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FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT - YEAR A 26th MARCH 2017
 
Date Weekly Liturgy Intentions / Activities

Saturday

March 25th

The Annunciation
FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
MASS: 6.30pm
Is 7:10-14,8:10, Herb 10:4-10
Lk 1:26-38
 6.30pm: Requiem Mass for the late Sir-Bro Maxwell Simpe-Asante (Knights of Marshall)

Sunday

March 26th

MOTHER’S DAY
FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
MASS:  1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a. Eph 5:8-14
Jn 9:1-41,6-9,13-17,34-38
 
  9.00am: Clare Bond RIP
             : Deceased Members of the Power Family
10.30am: All the Mothers in our parish & families
2.00pm : Misa en Espanol
6.30pm : People of the Parish

Monday

March 27th
No Eucharistic Service: 9.30am
Is 65:17-21, Jn 4:43-54
Priests’ Day Off

Tuesday

March 28th
MASS : 9.30am
Ez 47:1-9, 12, Jn 5:1-16

Roseline Bateren - B’Day Thanksgiving/Success

Wednesday

March 29th
 MASS: 9.30am
Is 49:8-15, Jn 5:17-30

Roseline Bateren - B’Day Thanksgiving/Success

Thursday

March 30th
MASS: 9.30am  
Ex 32:7-14, Jn 5:31-47

Roseline Bateren - B’Day Thanksgiving/Success

Natasha Mehmet- Wellbeing & Success

Friday (Day of Abstinence)

March 31st
MASS: 9.30am 
Wis 2:1a, 12-22, Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Roseline Bateren-B’Day Thanksgiving/Success

Saturday

April 1st

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
MASS: 6.30pm 
Jer 11:18-20, Jn 7:40-53

Mrs Veronica Ohare RIP & Successful funeral

Sunday

April 2nd

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
MASS:
Ez 37:12-14, Rom 8:8-11
Jn 11:1-45
 
  9.00am: Madonna – Birthday Thanksgiving
10.30am:Roseline Bateren Thanksgiving/Success
2.00pm: Misa en Espanol
6.30pm: People of the Parish  
 

PARISH NOTICES

Parish Office Hours This Week
Parish Office Hours This Week
Parish Priest:  Wednesday 11.00 to12.00 and Thursday 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Office Staff:  Wednesday, Thursday  – 10.00am to 3.00pm
Hall booking: 3.00pm to 7.00pm on 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


Gift Aid: New Gift Aid envelopes are available for collection. Please collect yours from Jim McCormack along the hallway after mass.
Sunday 9.00AM MASS refreshment & Interaction: We will be meeting in the back Hall for Tea/Coffee/refreshments every Sunday. On Sunday 2nd April we invite the young people to the back hall to get to know each other, discuss any ideas that they may have to make the 9am mass more interactive. Also we would like parishioners who have skills to share with the youth to join us.
Parish History: Joan Bond has written a History of the Parish for the First Hundred Years – 1905 – 2005. It is now available to buy after Mass from today onwards – cost £5, please buy a copy, all proceeds to the Church.
The Bar: The bar is operating fully in the Damien (front) Hall. Please make use of the bar after 10.30 Mass. The Bookshop is open for your religious items, buy and have them blessed by the Priest.
Funeral: Father Michael Clifton RIP: funeral on 28th March at 11.00am, Surrey KT1 2NA. Deacon Michael Gould RIP funeral on 30th March at 12.45pm. Theresa Darcy RIP: funeral at St. Thomas the Apostle on 26th April, 9.30.
Youth General Meeting: St Thomas the Apostle Youth (STAY) will meet on Friday 31/3/17 @ 7.30.
Life Ascending: Our next meeting will take place on Wed. 28th March after the 9.30am Mass.
PPC Meeting: 1st April 2017 after the evening Mass (7.30pm) - Planning for Holy week/Easter.
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Mother’s DayThe Parish Priest (PP), Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), Parish Finance Committee (PFC) and Fundraising and Project Commission (PFPC) wish to congratulate all the Mothers and potential Mothers in our Parish as we celebrate 2017 Mother’s Day this Sunday. We would like to encourage all parishioners to take part in the Mother’s Day Celebration by participating in the following the activities: 
MONTH- 2017
MARCH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    PARISH FUNDRAISING AND SOCIAL EVENTS
 
