Parish Survey

Thank you to all who completed the forms. The survey is now closed and we have received over 170 re-sponses so far – which is excellent!
The next few weeks will see the results recorded and analysed.
Feedback will be given in a Newsletter item at the beginning of November.

Confirmation Photos 2015

This post is for the pictures of Confirmation 2015.
Please click the link below to access the photos via Google Drive.


You can then download it from there by right-clicking the picture and click “Download”:decription

If you want to download all of them, then highlight all of the pictures and right click on of them and click download.

Please contact me of you are experiencing any trouble, I will get to all the answers as soon as possible:
Kiren Santhosh




Thank you to all who have expressed their interest to go on the pilgrimage to Rome. We have received a great number of over 34 families, making a total number of 145 people from the parish so far.

Unfortunately, this good news now presents its own challenges as we have exceeded our expectation and requirements. I am sorry we may now have to postpone the pilgrimage to 2016. The good news is: we have a year to plan, prepare and organise it. In addition, next year, Pope Francis is expected to release his Post-Synodal Exhortation on the family around the time we hope to re-arrange a meeting with him. And so, It will be a memorable family pilgrimage made from our parish in Canterbury to the Holy Father, at a time when the focus is on the family.

Invitation to create a Gift for Pope Francis

When we get to Rome in 2016 for our Parish Family Pilgrimage, I would like us to present a gift to Pope Francis. This gift will be created by the children/young people of the parish.
If you are age 1-18, on an A4 sheet of paper, with your full name and school written on it:
please make a drawing or painting or get mum or dad to put your palm on colour to make a print on paper, or write a poem or anything creative you think about that expresses the team: OUR PARISH FAMILY
Send your work to the Presbytery, 59 Burgate, CT1 2HJ. I’ll collate all the work together to create a Book called: Our Parish Family’s Gift to Pope Francis – From the children/young people of St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish, Canterbury. I believe the Holy Father will be delighted to see how creative you are and what you have made for him. So do not wait, get started. This is going to be exciting.

Thank you.

-Fr. Valentine


Should Faith Play A Role In Politics?

At the Canterbury Christ Church University Chapel (Anselm Building, North Holmes Road Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU) The first Open Forum Discussion of the Catholic Society at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury (CCCU) on

Should Faith Play A Role In Politics? 


Fr. Valentine Erhahon, Chaplain for the Catholic Society CCCU and Rob Gainey Co-President of the Catholic Society, CCCU


  • Julian Brazier, TD, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable, parliamentary undersecretary (Ministry of Defence)
  • Roxy Albert, Co-President of the Catholic Society, CCCU 
  • Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General for the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark 
  • Isaac Ouro-Gnao, Journalism Student, CCCU • John Jones, CCCU Socialist Society
  •  Marie Blatier, CCCU Feminist views
  • Elder Norman Jones, Missionary, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, Canterbury
  • Representatives from the Muslim and other student Faith Societies

Should Faith Play A Role In Politics


Read the full report on the first Open Forum Discussion of the Catholic Society (CathSoc) at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury (CCCU)


The 140th anniversary of the opening of our Church

This Monday, 13th April, will be the 140th anniversary of the opening of our Church by Cardinal Manning. We will be having a simply sung Evening Prayer at 7.30pm. On Saturday 25th April will celebrate the occasion at the 6pm Mass followed by an entertainment in the Hall. Bring your own food, drink and dancing shoes. Tea and coffee will be provided. Bring items for a raffle. Music will be provided by “Swing Noir” an excellent vintage swing band. Flyers are available at the back of the church. This is, of course, free. On Sunday May 3rd there will be a Bluebell Walk at the Barn, Buckholt Farm, Anvil Green CT4 7EU from 2pm till 5pm with tea and cakes provided. Celebrating such an anniversary is the ideal time for us as a parish, to celebrate our past and give thanks all that is good about our parish community. Also it is a great opportunity for us to consider our future prayerfully, asking the Holy Spirit to guide us in responding to what God is calling us to be as his pilgrim people. Thanks to Mark Bateson for organising the photo exhibition. Fr Anthony, Fr Valentine and Deacon David.

See more:The 140th anniversary of the opening of our church.

Advent and Christmas Wreath Making

The L’Arche Community are giving us the opportunity to create our Advent and Christmas wreaths. It is a family event and takes place on Saturday, 30 November from 11:00h until 13:00h in the church hall. All materials are provided. Booking is required so please contact the parish office.

Music and Words for Advent

The Veritas Group (young people aged 18-35) invites you to join them for an afternoon of Advent music and words. This event takes place on Saturday, 7 December from 15:00h. Refreshments will be served afterward in the parish hall.