St Thomas More Catholic Church 

TWYFORD
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Deanery: Loddon Valley

Churches

St Thomas More Church
St Thomas More, TWYFORD, RG10 9ELLSWA
Our Lady of Peace Church
Our Lady of Peace, TWYFORD, Wargrave, RG10LSWA

Coronavirus

Catholic Masses and Service Times are likely to be different to the normal times due to the Coronavirus. Churches are now open at certain times and Masses are taking place - but please check with the parish to find out if the times have changed. Many Parishes are only providing Confessions by appointment. This should not be seen as an obstacle to anyone, it is just a way to ensure your health and safety. So please contact the parish to arrange to go to confession or to check any of the times. We will get through this and things will return to normal!

Catholic Priests and People

Rev Vincent Flanagan - Priest
Rev Deacon Micheal Jackson - Deacon
Rev Deacon Peter Kelly - Deacon
Mr Denis Fernandes - Health & Safety Representative

Contact

Correspondence Address:St Thomas More
105 London Road
TWYFORD
RG10 9EL
Phone 0118 934 0854
Click here to email St Thomas More Catholic Church
www.catholic-church-twyford.org

Nearest Catholic Schools

St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School, WOODLEY (2.4 miles)

Nearest Catholic Parishes/Churches

St John Bosco, WOODLEY (2.4 miles)
Sacred Heart, Henley-on-Thames (3.8 miles)
Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Dominic Barberi, Earley, Reading (3.9 miles)
St James and St William of York, Reading (4.3 miles)
Sacret Heart (Polish), Reading (4.6 miles)

Nearest Schools and Churches are calculated `as the crow flies` and may not be the closest or easiest when travelling.

Catholic Groups/Organisations/Religious Orders

Justice & Peace - Justice & Peace

About St Thomas More Catholic Church

The Parish of St Thomas More in the Diocese of Portsmouth. The Catholic parish church of TWYFORD .

Part of the Catholic Church - you can find other Catholic Churches, Catholic Schools or Religious Orders/Houses and Chaplaincies nearby above. Or you can use the Find a Church Near Me box above to search for a Church, School etc.

Useful Definitions of the Structures in the Catholic Church

What is a Catholic Bishops' Conference?

An episcopal conference, sometimes called a conference of bishops, is an official assembly of the bishops of the Catholic Church in a given territory. ... Individual bishops do not relinquish their immediate authority for the governance of their respective dioceses to the conference (Wikipedia).

What is an Archdiocese?

Dioceses ruled by an archbishop are commonly referred to as archdioceses; most are metropolitan sees, being placed at the head of an ecclesiastical province. A few are suffragans of a metropolitan see or are directly subject to the Holy See.

The term 'archdiocese' is not found in Canon Law, with the terms "diocese" and "episcopal see" being applicable to the area under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of any bishop.[8] If the title of archbishop is granted on personal grounds to a diocesan bishop, his diocese does not thereby become an archdiocese (Wikipedia).

What is a Diocese?

The group of churches that a bishop supervises is known as a diocese. Typically, a diocese is divided into parishes that are each overseen by a priest.

The original dioceses, in ancient Rome, were political rather than religious. Rome was divided into dioceses, each of which was made up of many provinces. After Christianity became the Roman Empire's official religion in the 4th century, the term gradually came to refer to religious districts. The Catholic Church has almost 3,000 dioceses. The Greek root of diocese is dioikesis, "government, administration, or province." (Vocabulary.com).

As of April 2020, in the Catholic Church there are 2,898 regular dioceses: 1 papal see, 649 archdioceses (including 9 patriarchates, 4 major archdioceses, 560 metropolitan archdioceses, 76 single archdioceses) (Wikipedia).

What is the difference between a Diocese and an Archdiocese?

Each diocese is within a Province - a group of Dioceses - the Archdiocese is the main Diocese within that Diocese. The bishop of that Archdiocese is therefore automatically an Archbishop. If a bishop has been made an Archbishop personally is referred to as an Archbishop but it does not make their Diocese an Archdiocese.

What is a Deanery?

A subdivision of a diocese, consisting of a number parishes, over which presides a dean appointed by a bishop. The duty of the dean is to watch over the clergy of the deanery, to see that they fulfill the orders of the bishop, and observe the liturgical and canon laws. He summons the conference of the deanery and presides at it. Periodically he makes a report to the bishop on conditions in the deanery.www.catholicculture.org

What is a Parish?

In the Roman Catholic Church, a parish (Latin: parochia) is a stable community of the faithful within a particular church, whose pastoral care has been entrusted to a parish priest (Latin: parochus), under the authority of the diocesan bishop. It is the lowest ecclesiastical subdivision in the Catholic episcopal polity, and the primary constituent unit of a diocese. In the 1983 Code of Canon Law, parishes are constituted under cc. 515552, entitled "Parishes, Pastors, and Parochial Vicars." Wikipedia