Parish of St Thomas More, Bexleyheath
Holy Week and The Octave of Easter TWO WEEK EDITION
Week 1 - Holy Week 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
Saturday 13th April (C)

Passion Sunday

  Wednesday 17th April

Wednesday of Holy Week

6.30pm SAID.  Angela Kendrick R.I.P.
  11.30pm Chrism Mass at St George’s Cathedral
        3.00pm Children’s Choir Practise
        No Confirmation Class

Sunday 14th April

Thursday 18th April

Maundy Thursday

SUNG People of the parish
  10:00am NO 10.00am Mass
10:30am SOLEMN. Jessica Asuen T.G.       12:00 No Lunch Club
     4.00pm Altar Servers practice (1 Hour)
(Watching with the Lord until Midnight).
Corbett James R.I.P.

Monday 15th April

Monday of Holy Week

Friday 19th April


10:00am Joseph Ford W.B.    11:00a.m. Stations of the Cross for children
     3.00pm Children’s Choir Practice    3:00p.m. Solemn Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion
     7.00pm Penitential Service at St John Fisher Church, Bexley      7.00pm   Stations of the Cross

Tuesday 16th April

Tuesday of Holy Week

Saturday 20th April


10:00am   James, Matthew and Elton D’souza T.G.     11:00a.m. Altar Servers practice (1 hour)
     7.30pm   Penitential Service at Our Lady of the Angels Church, Erith      10.30am No Communion Class



We pray for the soul of Anthony Blundell who died on Friday 5th May 2019.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls
of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.



Parish of St Thomas More, Bexleyheath
Holy Week and The Octave of Easter TWO WEEK EDITION
Week 2 - The Octave of Easter 20th April 2019 - 27th April 2019


Saturday 13th April (C)

Easter Begins

  Wednesday 24th April

Easter Wednesday
No Mass on Wednesdays
Fr Jonathon on Diocesan Training

8.30pm SAID.  The Easter Vigil.
(with blessing of the fire, the Easter proclamation and renewal of baptismal vows).

People of the Parish

      08:15am & 10:30am St. Stephens Welling
09:00am Our Lady of the Angels, Erith
09:00am St. John Vianney Bexleyheath

       7.30pm Confirmation Class In The Hall

Sunday 21st April

Thursday 25th April

Easter Thursday

SUNG  The Robinson/Harris family. W.B.
  10:00am NO 10.00am Mass
10:30am SOLEMN. Anselm Mutuyimana R.I.P.       12:00 No Lunch Club
        08:15am & 10:30am St. Stephens Welling
09:00am Our Lady of the Angels, Erith
09:00am St. John Vianney Bexleyheath

Monday 22nd April

Easter Monday

Friday 26th April

Easter Friday

10:00am John Ging R.I.P.    10:00a.m. Maureen Hamilton R.I.P.

Tuesday 23rd April

Easter Tuesday
(The solemnity of St. George is transferred to Tuesday 30th April)

Saturday 27th April

Easter Saturday

10:00am   Funeral Requiem for Anthony Blundel    10:00a.m. Eileen Routh W.B.
     7.30pm   Penitential Service at Our Lady of the Angels Church, Erith
(11.45a.m Eltham Crematorium)
    10.30am First Holy Communion Class in the hall

Saturday 13th April - 6.30 p.m. – Angela Kendrick R.I.P.
Sunday 14th April - 9.00 a.m. – people of the parish.
Sunday 14th April - 10.30 a.m. – Jessica Asuen T.G.



Confirmation and First Holy Communion Classes

This next Confirmation class will be on Wednesday 24th April 2019.
The next First Holy Communion class will be on Saturday 27th April 2019.



First Holy Communion Class

The next Communion class will be on Saturday 27th April 2019 at 10.30 a.m.



Confirmation Class

The next Confirmation class will be Wednesday 24th April 2019 at 7.30 p.m.



Children’s Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy will return on Sunday the 28th April after the Easter Break.



Thursday Lunch Club

The next Lunch club will be on 2nd May 2019.



