Parish of St Thomas More, Bexleyheath
October is the month of the Most holy rosary
28th Week in Ordinary time 12th October - 19th October (C) 2019



28th Week in Ordinary Time, 12th October - 19th October 2019


Saturday 12th October (C)

Twenty-Eigth Sunday

Day of Prayer for Prisoners and their Dependents.
Prisons Week, a week of prayer.’
Fourth and Final National Mass Count. CAFOD Second Collection

  Wednesday 16th October

St. Hedwig, Religious

6.30pm SAID.  Sally Searle and Victoria Littlewood R.I.P.
    No Mass on Wednesdays
             09:00am St. John Vianney Bexleyheath
09:00am Our Lady of the Angels, Erith
           7.30pm  Lourdes meeting in the hall

Sunday 13th October

Thursday 17th October

St. Ignatius of Antioch Bishop and Martyr, Memorial

SUNG: Ashley Smith R.I.P.
  10:00am Melba and Oscar Fernandes T.G.
10:30am SOLEMN. People of the Parish
     12:00noon Lunch Club in the hall Today

Monday 14th October

St, Callistus I, Pope and Martyr, Memorial
Friday 18th October

St. Luke, Evangelist, Feast

10:00am Christina Daly     10:00am Aileen Cahalan R.I.P.

Tuesday 15th October

St. Teresa of Jesus (of Avila), Virgin, Doctor, Memorial.

Saturday 19th October

Our Lady, Memorial

10:00am   Vincent and Helen D’Souza T.G.
  10:00a.m. Joseph Gillard R.I.P.

Saturday 19th September - 6.30 p.m. – Rose Castanha P.I.
Sunday 20th September - 9.00 a.m. – People Of the Parish
Sunday 20th September - 10.30 a.m. – Vincent and Helen D’Souza T.G.


Prisons Week; 13th October to 19th October

‘He sets his people free. He made his agreement everlasting. He is holy and wonderful.’
Psalm 111:9

Please pray for the welfare of prisoners and their families this week.



National Mass Count

The General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales requests the figures for the National
Mass Count in advance of the Pastoral Statistics forms that are filled in each year.
Please note that the final count (mass attendance) will take place over the weekend.




St. Thomas More First Holy Communion & Confirmation Application Forms

Application forms now available from the priest after mass.
Closing date for application: Sunday 27th October 2019. No exceptions.




School Application Forms

Come to the parish office between 9.00. and 9.30 a.m. on either Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
Or contact Katie in the office to make an appointment.

Fr Jonathon will be in Lourdes from Monday 21st – Friday 25th October, it is not possible
for forms to be signed during this time.
Please note, you must bring your child’s Baptism certificate to this appointment.
Forms cannot be signed without this document. *Duplicate replacement copies can be arranged.

Please contact Katie in the office for details.
Please note, you must bring your child’s Baptism
certificate to this appointment. Forms cannot be signed without this document.

*Duplicate replacement copies can be arranged. Please contact Katie in the office for details.



Children’s Liturgy

Volunteers needed! If we don’t find any volunteers by October Half Term, the frequency of the Children’s Liturgy may have to be reduced.
Please contact Fiona 07951308981.



Wednesday Club

The next Wednesday club will be on Wednesday 17th October in the hall.




Thursday Lunch Club

Lunch Club this week on Thursday 17th October.




STM Social Club

Halloween Disco – Saturday 26th October 2019 - 7.30pm – 11pm

Excellent entertainment by Glee J, with the whole family welcome.
£6 a ticket, Children under 12years are free.
Prizes for the best costume for both adults and children.

8.45 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. All the family welcome.



Cafod Appeal and Second Collection

Harvest Family Fast day in aid of CAFOD was on Friday 4th October. Eileen Hayes from
CAFOD will make an appeal this weekend on the 5th/6th October, ready for a Second
Collection on the weekend of the 12th/13th October.




Lourdes Meeting

There will be a Lourdes meeting for all those coming on the Lourdes pilgrimage in October
on Wednesday 16th October at 7.30 p.m. in the hall. See Katie for further info.



Fr John O'Donoghue

Fr John had his hip operated on and is now recovering well. Please keep him in your prayers
for a speedy recovery. We all wish him the very best, and hope he is fighting fit soon.



Congratulations to Vincent and Helen D’souza

Congratulations to Vincent and Helen on celebrating their 65th Wedding Anniversary this
week. May God bless their marriage for future years to come.



