On Tuesday 8 December, The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis opened St Peter's Holy Door to launch the Year of Mercy.
We marked the occasion at St Thomas' by coming together to say the Rosary and have Adoration and Reconciliation before Mass, and then lunch in the Becket Centre.
Thank you to everyone who came along...and for those of you who wanted the recipe for the delicious soup that Monica made for lunch:
Sopa de castañas– chestnut and chorizo soup
Extract from Sam and Sam Clark’s Moro: The Cookbook
Published by Ebury Press
Forests of sweet chestnut thrive in the mountainous regions of Spain. This recipe combines some of the classic flavours of Spanish cooking to produce a warm, comforting and mildly spicy soup that is synonymous with the onset of autumn.
4tbsp olive oil 1 large Spanish onion, diced 1 medium carrot, diced 1 celery stick, thinly sliced 120g mild cooking chorizo, cut into 1cm cubes 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1tsp ground cumin 1½tsp finely chopped fresh thyme leaves 2 small dried red chillies, crushed 2 tomatoes, fresh or tinned, roughly chopped 500g cooked, peeled chestnuts fresh or vacuum-packed), roughly chopped 20 saffron threads, infused in 3-4 tbsp boiling water 1 litre water Sea salt and black pepper
In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over a medium heat.
Add the onion, carrot, celery, chorizo and a pinch of salt and fry for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until everything caramelises and turns quite brown. This gives the soup a wonderfully rich colour and taste.
Now add the garlic, cumin, thyme and chilli and cook for one more minute, followed by the tomato and, after about two minutes, the chestnuts.
Give everything a good stir, then add the saffron-infused liquid, and the water, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat and mash by hand (with a potato masher) until almost smooth but still with a little bit of texture. Season with salt and pepper, then serve.
On Father's Day the children reflected on the Gospel, thinking about how Jesus calmed the sea, as they made paper boats with their Dads.
Holy Communion, 7th June 2015.
Congratulations to all the children and thanks to all involved in making the day such a lovely occasion.
On the Feast of Pentecost, 24th May 2015, we celebrated the reception of Philip Bunn into the Church, and the sixteenth anniversary of Fr Duncan's ordination. Congratulations to both of them!
Many thanks to Ben and Clare for all their work preparing the Foodbank Prayer Service on Thursday 14th May.
It was lovely to see some of our children at the service.
Thank you to Glenn and Grace for reading their beautiful prayers, and to everyone who came along.
It was wonderful to see so many families at the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday morning.
Here we all are letting go of our balloons, which we send every year with our Easter prayers and good wishes to Pope Francis in Rome.
Congratulations to Tamzin who received her Baptism certificate on Sunday 8th March!
Congratulations to Dominic and Daniel who received their St Stephen's medals on Education Sunday, 1st February, and to Ellie - our newest server - who made her promise on Sunday!
Well done to all of you!
We celebrated Lucy's and Fiona's birthdays on 25th January.