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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.

 

 

                                                     FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)          

                                                     

                                                          Mass Book pp: 82-84. 1st DECEMBER 2019

 

 

                                                         BIDDING PRAYERS:(Page 14) Reader: Peace be to this house,
                                                                                                               People: and to all who dwell within.

 

                                                                                            ADVENT OF PEACE AND LIGHT

 

Welcome to the Season of Advent and the New Liturgical Year – A (2019-2020). Today is the First Sunday of Advent. Advent means “Coming,” and this reminds us of the First Coming of Jesus Christ in human history at Christmas. Hence, the Season of Advent offers us four weeks of preparation for the celebration of Christmas, to mark the coming of God the Son, Jesus Christ to humanity as the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6, Ephesians 2:13-18) and the Light of the world (John 8:12). It is the Advent of Peace and Light, Christ shining in the darkness of winter, warming our hearts and souls with the fire of His love.

 

Advent also offers us the opportunity to be ready and look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time (The Parousia – Mk 13:26-27, Mt 16:27, Acts 1:11, Mk 13:33,35-37), and at the end of our earthly journey (at the hour of our death). We are to be ready for the return of the Master Jesus, not out of fear, but from a deep desire for the healing, peace and joy He brings. Jesus comes to us every Christmas and so advent is the time of waiting prayerfully in joyful hope for the Lord. Listening, Reflecting on and Praying the Scripture can help us prepare for Christmas in a beautiful way. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, focus on Him. Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20). Don’t Miss the Sunday Mass.

 

 

                                                                      

                                           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 – 1.pm and 5 – 6pm

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

 

 

Today is The First Sunday of Advent. All are welcome all to join us at this celebration.

 

We Thank : the YOUTH, CHARISMATIC RENEWAL, VOLUNTEERS & THE TWO CHOIRS AT 10.30am MASS for cleaning and preparing the  Church for Mass this weekend. God bless and reward 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.

 

THE YEAR OF THE WORD in the Catholic Church in England and Wales 2020: Catholics are encouraged to focus on celebrating, living and sharing God’s word from now until the end of December 2020.Let us engage with the Holy Scriptures.

 

Meetings: Parish Pastoral Council on Saturday 7th at 6.30pm. Parish Finance Committee on Fri 13th at 6.00pm.

 

First Holy Communion 2019/20: First Holy Communion Lesson will take place on Saturday 7/12/2019. 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 7th December 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.

 

YOUTH CHOIR: Dear Young People, we want to Praise the Lord in a Special Way. We invite all young people who gave their names to be part of youth choir and all who are interested, to meet in the Sacristy after 10.30am Mass this Sunday.

 

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.

 

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 DECEMBER. CONGRATULATIONS! PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM:

 

ADEDOYIN OKE
REBECA MENDIA PRADO
YAA OWUSU-ANTWI
OSATO IYAMU KINGS
NANA BINFOH
DANUTIA SYLVESTRE
BRIAN SANDERS
GODRICK ADUFU
RICKY OBASEKI
EMELIA ADOMAKOH – KONTOH
FRANK BRUACKMAN PAIMISIL
GLADYS BREMA-BAAH
DANIELLA BOATENG
EMMANUEL OSE -MENSAH
NIQUELLA OWUSU

BETH NAMARA

 

 

 

 

LAST WEEK MASS ATTENDANCE:  Sun 9.am – 115, 10.30am – 305, 2.pm – 75, 6.30pm – 45

 

Readers for the Weekend Mass: Sunday 1st December 2019. 9.00am: Brian Sanders 10.30am: Atim-Blossom & Isaac Ehioghae

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, 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: Sister Mary Agnes, Josie Clark, Trevor Priddin, Patricia Curry, Marie Johnson, Patrick McNulty, Joseph Kelly, Maria Eugenia Lopez, Charles Smith, Tony King, Agnes Billington, Alison Norris, Ann Dunne, Enid Johnson, Francis Cannon, Margaret Crook, Christopher O’Sullivan.

 

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