

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