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 9th - Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time b

Thursday 13th

09:00 .


Allan Hyacinth (RIP) (Joyce)

All Parishioners



Helen D’Souza (Wellbeing)

St Thomas More Church Lunch Club

Monday 10th - St. Lawrence Deacon & Martyr

Friday 14th - St. Maximillian Kolby priest & Martyr



Morning prayer

Vera Miller (Wellbeing) (Caheny)


Wellbeing of the Willson Family

Teusday 11th - St. Clare

Saturday 15th - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Eileen Barrett & Gladys Bowers (RIP)




Helen Bowman


Tony & Appy Wellbeing

Wednesday 12th Sunday 15th - Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time b_14_14


May Hannagan (RIP) (Ann Kirby)



Serena Saldana (Wellbeing) (Romana D’Mello)

Eita Abbot


Sunday 9th August - Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time b_20_20


First Reading (1 Kings 19:4-8). The Lord sustains Elijah with food in the wilderness on his journey to Mount Sinai where the Lord will renew his vocation as a prophet to Israel.

Second Reading (Eph 4:30-5:2). Paul urges his readers not to grieve the God’s Holy Spirit but to allow this Spirit to work within them through a morality epitomised by love which is their true worship.

Gospel (Jn 6:41-51). Jesus explains that faith in him as the Bread of Life is the work of his Father within believers, drawing them to Jesus and teaching them love.



Sunday 9th August Responsorial Psalm: Taste and see that the Lord is good.



The First Reading gives us a glimpse into the heart of a prophet, and we see how very human he is. Elijah, the great champion of Yahweh, flees into the desert, a broken and dispirited man. But like the Israelites of old, he is fed with ‘bread from heaven’. Strengthened by this food he continues his journey to Horeb, the mountain of God. In the Gospel Jesus declares that he is ‘the bread that has come down from heaven’. The bread in question is primarily the revelation given to people by Jesus. Only at a secondary level does it envisage the Eucharist. The fundamental reaction called for is one of ‘coming to him’, which is a synonym of belief. Even though faith is a gift from God it does demand openness on our part.




Christ be in all hearts, thinking about me.
Christ be in all tongues, telling of me.
Christ be the vision, in eyes that see me,
In ears that hear me, Christ ever be.





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 12:00.
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.




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.


Thoughts for Reflection

‘No one can go back and make a brand new start, however, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending’

‘Sometimes, the strongest people are the ones who love beyond all faults, cry behind closed doors and fight battles that no one even knows about’.




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.




Birds as Impersonators

Robin on a windy day does an impersonation of an altar boy at an outdoor Blessing, his red cape lifting ruffy around his neck and his dark eyes bulged with staring.

Herring gull upon a bollard does a navel pensioner, white headed, sharp eye skinned for harbour whorl, amber cigarette holder in his sea set mouth.

Magpie when he is thoughtful takes off a Church of Ireland clergyman dressed by rule to take a funeral in cassock, long white surplice and knew length mourning stole.

Cormorant standing on a long hulled rock, with wings spread out to dry, impersonates the crewman of a submarine upon the deck, attempting to rouse shore with patient and unchanging semaphore.

Stonechat on a hillside boulder goes back to Spain two hundred years ago for his impersonation of a bandido in fearsome stocking cap, defying pursuit with musketry of curses.

Last one, lapwing on an upland pasture acts out the foraging Homeric warrior a courage of miles inland from ship, with bronze on back, and the crest of horsehair on his helmet tremulous in the watchful wind.




St Thomas More Club
Friday Entertainment - 4th September

We urgently need Raffle prizes. If you have any unwanted gifts suitable for raffles please contact Bob Penny on 020 8 304 7909. Thank you.





Fr. John Practicng for the Parish Golf Day


Mass attendence on 2nd August 2015: 328

Counters - 16.08.2015

Dave Goode & John Marsh