Parish of St Thomas More, Bexleyheath
Pentecost Sunday (C), 8th June - 15th June 2019

Saturday 8th June (C)

Pentecost Sunday

  Wednesday 12th June

6.30pm SAID.  Nuala Shea W.B.
    No Mass on Wednesdays
          09:00am St. John Vianney Bexleyheath
09:00am Our Lady of the Angels, Erith
          7.30pm Praise and Worship at St Stephens Church, Welling
           No Wednesday Club

Sunday 9th June

Thursday 13th June

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, feast

SUNG Fr Victor Rocha R.I.P.
  10:00am Bridget O’Connor W.B.
10:30am SOLEMN. People of the Parish
      12:00 No Lunch Club Today

Monday 10th June
Mary Mother of the Church, memorial

Friday 21th June

10:00am Ferdie Rodrigues R.I.P.   10:00a.m. Sheila Driscoll R.I.P.

Tuesday 11th June

St Barnabas, apostle, memorial

Saturday 15th June

Our Lady

10:00am   Dorothy Nikoi and family T.G.   10:00a.m. No 10:00am Mass Today
           12.00 Noon First Holy Communion Mass

Saturday 15th June - 6.30 p.m. – Sharon D’Souza T.G.
Sunday 16th June - 9.00 a.m. – Errol and Glynis Pereira deceased family members. R.I.P.
Sunday 16th June - 10.30 a.m. – People of the Parish.



Day of Prayer for Human Life; Second Collection next week 15th/16th June 2019

This is the day in the church’s life dedicated to celebrating the sacredness of Life. The proceeds from the day for Life Collection provide core funding for the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and to assist other life related activities supported by the Church, usually by means of grants made to support Catholic charities working in the particular field determined by the theme of the year.

First Holy Communion

Children from St Thomas More will make their First Holy Communion on Saturday 15th June 2019 at 12 Noon. We look forward to celebrating their special day.

Lesnes Abbey Procession of the Blessed Sacrament

The Lesnes Abbey Procession of the Blessed Sacrament will be on 30th June 2019 at 3pm.

Children’s Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy as normal this week

Ladies Wednesday Club

  No Wednesday club this week

Thursday Lunch Club

There will be no lunch club on this week

STM Social Club

St Thomas More Social Club Parish BBQ starting at 7.30 p.m. in the hall on 20th July 2019. Tickets in advance from Bob in the Church porch or on the door on the night. Adult £4 and Children £3

Please give your support!!

All money raised will go to the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice. For food sponsors, donations and raffle prizes etc., Bob and co will be in the Church porch on the weekends of 30th June, 6th July and 13th July 2019.

We thank you for your support.

Please contact Bob Penny for any further information. 020 8304 7909

For all hall enquiries and bookings please contact Bob Penny on 0208 304 7909 

Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes October 2019; led by Fr Jonathon Routh

Flights are now booked. If you still wish to come but have not paid your deposit, you are still welcome. However, the flight price previously quoted cannot be guaranteed. Please see Katie in the presbytery for details ASAP

Prayer for the Sick

Please pray for Bonnie Meehan who is undergoing treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Money Counter Volunteer Urgently Required

The Money Counter Role contributes directly to the smooth running of the Parish. It is voluntary and no salary is paid. Just one Sunday morning in every eleven is all that is asked. All tools needed are supplied and full training is given. Past experience of cash handling is an advantage but not essential. You will be recording cash received and keeping simple records - no computer work involved. Counters are stood down at Christmas and Easter time. Please contact Katie in the presbytery if you would like to volunteer.

Missio Red Box Collection

The first collection for 2019 is now due! Please bring your boxes to the repository or wait for your collector to call. Thank you! Contact Helen Ratcliff


• Southwark Summer Pilgrimage, 2019 on Saturday 22nd June, around Hartley in Kent. A walk in the Kent countryside to pray and reflect on the beauty of God’s creation and how we can care for it and share it with others. From St, Francis de Sales Church, Church Road Hartley, Da3 8DW Contact 020 8466 9901

• In aid of Cafod, Afternoon Tea will be served between 1pm and 3.30pm at John and Freda’s, 35 Danson Road, Bexleyheath on Saturday 15th June.
Admission is £5.

