PARISH NEWSLETTER

Sunday 28th July 2019

A MESSAGE FROM HELEN HOWLEY, 

Dear Fr Martin and Parishioners 

Thank you so much for all the cards and gifts.  I really appreciate your kind words and your generosity.

Thank you to Fr Martin for saying the Mass for me and the PPC for the lovely party which so many of you attended.  Thank you.  I must say how the choir sang particularly beautifully, accompanying Simon on the organ and Fr John’s homily about ‘strong women’ was very complimentary.  My thanks to them.  

When I started this job, I didn’t realise how connected I would feel to such a warm community of people ….. YOU! May God Bless you always.

As I said in my speech (Yes, I did get around to making one!), I haven’t retired from work- I am retiring to exciting adventures.  So it’s not Goodbye, it’s Farewell….or Adios, or Arrivederci or au revoir! 

Kindest regards

Helen Howley

Ex Parish Administrator 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLK GROUP

The folk group was formed 40 years ago by Sean & Hazel Stone.  They were the first couple to be married in the new St Thomas More Church.  Soon after, Mgr Anglim gave them permission to form a folk group which has been playing ever since and is helped by the choir at Mass.  The folk group is joined  by other instrumentalists and singers to give concerts at sheltered housing, care homes and charity concerts under the name ‘The Family Music Makers.’  This extended group plays for the ‘Churches Together’ carol concerts and pantomimes and helps at special Masses such as the Childrens Christmas Mass.

Their instruments include drums, violins, flutes, accordion, ukulele, steel pans, keyboard, bass guitar and acoustic guitars.  Their repertoire includes Irish, Pop, Folk & Christmas songs.  On Saturday 12 October, to celebrate their 40 years, the folk group are playing a social evening in the Parish Centre..  The event will include a singalong, some songs to listen to and food.

So please put the date in your diary. 

 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.

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 4th September  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.

 

FOOD BANK

The next collection of donated food for  Hillingdon Food Bank will be in September , date to be confirmed. Please bring in your food items before then.  Thank you for your continued generosity.