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



Month of July 2015

Sunday 19th -Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time b

Thursday 23rd - St. Bridget, Religious Patron of Europe

09:00 .


Leo Rocha (RIP) (G Pereira & Family)

Claire Wells (RIP) (David & Jackie Wells)




Eithne Bowman (RIP)  (Bowman family)

No Exposition Today

No Lunch Club Today

Monday 20th

Friday 24th



Morning prayer

May Hannagan (RIP) (Liz Woodworth)


Marie Cornish (RIP) (Mr & MRS Dean Massett)

Teusday 21st

Saturday 25th - St.James - Apostle


R. Fernandes (RIP) (Carmita Noronha)




John Cassidy (RIP)


Anastacia Dias (Wellbeing) (Appy Fernandes)

Wednesday 22nd Sunday 26th - Saints Jochim & Anne - Parents of the Blessed Mary b_14_14


Patrick Joseph Meehan (RIP)



Mary Walsh Wellbeing (Ann & Simon Burton & Family)

All Parishioners


Sunday 19th July - Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time b_20_20


First Reading (Jer 23:1-6): This first reading gives examples of people who failed the Lord in living out his values, and it reminds us that everyone who works with the Lord to transform the World or the Church shares in the Lord’s mission and must respond to the Lord’s delegation. All participate in the Lord’s mission for he alone is true and wise.

Second Reading (Eph 2:13-18): God’s plan for the world focuses on reconciliation which Paul said was the essence of the gospel message. Today’s second reading is a plan of action, and it challenges us to work for reconciliation with ourselves, with others, with the Church and with the world.

Gospel (Mk 6:30-34): Jesus worries when people are like sheep without a shepherd. In this gospel reading he points out that he wants people who will work with him for others’ growth and that they will nourish that ministry with prayer. He is the Good Shepherd, the model of dedicated service for others. May we be filled with his values and gifts.



Sunday 19th July: The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.


  • Young People's Mass: 18.30 Mass on Saturday 18th July.



  • If you judge people you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa
  • God is more erotic than any woman men or sexual on earth. Ron Rolheiser.
  • No knowledge, wealth or human power is more effective than a good nature, a gentle, friendly and patient heart. John XXIII



General Notices




St Thomas More Club
Parish Charity Barbeque - 18th July at 19:30

Thanks to all who have arranged this important event and have helped in any way by sponsoring food, donations, raffle tickets and prizes. This year we are joined by the young people from our parish and deanery. They will be no doubt add to our celebration. May we enjoy while helping our local Hospice.




Aylesford Pilgrimage Sunday 16th August

The Lourdes and Disabled Committee are organising their regular annual visit to Aylesford on Sunday 16th of August on the feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady. There will be Mass and Sacrament of the Sick at 12pm. The minibus will leave from outside the Church t 9.45am. If you would like to go on this pilgrimage please let Kath Penny know on 0208 304 7909 or a member of the Lourdes and Disabled Committee as soon as possible and no later than the 31st of July. This will allow transport arrangements and catering requirements to be finalised early.




Ladies Wednesday Club

29th July: London Walk. Meet at 18.15, Bexleyheath Station.

For information please contact: Mary Kearns on 0208 304 2456.




Sick and Retired Priests Support Fund

A special thank you to all who completed the card over the past two weekends. If you have completed the card and have not yet handed it in please give the completed card to Fr John or a member of the Committee as soon as possible.  Those who have completed the card will be receiving an invitation to a presentation, including a video and giving further details on the fund, in September. If you have any query on the Fund please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Sick and Retired Priests Fundraising Campaign at any time.




Parish Faith & Culture Day - Sunday 4th October 2015

Fr John and the EVAN group would very much welcome ideas and thoughts, suggestions on any aspect of the DAY. Also because we are arranging a history of our parish in picture form, we would welcome loads of photographs you may have for display on the understanding that they be returned to you intact. Thank-you.




Bexley Deanery Retreat

25th-27th September at Aylesford Priory: Application forms are available in the porch along with the poster.


Assisted Dying Bill

Our Archbishop has written asking us to write to our local MPs urging them to vote against the proposed Assisted Dying Bill coming before parliament on Friday 11th September.  

Below is a draft of the proposed letter to the MPs.
I am contacting you regarding Rob Massis MP’s Private Member’s Bill on Assisted Dying which is due to have its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday 11th September.

If passed, this Bill will have a profoundly negative impact on some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
As my Member of Parliament, I hope that you will attend the debate and vote against the Bill at its second reading.

I would be very grateful if you could let me know you intend to vote on this important matter and how you have taken my views into account.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Your thoughts/comments are requested; please contact Fr John.





Thank you for your donation.  Your donation will support families like Afera’s in Ethiopia. Afera’s husband was unable to help her on their farm due to an injury so Afera couldn’t grow enough to feed her children. Our local partner gave he a cow, which soon gave birth to a calf. Afera now has plenty of nutritious milk for her children to drink and also spare milk to make into butter and sell at market.

Afera is overwhelmed by how her life has been transported: “I cannot compare my life before and after this cow. Now I can sell produce t5o buy food for my family. We have enough bread with yoghurt or butter. My children have delicious food. Today I am happy.”  




Sunday Readers

Please collect your GUIDE from the sacristy if you have not yet done so.




Parish Faith & Culture Day
Sunday October 4th, 2015

The Evangelisation group have met and finalised our Banner for the occasion. We like very much to impose FACES reflecting the diversity of our parish community. Your permission is obviously  required, so this weekend and the next you are invited to volunteer  a face photo which will then be imposed on our banner in miniature form. Thank you and don’t be shy.




A Gardener's Reflection

First look at the weeds, weed out gossip, weed out laziness, weed out indifference and weed out pride.

Plant five rows of peas: patience, peace, promptness, politeness and prayer.

(continued again next week)


Mass attendence on 12th July 2015: 413

Counters - 26.07.2015

Claudel ‘Olive & Dorothy Nikoi