Parish of St Thomas More, Bexleyheath
December is the month of The Imaculate Conception
Second Weekend of Advent 7th December - 14th Decembr (A) 2019



Second Week of Advent, 7th December - 14th December 2019


Saturday 7th December (A)

Second Week of Advent

  Wednesday 11th December
6.30pm SAID.  Eliza and Malthias D’Souza R.I.P.
    No Mass on Wednesdays
School choir practice in Church.

            09:00am St. John Vianney Bexleyheath
09:00am Our Lady of the Angels, Erith

Sunday 8th December

Thursday 12th December
Our Lady of Guadalupe. Memorial

SUNG: Kim Yen R.I.P.
    General Election Polling Station in porch until 10.00 p.m.
10:30am SOLEMN REQUIEM: Agnel Martyrs W.B.
   10:00noon Ethna and Tom Young R.I.P.
    6:00pm Over 65’s Christmas Dinner

Monday 9th December

Friday 13th December

St. Lucy, Virgin & Martyr. Memorial

10:00am At St. Thomas More Primary School.
Parishioners are welcomed. Priest’s Private Intention.
    10:00am Aileen Cahalan R.I.P.
  8.00pm Maureen and John Kelher R.I.P.     

Tuesday 10th December
Saturday 14th December
St. John of the Cross, priest & doctor of the church. Memorial

10:00am   Seamus Ryan R.I.P.
   10.00a.m. Katie and Lee Harris W.B.
    7.00pm   Christmas Memorial Service at Kemnal Park Cemetery      12.00noon     Baptism


Saturday 14th December  6.30 p.m. – Joaquim D’Souza R.I.P.

Sunday 15th December  9.00 a.m. – Geraldine Robinson W.B. Sunday 15th December

Sunday 15th December  10.30 a.m. – People of the Parish


School Application Forms

Form signing can only be completed by appointment. Please note, you must bring your child’s Baptism certificate, as forms cannot be signed without this document. (Duplicate or replacement copies can be arranged by contacting Katie in the office).


Christmas Card Competition

All children aged 6 to 11 are invited to design a Christmas card and submit an entry to The Centre for Catholic Formation by Monday 9th December.


Ladies Wednesday club

The next Ladies club is on Wednesday 11th December 2019. This will be the last one of 2020. Date for the New Year is to be confirmed.



We are seeking additional volunteers to help with the counting on an 11 week rota starting in January. Could you assist? Please contact Hugh Willan or Katie in the office.


Bexley Winter Shelter

The shelter runs from the beginning of January to the end of March; usually the coldest months of the year. It is hosted by at a different church venue each night. Would you like to volunteer? Contact Jack on 07920741517


Sunday 15th December – Second Collection


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STM Social Club

Vacancy for a Committee Member

If you are interested in becoming a committee member for the social club please contact Bob Penny on 020 83047909. For hall bookings and availability call Bob Penney on 0208 3047909

  We pray for the souls of

Anthony West,
Catherine Ann Bernadette Keaveney,
Christine Smithers, Romeld Forgenie.

We pray for the soul of Fr Tom Creagh-Fuller whose funeral will take place at
St. Edmunds, Beckenham on Wednesday 18th December.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all
the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


Dear parishioners,

To honour the great solemnity of THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, you are invited to join us on the St Thomas More Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2020. We will joyfully celebrate in Lourdes the words of Our Lady to St. Bernadette ‘I am the Immaculate Conception’.

Please contact Katie in the parish office for more information and/ or a booking form. Once you have paid your deposit, arrangements can be made with Tangney Tours to pay for your pilgrimage in monthly instalments. I hope you can join us.

In unity,

Fr Jonathon


Mass Attendance: 397

Counters for 24th November 2019: Dave Meehan and Joyce Minah

Second Collection Next week is for Embrace the Middle East


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

  Tel: 020 8303 2189  
  Parish Priest Fr. Jonathon Routh
  Sunday 09:00 Readers Rota