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 8th November- Thirty Second Sunday b

Thursday 12th



Ila Abbots (RIP) (Joyce)

All Parishioners



Dennis Knight (RIP) (Ann)

St Thomas More Church Lunch Club

Monday 9th

Friday 13th



Morning prayer

Margaret O’Halloran (RIP) (Marion O’Halloran)


All Departed relatives and friends (Freny)

Teusday 10th - St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

Saturday 14th


NO MASS TODAY. Deceased Clergy Mass at St. Stephens, Welling at 11.00am.




Seamus Ryan (Josie Ryan)


Patsy McCabe (RIP) (Sean & Ann Gallogly)

Wednesday 11th - St. Martin of Tours bishop Sunday 15th b_14_14


Lucy Dias (RIP) (Vinci & Helen D’Souza)



Pamela & Valente Da Gama (Iggie & Edna Pereira)

All Parishioners


Sunday 8th November b_20_20


First Reading (1 Kings 17:10-16). Guided by God, Elijah escaped drought and famine, as a stranger he begged for water and food in return for a promise of divine mercy.

Second Reading (Heb 9:24-28). Always we focus attention on God’s greatest gift; present among us, Jesus assures us that his obedience brings hope for his perpetual intercession.

Gospel (Mk 12:38-44). Do some leaders and teachers in society twist their role into self-service? Such people are condemned by Jesus, who points out the extraordinary generosity of a poor widow as an example of placing all we have at the service of God.



Sunday 8th November - Responsorial Psalm: My soul, give praise to the Lord.

  • Money Counting Rota:Will all Counters and Observers please collect a copy of the Rota document from the sacristy, if not yet done so.


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.

Memorial Service for Deceased Loved Ones, Catholic or Non Catholic: As per last week’s newsletter the Memorial Service will be at 15.00 on Sunday 22nd November in our Church. Mulligan’s Funeral Service will write on our behalf to the next of kin of those whose funerals they arranged with Fr. John either here at St. Thomas More or in a Crematorium. However, anybody who wishes to remember a loved one wherever that person died is welcome to come to the service which will be arranged and conducted by Fr. John. There will be light refreshments in the Hall afterwards and the bar will be open.




Lionel Roberts RIP

Please pray for the soul of MR LIONEL ROBERTS (RIP), who passed away on 26th October 2015, his funeral will take place on 16th November at 11.00am at Our Lady of Angels, Erith, followed by cremation at Eltham Crematorium at 13.00.  (Lionel was the husband of Patricia, who died in March 2014, and they were parishioners at St. Thomas More).  Our sympathies to his family.




Cemetery Visits - November 2015

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

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

Brook Street Cemetery, Erith- 15.15




Christmas Gifts

While I don’t like talking about Christmas in November, let alone in September the fact is that is the way things are. So I draw your attention to the CAFOD Christmas GIFTS brochure in the porch. It is full of suggested gifts for the poor of our World.




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.




Annual Day of recollection 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 11.00 and finish with Mass at 15.00, celebrated by Bishop Pat Lynch. If you are going, please see Fr. John.




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.




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.




A Day with Mary

St Peter’s Catholic Church, Woolwich SE18 on Saturday 21st November 2015. Please see poster in Porch for details.




Greenwich Catholic Fellowship for the Disabled

Express their thanks for the generous amount of £563, donated as a result of the Gold Day, in the summer.




Tower Bridge Memory Walk - Matthew Perera

would like to say a big thank you to all those who supported him in raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. He was successfully able to complete the walk and raise £561, which will allow him to support those affected by dementia.




Foggy Weather

Recently our weather has been Foggy. Life itself can at times be grey and foggy, but as the Poet Edward Robeson Taylor reminds us, it is not the whole story.

The fog rolls in as it has rolled for years that never can be told, and all the sky of sombre-gray makes drearier still the dreary-day; and hearts still ache until they break, as it has been with Death alway.

But though the fog be deeper rolled, the sun’s above it as of old; no sky can be so sombre-gray, but that the blue will have its way; and hearts will wake for love’s dear sake, as it has been with Life alway.




Money Counting Rota

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


Mass attendence on 1st November 2015: 383

Counters - 15.11.2015

Pat Murphy & John Fanthome