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



Month of May/June 2016

Sunday 29th - Feast of Corpus Christi b Thursday 2nd



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 30th

Friday 3rd - Most Sacred Heart of Jesus



Morning Prayers

Molly Fuller (RIP) (Isla & family)


Wellbeing of Nuala Shea (Liz Woodward)

Tuesday 31st - Visitation

Saturday 4th - Immaculate Heart of Mary


A. Baker (RIP) (Ann Malory)



Frances Kelly (RIP)

Augustinho Fernandes (RIP) (Ruffie Fernandes)

Wednesday 1st - St. Justin, Martyr Sunday 5th


Michael Reynolds (RIP) (Meehan family)



Cajetan D’Costa (Iggie & Edna Pereira)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Gen 14:18-20): Melchizedek is both priest of the Most High God and King of Salem. Abraham offers him a tithe of his possessions testifying to his greatness. As their priest and king a tithe without origin he offers an archetype of Jesus Christ.

Second Reading: (1 Cor 11:23-26): Paul is instructing the Corinthian community to take seriously the command of the Lord to celebrate the Eucharist and the commemoration of his life-giving death – this is in view of their own failure to remember that the love of Christ at the heart of the new covenant and the Eucharistic celebration is not being reflected among them since the wealthiest members of the community fail to share their food with the poorest members.

The Gospel: (Lk 9:11-17): The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and the fish, is a reminder of the presence of the Messiah God among the people, ushering in the kingdom, and testifying to God’s desire to heal and satisfy their hungers. It points to the Eucharist and the building up of the Body, the Church.

Responsorial Psalm: You are a priest forever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

Bishop Pat Lynch's Visitation

Congratulations to our young people on their confirmation. Bishop Pat was very impressed and made special of how well perfected by Jacqui and her team comprised of Amanda, Patrick, Sam and Sarah. Please keep them in your prayers. They are good people with potential for greatness.

Bishop’s Pat’s Visitation: We thank him for spending time with us encouraging and affirming us. He was impressed by the ‘feel’ he got of our parish community. He will in due course send a written report copies of which will be available on request.

Once again thank you all and especially those who attended his meeting on Saturday afternoon.




  • “Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else – GOD is in this person’s life. You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.” Pope Francis.    
  • When you get your, “Who am I?” question right, all of yours, “What should I do?” questions tend to take care of themselves. Richard Rohr.
  • In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds. Henri J. M. Nouwen



General Notices


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.




Gift aid Envelopes

Please collect yours this weekend and next weekend. Thank-you for your continuing support. If you are new to our parish, please enquire about the GIFT AID SCHEME.




Women's Wednesday Club

31st May (Tuesday) at 09.30 meet at Bexleyheath Station for     
Fan museum tour Greenwich at 11:00.

For information contact Mary Kearns: 0208 304 2456




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.




Advance Notice

The date of the Annual Lesness Abbey procession in honour of The Blessed Sacrament is on Sunday 26th JUNE at 15.00 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 – 01634 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.




Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice
Forthcoming Events

  • The Open Gardens Festival which will be held over two weekends in June. Garden owners in the boroughs of Greenwich and Bexley will be opening their gardens to the public to raise money for the Hospice.
  • The second event is the popular Coffee Mornings at the Hospice and this will be held on Saturday 2nd July.

For more details please see poster in the porch.




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. Fr. John is going, so speak to him to book car place.

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, paid by the parish.

Venue: Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bac Road, SW17 8BS.



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.




Year of mercy pilgrimage to aylesford

The meeting on Wednesday was very poorly attended. However, there was progress. Sunday August 14th is a very special day at Aylesford, the Feast of The Assumption of Our Lady is celebrated also it is the annual pilgrimage day of The Society of Our Lady of Lourdes. It is the day on which The Lourdes sick and handicapped group from our parish visits The Shrine. They have invited fellow parishioners, young and old to join them for the Year of Mercy. They will travel by the Bats mini-bus specially adapted for wheelchairs, etc. So anybody accepting their invitation will need to make their own travel arrangements. So why not share cars, as it may not be possible to travel in convoy and a meeting front will be arranged in the Shrine grounds. Please take a picnic lunch to be shared with the group in a designated area so a mini parish get-to-gather at The Shrine  in the Year of Mercy.  How appropriate!




The Tablet Magazine

There are five free copies in the porch, on a four week trial. Please take one before they are all gone. It is a weekly and highly recommended. Maybe you could give it a try for a year after sampling it.




St Paul's Academy
Finchale Road, Abbey Wood

See its latest NEWSGETTER, in the porch. Copies are free.




Recent Marriages at St. Thomas More


Our congratulations to LAUREN FERNANDES & ABHITESHWAR JAMWAL, who celebrated their marriage on 17th May and to VANESSA FERNANDES & IAN SCARD, who celebrated their marriage on 26th May. Our best wishes and prayers go with them.

Lifelong commitment is not popular nowadays, it is good that there are couples who are “bucking” the trend.




Race Night Report

The proceeds came to £1,050, which has been divided equally between Tony’s and Jacqui’s Lourdes groups. Sincere thanks to all who supported the night in any way with special thanks to Owen King, Tom Feeney, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Sean Mulligan. Once again well done.




Fr. Reynolds

I visited him on Wednesday. He was in the sitting room in his wheelchair watching TV. His chest is much improved so he does not have a breathing problem. Generally he is ‘on ball’ with an occasional minor lapse which is understandable for a man in his nineties. He was asking after people at St. Thomas More, so there is life still in the ‘old boy’ and Multors annos.




Friday Night Entertainment

3rd June: Music by Duck Soup
1st July: Music by Elevation
5th August: Music by George James
2nd September: Music by Martin Charles.


Mass attendence on 22nd May 2016: 466

Counters - 05.06.2016

Pat Murphy & John Fanthome