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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                    

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)

      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 | Faithful Companions of Jesus

      Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), Parish Finance Committee (PFC), Parish Administrative/Support Staff.

Motto: St. Thomas the Apostle: Sharing God’s Gifts in Love and Service.

   PARISH PROGRAMME

WEEKEND MASS – Sunday: 9.00am, 10.30am, 2.00pm (Spanish).

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.

Date Weekly Liturgy Intentions / Activities
Sat. 7th April 2018.

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

NO 6.30pm Mass

Acts 4:32-35. 1 Jn 5:1-6. Jn 20:19-31.

NO 6.30pm Mass

 

Sunday 8th April 2018

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER.

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER.

Acts 4:32-35. 1 Jn 5:1-6. Jn 20:19-31.

9.00am:  Sheila Town – RIP

10.30am: Clare Woods – Anniversary Mass

2.00pm: Misa en Espanol

 

 
Monday 9th April 2018

The Annunciation of the Lord.

Priest’s Day off                                  

NO SERVICE

Is 7: 10-14, 8: 10. Lk 1:26-38

 

 

 
Tuesday 10th April 2018 Mass – 9.30am

Acts 4:32-37. Jn 3:7-15.

Morning Prayer:  Psalter Week 2.

Antiphonist: Justina .  Reader: Brian

Wed. 11th April 2018  Saint Stanislaus, Mass – 9.30am

Acts 5:17-26. Jn 3:16-21

Antiphonist: Christy.  Reader: Gerry

 

 
Thursday 12th April 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day

Service of the Word & Communion

Acts 5:27-33. Jn 3:31-36         

 

Antiphonist: Violet.  Reader: Roselyn

 
Friday 13th April 2018

Saint Martin, Pope and Martyr

Mass – 9.30am

 

Acts 5: 34-42. Jn 6: 1-15

Antiphonist: Christy.  Reader: Isaac

 

 

 
Sat. 14th April 2018.

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

MASS

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19. 1 Jn 2: 1-5. Lk 24:35-48.

6.30pm  
Sunday 15th April 2018

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER.

 

MASS

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19. 1 Jn 2: 1-5. Lk 24:35-48.

9.00am:

10.30am:

2.00pm:

6.00pm:

 

 

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, Charmaine Perriman, Stephanie and Peter St. Rose, 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, Chief Edison Otomewo, Frederick Okolo, Mrs Taylor, Lily Mulraine, Rebecca Linton, Femi Wete. Mrs Collet.

Pray for the dead: especially those who died recently in our Parish: 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 Ricca, George Secluna, Mary Rattigan, Reginald Hyne, Marie Dominique, Lillian Masterson, Lauretta Parker, Claire Woods, Eamon Quinn, Paul Stanislas, Richard Keating, Edith Brandon, Paul Mathurin, Patrick Convay, Raymond Cartland, Egidio Piscina, Rita Bright, Mary Powney, Catherine Aboh, George Irving, Baby Siobhan McQuade, Tom Donovan.

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 Apos                                                                                                                                                             tle: 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.

CHORUSTeach 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 gloryFather help our community shine just like the stars.

 

BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS IN APRIL. PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM:

OMOAHCU FRANTON 7th APRIL
VICTOR FREDUA 20th APRIL
JOSEPH UKACHUKWA 23rd APRIL
VINCANTIA AKPALOU 26th APRIL
FACUNDO MENDIA SANDIVAR 10th APRIL
SAM EGBENIYOKO 14th APRIL
EARL HECTOR 19th APRIL
ANTHONIA NIWABUEZE 21st APRIL
OLIVER AGWAH 22nd APRIL
REBECCAH MODUPE BADARU 21st APRIL
ASHIA RICHARDS 29th APRIL

BEATRICE                                         GOMEZ                                                           26th April

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR  B) Mass Book pp: 259-262. 8TH APRIL 2018

 BIDDING PRAYERS:(Page 168)  Reader:    With Thomas, we say to Jesus,

People:     ‘My Lord and my God.’

DIVINE MERCY FOR ALL

Psalmist confirms this: “Give thanks to the Lord for his love has no end.” In the Gospel, the risen Lord shared the breath of divine life and mercy with the disciples. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and they were transformed. They were no longer locked up in fear in a room, they took to the streets to proclaim Jesus as Lord and risen. The Resurrection is real and no one can stop the fire of the divine life, divine love, mercy and the Holy Spirit that the disciples experienced in their hearts. Those who believe and those who refused to believe must hear and experience this Good News. The disciples of Jesus lived the Good News, their way of life was the most powerful expression of the resurrection and the everlasting mercy of God.

 

Today’s feast teaches us that unconditional forgiveness is offered to us by God, and if we accept it, it will transform our lives and fill us with new courage and strength to withstand the trials of this world. What sin is there that cannot be pardoned by the death of Jesus? By his wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). St Bernard (1091 -1153) in his commentary notes, “through these sacred wounds we can see the secret of Christ’s heart, the great mystery of his love, the sincerity of his mercy, with which he visited us from high … Let us come to Christ whose mercy flows in abundance for us.

