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 March 2017
Letter from Fr. Dennis to our community
My Dear Friends,
In the light of this weeks’ terrible news I wish to share with you some words from Cardinal Vincent. “Wednesday’s attacks in Westminster have shocked us all. The kind of violence we have seen all too often in other places has again brought horror and death to this city.
Please pray, especially, for those who have lost their lives and those who have lost one they love. Pray for Aysha Frade, killed by the car on Westminster Bridge. Her two children attend St Mary of the Angels Primary School. We pray for them and for their father. And please remember all who have been injured, and those who care for them.
We pray in particular as well for Keith Palmer, the police officer who died, and for his family, thanking God that so many show such brave dedication to keeping our society safe. Let our voice be one of prayer, of compassionate solidarity, and of calm. All who believe in God, Creator and Father of every person, will echo this voice, for faith in God is not a problem to be solved, but a strength and a foundation on which we depend.”
During this time of Lent, we are especially aware of where sin can lead us, and that we need to pray to be freed of any temptation that causes us to sin. Hatred can never be allowed to win, whether through closing doors and borders, through retribution or prejudice, or by painting another religion as inherently evil and as threat to Christianity.
Let us pray that the outpouring of goodness, towards all whose life’s work is the protection and care of others, consoling examples of which we have already seen, will be “seventy times seven times” what those in their blind hatred may desire, and we ask the Lord to drive hatred far from the hearts of all God’s people.
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. Oscar Ardila . Assistant Priest