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



Month of June 2016

Sunday 12th b Thursday 16th



Jerome Manuel De Souza (RIP) (Moses De Souza & family)

All Parishioners




No 10:00 Mass Today

Wynne Butcher - Requiem Mass

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 13th

Friday 17th



Morning Prayers

Michael Reynolds (RIP) (Nuala Shea)


Tony Bass (RIP) (Mary Bass)

Tuesday 14th

Saturday 18th


Wellbeing of Astrid Flynn (Marion O’Halloran)



Wellbeing of Rosaleen Smith (Cathy Inglis)

Thanks-giving (Zinda Sequeira)

Wednesday 15th Sunday 19th


Margaret Loft (RIP) (Angela & Terry)



All Parishioners

Laurente & Felicidade D’Souza (RIP)
(Feliciano & Helen D’Souza)


First Reading: (2 Sam 12:7-10,13). The Lord forgave the sin of David.

Second Reading: (Gal 2:16, 19-21). What makes one righteous is faith in Jesus Christ.

The Gospel: (Lk 7:36-8:3). Who is this who even forgives sins?


Responsorial Psalm: Forgive Lord, the guilt of my sins.


Today 14 of our children will celebrate their First Holy Communion. It is a very special day for them and their families. We congratulate them and thank all who helped prepare them especially Sarah Burford, Apy Fernandes and Jacquie; Mila Goes for the beautiful cake and those that make our church look so beautiful, Pauline Lord and her team of floral decorators and Rebecca who tidies up after us all.

 Please continue to pray for them.

  Keeley Keane Libby Hayward  
  Evelyn Lally Spencer Hayward  
  Grace Oliver Millie Wells  
  Matthew Hammond Connie Broadhurst  
  Summer Maher Reed Kinsella  
  Bethany Bruzas Alfie Tullett  



General Notices

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.




Winifred Butcher. RIP

Winifred died on June 6th in Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital aged 89. She moved into Wrotham Road in 1942. Is that a record? Winifred’s funeral arrangements are as follows: Reception into the church 5pm Wednesday 15th June. Funeral Mass on Thursday June 16th at 11:00 followed by burial at Bexleyheath Cemetery.




Red box (MISSIO) Collection

Thank you to all our collectors and contributors for the wonderful total of £618.90 which has been sent to Missio. The next collection will be in November. Thanks again.




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.




Electric Piano (Organ)

Available for FREE, but needs to be collected. If you are interested, contact Fr. John for details.




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.




Day for Life: Sunday 9th June

This year the Day of Life focuses on the wonder of the gift of human life and the gift of our common home which is God’s creation. It provides an opportunity for us to think about the connections and relationships between people and the earth which we inhabit. Today tragically, men, women and children are sometimes viewed as commodities which can be bought and sold. As Pope Francis has powerfully articulated in LAUDATO SI, there is a real need to rediscover a spirit of wonder and awe at the gift of human life so that all life may be properly respected and a new heart created for the home in which we live. This will be a helpful focus towards our reflections and teaching next year when we will remember the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act in this country.  All parishioners are urged to support the crucial work of DAY FOR LIFE by their generosity to the collection which is taking place today. This enables the Church to fund the Anscombe Bioethics Centre (Formally the Linacre Centre), as well as projects which work to protect life at every stage and in every condition. Please visit and encourage others to visit www.dayforlife.orh and take the Day For Life card as you leave Mass.




St Thomas more School

See the display of children’s work in the porch. You will notice that it is of a very high quality. Congratulations to the staff and children.




Looking Forward

On the feast of St Thomas More, June 22nd, the school will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Archbishop Peter will celebrate the special Mass in hopefully the open air, depending on the weather of course. The Parish Mass will be cancelled so that parishioners can join in the celebration. I am sure many have many happy memories stretching back to their infant and primary school days. See you there.




Women's Wednesday Club

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.




Friday Night Entertainment

1st July: Music by Elevation
5th August: Music by George James
2nd September: Music by Martin Charles.




A Day with Mary

Saturday 18th June 2016 at St Anselm West Hill, Dartford. For more details see poster in porch.


Mass attendence on 5th June 2016: 426

Counters - 12.06.2016

Hugh Willan & Joe Bowman