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



Month of August 2015

Sunday 2nd - Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time b

Thursday 6th - The Transfiguration of The Lord

09:00 .


All Parishioners

Dympna Mc Donald (RIP) (Janette Cousins)



10.15 a.m.  Muriel D’Souza Thanksgiving

St Thomas More Church Lunch Club

Monday 3rd

Friday 7th - First Friday of the Month



Morning prayer

Liz Woodward (John & Ann Fanthome)


Frank Kilgannon (RIP) (Norha Conlow)

Teusday 4th - St. John Vianney - Patron of parochial clergy

Saturday 8th - St. Dominic


John O’Connor (RIP) (Pat & Charlie Callanghan)




Funeral of Nisha Jean Jacques at St. Thomas More followed by burial at Hither green Cemetery.


Miriam Dias (Wellbeing)
(Rubie & Desmond Pereira & Family)

Wednesday 5th Sunday 9th - Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time b_14_14


Darrell Silva (RIP) (Ferdie & Blanche Rodrigues)



Allan Hyacinth (RIP) (Joyce)

All Parishioners


Sunday 2nd August -Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time b_20_20


First Reading (Ex 16:2-4, 12-15): Having rescued the Israelites from slavery and led them into the wilderness, the Lord provides them with food for their journey.

Second Reading (Eph 4:17, 20-24): Having exponded the mystery of Christ, Paul exhorts his readers by practising it in their daily lives.

Gospel (Jn 6:24-35): Jesus urges the crowds, impressed by his giving them food on the previous day, to see beyond this sign and work for the food of true life, which is himself, received by faith.



Sunday 2nd August: The Lord gave them bread from heaven.


Little Things Matter

One tree can start a forest
One sunbeam lights a room
One bird can herald spring
One smile begins a friendship
One handclasp lifts a soul
One star can guide a ship at sea
One candle wipes out darkness
One vote can change a nation
One laugh will lift sadness
One step must start each journey
One word must start each prayer
One hope will raise our spirits
One touch can show care
One voice can speak with wisdom
One heart can know what’s true
One life can make the difference

You see it’s up to you! Don’t forget how very important YOU ARE.


General Notices




Holiday Supply Priest

Fr Mark will be covering for Fr. John during the month of August. 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 at 09.45.

If you would like to go on this pilgrimage please let Kath Penny on 0208 3047909 or a member of the Lourdes and Disabled Committee know as soon as possible. This will allow transport arrangements and catering requirements to be finalised as soon as possible.




Ladies Wednesday Club

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.





Do not be hesitate to love and to love deeply. You might be afraid of the pain that deep love can cause. When those you love deeply reject you, leave you, or die, your heart will be broken. But that should not hold you back from loving deeply.  The pain that comes from deep love makes your love ever more faithful. It is like a plough that breaks the ground to allow the seed to take root and grow into a strong plant. Every time you experience the pain of rejection, absence, or death, you are faced with a choice. You can become bitter and decide not to love again, or you can stand straight in your pain and let the soil on which you stand become richer and more able to give life to new seeds. The more you have loved and have allowed yourself to suffer because of your love, the more you will be able to let your heart grow wider and deeper. Henri Nouwen – The Inner voice of love.




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.

August 15th
National Thank Giving Mass for the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero

The Romero Trust, in conjunction with St. George’s Cathedral Southwark, is organising a Mass at 12.30pm. It is hoped Cardinal Cormac will preside and Bishop John Rawsthorne preach. The Mass will be followed by a reception event in the Amigo Hall. It is an especially appropriate date as it is the 98th birthday of Archbishop Romero and St George’s has his relic inside the Romero Cross erected there in 2013. Everyone is welcome.




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 day with mary - Saturday 22nd august 2015
St.Saviour Lewisham High Street SE13

10.00 am Entry Procession of our Lady. Angelus. Crowning. The Five Joyful Mysteries. The Five Luminous Mysteries. Sung Litany.
11.30 am Mass in honour of Our Lady.

Celebrant & Preacher – Fr. John Lawrence Polis F.I.




St. Thomas More Parish Golf Day

Better referred to as the Bexleyheath OPEN. It will be played at PEDHAM PLACE golf course on Saturday September 19th 2015. Take off at 12 noon. Cost £45.00 includes the golf, a roll and coffee as a starter and a meal afterwards. Hopefully we will have the usual fund raising raffle to help take sick and handicapped children and adults to Lourdes. Prizes/donations are very welcome. Amateur golfers should not be shy about joining in the Fun. Special prize for the most lost balls.




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.
Then we can turn to the reliable turnips.
Turn up on time
Turn up with a smile
Turn up with a new idea

And turn up with new determination.




St Thomas More Club
Friday Entertainment - 7th August

Music by George James from 20.00 till late. Club members and children welcome.




Bible Alive

Bible Alive is available in the Porch.





Mass attendence on 26th July 2015: 288

Counters - 09.08.2015

Mr & Mrs. Iggie Pereira