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 15th - Sixth Sunday b

Thursday 19th

09:00 .


Alba Fernandes – Wellbeing (I & E Pereira)

All Parishioners




Roy Oldfield RIP


St. Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 16th

Friday 20th



Morning Prayer

Pedro-Manual & Feliciade Fernandes RIP
(Kevin, Zack & Rita)


Donor’s Intention

Teusday 17th

Saturday 21st


Cis & Alf Smith RIP (Ann Kirby)




Henry & Margaret Pinto RIP (Zack & Family)


Friends & Family (Thanksgiving) (W. Whittle)

Wednesday 18th - ASH WEDNESDAY - a Day of fasting and abstinence Sunday 22nd - Seventh Sunday b_14_14



Michael Toolan RIP (Worsely Family)

Dympna McDonald (Janette Cousins)




All Parishioners

Agnes McLoughlin (RIP Anniversary Mass)

Station of the Cross and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament ending with Benediction.


Sunday 15th February - sixth Sunday b_20_20


In today’s gospel we see Christ’s concern for the sick and the outcast; for those rejected by society; for those with few or none to help them. God finds glory in living men, in men who are healthy in mind and body. Let us draw near to Jesus in order to find true life.

First Reading (Lev.13:1-2,44-46) This passage contains the Old Testament law on people suspected of having leprosy or contagious skin diseases. After diagnosis, the person so afflicted was to be put into quarantine until the ailment was declared cured.

Second Reading (1 Cor.10:31 – 11:1) Whatever we do, we should do it for the glory of God.

Gospel (Mark 1:40-45) Jesus shows his concern for human suffering by the cure of a leper. Because of their disease, lepers were outcasts from society.


Sunday 15th February: Responsorial Psalm:  You are my hiding place, O Lord; you surround me with cries of deliverance.

  • Keeping the Cold Out?: When leaving the church please close all doors especially the outer street door as it does not always shut of its own. Thank you.
  • S.T.M. Social Club AGM: The St. Thomas More Club AGM will take place at 20.30 in the club, on Friday February 20th.
  • Carmen Fiorini RIP: Her funeral mass is St Stephens’ Church Welling on Monday February 23rd at 10.00 a.m. Though not our parishioner, she was well known by many here as was her husband PAUL, who served mass here for many years. May they both rest in peace.
  • Are we a welcoming Parish?: A question that was raised at the Parish Council meeting on Thursday. We felt we are a welcoming parish  evidenced by our parishioners who are our welcomers at all masses on Sunday. This is an invaluable ministry and sincere thanks to those involved. As an upshot of our discussions, Fr John would be delighted to post in the porch the word WELCOME in the language of parishioners from different nationalities and cultures. Please feel free to devise your own ‘poster’ bearing in mind that the display space in the porch is limited. Thank you and welcome.


General Notices




If Winter Comes .....

If Winter comes Spring cannot be far behind, so the saying goes. True. And with Spring comes LENT, starting on Ash Wednesday February 18th. Spring is a time for new growth and the word LENT comes from the Anglo-Saxon LECHTEN meaning growth. So Lent is a time for new growth in our faith lives, in our relationship with God in and through JESUS. Sadly Lent is often thought of as a hash kind of time, certainly not joyful, while nature itself is joyful at the prospect of new life. So maybe that is why Pope Francis is inviting us to prayerfully reflect on the 8 Beatitudes this Lent either privately or with others. Copies of the reflections ‘Walk With Me’ are available in the porch priced at 50 pence. In a separate sheet/card you will find the Beatitudes listed for free. Please take one as aide memoire.
Today at our masses in addition to the above we will be showing ‘clips’ of a D.V.D. on PRAYER consisting of six sessions. These sessions will be shown each THURSDAY during Lent, starting on Thursday FEBRUARY 19th. The venue is our church and the starting time is 7.30p.m with a short half-way break in the porch for a chat and a cuppa. See you there.        





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. St. Valentine's Day Dance

S.T.M. St Valentines Dance 14th February. Music by Elevation. £6 per person. 20.00 till late.




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





Lenten fast day FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27th. Standing with the World’s poorest people. On this occasion the focus is on the plight of those in Myanmar (Burma), whose homes and communities have been devastated by storms and floods. A speaker Patricia Collin, from CAFOD will speak at all masses next weekend 21/22 February. Your generosity is always appreciated. In the absence of Michael Sullivan the CAFOD envelopes will be handed to you as you leave mass on the weekend February 21/22 and your donation will be collected as you leave mass on Saturday 28th Feb/1st March.

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!




Ladies Wednesday Club

25th February – Quiz
11th March - Beetle Drive
25th March - Go out for evening meal

Contact Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456




Annual Lourdes Handicapped Race Night

March 7th from 20.00 till late. This evening for a number of years has been very much appreciated and attended, so lets us keep up the good tradition. Come along with friends. You are invited as usual to sponsor a race for £25.00 or buy a horse for £5.00 and if your horse wins you receive £15.00. This weekend TONY BROOKE will be in the porch after 10.30 mass and at all masses on subsequent Sundays. Thank you.




Highest Cross

When Fr Martin Haigh, who joined the Ampleforth community in 1940 heard about the plan to climb the world’s highest mountain, he wrote to the expedition leader Sir John Hunt, asking that a Christian symbol be left at the summit. He sent the crucifix from a rosary that had been blessed by Pope Pius XII for his father in 1944, which Sir Edmund Hillary placed at the summit.




Quote of the week

The idea that one can’t be a Catholic and a feminist usually starts with a misunderstanding of what it is to be a Catholic’. Kristina Keneally- former premier of New South Wales, Australia.


Mass attendence on 8th February: 411

Counters - 15.02.2015 Bob & Kathleen Penny.



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