Bexley Winter Shelter, Volunteers Training

The shelter provides a warm secure place for rough sleepers to spend the night, enjoy a
hot meal, breakfast and receive a packed lunch. Each night is hosted by a different
church and will run between January and March 2020. We are looking for volunteers to
cover evening, night and morning shifts on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The teams are
made up of volunteers from various Christian backgrounds.
If you can help or just want to find out more please attend one training sessions. There
is no commitment but those attending will be invited to complete an application form at
the end of the training.
The training will take place:
Wednesday 16 October at 7.30 pm - The Boys Brigade Centre, 174A Broadway, Bexleyheath, DA6 7BT
Saturday 16 November at 2 pm - Welling Baptist Church, Axminster Crescent, Welling DA6 1HF
Saturday 23 November at 09.30 am - Welling Baptist Church, Axminster Crescent, Welling DA16 1HF



Rock Choir Fundraiser

You are invited to a fundraising event for Bexley Winter Shelter on 19th October 2010.
Bexleyheath Rock Choir will once again entertain you with a variety of well-known songs.
Audience participation is encouraged! Light refreshments will be served during the
interval. Doors open at 7.15 pm. Venue: Our Lady of the Angels Church, Bexley Road.
Erith, DA8 1DN. Tickets £6 each - £2 for children under 12. Please pay on the door.



Parish Seasonal Walk

The next 'St Thomas More's seasonal walk' is to take place on Saturday 26th October 2019.
We will br following the River Darenth in Farningham.
Meet up at church for 10.00 am mass and we will leave at 10.45 a.m. (own transport is required.)
Walkers are asked to contribute £5.00 for Bexley Winter Shelter and envelopes
will be available for all parichioners to suppport Bexley Winter SHelter with a sponsorship
of £5.00 for the 5 miles. Please contact Helen on 07917 061 707.



St Vincent De Paul Society Fundraising Dinner Dance

Saturday 12th October from 7pm-11pm at St. Stephens Church Hall. £15 per person




God Who Speaks; Year of the Word 2020

Year 2020 has been dedicated as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’
by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. We’re all encouraged to
celebrate the Word of God in our lives, live the word of God on a daily basis and to share
the Word of God to others.
Br. Martin Mikuskiewicz is holding sessions of reflections on the Word of God, in the
Angelus centre (Our Lady of the Angels Church, Erith) on Friday 18th October at 7.30 p.m.,
bring yourself, a Bible and your friend for an evening of encounter with the God Who
Speaks to Us. Session 2 – Listening to the Word.




70th Anniversary of the Return of the Carmelites to Aylesford Priory.

Thursday 31st October, Vigil of All Saint’s, 12 noon Mass at Aylesford Priory, presided by
Archbishop John Wilson. Contact Anne Pass, 01622 717272, for further info.





  Dear parishioners

As you will know, this is the month of the Most Holy Rosary which the parish is marking in several ways:
  1. Last Sunday at 4.00 p.m. we had an HOUR WITH MARY in which we listened to words from St Louis De Montfort, a saint who inspired Pope St John Paul II. St Louis wrote ‘Treatise of True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin’ and ‘the Secret of the Rosary’. It was St Louis’ method of consecration to Our Lady that led Pope John Paul II to his motto ‘totus tuus’ meaning ‘I am all yours’. In addition we sang hymns to Our Lady and said the Rosary with a special prayer intention for the work of BEXLEY WINTER SHELTER.

  2. On Saturday 12th October we are joining the ‘ROSARY CRUSADE OF REPARATION’ with other parishes processing through the streets from Westminster Cathedral to the London Oratory saying the holy rosary.

  3. We are making a PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES in half term week. If you are coming to Lourdes, please note the meeting in the hall on Wednesday 16th at 7.30 just to check we understand all the arrangements.

  4. The daily mass attenders are faithfully continuing with the DAILY PARISH ROSARY said after every weekday mass. Why not come along and join them? The diocese tells us ‘those who recite five decades of the Rosary in church, or as a family, a religious community, or as a group of the faithful, may gain a plenary indulgence daily’. I commend the families who are coming to church in October to say A FAMILY ROSARY together.

  5. Each of us are encouraged to SAY THE ROSARY ON YOUR OWN daily this month for which there is as partial indulgence.

  6. On Saturday 2nd November after All Souls Day mass at St Thomas More in the morning, I encourage you all to join me for A DAY WITH MARY at St Mary of the Crays, Crayford.

  7. St Louis de Montfort wrote ‘ If priests and religious have an obligation to meditate on the great truths of our holy religion in order to live up to their vocation worthily, the same obligation , then, is just as much incumbent upon the laity – because of the fact that every day they meet with spiritual dangers which might make them lose their souls. Therefore, they should arm themselves with the frequent meditation on the life, virtues and sufferings of Our Blessed Lord – which are so beautifully contained in the 15 mysteries of the Holy Rosary ‘ And those 15 mysteries became 20 of course when Pope John Paul II added ‘ the Luminous mysteries’.

    May Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary pray for all of you and this parish,

    In peace and unity,

    Fr Jonathon


Mass Attendance: 386

Counters for 20th October 2019: John Fanthome
Second Collection next weekend on World Mission Sunday is for Missio


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

  Tel: 020 8303 2189  
  Parish Priest Fr. Jonathon Routh
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