 Mother’s day on Sunday 26th March 2017
  • Sale of ribbons/ badges/ rosettes dedicated to Mothers in support of the Parish, at Church entrance before Mass.
  • Sunday Mass dedicated to all Mothers/Women in the Parish
  • Mother’s day thanksgiving & special offering/Donations after Communion, please give generously in support of the Mothers and the Church
  • Flowers/chocolates to be given to the mothers by Church Children
  • Tea/ coffee/ snacks & refreshments for Mothers and others to be served by the Fathers in the front Hall after Mass.
BLESSING OF MOTHERS: Two representatives of the Mothers to lift up the Thanksgiving Baskets for blessing and a special prayer for the Mothers (Psalm 47).  
 
LOOKING AHEAD:  8th April 10.30 am: RCIA Retreat. 9th April: Palm Sunday and Holy Week. 11th April Easter Reconciliation for Parishioners – 7.00pm. 12th April: Chrism Mass –St. George’s Cathedral. 13th Mundy or Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper. 14th April: Good Friday. 15th April: Easter Vigil Mass & Sacraments of Initiation.
Nigerian Catholic Association will meet on Sunday 26th March after the Mass and Mother’s Day celebration.
Church Cleaning: Thanks to our parish Cleaning Team/Volunteers who prepared the Church for Mass this weekend. God bless you. More helpers are needed for thorough cleaning in preparation for Easter. Thanks.


 
 



  
 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 back Hall for Tea and Coffee after 10.30am Mass.  
 
BIDDING PRAYERS: (Page 38) Reader: Wake us from sleep, dear God,
                                                 People: that Christ may shine on our eyes.
JESUS, THE AMAZING GRACE THAT SAVES US
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind but now I see.
The Liturgy focuses on John 9:1- 41, which recounts another crucial encounter between Jesus and the man born blind. He who had since birth lived in a world of darkness, is now healed by Jesus and led from darkness to light proclaiming Jesus to be a prophet to the Pharisees! Jesus alone dispels our darkness. He is the amazing grace of God that heals and saves us. Healing takes time but also demands faith. The blind man is completely healed only when he goes and does what Jesus asks him to. Had the blind man not obeyed and not gone and washed himself in the Pool, he would not have been healed. If we wish to be healed, we must learn to obey. Jesus can heal us through the instrumentality of the health experts but such healing still demands faith expressed in obedience.
 
It is a terrible thing to be blind; to live in a world of darkness. But it is far worse to have eyes and not see. This in sharp contrast was the blindness of the Pharisees. They saw the miracle that Jesus had wrought but they refused to believe in Jesus. Even more they refused to accept the testimony of the man born blind himself. They drove him away. They thus remained in their blindness and continued to live in darkness. The sun that melts wax hardens the clay! We are not to be like the Pharisees. We must have faith in Jesus and like the blind man healed, worship him as Lord and Saviour.
Happy Mother’s Day! Long live Mothers! Long live St. Thomas the Apostle!Fr Francis, MSP

Pray for the sick and housebound:
Pat Miller (Phillips), Rosemary Mbachu, Fr. John Leahy, Charmaine Perriman, Stephanie and Peter St. Rose, Arlene Brown, Rosa Maria Santos, Graham Roberts, Patrick Purvis, Sheila Dormer, Rebecca Linton, 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

Pray for the dead: especially those who died recently in our parish (Theresa Darcy) and those whose anniversary is this week: Edward Eldon, Elizabeth Cullen, Carmeleta Beckford, Stefan Gosciminski, Patrick Duffy (Maxi), James Kelly, Mary Connolly, Baby Angelica Kouakou, Kit Murphy, Ann Mitchell, Emma Reidy, Marjorie Warboys, Danny Olliffe, Patrick Sheil, John Wylie, Elizabeth Donnelly, James Torpey, Nora Mckeown, Philomena Rothery, Marie Mooney,Carmel Ricca, Francis Stupple, Margaret O’Sullivan, Sydney Payne, Thomas Kelly, Mary Mannix , James Regan, Rosina Darkin, Roger Day


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.
 
 

 
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
St. Thomas the Apostle Youth Group - Youth - Friday's at  7.00-8.30pm
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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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