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



Month of June/July 2016

Sunday 3rd b Thursday 7th



Paddy Neary (RIP) (Spillane family)

All Parishioners



Mary Aikhomu (Freny Adagra)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 4th

Friday 8th



Morning Prayers

Monica Casey (RIP)


Carole Frances Tracey (RIP) (Timothy Kay)

Tuesday 5th

Saturday 9th


Monica McCavley (RIP) (Angela & Terry)



No Morning Mass

Lawrence Sequeira(RIP) (Zinda Sequeira)

Wednesday 6th - St Maria Goretti Sunday 10th


Bradley Brain Ruddick (RIP) (Maria Stephenson)



Wellbeing of Rita & Roy Carrier

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Isa 66:10-14): The anonymous prophet of the return from exile announces the Lord’s promise of peace and mercy to the poor.

Second Reading: (Gal 6:14-18): Paul succinctly defends his apostolate and summarises his view of the gospel, exhorting the Galatian faithful to lead the life of the new creation.

The Gospel: (Lk 10:1-12, 17-20): Jesus commissions more of his disciples to participate in his work of announcing the good news to the poor in words and actions.


Responsorial Psalm: Cry out with joy to God all the earth.

Training Evening for Catechists

First Holy Communion/Confirmation July 6th.

This evening has been arranged as a follow up to the group meeting held on June 15th. Thanks to all who were present. If you did not attend for whatever reason and would wish to come to the above training evening you are most welcome. It will be at 7.30pm on July 6th in the Presbytery. See you there and thanks in advance.


Our Parish Barbeque - July 16th

For the next three Sundays Bob & Kath will be in the Porch after masses to receive from parishioners donations, sponsorships, Raffle prizes and any help you can give to make the occasion once again a very good parish event. Any proceeds will go to our local hospice. Thank-you.


Dark Faith

Say what you want about peace or joy in believing: faith can be a dark experience. ‘Lord, make yourself a little more real.’  Let’s admit it: faith is more shadow than light, at least in the typical journey of ordinary life. Yes, there are mountain moments like the Transfiguration. There are times of silent fullness, of rest, grace, presence.... the list is long.  They give strength for the daily dullness, where faith can seem like a mist (Vatican I), where loneliness of spirit takes over and emptiness reigns. This is not turmoil. Simply the vision is dim, tired, distant and one has to wait for light from the mountain again.  Michael Paul Gallagher SJ.


There are no ordinary people

You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization – these are mortal, and their life is to  ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.




General Notices

No Lunch Club on Thursdays 2016

21st July
28th July
4th August

The lunch club starts again on 11th August.




Catholic Children's Society

In January 2016 we launched a Crisis Fund to help children and families experiencing poverty within the Archdiocese of Southwark. This innovative and highly successful project which has already helped thousands of children and families across the Westminster diocese in recent years is already responding to applications from Southwark.
The Crisis Fund provides support to children and families identified by either a Parish Priest or Head teacher as being in immediate need. I would encourage you to make use of the fund to assist any family that you may already know to be in need and invite you to ask your parishioners’ to alert you to a family needing the help of the CCS family through the Crisis Fund.
To request our simple one page application form, which also explains the straightforward application process, simply contact us by email at – please note that this is the CCS Westminster email address or call on 020 8969 5305.Dr. Rosemary Keenan.




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 special DAY is Sunday August 14th when the Feast of The Assumption will be celebrated. Parishioners have been invited to join our Parish Lourdes and Handicapped group at the Shrine. Please make your own way and join the group there for a shared picnic.




Trident Briefing 2016: Last week we saw their
destructive power, today we see the cost

The cost of Trident replacement is massive and continues to rise.  The submarines alone were to cost £11-£14 billion in 2006 and now that estimate has risen to £31-£41 billion. The total cost of deploying the submarines, missiles and warheads for an additional 30 years is now estimated to be over £200 billion. This figure includes the cost of eventually decommissioning the submarines and warheads, as well as the ongoing running costs which are expected to rise from the current £2 billion year to nearly double that amount by the 2060s.

At a time when austerity budgets continue to mean cuts to social services, increasing pressure on the NHS, rising tuition fees, and the draining of local authority resources, spending that much money on Trident reflects our distorted national priorities.  With a fraction of the money spent on Trident, we could instead be building a world-class health service, re-opening access to higher education, investing in sustainable energy sources to meet our climate commitments, and addressing the real causes of war and terrorism which lie in the inequalities and injustices of the present international order.

Question you could raise:

 How do you justify spending such extraordinary amounts of money on Trident when there are so may other urgent priorities that are not being adequately funded? At what point does the price tag for Trident become too high to justify? As Christians, we want to see our taxes used to meet the real needs of people and not wasted on a white elephant like Trident. m

Women's Wednesday Club

For information contact Mary Kearns: 0208 304 2456




Friday Night Entertainment

5th August: Music by George James
2nd September: Music by Martin Charles




Thank you Pax Christi

Thank you to the parish to St. Thomas More, who have donated £73.16 to the peace work of Pax Christi.




Just to say thank you

On behalf of the Butcher Family, I wish to thank you Fr. John, for giving Winifred Butcher the funeral service she would have wanted.
Other than family and friends there were people who obviously knew Aunt Win who also attended the service in church. Unfortunately, I did not know who they were nor did I have the opportunity to thank them for being present.
Please pass on to the congregation our thanks for supporting us in our time of grief.

Christopher Butcher - (Win’s nephew)




Sea Sunday appeal on july 16th & 17th

We might never have met a seafarer, but they have a big impact on our lives. Your cooker at home, the oranges you buy in the supermarket, and the petrol you put in your car – all of these have been brought to this country by ship. In fact 95% of everything we use comes to us by sea. Seafarers do so much for you: how can you be a good neighbour to the.
Through many gestures, as well as dealing with major tragedies, Apostleship of the Sea has been acting as a good neighbour to seafarers on your behalf. They rely on the support of Catholic parishes to continue this vital work. This collection (on 16th and 17th July) is your opportunity to make a small gesture that will make a big difference to the life of seafarers.
Please also keep them in your prayers and consider leaving a gift in your Will.

If you are a tax payer do also complete a gift aid envelope so that the charity can reclaim tax on this gift.




Readers' Guide - July - Sept

Now available in the Sacristy.  Make sure you take your copy. Thanks for your ministry.





Collette Adams and Emily Koltunicki, two young ladies from our parish have volunteered to work with different charities in different parts of Africa in the coming months. They need to raise some money for the charities sponsoring them while paying their own way. If we can help them it would be great. They will introduce themselves at all masses with effect from 9th July. Congratulations to them on their spirit service. It is now up to us to do what we can.




Ascending with christ to new heights
our lady of the angels catholic church

A course aimed to empower us on our Journey of growing in love and bring healing into our relationships. See poster in porch.





Mass attendence on 26th June 2016: 332

Counters - 10.07.2016

Dave Meehan & Joyce Minah