Newsletter 17.11.19 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


Christmas Carol Celebration Sunday 15th December 2019

After the service, there will be refreshments and a few stalls. We are now collecting donations, please leave in the narthex.

  • Bottles for the bottle tombola,
  • filled sweet jars (wrapped sweets please)
  • Silent Auction items (see below)

Ellul flowers will also be running a stall with Christmas flowers/decorations.

Silent Auction

This will be running over the next month with final bids drawn after the Christmas Carol Celebration on Sunday 15th December

How it works.

We all have items at home we no longer want or have never used. If these have a resale value, why not donate them to the church so that others can bid on them and the proceeds go towards church funds. Some examples may be unused electrical items boxed, unwanted boxed gifts such as perfumes, hampers. If you don’t have an item to donate, perhaps you can offer your time and skills eg an hour of tuition, a hair cut, babysitting. If you work for a company that can donate a voucher, ie a meal please ask and donate it to the church. This is a great way to recycle and give to the church and it doesn’t have to cost you a penny.

Please sign the list at the back of church with donations if larger items or a service, smaller items can be brought to church and left in the narthex.


Pilgrimage to Italy in 2020 – With the assistance of Pax Travel there will be a pilgrimage led by Fr Martin to the shrine of Our Lady, Queen of Love in Schio, Italy from May 11th – 16th 2020. While being based in the Marian shrine which began only in 1985, we will also visit the shrine of St Josephine Bakhita, who was from the Sudan and was stolen as a slave from her family until she came to Italy and became a member of the Canossian Sisters. She is now the patron saint of the work to stop modern day trafficking. We will also be visiting the holy sites of Padua – most especially the Basilica of the much beloved St Anthony. All are welcome. Places are limited to around 40. Some accommodation may be shared and flight prices are fixed only till early November so best to book early if interested. See the posters and leaflets in the porch or contact Pax Travel at & 020 7485 3003 or speak to Fr Martin for further details.


Catechism classes are after the 9.30am Mass on Sundays.  If your child is NOT AT A CATHOLIC SCHOOL please ensure they regularly attend these classes prior to enrolment for First Communion programme.

 Dates of Classes for Years 1 & 2:

15th September 2019

29th September 2019

13th October 2019

10th November 2019

24th November 2019

8th December 2019

The ST VINCENT  DE PAUL group will meet on at 10.45 every other Sunday.  For more information about the work of this group please contact Josien Sarratt on 020 8866 4395

  The LIFE ASCENDING group meeting next on Wednesday 27th October 2019 at 2.30pm in the Library and every fortnight thereafter. Their welcome extends to all Christians in their middle to later years.  Please come along on Wednesday.


If you like to use social media to communicate and update, we now have a live facebook page. If you already have a facebook account, send a friend request to More Thomas RC searchable. This is a public facebook account. Linked to this, there will be a private group.



The next collection of donated food for  Hillingdon Food Bank will be 5th December 2019 . Please bring in your food items before then.  Thank you for your continued generosity.