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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. 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), 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/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.

 

 

                                                       SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)            

                                                     

                                                          Mass Book pp: 273-276. 26th MAY 2019

 

 

                                                         BIDDING PRAYERS:(Page 298) Reader: Holy Spirit,
                                                                                                               People: plead our cause.

 

                                                                   

                                                      

 

                                                                            A NEW LAW: LOVE ONE ANOTHER 

 

Jesus the night before he dies, tells us, encouraging and reassuring that he will be raised up and glorified (crucified and risen from the dead) and even though he will not be with us (in the flesh) he wants to give us a new commandment: love one another. Such as my love has been for you, so must your love be for each other. This is how all will know you for my disciples: your love for one another.
This is the new thing that will set in motion the new heavens and earth. It is up to us now to love like Jesus and to encourage one another and to choose new elders as the Church grows and spreads forth.

                        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 5pm – 6.30pm

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

 

 

Today is the SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C). We welcome all to this celebration. God bless us.

 

We Thank : the Christian Mothers & Fathers Association / Catholic Women Organisation/ Readers / Eucharistic Ministers who cleaned and prepared the Church for Mass this weekend. God bless and reward you all. Also we thank the Altar servers, Readers, Holy Communion Ministers, Ushers, Music Team, Sacristans/Volunteers, Communication Team, our office Staff, Sunday Liturgy Teachers, Children, Young people and all who have contributed to make this Mass a wonderful celebration.

 

Baptism of Children: will take place on 1st of June 2019. Parents who wish to Baptise their children should sign the Baptism forms and return to the Parish office. Preparation for Parents will take place on 30th May 6pm

 

Confirmation 2019: There will be lessons on 1st June 2019. at 4.00pm. All candidates should attend.

 

Gift Aid Envelopes:  Thanks to all who are using the Gift Aid envelopes, please always check the date for weekly collection on the envelopes and use them accordingly. We appreciate your donations. God bless you.

 

International Day/ St Thomas the Apostle Feast : will take place on Sunday 7th July 2019. All Groups/Associations, Parishioners and friends are requested to prepare for the event and make it memorable.

 

Nigerian Catholic Association: General Meeting today 26/05/19 after 10.30 Mass in the Back Hall. All members please attend promptly.

 

Meeting of the Parish Finance Committee: will take place on the Friday 31st May at 7.pm in the Back Hall.

 

Parish Pastoral Council Meeting: will take place on Saturday, 1st June 2019 at 6.30pm.

 

Life Ascending: Our next meeting will take place on Wed 29th May after the 9.30am Mass. New members are welcome.

 

Fr Jeff Cridland’s 50th year as a priest: There will be a Mass in Dover on July 14th for this. Parishioners who will like to attend should sign the list on the notice board. A transport may be arranged on the day, with a charge.

 

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).

 

New Coordinators for Readers at 10.30 Mass: Thanks to Irene Kontoh for serving as Coordinator in the last two years. New Coordinating Team will be appointed by the Parish Priest soon

 

 

 

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

 

SELINA NSIAH

DAVID IDOWU TIJANI

KENNETH BAAH

GERALD ADOMAKOH-KONTOH

THERESA AGYEMENG

PIO DYMPHINA

OSASU IYAMU KINGS

RICHARD MINTAH

IFIOK MBET UDOAKA

JOSEPH EGUJI-ANISI

MARY OSEI

ALBERT QUANSAH

EUNICE UKACHUKWA

CAMILLE NKOUENDJE

LISA WOODBRIDGE

JEREMIAH KOROMA

CHRISTIANA UGHUJO

 

 

 

 

LAST WEEK MASS ATTENDANCE:  Sun 9.am – 125, 10.30am – 211, 2.pm – 110, 6.30pm – 51

 

Readers for the Weekend Mass: Sunday 26th May 2019. 9.00am: Debra Mitchell 10.30am: Irene Kontoh & Raymond Akpalou

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: Charles Edwards, Alan Bond, 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.

 

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: Royston Cox, Angela Gaynor, Henry Murphy, Basil Haynes, Maurice Carter, Gary McNamee, Sylvia Clarke, Anne Masterson, Michael Fitzpatrick, Frank Stout, Glen Yakub, Charles Williams.

 

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

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