Children’s Church Choir over Holy Week & Easter 2019

9.00 a.m. children’s choir with Natasha will provide the music for 9.00 a.m. Palm Sunday,
3.00 p.m. Good Friday and 9.00 a.m. Easter Sunday.

If your child regularly or sometimes sings in this choir, or would like to join it for this year’s holy week and Easter celebrations, please come to all or some of the following practices in the church:

Monday 15th and Wednesday 17th April at 3.00pm. All children, from any schools, who attend St Thomas More Church, are encouraged and welcome to be part of this



Alter Servers

If you are going to serve on Maundy Thursday at 8.00p.m.,Good Friday at 3.00p.m., or Easter Vigil at 3.00p.m., please sign the sheet in the sacristy and come and practise for 1 hour on;

Sunday 14th April at 4.00 p.m. (to prepare for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday). Saturday 20th April at 11.00 a.m. (to prepare for the Easter Vigil).

In addition please arrive on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil one hour before we start to help prepare and for any last minute practise.



St Thomas More Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes October 2019;

If you are planning on coming on our parish pilgrimage deposits must be paid by the end of this month to secure the price of £560.00.









Prayer Request for the Sick

Please pray for Gracie Gosling who is 10 years old and is undergoing treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital at the present time. We wish her a speedy recovery.







Catholic Conference at St George’s Cathedral, 4th May 2019

You are invited to the Family and Life International conference to listen to four outstanding talks and presentations concerning – ‘What it means to be Catholic’. You will learn about the reasons to remain faithful to the Only Church Our Lord Founded, despite the times we live in and the difficulties as a church we are going through.



New Evangelization Summit 2019

We would like to remind all evangelists in our Archdiocese that one of the largest global Evangelization events of the year will be hosted here at the Centre for Catholic Formation on Saturday 4 May 2019. All are most welcome. Signup is required as the event is catered:



Tackling Poverty in the diocese at the Archdiocese of Southwark 2019 Spring Assembly

On behalf of Archbishop Peter Smith you are kindly invited to attend the Archdiocese of Southwark 2019 Spring Assembly, to be held by the Commission for Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation on Saturday the 18th May at Our Lady of Reparation (St Mary’s) Catholic Church in Croydon. Entitled 'Tackling Poverty in the Diocese'. Come and share your ideas on how we should respond to the problems caused by poverty in Southwark'.

Access to St Mary's Parish Centre is via the car park ramp, on the lower ground floor of the building, where we will convene for the Assembly from 10.30am to 4pm.

We will begin with Mass at 10am in the church.

To register either email the JPIC Office Co-ordinator at address or go to the Eventbrite page this will assist in providing an indication of numbers attending. Alternatively you can register on the day.



Annual Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage

Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage.

July 13th at St George’s Cathedral.

Archbishop Peter will celebrate for many hundreds of Southwark couples who are celebrating important anniversaries of marriage and their families.

If you are celebrating your 1st/10th/25th/40th/50th/60th + wedding anniversary this year, please apply as soon as possible. Get in touch with us at so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop. Please let us have the location of your parish in the title of your email.The last date to apply is June 8th



Help for marriages in distress. Retrouvaille England and Wales

On the weekend of 7th – 9th June, for second time this year a Retrouvaille Programme will commence for the benefit of Married Couples who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships. They may be separated, considering divorce or still together and experiencing misery.

The good news is that couples who attend the programme, where both commit to making an effort, have an 85% success rate of building a happier more satisfying marriage. This holds for England and Wales and across the international Retrouvaille ministry.

Thinking about Separation or Divorce? – Is your marriage or that of a relative or friend heading for divorce? Do you know how to save that marriage? Or do you feel helpless? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) is designed to help troubled marriages regain their health. It helps spouses uncover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. The programme is highly successful in saving hurting marriages, even bringing reconciliation to couples that have already separated or divorced. There is no group therapy or group work

For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’, or to register for the programme commencing with a residential weekend on 7th – 9th June 2019Call or text 0788 7296983 07973380443 or Email or visit



Message of Gratitude from CAFOD for the Cyclone Idai Appeal.


