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



Month of December 2015

Sunday 6th December - Second Sunday of Advent b

Thursday 10th



All Parishioners

John Asuen (thanks giving) (Bisi Asuen)



Tracy D’Souza (Thanks) (Helen & Vinci D’Souza)

NO St Thomas More Church Lunch Club

Monday 7th - St. Ambrose

Friday 11th



Morning prayer

Lawrence Kurukulasuriya (Rukee, Desmond Perera and family)


Lily Comerford (Anniversary) (Lyn Smith)

Teusday 8th - The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saturday 12th - Our Lady of Guadalupe


All are invited to St Stephen's Welling for Mass at 11am with our clergy and Dean to mark the start of The Holy Year of Mercy. Refreshments afterwards




Judith Goodwin (Patricia Halan)


Joseph Fitzpatrick (RIP)

Wednesday 9th Sunday 13th - Third Sunday of Advent b_14_14


Mary Bowler (RIP)



Fr. Francis (RIP) (Anni)

Augustinho Fernandes (RIP)


Sunday 6th December - Second Sunday of Advent b_20_20


First Reading (Baruch 5:1-9). God speaks to his exiled people in Babylon, offering words of hope for their return to their homeland and to God’s favour. God’s promise echoes the words in the New Testament that herald the ministry of John the Baptist.

Second Reading (Phil 1:3-6,8-11). Paul and Timothy give thanks for the faith of the Christians at Philippi, and pray that their love, knowledge and discernment will grow to maturity in preparation for the return of the Lord.

Gospel (Lk 3:1-6). John, the son of Zechariah, hears the call of the Lord and begins to proclaim a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Thus the ministry of John the Baptist begins in fulfilment of the prophecy of Isaiah.



Sunday 6th December- Responsorial Psalm: What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.

  • 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: No lunch club from 10th to 31st December 2015.The next Lunch club will start again on the 7th of January 2016.
  • Church Grounds: Our sincere thanks to all our volunteers, who did such a good job.
  • Enrolment Mass - 10th December, 10:30: The children and young people of our Parish are enrolling to begin their Spiritual Journey of preparation for the celebration of the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation in May and June 2016. Please pray for our younger generation, that through their preparation they will be guided by The Holy Spirit to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.


General Notices




Advent Week 2

How am I doing? The Gospel last week said:, “Stay Awake?” To stay awake I must already be awake. Am I? If not I must awake NOW. Only then can I begin to prepare. PREPARE is our banner word this week! Prepare for HIS SECOND COMING for the celebration of HIS FIRT COMING in a few weeks time.

Maybe I could start to prepare by choosing to spend 5 minutes in silent prayer each day reflecting on a word of Scripture or the words of a favourite prayer. Or can I be more attentive, more caring to someone?




St. Thomas More Club
Christmas Dance on 19th December 2015

music by George James from 20.00 to 23.00. Tickets £10.00 including a hot supper. Please book early. Contact Bob on 0208 304 7909.

New Years Eve Disco on 31st December 2015, Tickets £7 for adult and £2 for Child. For tickets contact Bob on 0208 304 7909.




Ladies Wednesday Club

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

For information: Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456.




Parish Audit

On Wednesday, we were audited by an accountant appointed by the Diocese. He found all was well with our gift aid scheme, our money recording and banking cheques payments and receipt filing. Our sincerely thanks to all concerned.




Hall & Bar Manager - Vacancy

The Church of St. John Fisher Bexley, are looking for a Hall and Bar Manager. The ideal candidate will have good understanding of the licensing industry and be able to work alone and under pressure. In addition they will be an efficient and organised worker who takes great pride in their work. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae and covering letter to St. John Fisher Catholic Church, 48 Thanet Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1AP. Or email stjfisher@tiscali.co.uk.




Fr.Francis Memorial/Endowment Fund

WATCH IT GO UP ON THE THERMOMETER: To date we as a parish have contributed £6,264.00 with our contributions this time round. If you took an envelope last Sunday please return it today or by next Sunday. Thank-you.


Year of Mercy

What follows is the open paragraph of Pope Francis’ letter announcing its beginning on Tuesday 8th December 2015.

Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him. The Father, “rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4), after having revealed his name to Moses as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex 34:6), has never ceased to show, in various ways throughout history, his divine nature. In the “fullness of time” (Gal4:4), when everything had been arranged according to his plan of salivation, he sent his only Son into the world, born of the Virgin Mary, to reveal his love for us in a definitive way. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father (cf. Jn 14:9). Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God.





Attention All Readers

It has been brought to my attention that when I use my radio mike at the pulpit while the mike there is switched on, the sound is muffled, so now I will switch off the pulpit mike which means that the reader needs to switch it on again for the bidding prayers. As somebody who doesn’t always get it right at the pulpit, may I stress, that all readers need to be well acquainted with the scripture passages and the bidding prayers to ensure that the delivery is clear and properly paced. Please feel free to make me aware of my short comings in my delivery. Thank-you.




Funeral Service for the late John William Mitchell

John William Mitchell, who died on the 18th of November 2015. The funeral will take place at St. Thomas More church at 10.45 followed by committal at Eltham Crematorium at 12.15. May he rest in peace. Our sympathies to the family.




Christmas Vigil Mass

The time has come once again to call our budding actors and actresses to take their places in the Annual Parish Nativity Play:  The 1st rehearsal is on Saturday 19th at 11.00, followed by a final dress rehearsal on Wednesday 23rd again at 11.00.
The help and support of as many parents as possible will be very gratefully accepted.
We have a number of costumes but if you can help us with any more this too would be extremely welcome.


Wednesday 12.00 on 23rd December: We are hoping once again to encourage the generosity of the children of the parish to share their good fortune with those children less fortunate by bringing a wrapped present to be presented at the offertory and as a thank you the children will receive a Christingle.



Mass attendence on 6th December 2015: 331

Counters - 13.12.2015

TBC. (Rukee Perera to observe).