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

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Month of March 2015

Sunday 15th March - Fourth Sunday of Lent b

Thursday 19th

09:00 .

10:30

15:00-16:00

All Parishioners

Jessica Asuen (Thanksgiving)

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

10:00

10:30-11:00

11:00

12:00

Joe Quirke RIP (D & S Lonergan)

Exposition

Requiem Mass for Bill Davidson RIP, followed by buriel at Hill View Cemetary.

St. Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 16th

Friday 20th

09:15

09:30

Morning Prayer

Dympna McDonald RIP

10:00

Robert, Annie & Padraig McDonagh RIP
(Maureen Mulkerrin)

Teusday 17th - St. Patrick's Day

Saturday 21st

10:00

Vincent- & Helen D’Souza & Family (Phil Sheahan)

09:00

18:00-18:30

18:30

Dorothy

Confession

Irene Martin RIP (Ann)

Wednesday 18th Sunday 22nd - Fifth Sunday of Lent b_14_14

10:00

19:00

Ciara Penny RIP (Nora Conlon)

Requiem mass for Collen Nyabasa

09:00

10:30

All Parishioners

Joe De Souza (Moses Family)

 

Sunday 15th March - Fourth Sunday of Lent year_b

 
 

First Reading (2 Chron. 36:14-16, 19-23) – Looking back on the history of his people, the writer concludes that the nation that abandons its God cannot hope to escape his judgement and punishment. But because God is full of forgiveness and mercy, the nation will be saved after its punishment.

Second Reading (Eph.2:4-10) – We are saved because of God’s tender mercy towards us, and not due to any merits of our own.

Gospel (Jn. 3:14-21) – God’s great love for the world is shown by his sending his Son to save us.

 

Sunday 15th March: Responsorial Psalm:  Lord may we walk in your light.

  • Mother's Day: Today we thank God for all the blessings we receive throughout our lives from our Mothers, they are God’s gift to us. As a token and appreciation today at all masses, each mother will be presented with the traditional daffodil. Thank you once again for all your love.
  • St. Patrick's Day: We wish Irish people everywhere all God’s blessings on their Patronal feast whatever about Cheltenham.
  • Wheelchair looking for a good home: Telephone Ann Pike on 02083069109.
  • CAFOD: Thank you for the cheque of £715.59 coming from the Spring Family Fast day.
  • Family & Youth Evening: Please see Poster in Church regarding Family & Youth evening of Eucharistic Adoration at St Anselm Church, Dartford, on Wednesday 18th March 2015.

 

General Notices

 

 

 

Presentation on Prayer

Our next presentation on prayer is Thursday 19th March. 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. Hope to see you there and please bring a friend.

 

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Introducing theMedaille Trust

Medaille Trust was founded in 2006 by a number of religious Orders and congregations in response to the plight of thousands of people who are being trafficked into the UK each year. The Trust was established as a charity and opened its first safe house in January 2007. A major part of the Trust’s work is to raise awareness of the plight of those who are enslaved and exploited in the trafficking industry, and campaign on their behalf.

The charity does this by providing safe housing and support for victims of human trafficking at six safe houses across the UK. Four of these properties have most generously been donated by Religious. The organisation also raises awareness of human trafficking through the publication of a magazine and carrying out talks at schools, universities, churches and to a variety of faith groups.

The Medaille Trust has been greatly pleased and encouraged to her of the Holy Father’s great interest in the fight against trafficking and his call for action. It is most fortunate that this inspirational leadership from Rome comes at a time when we have launched a most exciting project. The main objective of the project is a team of Diocesan Representatives who will engage with the Catholic congregations and communities in the UK to raise awareness, educate individuals and hopefully raise funds for victims in the UK.

PS: If any parishioner would like to get involved in any way in the above work being done by the Trust, please contact Di Killian  - Diocesan Representative email: d.killian@medaille-trust.org.uk or telephone: 07940435708. Or if any of you have any thoughts about  what we might do at a parish level, please see Fr. John.

 

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Reflection

It has been raining since early morning. I have been forced to stay indoors, meditating on the shortcoming of life. Our competitive world has made people selfish and uncaring. I have made up my mind to do something about it. I cannot hope to convert all those people. I’d be happy if I could convert even one person. I will begin with the period I know best – MYSELF.

But where shall I begin? Let me see. I know that I am lazy and selfish, vain, proud and unforgiving. I could be kinder, gentler and more considerate. But what’s this? I don’t believe it. It’s just stopped raining. So I can go outdoors again. I need some fresh air. I’ll go for a long walk. I can reform myself tomorrow that is, providing it’s raining, and I’m forced to stay indoors, meditating on the shortcoming of life. Printed with the kind permission of the late Canon John Lennon. I am sure he would be very happy if we use this reflection in a personal way, during the reminder of Lent.

 

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Race Night Thanks

Thanks to all involved in any way with the successful Race Night last week. Profit was £1200. Blessing to all – Tony Brooke.

 

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Job Vacancy

Our Lady of Grace RC Primary School, Charlton have job vacancies for a Learning Support Assistant and Teaching Assistant. If interested please see poster in the porch.

Apology

The Brownies and Guides apologise for the cancellation of the QUIZ NIGHT and CAKE SALE on Thursday 21st March owing to illness. Watch out for this space.

 

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Spring Fair

There will be a SPRING FAIR at St. Peter’s Residence Home (where Fr Reynolds is living) on Saturday 21st March at 12.30pm. Everyone is welcomed.

 

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Parish Council Meeting

The Parish Council meets this Wednesday 18th March t 20.00, in the Prosperity.

 

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Ladies Wednesday Club

25th March - Go out for evening meal to Brewers Fayre, Albion Road, Bexleyheath at 19.00.

Contact Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456

 

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Forthcoming Confessions for parents and their
First Holy communion children

The next opportunity is Saturday 21st of March at 10:30.

 

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The homosexual Child

Nobody mentioned homosexual marriage at the synod; it did not cross our minds. What we did talk about was of how a family with a homosexual child, whether a son or a daughter, goes about educating that child, how the family bears up, how to help that family to deal with that somewhat unusual situation. That is to say, the synod addressed the family and the homosexual persons in relation to their families, because we come across this reality all the time in the confessional: a father and a mother whose son or daughter is in that situation. This happened to me several times in Buenos Aires. We have to find a way to help that father or that mother to stand by (accompanar) their son or daughter. Pope Francis, Interview with Latin American newspaper, December 2014.

 

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Lent Banners

They are blank inviting us to express in words or art what LENT means for each of us. What is my word? What is your art?

 

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Thank you

Jenny Dunning would like to sincerely thank all her friends for their prayers and best wishes for her successful eye operation on the 26th of February 2015. A thanksgiving Mass will be offered.

 

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Thoughts for the day

Joy is the most infallible sign of God’s presence
Telhard de Chardin

You are made in the image of what you desire
Thomas Merton.

It’s not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

 

 

Mass attendence on 8th March 2015:

Counters - 15.03.2015 Hugh Willan & Joe Bowman