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 17th May - The Ascension of our Lord b

Thursday 21st

09:00 .


Deceased  members of the Fanthone Family
(A & J Fanthone)

All Parishioners




No Morning Mass Today

No Exposition Today

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 18th

Friday 22nd



Morning Prayer

Sally Boland & Josephine Burridge Intention
(Kate McGowan)


Bella Vaz (RIP) (Muriel D’Souza)

Teusday 19th

Saturday 23rd


Tomas Brady (RIP) (Nora Brady)




Kitty Quirke (RIP)


Patricia Bill (M. Glasson)

Wednesday 20th Sunday 24th - Pentecost Sunday b_14_14



Members of Rodrigues Family (thanksgiving)

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.



All Parishioners

Peter D’Mello (RIP) (Romana D’Mello)


Sunday 17th May- The Ascension of our Lord b_20_20


First Reading (Acts 1:11)  The ascension ends Jesus’ ministry on earth and prepares for the gifts of the Spirit of Pentecost.

Second Reading (Ephesians 1:17-23) God has raised Jesus and has made him more exalted than every created being.

Gospel (Mark 16:15-20) Describes the missionary charge of Jesus to the apostles. They are to bring his message to all creation.


Sunday 17th May: Responsorial Psalm:  God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.

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 Today: For World Communications Day.  Please do your best to give generously as any monies will be used to support the missionary work of the church through out the World. Please take the pray cards available in the church.
  • 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




St. Thomas More Club
Friday Night Entertainment - 5th June 2015

For club members, family & friends. New members are welcome on 5th June 2015 from 8.25 to 11pm. A night of singing and entertainment with Duck Soup. Bring your own nibbles.  See poster in porch.




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
Has Been Cancelled

It will now take place on Sunday 24th of May at 15.00. Parents with children at St Thomas More school have been informed. We still invite parents to bring their children to the procession and give Fr John names of children who would wish to be involved in the crowning of Our Lady.




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.




National Campaign to empty unopened Red Boxes

The Mill Hill Misionaries and Missio are planning to celebrate all that the Red Box achieves thanks to the generous and prayerful support of so many Catholics across England & Wales. They want to raise awareness of the work of missionaries which is enabled thanks to the generous support of Missio’s APF and Mill Hill Missionaries worldwide. They want to celebrate the legacy of the may British and Irish missionaries over the years.
To achieve the greatest impact they are encouraging people to have their unopened Red Boxes emptied focussing on two weekends: 20-21 and 27-28June 2015.
Our parish representative Helen Ratcliff thanks all of you who recently took the Red Box and will contact you to let you know the collection arrangements.

For those to have had a Red Box for a number of years, she requests that you bring it to the presbytery or wait for your promoter to call at your home. These boxes need to be returned by the end of May, so that the collection can be sent to Missio.

Sick and Retired priests support funds

Our Parish team made up of Tom Breen, John Marsh, Jeanete Cousins and Brendan Norton meet with Fr John on Wednesday to plan the way forward. They decided to attach to next week’s newsletter some further information about how the campaign will operate in our parish under the auspices of our Archbishop Peter. Thank you.




Parish Evangelisation

A group of eight parishioners met on Thursday with Fr. John. We prayed asking the Holy Spirit to guide us in our searching, how as a parish we might best respond to Pope Francis’ ‘burning desire’ for all parishes to be Missionary in spirit, so that we can share the joy of Jesus Christ with people within and beyond the boundaries of our parish. This privilege and task is there for each of us. We meet again on Thursday May 28th at 20.00 in the presbytery to see how we as parishioners, so diverse in many ways, might become more conscious of each other, thus enriching our parish with the many gifts God has given to us. Do feel free to join us with your unique contribution.




Concentrated Wisdom

  • A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing
  • Don’t wait for six strong men to take you to church.
  • Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity.
  • He who angers you controls you.
  • Worry is the darkroom in which negatives develop.

God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called.




The Great Big Community Cuppa - May 2015

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




Nepal Earthquake

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 today 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.




Counters Rota

Now available in the Sacristy, please collect.



Mass attendence on 10th May 2015: 465

Counters - 24.05.2015

Claude L’Olive & Dorothy Nikoi