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Parish Office Hours This Week
Parish Priest: Wednesday 11.00am to 1.00pm & Thursday 5.00pm to 6.00pm

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

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.

Many Thanks to: all
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.

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.

We thank Fr Dominic for celebrating the Mass this weekend for us while Fr Francis is away.

We thank Bishop Pat Lynch and all who attended the memorial Mass organised by the parish for the late Fr John Leahy.


First Holy Communion: First Communion lessons will resume on 13th January 2018. 

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adult and young people under 14 years): Lessons  will resume on 13th January 2018.


Confirmation 2018:  Please return your Confirmation forms to the office for registration. First parents meeting will be held on Saturday 13th January at 4pm in the back hall. Parents please attend. Thank you.

Baptism of Children: will take place on the last Satuday of the month. Preparation for the parents and sponsors will take place on Friday 26th January 2018 at 6pm in the church. Please attend.


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.

Birthday Blessing: Happy Birthday to all marking their birthday in January. Please indicate and let us share in your joy and pray with you for God's blessing.

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 - 77, 10.30am - 281, 2pm -300, 6.30pm - 54

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 156 ) Reader: Open our ears. Lord,
                             People : and help us to listen.


 
                         
        
COME AND SEE: THE LAMB OF GOD, LOVE AND LIFE.
Having completed the celebration of Christmas, we celebrate this weekend the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our Sunday Gospel introduces us to Jesus with a special title: The Lamb of God, as the Spirit revealed to John the Baptist. The two disciples of John followed Jesus to discover why Jesus is given such a special title, but they even discovered more about Jesus: He is the Messiah (the anointed one – John 1:14), He is Rabbi (which means Teacher John 1:38) who teaches and leads people as the “the Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6). Andrew brought his brother Peter to come and see this exciting discovery of the Son of God and Saviour. Peter is overwhelmed, and Jesus called him by a new name – Cephas (rock), meaning his faith will be as solid as the rock and Jesus Christ is the rock that never fails.
 
What are we searching for in this world? Obviously, everyone desires good life, freedom to live in an environment where our human dignity and rights are respected and protected, secured and safe from all forms of evil, enjoying long life, lasting peace, love, and prosperity. But life as we know it is so complex that its meaning and purpose are to be discovered through a long and tedious journey in this world. Hence, we need a reliable companion like Jesus, whom God has anointed and sent to help us in the journey of life (John 3:16, Lk 4:18-19). “Come and See” is the Lord’s invitation to the two disciples and to all of us who are his followers today. If we respond positively to that invitation and follow the Lord, we will discover the joy of friendship and communion with the Lord who gives us life, love, hope and freedom from sin and death; the Redeemer who shows us mercy in times of need, our helper in times of distress (Luke 4:18-19). Jesus is the answer to the question: what are you searching for? We need to Come to Jesus with the eyes of faith to See Him in our community worship, especially at the celebration of the Eucharist and in our relationship with others. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away our sins and gives us lasting and quality life, replacing the culture or civilization of death caused by human sinfulness, ungodly activities and inventions, with love, life and hope (John 17:3). We pray that Jesus Christ will fill us with the power of the Holy Spirit that we may know and love Him the only begotten Son of God and God the Father.
 
                                               Happy Sunday!

                            FR. FRANCIS, MSP

Pray for the sick and housebound:
Joan Bond, Alan Bond,
Omobolaji Odokale,Pat Miller (Phillips), Rosemary Mbachu, Charmaine Perriman,
Stephanie and Peter St. Rose, Arlene Brown, Rosa Maria, Santos, Bernard Bruno Da Silva,
May Purvis, Maria Herriart,
Teresa Cox, Adama Sheriff, Antonio Neto, John Cox,
Angela Roberts, Betty MacLean, George Kirby, Alma Fernandes, Margaret and Tom Wyse, Caroline Knight, Caroline Onyekwere,
Sarah Kayaga, Rachael Tullong, Graham Roberts, Patrick Purvis,
Sheila Dormer, Rebecca Linton, Chief Edison Otomewo.

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... Kym Greene, Marie Goggins, Patrick Walsh, Hudson Green, John Barrett, Mary Dandridge,
Lynne Cottrell, Bridie Connelly, Sonny Fernandes,Mary Hickey,
Johnny Hickey,Eamon Walsh,Sr Una McCaffrey SS.CC, John McNamara,
Mary Cox, Charles Clemento, Rebecca Allen.


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
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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. 

 
 
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St Thomas The Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Nunhead
81 Evelina Road, 
Nunhead, SE15 3HL
Tel: 020 7639 3724
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Parish Priest:
Revd Fr Francis Eyo, MSP

Priest In Residence:
Revd Fr Joseph Etim, MSP

Deacon: 
Rev Alan Bond

Religious Congregation: 
Sisters of Christian Instruction
Faithful Companions of Jesus


Mass Times:
Saturday 6.30pm,
Sundays 9.00am,10.30am, 2.00pm (Spanish Mass), 6.30pm.

Weekday Masses: 
9.30am

Holy days of Obligation:
9.30am and 7.00pm.

Reconciliation:
Saturday 5.30pm or by appointment

Exposition  & Morning Prayers: 
Mondays - Fridays  9.00am-9.30am

Communion to the Sick:
Friday

Infant Baptism/Child Dedication:
Last Saturday of the month and as announced
 
Weddings:
By appointment with the Parish Priest (six months’ notice is required)
 
Funerals:
By Arrangement (contact the Parish Priest) 
 
Birthdays:
During Sunday Mass - first and last Sunday's of the month
 
Thanksgiving & Anniversaries:
Please contact the Parish Priest
 
 
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