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



Month of March 2016

Sunday 13th - Fifth Sunday of Lent b Thursday 17th - St. Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland




Melba Da Cunha (Wellbeing) (Edna & Ignatius Pereira)

All Parishioners

Mission Healing Service




Pat Barry (RIP) (Anne Conroy)

Funeral mass for late Michael Reynolds, followed by burial at Hill View cemetery, Welling

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 14th

Friday 18th




Morning Prayers

Mary and John Caheny (RIP) (Caheny family)

Mission Service – Reconciliation


Wellbeing of a 3 years old child (Cummins family)

Tuesday 15th

Saturday 19th - St. Joseph the Carpenter



Michael Sullivan (RIP) (Eileen Budd)
Mission mass, Anointing of the sick after 10:00 mass

Mission Service – Eucharist




Majda Chew (Birthday remembrance)
(Carmita Noronha)


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

Wednesday 16th Sunday 20th - Passion Sunday, Palm Sunday b_14_14




Mary Walsh (RIP) (Pat Simmons & Family)
Mission Mass Wednesday

Funeral mass for John Roome, followed by committal at Eltham Crematorium at 12.30

Mission Service - Mission



Patricia Mulvihill (RIP)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Isa 43:16-21). God opens up a way through the wilderness, he offers a ‘new way’ for his chosen people’s salvation, providing water for refreshment and a renewed praise on their lips.

Second Reading: (Phil 3:8-14). Paul acclaims Christ as the ultimate prize. All else, especially sin, must be renounced for the sake of him who saves us.

The Gospel: (Jn 8:1-11). In Christ we have been forgiven, and yet the woman caught in adultery is an appropriate image for all of us who are unfaithful to Christ. Christ does not condemn us, but he expects us not to sin again. He calls us on to freedom gained by his passion and resurrection.

Responsorial Psalm: What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.



General Notices

St. Thomas More Club

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.




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

What is a Mission?

Your parish mission is being led by two Redemptorist priests, Fr. Charles Corrigan, C.Ss.R. and Fr. Peter Morris, C.Ss.R. The mission is an important time in the life of your parish – please join us.

It is YOUR mission and YOUR presence that makes all the difference to our celebration.

  • Pray for the mission
  • Tell others about the mission
  • Come to the mission

Confessions will be heard after mass and each service.
As you leave mass today, you will be offered the mission leaflet, please take one. Thanks

Times of the Mission:
Saturday 12th March
Vigil Mass at 18.30

Sunday 13th – Healing
Masses  09:00  and 10.30
Healing Service 17:00  - Hurts, memories, anger, self image fear.

Monday 14th –Reconciliation
Mass      10:00
Mission Service  19.30 – Confession, new start.

Tuesday 15th – Eucharist
Mass 10:00
Anointing of the sick after 10:00 Mass
Mission Service 19.30 – Encountering Jesus

Wednesday 16th – Mission
Mass 09.30

Mission Service 19.30 – How we are Missionaries of Mercy.




Celebration of sacreament of the sick

Those of us who are ‘oldies’ would have known this Sacrament as Extreme Unction/Last anointing. The titles were misleading because the impression given was that you had to be on you last legs to ‘qualify’ for this sacrament. The better understanding would suggest that the anointing was the last, the final anointing in a series of anointing we experience in our Catholic faith journey. We are anointed at Baptism, Confirmation and at Ordination. So who ‘qualifies’? (excuse the word). In short anybody with a genuine illness, be it physical, mental, nervous or frailty arising from one’s age. Firstly it is for each person to make an conscientious decision.

The Co-Workers of Blessed Mother Teresa

The Co-workers of Blessed Mother Teresa are holding a coffee morning in the church hall this Sunday, following the 9am mass. Please came and support.




Women's Lunch Club

NO lunch club on 17th, 21st and 31st March 2016.
Next Lunch club starts on the 7th of April 2016.

For information contact Mary Kearns:  0208 304 2456.




St. John Fisher Church:
Film Evening, Wed 16th March - The Life of Christ

Our next film evening will be on Wed 16th March when we will show a stunning and highly commended neo-realist movie, retelling the gospel of Jesus Christ, from the Nativity through to the Resurrection. Perfect for the hard of hearing, and a "not to-be-missed" highlight of this year's programme in readiness for Easter!

The film employs subtitles, will be shown in St John Fisher Bexley Church Hall, admission is free, light refreshments will be served, bar open and a stall selling home-made crafts with an Easter theme - all are welcome. Arrivals from 19.00 for 19:30 start.




Parable of Mercy

Many years ago, I came across a little French parable that moved me deeply, a parable of unbreakable sacrificial love. A widowed mother had an only son whom she cherished. Her tireless loving care was repaid with ingratitude. Heartless wretch that he was, heedless of her needs, time and again he left her, only to return when his pockets were empty and he was hungry. Each time, she would welcome him and supply his needs at cost to herself. Eventually, his selfish greed had stripped her of everything she had. On his return and finding her unable to give him what he wanted, he was furious and in anger tore her heart from her breast and in sheer contempt threw it on the ground. As he ran to the door, he fell over the heart, and the heart said: “Have you hurt yourself, my son?”




St. Patrick's Day Match

Elsewhere in this newsletter you see details of the Patrick’s night to which you are invited on March 19th, the feast of St. Joseph.

There is an old Corey story that relates how St Patrick took St Joseph out on the town on one St Patrick’s day. He came back ‘the worse for wear’. St Peter would not allow St Joe to go through the Pearly Gates. Plead as they may, St Peter would not play ball.

So finally St Joseph says to Peter bring out my wife Mary and the Child and you keep the rest of them.

PS: There is the usual 10 am mass on the feast day on St Patrick.


Mass attendence on 6th March 2016: 484

Counters - 13.03.2016

Dawn Webb and Melissa Goes