Parish Directory 2018/19

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Parish Canterbury 

(part of the Archdiocese of Southwark)



 Parish Directory


Living the Gospel

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the
Father, and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all I have
commanded you. And behold I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Matthew 28:19-20



This Directory has been produced for all who come to worship at St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church in Canterbury – those who have been faithful long time parishioners, those who are new parishioners and those who are passing through as students, tourists or pilgrims. All are welcome.

As a Catholic community united by faith in Jesus Christ, shepherded by God our Father, we are called to be “missionary disciples”, proclaiming the kingdom of God. Nourished by the Eucharist and the Word, our parish family strives in company with fellow Christian communities to reflect the light of Christ.

As Catholic Christians we are all called to “go out and make disciples of all nations” and Pope Francis has renewed the call strongly in the 2013 apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium – The Joy of the Gospel.

The Directory aims to identify the very many ways our Parish is taking up the challenge of compassionately sharing our gospel in what is an increasingly secular world. My prayers and thanks are with all who volunteer to give their time and skills in these vital ministries.

Please take time to read through it carefully and to select the initiatives in which you – and perhaps your family too – would like to participate. All parishioners are invited to share in these areas of service in order to deepen our own faith and to learn how we can practically and effectively share that faith with those who do not yet know the love of God or have fallen away from practising their Christian faith.

Events will be publicised in the Sunday Newsletter and on our Parish website.

Canon Anthony Charlton

Parish Priest


Blessed Oscar Romero


On 14th October 2018 Blessed Oscar Romero will be
canonised. We have the privilege of having some of his liturgical vestments in
the Martyrs Chapel of our church.

It is perhaps fitting that our Church is dedicated to another Archbishop – St Thomas of Canterbury. He too was also engaged in conflict with authority – Henry II, King of England, over the rights and privileges of the Church and was also assassinated, in his case by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral in December 1170. The relics of both these martyred Archbishops are venerated in our Martyr’s Chapel. 

Here is a prayer was composed by Bishop Ken Untener of
Saginaw, drafted for a homily by Cardinal John Dearden in Nov. 1979 for a
celebration of departed priests. As a reflection on the anniversary of the
martyrdom of Bishop Romero, Bishop Untener included in a reflection book a
passage titled “The mystery of the Romero Prayer.” The mystery is
that the words of the prayer are

attributed to Oscar Romero, but they were never spoken
by him.


It helps, now and then, to step back and take a
long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,

it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime

only a tiny fraction

of the magnificent enterprise

that is God’s work.

Nothing we do is complete,

which is another way of saying

that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

No confession brings perfection.

No pastoral visit brings wholeness.

No programme

accomplishes the Church’s mission.

No set of goals and objectives

includes everything.

That is what we are about.

We plant a seed that will one day grow.

We water seeds already planted,

knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations

that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces effects

far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything,

and there is a sense of liberation

in realizing that.

This enables us to do something,

and to do it very well.

It may be incomplete,

but it is a beginning,

a step along the way,

an opportunity for the Lord’s grace

to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results,

but that is the difference

between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders,

ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.




CHASUBLE, ALB & STOLE Belonging to Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero
RELICS of Saint Thomas of Canterbury


St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church

The Presbytery

59 Burgate





 Parish Directory email:

 The Presbytery Office is
open Monday to Friday between 9.00 and 16.00 hours.

If you wish to make an
appointment to see a priest please speak to our Parish Administrator.

Tel: 01227 462896


Did you know that our church was opened in 1875 and was extended in 1963
incorporating our church hall. At the same time, our sacristies were extended
and above them is the Parish Meeting Room. Along with the room underneath the
Presbytery known as the Club Room, there are plenty of places for us all to
meet as a community…

the Gospel through Outreach

“I give you a
new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also
should love one another”
(John 13:34).
Here are some of the ways we do this as a Parish.

