Parish of St Thomas More, Bexleyheath
Second Week of Lent (C), 16th March - 23rd March 2019
| Saturday 16th March (C)
Second Sunday of Lent
|Wednesday 20th March
|6.30pm||People of the Parish
||No Mass on Wednesdays|
|8.00pm||St. Patrick's Dance in the Hall||08:15am & 10:30am St. Stephens Welling
09:00am St. John Vianney Bexleyheath
|7.30pm||Confirmation class with Mass.|
|7.30pm||Ladies Wednesday club in the hall.|
Sunday 17th March
(St. Patrick, Bishop, patron of Ireland)
Thursday 21st March
||SUNG Boylan, Duggan and Robinson Family W.B.
||10:00am||Dowal Dilworth R.I.P.
|10:30am||Duggan and Robinson Family R.I.P.||12:00||Lunch Club in the Hall|
Monday 18th March
St. Cyril of Jerusalem. Memorial
|10:00am||Audrey Fernandes R.I.P.||10:00a.m.||Bob Dunning R.I.P.|
|7:00p.m.||Stations of the Cross in the Church.|
St. Joseph. Solemnity
Saturday 23rd March
St Turibius of Mongrovejo, bishop. Memorial.
|10:00am||Lloyd D’Souza T.G.||10.00am||Frank Gorman W.B.|
|10:30am||First Holy Communion Class in the Hall|
|11.30||First confessions in the Church.|
Saturday 23rd March - 6.30 p.m. - Ted Fuller R.I.P. Sunday
24th March - 9.00 a.m. - Fr Salvio Rodrigues T.G. Sunday
24TH March - 10.30 a.m. - People of the Parish
Please pray for all the deceased members of our parish, especially: Jerry Dipre, Victor D’Mello, Stephen Fernandes, Bob Dunning & Barbara Kirsch.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Some Guidelines for a Good Lent
Confirmation and First Holy Communion Classes
The next Confirmation class will be on Wednesday20th March 2019.
The next First Holy Communion class will be on Saturday 23rd March 2019.
First Confessions (for those that missed them), will be Saturday 23rd March, 2019, at 11:30am
• Club Membership of £5 for 2019 is now due. This can be paid in the club on a Friday night.
Contact Bob Penny 0208 304 7909
Walk with me
Make your spiritual journey through Lent with ‘WALK WITH ME’ available in the repository.
Jenny Dunning would like to thank her many friends for their well wishes and mass intentions following the funeral of her husband Bobby Dunning, especially Eileen Budd and Kathy Ingles who helped with teas and coffees for the parishioners after the funeral service.
Notice for Collectors
There will be a second collection at Mass on Saturday 23rd March 6.30 p.m. and Sunday 24th March at 9 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. for Poor Parishes.
St Thomas More Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes October 2019; led by Fr Jonathon.
• The price is £560 on a full board basis with breakfast, lunch and dinner included in 3* Hotel Beau, situated just 8 minutes from St Joseph’s gate. Return flights from Gatwick are included as are all excursion and transfer costs.
• Deposits of £100 are due and the rest may be paid in instalments over the coming months. Tangney Tours have many ways to facilitate payments, either in full or by weekly/monthly instalments. Payments can be made by cheque, transfer or over the phone.
Katie, our parish secretary is available to help with filling in booking forms if needed. Please contact her for further information 020 8303 2189
Vacancy for Class teacher and Teaching assistant at Our Lady of Grace Primary School, Charlton
The teacher is required for September, closing date for applications is 20/3/2019. The teaching assistant is required for April, closing date for applications is 22/3/2019. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Our Lady Film Night at St John Fisher Bexley
2-part movie on St Philip Neri, the “Third Apostle of Rome” and leader of youth in the 16th century and also the founder of the religious congregation, the Oratory. Second part (including a recap) on Wed 20th March. Watch either or both parts. Includes sub-titles.
Catholic History Walks *Cities of London and Westminster*
The King’s Good Servant, the story of our heroic St Thomas More. Saturday 23rd March, 2.30 p.m. Meet at the church of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Cheyne Row SW3 5HS – Nearest tube; South Kensington. Contact; email@example.com or see catholichistorywalks.com
Last Wednesday our 2019 confirmation group walked THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS in the Church. We used our new St Thomas More Stations of the Cross booklet which follows the basic sequence and wording of St Alphonsus Liguori. Some of the more distracting archaic language has been modernised from older translations, but the meaning and structure remain the same. The original devotion began in Jerusalem very early, when pilgrims would follow in the footsteps of Jesus, usually beginning at the palace of Herod, where Jesus was condemned, and finishing at the traditional site of Jesus’ tomb. This walk through Jerusalem in memory of the last walk of Jesus as he carried his cross, is still done by many thousands of Christians every year when they visit Jerusalem. This walk is called the ‘VIA DOLOROSA’: or way of sorrows.
William Wey, an English priest and pilgrim, visited the Holy Land in 1462 and is credited with the first use of the term ‘stations’ referring to stopping places in Jerusalem in memory of Jesus’ passion. William Wey’s vivid narrative describes the manner in which a pilgrim followed the steps of Jesus through 14 stations which were finally fixed by POPE CLEMENT XII.
We have some beautiful stations at St Thomas More. We do not just ‘say’ or listen to them. We enter into this devotion with mind, body and heart, in words, in listening, in response, in silence, in song and in our physical actions such as walking, genuflecting and kneeling. The way of sorrows was not only an ancient road located in Jerusalem two thousand years ago; it is a crowded highway, populated by millions of people who endure violence and suffering today. These 14 stations of the cross serve not only to celebrate the memory of Jesus’ passion but also as a way to become more alert to the passion of so many around us who struggle under the burden of their own cross.
We will walk the Stations of the Cross at St Thomas More every Friday in Lent at 7.00 p.m., finishing on Good Friday. Please join us at least once this Lent and bring your family. If you cannot get to church, you can also perform this devotion at home with our new book of the Stations and you can also say it alone in Church or with your own group at any time the church is open.
With thanks to Fr Denis McBride for his introduction to ‘The Stations of the Cross, then and now’, Redemptorist Publications.
Heavenly Father, awaken in our hearts the desire to hear your word, revealed to us in Jesus.
Mass Attendance on 10th March: 334
Counters for 24th March: Claude L Olive and Dorothy Nikoi
09:00 Sunday Morning Mass - Readers Rota
Large print copies of the Newsletter can be obtained from the Sacristy
|The Catholic Church of St Thomas More.
420A Long Lane,
Tel: 020 8303 2189
Parish Priest Fr. Jonathon Routh