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



Month of September 2016

Sunday 11th b Thursday 15th - Our Lady of Sorrows



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

All Parishioners



Fr. John on retreat - NO MASS today.(See the note about St. Thomas More School celebration, Mass at

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 12th

Friday 16th



Morning Prayers

Tony Fernandes (RIP)


Fr John on Retreat - No Mass Today

Tuesday 13th

Saturday 17th


Fr John on Retreat - No Mass Today



Tommie McCarney (Anne Conroy)

Patricia Bull (RIP) (Marie Glasson)

Wednesday 14th - Triumph of the Cross Sunday 18th


Fr John on Retreat - No Mass Today



Jerome Braganza (RIP) (Rose Castanha)0

Annie Mullen (RIP) (M. Mulkerrin)


First Reading: (Ex 32:7-11, 13-14). God’s response to human failings is always one of compassion and forgiveness. In this reading Moses knows that in spite of the people’s failures God’s compassion is unfailing.

Second Reading: (1 Tim 1:12-17): Paul tells Timothy that he started to minister in the Lord’s name after having personally experienced God’s mercy towards him. He also tells Timothy that following that experience he now sees himself as a preacher of God’s universal mercy. He tells Timothy that God’s mercy was shown to him also that he would show God’s mercy to others.

The Gospel: (Lk 15:1-32): Today’s Gospel is one of the most important passages we will read in this Jubilee year of mercy. It presents us with three parables of mercy that show us the depth and extend of God’s mercy towards us all. This Gospel reading also presents us with the qualities that should be evident in the way we show mercy to others.


Responsorial Psalm: I will leave this place and go to my Father.

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.

Thoughts for the day

What we see depends on what we look for.
Dream not of yesterday but of tomorrow.
Resolve always to do what is right – this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.





General Notices

The Annual Day of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion & Readers for the South East area

Will take place at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove SW16 2HY on Saturday, November 12th 2016.

The day itself will be given by Fr. Ignatius Edet, Parish priest, St Mary of the Cray’s, Crayford. The theme for the day is “Encountering God’s Mercy in the Eucharist”.  The day will begin with registration at 10.30am. For more information please see Fr. John and collect the form which need to be returned by Saturday November 5th.




St. Thomas More School Celebration

On June 22nd the school celebrated the 50th anniversary of its opening. As part of an on going celebration, Bishop Pat Lynch will celebrated mass in the school on Friday September 15th at 19:00. This celebration is especially for past pupils, former staff and parishioners of St. J. V  and St. T M parishes, particularly those whose children are or have been part of the school community down the years. After mass there will be a tour of school (changed no doubt with the passage of time) and an exhibition expressing in different artistic forms the history of the school. The evening will end with light refreshments.




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




St. Paul’s Academy

Excellent GCSE Results at St. Paul’s Academy, Abbey Wood.
Year 11 students achieved an excellent set of results in the recent GCSE examinations:

  • 76% of the year group achieved 5 or more A* - C grades
  • 72% of the year group achieved A* - C grades in both English & Mathematics
  • 67% achieved 5 or more A* - C grades including English & Mathematics
  • 23% of the cohort achieved the English Baccalaureate qualification.

Full details available on our website on

The Annual Open Day will be on Saturday 24th September from 9am to 12pm(noon) for recruitment to Year 7 in September 2017. There will also be a series of Open Mornings on Thursday, 29th September and 6th/13th/20th October from 10am to 11.30.

Debt Problems

Debt problems can happen through a variety of causes. They may result in personal difficulties which can weigh us down but there is help.
Christians against poverty (CAP) is a charity completely free to use. Its aim is help life the burden of debt and has done so for thousand of others.
On Tuesday 20th September 2016 at 19.30 in the Angelus Centre at Our Lady of the Angels, Erith DA8 1DN, an introductory evening is being help to explain how the charity can help. 

If you wish to attend please email the Erith Parish office  ( to register your interest for catering purposes. Please use CAP as the subject line.




17th & 18th September

Welcome back to children’s liturgy for the new school year. We are getting ready for the next year and really need some more helpers to continue each week. If you would like to help out once a month please give your name to Fr. John or contact Cecilia on 07930 658785




Women's Wednesday Club

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

For information contact Mary Kearns: 0208 304 2456




Glimpses of Eden: Jonathan Tulloch

When Jesus told us to consider the lilies, chances are he was referring not to the variety of hothouse flowers, but simply arable weeds – the flowers of the field. These days you’d be hard pushed to find any of Jesus’ weeds. Modern farming has all but banished them, like Plato one banished the poets from The Republic. Here and there though, you can still find them lingering, in raggedy margins and quite corners beyond the crops sprayer’s reach. Like the corn marigolds I found last week. It was as though I’d stumbled across a crock of gold in the barley. In fact this flower used to be called field gold, because growing en masse it seems to turn whole acres into that precious commodity. I hunkered down for a closer look. With the sun glinting on the flowers and the seas green leaves shimmering, I really knew what Jesus was talking about – no amount of King Solomons with an army of fashion designers and beauticians could get close to this. I felt a burst of hope. If allowed, corn marigolds would quickly return to the fields. This one might produce as many as 12,000 seeds, each one light enough to travel on the wind. Or in the stomach of a bird. A byword for tenacity, even if you uproot corn marigold, the seeds continue to ripen.


Mass attendence on 4th September 2016:

Counters -18.09.2016

Tom Breen & Mike Kearns