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



Month of May 2016

Sunday 8th - The Acension of our Lord b Thursday 12th




Tony & Appy Thanksgiving

All Parishioners

Holy Hour



Alice Meager (RIP)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 9th

Friday 13th



Morning Prayers

Astrid Flynn (Wellbeing) (Michael Mc Inerney)


Raymond Caheny (RIP) (The Caheny Family)

Tuesday 10th

Saturday 14th


Kathleen Reynolds (RIP) (The Simmons Family)



John Roome (RIP) (Naula Shea)

Mary Brady (1st anniversary) (Danny Brady)

Wednesday 11th Sunday 15th


Molly Fuller (RIP) (Linda)



Brian Snashall (Wellbeing) (Angela Snashall)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Acts 1:1-11): Between his resurrection and ascension, Jesus teaches his disciples and tells them to wait for the gift of the Spirit, after which they are to be his witnesses. He then ascends to the Father.

Second Reading: (Eph 1:17-23): St Paul prays for the Ephesians Church that they might know God and the hope and treasure that is theirs already because of the resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gospel: (Lk 24:46-53): In these closing words of Luke’s Gospel, the risen Jesus reminds his followers of the Scriptures which foretold him, commissions them to be his witnesses, tells them to wait for the Father’s gift, and blesses them before ascending into heaven.

Responsorial Psalm: God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.


Parish Visitation by Bishop Pat Lynch - May 20th to 22nd

Bishop Pat is now not coming on a flying visit, it is an official visitation. Might we call it a ‘mini parish ofstead’ to use education speak? We have had our parish mini mission. The programme will be as follows: Bishop Pat will join us for 10:00 mass on Friday May 20th after which he will visit St. Thomas More School.  He will then visit sick housebound parishioners (would you like to suggest some people?) On Friday 19.30 he will celebrate Confirmation with our young people.

Saturday 21st May: Bishop Pat will preach at the 18.30 mass and again at the 09.00 and 10.30 masses on Sunday. He intends to have lunch later on and then at 16.00 there will be a meeting with parishioners in our hall. I encourage you to come as I am sure Bishop Pat would very much like to experience being with a good cross section of parishioners and in this way getting a feel of what our parish community is like. So it is over to you. Any and all parishioners are welcome. You will notice there is no ‘GOLF SLOT’ in his programme, but I am sure he will back a winner at our RACE NIGHT ON Saturday May 21st.


General Notices


To date no response. Are we alive? Are we thinking? Beyond Medway is not dangerous and Aylesford Shire is beautiful and Holy.




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.




Friday Night Entertainment

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 Wednesday 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




St Thomas More Church Hall, Race Night
Saturday 21st May

20.00 start.  Lots of funs, 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.




Wintershall Charitable Trust - Life of Christ 21-26 June

We hope you will be able to join us for this very special event. The Life of Christ is a wonderful, authentic open air performance of the life of Jesus from birth to resurrection held on the beautiful Wintershall estate with its woodlands, lakes and open parkland. Follow our cast of 100 and live animals around the estate as they bring the story to life. Having reviewed our audience feedback, we have made some exciting changes this year. The performance starts at 10:00 and finishes at 15.30.




Spirit in the City - Festival 1-4 June 2016

We have the pleasure of inviting you to Spirit in the City, our annual evangelisation festival in the West End of London. From 1st to 4th June 2016, the Catholic faith communities across the diocese will join forces to offer a Catholic festival dedicated to evangelisation in our capital city: with times of prayer, teaching, celebration and outreach. The festival aims to bring Catholic together and to reach out to the general public at the same time. It gathers people of all cultures through a joyful and dynamic Catholic celebration of faith in the heart of London. We are particularly excited about the opening night in the Prince Charles Cinema where the UK premier of the “Full of Grace”, a new Catholic movie about Mary is to take place and the Saturday festival in Leicester Square Gardens.

Fr Francis Memorial Fund

The Spiritans (Holy Ghost Fathers) send their sincere gratitude to you for the amount of £858.00 send to them, which will be sent to Ghana towards the Francis’ Memorial Fund.




The co-Workers of blessed mother teresa

A coffee morning in the church hall this Sunday the 8th of May, following the 09.00 mass. Please come and support them.




Into Extra Time

A book written by Fr. Michael Paul Gallagher as he gradually came to terms with cancer. He died early this year.




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.




March for life UK
14th May 2016 - birmingham

On Saturday 14th May, the pro-life March for Life UK ( will be taking place in central Birmingham with a Catholic Mass beforehand at the Birmingham Oratory  and a Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral (in the Ordinary Form).

Two buses will be travelling from central London to the march, the earlier bus (which will pick-up people Reading at 7am) will arrive in time for the Mass at the Oratory and the second will arrive at St. Chad’s. To book your place (£15 adult, £10 child and £5 infant, all return tickets), go to  See poster in porch.




St Thomas Catholic Primary School
Story Time: 9th May - 14:45 - 15:15

on 9th May 2016 from 14.45 to 15.15. Come along and join in for a fairy




A Day For Readers
Saturday 28th May

At St. Mary of the Cray’s, Old Road Crayford from 11.00 to 15.00. Bring a packed lunch. If you proclaim the Word in Church, you should attend. Our flock needs to HEAR and understand what you read.




New Priests for our Dioceses in 2017

If you read The Evangelist, the annual magazine of St. John’s Seminary, you would have seen three young men due to be ordained priests in 2017. They are Peter Littleton, Paul Kyne and Louie Kitt. Please continue to pray for them.



Mass attendence on 1st May 2016: 377

Counters - 08.05.2016

Bernie and Vanessa Fernandes