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 22nd - Trinity Sunday b Thursday 26th - Corpus Christi



Thomas Paul Pachikara(RIP) (Elya Mathen)

Domingo & Adelina D’Sa (RIP) (Feliciano & Helen D’Sa)



Deceased members of Fanthom family
(John & Ann Fanthom)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 23rd

Friday 27th - St.Augustine of Canterbury



Morning Prayers

Molly Fuller (RIP) (Isla & family)


Wellbeing of Nuala Shea (Liz Woodward)

Tuesday 24th

Saturday 28th


A. Baker (RIP) (Ann Malory)



Frances Kelly (RIP)

Augustinho Fernandes (RIP) (Ruffie Fernandes)

Wednesday 25th Sunday 29th


Michael Reynolds (RIP) (Meehan family)



Cajetan D’Costa (Iggie & Edna Pereira)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Prov 8:22-31). Wisdom is a feminine figure, the offspring of God. Wisdom is with God as he created the world, co-eternal with him, and delighting to be in God’s world and to be with human being.

Second Reading: (Rom 5:1-5). Through Jesus Christ, we are brought into communion, into right relationship with the Father. Christians are now in the favour of God and also given the Holy Spirit, who helps them to persevere in this world in the midst of its struggles. Through the love of the Spirit poured into their hearts, Christians can hope and look forward to God’s glory of which they have a taste already.

The Gospel: (Jn 16:12-15). Christ fully reveals the Father and all he is. The Spirit, who is sent at Pentecost after the Resurrection of Christ continues to unpack all that Christ has revealed about himself as Messiah and hence also about the Father.

Responsorial Psalm: How great is your name, O Lord our God, through all the earth.

Bishop Pat Lynch's Visitation

As announced Bishop Pat is with us over this weekend. The following young people of our parish will celebrate their Confirmation with him on Friday May 20th:

Natasha Fanthom
Anne-Marie Feeney
Liam Feeney
Luke Fortuna
Niamh Greally
Luke Hall
Lancevina Keifala
Lucy Long
Chloe Matthews
Eamonn Murray
Declan Penny
Megan Russell
George Smith
Georgia Turner
Mary-Kate Walshe
Simon Wells
Matt Woodham

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 4.00pm 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. There is a meeting on Wednesday 25th of May at 19.30  for anybody who would be interested in joining the Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Aylesford, on a date to be arranged.




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.




Red box (MISSIO) Collection

It is time again to bring in your red boxes, to the repository for counting. There are still some boxes that haven’t been picked up from the repository from the last collection – please pick yours up, if you still wish to contribute.  Thank-you.




Women's Wednesday Club

25th May at 7.30pm Evening Stroll.
31st May (Tuesday) at 9.30am meet at Bexleyheath Station for     
Fan museum tour Greenwich at 11am.

For information contact Mary Kearns: 0208 304 2456





Tom was a small time hill farmer who stuck to the old ways while his neighbours gradually changed to new ways of farming. They survived, Tom did not. Change is very necessary but not always easy. “To live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often”. Blessed John  Henry Newman. Being a disciple who followed Jesus Christ.

Being a disciple who follows Christ involves continuous development. Childhood prayers must evolve into adult prayer, an easy going friendship may lead to marriage, a person working at a simple task could aspire to the demanding responsibilities of leadership. If prayer, relationships and work never change over a lifetime then the person will no longer be as fully alive as God intends Christian disciples to be.




Marriage Anniversary Mass

St. George’s Cathedral, 18th June for those celebrating their 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th or 60th wedding anniversary this year. The form is in the porch.




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.




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.

Advance Notice

The date of the Annual Lesness Abbey procession in honour of The Blessed Sacrament is on Sunday 26th JUNE at 3.00pm in the Abbey grounds.




St John Bosco Children's Summer holiday Camp

Are now taking bookings: The boys’ camp runs for two weeks, during the summer holiday from 23rd July to 6th August, and the girls’ camp runs for one week from 6th August to 13th August. Please note that the boys’ camp age range is 8 to 13 while the girls’ is 9 to 12. Children are accepted for one week only. 

The suggested camp donation is £145 for a child to stay at the camp for a week. Some help with the fee may be possible -  if you wish to inquire please see Fr. John.  For any further information or application forms then please contact either the Boys’ booking secretary – Paul Hayes – 01992 914117 between 18.00 to 21.00 or Girls’ booking secretary – Yvonne Durkan – n01634 311350 between 6 to 9pm.
It is advisable to book early, as preferences for specific periods may not be possible. Forms can also be obtained Enquiries and bookings can also be dealt with by emailing:

See poster for further information.




Study day for new and potential catechists:
Saturday 11th June 2016

This study day is intended for new and potential Catechists. It is also open to all who work to pass on the faith.

The day will comprise four sessions including input and discussion on: The vocation of the catechist, First Holy Communion, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Baptism, the Liturgy, RCIA, prayer, safeguarding advice and practical guidance on working with adults and children.
Time: 10am for 10.30 – 16.00
Cost: £10 including a light lunch.
Venue: Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bac Road, SW17 8BS.

To book a place please contact the CCF by email or via the website or phone. See poster in porch.




Kerry Pimpernel honoured

An Irish monsignor who helped to save 6,500 Jews and Allied Prisoners of War (PoWs) in occupied Rome during the Second World War was honoured by the Vatican on Sunday.
Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty became known as the “Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican” for his ability to evade Nazi efforts to capture him over his involvement in the Rome Escape Line. This helped to conceal Allied PoWs freed after the fall of Mussolini in 1943 but who the Nazis sought to re-capture.
Much of his clandestine operation was conduct4ed from within the Vatican’s German College, where Monsignor O’Flaherty lived for 22 years.

At the unveiling of the Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty memorial plaque at the Teutonic (German) College in the Vatican, the Irish Ambassador to the Holy See, Emma Madigan, paid tribute to the Kerry priest’s “moral courage” in “very dark times”.




Bexley Deanery Retreat
30th September - 2nd October 2016

See poster in porch, booking forms available below, please return by Monday 20th June 2016.
Single              £142.00 per person
Sharing            £135.00 per person
Senior Citizen  £132.00 per person.


Mass attendence on 15th May 2016: 480

Counters - 29.05.2016

Dawn Webb and Melissa Goes