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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. 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 OF LENT  (YEAR C)                Mass Book pp: 156-160. 17th MARCH 2019

 BIDDING PRAYERS:(Page 278)  Reader: This is my son, my Chosen;

                                                    People: listen to him’.

 

                                                                   

                                                                                       SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT  (C)

 

                                                                                    PRAYER, CHANGE & DIVINE ASSURANCE

How would you feel if you knew that soon you would have to suffer very severely and that your life would be in danger? If you knew that this suffering could not be avoided, what would you do? Would you not look for any sign of hope? Jesus went up the mountain to be with his Heavenly Father in Prayer. Mountains in scripture signify places for meeting with God. On the Mountain we can have larger picture of life. Some people commit suicide because they have a short-term view of life and so they are unable to cope with disappointment and failure. Go up the mountain of prayer during Lent and it will elevate your heart and mind to God for a new experience of life in Christ. Prayer of faith changes people and situations, it offers hope and divine assurance. Do I allow Prayer to change me? Prayer is putting oneself in the Hands of God (Phil 4:6-7).
When Christ approached the time of his suffering, he received such a sign. On the mountain, while he was praying, God’s glory became visible in him, Christ was transfigured and the Father’s voice was heard above him. Truly, a powerful sign of hope and the assurance of God’s care before the beginning of his suffering.

 

                                                                            

 

                                        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

 

Parish Priest: Thursday 11am – 1pm & 5pm – 6pm

Office Staff: Monday – Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm

 

 

Today is the SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR C. Happy Lenten Season and welcome to this celebration.

 

Pope’s Lenten Message: Dear brothers and sisters, the “lenten” period of forty days spent by the Son of God in the desert of creation had the goal of making it once more that garden of communion with God that it was before original sin (cf. Mk 1:12-13; Is 51:3). May our Lent this year be a journey along that same path, bringing the hope of Christ also to creation, so that it may be “set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom 8:21)

 

We Thank : the Ghanaian Catholic Association who cleaned and prepared the Church for Mass this weekend. God bless and reward you all. Also we thank the Altar servers, Readers, Holy Communion Ministers, Ushers, Music Team, Sacristans/Volunteers, Communication Team, our office Staff, Sunday Liturgy Teachers, Children, Young people and all who have contributed to make this Mass a wonderful celebration.

 

Stations of the Cross: will take place every Friday of Lent at 7.00pm to be led by Groups/Associations in the Church. Nigerian Cath. Association will lead on 22/3/19. All are welcome.

 

First Holy Communion 2019: First Holy Communion lessons on Saturday 23rd March 2019 at 11am. Parents are encouraged to bring the Children to Mass and ensure the Mass attendance forms are signed each week by the Priest at the end of the Mass.

 

RCIA : We welcome and present the Elect to the Parish Community today, please pray for them as they prepare for the celebration of the Sacraments on Easter Night Vigil. There will be lessons on 23/03/2019 at 1.00pm.

 

Confirmation 2019: There will be lessons on Saturday 23rd March 2019. All candidates should attend.

 

Children Liturgy and Bible Quiz: will take place this Sunday at 10.30 Mass. We pray for all our children. Bible quiz for our children and especially those preparing for the First Holy Communion is ongoing. Prizes will be given to the winners. Parents please bring the Children and support the Teachers in their work.

 

Gift Aid Envelopes: for the year are being distributed by the Coordinators Dr. and Mrs. Artionu in the Hall. Way, please collect yours. We encourage those working and earning income to join the Gift Aid scheme.

 

Holy Shop raffle ticket: is still on sale. The draw is on 31/03/2019.

 

Renovation: Please be informed that we intend to carry out construction work on the Church main Entrance & Front Hall, more information will be given when the need arises for alternative entrance into the Church.

