A warm welcome to the website of the
Roman Catholic Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Fulham
in the Archdiocese of Westminster.
For this Sunday 22nd October 2016
Letter from Fr. Dennis to our community
My Dear Friends,
It is a particular joy for me to welcome Fr Peter Walters to our parish this weekend. Fr Peter and I have been good friends for many years and the quite extraordinary work he does in the city of Medellin in Colombia has long been a source of admiration to me. Fr Peter will speak of this work at all Masses this weekend and there will, of course, be an opportunity for us to help him with it. But should you wish to learn more, you may wish to follow the link to the charity’s website at www.letthechildrenlive.org there is much delight there!
This weekend is also World Mission Sunday, a day set aside for us to publicly renew our commitment to mission and all of our Masses today are offered for this. The day was created by Pope Pius XI in 1926 as the day of prayer for missions, and Pope Francis reminds us in his message for today’s celebration that ‘On this World Mission Sunday, all of us are invited… to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family.’ In this Year of Mercy, he also encourages us that ‘we can, with the help of the Holy Spirit, become more merciful as our heavenly Father is merciful; we can learn to love as he loves us and make of our lives a free gift, a sign of his goodness.’ A formal collection will not be taken up, but be assured we will not be found wanting!
Finally, I am sure you would all agree with me that Fr Oscar is a ‘star’ and we are very blessed to have him as our new assistant priest. He has settled in very well and after his baptism of fire (!) is away this weekend on a well-deserved break.
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. Oscar Ardila . Assistant Priest