Welcome to the parish of St Thomas à Becket, Wandsworth West Hill. We are a very diverse Catholic community, welcoming people from all over the world and from every walk of life. If you are new to our parish, I hope that you will settle happily here and feel very much part of our parish community.
Built in the 1890’s, we have a most beautiful church in which to worship and pray. I am grateful to everyone who helps to maintain and care for our church building. Ultimately, of course, the church is not the building but is the people who make the parish community. Together we form the People of God in this place, and together we worship, pray and seek to serve God by our service of one another.
Let us pray for each other and work together to build the Kingdom of God in our time and place.
With every blessing,
Mgr Matthew Dickens
If you are new to the parish, please fill out our Parish Registration Form and email it back to us:
The Bishops’ Conference issues the following advice in regard to the Omicron covd-19 variant:
People displaying symptoms of covid-19 should stay at home and not travel to church or participate in person.
Hand sanitiser should be used by those attending church (available in the church porch).
People must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth unless medically exempt
Good ventilation maintained in the building. People are encouraged to receive the vaccine and booster jabs. Those visiting the sick or housebound should take regular lateral flow tests (free from NHS).
Please do everything you can to ensure the safety of the congregation. Thank you.
POPE FRANCIS' PRAYER INTENTION FOR JANUARY 2022
You don't need to be much of an expert to know that a lack of inter- religious understanding leads to a lack of empathy. At worst, a lack of empathy can lead to religious discrimination, and at its very worst, discrimination can even lead to persecution. It is true that the basis of most world religions has values such as love and kindness and peace by which to live our lives. So if living by a universally agreed set of values is central to all beliefs, how do we find it so difficult to get along? How is it that our brothers and sisters across the globe are persecuted for what they believe in? How is it that we shun those of other beliefs in our own communities? This month we are invited to join in Pope Francis’s prayer intention “…for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.”
THINKING OF BECOMING A CATHOLIC?
Are you thinking of becoming a Catholic?
Or are you a baptised Catholic but have not received the sacrament of confirmation?
If you are interested, please come to an informal meeting in the presbytery on
Saturday 8th January at 11:00am to find out more about preparation leading to reception into the Catholic Church (including confirmation) at Easter 2022.
THE ULTIMATE RELATIONSHIP
At the back of the church you can find copies of The Ultimate Relationship, a booklet intended to help enquirers find answers to some of the
fundamental questions of life.
Even if you are secure in your own Catholic faith, please consider taking a copy to give to a friend or family member who might be interested or benefit from one.
WHITE FLOWER APPEAL - SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN (SPUC)
WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEKEND.
Become a White Flower Helper
We rely primarily on volunteers for this appeal and are always in need of new speakers, local area contacts and collectors to help the appeal run smoothly. For more information on being a White Flower helper or volunteer,
please contact 020 7820 3135 or
SECOND COLLECTION 16 JANUARY FOR PAX CHRISTI
This Sunday 16 January, is PEACE SUNDAY and this year Pope Francis asks us to think about ‘Education, work and dialogue between generations: tools for building lasting peace’. In this country we have an active Catholic peace movement in Pax Christi, which does a great deal of good work to promote peace and nonviolence through parishes, schools and social media.
Their website suggests many ways we can all become better peacemakers.
There are activities for families to do at home, including a peace liturgy for young children. https://paxchristi.org.uk/peace-sunday-2022
Pax Christi needs our support to keep going. If you’d like to make a donation, small or large, here is the link: https://tinyurl.com/yxfcw67x
Or send a cheque payable to ‘Pax Christi’ to:
Pax Christi, St Joseph’s, Watford Way, London NW4 4TY Tel: 0208 203 4884
PEACE ACTIONS FOR JANUARY 2022
·Make this year’s Christian Unity Week (18th - 25th January) an opportunity to start exploring initiatives on Christian websites other than our own.
·Take time to learn about someone else's religion on 'World Religion Day' (17th January)
·Mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
The week of prayer for Christian Unity begins on Tuesday 18th January. Please pray for the unity of all Christian people and for the healing of past hurts and disagreements.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME 2022
Parents of children in school year 3 or above are invited to register their child for first reconciliation and first holy communion preparation 2022. Application forms available in the church or on the parish website.
Parents’ meeting on Friday 18 February at 19:00; classes begin Saturday 19 February at 16:00.
All dates are given on the application form.
First Communion Mass will be at 12 noon on Sunday 26th June 2022.
Closing date for application forms: 4th February 2022.
SOUTH LONDON REFUGEE SERVICE - JANUARY COLLECTION
Please give the following items this month: Men’s toiletries, Lentils, Tinned beans/pulses.
Please place items in the SLRS collection box in the entrance porch to the church. Thank you for your generosity. ALL FOOD ITEMS MUST BE ‘IN DATE’. All items will be delivered to the South London Refugee Association.
If you would like to volunteer with drop-offs to SLRA please contact the parish office.
Please submit school application forms to Mgr. Matthew as soon as possible including
CONTACT DETAILS OF PARENTS/CARERS’ NAMES, CURRENT ADDRESS, EMAIL AND TELEPHONE NUMBER.
Completed forms can be collected after Mass on Saturday (5:30pm Mass) or Sunday (10:00am Mass) or from the parish office Wednesday or Friday 10.00 to 17.00.
St. Joseph's Catholic Primary and Nursery School
Reception Places: The school is now taking applications for places in Reception for September 2022.
Nursery Places: Spaces available for January 2022 or when your child turns 3.
Please contact the school office for more information and to book a school tour:
Call: 02088741888 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.stjosephs.wandsworth.sch.uk
COFFEE AFTER 10:00AM MASS
Regrettably with rising Covid-19 infections we are suspending coffee after the 10:00am Mass until further notice. My thanks to all the team who have provided refreshments over the last few months, and I hope we can resume before too long. Mgr Matthew
Monsignor Matthew Dickens
St Thomas à Becket Church
London SW18 1RX
Parish Office Address:
London SW18 1NT
Mon - Sat 9.30
Saturday Vigil 17.30
10.15 - 10.45 am and on request.