ST THOMAS THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH      

                                                                                     81 Evelina Road Nunhead, London SE15 3HL

                                                Tel:020-7639-3724. Email: /  



                                                       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



Parish Priest: Revd Fr. Francis Eyo, MSP (

Pastoral Assistants: Deacon: Revd Alan Bond (rtd)




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.



                                                SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (A)


Sunday 24th May 2020


Psalter III, Easter Week 7.
Acts 1:12-14; 1 Pet 4:13-16; John 17:1-11

Monday 25th May 2020


Acts 19:1-8; Col 3:1; John 16:29-33
Tuesday 26th May 2020


Acts 20:17-27; John 14:16; John 17:1-11

Wednesday 27th May 2020


1 Thes 2:2-8,LK 10:1-9
Thursday 28th May 2020


Acts 22:30, 23:6-11; John 17:20-26
Friday 29th May 2020


Acts 25:13-21;John 14:26; John 21:15-19

Saturday 30th May 2020


Vigil of Solemnity of Pentecost.
Pentecost Vigil Acts 28:16-20, 30-31, John 21:20-25,

Sunday 31st May 2020


Psalter IV, Easter Week 8.
Solemnity of Pentecost.
(Feast of The Visitation.)
Acts 2:1-11;1 Cor 12:3-13; John 20:19-23















                                                        PARISH INFORMATION DESK


Life AscendingChapelWeds 10.00am
Sacred Heart of Jesus and MaryChapelThurs 7.00pm
Catholic Charismatic Renewal Prayer MeetingChapelFriday 7.30pm




                                                                         CHURCH NOTICES

Parish Office Hours This Week: Office is closed until further notice

Parish Priest: Not available






Let us continue to support each other as we look forward to the day when we can celebrate Mass and ‘break bread’ together again as the loving, caring community that we are.

Those parishioners who may want a prayer request can do so by emailing


Father Francis sends his best wishes to all parishioners and has you all in his prayers.



We thank all those parishioners who kindly donated to help our parish families in need during this crisis. May God bless you all.


Re-opening of Churches: Last Monday in the House of Commons the Prime Minister indicated that, from July, places of worship may be allowed to re-open.
However, our bishops have been making the case for the opening of churches for private prayer sooner than July. Together with leaders of other faiths they
were due to meet a government task force, led by the Secretary for Housing and Communities, Robert Jenrick, on Friday 15 May. We await the outcome of that meeting with interest.


Sunday Mass from St George’s Cathedral: Archbishop John Wilson is currently live-streaming Mass each Sunday at 10 am from St George’s Cathedral via You Tube.  As the parish does not currently stream Mass, please consider visiting RC Southwark Channel on which these services are being broadcast and subscribe:


Archdiocese of Southwark May Devotions: Archbishop John invites everyone in the Diocese to join him for a special online gathering on Wednesday 27th May. He will be leading a live streamed May Devotions, including a Scriptual Rosary at 7pm from the Catherdral. At this time when we are asked to be more isolated than usual it is an opportunity to “spiritually gather” together.

The Live stream link is



May is traditionally the month of Mary. Pope Francis has composed two special prayers for this year; in one he prays, ‘Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply.’ The full text can be read at


Southwark Catholic Youth Service has launched a YouTube channel and produced a short mini-series ‘Christ is Alive’. The bite size videos follow the reflections of Matthew, Fletcher, Martha and Niamh on Pope Francis’ document Christus Vivit.
The series consists of 6 x 2min videos, each with questions for reflection and supporting resources. See also ‘Young Minds’ a resource to support the
emotional health and wellbeing of young people and their parents.



Live-streamed and Recorded Services:  The Diocese now has a list of almost 50 parishes that are live-streaming or recording Mass.  Many other parishes are offering additional services such as Holy Hour, Morning Prayer and Compline, or leading prayer such as the Divine Mercy Chaplet or Rosary.  Please check the individual parish websites for information.

To view details visit:

Externally to  the Diocese, The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham offers a 12 noon Mass each day, whilst Church Services TV and MCN Media also offer Masses from around the country, and indeed, Europe.


