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 January 2017
Letter from Fr. Oscar to our community
Brothers and sisters,
St Paul’s invitation to the Corinthians to be united in belief and practice rings with articular urgency during the week of prayer for Christian Unity which finishes this Wednesday 25th of January on the feast of the conversion of St Paul the Apostle.
The presidents of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences and the Conference of European Churches have issued a message, which makes the relevance of Christian unity clear: The multiple crises facing Europe and its neighbours bind us still more closely together. War and conflict, political uncertainty, migration and ecological challenges, material and spiritual poverty touch all lives in Europe and beyond. Along with these crises comes hope. Together we can bear witness to the reconciling love of Christ through the safeguarding of Creation, solidarity with the poor, and protecting the dignity of all God’s people.
During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity of 1938, a 24 year old Italian nun called Maria Sagghedu offered her life to God for the cause of unity. She immediately fell ill with tuberculosis and subsequently died on 23 April 1939, Good Shepherd Sunday. The gospel for that day’s Mass read, ‘I have other sheep as well that are not of this fold. I must lead these also so that there will be but One Shepherd and One Flock.’ On 25 January 1983, Pope John Paul II beatified her, and requested that she should be known as Blessed Maria Gabriella of Unity. God grants unity to his Church as Christians seek renewal and conversion; as they reach out to know, talk to, collaborate along and pray for and with one another.
Blessed Maria Gabriella of Unity, pray for us!
Heavenly Father may all be one in your Son! Amen.
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. Oscar Ardila . Assistant Priest