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 24th July 2016
Letter from Fr. Dennis to the Community:
My Dear Friends,
Many of you will be away on your holidays this weekend and I hope it will be a happy and holy time for you all.
As Catholics we know that we are ‘obliged’ and privileged to be at Mass every Sunday, but when we are away this can add a whole new dimension to our worship; for wherever we go there is always a Catholic church we can attend! What we find may be very different to what we are used to, but such variety reminds us of what it means to be a member of the Catholic Church. But sadly, there may also be a great temptation for us to forget about Mass whilst we’re away – but remember; God never forgets us, so let us not forget Him!
Also as we gather for Mass this weekend about 600 members of the Diocese of Westminster will be gathering with our Cardinal, for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes, and thousands upon thousands of youngsters will be gathering with the Holy Father for World Youth Day in Krakow. During both of these great pilgrimages, many prayers will be offered, and we too should pray for those who are praying for us!
What is always a particular joy for me in Lourdes is to see the wonderful hard work that our youngsters do for those who are less able. Quite literally hundreds of them will be working as volunteers to help the less able pilgrims to enjoy their time away. Everywhere you look, there they are, pushing wheelchairs, laughing, joking and praying with the people in their care. Once again young members of our own parish will be amongst that ‘army’ of volunteers! Let us give thanks to God for their witness and may their own lives of prayer be deeply enriched.
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. F. Javier Ruiz-Ortiz . Assistant Priest