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 24th May - Pentecost Sunday b

Thursday 28th

09:00 .


All Parishioners

Peter D’Mello (RIP) (Romana D’Mello)




Augustinho Fernandes (RIP) (Ruffie Fernandes)

No Exposition Today

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 25th

Friday 29th



Morning Prayer

Michael Daly (RIP) (Caheny)


Funeral mass for Mrs. Lucy Dias Followed by burial at Hillview Cemetery,Welling at 11.30.

Teusday 26th - St. Philip Neri

Saturday 30th


Ciara Penny (RIP) (Kate McGowan)




Margaret Kelly (RIP)


Philomena McPhillips(RIP) (Masters family)

Wednesday 27th - St. Augustine Of Canterbury Sunday 31st - The Most Holy Trinity Sunday b_14_14



Sylvia Lonengan (Wellbeing)
(MA Meloney & Pat  Bennett)

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.



Oscar & Melba Fernandes(Wellbeing) (I & E Pereira)

All Parishioners


Sunday 24th May- Pentecost Sunday b_20_20


First Reading (Acts 2:1-11). The Spirit of God seizes on the apostles and sends them on their mission. This scene marks the beginning f the church.

Second Reading (1 Cor. 12:3-7, 12-13). Through his Spirit Jesus works in the community in different ways according to the God-given gifts of each one.

Gospel (John 20:19-23). The Spirit of life is given to the disciples for their mission. They continue the life-giving mission of Jesus.


Sunday 24th May: Responsorial Psalm:  Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

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.

  • Newsletter Attachment: It gives further information about the Sick & Retired Priests Fund. At this stage there is absolutely no financial commitment involved for anybody.
  • 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.




Our parish - Our School
50 Years of St. Thomas More

Heritage Day exceeded all expectations! Over 170 people came to the day. It is a big thank you to staff, both past and present, past pupils, family members of both past and present pupils, parishioners, items of memorabilia (including uniform, school reports, and work books) and memories to sort through and collate. These will be added into the archive helping to build the school history. We congratulate the pupils of the Heritage group who did such an excellent running the day as well as the adult volunteers who helped with the Heritage Group both at Bexley Borough Archives and with Heritage Day.

If you could not make the event but would still like to contribute please phone the school office on 02083038322 or email:; and leave a message and daytime contact details for Andy Wansbury the Project manager who will contact you to arrange a convenient appointment for you to share your experiences.




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.


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.




Christians and Persecutions

According to the United Nations Christians belong to the most persecuted people on earth. John Allen of the  Boston Globe reports that being a christian has cost an  average of one hundred thousand  Christians’ their lives every year since 2010. So being  Christian  is very  dangerous especially in Iraq and Syria and elsewhere. Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador will be beatified on Saturday May 23rd. He was murdered by a government sniper as he celebrated mass in the chapel of a cancer hospital where he lived and all because he stood up for the poor and marginalised of his country. In other words for being Christian.




CAFOD Campaign Card

Fr John has received a letter from Rt Hon David Evennett (MP) – Lord Commissioners of HM Treasury to say thank you for forwarding him the Cafod campaign card, and he has noted the views and shall pass them on to the Minister.




Bexley Deanery Retreat
25th-27th September at Aylesford Priory

I have been remiss in passing on information to you. My apologies. Better late than never. Application forms are available in the porch. Also see the poster. (Fr.  John).




St. Catherine's Catholic School
Open Morning

Saturday 27th June 2015 10:00 to 12:00. See poster in porch.


Mass attendence on 24th May 2015:

Note: Due to a technical fault we are unable to publish this week’s figures, these will be published next week instead.

Counters - 31.05.2015

Tom Breen & Mick Kearns