We had eight servers at the 9am Mass on Sunday 27th October, seven of whom are present or past pupils at St Mary's!
Thank you to Sharon for this photo!
Thank you to everyone involved with the Foodbank Prayer Service on 17th October.
Your generous support and prayers for the Foodbank are very much appreciated.
Thank you to all those of you who brought along your pets to the ecumenical animal blessing at St Andrew's C of E Church on Saturday 5th October.
The service, which took place the day after the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, was great fun and a wonderful way to thank God for his creation and the companionship of animals.
Congratulations to our Confirmation candidates and many thanks to Bishop John Hine for coming to confirm them and being with us on 28th September.
Thank you to everybody from St. Thomas' who came along and helped to make the Kastda (Kent Association for Sri Lankan Tsunami Daruwo) evening on 1st September a success.
Your help was very much appreciated.
A record £875 was collected, which is the highest amount ever!
All of this money goes directly to the tsunami orphans.
On the Feast of the Assumption parishioners toasted our Lady with drinks after the noon Mass.
Young parishioners and pupils of St Mary's School on "duck duty", cleaning the pond at the school during the summer holidays!
Well done to the children, who made bird cake on the Feast of St Peter and St Paul after my homily about the Seagull chick!
The children learned that Peter was the first Pope and talked about our Pope, Francis, who took his name from St Francis who cared for all of God's creation.
The children also recited "Fly Away Peter, Fly Away Paul" and learned that many people say that this rhyme is about St Peter and St Paul and how they 'flew away' from the Church (wall) later to return.
First Holy Communion, Corpus Christi 2013
Archbishop Peter celebrated Mass at St Mary's School on Tuesday 2nd July.
Well done to our altar servers who served at the Mass!
It was a wonderful day of celebration of over 100 years of Catholic Education in Deal.
The Grotto and Mosaics which have been installed to mark the celebration are beautiful.
Thank you to the Parishioners who attended the Mass and who have supported St Mary's past and present, and many congratulations to the Governors, Staff and Pupils on their recent "Good" Ofsted Report!
Well done to Imi, who was chosen to crown Our Lady in St Mary's School's May Procession this year!
On the Feast of Pentecost we celebrated the 14th Anniversary of Fr Duncan's Ordination!
Thank you to the children, to the flower arrangers, to Monica for baking bread and providing cheese, and everyone who helped to organise the celebration.
Ad Multos Annos!
The palms that welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem would have been green and it was wonderful to see so many children on Palm Sunday with greenery from their gardens!
In Italy the Church bells fall silent on the day before Good Friday and children are told that they have flown to Rome to see the Pope in the Vatican.
When the bells return on Easter Sunday the children are told that the bells have flown back with their Easter eggs.
While we had coffee, juice and hot cross buns after the Family Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, the children wrote their Easter prayers, promises and good wishes to send to our new Pope, Francis, in Rome!
The children drew around their hands and wrote on their "palms" before tying them to a balloon. The balloons were led by Fr Duncan's (which had bells on!) and were released from the presbytery garden!
After the 9am Mass on 17th March we celebrated Marianne's birthday!
Happy Birthday, Marianne, Ad Multos Annos!
Lucy was interviewed about her book, Journeying with Jesus, on Premier Christian Radio on Monday 18th March.
Listen to her interview on Inspirational Breakfast with John and Nage here!
Sunday 10th March was Laetare Sunday.
As many of you know Laetare means "be joyful", and the children certainly were as they prepared a Mothering Sunday surprise for their mum.
After listening to the story of the Prodigal Son, or the 'Loving Father' as Fr Duncan prefers, the children talked about love and forgiveness, how much God loves us and how much we love our parents.
They then made 'bug sticks' on which they wrote a message, before sticking it into a potted primrose as a gift for their mum!
As reported in the East Kent Mercury, St Thomas' is hosting this year's Women's World Day of Prayer on Friday 1st March at 10.30am.
You don't have to be a woman to come along, please do join us for this Ecumenical Prayer Service.
Thank you to all of you who supported the Soup and Roll Supper for CAFOD on 22nd February, we raised almost £85.00.
Particular thanks to Moira for the soup and Monica for the bread, and thank you to all those who helped with serving the soup and washing up.
"During Lent we met once a week on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm in the Becket Centre to experience Luke's Gospel.
Very many thanks to Dermott and Marie for all their work preparing and presenting these sessions."
Thank you very much to Maria Pullen, Assistant Headteacher at St Mary's, for leading the Children's Liturgy on Education Sunday, 27th January.
The children made a wonderful book full of the "Good News" they are going to share by their example and actions.
Well done to you all!
Thank you to all who attended our Deal Foodbank Ecumenical Taize Prayer Service on 20th December, and to Ben and Clare for all their hard work arranging the Service.
We look forward to hosting another prayer service later in the New Year.
Thank you for your continued and generous support of the Foodbank, especially during Christmas.
The donations you left at the Crib have now been taken to St Richard's CE Church on Mill Hill for distribution.