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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



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 to enable us to draw up the YEAR PLANNER.

Appreciation: Thanks to the Parish Cleaning Team and Volunteers for cleaning the Church this weekend. 


First Holy Communion: Registration for 2018 classes will begin next month. Forms will be available in the Hall way for parents who would like to register their children, please note the child must be baptised and ready to join the preparation.

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. Deadline to return forms is last Sunday of September. Lessons will start in October.

Baptism of Children: Last Saturday of the Month, fill in the form and return to the office.

Confirmation: Lessons has begun - every Saturday at 5.00pm.The Celebration of Confirmation in the Parish will take place on 15th October at 6.30pm Mass by Bishop Pat Lynch. Candidates, Parents & Sponsors please get ready. Confirmation retreat for all candidates is on the 7th October 2017.

Thanksgiving Mass for Sister Maureen : 17th September at 10.30am. Refreshments in the front hall.

Commissioning of Eucharistic Ministers: Next Commissioning Day for extra ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be on Saturday 14th October 2017 in Amigo Hall. The day will start at 10.00am for registration and will finish with Mass at 14.30. Those in our Parish who have registered please must attend the training session on 15th September and your orientation programme will continue in the Parish for all after the commissioning on 14th October.

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) 47 and Sunday 9.00am -98, 10.30am - 220, 2pm- 106, 6.30pm-56.

Annual Diocesan Day for Catechists : is on Saturday 23rd September 2017 at St Georges Cathedral Southwark SE1 6HR. Starting at 11am and ending with Mass at 4pm.
 
Ministers Training/Orientation: Thanks to all who responded to the training/General session of Readers, Communion ministers, Catechists and Volunteers. Please practice what we have learnt.

Tea/Coffee/Refreshments/Bar: after Sunday Mass will take place in the  Front Hall from now onwards, and as permitted. All groups serving tea and coffee/refreshment take note, and ensure proper cleaning is done. Thanks

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, especially now that we have specific building project to undertake. Please be generous and help your Church. God bless all.

Churches Together Annual quiz night will take place on Friday 6th October in the front hall starting at 7.30pm. It's always a great evening, admission is £6 including your Fish and Chips supper. 

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.




                    
                                                        
  
 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 112 ) Reader: Father, forgive us our sins,
                                         People :  as we forgive those who sin against us



                         

WHY SHOULD WE FORGIVE?

Our celebration last Sunday invited us to take seriously our community and family life, and to be aware that we have duty of care towards our neighbour. We should use dialogue and reconciliation to win back a memeber who had strayed into wrong-doing. The word of God insisted on agreement and reconiliation as a way of restoring our Christian relationship with one another. Hence, we should handle problems in God's way and not according to our own selfish human desire.

In our readings this weekend, God speaks to us about the way to overcome the evil of resentment and aggression.

The Scripture shows us a progressive movement from wild, primitive vengeance to a full realization of Christian forgiveness. Resentment and vengeance are to be avoided as much as possible.
Thus, Jesus encourages us in the gospel to embrace God's love and compassion and share same with others.
Peter's question on forgiveness arises from the hurt that one may have received from another and how this can be dealt with. Jesus replied by teaching Peter and the other disciples that wrong doing or sin must be forgiven not seven times but seventy-seven times (Matthew 18:21-35).
In this way Jesus emphasises compassion that expresses itself in forgiveness beyond counting. In Psalm 102:1-4, the Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

Jesus is the restorer of peace and repairer of broken life and relationship.
As St Paul writes, "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost" (1Tim1:12-17). Conscious of how we offend God on daily basis and how God forgives us always when we turn to God? Our faith teaches us that primitive lust for vengeance must be replaced by the compassion of God now revealed to us in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit that dwells in our heart.
Christianity brings in a new dimension of divine love and power sweeping through the world: Compassion. The sign of peae we offer each other during the celebration of the Holy Mass, shows that we all need peace.The Lord encourages us not to give up on working for peace and reconciliation. True peace will come when we live in forgiveness. Unforgiveness hurts us more, to harbour resentment or to hold on to hurt memories is to be imprisoned: bound in chains and paralysed. But to overcome all bitterness and anger is to be released, healed and restored.

                  HAPPY SUNDAY! – 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, 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 Jim Duffy, Veronica Otuodung, Francis Otuodung and those whose anniversary is this week... Caroline Ashford., John Griffin, Seth Korankye, Eileen Small, Reginald Gibbs, Domenico Verill, John Pendlebury, Martin O'Brien, Van Phong Nguyen, Pat Cooke, Michael O'Regan,Hilda Barker,Winifred Dixson, Christopher Nkedi, Kathleen McMahon,Sylvia Roberts,David Johnson.


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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