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 22nd - First Sunday of Lent b

Thursday 26th

09:00 .



All Parishioners

Agnes McLoughlin (Anniversary mass)

Stations of the Cross and Adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament ending with Benediction



Alex & Melita D’Mello (Thanks giving)


Monday 23rd

Friday 27th



Morning Prayer

Rev. James Malone (RIP)


Kathleen Fitzpatrick (RIP)

Teusday 24th

Saturday 28th


Andrew Donovan (RIP) (Meehan Family)




Tommy Joyce (RIP) (Maureen Mulkerrin)


Alex D’Souza (RIP) (Muriel D’Souza)

Wednesday 25th Sunday 1st March - Second Sunday of Lent b_14_14


Sue Dempsey (Marion Halloran)



All Parishioners

Patrick Oliver (RIP) (Phil Sheahan)


Sunday 22nd February - First Sunday of Lent b_20_20


First Reading (Gen. 9:8-15). After the great flood, God blesses Noah and his people, makes them again lords of the earth and re-establishes a covenant whose sign is the rainbow.

Second Reading (1 Pet. 3:18-22).  We are saved by baptism which demands a change of heart.

Gospel (Mark 1:12-15). The God-Man was truly tempted before beginning to preach salvation.


Sunday 22nd February: Responsorial Psalm:  Yours ways, Lord, are faithfulness and love for those who keep your covenant.

  • Michael Francis Kilgannon RIP: Funeral mass of MICHAEL FRANCIS KILGANNON will take place on 3rd March 2015 at 11.30, at St Thomas More Church, followed by the committal at Hillview cemetery, Plumstead at 13.00.
  • A chair needs a home: Niagra Therapeutic Chair Recliner is good condition needs a home – would need to be collected. Please contact Anne Pike on 0208 306 9109.
  • First Sunday of Lent: Here we are again. Lent is a season of spiritual growth linked as it is to growth in nature. As we know certain things have to be done to promote and assist growth in flower gardens so also with spiritual growth. There are three traditional ways of promoting it: PRAYER – time spent with Jesus. FASTING – denying ourselves in some way that might become less attached to  things including food and drinks. ALMS GIVING – Paying attention to others and helping in any way we can. Three down to earth ways of moving closer to Jesus.
  • Wings not needed: We need no wings to go in search of God, but have only to find a place where we can be along and look upon Him present within us. St Teresa of Avila.


General Notices




Reverence at Mass

Is there a ‘slippage’?
At times it seems there is. What should be our guidelines while in the sacred space of the Church: To help us all, I suggest the following:

  1. Before Mass – speak to God
  2. During Mass let God speak to you
  3. After Mass quietly speak to you neighbour
Fr. John      




Presentation on Prayer

Our next presentation on prayer is Thursday FEBRUARY 26st. The venue is our church and the starting time is 19.30, with a short half-way break in the porch for a chat and a cuppa. See you there and please bring a friend.





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.




Our Patron Saint

St Thomas More is our Patron Saint. You may have watched Wolfe Halls on TV the BBC dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s book which has been described as a brilliant re-imagination of the Court of Henry VIII. Thomas More is presented in rather a DARK colour, but there is another story to be told. Eamon Duffy who is a Professor of the history of Christianity at Cambridge University in a recent article in the Tablet gives a rather different picture of Thomas More. If you wish to have a copy of the article speak to Fr John.




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.




Flame 2

Flame 2 is the largest National Catholic Youth event of 2015, taking place in the SSE Wembley Arena on Saturday 7th March 2015. We have 22 tickets. Doors open at 11am, and Flame 2 starts at 12 Noon, finishing at 17.30.

Contact: Sam Ogundere Phone:07967724290.

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.




St. Thomas More Club

Bar Manager – Bar Staff required for weekend shifts. No experience needed. Training can be given. For more information and enquires please contact Bob Penny on 0208 304 7909 or Caroline Walters on 0208 304 7405.




Further Thoughts for Lent

Every Lent, we ought to be looking at the various ways in which we get involved in manufacturing the gods that suit us. Every Lent is a time to get that little bit further beyond the idolatry, that constantly keeps us prisoner and draws us back to the old world. Rowan Williams – Retired Archbishop of Canterbury





You have said: ‘Our transgressions and our sins weight upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live? Say to them, As I love, says the lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from them ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways. Ezekiel 33:10-11





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!



Mass attendence on 15th February: 417

Counters - 22.02.2015 Pat Carroll & Melissa Goes