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 18th - Second Sunday b

Thursday 22nd

09:00 .


Seamus & Pauline Conaty RIP

All Parishioners




No Mass Today

No Exposition Today

St. Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 19th

Friday 23rd



Morning Prayer

Marie Cornish RIP


Requiem Mass Jean Dora Elston, committal at Hill View Cemetery 13.00.

Teusday 20th

Saturday 24th - St. Francis De Sales


Patrick Scally RIP ( Phil Sheahan)




Lucy Murphy RIP


Thanksgiving for Lady of Fatima (Brendan Fernandes)

Wednesday 21st - St. Agnes Sunday 25th - Third Sunday - Christian Unity Ends Today b_14_14


Sandra Newbolt (Meehan family)



Joe Quirke RIP ( Anne & John Fanthome)

All Parishioners


Sunday 25th - Third Sunday b_20_20


Christianity presents humanity with a challenge: if we want to live as the Lord intends us to, then we must change. If we are to have our priorities right, then our outlook must be altered.  Not once did the Lord ever find it necessary to send us a prophet to tell us what a fine a job we’re doing;  but prophet after prophet came to spell out the ways in which our society must change.

First Reading (Jonah 3: 1-5).  Nineveh was a proud city, vicious and materialistic, and an enemy to God’s people.  But this story shows that God wants all men to change their ways and be saved, even the people of a city like ancient Nineveh.

Second Reading (1 Cor. 7: 29-31). Paul reminds us that we can be so caught up in the present world that we forget that it won’t last forever.

Gospel (Mark 1:14-20).  This reading shows the beginning of Christ’s ministry as it is pictured in Mark’s Gospel.  At the very beginning is a call to repent and to put all trust in the Gospel message.


Sunday 18th: Responsorial Psalm:  Lord, make me know your ways.

  • No Mass: There will no Mass on Thursday 22nd January 2015
  • RIP Jean Dora Elston: Jean Dora Elston.  Requiem 11.30, 23rd January.  Committal at Hill View 13.00.
  • PAX Christi: Pax Christi envelopes to be returned today.


General Notices




Human Trafficking

Following a declaration calling for the eradication of modern slavery, which was signed by Pope Francis and by Anglican, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Orthodox faith leaders, the second International  conference of the Santa Marta Group was held in London in December.  This was organised by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Home Office.  Police chiefs and Church representatives from across the world gathered alongside Home Office Ministers for a Conference aimed at developing strategies to combat human trafficking. A full report can be found here:

Taking the lead on raising awareness of human trafficking the guiding principle of the Santa Marta Group is always to keep the welfare of the trafficked victim at the heart of all law enforcement.

The Modem Slavery Bill remains on track to be passed before the end of this Parliament.  An important development recently announced is the appointment of the Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Mr Kevin-Hyland.  Kevin was present at a recent meeting, organised by Bishop Patrick Lynch, at which he spoke about his role. He is the former head of the Metropolitan Police’s world renowned Human Trafficking Unit, and has worked closely with slavery victims to secure a number of key prosecution of perpetrators.  This newly created role will see him spearhead the UK’s fight against modern slavery.  Human Trafficking has been described by Pope Francis as “an open wound on the body of contemporary society; a crime against humanity”.  Please seek to raise awareness amongst your communities. There is very helpful information at the Stop the Traffic web site




Ladies Wednesday Club

Wednesday 21st January 2015, socialise and plan for 2015.  Information ring Mary Kearns on 0208 304 2456.





Our Lady's Film Group
St. John Fisher Church Hall

Monasticism – Eastern Orthodox & Anglican

Wednesday 21st January 2015 – 19.00 for 19.30.  See poster in the Porch. Admission is free, light refreshments as usual.




Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18th - 28th

This is a period of eight days of Prayer that all Christians may be one according to the prayer of Jesus “that all may be one.” Church Unity Service will be at St Andrews on Sunday January 25th at 17.00. We have been invited to lead the Bidding Prayers.  Any volunteers?




St thomas More Social Club

Bar Manager – Bar Staff

Required for weekend Shifts.  No experience needed.  Training can be given.  For more information and enquiries please contact Bob Penny on 0208 3047909 or Caroline Walters on 0208 304 7405




Religious Goods Display

Orthodox Sisters from St Elizabeth Convent near Minsk  Belarus will display some of their religious goods, icons, paintings etc. in the Porch the weekend of January 24/25.  You may wish to buy or order some and in this way support their work in caring for orphans and handicapped children.



Mass attendence on 11th January:

Counters - 18.01.2015 Messrs. Claude L’Olive & Dorothy Nikoi
Counters - 25.01.2015 Messrs Tom Breen & Mick Kearns