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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 April 2016

Sunday 3rd - 2nd Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy b Thursday 7th

09:00

10:30

All Parishioners

Anne Hodkin (RIP) (Jackie Wells)

10:00

Damien Kirby (RIP)(Liz Woodward)

Monday 4th - Annunciation

Friday 8th

09:15

09:30

Morning Prayers

Thanks giving for all friends and family (Audrey Fernandes)

10:00

Grace Walker (Liz Hungerford)

Tuesday 5th

Saturday 9th

09:00

George Kimber (RIP)

09:00

18:30

Kathleen Reynolds (RIP) (Meehan family)

Jasper Viegas (Wellbeing) (Leonie Viegas and family)

Wednesday 6th Sunday 10th - 3rd Sunday of Easter

10:00

Jessica Asucn (Thanks-giving) (Bisi Asuen)

09:00

10:30

Anastasia Dias (Wellbeing) (Appy & Tony Fernandes)

All Parishioners

 

First Reading:  (Acts 5:12-16).  People are drawn to the community of believers that is alive with the presence of the risen Lord.     

Second Reading: (Apoc 1:9-13, 17-19). The exiled prophet John is called by the risen Lord to proclaim the Lord’s word to the church.

The Gospel: (Jn 20:19-31). The risen Lord brings his disciples from fear to joy and Thomas from doubt to faith.

Responsorial Psalm: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

 

Don't Change

Trying to change is the enemy of love
Don’t change yourself,
Accept yourself as you are.
Don’t change others,
Accept them as they are.
It’s in God’s hands.
If you do that,
Then change will occur,
Marvellously, magnificently,
In its own way
And in its own time.
Just yield to the current of life,
Unencumbered
by baggage.

(Anthony deMello S.J. 1931-1987)

 

General Notices

Women's Lunch Club

6th April at 7.30pm Socialise and plan future events.
For information contact Mary Kearns:  0208 304 2456.

 

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Sometimes we have questions

And God seems silent  and far away;
Sometimes our lives fall apart
And we fear our hearts
Can never be mended,
Sometimes we feel
Completely alone
And Wonder how long
We can keep going.
But Jesus is always
There with us....
Even in the silence,
Even in the Brokenness...
Because Jesus has been there before us,
And understand.

 

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Gift Aid Declaration Forms

Those of you who were inquiring about the Gift Aid declarations forms, please collect/see Blasco or Fr. John after the Sunday masses. The forms are available in the porch.

 

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Recurring Nightmares

I sometimes have this nightmare, Lord.
I sit where Peter sat, by that fire long ago.
And the faces turn towards me-
‘Weren’t you with him?” “Aren’t you one of his?”
How will I answer? Will I do better?
Will I be bolder, more loyal, more daring?
Then out comes the answer – “No, I don’t know him”.
And I wake, fearing that soon, when the cock crows, you’ll turn and look at me too.
I have another nightmare, Lord. Again I’m by that fire.
Again come the accusing question.
But this time:“Yes” I say. “Yes, I am, and I’m proud of it!”
“Prove it.” They reply, “What evidence can you offer?
Show us the proof that you are one of his”.
And all of my efforts, all my protestations, all of my arguments fail to suffice.
There’s just not enough in this life that I live,
In the words that I say and the things that I do, to convince them that really I am what I say.
They reject my claim. My case is not proven.
What right have I, Lord, to claim to be one of your  followers?
What right have I to claim to be one of your witnesses?

Would a judge dismiss the case for lack of evidence?

Guide for Readers

Readers please collect your guide from the sacristan.

 

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Concert in Aid of Fr. Francis Memorial Fund

To be held on Saturday 9th April at 19.45 in the Hall. Tickets will be available after masses in the repository @£7 for adults and £3 for children. Tickets are also available from Gwen phone no: 02083067615. Music to suit all tastes. Bring a friend and spread the news, so that the occasion will be a good one and create some donations that we can send to the Fr. Francis Memorial fund.

 

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Thank You

Ann Kirby and her family would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, messages of sympathy and mass cards on the death of Damien (RIP). He will be greatly missed.  
Over £3000 was donated for Shenstone Special Needs School, which Milly, Damian’s daughter attends. They are most grateful.

A mass will be said on the 27th Of April, for all parishioners concerned.  

 

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But the power of Easter has
burst upon us with the
resurection o Christ

Now we find ourselves a
strength which is not our own,
and which is freely given to us
whenever we need it, raising
us above the Law, giving us a
new law which is hidden in
Christ: the law of His merciful
Love for us.

Easter is the hour of our
deliverence

Thomas Merton

 

Mass attendence on 20th March 2016:

Counters - 03.04.2016

Hugh Willan & Joe Bowman