History of St Thomas More Church
With the Catholic revival and the restoration of the Hierarchy in 1850, Thomas Grant was appointed Bishop of Southwark in 1851. In 1879 the Franciscans, who had a mission in Peckham, began to say Mass in the house of Mrs Lucy Taylor in the Gardens, Peckham Rye. Then a site became available in Lordship Lane, in the Bassano Street area, where the St Thomas More Hall is now. Continue reading…
About the Parish of St Thomas More
St Thomas More is a thriving and vibrant parish, with a diverse congregation of around twelve hundred families. There is a wide variety of groups and activities which reflect our shared faith and we have close links with our local primary school, St Anthony’s, which is situated on Etherow Street.
We are within the Deanery of Camberwell and the Archdiocese of Southwark and the church and parish centre are set in beautiful grounds on Lordship Lane, next to the Library and near the junction with Barry Road.
Each of our Sunday Masses used to have before COVID times a flavour of its own, with music at 10.00 am and 12 noon, plus a children’s liturgy group and a crèche during the 10.00 am Mass. Our young teenagers are taking small steps into church music and often lead one or two hymns at the Sunday 5.30 pm Mass. Tea and coffee used be served before COVID times in our parish centre after the 8.30 am and 10.00 am Masses. We are hoping to come back to this welcoming practices once the pandemic is over.
Currently, we gather together simply for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist as we have 60 spaces available in the church, all allocated in a social distance. Planning to come for the celebration of the Mass, please, make sure you don’t have any Coronavirus symptoms as new persistent cough, temperature above 38°C or loss of taste. Wearing a face covering inside the church is obligatory as well as sticking to the safety precautions in place, like sanitizing hands while coming and leaving the church, using one-way system and sharing your details on the Test and Trace Card attached to every-week Newsletter or provided at the back of the church. We constantly ask for help in serving as Steward and Cleaner to maintain good safety practices in the church. If you can help, please, contact the office.
We have a reasonably sized car park but we remind all parishioners and visitors to park sensibly. There is wheelchair access at the side of the church, which is also fitted with a loop system for the hard of hearing.