Thanks to the generosity of the St Thomas More Church community who raised £558.07 in the second collection for the Cyclone Idai Appeal last week.

Our church network responded immediately to the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai, getting people to safety and providing them with food, clean water and shelter. We are so grateful to people like you for remembering your sisters and brothers in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi. Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on four things:

• With over 1,400 reported outbreaks of cholera, we're providing clean water and soap, as well as advice on the importance of clean food and drink to prevent further spread.

• Many children were separated from their parents. We’re protecting and reuniting them with their relatives.

• Access to rural areas is still challenging due to flooding and damage to bridges and roads. We're still reaching these people and providing emergency aid.

• Going forward, our local partners are moving people, especially women and children into more permanent camps. They will be protected and can start rebuilding their lives.

Please continue to join us in prayer for the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. It is because of the kindness and generosity from people like you that we can give people affected by Cyclone Idai the chance to stand again.

You can still make a donation to help the people most in need.



Dear Parishioners,

The truth will make you free. Jesus said it although we humans don’t actually need him to say it to know freedom sounds like a good thing: freedom is a longing in all souls. Our Lord was speaking to people who had very little freedom in this world. The people of Palestine were ruled by a foreign power which kept them in submission through the fear of torture (e.g. crucifixion) and heavy taxes. Jesus had to proclaim the love and mercy of God to a people burdened with the laws and minor regulations of their religion. Poverty and the need for basic necessities meant there was little choice in life. And if you were a woman, you owed obedience to your husband. And if you didn’t have a husband you probably had so little status, that freedom would have been a totally abstract thought. But people can dream.

What about us though in our rich liberal democracy? We can often mistake freedom for being able to do whatever we want and this is where we get into trouble. We get trapped in friendships and relationships, pornography, must –have new possessions, drugs and alcohol: the things of this world. But these cannot satisfy the soul, because they do not give us freedom but enslave us and lead us chained into the darkness of ourselves until it can feel as if there is no escape for us. Many addicts meet in ‘Anonymous’ groups at churches and other venues. These are all people who came to realise that the thing they most loved in the world had enslaved them and so they come in search of freedom again. God bless the healing work they do and the support they give each other.

The truth is that the things of this world do not make us free. Even the super- rich and famous are not necessarily happy. Jesus says we can possess the world but lose our soul. There are so many celebrated people whose lives have come apart because the persona they have created for the world has overwhelmed the soul. Money, wealth and fame will not make us free.

Many people turn from the church in their youth as they explore the freedoms that life seems to offer and many of them turn again to the church later in life when they find they’ve come to the end of the road and there’s nowhere else to go. That was what happened to one of the thieves who was crucified with Jesus. He couldn’t go anywhere and so turned to Jesus who said to him ‘today you will be with me in paradise’. God is there for us, when the options of this life seem to be at an end.

The Church calls us to come to church on Good Friday and turn to the crucified Jesus. Kiss the Holy Cross of Jesus! This is his gift of freedom to each of us. He calls us to die to our selfish desires and follow him. That’s what he means when He says ‘Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it cannot grow’. Being able to choose from the many temptations of this world is not freedom. True freedom is choosing God to rule our lives. ‘Take up your Cross and Follow me’ Jesus tells us. This brings us the peace and joy that the world cannot give and is God’s gift to all his children who love him and one another. May the Cross of Jesus set us free.

In unity,

Fr Jonathon






Parish Prayer

Heavenly Father, awaken in our hearts the desire to hear your word, revealed to us in Jesus.
Your word of love, healing and forgiveness.
Through the power of your spirit, enable us lovingly, to carry your word in our hearts. Inspired by the love and gentleness of Jesus, may we draw others to you.
Give us the courage always to bear witness to your presence in our world,
as we act justly, love tenderly, and humbly serve you, our God.





Mass Attendance on 31st March: 291

Counters for 14th April:  Ann Burton and John Marsh

09:00 Sunday Morning Mass - Readers Rota

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Parish Priest Fr. Jonathon Routh