What & Who


1. St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP)

We are your charity working on your behalf offering help and support to those most in need in our society here n Canterbury. We help the lonely, bereaved, impoverished and those in need of a listening ear or emergency financial support. Volunteering gives an opportunity to become part of a network of dedicated people making a difference to people’s lives. We are part of a wider international organisation. We are open to members of our church who can bring experience or skills to assist us in delivering support to our community. We meet at 7pm every Wednesday in the upper room ( no meetings in August). For further information please contact us:

Contact: By telephone: 07902 855622 or by

7pm every Wednesday in
Upper Room (except August)

2. Canterbury Food Bank

This is an inter-faith, local initiative that distributes food to people in crisis. Every weekend Food Bank bins are available in our church for your donations, which a small team then take to the Food Bank depot on a Tuesday morning. Anyone interested in helping or wanting more information please contact:

Contact: Bill Parker: 07902 855622 or email

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3. 16th. Canterbury (St. Thomas’) Scout Group

Our Scout Group remains one of the largest Groups in the local District; our numbers at the moment are healthy. We have at the moment just over 100 young members, aged from 6 – 18 years old; we meet every Thursday at St Thomas’ Church hall. We have many activities going on during the year for all sections with many events. Church Parades are part of the Scout ethos but also demonstrate our appreciation to St. Thomas’ Church for the support the Church. This Scouting challenge is there for all our young people and we hope that this is accepted and leads to the well-rounded development of our youngsters and ultimately to the good citizens of the future.

Contact: Pam Johnson –

Tel. 01227 761421

Term Time

4. Hospital Visitors

Helping to bring the love and healing of Christ in the sacrament to those who are in hospital, sick or housebound. Mass is held in the Hospital at 10.30am the 1st Friday of each month. (Except August)

Contact email:

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5. St Thomas’ Website

Our website is an evolving and vital window on what St Thomas’s Parish offers to the whole of our own Catholic community and to the wider community outside of our church. Up to date news and event details are given along with times of services and special worship and celebrations. A short history of St Thomas’ Church is there with details of our relics. A “Who’s Who” in the Parish has been started. The website is an on-going project for development and volunteers are welcome to help with this.

webmaster Ghazwan Butrous via email:

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6. Churches Together in Canterbury (CTC)

CTC brings together Christians from the churches in Canterbury. The common projects listed are Christian Unity Week (18th to 25th each January), the Good Friday Walk of Witness, Street Pastors, the Food Bank and other new/one off projects. We are all encouraged to have the desire to have contact with other Christians in whatever way we can. .Contact: John Renn
via email:


Newsletter as events

7. Polish Community at the St. ThomasRC Church

The Polish Community in Kent (PAK) was established in 1984.The main objective of PAK was maintaining the Polish language and culture. Our mission today is not only to maintain but also share our traditions and culture through the active involvement in the life of our local community. Every second Sunday of the month at 4pm, the Mass in Polish is celebrated at St Thomas’. This is followed by a meeting at 5pm for tea/coffee and nibbles. Lent, Advent and other special celebrations are also held for the Polish Community. All are welcome.

Marta Gocek: 

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8. The Syro-Malabar Community in St Thomas of

The Syro-Malabar rite is one of the oriental churches within the Catholic Communion and traces back its origin to St Thomas the Apostle. This is the second largest oriental church within the Catholic Church and this community is mainly from Kerala, one of the south Indian states. There are around 45 families within the parish of St Thomas of Canterbury. They have the Syro-Malabar Rite Mass on very fourth Sunday of the month at 14.30hrs. Catechetical formation for the children of this community is conducted on the second Saturday and the fourth Sunday of every month.

Mr Noby Mathew – mob: 07454 812983

Syro Malabar Rite Mass

2.30pm every 4th


Children’s Catechism
every 2nd Saturday and 4th Sunday

Canterbury Filipino Society (CaFilSo)

was established in September 2016. Our aim is to promote harmonious relationship and build a better foundation of the Filipino Community in Canterbury. To preserve our Filipino culture, heritage and traditions for the younger generation and to share to all the parishioners of St. Thomas of Canterbury and the public community through our Filipino Mass celebrated every 1st Sunday of the month at 3pm with Filipino cuisine and dishes shared by all in the parish hall after the Mass.

Flores de Mayo(Feast in honour of our Blessed Mother Mary) in May, Pista ng Nayon ( Festival Community) in July, Rosary prayer for the month of May and October, Prayer for  the Souls in November, Christmas event are among the special celebrations we held every year.We encourage everyone to come and  celebrate with us.

