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



Month of October 2015

Sunday 18th - Mission Sunday - St. Luke the Evangelist b

Thursday 22nd - St. John Paul II, Pope



Mrs. R. Fernandes(RIP) (Mr Austin Fernandes & Family)

All Parishioners



Charles Bourke (RIP) (Kate McGowan)

St Thomas More Church Lunch Club

Monday 19th

Friday 23rd - St. John of Capistrano, Priest



Morning prayer

Mary Brady (RIP) (Friends)


Tim Cowen (RIP) (Sean & Ann Gallogly)

Teusday 20th

Saturday 24th


Alex D’Souza (RIP) (Muriel D’Souza)




Alfredo Petrozzi (RIP)


Duarte Pinto (Mr E Pinto & Family)

Wednesday 21st Sunday 25th b_14_14


Anne Cullina (Wellbeing) (Martin & Bernadette Keaveney)



Gillian Pereira (RIP) (Iggy & Edna Pereira)

All Parishioners


Sunday 11th October b_20_20


First Reading (Isa 53:10-11). Our commitment to God can be risky. It can result in rejection and persecution. God, however, does not abandon his suffering servant. Through him, God’s purpose will be accomplished.

Second Reading (Heb 4:14-16). Our confidence in God is well founded because we have a strong mediator interceding for us: Jesus Christ, true Son of God and truly one of us.

Gospel (Mk 10:35-45). Jesus corrects his disciples’ expectations of the kingdom: It is not about power and authority but about serving others.  



Sunday 18th October Responsorial Psalm: May your love be upon us of Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

  • Left Overs: Fr. John has a white plate adn two ladles/serving spoons, left over from the Faith and Culture Day, please knock on his door to collect them. Thank you.
  • Spot the Face: Spot the ball, a competition of gone by days has been updated to SPOT THE FACE IN OUR PARISH MISSION BANNER. PRIZE FOR THE SPOTTER who lists the highest number of spotted faces. Closing date 1st November 2015.
  • Church Repair Work: It is good to see The Cross on our Church back in position and the other repair work completed. The installion of the LIGHTENING CONDUCTER will begin in two weeks time. Then we will need to look at the concrete gutters as they are leaking which could cause dampness.



General Notices




Open Mornings

St Paul's Academy

20th October - 10:00 - 11:30
The principal will speak at 10:30

Christ The King Sixth Form College, Lewisham

Saturday 17th October - 10:00 - 14:00

Christ The King College: Aquinas

Saturday 28th Novemeber - 10:30 - 12:30




October - The month of the holy rosary

Praying the Rosary during October is a traditional Catholic devotion. In praying it we are reflecting on the life of Jesus in the company of His Mother. St Luke in his gospel tells us that ‘Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature and in favour with God and with people’ Luke  ch 2.52. and this happened within a human family. So Jesus knows the blessing of family living. As we pray the Rosary over the coming weeks we ask that the Bishops and lay people at the Roman Synod on Family Life will be guided by The Holy Spirit of Jesus.




Reception of Holy Communion in the hand

The correct procedure is to put forward your open palm so that the priest/Eucharistic Minister can easily place the Sacred Host on your palm. Then take it and place in your mouth with your other hand. At times parents need to remind their children to place the Host in their mouths BEFORE they begin to walk back to their seats. Thank you.  




Ladies Wednesday Club

28th October 7.30pm Beetle Drive
11th November 7.30pm
2nd December 7.30pm

For information: Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456.




Council 380 - Biennial Dinner Dance

The Knights of St Columba Council 380 are organising their Biennial Dinner Dance at St. Thomas More Church all, Long Lane, Bexleyheath on Saturday 21st November 2015 with music by James Dee. Tickets £25 with a 18.30 start.

If you would like to attend this very enjoyable evening please contact Tom Breen on 07801145501 or Bob Penny on 0208 304 7909, as soon as possible.




Holy Hour

Next Sunday, 25th October, 16:00 - 17:00




Sunday Readers Meeting

19.30 on Tuesday 27th October 2015 in the Church.

If you wish to join our Readers Rotas, you are invited to come to this meeting.

St Thomas More Club - Halloween Family Disco

Music by Mick Smith.
Tickets £5/- per Adult. Children under 12 - free. See Halloween Poster in porch.




Holy Land Icons

On Sunday October 18th there will be a display in the porch. You may wish to purchase some.




October 17th

This second collection will be taken NEXT Sunday.




Autumn Family Fast Day

Please remember to return the CAFOD envelopes today, at mass.




First Holy Communion 2016

Fr. John invites parents with children in Year 3 or above to write to him if they wish to be involved in the preparation of their children for First Holy Communion. A certificate of the child’s baptism must accompany this letter. The cut off date for applications is Sunday NOVEMBER 8TH. Thank you.




Celebration of The sacrament of Confirmation 2016

Young people in Year 10 or above, who wish to celebrate this important moment in their Faith Journey are invited to collect an application form from Jackie or Fr. John, complete it and return it with a copy of their Baptism Certificate either before or on November 4th 2015, when there will be a parents’ meeting in the Hall at 19.30. Thank you.


Healing Mass

Every 1st Friday of the month at 2pm at Our Lady of Angels, Erith, Bexley Road.
Capuchin Friars invite you for a sacred time to allow God’s healing and merciful love into our lives through the celebration of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and Anointing of the Sick.

Please see poster in porch.




Pole Survivor

It is hot, you are tired, you are hungry and you spot a fruit tree. What could be nicer than a delicious piece of fruit? No wonder Jesus lost his temper when he came upon the fig tree bereft of figs and cursed it.

The gardeners of Lambeth Palace have no such problems; the fig tree planted there in 1556 by Cardinal Reginald Pole, the last Catholic archbishop of Canterbury, is still thriving, and the gardeners are currently carrying out the latest of its five-yearly prunes, which have helped produce sizeable harvests over the years. So sturdy is the tree, which the cardinal is thought to have brought back from southern Italy, that Justin Welby took a cutting from it to Rome last year as a gift for Pope Francis. The Ficus carica, or White Marseilles, grows in a sheltered spot against the east-facing walls of the Great Hall, and produces two crops of white-fleshed fruit a year. Archbishop Welby gave the cutting to the  Pope as a symbol of the hared heritage of the Catholic and Anglican churches in this country and said that the two trees in London and Rome would be signs of both churches growing and bearing fruit from the same source.



Mass attendence on 11th October 2015: 406

Counters - 25.10.2015

Bernie & Vanessa Fernandes