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

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Month of September 2016

Sunday 4th b Thursday 8th

09:00

10:30

Rose Samarasinhe (RIP) (Desmond, Rukee Perera & family)

All Parishioners

10:00

12:00

Natasha Pereira (Thanksgiving) (Pereira family)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 5th

Friday 9th

09:15

09:30

Morning Prayers

Dympna McDonald (Janette Cousins)

10:00

Noreen Aylward (RIP) (Ann Corter)

Tuesday 6th

Saturday 10th

10:00

Terry Penny (Wellbeing) (Bob & Kath Penny)

09:00

18:30

Mary Agnes Rodden (RIP)

Jim & Joyce Turner & family (Ann Turner)

Wednesday 7th Sunday 11th

10:00

Mrs. Cane & Lamin (Tony Brooke)

09:00

10:30

Louisa Lobo (Wellbeing) (Mr & Mrs.I Pereira)

All Parishioners

 

First Reading: (Wis 9:13-18). The gift of Wisdom opens our minds and hearts to heavenly things.

Second Reading: (Philemon 9-10, 12-17). Paul, a prisoner, asks Philemon to welcome Onesimus as a brother.

The Gospel: (Lk 14:25-33). To be a disciple means to focus on the Lord above all else.

 

Responsorial Psalm: O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.


Fr. John's 80th Birthday (4th September 1936)

We are hoping that you will join us to celebrate this milestone with Fr John, on SEPTEMBER 10TH at 6pm.
If you would like to bring a dish or two for the ‘get together’ in the hall after Mass could you add your name to the list and include the dish or dishes you will contribute. Thank you for all the wonderful offers of food and drinks that we have received so far.

If you feel you have any other ‘gifts’ to contribute i.e. you play a musical instrument, you can sing and would be happy to help create a choir or be a part of the choir. We are meeting at 7pm in the church, to run through the hymns we are going to sing.  If you would like to ‘serve’ at the Mass or provide entertainment for the ‘get together’ please let Jacquie know on 07952247937 or leave a message on the presbytery phone.

 

 

 

General Notices

4th September 2016: we celebrate the canonization of Mother Teresa, the diminutive nun who incarnated Christ’s love for the poor. (Her favourite prayer)

Dear Jesus, help me to spread thy fragrance everywhere I go. Floor my soul with thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be radiance of thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and them I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. Amen.

 

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Spiritual Soul

Christians believe that all species are not equal. God made the human species in God’s own image and gave each human an eternal soul.
“On the sixth day, God said: Let us make man (Gen 1.26)... The Holy Spirit.... breathed into the face of man the breath of life. (Gen 2.7)... and thus man was made a living soul”
But what exactly does the word “soul” mean? Section 363 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “In Sacred Scripture the term “soul” often refers to human life or the entire human person. But “soul”  also refers to the inner most aspect of man, that which is of greatest value in him, that by which he is most especially in God’s image, “soul” signifies that spiritual principle in man”.
St. Anthony tells us that “the soul is glorified by three gifts... wisdom, friendship and concord. The wisdom of God is reflected in the face of the soul: she will see God as he is, and she will know as she is known.... there will be friendship with God.... there will be harmony with neighbours, over whose glory she will rejoice just as much as over her own”.
In the soul, love of God and love of neighbour are inseparable. Lest we wonder who our neighbour is, Jesus told us in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10.25-37). Our neighbour us anyone who needs our help. The Good Samaritan loved everyone. This is why he helped the man beaten by the robbers. The Scribe and the Pharisee, who ignored the man, lacked love of neighbour and possibly love of God because they did not see God in their neighbour by the road.

Love spawns service. “St. Augustine says, “Charity is the name I give to that movement of the soul to delight in God for his own sake, and in self and neighbour for God’s sake.” He who lacks this, however many things he does which are in themselves good, he does them in vain. That is why the apostle says, if I speak with the tongues of men, etc.

St. Thomas More Club Presents (Free)

7th October FRIDAY NIGHT Entertainment
Music by Duck Soup
Bring your own nibbles

4th November MANDY AND ME

2nd December - ELEVATIONS

 

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Women's Wednesday Club

14th September at 7.30pm
28th September at 7.30pm

For information contact Mary Kearns: 0208 304 2456

 

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In the midst of our busy lives we are called to look beyond ourselves and help the needy in the following sevenfold way

One of Pope Francis’ most powerful quotes is the following: To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us. In this short statement ‘be god to those who cannot repay us’, is contained the essence of the works of mercy. Therefore, as you go about your daily routines and responsibilities, remain open to the many ways lie presents you with opportunities to live out and act on these seven corporal works of mercy.

Feed the hungry, Quench the thirsty, Clothe the naked, Shelter the homeless, Visit the sick, Ransom the captive and Bury the dead.

 

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Meeting for all parishioners for the PARISH FAITH AND CULTURE DAY-   Sunday 16th October 2016:

Our parish EVANGELISATION group meeting will be held on the 8th of September at 8pm in the presbytery. Please try and make an effort and come so that we make it a day of enjoyment that reflects the wonderful diversity within our parish.

 

Mass attendence on 28th August 2016:

Counters - 11.09.2016

Hugh Willan & Joe Bowman.