Contact: Mila Oligo
01227 785074







10. St Thomas’ Church Shop

The Church Shop continues to serve the needs of the Parish, as well as Parishes and religious communities from surrounding areas. We are now the only remaining Christian shop (apart from the Cathedral). As well as the usual supply of Missals, Catholic Bibles, Prayer Books & Rosaries, we stock a good selection of Cards for many occasions, and Gifts prove to be popular. Books and Vatican Publications are available. To work in the shop is a wonderful opportunity to bear witness to our Faith. To have the time and space to be a listener, to share in the joys and sorrows of the people we meet daily, is an added dimension to ministry within the Church Shop. Volunteers are always welcome.

via Parish email:

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11. Missio Red Boxes

The Association for the Propagation of the Faith (APF), now known as Missio, Red Box scheme collects donations to support the Mill Hill missionaries, the only English Catholic missionary society, and to directly aid various Catholic dioceses and projects in needy parts of the world. If you would like to become a supporter of this important missionary work, please contact me.

Tony Grace via email:


Women’s World Day of Prayer

is a worldwide movement of Christian women from over 170 countries and islands, who observe a common day of prayer held on the first Friday in March each year. We join with other Faith Communities in canterbury to organise this day of praise, worship and prayer, held in a different church in Canterbury each year. We will host this day in St Thomas’ Parish in 2020. Through Women’s World Day of Prayer, women are encouraged to become aware of their talents and use them in the service of the community>

Mary MsGillie via email:

One Day each year – First
Friday in March

Connect Well

Red Zebra Community Solutions is a local infrastructure organisation, working with residents and organisations to improve opportunities and services for people in the community.

Red Zebra is working in partnership with Encompass, the local Multi-speciality Community Provider (MCP) of health and social care services in the Canterbury CCG area (Faversham, Whitstable, Canterbury, Sandwich and Ash) to deliver a social prescribing service.

Social prescribing is a way to help people make positive changes in their lives and within their communities by linking them to voluntary and community groups and other non-clinical services.

Connect Well helps people to:

  • Feel more involved in the community
  • Meet new people
  • Make changes to improve health and wellbeing

Connect Well Kent uses a web-based tool that enables professionals to refer clients to a range of local, non-medical support to maximise social, emotional or practical wellbeing; individuals can also find out about local activities and services through browsing the site themselves. Our database currently holds over 300 activity / service listings for the CCG area and this is ever expanding.

Our parish church is putting an entry into the above directory so people can see what we offer through our ministries and services.



the Gospel through our Worship

Celebrating Holy Mass on a
Saturday Evening and Sunday is the one moment of the week that truly brings us
all together as a Catholic Community. It is the source and summit of the
Christian life. Here are the Ministries that help make this a special

occasion for us all.


Who & What


1. Our Altar Servers

Extraordinary Ministers for the distribution of Holy Communion are properly formed, instructed and commissioned lay persons. EMHCs may be male or female. These ministers are appointed for a given parish community to aid in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and to the sick and homebound when ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are unavailable. New Ministers are always welcome.


2. Eucharistic Ministers

Extraordinary Ministers for the distribution of Holy Communion are properly formed, instructed and commissioned lay persons. EMHCs may be male or female. These ministers are appointed for a given parish community to aid in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and to the sick and homebound when ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are unavailable. New Ministers are always welcome.



3. Readers

Reading the holy scriptures during the first half of the mass, the Liturgy of the Word, is a vitally important part of the entire mass. It is the Reader and not the priest or a deacon who proclaims the Word in the first and second readings on a Sunday: the Reader is the authorised layperson for this role. It is a privilege to proclaim the Word of God since Catholics believe that Christ himself is present in the Word, since it is Christ himself who speaks when the holy scriptures are read in church. As the CTS leaflet “Being a Reader at Mass” states: “Do remember, being a reader at Mass is a service to the liturgy, the Church and community, and requires a spirit of humility and fidelity, for which we should pray.” Do not be shy about coming forward to the priest after Mass and letting him know of your willingness to read.



4. Sunday 11am Mass Choir

An enthusiastic and committed group of singers leading the singing at a Mass which offers a more traditional approach to our musical celebration. Friday night is practice night.

