Get involved in the spiritual and community life of our parish. We are always looking for people who are willing to share their time and talents with our community - musicians, singers, readers, lay eucharistic ministers, altar servers, sacristans, greeters, flower arrangers, cleaners, visitors to the sick, catechists, ushers, and others. Just a few hours a month is all it takes - and the courage to step forward. Contact Fr. Luke by phone, email, post or in person.
Please also join in the social life of our parish. We offer periodic social events (picnics, dinners, raffles, an Autumn Fayre, etc.) and invite parishioners and guests from the whole area to join in and strengthen the bonds that hold our community together.
Mass can be offered for anyone, living or dead, and for a variety of reasons including in celebration, thanksgiving or remembrance of people or events. We include special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, exam success; any cause or need such as peace in the Holy Land or for refugees; or for your own "Private" intentions. Please use one of the offering envelopes located at the back of the church to register your requests. If you wish a Mass said on a particular date (anniversary, etc.), please let us know as far in advance as possible.
There is a bit of a back log with Mass intentions: If you would like Mass offered for a particular intention on or near a specific day, (and at a specific location) please give as much notice as possible – some people book days a year in advance. If the date that you would like is unavailable Mass will be offered at the requested location, on the next available free-day. The current schedule, however, means that this could be as long as six weeks after the proposed date. If you are not too-concerned about where Mass will be offered (Brandon or Mildenhall) then it is often possible to fit a Mass in sooner than this.
Donations for flowers are welcomed. Simply place your donation in an envelope (please gift-aid if eligible) available at the back of church and clearly mark ‘flowers’. Hand it to Father or one of the helpers after Mass. Thank you.
Both churches now hold a great resource of books on the Church, prayer, spirituality and biographies of saints. Free to borrow– simply fill in the record card and return when you’re done. If you have books you would like to donate, please see Father. Many thanks to all who have helped set up this resource.
CAP needs our help Mobilising churches to work alongside others to overcome poverty in the UK. What do you feel are the three most important things we can do to fight poverty and inequality in the UK? Write them down in an email (or letter) to your MP. Take a stand today. (www.church-poverty.org.uk)
Mr David Thomas a new member of our Parish has taken over this parish activity from Marty, so please give him your support. 50/50 also needs new members as well. There is a simple flyer you can complete to join the club. Membership is £13 a year, with as it says, 50% to prizes and 50% to funds for the parish.
Your Support is always needed. Once again thanks to you all,
Gracewing has published a beautiful little book Devotions to St Thomas Becket by Fr John S. Hogan, a priest of the Diocese of Meath in Ireland, with illustrations by a monk of Silverstream Priory. As well as the Christmas Novena to St Thomas, Fr John's book offers an 'armchair' pilgrimage to Canterbury with the Seven Stations of St Thomas of Canterbury. The book retails at £7.99 St Thomas Becket, a popular little life of the saint, at £6.99 - you can find copies of these books at the back of the Church in Brandon. Please put money in the CTS pamphlet box on the wall.
A statue of the Virgin Mary under the title Our Lady of Walsingham has been donated to our parish for the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at St Johns. Please have a look at our statue and take a moment to ask the prayers of Mary, Mother of God of Walsingham.
Walsingham is our National Shrine and the centre of the New Evangelisation as designated by the Bishops of England and Wales, we are blessed to live so close to this beautiful and important site for Catholicism in our Country.
If you have lost anything please check what is in the narthex. We will keep abandoned items for one month, but will then have to dispose of them. Items of value may be kept longer, but we cannot take responsibility for these or anything else left behind.
There is sometimes confusion about what stole fees are and who receives them.
They are amounts of money given to priests for various services (Baptisms, Marriages, funerals, etc.). In some countries, the priest keeps the fee. In East Anglia, because priests receive a modest stipend (salary) each month, Bishop Peter Smith decreed that fees should be part of the parish income. This is still the situation.
Thank you to Lina Busuttile, a member of the Mildenhall community who kindly created the new altar cloth for St Thomas’. Mass goers at St Thomas’ will also notice the new icons around the Church. These were purchased with the remaining funds that with given to the parish by an anonymous benefactor of the Divine Mercy Pictures
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