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



Month of March 2015

Sunday 22nd March - Fifth Sunday of Lent b

Thursday 26th

09:00 .



All Parishioners

Joe De Souza (Moses family)

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




Hugh Cosgrove RIP (Meeham family)


St. Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 23rd

Friday 27th



Morning Prayer

Nuala O’Shea (Wellbeing)


John Ratcliff RIP (D & S Lonergan)

Teusday 24th

Saturday 28th



Jerome Braganza RIP (Rose Castanha)

Requiem mass for Collen Nyabasa




Mrs Callister Orucher RIP (Esther Orucher)


Tony Fernandes (Wellbeing) (Appy Fernandes)

Wednesday 25th Sunday 29th - Holy Week b_14_14


Ann & Ray Hawkins



Joe & Cecelia Rodrigues RIP

All Parishioners


Sunday 22nd March - Fifth Sunday of Lent year_b


First Reading (Jer.31:31-34) Speaking through his prophet Jeremiah, God promises that he will make a new covenant with his people at some time in the future. Jesus fulfilled this promise when he instituted the Eucharist.

Second Reading (Jer.31:31-34) Speaking through his prophet Jeremiah, God promises that he will make a new covenant with his people at some time in the future. Jesus fulfilled this promise when he instituted the Eucharist.

Gospel (Jn. 12:20-33). Jesus sees his death approaching, and speaks of it as his glorification.


Sunday 22nd March: Responsorial Psalm:  A pure heart create for me, O God.

  • Collen Nyabasa RIP: Collen Nyabasa a parishioner sadly died suddenly. Following the requiem mass his body will be taken to Zimbabwe for burial. We offer our condolences and prays to his wife and family. May he rest in peace.
  • Guild of St. Stephen: Guild of St Stephen Archdiocese of Southward, Alter Services Rally at The Friars Aylesford Priory Kent on Monday 4th May 2105 with a sung mass at 11.30. Fr John is going and would like to be accompanied by some of our servers.

Thoughts for the week

Divine Justice is justice infected with mercy. Sharon Baker  

One day of humble self knowledge is better than a thousand days of prayer. Teresa of Avila

Let us keep firm in the hope we profess because the one who made the promise is faithful. Hebrews Ch:10 verse 23.

Easter is concerned with something unimaginable. Pope Benedict XVI


General Notices




Presentation on Prayer

Our next/last presentation on prayer is Thursday 26th 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 once again and please bring a friend.




Red Mission Boxes

Many of our parishioners have over the years ‘cared’ for these boxes thus  making a very substantial contribution to missionary work of the church in many parts of the world. So this week-end we welcome Fr Cummins of the Mill Hill Missionary Society who comes to say ‘thank-you’. He insists that there will be no cash collection but will have some Red Boxes should parishioners wish to ‘care’ for them.




Flame 2

Organised by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFED) at Wembley Arenar: 8000 young people were present, including our confirmation candidates and below we have the thoughts of two of the candidates.

‘I thought the day was fabulous and the music was my favourite part. I loved how we could all get involved and sing along to modern music. The speakers were also all very good and Fr Tagle, the Cardinal from the Philippines was really good. The people we went with were amazing and I feel as a group, we all bonded nicely and learnt new things about one another. I would love to do something similar again in the future’. – Georgina and Carla.




The May General Election

Some weeks ago we received copies of the letter from the Bishop of England and Wales outlining the issues we should bear in mind when deciding how to vote. I hope you found the letter helpful. May I as your parish priest point out that immigration is likely to be a ‘HOT’ topic. To balance the picture I offer an extract from an article from the Tablet MARCH 14th, by Francis Campbell – Vice chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and a former British ambassador to the Holy See.
Quote: In the coming weeks, some candidates will seek out vote on the basis of fear and misinformation. They will tell us that people from a particular place are in the UK to take our jobs, homes and culture. We might respond with some facts from a recent report by University College London that might help to keep the debate rational and factual. In the report, Professor Christian Dustmann and Dr Tommas Frattini proved that EU citizens have paid more in taxes than they received in benefits, helping to relieve the fiscal burden on the UK. Between 2001 and 2011, EU immigrants contributed over £20 billion to UK public finances. They endowed the UK with productive human capital that would have cost the UK £6.8bn in spending on education. From 2001 to 2011, EU immigrants from 15 countries contributed 64 percent more in taxes than they received in benefits. Those from the 10 EU accession countries (those joining after 2004) contributed 12 per cent more to the UK Treasury than they received. EU immigrants arriving since 2000 were 43 per cent less likely than UK-born citizens to receive state benefits or tax credits. Over 25 per cent of those coming from the EU accession countries had a degree and over 62 per cent of those from the EU.  That compared to 24 per cent of the UK population having a degree.

A lot is at stake in this general election, but let’s hope there is no use of immigration to misrepresent the contribution of immigrants to building the United Kingdom we all enjoy today.



Easter Flowers

Contributions for flowers for the alter would be welcomed.





The family is so beaten up, young people don’t get married. What’s the problem? Afterwards, when they finally come to get married, having already moved in together, we think it’s enough to offer them three talks to get them ready for marriage. But it’s not enough, because the great majority are unaware of the meaning of a lifetime commitment. Benedict said it twice in his last year, that in order to grant nullity we should take into account each person’s faith at the time of getting married. Was it a general faith? Did the person understand perfectly well what marriage is about? Did the person understand it enough to convey it to another person? That’s something we need to look into in depth, to analyze how we can help. – Pope Francis, Interview with Latin American newspaper. December 2014.




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?




Student Studying for the Priesthood

Some months ago it was suggested that as a parish we ‘adopt’ a student studying for the Priesthood in St. John’s Seminary. His name is LOUIE KITT, who comes from the Parish of St Michael’s in Chatham. In due course we will put his photograph in the porch, so that you can put a face to the name.




Stations of the cross

Good Friday Children’s Station of the Cross in our church at 11.00am. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to this service.




Lourdes 2015

Southwark Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes (with the Catholic Association) 21-28th August 2015. For further information and booking forms, please contact Southwark Lourdes Pilgrimage Director: Canon Edward Perera 0208 399 9550 or Please see poster in porch for more details.

Fr. John is aware that there has been a request for a parish pilgrimage to Lourdes, perhaps we could arrange for a group from the parish to become part of this pilgrimage.




Welcome to our Family

We welcome Aidan John James Bays, Christian Rafael Pereira and Rameo Emilio Zachary Pescatore into our family of faith.




Mass attendence on 15th March 2015: 422

Counters - 22.03.2015 Pat Carroll & Melissa Goes.