St Thomas of Canterbury,

Deal Kent


Our Office is now closed until January 5th, 2022. Urgent enquiries via the telephone number listed below.


Epiphany Mass will be held at 11am on Thursday January 6th, 2022


14 Blenheim Road

Deal

CT14 7DB


Tel: 01304 367 496

Welcome to

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church, Deal.

Our Parish Priest is the Reverend Duncan Lourensz.

email: deal@rcaos.org.uk

Office email is currently checked remotely.


Father Duncan is very happy to advise on arrangements, and diary availability, for Marriage Ceremonies or Baptisms. Anyone wishing to arrange either should attend a Sunday Mass and approach Father Duncan afterwards.


MASS INFORMATION

Most Parishioners are continuing to wear Masks during Mass.

A message from the Diocese, as of: December 8th, 2021:

Concerning face masks, from midnight on Friday December 10th, some form of face covering will be required in most public indoor venues, including places of worship.

However, exemptions exist for various reasons: legitimate health reasons, as has always been the case; but now also for singing, in that both choir and congregation may continue to remove their masks to sing.



MASS TIMES

Saturday

Reconciliation 1800

Mass 1830


Sunday 0900 and 1100


The cessation of public celebrations of the Mass and the dispensation of the Obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days commenced on March 20th, 2020 and remains in place.


THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BISHOP'S CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES, share the following:

We are mindful of the certain fact that the Covid-19 virus is still circulating in society. Vaccines provide genuine protection against the worst effects of the virus, yet we recognise the legitimate fear on the part of some who otherwise desire to gather for Holy Mass. It is our continuing judgement, therefore, that it is not possible at the present time for all of the faithful to attend Mass on a Sunday thus fulfilling their duty to God. All Catholics are asked to do their best to participate in the celebration of the weekly Sunday Mass and to reflect deeply on the centrality of Sunday worship in the life of the Church.

Covid-19 Omicron variant - Guidance for Churches

With respect to the current situation with the omicron variant it is important to ensure the following points are followed in our churches:

  • That people displaying any symptoms of covid-19 should stay at home and not travel to church or participate in person.

  • That hand sanitiser is available to those attending the Church.

  • That there is a strong recommendation for people to wear a face covering (both nose and mouth) during the act of worship.

  • That there is good ventilation and air throughput in the building; in this case, because of climatic conditions, it would be important to remind people to wrap up well in church!

  • That a positive message encouraging people to get vaccinated and have the booster jab, when able, is delivered whenever possible.

  • That people who are engaged in a form of pastoral ministry which involves ministry to the housebound, sick, and vulnerable, should take regular lateral flow tests to ensure they are safe to do so. These are free from the NHS.

We have been informed that there is now very strong evidence to support that the main mode of transmission is through breath and nasal aerosols, and that the risk from surface and touch transmission is very small indeed. As such, the strict regimes of church cleaning that were recommended at the beginning of the opening of churches for public worship are no longer necessary. General church cleaning is sufficient. If these guidance points are supported, then the churches will continue to be safe places for people to gather for acts of public worship, including over the Christmas period.




DECEMBER NEWSLETTER


ST THOMAS of CANTERBURY

DEAL

14 Blenheim Road, Deal, Kent CT14 7DB

Parish Priest: Father Duncan Lourensz 01304 367496

Parish Email: deal@rcaos.org.uk

Parish Website: www.stthomasdeal.co.uk Diocese website: www.rcsouthwark.co.uk




Our collections for Christmas 2021 will go towards our continuing support of the Medaille Trust, where TOGETHER we are working to help every victim of human trafficking flourish. Please do take a booklet on their superb work, our own contribution is highlighted on page 9. In particular, please do read Dr Mike Emberson’s obituary, which explains his legacy of public service.


www.rcsouthwark.co.uk is the new Diocese website which includes all information regarding Honouring Sunday, as it is recognised that not all of our faithful are able to attend Mass on a Sunday. The website also includes all Synod information.


Our new website (above) contains important links to the Diocese, our schools, Mass times, Advent information and CBCEW link to their online Advent Calendar.


In 2022, a regular newsletter will be published here, online, as we acknowledge a different World and changes needed to continue to reach you all.


Yours in Peace, Father Duncan.