Ben Saul via email


5. Sunday 9.30am Mass Music

Brief practice before Mass at 9.00. Music is varied with both traditional and more recent compositions. If you can hold a tune in your head or on an instrument, then please come and join us, we really would be delighted to have you.

Mike Lilford or John Renn via email

9.30am Sunday Mass on
the 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays of the month

6. Sunday 6pm Mass Music

The music group meets at 5pm (instrumentalists) or 5:30 (singers) to prepare for mass. Our emphasis is on leading the congregation in song. Currently the instrumental line-up is guitar, mandolin, violin and piano and our style is towards the folky end of the musical spectrum. If you would like to join us please speak to a member of the group after mass.


Philip Gascoyne via


7. Flowers

Ours is a rewarding ministry to join. In giving our time to God we have the chance to decorate His house and to pray with others. It provides a wonderful outlet for creativity, and the incomparable pleasure of working with beautiful flowers. We are fortunate in having the gift of companionship – belonging to a welcoming and supportive group. What better way is there of relaxing than working with nature, providing a release from the stresses and strains of life



8. Welcoming Ministry

A smile and warm greeting is given at all Masses as people are welcomed into the church and given the necessary mass leaflets and hymnals. St Thomas’ has many tourists, pilgrims and transient worshippers as well as a large, faithful congregation and the welcoming ministry ensures all are made to feel at home in our parish worship. We know this is valued by our visitors. Please come and join us.

Contact: Tessa Metcalfe:

and Sheelagh Smith:


9. Sacristans

A dedicated and constant Team of Sacristans carry out this essential ministry in opening and closing the church when required, and prepare the Altar and Sanctuary for church services. New members to this vital team are welcome.

Contact email:


Cleaning & Laundry

We are always looking for help with cleaning the church brass and regular dusting of the statues and other church objects. We also need help with laundering the church linen

If you would like to help contact

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Our Catholic Faith

In an
increasingly secular world we should be openly proud of being Catholic. Public
affirmation of our faith and strengthening our faith through praying with each
other is vital to the health of our Catholic Community. Below are some of the
ways we do this as a Parish

Who & What


1. Baptism Preparation

Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life and the gateway to the life of the Spirit. It is the door that gives access to the other sacraments. It is always a great joy when children of the parish are brought forward for Baptism. Baptisms are usually celebrated on a Sunday at 12.15 or during a Sunday Mass. Please fill an enquiry form – available through our website or at the back of the Church if you want your child baptised. There is a preparation session for parents once a month. For adults considering baptism into the Catholic Faith, please see below regarding RCIA.


During a Sunday Mass or
after the Sunday Mass at 12.15pm as needed

2. First Reconciliation and Holy Communion

Led by Fr. Anthony and supported by four catechists. This year, lessons will be scheduled for Sunday morning at 9am so that the children could also take part in the 9.30 Parish Mass. First Communion day will be celebrated on Sunday May 12th 2019 and the Going Forth Mass the following week, Sunday 19th May 2019 Contact: Kathleen Kerr & Annie Kean
via The Parish Office or

Parents Meeting Monday 10th December 2018



Programme starts 6th January 2019

3. Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

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. Sponsors (and occasionally Godparents) may be sought from our parish community .Contact: Louise Beesley via The Parish Office:


25th September 2018

4. Confirmation Programme

Baptism, the sacrament of Confirmation and the Eucharist constitute the ‘sacraments of Christian initiation.’ Confirmation represents the completion of baptismal grace: by confirmation, the baptised are ‘more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285). In short, the sacrament of confirmation completes the sacrament of baptism: it is a coming of age. Here in the Parish, the confirmation formation programme runs from New Year to Pentecost, meeting on Sunday afternoons from 3-4.30pm. Application forms will be available from Autumn Term 2018.


Programme starts

January 2019


Sacrament of


9th June 2019 at the
11am Mass.

5. Breakfast Mass Group

After 7.30am Mass each Wednesday we meet to share breakfast
at Weatherspoon’s.  It’s good to talk and the food is plentiful, good and cheap! All are welcome.


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Coffee after the 9.30 Mass

Come and meet fellow parishioners after the 9.30 mass for a mug of tea or coffee. There are refreshments and games available for
the children.

