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



Month of February 2016

Sunday 21st - Second Sunday of Lent b Thursday 25th



All Parishioners

Michael Heavin RIP



Requiem Mass for Damian Kirby, followed by
cremation on Falconwood at 13.15

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 22nd

Friday 26th



Morning Prayers

Rev. James Malone (RIP)


John Keogh (The Ryans)

Tuesday 23rd

Saturday 27th


Mrs. K. Mechan (RIP) (Tony & Jo Brooke)




All Parishioners


Abigail & Amelia D’Souza (Thanksgiving)
(Vincent & Helen D’Souza)

Wednesday 24th Sunday 28th = Third Sunday of Lent b_14_14


Molly Fuller (RIP) (Mechan family)



Alex & Tessy D’Souza (RIP) (Muriel D’Souza)

Kathleen Fitzpatrick (RIP)


First Reading: (Gen 15:5.12.17-18). In making a covenant of friendship with Abraham, God comes to meet the human race in a new way.

Second Reading: (Phil 3:17-4:1). Christ has shown us the path to the Father. Now we are called to live faithfully in the hope he has given us.

The Gospel: (Lk 9:28-36). In prayer, Jesus is transfigured and is revealed as Son of God, the Chosen One, to whom we must listen.

Responsorial Psalm: The Lord is my Light and My Help.



General Notices




St. Thomas More Club - AGM

26th February 2016 at 20.00 in the Club. Will members make every effort to attend. The club will be open as usual afterwards.




St. Thomas More Club

Friday Night entertainment on 4th March 2016.  From 20.45 to 23:00 Music by George James. Bring your own nibbles.




The Co-Workers of Mother Teresa

The Co-Workers of Blessed Mother Teresa, thank you for your support of last Sunday’s Coffee morning, despite Fr. John’s failure to put it into the newsletter.




Year of Mercy - Parish Mini Mission
March 12th - March 16th

The Redemptorist priest will preach at all masses on the weekend March 12/13. Daily MASS with sermon at 10am on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Evening service on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 pm lasting one hour.

The Evangelisation group are meeting the priests this Sunday 21st February at 5.15pm to finalise the details of the mission programme.

SIGNS AND SYMBOLS Follow on What is a Jubilee (see last week)

Last week in our newsletter under the heading SIGNS and symbols OPENING DOORS, Missionaries of MERCY and PILGRIMAGES were ‘flagged up’. Pope Francis wants us to know ‘Jesus the face of The Father’s Mercy’ and asks us to contemplate Mercy in the following way, aspiring in particular to make BLESSED are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. To make this ‘THE BEATITUDE’ of the year. 

Mercy, which is a wellspring of joy, serenity, peace.
Mercy, on which our salvation depends.
Mercy, which reveals the Trinitarian mystery.
Mercy, which is the greatest act of God through which he meets us.
Mercy, which is a law indwelling the heart of those who look at their brothers & sisters on the path of life,
Mercy, which is a bridge connecting God and man opening our hearts to the hope of being loved.
Mercy, will always be greater than any sin.

Corporal works of mercy:  

  • To feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Clothe the naked
  • Welcome the stranger
  • Heal the sick
  • Visit the imprisoned
  • Bury the dead

Spiritual works of mercy:

  • To counsel the doubtful
  • Instruct the ignorant
  • Admonish sinners
  • Comfort the afflicted
  • Forgive offences
  • Bear  patiently those who do us ill
  • Pray for the living and dead.

Many of us learned this in primary school. I did. They are easily forgotten so perhaps it is RE-LEARNING time. We need however to remember that they are not first items of information they are the ingredients that make life truly christian.

MEMORIES OF RICHARD: Richard was the first person to be executed in the state of Texas in 2016. An article from The Tablet Feb 6th 2016 tells of the experience of the writer Tony Philpot who visited him or corresponded with him for a number of years. Some copies are available in the porch.

Lent 2016 (repeated from last week)

The word is related to an ancient word for spring, we know Spring is a time for fresh stirrings of life in nature. Something is on the move. Things are a foot as we say.
Fresh life is emerging. And all this in nature.
Nature is so to speak showing us the way, encouraging us towards our SPRITUAL SPRING TIME.
To be caught up in, and consciously become participants in the RESURRECTED LIFE OF JESUS, With which the whole of creation is vibrant. Jesus experienced, entered into RESURRECTION LIFE through death.

He died physically but that dying was essentially about dying to his own will. His embracing of his father’s will. His dying into the will of his HEAVENLY FATHER. This is the pattern for us especially during LENT. Learning to die to ourselves, to our will, dying into the will of our HEAVENLY FATHER, that we might know and experience the RESURRECTED LIFE OF JESUS. PRAYER, FASTING and ALMS GIVING help us on our way. They is so to speak our compass for the journey on dying to self, that we might rise to the risen life of Jesus.




St. Thomas More Primary School

An article in the Diocesan Catholic paper The Pilgrim gives us an insight into the hopes and dreams of our parish Catholic School. Last year began a year of preparation for the 50th Anniversary of its foundation, which will culminate in September 2016. More details to follow.




Cardinal Hume Centre

Please see letter of Acceptance from Cardinal Hume Centre on the Notice Board. For a donation of £260, received frond the parish.
£100 from the Lunch Club
£100 from the Social Club
£40 donation from Diaries
£20 donation from a Parishioner

With many thanks – Mary Bass.




New Dancing School starting at
St. Thomas More Church Hall

Ballet, Street/Freestyle, Tap and Cheerleading classes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Classes are for children from 3 years upwards. Also play-dance classes for 2 to 4 years.

For more information or to book please contact Joanne: 07956672659.




Adverts on the Parish Church Notice Boards

Permission from Fr. John and the Parish Council is required before a notice is posted on any notice board. All unauthorised notices will be removed and destroyed. Thank-you for your co-operation.




Pilgrimage Companion for the Year of Mercy

A limited number of copies are for sale in the porch, priced 50 pence. Just pick up your copy and drop 50 pence in to the box. Thank you. I’m sure you will find it a helpful read and also a help for personal prayer. Thank You.


Mass attendence on 17th January 2016: 429

Counters - 28.02.2016