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



Month of April 2015

Sunday 26th - Fourth Sunday of Easter b

Thursday 30th

09:00 .


Tony Fernandes (Wellbeing) (I&E Pereira)

Zoge Bori (RIP)




Brian Farrell (RIP) (Kath McGowan)


St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 27th

Friday 30th



Morning Prayer

Joaquim Cabral(RIP – 15 anniversary)
(Walter & Mary Cabral)


Severine Carrasco (RIP- 1st anniversary)
(V & B Fernandes)

Teusday 28th

Saturday 1st - St Joseph the Worker


George Kimber (RIP)




All deceased Fenny’s family


Derek & Tracy D’Souza (Thanks) (H & V D’Souza)

Wednesday 29th - St Catherine of Siena Sunday 2nd May - Fifth Sunday of Easter b_14_14


Keepax Family wellbeing



Tom Lafferty (Intention)

All Parishioners


Sunday 26th April - Fourth Sunday of Easter b_20_20


First Reading (Acts 4:8-12).  We hear Peter’s speech to the Sanhedrin after he and John have healed a lame man at the Temple gate and they have been brought before the same judges that condemned Jesus.

Second Reading (1 John 3:1-2). It tells us that we are God’s children and it speaks of the mystery that we still face when we speak of the life to come.

Gospel (John 10:11-18). The Good Shepherd. Jesus compares himself to the good shepherd, contrasts his care for the sheep with the disinterest shown by the hired man. He speaks of other sheep that he has yet to lead, and of his freedom in giving his life.


Sunday 26th April: Responsorial Psalm:  The stone with the builders rejected has become the corner stone.

  • Louie Kitt: Today we are introduced to him. Meet him in the porch.
  • Second Collection: In aid of Ecclesiastical Education
  • Evangelisation: Our next group meeting is on Thursday April 30th in the presbytery at 20.00.
  • Catholic Walks in London: For details see the double sided poster in the porch.
  • Carl Sturt RIP: Please pray for the soul of CARL STURT. Carl’s body will be brought into the church on Monday 4th May at 16.00 and his funeral service will take place at 11.30 on 5th May, followed by committal at Elthan Crematorium at 13.15. Our prayers and deepest sympathies to his family.
  • Belarmia Vaz RIP: Please pray for the soul of BELARMIA VAZ. Belarmia’s funeral mass will be held on Friday 8th May at 11.30 am at St Thomas More Church followed by burial at Hill View Cemetery at 13.15. Our prayers and deepest sympathies to her family.


General Notices




Ladies Wednesday Club

6th May 7.30pm Quiz. For information please contact: Mary Kearns on 0208 304 2456.




Parish London Marathon Runners

Eileen Noble and Sylvia Jennings are running to raise Eileen for Bexley & Greenwich Hospice and Sylvia for Evelina London Children’s Hospital. We wish them both well and we pledge our financial help.




Confirmation Thursday May 7th, 19:30

Bishop Lynch will be with us for this special occasion in the lives of our 16 of our young people. As part of their final preparation they will go on a weekend retreat at Walsingham House in Canvey Island. Please pray for them, their catechists and those leading their retreat. Fr. John will be going with them. So Fr. John Taylor, a Mill Hill priest will be with you for that weekend. Enjoy the break.




Confirmation Celebration

There will be a meeting on the 29th of April at 19.30 for the parents of the Confirmation candidates, to discuss the celebrations after mass. If they could please send in the £10 agreed for the cost of the food and drinks on Wednesday the 22nd of April.




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.




Transform Bexley Borough (TBB)

This is an initiative of networking by the churches in Bexley to try and improve the quality of life for local people wherever they may find themselves especially the elderly and the youth. If you are involved in any of these areas of life please contact Kate Foot on by email:




A Pilgrimage to The Holy Land

3rd to 12th May 2016 from St Andrew’s Church, Bostall Heath with the Revd Sulaiman Shahzad. For more details please see poster in porch.




Celebrate your Marriage Anniversary

If it is your 1st, your 25th/40th/50th/60th or more there is a special mass for you in St George’s Cathedral, on Saturday June 20th at 12.00 noon. Please give your names to Fr John as soon as possible, as there is a registration requirement.




The Great Big Community Cuppa May 2015

Put the kettle on to support your local Hospice. Please see poster in porch for more details.


St Thomas More Primary School, Bexleyheath

St Thomas More Primary School, Bexleyheath is calling all past pupils and their families, former staff, and anyone who has been involved with the school, to help celebrate the School’s 50th Anniversary. The school is creating a history of the school: they need your help to do it!  Thanks to all who attended the heritage event on April 23rd Please continue to spread the 50th Anniversary news. Feel free to contact the School with information/ideas.




Election Fever

It is raging. They are at it full pelt. Each party trying to catch your vote. Yes, we must vote, each of us, how is our choice. Some weeks ago our Bishops in a letter raised concerns that we need to consider when voting and raise with prospective MPs. The NHS naturally has come up. Trident (see last week’s N/L). Difficult to keep oneself informed. Very recently Ed Miliband said that a future Labour government would introduce a profits cap on private health companies for NHS contracts worth more than £500,000. For are insight into the world of private companies providing public services read the revealing article in the porch taken from the tablet of last week.





Find out more about CAFOD and how you can help. Would you like to learn more about the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development? Come to our Understanding CAFOD workshop on Saturday 25th April, 11.30am to 3.30pm at St Stephen’s Catholic Church, Welling DA16 3QL. You will find out about CAFOD’s basis in scripture and Catholic social teaching, how we work overseas and choose our partners and how you can help by volunteering here in your own community. For more information or to book a place please contact CAFOD Southward on 02084669901 or




Parish Council Meeting

The Parish Council meeting announced last Sunday was incorrect. The date is Wednesday May 13th. We do apologise.




Friday Night Entertainment - 1st May 2015

1st May 2015. Music by Phil & H. Club members and children welcome. Please bring your own nibbles. Time 20.00 till late.




Common Objections to Catholicism

Venue Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral, Lambeth Road from 19.30 to 21.00. No charge.

 On 30thApril: “Faith and reason are irreconcilable” and 7th May: “The Catholic Church is unbiblical”. For more details please see poster in porch.




Thought for the day

With Christ the heart never grows old. Pope Francis.

My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. 

John 15:12


Mass attendence on 19th April 2015: 489

Counters - 03.05.2015

Bob & Kathleen Penny