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



Month of May 2015

Sunday 10th May - 6th Sunday of Easter b

Thursday 14th - St. Matthias, Apostle

09:00 .


Davina & Dana’s intentions

All Parishioners




Fernandes Family (thanksgiving)


St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 11th

Friday 15th



Morning Prayer

Vera Miller (Wellbeing) (Caheny)


Saby D’Silva (RIP)

Teusday 12th

Saturday 16th


May Hannigan (RIP) (Ann & John Fanthone)




Vera Muldowney (RIP) (Phil & Dan)


The Clarke family (RIP) (Cathy Speed)

Wednesday 13th - Our Lady of Fatima Sunday 17th - Assension of Our Lord b_14_14


Joaquim Fernandes (RIP) (Zacharias & Family)



Deceased  members of the Fanthone family
(Ann & John Fanthone)

All Parishioners


Sunday 10th May- Sixth Sunday of Easter b_20_20


First Reading (Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48) Tells of the way in which Peter for the first time accepts Gentiles into the Church. He does so after they show unmistakeable signs of the working of the Holy Spirit in them.

Second Reading (1 John 4:7-10  Includes St John’s famous statement that God is Love. This is based on an overwhelming experience of the love of God as it is shown to us in Jesus.

Gospel (John 15:9-17)  Continues the series of themes that follow on the parable of Jesus the Vine. Jesus love is shown most clearly in his laying down his life for his friends. This is the source of Christian love in us which is expressed in keeping the commandments of Christ, in particular the commandment that we love one another


Sunday 10th May: Responsorial Psalm:  The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations, Alleluia.

The Month of May is the month of MARY so in her honour we have our
May procession and we are encouraged to pray the ROSARY.

  • Second Collection: Second collection next Sunday : for World Communications Day.
  • Bexley Deanery - Day for Readers: Saturday 23rd May 2015 10.30  to 15.30. Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Church (330a Burnt Oak Lane, Near Day’s Lane, Blackfen, Sidcup DA15 8LW) at 10.00, please bring lunch while refreshments will be provided.
  • Support of Sick & Retired Priests Fund: Our parish team made up of Tom Breen, John Marsh, Jeanete Cousins and Brendan Norton meet on Tuesday to take the scheme forward.
  • Welcome: There is still a lot of room on the display area for expressions of the word WELCOME in our different national languages and cultures. So do ‘post’ yours, indicating which it is. By the way thanks for the new arrivals.


General Notices




Ladies Wednesday Club

27th May – Blackheath walk, meet at 18.15 at
Bexleyheath Station.
17th June – Outing to Greenwich at 19.00.
1st July – Activity to be confirmed
15th July – Activity to be confirmed
For information please contact: Mary Kearns on 0208 304 2456.




May Procession - Sunday May 17th at 15:00

This is the date of our annual Parish May procession in honour of Our Lady. Hopefully we will be blessed with good weather. Parents are invited and encouraged to take part with their children. Fr John is very happy to receive the names of children who would wish to be involved in the crowning of Our Lady. Obviously there will be a number of names so it will be a draw from the hat. Thank you.




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.




Celebrate your marriage anniversary

If it is your 1st/ 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 cut out date for giving information to Fr John is May 10th.




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!  Please continue to spread the 50th Anniversary news. Feel free to contact the School with information/ideas.




We congratulate our young people who have
received their confirmation on 7th may, 2015

Carla Jane Castagnetti, Catlyn Anne Omelia, Christopher Perera, Francesca Rose Smith, Georgina McMahon, Jackson-Howard, Jake Spiteri,

Joseph Rowe, Lillie-Mai Staden, Martha Otugoson, Mary Otugoson, Melvina Ogazi, Maddie Putt, Masters Daniel, Macaulay Jokhan, Michelle Brockwell. Tiarni Melissa Dos Reis Alves.

Bexley Deanery Developing World Group

Through parishes in Bexley, enough money has been raised to pay for the first five projects. These are: 

  1. To support a feeding project at the Prospects School in Gambia.
  2. To help to install a well in the community of Kissy in Sierra Leone.
  3. To support a food run in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  4. To help to build a school in Kenya.
  5. To support Muslim families fleeing to Western Ukraine in fear of the Russian advance.
Acknowledgements have been received from all five projects.





Annual mass for migrants

Migrants are frequently in the news very often for the wrong reasons. On the 4th of May 2014 over 1,500 people came to St George’s Cathedral for the annual Mass in honour of St Joseph the Worker. This was a morning of reflection and celebration in support of all Migrant Workers. It was organised by the Justice & Peace workers in the three London dioceses in conjunction with all the Ethnic Chaplains.
The principal celebrant was Archbishop Peter Smith with Cardin al Vincent Nichols, Bishop Alan Williams of Brentwood with many bishops and priests concelebrating.
Welcoming the congregation, Archbishop Peter Smith described the Mass as”a joint venture of prayerful support for migrants in our city.” In his homily, he reflected on the day’s Gospel in which Jesus is rejected by the people of his hometown of Nazareth. He described how the Holy Family were refuses – forced to flee Bethlehem when Herod began killing new born baby boys.

Archbishop Peter pointed out that Jesus’ public ministry it has its core focus compassion, loving kindness and mercy – care towards the oppressed, the exploited, the poor. He said Pope Francis has repeatedly called for countries to adopt a more “generous openness” to migrants, saying: “I am a pastor of a Church with no borders”.




Nepal Eathquake

The loss of human life and suffering is truly frightening together with the destruction of so many houses and buildings. As you know I did contact CAFOD and the CAFOD envelopes are now in the porch, please take one and return next Sunday (17th May 2015), with your donations. Remember that if you pay tax, you can gift aid it and up to May 17th the GOVERNMENT WILL DOUBLE ANY DONATIONS we give via CAFOD.  Thank you.




The Great Big Community Cuppa - May 2015

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




The Co-Workers of Blessed Mother Teresa

The Co-workers of Blessed Mother Teresa are holding a coffee morning in the church hall this Sunday the 10th of May, following the 09.00 Mass. Please come and support them.



Mass attendence on 3rd May 2015: 399

Counters - 17.05.2015

Pat Murphy & John Fanthome