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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 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.




                    
                                                        
  
 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 122 ) Reader: 'May we all work together,
                                         People : to build God's Kingdom on earth.


                         


Religion and Politics :ANY CONNECTION?

In our celebration today we shall hear of two great political leaders, Cyrus, the king of Babylon and Caesar the Emperor of Rome. We consider the question: what have political leaders to do with God? Don't political leaders and God fall into completley different catergories? God's word today throws light into this question.

Religion and politics should live in harmony in anyone who loves God and is committed to nation or community building. The Lord shows his respect for political leaders, because through them he will provide for the material well being of his people. On the other hand, however we are told that all political leaders should regard themselves as tools in God's hand.
He is the Lord; there is no other God besides him.

Taxation has always been a contentious issue. If we accept state benefits we must be prepared to pay for them. Tribunals are uncovering sophisticated forms of tax evasion. White collar theft seems to be outside the territory of conscience. The most important commandment is not to get caught. 'It is unjust not to pay the social security contributions required by the legitimate authority.'

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... Maisie Parkinson, Robert Bruce, Mary O'Donnell, Nigel Dawson, Mary Thompson, Alfred Collins, Malcolm Smyth, Margaret McCormack, Victor Steeds, Eva Essex ,Samuel Ofurum, Ann Murphy, Michael Clemente, Francis Doran, Andrea Saide, Jerome Bailey, Francis Murray, Frances Borg, Peter Herschell, Michael McDonagh, Charlie McGuirl.


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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