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



Month of February 2015

Sunday 1st - Fourth Sunday b

Thursday 5th

09:00 .


All Parishioners

James Family (Thanksgiving)




Mary Berry


St. Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 2nd - The Presentation of the Lord

1st Friday 6th



Morning Prayer

Eileen Budd’s (Intention) (Lorraine D’Souza)


Carole Frances Tracy (Timothy Kay)

Teusday 3rd - St. Blaise

Saturday 7th


Geraldine Durkin RIP




Seamus Conaty RIP (Margaret Williams)


Ann & Ray (Intentions) (Jernny and Norma)

Wednesday 4th Sunday 8th - Fifth Sunday b_14_14


Claire Wells RIP (Burton & Rowe)



Margaret Kelly RIP (Des & Kathleen Leahy)

All Parishioners


Sunday 8th February - Fifth Sunday b_20_20


The Scriptures hold a mirror to all human life, even its pain and sorrow.  The Word of God gives a profound sympathy for the deepest of suffering.  But if we expect our religion to give an easy answer to the problems of human misery, loneliness, and pain, we will be dissatisfied with Christianity;  if we hope for a paradise on earth, then reading the gospel will be a waste of time.

First Reading (Job 7: 1-4, 6-7).  Life has lost all meaning for job; it seems to be only a matter of dragging oneself from day to day until we reach the grave.  Although there is no hope in the reading, the Psalm notes that it is the Lord who will heal the broken-hearted and patch up their wounds.

Second Reading (1 Cor. 9: 16-19, 22-23.  Paul defends his life-style in this passage. Some people objected to his refusal of their financial support;  Paul says that he lives in the way that he judges will make his preaching of the gospel more effective.

Gospel (Mark 1: 29-39).  Here are two important points in our picture of Jesus:  his concern for the sick and the place of prayer in his life.


Sunday 1st February: Responsorial Psalm:  O that today you would listen to his voice,  Harden not your hearts

  • RIP Elizabeth Mary Paxton: Please pray for the soul of Mrs Elizabeth Mary Paxton. Requiem Mass on Tuesday 17th February 2015 at 11.15 and will be followed by cremation at Eltham Crematorium at 13.00.
  • This Sunday: Second Collection Catholic Education Service.


General Notices




Walk with me

As you may remember rather late in the day I made available copies of this publication coming up to Christmas.  All copies went. ALLELUA.  Now I am ahead of myself and have ordered 50 copies for LENT.  The reflections will be based on the 8 BEATITUDES which Pope Francis encourages us to know (and Live) together with the 10 commandments. Nearer the time, for those of us who may have forgotten them, copies will be available.  Happy refreshment.




Mission appeal, Sunday 1st February

This appeal is on behalf of St. Patrick’s Missionary Society.  Below is a short history of the Society.
Monsignor Patrick Whitney 1894 – 1942 Founder of St. Patrick’s Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers) formally established on St Patrick’s Day 17th March 1932.
Fr. Pat Kelleher will be making the Appeal today.

We welcome him.  He comes from Cork, never mind we all have our problems.





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

Admission is free, light refreshments as usual.




S.T.M. Friday Night entertainment
6th february 2015

Bring your nibbles.  Members and children welcome.  8 p.m. till late. Music by Martin Charles.




S.T.M. Friday Night Entertainment, 6th February

Bring your nibbles.  Members and children welcome.  8 p.m. till late. Music by Martin Charles.




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




R.I.P. May Hannagan

May’s family would like to thank everyone for their messages of sympathy, their prayers, Mass Cards and flowers.  Thanks also to those who worked tirelessly to provide tea and coffee all afternoon.  It was so much appreciated.  Thank you again

Ann Pike




Parish Council Meeting

Parish council meets on Thursday 5th February at 8pm in the presbytery.

Deanery Youth Mass
St. Lawrence's in Sidcup on Sunday 15th March at 11:30

Young people from in and around Bexley will be bringing their prayers, skills, talents and hearts to offer our worship and celebrate in the presence of our Lord and King Jesus! After Mass, there will be testimonies from young people, fun activities, Krispy Kreme donuts and a Question and Answer session, so if you have any burning questions regarding God, the Church or your faith, you will have them answered by some amazing young Catholics!  If you would like to get involved at the Mass, come along to the planning meeting on Sunday 8th February at St. Lawrence’s, Sidcup at 14:00.




Lost property

Quite regularly items are found in the church after mass at the weekend, gloves, scarves, woolly hats, spectacles etc.  Very recently a baby’s pushchair was left in the porch (minus the baby).  Items are kept for a couple of weeks and then disposed of, so if any items are yours please collect fairly promptly.  Thank you.




Volunteer Typist

Fr John is recruiting.  The typing is of a simple nature and the time involved would be about 2 hours weekly and it could be split into two sessions if more convenient.  Thank you and look forward to working with your spare time.





Looking forward to lent, Fr John is in the process of producing material for study and reflection during lent.





Fr John invites the group to meet with him again after the Christmas recess on Tuesday 10th February at 7.30pm in the presbytery




Ladies Wednesday Club

4th February 19.30.Games night and planning for year ahead
11th February – Erith Theatre
18th February – Quiz

Contact Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456




Parish Council Meeting

Parish council meets on Thursday 5th February at 8pm in the presbytery.


Mass attendence on 18th January: 427

Counters - 01.02.2015 Mr & Mrs Periera
Counters - 08.02.2015 Messrs Eddy Etheridge & John Marsh