If you would like to help the preparation team: contact John and Marie-Claire Renn

Telephone: 01227 768848 or via the presbytery email:

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7. The Union Catholic of Mothers Canterbury are

prayer, love and care ensuring that a UCM member never stands alone.

We have the following objectives:

  • To help Catholic women appreciate the Sacramental character, responsibilities and permanence of marriage, and to live in unselfish love observing the laws of God and His church;
  • To assist Catholic women bring up their children as practising Catholics and public-spirited citizens;
  • To teach and defend Christian values in family life and to ensure a Catholic education for their children;
  • To offer love, sympathy and practical help to any family in difficulty;
  • To foster vocations in life especially in Christian Marriage and Family Life;

Our events aim to help our spiritual life grow in a meaningful manner. Each celebration and gathering is full of joy, camaraderie and memorable moments. Everyone is welcome.

anyone wishing to contact us for more information, our email

address: or visit our
UCM Facebook page.

have a monthly meeting

the 1st Sunday of each month after the 9:30am mass in the Parish hall.

8. The Canterbury Solitude Group

We are a group of people who seek to spend prayerful time in silence in the company of others. We meet in Greyfriars Chapel. Our time together is based on a Franciscan model of solitude developed from St Francis’s Document on Solitude.

Each morning begins with refreshments, before we move into prayer. One of the group presents a short reflection, we then spend time in solitude in the chapel and grounds before gathering for an optional sharing.

Our group is ecumenical, founded within our parish. If you would like to join us just come along. For more information –

Contact: Louise Beesley 07962 256908 or email:

Saturday of the month

Greyfriars, Stour
Street, 9am – 11.45am.

9. Scripture Group

After midday Mass we meet in the Upper Room to discuss the liturgy for the following Sunday. Bring a packed lunch but tea, coffee and biscuits are provided! In a friendly atmosphere all are welcome.

Patty Baxter, 01227 462200, Sheila Schlarmann, 01227 451903, Chris Richmond,
01227 450161



10. Lenten Groups

A series of Lenten discussion groups each Lent. A programme will be held in 2019- look out for details in the Newsletter.


Annually in Lent

11. Safeguarding our Parish

Parishioners with a leadership role in parish groups in this directory need to be aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding. Advice?  Access the Southwark Diocese website: (Go to ‘Safeguarding’ and downloadable resources to locate ‘Parish Resource Pack’ or to the website of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) – – resource area). Advice is also always available from the Southwark Safeguarding Office Team – telephone 020 7261 1606 (e-mail:

with the parish safeguarding representative,
Peter Jones,
who processes volunteers’ Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance,
can be made via the parish office


Study Circle

A new group, to discuss in depth theological issues,based on articles published in scholarly journals like Communio or Concilium.

All welcome.

Contact email: Prof Ghazwan Butrous:

Meets 4 times a year – see
newsletter & website for dates

Prayer Group

Prayer, song and scripture reflection.

For more information please contact Sophie

Every Wednesday 7pm-9pm

Link Lane

Counselling Room


our Faith

If we are to
bring others to Christ we must ensure our own relationship with Him is
developed and maintained through our participation at Holy Mass, an active prayer
life and partaking of the Sacraments. Pope Francis tells us that Eucharistic
Adoration and Confession are two pillars of sharing the Gospel.


Who & What


1. Eucharistic Adoration

Spending quiet time in the presence of Our Lord in order to
refresh and restore us in His service.

See Newsletter for details


(7pm – 9pm)


(7pm – 8.30pm)


(8pm – 9pm)

2. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

In forgiving our sins, Christ reaffirms and renews us in His
Service, giving us grace and strength to meet our vocational, spiritual and
pastoral needs.

See Newsletter for details

Newsletter for details

3. Pilgrimages

Pilgrimages to Lourdes and the Holy Land are being planned
2019. Look out for details in the Newsletter.

Parish Office:

Newsletter for details

4. Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is the practice of being with people as they
attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in  their own personal spirituality. The person seeking direction shares stories of his or her encounters of the divine, or how he or she is experiencing
spiritual issues.




Sharing the Gospel with
our Youth

Focusing on retaining and sustaining our
future generations of Catholic faithful is essential for the continuity of our
faith. So often the demands and attractions of the secular world claim our
young people as they struggle to find what our Catholic faith can offer them.
Below are some of the things we offer in our Parish.


