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



Month of November 2015

Sunday 1st November - All Saints b

Thursday 5th - St. Elizabeth and Zechariah



Parents (RIP) of Paul Yeates

All Parishioners



Intentions & wellbeing of Nuah Shea (Eileen Budd)
And Bridie Gallaghen (RIP) (Peggy Hagan)

St Thomas More Church Lunch Club

Monday 2nd - All Souls

Friday 6th - First Friday of the Month



Morning prayer

Jim Spellman (RIP) (Phil Sheahan)
And Donor’s Intention


Deceased members of D’Souza & D’Lima families
(Vinci & Helen D’Souza)
Mary Fernando (Rukee & Desmond Perera & Family)

Teusday 3rd

Saturday 7th


Shirley Keen (Wellbeing) (Caulfield family)
And Jim Cody (RIP) (Meena & family)




William McCahey (RIP)


Rose Hutton (RIP) (M. Glasson)

Wednesday 4th Sunday 8th b_14_14


Mrs Eileen Curry (RIP) (Marion O’Halloran)
And Tom Furlong (Wellbeing)



Ila Abbots (RIP) (Joyce)

All Parishioners


Sunday 1st November b_20_20


First Reading (Rev 7:2-4, 9-14). The sign of the cross on our foreheads at Baptism points us to the ultimate goal of life, eternal union with the angels and saints in the presence of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Second Reading (1 Jn 3:1-3). The privilege of becoming children of God through the sacrifice of the Lamb calls for a faithful response in single-hearted dedication to the Father.

Gospel (Mt 5:1-12). Jesus presented the great charter of the Good News in the Beatitudes, which provide the foundation for disciples to become one with him in service of the heavenly Father and of each other.



Sunday 1st November - Responsorial Psalm: Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord.

  • November: Month of the Holy Souls
  • 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.



General Notices




November - Month of the Holy Souls

There are white envelopes marked Holy Souls available in the porch. Parishioners are invited to take one and put in them the names of deceased loved ones and return them. They will be placed on the altar at all masses during November. Please do not put any money in the envelope. If you wish to have mass offered, please use the brown mass offering envelopes also available in the porch or see Fr. John.

P.S. Later in the month there will be a memorial service NOT MASS, for all who lost a loved one in the past year, here in our parish or elsewhere. The date is Sunday November 22nd at 3.00pm. More information to follow




Ignation Way of Prayer - 28th October

We thank Fr. Savio for his enlightening talk. Those who attended are invited to collect the hand-outs sheets he prepared from the sacristy. Thanks again Father.




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

11th November 19.30
2nd December 19.30
9th December 14:00, Christmas Meal, Bexleyheath

For information: Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456.




Prayers for Others in November

If ‘Purgatory’ is simply purification through fire in the encounter with the Lord, Judge and Saviour, how can a third person intervene, even if he or she is particularly close to the other? When we ask such a question, we should recall that no man is an island, entire of itself. Our lives are involved with one another, through innumerable interactions they are linked together. No one lives alone.  No one sins alone, No one is saved alone. The lives of others continually spill over into mine: in what I think, say, do and achieve. And conversely, my life spills over into that of others: for better and for worse. So my prayer for another is not something extraneous to that person, something external, not even after death. In the interconnectedness of Being, my gratitude to the other – can play a small part in his purification- It is never too late to touch the heart o f another. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.




Money Counting Rota

Will all Counters and Observers please collect a copy of the Rota document from the sacristy.




Annual Day of recoollection for
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
and readers, for the south east area

Will take place at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, SW16 2HY, on Saturday November 14th. The day itself will be given by Fr. Ashley Beck, M.A. from St Edmund of Canterbury, Beckenham.  The day will start at 11.00am and finish with Mass at 3.00pm, celebrated by Bishop Pat Lynch. If you are going, please see Fr. John.

Council 280 - 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 6.30pm 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.




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.




Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice
Christmas Fair

28th November from 1 to 4pm, 185 Bostall Hill, Abbey Wood, SE2 0GB. Free entry & parking. See poster in porch.

A Christmas Carol Concert

Sunday 29th November 2015, in the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.. Reception starting at 7pm, Concert commences at 19.45. Tickets £25 per person, includes a festive drink and mince pie.
See poster in porch for more information.

Remember someone special.... Light up a life

Join the Greenwich & Bexley community hospice for one of these events. Free to attend, everyone welcome. Please see poster in porch for dates and venue.




Money Counting Rota

Will all Counters and Observers please collect a copy of the Rota document from the sacristy.



Mass attendence on 25th October 2015: 399

Counters - 08.11.2015

Caroline Walters & Melissa Goes with Dawn Webb as Observer