Parish of St Thomas More, Bexleyheath
Second Week Of Advent (C), 9th - 15th December, 2018

Sunday of Advent (C)

Saturday 8th December
Bible Sunday: The importance of the Scriptures in Christian Living

  Wednesday 12th December

Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Memorial)
6.30pm Said  Tracy D'Souza     No Mass on Wednesdays
       6:00pm St. Thomas More Primary School Carol Service. (collection for Crisis at Christmas)
Sunday 9th December

  Thursday 13th December

St Lucy, Virgin & Martyr. (Memorial)
SUNG   Mary Bowler R.I.P.   10:00am Mary Burke R.I.P.
10:30am SOLEMN    Fr. Francis R.I.P.    12:00 noon No Lunch Club until 10th January, 2019
       6:00pm Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party in the Hall. (Drinks from 6.00 p.m., Dinner at 6.30 p.m.)

Monday 10th December
  Friday 14th December

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (Feast)

10:00am Edward Fuller. R.I.P.   10:00a.m. Kathleen Hawkins R.I.P.
7:00pm Flower arrangers’ meeting in the Presbytery.      
Tuesday 11th December

St. Damasus I, pope. Memorial

  Saturday 15th December

Our Lady

10:00am John Fanthome   10:00am Mrs. Maureen Poole and family.

First Reading: Daniel 12:1 - 3:   When the time comes, your own people will be spared.

Isiah 12: R:   Sing and shout for joy for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Second Reading: Philippians 4: 4-7: The Lord is very near.

Gospel: Mark 12: 28-34:     This is the first commandment. The second is like it


Fr. Francis Memorial

As we approach the sixth anniversary of the death of Fr. Francis on the 12th December, we remember him with love and prayer. Envelopes for the annual donation were handed out last weekend and there are spare envelopes in the sacristy should you require them. Envelopes need to be returned on the weekends of the 8th - 9th & 15th - 16th December. For further information, please speak to Mary Bass.



Readers Meeting

There will be a meeting for all readers on the 17th December in the church at 7.30pm that will last no more than an hour. If you are unable to attend, please email Fr. Jonathon at


Senior Citizens Christmas Party

All parishioners who are coming to the Christmas party are asked to arrive in the hall promptly for 6pm, where a welcome drink will be provided. To ensure all runs smoothly, it is essential that everyone is comfortably seated by 6.30pm ready for the meal to be served on time. Music will be provided by the ever popular Gerry Kelly and there will be an opportunity for some carol singing during the evening. If there are any changes to your plans please telephone Kath Penny on 020 8304 7909 as soon as possible. For any other questions, please speak to Fr. Jonathon or Tom Breen. To the confirmation candidates that are helping on the night, please ensure you arrive in the hall by 6.15pm so that you can be fully briefed on your tasks.


Ladies Club

The Ladies Wednesday Club meet on alternate Wednesdays in the Hall. The next meeting is on the 12th December for Christmas Lunch at 1pm. For more information contact Mary Kearns on 020 8304 2456.


The Co-Workers of St Teresa of Calcutta

The Co-Workers of St Teresa of Calcutta are holding their monthly coffee morning in the church hall this Sunday following the 9am mass. Please come and support them. The team would also like to thank those parishioners who so generously donated items for the homeless. Your donations and contributions created 300 parcels that will be distributed on Christmas day to those that are in need of them.


St Thomas More Social Club Bingo Night

The Social Club’s Parish Christmas Party will be held on the 15th December in the Hall from 8pm until late. Music will be provided by Gerry Kelly & tickets are only £6. Please contact Bob on 020 8304 7909 for tickets or for further information


St Thomas More Social Club Christmas Party

The Social Club’s Parish Christmas Party will be held on the 15th December in the Hall from 8pm until late. Music will be provided by Gerry Kelly & tickets are only £6. Please contact Bob on 020 8304 7909 for tickets or for further information



Thank you so much to all those parishioners who contributed to the collection this time. The amount raised this half year was £505. The total amount for the year comes to £1,011.32. The next collection will be made in May next year. For further information about Missio, please see Helen Ratcliff.




Congratulations to Eddie & Mary Etheridge on the birth of their grandson who was born on the 3rd December. They thank you for your prayers



Advent Reflections

So often in our fast paced world we find ourselves run off our feet and exhausted by the frantic build up to Christmas and we completely lose this special time to take stock and renew our relationship with God. To help make some space and focus on the development of this most precious relationship, the Diocesan Stewardship Team have produced a daily email to enable reflection. The brief reflection will be sent directly to your inbox to make it as easy as possible to take a little time out each day and will focus on the readings for each Sunday in Advent. To receive your daily reflection, simply sign up at



Advent Crib Offerings

This year, our parish crib offering will be donated to the Catholic Children’s Society’s Southwark Crisis Fund. This fund provides emergency grants for children and families in our Archdiocese who are facing a crisis in their lives. Please see the poster in the porch for more information



advent 2019 - Prepare a way for the lord.  Christ is coming to us!

How So?

  1. He is coming at Christmas. In the Church’s year, we prepare for the celebration of his coming when he was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem, when God showed his love for his creatures by becoming one with us through the birth, life and death of Jesus.
  2. He is coming at the end of the world. As the world began, so we know the world will end and we prepare for the end times by working for the Kingdom of God so that when Christ comes again, he will find faith on earth. To this end, we are bound by God as stewards of his creation to love and take care of Planet Earth for future generations and not to hasten the end ourselves.

  3. He is coming to us when we die. He died for us and rose again, and when we were baptised we died with him that, with him, we too will arise again. This is the hope and promise Jesus gave us. When we come to our own end, God will be with us.

  4. He is coming to us at Mass. When we offer the Sacrifice of the Mass, Jesus promised us he will be with us: ‘this is my body, this is my blood’ he said, when he took the bread and the wine, ‘do this in memory of me’. Come to mass because Jesus comes to us at mass. Visit the church anytime and find some peace with Him, because He is here.

  5. He is coming to us in the Word of Life. Open your bibles on this Bible Sunday. Read the Words of Jesus in the Gospels. He is speaking to you and me today and his very words are there for all to read and hear.

  6. He is coming to us in our neighbour. Jesus said: ‘For when I was hungry, you gave me food; when thirsty, you gave me drink; when I was a stranger you took me into your home, when naked you clothed me; when I was ill you came to my help, when in prison you visited me… anything you did for one of my brothers or sisters … you did it for me’. (Matthew 25:35 …)

Wishing you joy this Advent as we prepare for THE COMING OF THE LORD. 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 to alw Amen.



The Catholic Church of St Thomas More.
420A Long Lane,

Tel: 020 8303 2189



Parish Priest Fr. Jonathon Routh