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 25th September 2016
Letter from Fr. Dennis to our community:
My Dear Friends
It was wonderful to come home last weekend and to bask in the affection and love of so many. It was even more wonderful to ‘go to the Altar’ last Wednesday and to say Mass, something I have been unable to do for weeks. But, doing so was a struggle and I was aware that perhaps it was too much, too soon! The result was a further consultation with my Surgeon who has now ordered me, and I’m not very good at taking orders, to go away! Hence you will not see me this weekend as I have retreated to a place of convalescence in Finchley.
However, this is an important week for us here at St Thomas’s and Friday evening is our special Mass of Celebration. An occasion for us to give thanks to God for two great priests and their work amongst us. Please try and join us for the celebration which starts at 7.30 pm and will continue in the School Hall after Mass. I have every intention of getting back for this, regardless of what the Doctor may say!
I am also very aware that Parents will be looking to meet with me with regards to their child’s Secondary School Transfer. Unfortunately, Fr Oscar has not been with us long enough to sign the relevant papers and it is pointless approaching him about this matter. Please note that I am setting aside two Saturday afternoons for this task, the 8th and 15th of October. If you are applying for a place at a School where the closing date for applications is earlier than this, please speak to Mary (in the Parish Office), let her have your details and something will be sorted out.
As always, with my love and prayers
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. Oscar Ardila . Assistant Priest
And a letter from Fr. Oscar to our community:
Fr Oscar writes:
Hello, my name is Oscar Ardila. I am 40 years old and come from Colombia,
South America. From a young age I wanted to be an actor. I went to drama
school for 4 years and worked in the theatre for 3 until I first came to
London in 2001. Here, as I discovered that there isn’t a greater character to
play than the person of Jesus Christ and that there isn’t a more beautiful and
life changing message to share than his gospel, I realised that God was
calling me to play a different part in life: he was calling me to act in the
person of his son Jesus Christ as a priest at the service of his Church. I
started formation at Allen Hall in 2004, spent two years in mission in
Sweden and received the blessing of being ordained a priest of the Catholic
Church for the diocese of Westminster by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on June
the 29th 2013 in the Cathedral where I had happily served as deacon for one
year. After serving as priest in Cricklewood, Burnt Oak and more recently
spending a year in my own country, I am happy to return to the diocese to
serve as assistant priest in the parish of St Thomas of Canterbury. I had the
pleasure of visiting this parish several times during my formation when both
Fr Norbert and Fr Paul were parish priests and was always impressed by the
warmth and generosity of its parishioners. Please pray that I may be able to
serve as God wants me to serve this parish and assist Fr. Dennis in his
mission. I am very much looking forward to get to know you and serve you.
Best wishes and prayers, Oscar.