Parish of St Thomas More, Bexleyheath
Fifth Sunday of Easter (C), 18th May - 25th May 2019

Saturday 18th May (C)

Fifth Sunday of Easter 

  Wednesday 22nd May

St Rita of Cascia, Religious Memorial

6.30pm SAID.  Chris Hawkins R.I.P.
    No Mass on Wednesdays
          10:30am St. Stephens Welling
09:00am St. John Vianney Bexleyheath

09:00am Our Lady of the Angels, Erith
          7.30pm No Ladies Wednesday club
          7.30pm Confirmation Class - Rehearsal, Sponsors to attend

Sunday 19th May

Thursday 23rd May

SUNG People of the Parish
  10:00am No 10.00am Mass today
10:30am SOLEMN. Robert Mcdonagh
      12:00 No Lunch Club Today
    7.00pm  Confirmation Mass with Bishop Pat.

Monday 20th May

St Bernadine of Sienna, Priest. Memorial

Friday 24th May

10:00am Denis Sullivan R.I.P.   10:00a.m. Damian and Michael Kirby R.I.P.

Tuesday 21st May

Saint Christopher of Magallanes, Priest and Companions, Martyrs. Memorial.

Saturday 25th May

St Bede the Venerable Priest and Doctor of the Church, Memorial.

10:00am   John McDermott R.I.P.   10:00a.m. Maria Ponsford W.B.
           10.30am Communion Class - Rehearsal
       11.30am Baptism
         2.00pm Wedding

Saturday 25th May - 6.30 p.m. – Derek and Tracy D’Souza T.G.
Sunday 26th May - 9.00 a.m. – Rosette Hull R.I.P.
Sunday 26th May - 10.30 a.m. – People of the Parish.


We pray for the soul of Sheila Florence Driscoll who died on Monday 6th May 2019.
Her funderal mass will take place on Tuesday 28th May 2019, at 10.00am.

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




Confirmation and First Holy Communion Classes

The next Confirmation class is on Wednesday 22nd May 2019. This is a rehearsal for all and sponsors are expected to attend.
The next First Holy Communion class will be on Saturday 25th May 2019. This is a full rehearsal. All to attend.

Children's Liturgy

There is children’s liturgy on Sunday 19th May 2019.
There is no Children’s Liturgy 26th May or 2nd June 2019 due to Half Term

Ladies Wednesday Club

The next Wednesday club is on the 29th May at 7.30 p.m.

Thursday Lunch Club

There will be
no lunch club on 23rd May 2019.
Lunch club will start again on the 30th May 2019.

STM Social Club

The STM Club thanks those that have donated raffle prizes. We still need some more donations please.
If you can help please contact Bob Penny on 0208 3047909. Thankyou.

Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes October 2019; led by Fr Jonathon Routh

Flights are now booked.
If you still wish to come but have not paid your deposit, you are still welcome. However, the flight price previously quoted cannot be guaranteed.
Please see Katie in the presbytery for details ASAP.

Prayer for the sick

Please pray for Bonnie Meehan who is undergoing treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Altar Servers Summertime Break

Altar Servers summer break this year will be 6th August to 9th August in Woldringham, Surrey.
The cost is £145 and is open to boy and girl servers aged 10-15.
For further details contact Fr Stephen Boyle 01322 220075 or see posters for details.

Afternoon Tea

In aid of Cafod, Afternoon Tea will be served between 1pm and 3.30pm at John and Freda’s, 35 Danson Road, Bexleyheath on Saturday 15th June. Admission is £5.

Faith Sharing and Prayer Group

Faith Sharing and Prayer Group at St Stephens Church, (in the small hall), Welling will take place on 12th June, 7.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. with Praise and Worship, Eucharistic Adoration, Bible Study, Catechesis, Prayer and Fellowship. All are welcome.

Lesnes Abbey Procession of the Blessed Sacrament

The Lesnes Abbey Procession of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on 30th June 2019 at 3pm.

Catholic History Walks – Blessed John Henry Newman

An evening of Prose and Poetry with Sarah de Nordwell on Monday 3rd June 2019, 6.30 p.m., at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Southwark. Booking for this event is essential, please email Cost £5.

Annual Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage

Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage. July 13th at St George’s Cathedral. Archbishop Peter will celebrate for many hundreds of Southwark couples who are celebrating important anniversaries of marriage and their families. If you are celebrating your 1st/10th/25th/40th/50th/60th + wedding anniversary this year, please apply as soon as possible. Get in touch with us at so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop.
The last date to apply is June 8th

Help for marriages in distress. Retrouvaille England and Wales

Thinking about Separation or Divorce? – Retrouvaille is designed to help troubled marriages regain their health. It helps spouses uncover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. The programme is highly successful in saving hurting marriages, where both commit to making an effort, have an 85% success rate. Even bringing reconciliation to couples that have already separated or divorced. There is no group therapy or group work.

For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’, or to register for the programme commencing with a residential weekend on 7th – 9th June 2019

Call or text 0788 7296983 or Email


Dear Parishioners,

I encourage parishioners and in particular our confirmation group and any young people and families to come to St George’s Cathedral on Friday 31st May for an evening with Matt Maher in praise, worship and adoration. Music was a key ingredient at the successful CMYFed FLAME event last March and it is evident that young people respond and relate to it with ease and enthusiasm. In a world full of challenging influences, this is an opportunity to offer our young people a really positive event, on their level, with faith at the centre.

Matt Maher has won a string of Gospel Music Association awards and been nominated on a number of occasions for Grammy Awards. His career highlights include performing in front of Pope Francis and 3 million young people at World Youth Day. He's from Canada and lives in the USA but has agreed to come and perform at two of our UK Cathedrals this month.


Please join us. Book your tickets in advance if you can. Online booking is £10 a ticket to cover costs. See I will be leaving on the 17.36 or 18.07 train from Bexleyheath station to Waterloo East. There is a short walk to the cathedral from there.

In peace and unity,

Fr Jonathon






Mass Attendance on 12th May: 412

Counters for 26th May:  Caroline Walters and Melissa Goes

09:00 Sunday Morning Mass - Readers Rota

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

Tel: 020 8303 2189



Parish Priest Fr. Jonathon Routh