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Parish Fundraising

You are still able to support the church financially, whilst we attempt to ease out of lockdown, by clicking the justgiving link below.

Please note that Parishioners need to reference their donation with the full parish name and location, eg: St Thomas of Canterbury, DEAL:



https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/parishsupport


Donations will be banked centrally and then allocated to our Parish.

Please telephone Father Duncan directly if you would like to discuss this.


We are pleased to announce that Deal Foodbank has

resumed collections. As you know,

our generosity is recognised and we know many of

you continued to support the food collections, via

other collection points, throughout the pandemic.


Bishops’ Statement: Honouring Sunday

During the pandemic, public worship was suspended for a time and there have been restrictions on parish life. As a result, people have been exploring other ways to practice their faith including Spiritual Communion via live streaming.

As people begin returning to more regular patterns of parish life and following the first face to face meeting of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales in Leeds, the bishops have issued the following statement about the importance of honouring Sunday:

Honouring Sunday

As the Synodal Pathway of listening and discerning unfolds, we the bishops of England and Wales, are paying particular attention to the hopes and fears, the joys, and anxieties of all who are sharing their thoughts and feelings with us.

Longing for our Lord

We are attentive to the experience of the last year or so, when we have lived our faith through the limitations of the pandemic. We have heard of the longing which some express as a “homesickness”. We want to be in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. We yearn to celebrate the sacraments together, especially the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We desire to be nourished by our Lord in Holy Communion. The live streaming of the Mass and the remarkable response of our Catholic communities to those in need, have provided comfort, sustenance and resilience.

The Eucharist, source, and summit

The Eucharist is the source and summit of our spiritual and pastoral life. Many people have said to us that they have appreciated the noble simplicity of the Mass at this time, which has allowed the mystery and majesty of our Lord’s sacrificial love to shine through.

The central appeal of the Mass, its beauty, and its transcendence, raises our minds and hearts to God in an unambiguous and compelling manner. Our Lord Jesus invites us to receive anew the gift of Sunday as the preeminent day, the day of the Resurrection, when the Church gathers to celebrate the Eucharist. Here we stand together before our heavenly Father, offering our thanksgiving and prayer, through our Saviour in the Holy Spirit. Here we receive Christ in his Word. Here we are nourished by Christ in his precious Body and Blood. This is our primary joy, for which there is no substitute, and from which we draw our strength.

The Gift of the Sunday Eucharist

The Sunday Eucharist is a gift; as God’s holy people we are called to praise and thank God in the most sublime way possible. When the Church speaks of the Sunday obligation, it reminds us that attending Mass is a personal response to the selfless offering of Christ’s love.

At this time, we recognise that for some people there may be certain factors which hinder attendance at Sunday Mass. The pandemic is clearly not over. The risk of infection is still present. For some, there is legitimate fear in gathering together. As your bishops, we recognise that these prevailing circumstances suggest that not everyone is yet in the position to fulfil the absolute duty to attend freely Sunday Mass.

Responding to the Gift

We now encourage all Catholics to look again at the patterns which they have formed in recent months with regard to going to Mass on Sundays. This would include consideration and reflection about what we might do on Sundays, such as sports or shopping, or other leisure and social activities. This review, and the decisions which arise from it, fall to every Catholic and we trust this will be done with honesty, motivated by a real love for the Lord whom we encounter in the Mass.

The Sunday Mass is the very heartbeat of the Church and of our personal life of faith. We gather on the “first day of the week,” and devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42). The Eucharist sustains us and spurs us on, renewing our gratitude and our hope. When we say “Amen” to Christ in receiving his Body and Blood, we express the love of God which is deep within us, and at the end of Mass, when we are sent forth, we express our love for our neighbour, especially those in need. These two dimensions reveal the full meaning of our faith. We are gathered together and sent out, we pray and are fed, we worship and we adore; these are intrinsic to our lives as those baptised into Christ.

Approved at the Plenary Assembly of Bishops in Leeds - Friday, November 19th, 2021


Below is the link to Live Catholic Mass online, via the CBCEW:

Parish Administrator: Claire Goodall

Parish Safeguarding Representative: Lucy Rees

All enquires regarding Sacred Heart Chapel should be directed to Father Duncan.