Alatar Servers Summertime Break

Altar Servers summer break this year will be 6th August to 9th August in Woldringham, Surrey. The cost is £145 and is open to boy and girl servers aged 10-15. For further details contact Fr Stephen Boyle 01322 220075 or see posters for details.

Want some Praise and Worship?

Faith Sharing and Prayer Group at St Stephens Church, (in the small hall), Welling will take place on 12th June, 7.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. with Praise and Worship, Eucharistic Adoration, Bible Study, Catechesis, Prayer and Fellowship. All are welcome.


The pro-abortion lobby in the House of Commons is trying to amend the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill to push through abortion decriminalisation. The Draft Domestic Abuse Bill will introduce measures to tackle the horror of domestic abuse. This important Bill must not be hijacked to decriminalise abortion and make woman even more vulnerable to abusive men. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has produced postcards for our M.P. which will be available next Sunday on the Day of Prayer for Human Life.

Family Coffee Morning at Greenwich and Bexley Hospice.

BBQ FOOD, Face Painting, Garden Tours and Hospice Stalls Saturday 6th July 10am- 1pm Free Entry

The Gender Agenda

A conference sponsored by the association of Catholic Women. What does it mean to be male of female? How and why are the two sexes different? Come and explore a Catholic perspective on Wednesday June 12th 2019 at St Mary Moorfeilds, Eldon Street, London EC2M 7LS at 11a.m.

Annual Day for Disability at the Friars in Aylesford

Sunday 7th July, 12-4pm. Free Entry with Mass followed by a picnic. Workshops include a mini petting Zoo, art workshops and entertainer Circus Rico


Dear Parishioners,

Regarding the Blessed Sacrament Lamp:

From ‘New Advent’, the Catholic Encyclopaedia’: ‘The Church prescribes that at least one lamp should continually burn before the tabernacle not only as an ornament of the altar, but for the purpose of worship. It is also a mark of honour. It is to remind the faithful of the presence of Christ, and is a profession of their love and affection. Mystically it signifies Christ, for by this material light He is represented who is the "true light which enlightens every man" (John 1:9).

Traditional Roman practice prescribed a clear lamp for the blessed sacrament: in other words, a white light. White is the liturgical colour for feast days of the Lord, such as Christmas, Maundy Thursday (on which the Eucharist was instituted), Easter, Corpus Christi and the feast of the Sacred Heart. White light represents the light of Christ and his real presence in the tabernacle. Traditionally a red lamp is used near the images of the Lord and the saints and a blue lamp by an image of Our Lady. This practice can be found in many cathedrals and is the practice of our diocesan seminary.

The Catholic Encyclopaedia continues: ‘The tabernacle lamp is usually suspended before the tabernacle by means of a chain and it should hang sufficiently high and removed from the altar-steps to cause no inconvenience to those who are engaged in the sanctuary. The altar-lamp may be made of any kind of metal, and of any shape or form. According to the opinion of reputable theologians, it would be a serious neglect, involving grave sin, to leave the altar of the Blessed Sacrament without this light for any protracted length of time, such as a day or several nights’

There is only one occasion when the blessed sacrament lamp is not glowing and that is when the tabernacle is empty from Maundy Thursday until the end of the Easter Vigil. The lamp could also be off if for any reason the blessed sacrament had to be removed (such as major works taking place in the church).

In our parish, the donated lamp which was on the wall next to the tabernacle will be installed in the Lady Chapel with a blue glass and we continue with the red candles for St Thomas More and the Sacred Heart. Following traditional Roman practice, the blessed sacrament lamp now hangs above the sanctuary again with a white light to indicate - not just an image - but the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the tabernacle.

In peace and unity,

Fr Jonathon






Mass Attendance on 2nd June: 340

Counters for 16th June:  Tom Breen and Mike Kearns
Next week’s Second Collection is for the Day for Prayer for Human Life

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