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 November 2015
Letter from Fr. Dennis to the Community:
My Dear Friends,
As we stand at the end of another Christian year our thoughts turn to
Christmas and the Advent journey we shall embark on next weekend. This is
the time for us to prepare – spiritually and reflectively for the coming of
Christ, and to aid us in our preparations we are offering you the chance of
welcoming the “expectant” Holy Family (La Posada) into your homes. I have
placed the statue group in the sanctuary so that those who are unfamiliar with
this devotion can see what a lovely image it is.
During the days of Advent the image will travel around the parish visiting a
different home every night, and truly the night Mary and Joseph ‘stay’ in your
home provides a great opportunity to share together the true meaning of
Christmas. The Holy Family will start their journey next Sunday during the
10.30 am Mass and the first family will take the “travelling Nativity” to their
home for the night. They will then arrange with the next family in the chain to
collect/deliver the statue so that Mary and Joseph’s “journey” may continue
around our community. If you are keen to be a part of this devotion then now
is the time to register by signing the list at the newspaper table.
Finally Pope Francis has declared that the Catholic Church will observe a
Jubilee Year of Mercy from December 8, 2015. It is the Holy Father’s fervent
desire that this Jubilee Year should be a fresh opportunity for everyone to
experience the great mercy of God. To help us on our journey a beautiful
‘Pilgrimage Companion for the Year of Mercy’ booklet, full of readings and
prayers has been published. Be sure to buy your copy today for just £1!
They may be found on the newspaper table.
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. F. Javier Ruiz-Ortiz . Assistant Priest