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 2nd August, 2015
Letter from Fr. Dennis to the Community:
My Dear Friends
I must begin today by expressing my heartfelt thanks to Fr Javier for looking after the parish so wonderfully well whilst I was away. I knew that there would be nothing for me to worry about, and this is always a source of great comfort. So many thanks to you Father for all your hard work, your holiday ………. when it arrives, will be well deserved indeed.
The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, which is where I have been for the last eight days, was, as always, a marvellous and prayer filled time, and even as we are gathered here for Mass this weekend the huge diocesan candle, lit on behalf of some 850 pilgrims from our Diocese, burns brightly at the Grotto. Close by a number of candles also burn that I lit for our parish family here in Fulham and for the many, many intentions, which I was asked to carry to this holy place.
Unfortunately we were not very lucky with the weather and the rain was pretty overwhelming at times. On the last morning the thunder and lightning were deeply impressive but we never allowed such things to dampen our spirits and hopefully next year there will be better weather and maybe even more of us will go – why not come along and join us!
On the purely personal front I was rather unwell whilst I was there and had to take something of a back seat for many of the events, which was hugely disappointing, but thanks to our first rate medical team I have been put back together again and with careful management all will – eventually – be OK. But oh my goodness it is good to be back home amongst my family and I end, as I began, by saying just once more – thank you Fr Javier for all your hard work.
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. F. Javier Ruiz-Ortiz . Assistant Priest
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