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NEWSLETTER
NEWSLETTER
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CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ST THOMAS OF CANTERBURY Office open: Monday-Thursday 9am - 3pm Friday 9am - 1pm
59 Burgate Canterbury Kent CT1 2HJ
for all enquiries, appointments, bookings & all parish business
(Closed for lunch between 12.15 - 1pm)
Telephone: 01227 462896
Facsimile: 01227 450377
Email: [email protected] Web Site: www.stthomasofcanterbury.com
St Thomas’ Shop (462896): open Sunday mornings & weekdays (Times on Shop Door)
Parish Priest: Canon Anthony Charlton. Assistant Priest: Father Valentine Erhahon. Parish Deacon: Rev. David Avery.
Also assisting: Fr. George Marsden.
St Anselm’s Catholic Secondary School: Head Teacher: Mr Michael Walters (01227 826200);
St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School: Head Teacher: Miss Lisa D’Agostini (01227 462539)
University of Kent Chaplain: Fr Peter Geldard (Telephone/Facsimile: 01227 462198 : Mobile 07970 228762)
TIMES OF MASSES & INTENTIONS
Sunday 21st August - Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
18.00 (Vigil)
08.00 People of the Parish
09.30 Margaret Bixby - RIP (Egan)
11.00 Peter Lee - RIP (Sullivan)
12.15 Baptisms: Margherita Mozzati and Jesse Craig
18.00 Rosaline Lennen - birthday thanks (Miriam)
Monday 22nd August - Queenship of the Blessed Virgin
Mary Lk 1: 26-38
07.30 Eddie Perry (Gill)
12.00 Paul, Emma & Ave Harps - Safe on Holiday
7pm - 9pm Eucharistic Adoration
Tuesday 23rd August - St Rose of Lima, virgin Mt 23: 23-26
12.00 Hazel Egan (Soar)
Wednesday 24th August - St Bartholomew, Apostle
Jn 1:45-51
07.30 Larry Jones - RIP (Manche)
NO BREAKFAST GROUP - resumes Sept. 21st
10.30-11.30 Sacrament of Reconciliation (Fr Anthony)
12.00 Petch Patanapirom - RIP (Morris)
7pm - 9pm Eucharistic Adoration
Thursday 25th August - St Louis of France, Mt 24: 42-51
07.30
12.00 Dennis Willis - RIP (Smith)
NO SCRIPTURE GROUP - resumes September 15th
Friday 26th August - Blessed Dominic of the Mother of God
Mt 25: 1-13
12.00 Quennie Walshe (Soar)
19.30
Saturday 27th August - St Monica Mt 25: 14-30
10.30-11.30 Sacrament of Reconciliation (Fr Anthony)
12.00
13.00 Wedding: Danielle Connellan & Matthew Coleman
16.30-17.30 Sacrament of Reconciliation (Fr Anthony)
Sunday 28th August - Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary
Time
18.00 (Vigil) People of the Parish
08.00
2nd Collection this
09.30 In thanksgiving (Riley)
weekend is for SVP
12.15 Baptism: Oliver Weston
11.00 Canon Karm Calleja (Manche)
14.30 Syromalabar Rite (and Catechism in hall)
18.00 Julia Pullicino - RIP
from Fr. Anthony...
A popular Disney film from Pixar is out at the moment,
called Finding Dory. Dory is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish
who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so.
The one thing she can remember is that she somehow
became separated from her parents as a child. With help
from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an
epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the
Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse
ocean species. One of the very attractive themes for me
in the film is the instinct she has to find her family, to find
a home and have a sense of belonging and to rediscover
who she is. Perhaps we all have within us that sense of
restlessness. We leave our own home and family as we
become adults and make our way in the world. Our restlessness is a search for a sense of belonging and coming
home. This does not mean to go back to our childhood
home but to discover our origin and real home. We are
like this little fish, on a journey of discovery.
God has put within us a desire to search and find him. St
Augustine’s famous phrase is often repeated and very
apt. “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are
restless, until they can find rest in you.”
Thus our true home is in heaven and we are all on this
journey. We, as a Church are a pilgrim people. We encourage one another and through the celebration of
Mass we experience great intimacy with Jesus and what
we celebrate is a foretaste of the great eternal meal and
celebration when we reach our true home. Dory suffered
from short memory loss and our participation in the Mass
is a great counter balance to our own tendency to forget
all that God had done for us and that he is calling us
home.
