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/April 2015

This is a two week Newsletter - There will be no Newsletter next week

Sunday 29th March - Holy Week - PALM SUNDAY b

Thursday 2nd - Maundy Thursday

09:00 .

10:30

15:00-16:00

Joe & Cecelia Rodrigues (RIP)

All Parishioners

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

10:00

18:30-19:15

20:00

No Mass

Confession

Mass Rose Mendes (RIP) (Myra Mendes)

Adoration at the Altar of Repose till 22:00

Monday 30th

Friday 3rd - GOOD FRIDAY - Fast and Abstinence

09:15

09:30

Morning Prayer

Michael O’Connell (RIP) (M. Williams)

11:00

11:30-12:00

12:00

15:00

19:00-20:00

Children's Stations of the Cross

Confession

Walk of Witness

Solemn Liturgy

Prayer around the Cross

Teusday 31st

Saturday 4th - Holy Saturday

10:00

10:30-11:15

Trayon Family, Cullen Family & Molly Trayon (RIP)

Confession

09:00

21:00

No Morning Mass

Easter Vigil - Josie Salvatt (RIP) Josefa Sanchez
(Maria Aluminas)

Wednesday 1st Sunday 5th - Easter Sunday b_14_14

10:00

10:30-11:15

Vincent D’Souza (Thanks)

Confession

09:00

10:30

Reina Vaz (Thanks) (I & E Pereira)

All Parishioners

 

Month of April 2015

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Thursday 9th

09:00 .

10:30

Reina Vaz (Thanks) (I & E Pereira)

All Parishioners

10:00

11:30

George Kimber (RIP)

Funeral Service of Alexander Patrick Dean at St Thomas More church followed by burial at Hill View Cemetery at 12.30. Our prayers and condolences go to his wife Mary and family. R.I.P

Monday 6th

Friday 10th

09:15

09:30

Morning Prayer

William & Kate Keady (RIP) (P Keady)

10:00

Lizzy Dwyer (RIP) (G. Headan)

Teusday 7th

Saturday 11th

10:00

Deceased members of Castanha Family
(Rose Castanha)

09:00

18:30

Tony Fernandes (Wellbeing) (Ann & Simon Burton)

Amelia & Abigail (Thanks) (V & H D’Souza)

Wednesday 8th Sunday 12th b_14_14

10:00

Rosalina Fernandes (RIP)

09:00

10:30

Seby D’Silva (RIP)

All Parishioners

 

 

General Notices

 

 

 

Holy Week

Tuesday 31st March - 10.30 to 11.15 am Confession
Wednesday 1st April -10.30 to 11.15 am Confession

Maundy Thursday 2nd April
18.30 to 19.15 Confession
20.00 Mass. Adoration at the Altar of Repose till 10 p.m.

Good Friday 3rd April
11.00 Children’s Station of the Cross
11.30 to noon Confession
12 noon Walk of Witness
15.00 Solemn Liturgy and Prayer around the Cross from 19.00 to 20.00.

Holy Saturday 4th April
No morning Mass
21.00 Easter Vigil

EASTER SUNDAY 5th April
09.00 and 10.30 Mass

 

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Maundy Thursday

We need 12 volunteers for the WASHING OF THE FEET CEREMONY ON Maundy Thursday. Please put your name on the list in the porch.

 

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Walk of Witness - Good Friday 3rd April

Commencing at 12 noon at St Thomas More R.C. Church together with our follow Christians from St. Andrew’s & Methodist’s Church. Finishing at 1.00pm at St. Andrew’s Church Brampton Road, having walked through the streets as our public witness for about 1 ½ miles between the two Churches. Just turn up on the day!

 

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Easter Flowers

Contributions for flowers for the alter would be welcomed.

 

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Easter Offering

If you do not have a planned giving envelope you can collect an Easter Offer envelope in the Porch. Easter and Christmas are the only offerings which go directly to our priest. Thank you.

 

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Fr. John does it again

No, he has not got another hole in one. He has just made another mistake! On last Sunday he said there would be no Stations of the Cross on Palm Sunday (today) but checking on last year he now declares there will be the Stations and Benediction on Palm Sunday from 15.00 to 16.00.

 

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The Holy Week Poster

Are now available in the church. Please take one per household and put it on a window facing the main road, to draw people’s attention to the meaning of EASTER. Please fold back the words ‘HE IS RISEN’ until Easter Sunday comes.

 

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Walk with Me

The Easter Tide meditation booklets are now available in the porch. They are priced at £1.

 

 

An Evening of Musical Entertainment

An evening of Musical Entertainment: in aid of the seminary in Ghana where Fr Francis worked, will be held at St Stephen’s Church, Welling in the parish hall on Saturday 25th April at 19.30. A variety of musical styles on offer supplied by performers of all ages from in and around the parish. Table seating; bring your own drink – nibbles provided. Tickets £7 (children £3). To reserve your place call Gwen on 020 8306 7615.

 

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St. Thomas More Club
St. George's Dance Night - 25th April 2015

At 20.00 to late. £7.50 per person including jumbo sausage & chips supper. Lager & Bitter £1.50. Music by James Dee. For more details contact Bob on 0208 304 7909.

 

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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 info@olionline.co.uk. Please see poster in porch for more details.

 

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Our Ignorance of God's Love

“Forgive them Father for they know not what they do!” Jesus said this of his executioners. But it is true? A lot indicates that they were far from innocent. How could Jesus’ executioners not know what they were doing?

The People who crucified Jesus didn’t know what they were doing because they didn’t know how much they were loved. This is the blindness and the real ignorance of the executioners. Far too often we crucify others and ourselves because of ignorance, because we feel unloved. For this reason we are harsh in our judgements of others and unaware of why we ourselves are prone to weakness and to compromise our dignity. We are judgmental and weak, because, at the end of the day, we don’t know any better.

 

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Happy Easter

Why?  He is Risen.  We are an Easter People. Sing ALLELUIA! Life and love have won the day. Death and evil seemed to have been triumphant, but no, they are defeated. In a strange paradox death has given birth to New Life. Jesus is risen from the dead. He is risen out of death. This is the great breakthrough into a totally new dimension of life, eternal life, and unlimited life. In His humanity He experiences the fullness of Divine Life. We have all risen with Him. The New Life is now ours, here and now. The whole of creation changed with this New Life of the Resurrection. It is NOW. SING ALLELUIA.

 

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Deanery Youth Film Evening

Deanery Youth Film Evening: will be screening ‘Tangled’ at 4 pm on Sunday 9th April, at St Stephen’s church hall, Deepdene Road, Welling. Doors open at 3.30pm. Year 7 to young adult. This event is free! Bring your friends.

 

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Lunch Club

No Lunch Club on the 2nd and 9th of April. Back on the 16th of April.

 

 

 

Mass attendence on 22nd March 2015: 426

Counters - 29.03.2015

Counters - 05.04.2015

Counters - 12.04.2015

Tom Breen and Mick Kearns

To be arranged.

Mr & Mrs I. Pereira