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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

Appreciation and Thanks: To our generous parishioners and friends for giving in support of the Church development.
To the Parish cleaning team and volunteers for cleaning the Church this weekend. To all who made our Sunday Mass a wonderful celebration - Altar servers, Readers, Communion Ministers, Ushers, the Music team/ Choir, Sacristians/ Volunteers who set up for the Mass, the office staff and all. God bless you.


Parish Gala Dinner : Saturday 9th December 2017, Christmas will be nice together, get your ticket and support our Parish.

USE OF CHURCH PREMISES AND YEAR PLANNER: Thanks to the Groups and Associations that have sent in their 2018 programs. Please note: Access to the Halls/Church will be restricted to bookings as indicated in the planner.

Children Liturgy/Sunday School: will take place during 10.30 Mass, starting on Sunday 26th November and all through Advent. Children from ages 9,8 and 7 including those who have made their First Holy Communion and those preparing for Holy Communion next year will be coordinated by Mrs Amaka, assisted by Mrs Nnenna and all Holy Communion and Junior RCIA Teachers in the back hall. Children from ages 6, 5 and beyond will meet in the front hall to be coordinated by Dierdre, Anastasia and Parents of these Children. Children from age 2 should be accompanied by their parents. Order of Sunday School: Parents bring the children first into the Church. Children come out to the front of the Church after the Opening prayer and the priest will send the children to go with the teachers to learn about Jesus and the Mass. At the end of their sessions, the Children will return to the Church during offertory, processing to the front for blessing. Thank you.

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.

Eucharistic Ministers Rota: Week ! :  Brian, Jackie, Bing
                                             Week !! : Lise, Grace, Lin
                                             Week !!! : Jeanette, Gabriel, Maria

The Nigerian Catholic Association: will hold its general meeting on Sunday 26th November,immediately after the 10.30am Mass. Members please be punctual.

PPC'S AGM: An emergency meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Friday 24th November at 7.30pm in the back hall. All members please kindly attend and be punctual in order to prepare for the PPC'S AGM, taking place on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

 

Marriage Preparation: for those who wish to bless or rectify their marriages in order to participate fully in the Church is on. All interested people please contact the Parish Priest during office hours as indicated for more detail.
 

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.

Annual Mass Count 2017: Last Sunday attendance: 6.30 (Sat) - 60, Sunday 9am - 92, 10.30am - 237, 2pm -101, 6.30pm - 68

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 130 ) Reader: Take our hands, O God
                                  People : and use them as your own.


 
                         

FAITHFUL IN SMALL THINGS

 

The Parable of the people who were entrusted with talents (or money) in today's Gospel (Matthew 25: 14-31) shows that God rewards those who are faithful in using the gifts and resources that God has given them. God is the source of all gifts. God is the creator and maker of the beautiful world we are living in and he has made human beings in his own image and likeness, (Genesis 1: 27). God has given us various gifts and talents, which we must put to good use for the benefit of all his people. The Scripture testifies that God is faithful in all he does (Psalm 145:17). Indeed, he is a faithful God. The word faithful is used in the Bible to describe God's love and his redeeming acts. Faithful means true, devoted, constant,stable, dependable. People who have binding relationships are to be faithful in keeping their promises and obligation...Marriage is a good example of this.

The expression 'faithful' in the Scripture implies unending and steadfast fidelity to whatever one has pledged to do or carry out. A faithful person is trustworthy and reliable, thus, God is faithful because he does what he promises to do. Hebrew 6:18 says: "God cannot lie, nor can he break an unconditional promise that he says he will fulfil'. Deuteronomy 7:9 says God is faithful to thousands of generations. 1 Corinthians 1:9 says: God is faithful in Christ. We can trust God and rely on God's promises. Numbers 23:19 says God cannot lie, God is not a man. Does God trust us? Yes, he entrusted us with good gifts and he knows we can really be good and faithful in using these gifts, no matter how little if we love God. But do we trust God and do we trust ourselves? Do we know what we can do for God to make the world beyyer? To trust God is also to trust oneself by using one's gifts/talents well.

St Paul trusted Jesus Christ and he accepted to serve Christ with all his gifts; he says: I can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). God needs the cooperation of all of us in order for his Kingdom of love, justice, peace and reconciliation to be realised. What matters is not so much the talents/gifts we have but how we use them in fulfilling the will of God,plans of God for us and all. God will reward every good work we do but there is still more work to be done, so dont give up, keep trying, take a risk and do something nice for God, invest your gifts to benefit all, especially the poor, the needy and the Community. Those who hide and hoard their gifts and do not invest them for the common good will be punished if they do not change( Matthew 25:29). This is an opportunity to considerinvesting in God, people and oneself for the good of the community. Be productibe and God will be glorified.

 

 

HAPPY SUNDAY! – FR. FRANCIS, MSP

Pray for the sick and housebound:
Joan Bond, Alan Bond,Omobolaji Odokale,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...Cecil Bright, Ronald Smith, Denis Morgan, Icyline Williams, Margaret Penton, Kathleen Jennings, Julia Tobin, Brian Robinson, Edward Newnham, Andrew Doyle, Bridget McDonagh, Bridget Burke, Peggy Matthews, Mary Foley, Josephine McDonagh, Pat Connors, Johanna Vida Nkeita, Thomas Parkinson, Michael Halsey, Jessie Foley, Mary O'Donnell, Nigel Dawson, Mary Thompson, Alfred Collins, Malcolm Smyth, Margaret McCormack, Victor Steeds, Michael Clemente, Fitzly George Corlis.


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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