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 10th Baptism of the Lord b Thursday 14th



Mark Andrew Mendoza (Ignatius & Edna  Pereira)

All Parishioners



Michael Sullivan (RIP) (The Keaveney Family)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 11th

Friday 15th



Morning Prayers

Deceased members of the McCarthy family (Anne Carter)


Wellbeing  of Ron & Betty Sefton (Tom Breen)

Tuesday 12th

Saturday 16th


Teresa Dale (Birthday)




Chacko Joseph (RIP)


John Shea & Brian Pike (RIP) (Nuala & Ann Pike)

Wednesday 13th Sunday 17th b_14_14


Thanks giving for the safe delivery of Baby Wilmot (Cathy Inglis)




All Parishioners

John Mitchell (RIP) (Margaret William)

Holy Hour


First Reading: (Isa 40:1-5. 9-11). Here is the Lord, coming with power.

Second Reading: (Tit 2:11-14;3:4-7). God’s grace has been revealed, and it has made salvation possible for the whole human race.

The Gospel: (Lk 3:15-16, 21-22). You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.

Responsorial Psalm: Bless the Lord, my soul! Lord God, how great you are.



General Notices




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.





Ladies Wednesday Club

19.30 January 20th – Socialise and plan for 2016.

For further information: Contact Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456.




Attention Readers

Your Sunday readers guide is awaiting you in the sacristy, please collect.




Bible Alive

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




Fr Francis Memorial Fund

The amount donated comes to £2859.25. Thank you very much for your generosity. In the past we sent our donations through the Hly Gosh Fathers at Bickley, who have now moved to Chester, having found their new address, we will hopefully be able to operative through them again this year.




Variety Concert

There will be a variety concert in aid of the Fr. Francis Fund in St. Thomas More’s church hall on the evening of Saturday 9th April 2016. This is a joint venture with St. Stephen’s church, Welling. If you would like to perform (solo or in a small group) please speak to Helen Ratcliff after Sunday Mass or call her on 07917 061707.

We hope you will keep the date free and be able to come along.




John Fisher Church Film Evening

St John Fisher Church, Bexley: film evening Wednesday 20th January –The Orthodox Church. Please see poster in Porch.



Year of Mercy (Refresher)

Below is a repeat of the Opening paragraph of Pope Francis’ letter.

We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.

At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church; a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.




Pax Christi - The Peace of Christ

The work of Pax Christi is based on the gospel and inspired by faith. Our vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all its forms.

Rooted in Catholic Christianity, we work with all who share our values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice. If you wish to be a part of our work, please take an envelope from the Porch and place in it any donations you may wish to give. Thank you.




A reflection

At Mass on Sunday Lord, I hear the priest talking about a Gospel which demands that we love God above all and our neighbour as ourselves. I have no quarrel with the loving God’s demand but loving the neighbour can be a bitter pill to swallow. For me the circumstances were upsetting because Joxer was sitting in the seat in front of me and I hate his guts. For many years he has tormented me and my family. In fact, we are thinking of moving house because of him. “Surely, Lord, you’re not asking me to love him. Aren’t you setting the bar too high, demanding heights I cannot rise to?”. “ Listen, son, I created Joxer and I love him as much as I love you.” “Lord, I find it hard to believe that you created him. You must have done it in the evening time when you were very tired or when the quality control was on holiday when he slipped through. So please, Lord, let me exclude him and I will willingly love all the others. “Son, when I was on the cross I excluded nobody not even those who were crucifying me. Surely you are not going to continue hating one for whom I died, who worships in the same Church as you, who partakes of the same Body and Blood as you and hopes to enjoy the same haven as you? Doesn’t each of you call God your Father and don’t you realise what that means?”

(to be continued next Sunday)




London Borough of Bexley

There is a shortage of affordable rent housing in the Borough of Bexley. Teachers in the Borough find it difficult to get that type of accommodation. So if you are interested please contact Sarah Tobias (Sarah.tobias@bexleycollabortive.co.uk). Also see poster in porch.




All Money Counters

Counters’ please collect your new rota from the Sacristy.




Mass attendence on 3rd January 2016: 369

Counters - 10.01.2016

Caroline Walters and Melissa Goes.