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 4th December 2016
Letter from Fr. Dennis to our community
My Dear Friends,
As the La Posada statue makes its way around the parish, and now that the Year of Mercy has drawn to its close, I couldn’t help wondering, in the light of these prayerful encounters, what our own family Christmas celebration will be like? Hectic no doubt, joyful I trust and faith enhancing I pray. But it also reminded me of how many people we will encounter who are of no faith, or whose faith has waned, perhaps even around our festive table! With these thoughts in mind I was particularly struck by a message on our Diocesan web site which makes for interesting reading and I share it with you here.
This Christmas we invite you to come home and experience the welcome of your Catholic community. Come and receive the warm family welcome of returning home for Christmas where there is already a place waiting for you.
Many of us fall away from the Church, but whatever your reasons or situation, why not take a fresh look? You are invited to take this first step, at your own pace and in your own time.
This might be simply to find a Catholic church and go inside. Perhaps you might sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. You might want to light a candle and say a prayer for a loved one, and if you are already a faithful member of the Church, you might well ask yourself, is there a friend or family member that might come with me to Mass?
Is there a friend or family member that might come with you to Mass? Now there’s a challenge! Christmas is an ideal time to invite someone you know to come and discover the glory of the birth of the Prince of Peace and help them to discover the joy of being a follower of Jesus
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. Oscar Ardila . Assistant Priest