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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   Web: 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

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.

 

 

                   SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C)                Mass Book pp: 127-129. 20TH JANUARY 2019

 BIDDING PRAYERS:(Page 274)  Reader: ‘You are my Son, the Beloved;

                                                    People: ‘my favour rests on you

 

 

 

          

                                                                                Happy 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

Parish Priest: Not Available

Office Staff: Monday – Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm

 

Welcome to all and thanks for joining us in this celebration.

 

We say Thank You to Rev Fr Zabbey for coming to say Mass this weekend. God bless him. AMEN.

 

Appreciation: The Clergy of the parish appreciate and thank all parishioners and friends for their love, generosity and gifts received during the Christmas Celebration. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless and reward all.

 

THANKS TO: Our Parish Cleaning Team/Volunteers for cleaning the Church this weekend, and all who have made our Sunday Mass a wonderful celebration, especially, Altar servers, Readers, Communion Ministers, Ushers, the Music Team, Volunteers, Communication Team, our office Staff.

 

Cleaning Rota: Church Groups and Associations will take turn to participate in the upkeep/cleaning of the Church, a rota has been prepared to guide us in doing this. Leader please take note of the week assigned to your Group or Association and act accordingly.

 

There will be No Children Liturgy and Sunday School this week and next week and the following week. This will give the Teachers time to rest and prepare to resume in the new year beginning on Sunday 28th January 2018.

 

First Holy Communion 2019: First Holy Communion lessons  will resume on Saturday 19th January 2019 at 11am. Parents please bring your children on time to the lessons and ensure you collect them after the lessons and ensure you attend the Parents meeting.

 

RCIA is mainly for Adults, young adults and young people under the age of 14 who are yet to be baptised, confirmed and have not made their First Holy Communion to grow in the faith. Next lessons will be on 19th January 2019.

 

Confirmation 2019: will begin on Saturday 19th January 2019. All parents and candidates should attend the first meeting at 4.00pm in Church.

 

Saturday 6.30pm Mass: The Parish Pastoral Council wishes to inform parishioners that the evening mass on Saturday will be merged for pastoral reasons with effect from 12th January 2019. Those who attend Saturday evening Mass should kindly join the Sunday evening Mass or any other Mass they may prefer in the parish. Please bear with us, thank you.

 

2019 MSP DAY CELEBRRATION: ON 25TH OF JANUARY AT ST.GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL. ALL ARE WELCOME TO THE
CELEBRATION. MORE INFORMATION WILL BE GIVEN.

 

Life Ascending: our meetings will resume on Wednesday 23/01/2019 after 9.30am Mass. New members are always welcome.

 

JOAN BOND: Our Deacon’s wife is gravely ill following a major stroke. Please keep her in your prayers and for Alan, her devoted husband of 59 years.

 

FAMILY THANKSGIVING: On the 27th January 2019.We ask all members to prepare themselves when coming to Mass to support the renovation work. God loves a cheerful giver. Chf. Eric.

 

Birthday Blessing: For January group – Please indicate and receive your blessing. Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

 

Our Church Building Project: The Parish Council wish to remind all and especially our Church Groups to consider making effort to donate towards the Construction of a New Church Main Entrance & Paving with Disable Access round the Church . Remember anything good we do in the name of Christ will be rewarded (Mark 9:38-43). We need everyone’s support. We thank all for your great generosity and love.

 

LAST WEEK MASS ATTENDANCE:  Sun 9.am – 88, 10.30am – 206, 2.pm – 101, 6.30pm- 32

 

Readers for the Weekend Mass: Sunday 20th January 2019. 9.00am: Jackie Sanders 10.30am: Irene Kontoh & Raymond Akpalou

6.30pm: Caroline Hart

 

 

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, Joan Bond, 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.

 

Pray for the dead: especially those who died recently in our Parish: 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 Bartholomew, Mary James, Samuel Tomey, Jim Kavanagh, James McKeever, Mrs Lemmow, Bridget Crawford, Christopher Armstrong, Christopher George.

 

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.

 

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

 

BERNARD AGU
RAYMOND AKPALOU
NANCY KONADU BAAH

DANIEL KORANTENG

TATIANA MENDIA PRADO

DANIEL ODUNTAN

SANDRA OKOYE-KACHIKWU

JAYDEN UKACHUKWA

DIVINE UWADIAE

 

 

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