St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Bostall Park
Fr. John O'Donoghue 420a Long Lane, Bexleyheath, DA7 5JW (T: 020-8303 2189)



Month of January 2015

Sunday 4th - Epiphany of The Lord b

Thursday 8th

09:00 .


All Parishioners

Edith Bullock (Linda Smith)




Michael Toolan RIP (Freny)


St. Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 5th

1st Friday 9th



Morning Prayer

Lucy Murphy  RIP


Liam Mcinernay Barnsley RIP (Ann Burton)

Teusday 6th

Saturday 10th


Ann & Ray’s Intention (Pauline Lord & family)




Kevin & family’s intentions


Tom Woodward RIP (Liz Woodward)

Wednesday 7th Sunday 11th - The Baptism of The Lord b_14_14


Roy Oldfield RIP ( M. Sullivan)



All Parishioners

Sylvia Lonergan’s wellbeing (Muriel D’Souza)


Sunday 11th - The Baptism of the lord b_20_20


First Reading (1 Sam 3:3-10.19). When John baptised Jesus in the Jordan, Jesus emerged on to the public stage and was anointed with the Spirit for his public ministry.  This prophecy spoken and written hundreds of years earlier, had its full meaning revealed with the coming of Christ.

Second Reading(1 Jn 5:1-9). This quiet, reflective text, about love  of God expressed by keeping his commandment, deserves to be read slowly.  Mention of the water and the blood (which flowed from the pierced side of the crucified Christ) reminds us of Calvary, while mention  of the Spirit brings to mind both the resurrection and Pentecost.

Gospel (Mark 1:7-11: You are my Son, the Beloved;  my favour rests on you.


Sunday 4th: Responsorial Psalm 7l:  All nations shall fall prostrate before you, O Lord

  • Guide for Readers: Available for you in the Sacristy.  See overleaf
  • Thanks from Fr. Reynolds: Fr. Reynolds would like to thank all parishioners and friends who sent him Christmas Greetings and gifts.  He will never forget you, and remembers you in his prayers.  He wishes you all ‘ Peace and Happiness’ in the year 2015.


General Notices





The New Year is here.  We welcome it.  It is likely to be busy, to avoid it being too busy which is bad, here is a little Tip:  If we are rushed for time sow time and we will reap time. Go to the Church or to your room and spend some time in quiet prayer. You will have more time than ever and you work will get done.




Our Lady's Film Group
Monasticism - Eastern Orthadox & Anglican

St. John Fisher Church Hall on Wednesday 21st January 2015 19:00 for 19.30.  See pamphlet in the Porch.





A ground-breaking film series by Fr. Robert Barron, commences Wednesday 28th at St. John Fisher Bexley Church Hall.

Ten episodes over 5 weeks (Wed. 28 Jan, Wed 4th , Wed 11 Feb, Fri 20th Feb & Wed 4th March) will take us around the, illustrating the truth, the great shrines of Europe, America to the mysteries of Asia and the beating heart of Africa.  Come for just one week, or for all five! A companion book “Catholicism” by Fr. Barron is on-line.

Arrivals from 19:00 to 19.30.  Admission is free, light refreshments as usual.




APUC Annual White Flower Appeal
10th - 11th January 2015

04012015_1The Society for the protection of unborn children (SPUC) will be holding its annual White Flower Appeal next weekend.  In common with the Catholic Church SPUC defends and upholds the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. In November two pro-life midwives went to the supreme court in London to defend their right to refuse to be involved in abortions.  On the 17th of December the supreme court issued a Ruling rejecting the case of the two midwives and in doing so severely restricted the legal protection of the right of conscientious objection.  SPUS has over the past three years helped to fund the legal costs incurred by the two midwives and will continue to use its funds in the defence of human life in all its stages. Please give generously to this worthy cause.  The collection will be held after all masses next weekend.


Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 25th - 28th

This is a period of light days of Prayer that all Christians may be one according to the prayer of Jesus “that all may be one.”. As usual we will be joining in prayer with our fellow Christians at St. Andrews and the Pantiles Methodist Church.  More information later.





Please pray for the soul of Carey-Adams who died recently.  Her body will be brought into Church on Monday 26th at 16.30 and Requiem Mass on Tuesday 27th 2015 at 11.00, followed by Cremation at Eltham Crematorium.




Sunday Mass Readers Guide

Copies are now available in the Sacristy.  May I emphasise that it is essential that all members of The Word collect and use the guide.  Hopefully this will enable all ministers to have a better understanding of the text to be read or rather Proclaimed for what it is.  The Word of the Lord. A minister should never come “cold” to the Scripture passage or indeed to the Bidding Prayers.  If any minister of The Word does not have a Sunday Missile with the current scriptures please speak to Fr. John.  Finally thank you for your ministry.





St. Thomas More Primary School
Important Notice

The Governors of the school are consulting on their proposed admission criteria for 2016.  The proposed change would make distance from the school PRIORITY NUMBER 5.  Please see notice in the Porch for more information as your comments are welcome.




STM Friday Night Entertainment

Friday night entertainment, 6th February 2015.  Bring your nibbles.  Members and children welcome.  20:00 till late.


Mass Attendence Christmas, including Midnight: 808
Mass attendence on 28th December: 423

  Counters - 04.01.2015 Messrs H. Willan & Joe Bowman

Counters - 11.01.2015

Caroline Walters & Melissa Goes