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
Year Planner 2018: All Groups and Associations that wish to use the Parish Halls and the Church in 2018 are requested to send in their Program of Activities to the Parish Office by the 31st of October to enable us to draw up the YEAR PLANNER. Meetings with the groups leaders to finalise the year planner will take place in November.
Appreciation & Thanks to: All our generous friends, parishioners and anonymous givers for their support to the Church. God bless all.
Parish Cleaning Team and Volunteers : Thank you for cleaning the Church this weekend and may God bless you all.
Life Ascending: With apologies for the very long delay, we are hoping to renew our fortnightly meetings starting on Wednesday 1st November 2017. Please do your best to attend. New members are always welcome.
Thanks to all who contributed to make our Sunday Mass a wonderful celebration: Altar servers, Readers, Communion Ministers, Ushers,the Choir & Sacristians and other volunteers. God bless you.
RCIA: Adults who wish to be baptised and confirmed at Easter and young people under 14 years who are yet to be baptised are encouraged to register for the Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adult (RCIA). Forms are available in the hall way. The last day to return your forms is last Sunday of October 2017.
Children Litrugy / Sunday School : will begin in November, parents are requested to bring their children and young people to the Church and also participate in the education of their children at home and in the Church.
Special Gathering and a get together for the newly Confirmed and other young people in our Parish (ages 13-24) will take place on 18th November 2017 from 3pm-5pm, Entertainment and Refreshment will be served - Back Hall
Readers Meeting: All readers in 10.30 Mass will meet with the Parish Priest after Mass on the 22nd October 2017 in the Sacristy.
First Holy Communion 2018 Forms: Meeting with all the Catechists/Teachers/Volunteers to kick start First Communion and the preparation for other Sacraments will take place on 21st October at 11.30am in the back hall, please attend. Parents meeting with the Parish Priest and the Teachers on Saturday 28th October at 11.00am in the Back Hall. All Parents and Guardians please attend.
Poem by Thomas Herbert titled "The Only Straight Road To Happiness: Pick up a copy from the hall way for a share of solidarity in the Parish.
Annual Mass Count 2017: Bishops Conference of England and Wales requests the National Mass Count be carried out in all Parishes. Figures to be sent in advance to the Diocesan Chancery. Last Sunday attendance: 6.30pm(Sat) 40 and Sunday 9.00am -71, 10.30am - 150, 2pm- 102, 6.30pm-288.
Marriage Encounter: Those who wish to discuss how to bless or rectify their marriages in order to participate fully in the Churchand reception of Holy Communion are welcome to have conservation with the parish priests during the office hours. There are options to explore in order to help every situation in the light of our faith teachings according to AMORIS LAETITIA by Pope Francis ("The joy of Love experienced by Families is also the joy of the Church- Pope Francis)
The Nigerian Catholic Association: will hold it's general meeting on Sunday 29th October 2017 immediately after the 10.30am Mass in Damien Hall. Will members please be punctual.
Congratulations: Our newly commissioned Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, God bless our ministry in supporting the Priests to extend the service of the Holy Communion to our Parishioners.
Catholic Singles: Singles, Separated, widowed or divorced?? Catholic Singles helps practising Catholics to meet other Catholics, provide a strictly confidential service and support Catholic Parishes and Charities. It also publicises social events free of charge and sends members a monthly bulletin called Catholic Networking. Contact – 1 Burlescombe Close, Altrincham. WA14 4UX. Tel: 01619413498.
Building Fund and the next phase of work: Thanks to Parishioners and friends for your contributions towards the building project. The design for the repairs of the external walls of the church is displayed on the notice board for your support.
2nd Collection and donations: Please be informed that the Church Fundraising and Project Commission has agreed that 2nd collections be taken for our Building/ Development project on Sundays when there are no diocesan collections. Please be generous and help your Church. God bless all.
Parish History Book by Joan Bond: is on sale. Kindly buy a copy in support of the Parish - £5.00 per copy.
Little Pillars Day Nursery: is open to Monday - Friday 7.30am to 6.30pm. Ages from 3 months - 5 years. Contact number 07981953092.
(Page 122 ) Reader: 'May we all work together,
People : to build God's Kingdom on earth.
Pray for the sick and housebound:
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.
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.
MEETINGSBreaking 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.
For safeguarding purposes, all children using our toilet facilities must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
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