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 17th b Thursday 21st




All Parishioners

John Mitchell (RIP) (Margaret William)

Holy Hour



Private intentions

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 18th

Friday 22nd



Morning Prayers

Margaret Gallagher (RIP)


Margaret Mc Carney (RIP)

Tuesday 19th

Saturday 23rd



Thanks giving for favours received (Eileen Budd)

The body of Michael Sullivan received into the church




Theresa Quirke’s intentions (The Keaveney family)


Helen & Jacob Fernandes (RIP) (Vanessa Fernandes)

Wednesday 20th Sunday 24th - First Sunday of Lent b_14_14



No Morning Mass

Requiem mass for Michael Sullivan followed by committal at Eltham Crematorium at 13.45



Mrs. D’Costa (RIP) (Edna & Iggie Pereira)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Is 62:1-5). The joy of the coming Lord’s anointed is likened to joy of a wedding and the joy of being married; so we think how fitting it was that the first public manifestation of Jesus showing that he was among his people was at the wedding in Cana in Galilee.

Second Reading: (1 Cor 12:4-11). Everyone gathered here for this Eucharist is different. But each one of us has been given a special gift by the Holy Spirit to use for others and ourselves as part of the Church. The task is, first, for everyone to recognize her or his particular gift, and, second, to start using it to build up God’s house.

The Gospel: (Jn 2:1-11). When Jesus showed his care for the needs of the wedding party at Cana, he let his glory be seen; and his disciples believed in him.

Responsorial Psalm: Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.



General Notices




White Flower Appeal
10th January 2016

Thank you for your donation of £358.78





Ladies Wednesday Club

19.30 January 20th – Socialise and plan for 2016.

For further information: Contact Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456.




All Money Counters

Counters’ please collect your new rota from the Sacristy.




Attention Readers

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




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.




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: Continuation from last weeks newsletter.
"Son, when i was on the cross I excluded nobody not even those who were crucifying me."

The priest interrupted my intimate chat with the Lord and asked all of us to stand to say the Our Father. ‘ Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those’ – I didn’t  let that sink in too much for fear I might soften and anyway I was worried about what would happen when the priest would say, ‘Let us offer each other the sign of peace’. Unfortunately, Joxer turned around, looked me straight in the eye, held out his hand and said, ‘Peace be with you’. To my disgrace I turned away and ignored him. What followed afterwards was a personal road-to-Damascus experience for me because coming down from Holy Communion Joxer collapsed, the priest anointed him and a few minutes later the doctor pronounced him dead.
‘Lord I am ashamed of myself, ashamed to look towards you in the tabernacle because I can hear you say, “If you love those who love you what reward can you expect? Even the pagans do that”. I have been a pagan Lord, posing as a Christian’. Did Joxer’s wife and family have to pay that price for my conversion?

Being taught the lesson of the necessity to love one’s neighbour may not always be that dramatic. It is best learned on one’s knees in front of a crucifix and if you can still hate after doing that, then you will never travel to Damascus. If the roles had been reversed that morning and Joxer saw me collapse and die he wouldn’t have to go through life carrying the memory that haunts me. And if I ever go to heaven and if I have hands I will be overwhelmed with joy to stretch out both of them and say, ‘Unending peace be with you, Joxer! Thank you for my being here.’

Ash Wednesday

Somebody frightened me by suggesting it was next Wednesday January 20th. The correct date is February 10th




Year of Mercy - Follow up to last week's quotation from the Pope's letter

Of all the stories in the New Testament the one that perhaps best expresses this wonderful gift of God’s Mercy is the parable of ‘The Prodigal Son and the Merciful Father’. We are all familiar with the main characters of the story:

  • The father who embodies the gift of God’s Mercy,
  • The younger (Foolish or prodigal) son who exemplifies how we are transformed when we acknowledge our need for and are open to God’s Mercy,
  • The older (righteous) son who exemplifies the struggle we have in acknowledging our need for God’s Mercy, and finally

The servants who in the parable are by what they do and say are ministers and mediators of God’s Mercy.




Forthcoming Opportunities


Jubilee Year of Mercy Prayer and Study Day

Saturday 30th January 2016, 10.30am to 4.00pm at the Centre for Catholic Formation, 21 Tooting Bec Road, SW17 8BS. (Cost:£5 including light lunch). Please register with CCF by phone 020 8672 7684 or by email: office@ccftootingbec.org.uk. Nearest Tube: Tooting Bec, ample parking. See post in porch.



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.


Lift up Your Hearts

Tuesday 2nd February 2016, 7 to 9pm at the Centre for Catholic Formation, Toothing Bec, SW17 8BS. An evening for those interested in starting or sustaining small faith-sharing groups in the parish. The evening will also include an introduction to Lift Up Your Hearts, a Scripture-based resource for Lent 2016 on the theme of mercy. To register your interest in attending please call 020 8672 7684 or by email: office@ccftootingbec.org.uk.




Parish Pastoral Council

Meets on Thursday January 21st in the Presbytery at 8.00pm. If any parishioner has any issue or topic to be tabled at this meeting or a future meeting, please put a note in the presbytery, letter addressed to the Secretary of P.P.C. Thank-you.




Red Box 2015 Collection - Missio

A big thank-you to all who contributed to Missio last year – the grand total was £1000.71p. Please pick up your red box from the repository for the 2016 collection. Thanks again Helen.




John Fisher Church Film Evening

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


Mass attendence on 10th January 2016: 445

Counters - 17.01.2016

Pat Murphy and John Fanthome