Who & What


1. Pub & Prayer

For young adults in the Parish, this group is for people
between the ages of 18-35(ish) who live, work or study in Canterbury. Our weekly sessions aim to provide some degree of spiritual formation for young Catholics as wells as organised social events. The first part of the evening  we meet in the Parish room at 7.45pm and then socialise locally.



Thursday evenings



2. Children’s Liturgy Group

They have their own Liturgy of the Word at 9:30am

For the under sixes and over sixes in separate groups each


At Sunday 9.30am Mass

3. Children’s Music

Welcoming all young people to be part of our worshipping
community through using their musical talent. We hope in
2018/19 to encourage and  develop our young people’s musical talents much more. Look out for the Newsletter for further information.

email: Ben Saul via

Term Time


See Newsletter for
further information

4. Catholic Schools

Canterbury has two excellent Catholic Schools:

St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School:

St Anselm’s Catholic Secondary School:

Contact websites for
further information

5. Universities

Canterbury is home to two universities, both of which have chaplaincies. The Universities share the Catholic Chaplain – further details of name & contact number will be given on the website.

 The University of Kent

Canterbury Christ  Church University

Contact your University Chaplaincy for further information or speak to one of the parish priests

Contact websites for further


 Fundraising for our Faith

Prayer, attending Holy Mass and regular
receiving of the Sacraments feeds our inner spiritual needs. We also have to
look at the practical needs of our community and how to fund our maintenance
and development. Below are some of the ways we do this in our



Who & What


1. Gift Aid Scheme

Donating through Gift Aid means the church can claim
charities an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It won’t cost you any extra. If  you are a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim the difference between the rate  you pay and basic rate on your donation.

What you need to do? Please make a Gift Aid declaration for
the church to claim. You do this by filling in a form. This is an invaluable source of income for our parish. To find out more:

Sam Harmison via

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2. 100 Club

One hundred people paying £25 per year. Each month two
winners of £20 each are drawn with an annual draw of £250 prizes in December.
This Club contributes considerably each year to special Parish Projects and your participation is greatly appreciated. Look out for the next joining  invitation advertised in the newsletter.

Mary McGillie via

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Drawn Monthly

3. The Organ Fund

Renewed fundraising will focus on using our new Grand Piano
to raise funds for a new pipe organ for the Church. If you are a UK taxpayer gift aiding your donation can obtain us another 25%. The gift aid forms are  in the church entrance. Please include the form with your donation and put the envelope, marked Organ Fund, through the Presbytery letter box. The
clergy and fundraising team would like to thank those who have already
Contact email:

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Look out for events in
the Newsletter

4. Fetes, Bazaars, Auctions etc

Fundraising through shared community celebrations  and events while adding to the financial well-being of the parish.

A new group is forming to initiate ideas for this  vital ministry. all help and ideas are welcome for 2017/2018 to bring our  community together and have fun while we do it.

Contact email:

As per Newsletter

5. The Parish Finance Committee

The Parish Finance Council assists the Parish Priest in the
administration of parish temporal matters. An active, well-informed parish  finance council is a key element in promoting the financial health of our Parish and St Thomas is very blessed with having such a group of volunteers.
The Council normally meets once every quarter and produce the annual accounts for the Parish at the end of each calendar year.


As required





Our Parish
Community in 2017/18


Fulfilling Our Vision

…which is to build trusting relationships with each other across every age group
& nationality so we can reverently share in the joyous celebration of the
Eucharist and share the Good News with all.


Focusing Our Objectives

The  3 “F’s”

Faith   Finance   Fundraising & Fun


Growing as a Parish in 2018/2019:


  • Our annual Open Air Mass has proven a great success and people have asked we continue to worship as one community each year this way;
  • Our special liturgies for our patron saint St Thomas of Canterbury, a Mass held in the Cathedral on 7th July and Sung Vespers on 29th December – highlight our place as a centre of pilgrimage and as a shrine for the relics of St Thomas; we hope to build on these unique roles for our church and parish in the coming year;
  • Our Catechists do wonderful and important work informing, nurturing and supporting the younger members of our community as they prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation and journeying with adults who are preparing for Baptism and Full Communion in the Catholic Church with our Journey in Faith programme;
  • Our priests prepare families for baptism and couples for marriage through out the year as demand for these sacraments continues to be made
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is well attended every week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays;
  • Our newly formed Prayer and Pub night for the 18-30’s years age group has been very successful and is growing. This now includes University students who are welcomed into Parish life rather than standing outside of it;
  • Over 700 people from over 24 nationalities attend Mass each weekend in our Church; we welcome visitors from all over the world, our students who are with us at a vital time in their personal development and our faithful parish members who come each week and praise God together;
  • This year we would like to explore the possibility of a week of guided prayer and Alpha course.

