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



Month of January 2016

Saturday 2nd January b Thursday 7th




Barbara Gubbins (RIP) (Frank Gorman)



Lucy Dias (RIP) (Blanche & Ferdie Rodrigues)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Sunday 3rd

Friday 8th



All Parishioners

George & Rose Wright (RIP) (Stella Wright)


George Thomas (RIP) (Dhanya George) 

Monday 3rd

Saturday 9th



Morning Prayers

Mary Hannagan (RIP)





John O’Hagan (RIP) (Patricia O’Hagan)


Vincent D’Souza (Thanksgiving)
(Helen D’Souza & Family)

Teusday 5th


Lawrence Margery (RIP) (Anne Carter)

Wednesday 6th Sunday 10th b_14_14


Theresa Quirke (Wellbeing) (DM & Sylvia Lonergan)



Mark Andrew Mendoza (I & E Perrira)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Is 60:1-6). This reading contains the great promise that one day God’s dwelling amount his chosen people would bring a great ingathering from among all the nations of the earth.

Second Reading: (Eph 3:2-3a,5-6). Here we have the vision that all barriers between the peoples of the earth are overcome since they all share the same promise in the body of Christ.

The Gospel: (Mt 2:1-12). Matthew tells us the story of how some wise men from the east followed their star and found God.

Responsorial Psalm: All nations shall fall prostrate before you, O Lord.



General Notices




Thank You

Fr John says a big THANK YOU to all who made our Christmas celebrations so beautiful and meaningful not forgetting those who helped make the senior citizens party such a great occasion. 

Once again every blessing for the New Year.

P.S. Next Sunday the amount for Fr Francis’ Memorial Fund will be available.




2016 A New Year

Many of us still make New Year Resolutions, even though we know from experience that we don’t persevere for very long for whatever reasons.  Will we try again this year?  That’s up to each of us personally.  A New Year is a new opportunity, a fresh start.  Perhaps deep down in us is a desire to get in step with this new opportunity, something you might say instinctive, a voice which says you can do better, rise from the ashes of your failures of 2015.  Maybe I could take the following as my New Year Resolution and take it to heart in a spirit of faith as expressed in the following lines:
I SAID TO THE MAN, WHO STOOD AT THE GATE OF YEAR.  “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown” and He replied, “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God.  That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way”.

So I went forth and finding the hand of God, trod gladly into the night.  And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day.




White Flower Appeal
10th January 2016

The society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal next weekend.
In common with the Catholic Church SPUC defends and upholds the sanctity of life from conception until natural death.
The Society’s work covers a wide spectrum of pro-life and pro-family issues.
It seeks to protect unborn children from abortion and defends the disabled, elderly and incapacitated from euthanasia and assisted suicides.
Next Sunday as you leave the Church, you will be offered a white flower badge and be invited to make a financial donation to the very worthy cause.  Thank you.

Please give generously to this very worthy cause.

In a word, you are a new year

You are A New Year every time you smile and help to make the world a brighter place.
You are A New Year every time you laugh and let the sound join with all the happy music of the world.
You are A New Year every time you speak a word of faith to some fearful soul along an unpaved road.
You are A New Year every time you pray a prayer for those who need your very special blessing.

You are A New Year every time your loving hand goes out of the way to give that extra special service.




Bible Alive

Copies of the January edition of BIBLE ALIVE are in the porch priced at £2.00 for parishioners.

Also in the porch are some copies of The Faith Today Magazine which should have been available in Advent so they are out of date but they are FREE. So, why now? Because there is a story of a baby girl born without arms who is now a Pilot, yes a Pilot. She learned to fly a plane using her feet. Taking inspiration from her will surely help us to meet the challenges that may come our way in 2016.




Grammar Of Life!

And at the end of life I do not think that there is a full stop, maybe a comma, a pause before another existent stage.  Maybe there is a semicolon; a punctuation to connect independent clauses with each other.  Or perhaps at the end of life, we encounter a colon: that which marks a major division to indicate that what will follow is an elaboration, summation or implication of what has gone before.




My School Holiday Rhyme

Friday night is my delight, so is Saturday morning, Sunday noon comes too soon and off to school on Monday morning.

Those were the days, or were they?  In 2016 we welcome back to school are children at St Thomas More School on Tuesday 5th January, enjoy.



Mass attendence on 27th December 2015: 245

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