Parish of St Thomas More, Bexleyheath
First Week in Ordinary Time (C), 12th January - 19th January 2019
| Saturday 12th January (C)
The Baptism of The Lord (Feast)
|Wednesday 16th January
Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Memorial)
|6.30pm||Said Michael Lynch R.I.P.
White Flower Appeal
|No Mass on Wednesdays|
|7:30pm||Confirmation Class in the Hall.|
| Sunday 13th January
|| Thursday 17th January
St. Anthony of Egypt. Abbot. Memorial.
||SUNG Mary & Geoffrey Hewitt W.B.||10:00am||John Shea, Brian Pike & May Hannigan R.I.P.
Adoration and Benediction until 11:00
|10:30am||SOLEMN The Koltunicki Family R.I.P.||12:00 noon||Lunch Club in The Hall|
|The end of the season of Christmas|
|Monday 14th January
(ferial cycle 1)
|10:00am||Michael Kelly R.I.P.||10:00a.m.||Kathleen Hawkins R.I.P.|
|Tuesday 15th January
|| Saturday 15th December
|10:00am||AT ST.THOMAS MOORE PRIMARY SCHOOL||10:00am||Fr. Louis Kitt W.B.|
|10:30||First Holy Communion Class, in the Hall|
Gospel: Mark 12: 28-34: This is the first commandment. The second is like it
SPUC White Flower Appeal.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding their annual appeal this weekend, 12th – 13th January 2019. SPUC is currently campaigning to stop the decriminalisation of abortion, which means taking abortion outside the law. This is the most dangerous threat to unborn children and their mothers in decades. Please be as generous as you can be to help support the work of SPUC in the UK. Please see the poster in the porch for more information.
Bingo night in the hall on Friday 8th February and 22nd February 2019. Doors open at 8pm, Eyes down at 9pm.The bar will be open but please bring your own nibbles. Bring your own pen/dabber. It’s a great evening for all the family with cash prizes to be won! Last Game Jackpot £100 50 and over £50 Snowball is back under 49 number
1st Friday night entertainment on 1st February in the hall from 8.30pm. Music by Annie Gee. The bar will be open but please bring your own nibbles. Raffle to be drawn on the night. Free entry Look forward to seeing you there. For further information please call Bob Penny on 020 83047909
First Holy Communion & Confirmation 2019.
Welcome to all the children who attended their first session of catechism on Saturday, in preparation for their first Holy Communion this year. The first confirmation candidate meeting will be on Wednesday 16th January at 7.30pm in the church hall.
The Co-Workers of St Teresa of Calcutta Coffee Morning.
The co-workers of St Teresa of Calcutta welcome you all to their coffee morning in the church hall, this Sunday the 13th January 2019, following the 9am mass. All welcome, so please show your support.
National Day of Prayer & Fasting for Life.
The Good Counsel Network UK are celebrating their 22nd anniversary on Sunday 13th January. Please pray and fast with them for the end of abortion and euthanasia on the eve of this anniversary. They ask that you pray especially that buffer zones won’t be introduced. Please see the poster in the porch for further information.
Our Lady’s Film Evening.
The next evening will be on Wednesday 23rd January. Where they will show an inspirational movie on St Thomas Becket. The film will be shown at the St John Fisher Bexley Church Hall, admission is free, the bar will be open & there will be a charity stall. All welcome. Arrivals from 7 pm for 7:30 pm start. Please see the poster in the porch for further information.
Dear ParishionersWhen to remove the Crib from the church?
The answer is on February 2nd, the feast of THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD also known as ‘Candlemas’ Before the blessing of candles on this day, the priest says the following:
‘Dear brothers and sisters, forty days have passed since we celebrated the joyful feast of the Nativity of the Lord. Today is the blessed day when Jesus was presented in the Temple by Mary and Joseph…’ The priest then prays ‘O God, source and origin of all light, who on this day showed to the just man Simeon the Light for revelation to the Gentiles, we humbly ask that, in answer to your people’s prayers, you sanctify with your blessing these candles, which we are eager to carry in praise of your name, so that, treading the path of virtue, we may reach that light which never fails.’
Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus and the light which came into the world on his birthday. When Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple, Simeon ‘saw the light’ and exclaimed ‘..my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see, a light to enlighten the pagans and the glory of your people Israel’. This is such an important declaration we say or sing this text every night in night prayer.
On February 2nd, the light of the world, Jesus Christ is thus symbolised by the Christ child in the crib and the candles which are blessed for use in the church on this feast.
We will be having a sung mass on this great feast on SATURDAY 2ND FEBRUARY at 10.00 a.m. with blessing of candles. If you have any new candles you will be using in prayer at home, please bring them to mass on this day to be blessed and make your last visit to the crib in our Lady Chapel. St. John Paul II would make his last visit to the crib in St. Peter's Square after celebrating the evening Mass on February 2nd. . After this visit the Nativity scene was dismantled. We will be doing the same.
Mass Attendance on 6th January:
Counters for 20th January: Dave Meehan and Joyce Minah
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