Sunday 8th July is Sea Sunday, when the Church remembers all those who live and work at sea. Seafarers are commonly recruited from poorer countries where wages are lower. They work in difficult and often dangerous conditions suffering from loneliness, spiritual deprivation and even exploitation as they transport the goods we use and consume every day. The average contract results in them spending ten months at sea at one time. Interestingly, there is an unusually high percentage of Catholics among seafarers.
The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church in Great Britain. It reaches out to seafarers that visit our ports each year, offering pastoral and practical support and care.
AoS is wholly dependent on voluntary donations, receiving no official funding from either the Church or the government; it takes the love of Christ to seafarers in the name of the Church, recognising them as our brothers and sisters in need. Sea Sunday is our chance to help AoS make a difference to the lives of seafarers. The parish will take up a second collection this Sunday – please give generously. www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk.
Father Alex has suffered a ruptured quadricep tendon, which means that the major tendon connecting the thigh to the kneecap has broken away from the knee. He had excellent surgery in St George’s Hospital and is now recuperating in Becket House. He is able to get around on crutches but it is difficult to manage steps; and getting in and out of chairs is not easy. It will take at least twelve weeks for full recovery and he thanks everyone for their sympathy and prayers and for helping in the Church while he is incapacitated.
First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 13th May at 12.00. We congratulate all our children on their special day and assure them of our prayers. We also express our thanks to the catechists for their hard work in preparing them so well for this important occasion.
Our next Quiz Night will take place on Saturday 12th May at 19.30 in the Corry Hall. There will be a Bar and a Raffle. Tickets £7.50 including buffet now available after masses. Come and enjoy what promises to be a most convivial evening.
As a result of recent interviews by the School Governors we are pleased to be able to announce that Miss Emma Cashier, who has been Acting Head of St Joseph’s School for the last two terms, has now been appointed as the permanent Headteacher. We offer her our congratulations and look forward to experiencing inspiring leadership from her in the years ahead.
Palm Sunday Vigil 24th 17.30 Mass & Blessing Palms
Palm Sunday 25th 10.00 Mass & Blessing Palms
15.00 Royal Hospital Mass
Mon of Holy Week 26th 09.30 Mass
19.00 Penitential Service at St Mary Magdalene
Tue of Holy Week 27th 09.30 Mass
Wed of Holy Week 28th 09.30 Mass
11.15 Chrism Mass at St George’s Cathedral
Maundy Thursday 29th 19.00 Mass
Good Friday 30th 10.00 Children’s Stations of the Cross
12.00 Walk of Witness
15.00 Solemn Celebration of the Lord's Passion
Holy Saturday 31st 10.00 Confessions
20.00 Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday 1st 10.00 Mass of Easter Day
15.00 Royal Hospital Mass
The staff and pupils of St Joseph's School will join us for mass at 9.30 on Monday 19th March, their patronal feast.
Stations of the Cross take place at St Thomas a Becket Church on Fridays at 10.00 and Sundays at 17.30.
Our Marriage Preparation Course takes place on Saturday 24th February in the Corry Hall 10.00-16.00.
The floodlighting for the Church which was installed for the Millennium by Wandsworth Council has been out of action for some time. This week the old fittings were replaced with new LED lights and the floodlighting is now operational from dusk to midnight. It is a great enhancement to our beautiful Church building.
Father Alex McAllister SDS
St Thomas à Becket Church
London SW18 1RX
Parish Office Address:
London SW18 1NT