We want to:

  • Redevelop our Narthex Space – to make our church more practically welcoming and open to all but also to create, within our sacred space, room for us to spend time with each other;
  • Socialise with Each Other – setting up a number of Parish Events such as a fair or bazaar that will become annual events for us to come together as a parish and raise funds at the same time;
  • Fulfil a challenging schedule of changes and repairs to the Hall and other Church Rooms to enable them to be used more efficiently by all in the parish;
  • Continue to look for an alternative organ.

All volunteers are welcome and the form on page 27 can be used or email to the Parish Office on:

And finally…


We have set up a Parish Council in 2018. The purpose of the Parish Council is a leadership group through which priests and people work together in partnership to strive to discern the Holy Spirit among God’s people in the parish and furthering the mission of Christ in Canterbury. It does this through building up a vibrant Christian community that is rooted in Baptism and marked by its faith, worship and service.

Membership of the Council can be found on the parish website.

Practical Ideas for Everyday Evangelisation

Our Catholic Faith is part of our daily life and we can share that faith just by behaving and speaking in ways that show by example – without undue fuss – what being a Catholic means today.

  1. Wearing a cross or crucifix – even as a small lapel badge – as a reminder to ourselves and others that we are believers in Christ
  2. Saying grace at mealtimes – wherever you are
  3. Celebrating your saint’s feast day – and find out something about them so you can tell people if they ask and as a reminder to yourself of why you were named after them
  4. If someone mentions a relative or friend who is ill, offer to pray for the, Most people will be delighted they are being remembered
  5. Similarly if you are ill or going through troubled times, ask others to pray for you and you welcome prayers from all people
  6. Without putting yourself at risk of distraction – display a small cross or other religious symbol in your car as a reminder of God’s presence is with you as you travel – may also calm any emerging road rage!
  7. Display a crucifix or holy picture just inside your front door so your visitors know they are entering a Catholic house
  8. Observe the Friday abstinence from meat when you are eating out with friends and colleagues and explain why you are doing this if you are asked
  9. Know some of the saints “specialisms” e.g. St Thomas of Canterbury is known as the protector of secular clergy or St Anthony may help with finding things you have lost – bring them into conversation and explain why we prayer for their intercession
  10. If you are lucky enough to work near our big Catholic Churches and Cathedrals make time during your lunchtime to pop in for a visit and light a candle and perhaps take a friend with you – people are interested in our sacred places and rites
  11. Take a moment to say the Angelus at 12 noon or 6pm as a reminder to yourself of being one with a community around the world that is remembering Christ’s incarnation
  12. Language is the most visible indicator of a culture and our Catholic Faith is expressed through the words and phrases we use. Try not to join in the modern trend for using the phrase” Oh My God” or “OMG” in your conversation and avoid taking the name of our Lord in vain. Our Baptism brings us into a very special loving relationship with our Father and this language – used as an expletive or way to express shock or amazement – demeans that relationship. If we are feeling brave enough, we could also ask others not to do it in our hearing

Prayers for New Evangelisation

Loving Father,

You so loved the world that you sent us your only Son,

that we might believe in him and have eternal life.

May we encounter Jesus Christ anew this day

and live the Good News with joy.

Through the power of your Holy Spirit,

help us to “go out to the whole world and proclaim”

our faith with confidence.

Give us the courage to witness to the Joy of the Gospel

by our words and actions.

Help our parish to become more welcoming and missionary,

so that you may be known and loved by all people.

We make this prayer through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God for ever and ever,



Our Lady, Star of the New Evangelisation, Pray for us.

St Thomas of Canterbury, Pray for us

St John Stone, Pray for Us

Blessed Oscar Romero,  Pray for us.

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