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

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Month of December 2015

Sunday20th December - Fourth Sunday of Advent b

Thursday 24th - Christmas Eve

09:00

10:30

Yong & Carrier families (Wellbeing)

All Parishioners

18:00

23:30

Vigil Mass – Mc Donagh Family (M. Mulkerrin)

Carol Singing followed by Mid-Night Mass
Mary Kearns (RIP)  (Ann Conroy)

Monday 21st

Friday 25th - The Nativity of The Lord

09:00

09:30

Morning prayer

Joe Mendes (RIP)  (Myra Mendes)

09:00

10:30

Maureen McGurk  (John & Anne Fanthome)

Paddy Mc Donagh (RIP) 

Teusday 22nd

Saturday 26th - St. Stephen first Martyr

10:00

Chris Mulkerrins (RIP) (Mrs. Phillips)

10:00

18:00-18:30

18:30

Della Clarke (RIP)

Confession

Joaquim D’Souza (RIP)
(Bernie & Vincent D’Souza)

Wednesday 23rd Sunday 27th - The Holy Family b_14_14

10:00

Deceased Relatives of Mrs. Wright

09:00

10:30

Cecelia & Joe Rodrigues (RIP)

All Parishioners

 

First Reading: (Mic 5:1-4)    Second Reading: (Heb 10:5-10)     The Gospel: (Lk 1:39-45)
Responsorial Psalm: God of hosts, bring us back: let your face shine on us and we shall be saved

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Sunday27th December - The Holy Family b

Thursday 31st - St. Sylvester Pope 1

09:00

10:30

Cecelia & Joe Rodrigues (RIP)

All Parishioners

10:00

Seema Jobin

Monday 28th - The Holy innocents

Friday 1st - Mother of God (First Friday)

09:15

09:30

Morning prayer

George Willson (RIP) (Ann)

10:00

Seamus Nolas (RIP) (Kath McGowan)

Teusday 29th - St. Thomas Becket

Saturday 2nd

10:00

Michael Claherty  (M Ecrin)

09:00

18:00-18:30

18:30

Martin Prendergast (RIP)

Confession

Barbara Gubbins (RIP) (Frank Gorman)

Wednesday 30th Sunday 3rd b_14_14

10:00

Thanks giving (Alex & Melita De Mello)

09:00

10:30

All Parishioners

George & Rose Wright(RIP) Stella Wright)

 

Sunday 20th, 27th b_20_20

 
 

First Reading (Sir 3:2-6,12-14)

Second Reading (Col 3:12-21)

Gospel (Lk 2:41-52)

 

Sunday 27th December- Responsorial Psalm: O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways!

 

General Notices

 

 

 

Advent Week 4

We are on the cusp of our Christmas celebration. The “WHY” of it is that God became one of us in Jesus. Thomas Merton monk and great spiritual writer tells how the wonder of this dawned on him in the middle of a busy shopping centre in Louisville Kentucky. “It is a glorious destiny to be a member of the human race, though it is a race dedicated to many absurdities, one that makes many makes many terrible mistakes yet with all that God Himself gloried in becoming a member of the human face and if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shinning like the sun.”

 

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Christmas Confession

Saturday 20th:     Noon to 1.00pm, 5.30 to 6.50pm
Monday 21st:        7.00 to 8.00pm
Tuesday 22nd:      7.00 to 8.00pm
Wednesday 23rd: Noon to 1.00pm, 7.00 to 8.00pm

Christmas Eve 24th: Noon to 1.00pm

 

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Important Notice for Parents
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 final dress rehearsal on Wednesday 23rd again at 11am: We have a number of costumes but if you can help us with any more this too would be extremely welcome. .

CHRISTINGLE MAKERS
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Wednesday 12noon 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 at  the 6.30pm vigil mass. As a thank you the children will receive a Christingle. Fr John will provide the oranges and then it is over to the volunteers.  Thanks to those parents who have come forward and volunteered.

 

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Christmas Offering

The Parish Council reminds us all that Christmas collection is your gift to your priest. Thank-you

 

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New Year's Eve Disco - 31st December 2015

Tickets £7 for adult and £2 for Child. For tickets contact Bob on 0208 304 7909

Fr Francis Memorial Endowment Fund

WATCH IT GO UP ON THE THERMOMETER: To date, we as a parish have contributed £6,264.00.  If you have taken k an envelope last Sunday please return it today as this is the last Sunday for returning the envelopes. Thank-you.

 

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Red Boxes

As the collection is due in by the end of December, could you bring your Red Boxes to the repository as soon as you can please and please collect your empty boxes from the repository a week later. Thank-you.

 

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Crib Offerings Christmas 2015

This year our Parish Crib Offerings will be divided 50/50 between our dioceses of SOUTHWARK CRISIS FUND and THE FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND charity. In both instances the money will go solely to help families and children in real need. As Archbishop Peter writes, “a little mercy makes the world LESS cold and MORE JUST”. Thank you for being generous in our Parish.

 

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Christmas Greetings

We celebrate at Christmas. We do so in different ways and levels. This is quite appropriate, so long as we remember the “WHY” of our celebration. The “WHY” is that in Jesus, God loves us unconditionally! He is with us, Emmanuel. He is one with us, in communion with us. As He is to us, we try to be to each other, to love as He does, to be with each other as He is with us, to be in communion with each other.  To be merciful to each other as He is to us.

Our exchange of gifts, cards and greetings are to be an expression of God’s reaching out and generous self-giving to us in giving to us in Jesus. Obviously, for Him the First Christmas was not just a one off giving. It was rather the human high point of His on-going desire to give Himself to us and so give us the experience of deep happiness, again not once a year but always. May our greetings to each other this Christmas be an earnest expression of our attitude towards each other now and for the future, so a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016.

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Mass attendence on 13th December 2015:

Counters - 27.12.2015

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