 

FAITH INSTRUCTION FROM THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: The Holy Mass is the Sacrifice of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, really present on the Altar under the appearance of Bread and Wine, offered by Jesus Himself through the Priest for the sanctification and well-being of all (Luke 22:19-20, 1Cor.10-16; 11:25-26). Communion during Mass is to be received by Catholic Communicants who have prepared themselves for it, anyone who is not a Catholic Communicant should Not receive Holy Communion, but can approach the Priest or Communion Minister for a blessing by putting the hand across the Chest as an indication for a blessing. Communicants who receive the Holy Communion must do so with respect and must consume it on the spot before making any move. No one should walk away with the Holy communion in the hand. To receive Holy Communion, ensure you’re are not chewing gum or food and that your hands are well placed. Communion Ministers please be vigilant and do not give Holy Communion unless there is a clear sign that the person is a Catholic Communicant. Scripture says: “Whoever eats and drinks at the Lord’s table unworthily eats and drinks condemnation onto himself/herself … “ (1Corinthian 11:29).

 

Mass attendance is mandatory for all preparing for Sacraments in the parish. Coordinators/Teachers should issue attendance forms.
The Ushers, Communion Ministers, Readers’ Coordinators & Choir Masters will meet with the Parish Priest in the Sacristy This Sunday after Mass.

 

CHURCHES TOGETHER LENT STUDY GROUP: Please join us here on Thursday 14th March at 10am (after the morning Mass) and every Thursday during Lent. We shall be following course entitled THAT ALL MAY BE ONE.
The course is quite informal and should last no more than an hour and will consist of some listening, some reading and discussion with some prayerful reflection. Don’t worry if you are unable to make all of them, your presence at any one will be most welcome! Apart from being a good Lenten Observance this can be an interesting way to deepen our faith together as we journey towards Easter. Please do join us. There is also a Lent group run by St Catherine’s Church on Wednesday evenings at 7.45pm starting 13th March. Where: Be Bright Nursery, Kitto Road,SE14 5TY, Above the Hill Station Café, 2 mins from St Catherine’s Church.

 

Alan Bond & family: says THANK YOU to everyone who supported them in any way following Joan’s death.

 

Saturday 6.30pm – NO MASS: Those who normally attend Saturday evening Mass should kindly join any of the Parish Masses on Sunday they may prefer. Thank you.

 

Pilgrimage: To Lourdes from 25th May – 2nd June. To The Holy Land from 3rd September to 11th September. To Poland from 10th October to 17th October 2019. Interested Persons should contact Mrs Mozzi (02084720843). See Notice Board for costs.

 

 

 

 

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

 

RUTH OBIDI

KAYODE OKE

GABRIEL UWAECHIE

HANNAH BERNICE OFFE

MARIEANNE ODUNTAN

HILDA VALERIA MENDIA PRADO

CHISOM ADUFU

CASSANDRA OKOYE-KACHIKWU

ORIGINAL GRAMMA

JULIANA OKYERE-CRENTSIL
MICHAELLA UKACHUKWA

CHASTITY BOATENG

JESSIE MBEUNTA

THERESIA MUAMBO

JUDE DUAH

LEIZA MCKENZIE

ROSELINE BATEREN

JOSHUA PREMPEH

GEORGINA OTCHERE KLU

JEAN-DARNEL KAKOU

EUNORA MARIA MUSGRAVE

 

 

 

 

LAST WEEK MASS ATTENDANCE:  Sun 9.am – 98, 10.30am – 220, 2.pm – 90, 6.30pm- 40

 

Readers for the Weekend Mass: Sunday 17th March 2019. 9.00am: Jackie Sanders  10.30am: Isaac Ehioghae & Albert Quansah

6.30pm: Dian Connor

 

 

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, 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: 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: Roy Price, Placid Bennett, Edith Chapman, Bernadette George, Mary Andersen, Florence Burr, Thomas O’Shea, Matthew Dunstan, Edward Eldon, Elizabeth Cullen, Carmeleta Beckford.

 

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.

 

 

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