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



Month of July / August 2015

Sunday 26th -Saints Jochim & Anne - Parents of the Blessed Mary b

Thursday 30th

09:00 .


Mary Walsh Wellbeing (Ann & Simon Burton & Family)

All Parishioners




May Hannigan (RIP) (Vera Purcell)


St Thomas More Church Lunch Club

Monday 27th

Friday - 1st Friday - St. Ignatius of Loyola



Morning prayer

Stella Mohan (RIP)


Denny Gleeson (RIP) (Marie & James Rowe)

Teusday 28th

Saturday 1st August - St.Alphonsus Ligouri - Bishop & Doctor


Len Pryer (RIP) (Kate McGowan)




Fiona Knight (RIP) (Sylvia & Don Longrgan)


Lucy Dias (RIP) (Alex & Milita De Mello)

Wednesday 29th - St.Martha Sunday 2nd - Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time b_14_14


Rose Lacey (RIP)



All Parishioners

Dympna Mc Donald (RIP) (Janette Cousins)


Sunday 26th July - Saints Jochim & Anne - Parents of the Blessed Mary b_20_20


First Reading (2 Kgs 4:42-44). Elisha takes what is given to him, multiplies it, and enriches many other people’s lives. He is an example of what should happen to us and a Eucharistic community. Let us use our gifts for the benefit of others.

Second Reading (Eph 4:1-6). The author of the letter to the Ephesians tells us clearly, that if we want to build up the communities to which we belong – family, friends, parish, city – then we must practice selflessness, gentleness, patience, preserve unity, and work for peace. In our often polarised communities this is a challenging programme of action.

Gospel (Jn 6:1-15). Today’s gospel, although from John, picks up where we left off last week with Mark’s story of Jesus’ Galilean ministry. Having called disciples to minister in his name, Jesus allows them to participate in the feeding of the five thousand. The gospel narrative recalls us to faith in the Eucharist and in the ministry that must result from it.



Sunday 26th July: You open wide your hand, O Lord and grant our desires.


  • Cherish Life, Accepting Death: As announced last Sunday, today is a Special Day of prayer and reflection on the subject of Human Life in all its stages. There are special bidding prays and a collection will be taken as you leave mass. Do your best to be generous as all monies will be used to defend and promote the sanctity of human life. Please take the card that will be handed to you as you leave mass.


General Notices




Holiday Supply Priest

Fr Des Doherty is not available due to surgery. It has been a struggle to arrange something. Thanks to FR. MARK ODION, parish priest of St. Augustine’s Beckenham Hill, a plan has been put in place. Sunday masses will be as usual. Weekday masses will be at 10.15 a.m. each day until Fr.  Mark can arrange a priest to be resident. Fr. Mark’s weekday mass times may need to be adjusted at short notice. However, hopefully things will go ok. Enjoy your holiday.




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 0 9.45. 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

Once again thanks to all who have completed the cards handed out. All the data on the cards is stored at the Head Office at Bishop’s House and used only for the purposes of contacting for personally with an invitation to attend the presentations (information evenings) here in the parish. Data will not be shared with any person or agency not even the parish priest so sleep soundly. Presentation dates will be published in due course by our parish team.




Parish Faith & Culture Day - Sunday 4th October 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.




Bexley Deanery Retreat

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




Bible Alive

Bible Alive is available in the Porch.




Sunday Readers

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

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.




Parish Faith & Culture Day
Sunday October 4th, 2015

Today is the DAY to volunteer a face photo to be superimposed on our Banner for Sunday October 4th. Don’t be shy. Thank you.




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.

Then plant five rows of lettuce:
Let us be faithful.
Let us be loving,
Let us be useful,

Let us be trustful and let us be grateful.

(continued again next week)




St Thomas More Club - Parish Charity BBQ

Thank you so much for your support and generosity, making the BBQ so successful. We raised £962.50. This will be made up to £1000 and send to Greenwich & Bexley Hospice. A very special thank you to all who helped, worked so hard ensuring the BBQ runs so smoothly. Without your help this event could not happen. Thank you everybody. Bob.




St Thomas More Club
Friday Entertainment - 7th August

Music by George James from 8 p.m. till late. Club members and children welcome.


Mass attendence on 19th July 2015: 357

Counters - 02.08.2015

Tom Breen & Mick Kearns