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 April 2016
Letter from Fr. Dennis to the Community:
My Dear Friends,
Before the Reformation the most important Marian shrine in England was that of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk. Our Blessed Lady appeared to Richeldis de Faverches, a pious English noblewoman in 1061, and in response to these visions the Lady Richeldis had The Holy House built, which later became a shrine and place of pilgrimage. Her son Geoffrey left instructions for the building of a priory in Walsingham, and it was this Priory, housing the simple wooden structure Richeldis had had built, which became the focus of pilgrimage to Walsingham.
Royal patronage helped the Shrine to grow in popularity, receiving visits from Henry III, Edward II, Edward III, Henry IV, Edward IV, Henry VII, Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII who brought about its destruction in 1538. However, a trickle of people continued to visit, and after nearly four hundred years, the 20th century saw the restoration of pilgrimage to Walsingham as an important feature of Christian life in these islands. This came about because in 1897 the Catholic Church had acquired one of the ancient ‘slipper chapels’ (pilgrims would leave their shoes there before walking the last mile to the shrine) and this chapel became the ‘restored’ Catholic shrine and focus of devotion; and it is here that Cardinal Vincent will be leading us, for our Diocesan Pilgrimage, on Saturday 9th July!
There are already some 50+ coaches signed up for this important and wonderful pilgrimage, and NOW it’s time for you to do the same if you wish to have a place on our own parish coach. It promises to be a fantastic and historic day, and I would encourage you to consider coming along and joining me. All ages are welcome and all ages will be catered for – don’t miss out – sign up today!
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. F. Javier Ruiz-Ortiz . Assistant Priest