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



Month of April 2016

Sunday 24th - 5th Sunday of Easter b Thursday 28th - St. Peter Chanel Missionary Martyr



Alvira Almedia (Wellbeing) (Mr & Mrs. Ignatius Pereira)

All Parishioners


Rory Shells (RIP) (Liz Woodward)

Monday 25th - St. Mark, Evangelist

Friday 29th - St. Catherine of Siena, Patron of Europe



Morning Prayers

Michael Reynolds (RIP) (Pat Simmons & family)


Martin Prendergast (RIP)

Tuesday 26th

Saturday 30th - Our Lady of Africa


John Roome (RIP) (Mary Bass)



Fr. Savio Rodrigues S.J. (Wellbeing)
(Ferdie & Blanche Rodrigues)

Derek & Tracy D’Souza (Thanksgiving)
(Vincent & Helen D’Souza)

Wednesday 27th Sunday 31st - 6th Sunday of Easter


No Mass Today

Funeral of Late Fred Cannon at 09.3m at St David’s Church, Abbey Wood



All Parishioners

Serena Saldhana (RIP) (Keaveney Family)


First Reading:  (Acts 14:21-27): Paul & Barnabas visit the communities that they have founded to strengthen and encourage them in the faith.

Second Reading: (Rev 21:1-5a). The vision of the New Jerusalem is a vision of the Church’s glorious future when the Kingdom of God is come in all its fullness.

The Gospel: (Jn 13:31-33a), 34-35): In his farewell to his disciples before his crucifixion and after he has washed their feet, Jesus give the ‘new commandment’: ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ Love is the evidence that we are followers of Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm: I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.


General Notices

St Thomas More Social Club

Can you HELP? Do you have any unwanted gifts etc that you could donate as raffle prizes? Please contact Bob Penny: Social Secretary.




Friday Night Entertainment

6th May by Phil and H. Children Welcome Light refreshments. Membership Fee £3 Please give your support.
3rd June: Music by Duck Soup
1st July: Music by Elevation
5th August: Music by George James
2nd September: Music by Martin Charles




Women's Lunch Club

11th May at 7.30pm – Quiz/Social evening
17th May. Blackheath walk and visit to FAN museum. (to be confirmed)

For information contact Mary Kearns: 0208 304 2456.




Fr Francis Memorial Fund

The proceeds came to £808.00. Well done. Grateful thanks to the organisers, the artists and all who came to support the event.




St Thomas More Church Hall, Race Night

Saturday 21st May at 20.00 start.  Lots of fun, bring the family. To sponsor your own horse £5.00, if it wins £15 prize money. For further details contact: Tony 07833707016 or Jacquie or Fr. John himself.




A day with Mary
Westminster Cathedral - Saturday 7th May

Please see poster in porch for more details.




St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
Story Time

on 9th May 2016 from 14.45 to 15.15. Come along and join in for a fairy-tale themed story time. Children are welcome to dress up as their favourite story character.  Parents please see poster in porch, for more details.




Renewal Day for Extra Ordinary Ministers
of the Eucharist

We are hosting the DAY for the Deanery. On Saturday April 30th. It will commence with Mass at 11.00am, followed by the first session in the hall. Then there will a lunch break. Please bring packed lunch. Tea and coffee available. The post lunch session will end at 3.00pm. The day will be led by PIER FINALDI, from the Diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation. Parish Ministers please make a special effort to be present. Thank-you. 

Ongoing formation in this important Ministry is essential to develop the Faith of our members.
On Saturday 28 May a Day for Readers is at St Mary of the Crays, Old Road Crayford from 11am to 3pm. Bring a packed lunch. If you proclaim the Word in Church you should attend. Our flock needs to HEAR and understand what you read.

Later this year a 'Music day is being arranged at Sidcup. Date TBA

Amazing Growth of our "world cconsciousness

Those of us who are “oldies” will remember the Catechism question ‘Who made the world?’ ‘Our God made the world.’As kids we had our own answer which was “Two little pigs with their tails curled”. We didn’t give that answer to the teacher!! I think there was another question ‘When did God make the world?’ Answer: About 4000 years ago! I read recently that 1630 the then Archbishop of Armagh estimated that the world was created at about 6.30pm on October 22nd 4004BC.  A little off the mark since we know that the world began 5 billion years ago and that the universe is close to 14 billion years old. Sometimes when Ussher’s data is mentioned modern audiences tend to smile indulgently.
Tyhcho Brae (1546-1601) was among the last astronomers to observe the night sky without the aid of a telescope. In his calculations there were 817 or so stars in the firmament. We now know that there are 400 billion stars in the Milky Way and that there are at least one billion galaxies in the universe.
Finally, in the mid-19th century, everyone believed that each species was created by God and was immutable. It was the work of Charles Darwin (1809-1882) and, to a lesser extent, Alfred Russell Wallace (1823-1913) on evolution by natural selection, which turned biology upside down, especially after the publication of Darwin’s book ‘On the Origin of Species’ in 1859. Now we know that there is an extraordinary profusion of life on the earth and that it is all connected including us.
How wonderful and awe inspiring is God’s creation and we still don’t know the full story.

So maybe as Stephen Hawkin says ‘ We may soon be on a journey to a yet unknown galaxy. Mind blowing? Yes, raises the question ‘What is Creation’s final destiny.




Dancing School at St Thomas More Church Hall

New dancing school opens at STM church hall. Classes starting from 3 years in Ballet, tap, street/freestyle and cheerleading.
Also playdance classes from 2-4 years.

For more information contact Joanne: 07956672659.




Funeral Announcements

Late Fred Cannon

Required mass at St. David’s Church, Finchale Road, Abbey Wood Estate on Wednesday April  27th at 09.30. Fred was the caretaker at St. Thomas and Becket primary School, for a good number of years, so parents and former students may wish to be present.

On a personal note, Fred introduced me to the cockney language. May he rest in peace.

Late Janet Margaret Saunders

Funeral on May 3rd at 11.00, followed by cremation at Kemnal Park at 12.30.





It has been suggested that we have a parish day pilgrimage to Aylesford Shrine for the Year of Mercy. Any thoughts?




A Question

As a parishioner would you be willing to receive some training to be a catechist/helper in preparing children for their First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation? Please give names to Fr. John or Jacquie.


Mass attendence on 17th April 2016: 494

Counters - 24.04.2016

Antonio Andrade & Joyce Minah