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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 February 2016

Sunday 28th - Third Sunday of Lent b Thursday 3rd

09:00

10:30

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

Kathleen Fitzpatrick (RIP)

11:30

12:00

Mrs. K. Meehan (RIP) (D. Wright)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 29th

Friday 4th

09:45

10:00

Morning Prayers

Ellen & John Daly (RIP) (Caheny)

09:30

No Mass

Tuesday 1st March

Saturday 5th

10:00

Deceased members of Marshall family (Norma)

09:00

18:00-18:30

18:30

No Mass

Confession

Joaquim D’Souza (RIP) (Vanessa Fernandes)

Wednesday 2nd Sunday 6th - Fourth Sunday of Lent b_14_14

10:00

No Mass

09:00

10:30

Maurice Mulney (RIP) (Tony)

All Parishioners

 

First Reading: (Ex 3:1-8,13-15). Moses has descended from a princely state to the lowly position of a shepherd. In the midst of this humble existence, however, Moses finds himself in the very presence of God and commissioned to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses asks to know God’s Name.

Second Reading: (1Cor 10:1-6,10-12). Paul reminds us of later parts of the Moses story: the crossing of the Red Sea, following the pillar of cloud in the wilderness, the miraculous provision of water from the rock, and the many rebellions in the desert – a perennial ‘lesson’ to us to be careful not to fall.

The Gospel: (Lk 13:1-9). In the parable, the fig tree is understood also as a type of each one of us, and a warning that if the Lord is gracious and merciful, as the earlier readings have proclaimed, there is a practical limit to the time this window of grace is open to us. We only have this short life to take advantage of God’s mercy and begin to bear the fruit of repentance.

Responsorial Psalm: The Lord is compassion and love.

 

 

General Notices

 

 

 

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.

St Patricks Day Dance 19th March

Music by Duck-Soup. Tickets £7.00 inc. Refreshments. For tickets and more information contact Bob:0208 304 7909.

 

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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 19:30 lasting one hour.

The Evangelisation group are meet the priests on the Sunday 21st February and are awaiting some further direction and information about the mission programme.

CORPORAL and SPIRITUAL works of MERCY:

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.

 

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Lent 2016

To be a saint is to be myself, writes Thomas Merton, which is good news, because we would almost surely think that to be a SAINT I must be somebody else. I am just NOT the stuff of saints. But it is I myself that is called to be a saint. That is the truth of me. So I must discover the truth, my true self that is I must be conscious of who I really am. As indicated in last week’s newsletter: three traditional Lenten practices can show me the way and act as my compass. They are Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.

Prayer

Prayer is time spent with God, listening to His voice, His word, getting attuned to His will, for me.

Fasting

Fasting helps me to be less attached to my own desires, needs and comforts, drawing me away from my own selfish world.

Almsgiving

Almsgiving, this again moves me away from being self centred so that I am more conscious of the needs and the situation of others. I become that bit other-centred.

God is with us

A man whispered, “God, speak to me”.
And a bird began to sing.
But the man did not hear.

Then the man repeated: “God, speak to me.”
And the echo of thunder was heard.
But the man was unable to hear.

Then he looked around and said: “God, let me see you”.
And a star shone in the heavens.
But the man did not see it.

The man began to shout: “God, show me a miracle”.
And a baby was born.
But the man did not feel the heart-beat of life.

Then, the man became desperate and cried:
“God, touch me and assure me that you are with me”, and a butterfly alighted gently on his shoulder.

The man brushed off the butterfly with his hand
And disillusioned continued on his way, Sad, alone and afraid.

Translation of a song from the indigenous people of Peru.

 

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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.

 

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To Know jeses christ

A dialogue between a recent convert and an unbelieving friend:

“So you have been converted to Christ?”
“Yes”
“Then you must know a great deal about him. Tell me, What country was he born in?”
“I don’t know”
“What was his age when he died?”
“I don’t know”
“How many sermons did he preach?”
“I don’t know”
“You certainly know very little for a man who claims to be converted to Christ!”
“You are right. I am ashamed at how little I know about him. But this much I do know: Three years ago I was a drunkard. I was in debt. My family was falling to pieces. My wife and children would dread my return home each evening. But now I have given up drink; we are out of debt; ours is now a happy home. All this Christ has done for me. This much I know of him!”

To really know. That is, to be transformed by what one knows.

 

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CAFOD Envelopes

If you were unable to hand yours in last Sunday, please do so today. Thank-you on behalf of CAFOD.

 

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Some copies of this article relating to DOWN’S SYNDROME are available in the porch, please take a copy.

 

Mass attendence on 21st February 2016: 364

Counters - 06.03.2016

TBD