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