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



Month of September 2015

Sunday 6th b

Thursday 10th September

09:00 .


Anthony Fernandes (Wellbeing) (Appy Fernandes)

All Parishioners



Mary Agnes Rodden (RIP)
Rita Watson (RIP)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 7th

Friday 11th



Morning prayer

Brian Newton (RIP) (Ann) Judith Harrision (RIP)


Fr. Icher (Wellbeing)

Teusday 8th - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin

Saturday 12th - The Holy Name of Mary


Eva Bernard (RIP) (Barbara Stallard) Kathleen Foster




Michael Barry (RIP) (John & Ann Fanthome)


Tony Fernandes (RIP) (M Fernandes & family)

Wednesday 9th - St Peter Claver Sunday 13th - Twenty Fourth Sunday b_14_14


Jerome Braganza (RIP) (Rose Castanha)
Mr & Mrs Prendergast & Fly



All Parishioners

Jean Roberts (RIP) (Harrow Family)


Sunday 6th September b_20_20


First Reading (Is 35:4-7a). The prophet provides a message of hope for the exiles. He singles out four groups of people who will especially benefit from God’s saving action: the blind, the deaf, the lame, and the speech impaired.

Second Reading (Jas 2:1-5). The author discusses the issue of discrimination. He urges his audience to favour the poor rather than the rich since God has chosen to make the poor rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom.

Gospel (Mk 7:31-37). Mark narrates the story of Jesus’ cure of a deaf and speech-impaired man in order to emphasize Jesus’ concern for the Gentiles. Though once deaf and speech-impaired, the Gentiles are now able to hear God’s message through Jesus’ ministry of compassion.



Sunday 6th September Responsorial Psalm: My soul, give praise to the Lord.


  • Parish Diary: The Parish Diary 2016  is  available for free at the back of the porch, but donations are most welcome.
  • Racial Justice Day: Next Sunday Racial Justice Day Collection : This collection provides the Bishops of England and Wales with resources  to support ‘Home Mission’, the spread of the Gospel in our own country. The money collected enables a breadth of work to be done in support of parish evangelisation.
  • Bexley Deanery Parish Council: The Bexley Deanery Pastoral Council meeting will be held at St Thomas More Church on Wednesday, 9th September 2015 at 20.00.


General Notices





We welcome Fr John back from his holiday and trust he has had a relaxing one. We would also like to thank Fr. Mark for all his help and the time he spent with us during the holiday period. We did enjoy his services very much. We still have Fr Savio, who is helping Fr John for another week. All masses are back to their normal time.




St. Thomas More Club - Friday Night Entertainment
4th September

We urgently need Raffle prizes.

Entertainment by Martin Charles.

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

26th September K.S.C. race Night .




Harvest Fast Day - Saturday 12th September

Amigo Hall (SE1 7HY) 10.00 - 15.30.

See poster in Porch for further details





Mercy is a work which springs from the goodness of God,  and it will continue to work until sin is no longer allowed to trouble faithful souls. When sin no longer has licence to pursue, then the work of mercy will cease. Then shall every soul be gathered into goodness and rest there forever. Under his  watchfulness we fall; by his blessed love and strength and wisdom we are defended; and through mercy and through grace we are lifted up to many joys.




Bexley Deanery Ride & Stride
Saturday 12th September 13:00

Start at either: Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen or St John Fisher, Bexley.
Travel to the other church by walking, running, cycling, scooter or public transport, 
3.5 miles/5.7km mostly off road route through parks.
Everybody welcome. 
 Entry £5 per adult, £3 per child or £10 per family. 

All proceeds going to St. Lawrence Charitable Fund; a very local charity supporting people in Bexley whose lives have been affected by domestic violence or mental health problems. See poster in porch along with entry forms.




St John Fisher Church, Bexley Film Evening
16th sept - Edit stein (A Reminder)

Our next film evening will be on Wed 16th September when we will show a movie on the dramatic life of Edith Stein - Jewish philosopher, Catholic convert, and Carmelite martyr, also known as St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. See poster in porch.

The film employs subtitles, will be shown in St John Fisher Bexley Church Hall, admission is free, light refreshments will be served, bar open, and all are welcome. Arrivals from 19:00 for 19:30 start.


Bexley Deanery Retreat

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




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.




Transform Bexley Borough

Transform Bexley Borough invites you to the LAUNCH & PRESENTATION of FAITH ACTION AUDIT for Bexley, in partnership with the Cinnamon Network on 28th September 2015 at Trinity Baptish Church, Broadway, Bexleyheath DA6 7AY.

Light Refreshments at 18.00, Presentation 18.30 - 20.00

RSVP by Wed 9th September. / 07712 364962 / 020 8303 8713

See poster in Porch for more information.




Parish Faith and Culture Day
Sunday 4th October 2015

As we near the celebration DAY, Sunday 4th October, there will be an opportunity next Sunday to put your name on the list of parishioners who promise to join in the bringing of food from our diverse cultures. You are also encouraged to wear your National Dress. There is also an opportunity to share prayer and songs in the liturgy of the mass. So let us make it an inclusive and joyful faith-filled celebration of the life of our parish community.

PS: our banner is ready to be printed.





Thought for the day

Good works are links that fall a change of love. Mother Teresa.

The greatest honour you can give God, is to live gladly, joyfully because of the knowledge of his love.  Julian of Norwich.




Ladies Wednesday Club

2nd September 7.30pm Bingo night

For information: Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456.



Mass attendence on 30th August 2015: 340

Counters - 13.09.2015

Caroline Walters & Melissa Goes