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 26th February 2017
Letter from Fr. Dennis to our community
My Dear Friends,
This Wednesday sees the beginning of Lent – a day on which the faithful
(aware that we are not always as faithful as we should be!) gather for the
imposition of Ashes. There will be two Masses offered on that day – one at 9.30
am and the other at 8.00 pm, and Ashes will be administered at both.
During Lent, apart from the Daily Mass, there will be Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, the Stations of the
Cross each Friday evening, and our usual austerity lunches on Fridays (starting
this Friday) at which there will also be a time of reflection on the Gospel
reading for the preceding Sunday. You may wish to pick up one of the special
leaflets for this as you go out from Mass today, not only for use at the Friday
lunches but also for your private Lenten study and meditation at home.
A new initiative, and one that is close to my heart and Fr Oscar’s, will be the
daily recitation of Morning Prayer at 9.00am on Monday to Friday and at 9.30
am on Saturday. Special prayer books are available and help will be given as we
begin saying the Office together. Morning Prayer is a rich prayer resource of
the Church with prayers, psalms and readings for each day. A wonderful
opportunity to join ourselves with the Church around the world, a time for
prayerful reflection and preparation before Mass. Please note that if we have
already begun when you arrive, do not hesitate to come in and join in!
Although Lent is a penitential season the greatest message of these days is that
our lives should reflect the joy of our faith. A time not for gloom but rather a
chance for a long and meaningful meditation on the graciousness of the God
who chooses to reveal himself in Christ.
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. Oscar Ardila . Assistant Priest