PARISH MATTERS
DIOCESAN DAY FOR CATECHISTS
Saturday, 23rd September 2016
This will be held in St Georges Cathedral and begins at 11am
Please see Fr Anthony for further info
Centre for Catholic Formation
The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) will be beginning
again in September. Please see the poster at the back of church for further information.
SIGN UP NOW - £10 per seat
to go on the PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO ST
GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL
for the Year of Mercy
SATURDAY 17th SEPTEMBER
COACH BOOKED!
We will go through the Holy Door and celebrate Mass
Ride and Stride for Churches All you cyclists and walkers can raise funds for St Thomas Church and other Kent
Churches. Take part in the ‘Ride and Stride’ on Saturday
10th September, by visiting churches in Canterbury and
towns and villages in Kent.Sponsorship forms from the
parish office. List of participating churches on Notice
board in church porch, so you can plan your route.
Fr. Valentine is leaving us in September for his next
post.
We have been greatly blessed by his commitment,
hard work, energy, prayers and support since his arrival and so a farewell party is planned for Sunday 18th
September at 12.30pm in the church hall.
We are also having a collection for him to give you a
chance to show your appreciation of all he has done
for us.
Envelopes are available at the back of the church.
Please put any donations into the Presbytery letter
box. Thank you.
DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE
The Friars, AYLESFORD PRIORY
MONDAY BANK HOLIDAY - 29TH AUGUST 2016
10.00am - 4.00pm
at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Main celebrant: Bishop Pat Lynch SS CC
led by the Marian Fathers
More Information from poster in the back of the church or
www.divineapostalate.co.uk
DAY OF RENEWAL
AYLESFORD PRIORY
SATURDAY 10TH SEPETEMBER 2016
Ros Powell on…..
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed
me” (Luke 4:18)
9.30am - 4pm
Contacts below for further information:
Palmyra Willis - 01580 211204
Jose Smallcombe 01634 307312
PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA
20TH TO 26TH NOVEMBER 2016
£639 (including all excursions) from London Heathrow
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CALL MRS MOZZI
0208 472 0843 or 07859 027301
Please note …
The office will be closed between
until
Wednesday, 31st August.
Urgent matters only, please, between these dates
Thank you
For those adults interested in becoming a Catholic, or
Catholics who would like to renew their faith ...
we will be running a course beginning on
Tuesday, 4th October
Journey in Faith
The RCIA is the liturgical and catechetical process designed for adults attracted
by Christ and his teaching. It supports them as they seek to respond more deeply
and to enter into the Communion of the Church
If you are interested, or know someone who may be interested in becoming a Catholic, please let Fr Anthony know
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY ! …2016
Fr Tom Herbst OFM
will give four talks on Mercy in St Lukes gospel.
Wednesday 21st and 28th September and 5th and 12th October.
St Thomas Parish Hall, 7.30pm till 9pm
Important Dates for your Diary for 2017
Confirmation - Sunday 29th January at 1.30pm
Celebrant Bishop Paul Mason
Preparation begins in September. For baptised young people from
Year Nine upwards (14years). In addition, the
Young Mentors Programme begun last year should run alongside this
First Reconciliation (Confession) Saturday 18th March
First Holy Communion (Eucharist) 14th May 9,30am Mass and 11am
Mass
Parents need to register their child by 27th November; Children need
to be in Year Three of School
There will be no coffee after the 09.30
Mass during the month of August - see
you in September!
Please remember in your prayers: Gloria Soar, Suzy
Drayson, Agnes Daly, Theresa Punnett, Christopher
Browne, Lorna Feeney, Toni-Lee D’Amiral, Charles Ryan,
Theresa Cavey, Marguerite Pattenden, Vivianne Brunet,
David Tully, Winifred May, Valerie Bailey, Margaret
Holman, Mary Wallace, Lizzie Rikh, Pat Ware , Marie
Strong, Pat Gill, Katie Cobbett, Angeline Frizell, Mary
Gillette, Christopher Browne, Ewa Szczepanska, Mary
Jones, Erlinda Rogers, David Bull and Dara Borland
Please pray for the repose of the souls of Jean Mc
Donnell, baby Amelia Murphy, Peter Harrison, Jessie
Bradley, Peter Clarke, Rose Welby, Mary Ann Matthews,
Lawrence Peter Wells, Maria Pia Brunetti Cain, Mary
Riordan, Peter Bull, Claudette Boyd and Dawn Brennan.
Offertory Collection weekend of 14th August was £743.22
loose and £420 Gift Aided totalling £1163.22. Thank you.

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