Spiritual Communion: During this time, Catholics are encouraged to make a spiritual communion.  An excellent prayer sheet has been produced by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, including a prayer for spiritual communion.  Click here to view / download.


National Mass for Keyworkers and Families: The Bishops’ Conference have organised a weekly live stream Mass to pray for Keyworkers and their Families. These Masses are celebrated by a different Bishop each Thursday at 7pm from one Cathedrals across the country. Archbishop John will be celebrating the 2nd July Mass. The planned schedule for the next few weeks is:


28 May
Bishop Terence Drainey
St Mary’s Cathedral, Middlesbrough
YouTube Channel


4 June
Bishop John Arnold
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Salford
Salford Cathedral on


11 June
Bishop Patrick McKinney
St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham
Nottingham Cathedral on


18 June
Archbishop Bernard Longley
St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham
St Chad’s on MCN Media


25 June
Bishop Alan Hopes
Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich
YouTube Channel


2 July
Archbishop John Wilson
St George’s Cathedral, Southwark
YouTube Channel


9 July
Bishop Tom Williams
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool
YouTube Channel








The Catholic Centre for Formation has produced the following graphic of suitable prayers which you can  download here.


CAFOD response to Coronavirus: Whilst COVID-19 has already hit may of the wealthier nations, affecting both health and economy.  However, those in less fortunate circumstances and in poorer countries are facing a humanitarian disaster.

There is a risk of families facing starvation with not enough to eat or without access to clean water.  Those living with HIV or other underlying health conditions will be particularly vulnerable to coronavirus whilst another major concern is the virus reaching refugees camps where the struggle for reasonable healthcare is already a matter for concern. CAFOD are therefore expanding and adapting their programme to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of coronavirus in communities. Every step taken now to get food and clean water to families, will help prevent deaths and reduce suffering.

Those who would like to donate to the CAFOD Coronavirus appeal can do so here


NHS Prayer Buddies: The Diocese has been asked if all priests could advertise the following to their parishioners: 

A prayer buddy ministry is in the process of being set up by the Southwark Diocesan Head of Hospital Chaplains. It is intended to support those working on the front-line that are dealing directly with the current pandemic.

Every hospital chaplaincy within Southwark is invited to ask NHS staff to add their first name and job title to a list, which will be held by the hospital chaplain. We also need parishioners that are prepared to be committed prayer buddies, holding a member of NHS staff and their intentions in prayer on a daily basis.

Parishioners will receive the first name, job title and general hospital location of an NHS Worker, whilst the NHS worker will receive your first name, parish name and parish area. It is intended that we also support all our Hospital Chaplains in prayer at this challenging time.

Rebekah O’Keeffe, a catechist who works within the Diocese, will pair people up as prayer buddies placing each one by name into God’s care. If you would like to accompany an NHS worker in prayer at this time, please email: with your name and parish details (name and area only)  No email addresses will be passed on at any point.


CAFOD Children’s Liturgy:  CAFOD continue to run their popular and successful children’s liturgy webinar each Sunday morning at 10 am.  Signing up in advance is essential and those interested can gain also access to regular Children’s Liturgy emails via this website page:


Donation: For parishioners who wish to make an offering at this difficult time, you may do so by using the account details below. For those you use Gift Aid envelopes, kindly add your Gift Aid number as part of your reference. Many thanks and God bless you all.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church: A/c: 95248463  SC 601616 – NatWest.


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).

























LAST WEEK MASS ATTENDANCE:  Sun – N/A, 10.30am – N/A, – N/A, 6.30pm – N/A


Readers for the Weekend Mass: N/A


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: Mary Purvis,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: Brendan Reardon, Austin Beckford, James Burke, Mary Chittock, Francis Moore, Derek Williams, Royston Cox, Angela Gaynor, Henry Murphy, Basil Haynes, Maurice Carter, Gary McNamee, Sylvia Clarke, Anne Masterson, Michael Fitzpatrick.


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


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