 

Happy and blessed Easter to all! – FR. FRANCIS, MSP

                                                 

PARISH INFORMATION DESK

Group Place of Meeting Day and Time
Breaking the Word Church Mon 7.30pm
Life Ascending Church Wed 10.00am
Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary Church Thurs 7.00pm

CCTV CAMERAS are in operation within the Church premises for your Security and Safety.

  • PHONE USAGE IS FORBIDDEN DURING MASS! Please Comply.
  • Stop eating food, chewing gums inside the main Church during Mass, and do not litter the Church.
  • Please DO NOT take the Mass and Hymn Books home, handle with care & Return them to the Shelf.

Readers for the Weekend Mass:  Sunday 8th April 2018.  9.00am: Kate Galle. 10.30am: Isaac Ehioghae & Irene Kontoh.

  • Hall booking: 00 to 5.00pm Monday – Friday or call 07538759770, 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

 

Last Sunday attendance: 6.30 (Sat) 38, and Sunday 9.00am – 99. 10.30am – 185.  2pm – 65.  6.30pm – 32.

Contacts:

Parish Office/Administration   – 020 7639 3724                                               First Communion – 020 7639 3724.

Hall Booking  – 020 7639 3724/ 07538759770.                                                Infant Baptism –    020 7639 3724.  

Cubs & Scouts   –   07540 289125                                                                    Knights of St. Columba – 07834 11741

 

CHURCH NOTICES

Parish Office Hours This Week

Parish Priest: Not available this week.

Office Staff: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: We Welcome all to the celebration of the Mass of the Second Sunday of Easter also known as Divine  Mercy Sunday.  Wishing you a truly Happy and blessed Easter once again!

 

EASTER OFFERINGAPPRECIATION: Many thanks to all our Parishioners and Friends for the generous  Easter offering this year to support the Clergy and Priestly Ministry in the Parish. We really appreciate this and may the Good Lord bless you all. Be assured of our prayers.

 

THANKS TO: The 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, Sacristans/Volunteers, Communication Team, our office Staff and all. God bless you.

 

  1. THOMAS THE APOSTLE YOUTH ALPHA PPROGRAM: We invite the Youth and Young Adults in our parish to join the Alpha Youth formation Series beginning from 20th April to 29th June 2018. Please see the posters in circulation and on the notice boards. There will be food, drinks and lots of fun.

 

Upcoming Events in the Archdiocese of Southwark:  

New Evangelization Summit – 28 April 2018: The New Evangelization Summit is an annual event hosted in Ottawa, Canada and streamed to venues across North America. This year, for the first time, the event will be shown via video link in both Australia and in the UK, at the Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bec, on Saturday 28 April 2018 (9.30am to 9.30pm). Tickets are £30 and include two meals and printed literature. To book visit www.ccftootingbec.org.uk/nes2018

Post-Easter Talks at the Amigo Hall: Each year the Centre for Catholic Formation hold a series of talks at the Amigo Hall, SE1 7HY, in the weeks of Eastertide. This year, the series’ theme is Eucharist in anticipation of the upcoming National Eucharistic Congress. Entry is free, donations welcome. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Eucharist: Sacrifice and Banquet (12 April); Eucharist and Mission (19 April); Eucharist in Art (26 April); Eucharist and Prayer (3 May) and Eucharist in Scripture (10 May). The talks will also be filmed and will be viewable on the CCF YouTube channel. For more information: www.ccftootingbec.org.uk/sharinginhislife

Altar Server Rally: The annual Altar Server rally will take place on Mon 7th May at the Aylesford Priory.  At Mass new servers will have the opportunity to be enrolled into the Guild and will receive their blessed bronze medals.  Those who have severed 10+ years will be awarded a silver medal to mark their service. We encourage all altar servers and parents to attend this event. More details will be provided shortly. Please reach out to Fr Francis, Tunde or Richard, so we can begin to get numbers for travel.

Gift Aid Envelopes: The new Gift Aid envelopes are still in circulation. Please collect your box after Mass. Consider joining the Gift Aid scheme if you’re working and paying tax.

 

SACRAMENTS: First Holy Communion, lessons will resume on Saturday 21/4/18. All should get ready.

Confirmation Preparation: lessons will resume on Saturday 21/4/18. All Candidates please get ready.

CHILDREN LITURGY: Will take place next Sunday 15th of April 2018.  We thank the Parents, Teachers, Priest and all who are assisting our Children in their learning and growth in the faith. God bless all.

 

Appreciation: Richard Wadie says a big ‘thank you’to everyone who supported him during the funeral ceremony of his dear mother, late Theresah Agyei in London on the 24th March, 2018. God bless you all.

 

Building Project: The proposed external work on the building needs our collective support. Work will begin after the Easter Break. Please note that there will be  2nd collection/donations in support of our Church building project on Sundays. Thanks.

LAST SUNDAY ATTENDANCE: 9.AM – 124, 10.30AM – 339, 2.PM – 110

Easter Offering: £2,375.30. Holy Places: £ 408.31. Building £150. Tithe £ 48. Thanks and God bless all.

2nd Collection this Sunday: Church Development Fund. Next Weekend: Building Project.   You can support us by paying directly to St. Thomas the Apostle:  Acc: 95248463 SC 601616 -NatWest