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 7th February 2016
Letter from Fr. Dennis to the Community:
My Dear Friends,
This Wednesday sees the beginning of Lent – a day on which the faithful (aware that they are not always that faithful!) 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, CAFOD Lenten reflections on Tuesday evenings, our usual austerity lunches on Fridays (starting Friday 19th) and various publications for us to read and use. These include the Day by Day and the Lift Up Your Hearts booklets and I do hope that you will make use of some, or all, of these resources. For although Lent is a penitential season the greatest message of these days is that our lives should reflect the joy of 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.
Finally, it is with great joy that we ‘welcome home’ our beautiful statue of the Pietà. I am sure you will all agree that the transformation is quite amazing, and it is worth taking a quick look at the Sacred Heart just to see the contrast; and this is in fact the next statue to go away, once again it will be a great loss – but imagine how it will look on its return! Naturally, such expert work is very expensive, but well worth it! However, if the image is to stay beautiful, please do try not to touch it – the temptation is very great, but damage can so easily be done. Thank you!
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. F. Javier Ruiz-Ortiz . Assistant Priest