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 22nd November - Christ The King b

Thursday 26th - Cardinal Lavigerie




All Parishioners

Zoga Bori

Memorial Service for Deceased Loved Ones
(Catholic or Non Catholic).



Bruno Castanha (RIP) (Rose Castanha)

St Thomas More Church Lunch Club

Monday 23rd

Friday 27th



Morning prayer

Edith Bullock (RIP)



Tom Reece (RIP ) (John Mitchell)

Special mass for the deceased brothers of
Council 380 of the Knights of St. Columba.

Teusday 24th - St. Andrews Dung-Lac & companions

Saturday 28th


John Flewitt (RIP) (Flewitt family)




Anne Mohoney (RIP) (Ann)


Mary & Pat Campbell & family (Wellbeing)
(Phil Sheahan)

Wednesday 25th Sunday 29th - First Sunday of Advent b_14_14


John Conlon (RIP)



Vera Martins (Mr & Mrs. Iggie Pereira)

All Parishioners


Sunday 22nd November - Christ The King b_20_20
Month of the Holy Souls


First Reading (Dan 7:13-14). Later writers saw here a picture of the Messiah who would come from heaven to inaugurate the Kingdom of God.

Second Reading (Rev 1:5-8). Christ the faithful witness has not only surrendered his life, but is also the first to be born from the death.

Gospel (Jn 18:33-37). Jesus does not deny his kingship, but shows that it is not political or nationalist in character: his royalty focuses on truth, the revelation of God’s word.



Sunday 22nd November - Responsorial Psalm: The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed.

  • Senior Citizens Christmas Party - December 10th: Please collect your invitations from the porch. If you know of anybody who would like to come to that party, please let us know. Also if anybody needs transport to come to the party, please let us know.
  • Thursday Lunch Club, 3rd December - Christmas Lunch: No lunch club from 10th to 31st December 2015.The next Lunch club will start again on the 7th of January 2016.


General Notices




Special Mass on Friday 27th November

There is a special Mass on this Friday for the deceased brothers of. Council 380 of the Knights of St Columba.  All parishioners very welcome to attend this Mass.




First Holy Communion 2016

There is a meeting for parents who have already written to Fr. John, regarding their children’s First Holy Communion preparation, on Tuesday 24th November at 19.00, in the Church. Parents only please. Thank-you.




Memorial Service for Deceased Loved Ones,
Catholic or Non Catholic

There will be a memorial service for deceased loved ones, Catholic or Non Catholic:   at 15.00 on Sunday 22nd November in our Church. Anybody who wishes to remember a loved one wherever that person died is welcome to come to the service which will be conducted by Fr. John. There will be light refreshments in the Hall afterwards and the bar will be open.




St John Fisher Film Evening

Our next film evening will be on Wed 9th December when we will show a powerful movie on the dramatic and tragic story of the beloved saint of modern youth, St Maria Goretti, who died defending her purity at the hands of a knife-wielding attacker. The film reveals the deep spiritual life, great courage and profound charity of this young saint.

 The film includes subtitles, will be shown in St John Fisher Bexley Church Hall, admission is free, light refreshments will be served, bar open and stall selling home-made crafts with a Christmas theme - all are welcome. Arrivals from 19:00 for 19:30 start.  See poster in porch for more information.




Ladies Wednesday Club

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

For information: Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456.




X'Mas Turkey 25 Card Drive

There will be an X’Mas Turkey 25 Card Drive: in St. Thomas More Hall on Saturday 5th December at 20.00. As they say, admission free pay at the door. Take your seat and sit on the floor and Fr John will meet you there. Play opens at 8pm. Bar available, bring a friend and go leave with a turkey or maybe a goose.




Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice
Christmas Fair

28th November from 13:00 to 16:00, 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 19:00, 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.

Mother & Toddlers Group, St. Thomas More Hall

We have a Wednesday and Thursday group both in the mornings at 9.30 -11.30am. Presently there are vacancies in the Thursday group. For more information please ring Michelle on 07900518691.




Baptism with a mesage

Pope Francis wants the Church to be an inverted pyramid: where those supposedly “at the top” are the ones serving others.

This is the lens through which to view the baptism he performed for the son of his friend Sergio Sanchez, the leader of the waste-pickers cooperative in Argentina, last Saturday.

Sanchez told the Argentinian newspaper La Nacion that Pope Francis baptising his son was an “encouragement for the excluded, for the popular economy, for the waste-pickers, the street-sellers, the recyclers, the peasants, the indigenous people.”






Following our Parish Faith and Culture day, we will re-group in the Presbytery on Wednesday November 25th at 20.00 to review the occasion and see how as a parish we might develop and strengthen the spirit of evangelisation in this part of God’s world. Please continue to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Thank-you.




Year of Mercy

As you may already know, Pope Francis has announced a Year of Mercy, starting on December 8th this year ending on November 20th 2016, which is the feast of Christ the King. The Year of Mercy here in Bexley will be inaugurated at a Special Mass at St. Stephens, Welling, where all the priests of the Deanery will join Fr. Jim Spencer our Dean, in celebrating this mass. Parishioners from all parishes are invited and encouraged to participate in this mass. More information to follow.




The Father Francis Memorial/Endowment Fund

As we approach, the third anniversary of the death of Fr. Francis on 12th December 2015, we remember him with love and prayers. Prior to his unexpected death, he had expressed a desire to set up a foundation, to raise funds for the education of’ ‘Needy female students’, at Ejisu University, in Ghana, where he was Rector. He had suggested that we might assist him in what he called ‘his worthy cause’.
Following his death, the University set up the foundation, the purpose being to raise funds for the education of female students at the University and in memory of Fr. Francis. In collaboration with the University, our parish set up ‘The Fr. Francis Memorial/Endowment Fund’, to raise funds. We do this through having an envelope collection, around the time of the anniversary of his death each year, when parishioners can make a contribution. Through the envelope collection, in the past two years, you have collected the amazing amount of £6264/-.

Envelopes will be distributed at all masses on 29/30 November, to be returned on 5/6 December and 12/13 December. Through your generosity Fr. Francis’ dream, for the education of young girls at the Ejisu University is becoming a reality. (Please see notice board, Constitution Documents etc, re the distribution of the fund by Governing Body).  Thank-you from The Committee.




Celebration of The sacrament of Confirmation 2016

The confirmation classes are taking on Wednesday evenings at 19.3 in the hall. The young people will be helping at the Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner.



Mass attendence on 8th November 2015: 428

Counters - 29.11.2015

Claude L’Olive & Dorothy Nikoi (with Dave Meehan as observer)