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 25th - Thirtieth Sunday b

Thursday 29th - Douai Martyrs




Gillian Pereira (RIP) (Iggy & Edna Pereira)

All Parishioners

Holy Hour



Phyllis McDonald (RIP) and Christine & Angela Harrison
Grand Dad Wilmot (RIP)

St Thomas More Church Lunch Club

Monday 26th

Friday 30th



Morning prayer

Deceased members of Cerci & Wilson family
Margaret William (Wellbeing) (Ita Daly)


Fr. Victor Rocha (RIP) (Muriel D’Souza)
Mary Kearns (Kath & Bob Penny)

Teusday 27th

Saturday 31st


Marie Berry (RIP) (J Mussett)
Mr & Mrs Bliss & family) (Chris Byford)




Arthur Tolhurst (RIP) (Pat Tolhurst)


Frank Kilgannon (RIP)

Wednesday 28th - St. Simon & Judy apostles Sunday 1st November - All Saints b_14_14


Tom Woodward (RIP) (Liz Woodward)
William McCahey (RIP)



Parents (RIP) of Paul Yeates

All Parishioners


Sunday 25th October b_20_20


First Reading (Jer 31:7-9). The prophet Jeremiah announces good news to the exiled Jews in Babylon: God will deliver them from their bondage. Nobody will be left behind. Like a father, God will comfort and gently care for all who need his help.

Second Reading (Heb 5:1-6). Jesus Christ is a high priest who sympathizes with our weakness. He is interceding for us with the Father in all eternity.

Gospel (Mk 10:46-52). Jesus heals the blind beggar Bartimaeus and gives him a gift far greater than his physical sight: the gift to follow him on his way.



Sunday 25th October Responsorial Psalm: What marvels the Lord worked for us. Indeed we were glad.

  • October 17th - World Mission Sunday - Second Collection TODAY: Sometimes the question is raised why don’t we leave people with their own native religion whatever it might be? Just leave them as they are to respond to “God” as they understand. Should we introduce them to the Catholic/Christian God? To Jesus Christ? Perhaps we should allow GANTULGA from the youngest Catholic Church in the world situated in Mongolia to give the answer. ‘ I can see a difference between my life before being baptised and afterwards. Before in my life, I made a lot of mistakes. When I started going to church and feeling how God’s mercy reaches me, I felt that I had to receive baptism. Now I can say I am a better father and a better husband because I have received God’s mercy and can be merciful to others.’ – Gantulga, Mongolia.



General Notices




Ignation Way of Prayer - 28th October

This Wednesday, 28th October at 8.00pm Fr. Savio has kindly agreed to lead us in a discussion on the Ignatian Way of Prayer. He will look at this subject in detail and how we can incorporate this way of prayer into our busy daily lives. All parishioners are very welcome to attend and the talk will take place in the Church.




Cemetery Visits - November 2015

The service and blessing of graves will take place as follows:

Sunday 1st November
Sidcup Cemetery - 14.30
Hillview (Welling) - 14.30

Sunday 8th November
Plumstead Cemetery – 13.00
Bexleyheth Cemetery- 14.30
Kemnal Park- 14.30

Brook Street Cemetery, Erith- 15.15




Ladies Wednesday Club

28th October 19.30 Beetle Drive
11th November 19.30
2nd December 19.30
9th December 14:00, Christmas Meal, Bexleyheath

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.




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.




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.




St Thomas More Club - Halloween Family Disco

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




The C0-Workers of Blessed Mother Teresa

As the Christmas season approaches once again, we appeal to you for the usual gifts for the homeless e.g. Woolley hats, gloves, scarves and socks. Toiletries such as soap, face flannels, hand towels, disposable razors. No second hand items please. Thank you for your support now and in the past. Items may be left at the repository or telephone 0208-304-7996. The final date for the appeal will be the 15th of November. – Therese Quirke.




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.




The Fr. Francis Memorial Endowment Fund Update

An update was received in June 2015 from Fr. Anthony, Rector of Ejisu University in Ghana, with regard to the revised bye-laws governing Fr. Francis’ Memorial Endowment Fund, in accordance with the laws of Ghana. The main points are:
1. A gestation period of two years (beginning in
August 2015 until August 2017) in order to invest the money and grow the fund before dispersing funds to deserving students.
2. Names, telephone Nos and Email addresses of
the seven members of the Board of Trustees (contact with members is welcomed).
3. The Board has initiated a local fund raising
committee led by the Chairman to raise funds locally for the Endowment Fund.

For more details, please see the full revised report on the notice board.

We remember Fr. Francis with love as we approach the third anniversary of his death on 12th December. Around that time, we will have our annual parish collection for what he called his ‘worthy cause.’


Mass attendence on 18th October 2015: 446

Counters - 01.11.2015

Pat Carrol & Melissa Goes.