Parish of St Thomas More, Bexleyheath
February is the month of The Holy Family
Saturday 22nd February - Saturday 29th February, 2020 (A)
7th Week of Ordinary time


7th Week of Ordinary Time (A)


Saturday 22nd February (A)


Wednesday 26th February

   6.30pm SAID.   Abigail and Amelia D’Souza T.G.
Mass at St Thomas More Primary School. Parishioners are warmly welcomed. Priest’s P.I.



Alex D’Mello T.G.

Confirmation Class to attend mass at 8.00p.m. (If mass not attended earlier in the day) 


Sunday 23rd February

Thursday 27th February

SUNG: Jimmy King R.I.P.
10:30am People of the Parish
  09:30 Bernadette Keaveney R.I.P.

Monday 24th February

Friday 28th February

10.00am No 10.00am Mass      10:00am Cecilia Rodrigues R.I.P.

Tuesday 25th February

St Ethelbert, King. Memorial

Saturday 22nd February

The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle. Feast.

10:00am   No 10.00am Mass
    10:00am   Joe Flannery R.I.P.
              10.30a.m.     Communion Class





Saturday 29th February    6.30 p.m. – Eric Moniz R.I.P.

Sunday 1st March  9.00 a.m. – Eileen and Joseph Marshall R.I.P.

Sunday 1st March  10.30 a.m. – People of the Parish


We pray for the soul of

Alfred Charlton

Funeral details are to be confirmed shortly   

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. Amen.

  Confirmation Candidates

Confirmation Candidates are to attend 8.00 p.m. mass on Ash Wednesday the 26th February. (If Mass not attended earlier in the day).
  First Communion Class

The next Communion Class will be Saturday 29th February at 10.30 a.m. in the hall. The children will make their First Confession on Saturday 14th March at 10.30 a.m. in the Church. There is no session that day in the hall so please accompany your children to the Church. Parents are encouraged to make their confession at this time also.
  Children's Liturgy

The next Children’s liturgy will be on Sunday 1st March.
  St Thomas More Thursday Toddler Group

The Thursday toddler group warmly invites all mums with their babies and pre-schoolers to join them in the hall on a Thursday between 9.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. for a friendly stay and play toddler group. All welcome! Admission for the first baby/child is £2.50, siblings are £1 thereafter. Tea and cake for the adults with snack time for the children.
  Second Collection

Next week on Saturday 29th February and Sunday 1st March there will be a Second Collection for Poor Parishes; formerly the Needs of the Diocese Collection, this collection enables the Archbishop to make grants to some of the poorer parishes in the Diocese.
  Cafod- Catholic Agency for Overseas Development

Next week on Saturday 29th February and Sunday 1st March we will welcome speakers on behalf of Cafod. We will be hearing about Lent Family Fast Day which is on Friday 6th March this year. You will receive donation envelopes which are to be given back with your donations after Family Fast day in the second collection on Saturday 8th March and Sunday 9th March.

  STM Social Club


  A Day with Mary

A Day with Mary at Our Lady of the Annunciation, Bingham Road, Addiscombe on Saturday 14th March 2020. 9.15 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
With a video presentation on Our Lady of Fatima, Procession of Our Lady, Angelus and Crowning with Sung Litany, Mass in honour of Our Lady, Exposition, Rosary and Enrolment in the Brown Scapular and Confession.

Please come and listen to Fr Stephen Boyles sermon on Our Lady. All are welcomed. Please bring a packed lunch.
  Bexley Winter Shelter

The shelter for the homeless 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
  The God Who Speaks

After the very successful retreat for Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
on November 16th at Bishop Thomas Grant School. Bishop Pat has decided for the Year of
the Word, to ask Fr. Victor Darlington to host a similar day at Sacred Heart School,
Camberwell on Saturday, March 14th 2020. Fr. Victor is a renowned scripture professor
and teaches at St. John’s Seminary in Wonersh. His area of expertise is the writings of St. John.
In the first presentation he will speak about “the Journey Towards Faith in the Gospel of John” reflecting especially on the Gospels for the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sunday of Lent.
In the afternoon session he will speak on the theme “Called to be a community of life”
drawing especially from the 7 “I am statements” in John’s Gospels which are used in the
readings the Sundays and weekdays of Easter.

Please do come, on special request of Bishop Pat.
  Pilgrimages 2020

Knock – St Patricks Feast Day Pilgrimage – 16th March – 20th March 2020.

Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, celebrating the feast of St. Patrick.
16th March 2020. £599.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage,
all transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with breakfast and dinner.
All entertainment and excursions included. Lunches on days out. Wheelchair accessible rooms. Single room supplement £100.

Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557

Medjugorje - Irish Centre Pilgrimage – April - October 2020

7 night stay and airport shuttle service from Dubrovnic or Split for 266 Euros per person sharing. book any flight – anytime and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service.
For info please contact 0203 2398662 or email

Dear Parishioners




In 1381, England was dedicated to Mary by King Richard II and was 'set apart for her among the nations. This year, the Christians of England are called to make a personal dedication to Mary, taking up her example as Christ’s first disciple.

History shows us that when the people pray a surrender to God’s will for their lives, society is transformed. By taking up this personal dedication in 2020, you can be a part of the renewal of this nation, drawing ourselves closer to the will of our loving God, through Mary Each one of us is invited to join in 33 DAYS OF PRAYER, beginning Friday the 21st February and ending on the ‘Solemnity of the Annunciation’ on 25th March.

80,000 copies of the prayer book ’33 days to Morning Glory’ have been given away by the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Unfortunately, there are now no more free copies available. If parishioners would like to follow the consecration, the book is obtainable off Amazon. Also, any consecration book that was either written by St Louis De Montfort (‘True Devotion to Mary’ for example) or is based on his writings will do.

Another alternative is to hear the book read day by day on YouTube by an Irish Priest on EWTN Ireland: Click Here To View This YouTube Video. In our parish we will mark the 33 days of prayer with the Angelus before every mass until 25th March.

In peace and unity,

Fr Jonathon


Mass Attendance: 15th February, 2020: 326
Counters for 1st March, 2020: Cathy Inglis and Rukee Perera

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

  Tel: 020 8303 2189  
  Parish Priest Fr. Jonathon Routh
Hall Bookings: 020 83047909
  Sunday 09:00 Readers Rota