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     PARISH NOTICES

Parish Office Hours This Week
Parish Priest: Wednesday 11.00am to 1.00pm & Thursday 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Office Staff:  Monday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm
Hall booking: 10.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday or call 020 7639 3724, 07737 457247
CCTV Awareness:  Parishioners are hereby notified that CCTV cameras are now in place to cover the entire Church premises for security and Safety. Thank you for your cooperation

We welcome back Fr Francis from his short break and thank Frs Dominic and Shijoh who celebrated the Mass while Fr Francis was away.

Thanks to:  the Parish cleaning team and volunteers for cleaning and preparing the Church for Mass this weekend, and to all who made our Sunday Mass a wonderful celebration – Altar servers, Readers, Communion Ministers, Ushers, the Music team/ Choir, Sacristians/ Volunteers, Communication team,our office staff and all.God bless you.

Children Liturgy: Children liturgy starts this Sunday. Parents are encouraged to support the Teachers and Catechists in the effort to form our children in the faith. We thank all Parents, teachers and volunteers helping out.

First Holy Communion: First Communion lessons will take place on Saturday 3rd February 2018.

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adult and young peopleunder 14 years): Lessons  will take place on Saturday 3rd February 2018.

RCIA : The Rite of Election and call to continuing Conversion 2018 for our Catechumens and candidates will take place at St Georges Cathedral, Lambeth Road, Southwark, London SE1 6HR on Saturday 17th February 2018 at 12.30pm. Parents and Godparents/sponsors,family members and parishioners are requested to attend. Please pray for the Catechumens and candidates preparing for the Easter Sacraments.

Confirmation 2018:  Lessons will be held on Saturday 3rd Februrary  2018 at 4.30pm in the back hall. All candidates should attend. Thank you.

We thank all who attended the Annual MSP Day Celebration at St Georges Cathedral. It was successful

Building Project: The Proposed external work on the building needs our collective support. Please note that the 2nd collection/ donations are to be taken in support of our Church development and building project on Sundays when there are no Diocesan collections. As we are getting set for work in 2018, we thank all for the support and goodwill.

The Nigerian Catholic Association: Will hold its general meeting this Sunday 28th January immediately after the 10.30am Mass. All members are requested to attend prompted.

Celebrating life and Birthday list: Life is worth celebrating, no matter the condition we find ourselves because life means Christ (Phil 1:21, John 14:19) Christ is our Peace (EPH 2:14) and he says ” since i live you also will live.” (John 14:19). As a community and family of Christ in Nunhead, our parish office would like to keep a diary of birthdays to pray for our parishioners and friends on their birthdays, ( just as we have the sick ad dead anniversaries lists).
Would all parishioners and friends kindly write down for us their names, birthdays (not the year), phone / mobile number and/or email? We respect the intentions of those who may wish to keep such information private, but please still share with us as your family of faith so that we can keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Thanks, and God bless all.

Parish Registration: Forms are available in the Hall way or you can register on the website.

Eucharistic Congress 2018: ‘Adoramus’ organised by the Bishops of England and Wales in Liverpool, two representatives are needed from each parish to join the Diocesan Contingent.

Parish History Book by Joan Bond: is on sale. Kindly buy a copy in support of the Parish – £5.00 per copy.

Annual Mass Count 2017: Last Sunday attendance: 6.30 (Sat) – 37 , Sunday 9am – 80, 10.30am – 178, 2pm –45, 6.30pm –59

Little Pillars Day Nursery:  is open to Monday – Friday 7.30am to 6.30pm. Ages from 3 months – 5 years. Contact number 07981953092.

       
                                                        
  

 A Warm Welcome to our Visitors, Friends and Parishioners worshipping with us today! This is St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. 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, refreshments and interaction after Mass.

  BIDDING PRAYERS:
(Page 194) Reader: O that today you would listen to his voice!
People : Harden not your hearts.

LISTEN: THE ONE WHO TEACHES WITH AUTHORITY
In the first reading (Deuteronomy 18:15-20) , God promised he will send a prophet who will speak in his name, like Moses, who represented God before the people of the old covenant. Our Sunday Gospel this weekend (Mark 1: 21-28) tells us that Jesus Christ is the prophet sent by God to communicate the word of God and life to us, the people of God in the new dispensation. Hence the message of Jesus is new and is proclaimed with authority, because Jesus has full mandate from God. Jesus says: “the Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free”(Luke 4:18). The word of Jesus and his teaching are powerful, effective and capable of freeing persons from the forces of evil that rule them. Jesus has the authority to cast out devils and to bring quietness and peace to the souls of people.
Dear friends, in the Gospel last Sunday, Jesus called his first group of disciples to follow him and become fishers of men, to bring people to experience the saving power and love of God. Today we celebrate Jesus our saviour who speaks with authority and to whom we must listen as he speaks to us every week in the Gospel and in the celebration of the Eucharist. We live now in a very noisy world and technology has invaded the quiet areas of our minds with amplified noise. We hear several voices speaking to us and sometimes distracting us from listening to Jesus. In the Gospel, Jesus commanded evil spirit to be quiet, because that voice was not of God, it was an ugly voice of the devil, a strategy to distract Jesus from using his authority effectively. But Jesus remained focusesd on his mission to heal, save and deliver the possessed man. Jesus Christ is the expected one that has come to set us free from evil, let us give him our undivided attention. Those who spend time with Jesus in quiet prayer and adoration get healed and strengthened by him.Let us not be distracted when we come to worship God in the Church. He says “Be still, and know that i am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 6:10).

HAPPY SUNDAY ! – FR. FRANCIS, MSP

Pray for the sick and housebound: 
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 and Tom Fernandes, Margaret and Tom Wyse, Caroline Knight,
Chief Edison Otomewo,Frederick Okolo, Mrs Taylor, Lily Mulraine, Rebecca Linton, Femi Wete.Pray for the dead: especially those who died recently in our parish this week Fr John Leahy, Esther Maurice Ekpo, Maurice Ekpo,
Jim Duffy,Bridget O’ Shea, Veronica Otuodung, Francis Otuodung and those whose anniversary is this week…Paul Gladwin,Ellen Butcher,Riveria Roberto,Joseph Umukoro, Margaret Cronin,Daniel Callaghan,Ronald Berrelly,Georgina Octave,Tony MacAndrew,Eric Rose, Charles Williams, Enid Crowther-Nicol,Peter Keehan,Ruby Bell, James Peters, Lesli Maule, John Harvey, Gerard Hayes, Sidney Scott, Christopher Aherne, Holgar Andersen.

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. 

MottoSt. 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’Neil))
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.


 
MEETINGS

Breaking the Word – Prayer Group – Monday’s at 7.30pm
Life Ascending – Group for older people    Church – Wednesday’s at 10.00am
Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary – Prayer Group – Thursday’s at 7.00pm

 

Receiving Holy Communion from the Chalice by ‘Self-Intinction’ (by dipping the Host in the Chalice by a communicant):  
The Church teaches that one can receive Holy Communion on both kinds or on either kind. Where Holy Communion is given on both kinds every communicant who wants is welcome to receive the body as well as the blood from the Chalice.  However, dipping the Host in the Chalice by oneself is not encouraged.  Please you are advised to receive only the body if you cannot drink from the Chalice.
 

POLITE REMINDER: 

For safeguarding purposes, all children using our toilet facilities must be accompanied by parent or guardian.