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



Month of October 2016

Sunday 16th b Thursday 20th





Alex D’Souza (RIP) (Muriel D’Souza)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 17th - St Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop & Martyr

Friday 21st



Morning Prayers

All Parishioners


Clinton Rodrigues & Andrew Fernandes (Thanks-giving)

Tuesday 18th - St Luke, Evangelist

Saturday 22nd


Thanks-giving for Parishioners (Rita Carrier)



Margaret Lee (RIP) (Kelly Hodaway)

Intentions of Liz Woodward (John & Ann Fanthome)

Wednesday 19th Sunday 23rd


Deceased members of Casey & Maloney Families
(Kath Mc Gowan)



Glafira D’Souza (Wellbeing) (I & E Pereira)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Ex 17:8-13): Despite his weariness, Moses perseveres in interceding for his people as they defend themselves against the aggression of the Amalekities.

Second Reading: (2 Tim 3:14-4:2). Timothy is encouraged to be true to the Scriptures and the traditions that he has received.

The Gospel: (Lk 18:1-8): Jesus encourages us to perseveres in our prayers to God just as the widow in today’s Gospel passage persevered in her search for justice.


Responsorial Psalm: Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth

Month of the rosary: We are encouraged to pray the rosary daily

Out Paish Faith & Culture Day

The day has arrived. Our day as together in Christ we celebrate our one faith and many cultures. They are not separate realities, they so to speak intermingle. Our faith sheds the purifying light of Christ into our culture enabling them in their turn to give expression to the richness and the all embracing nature of God’s love for all His people.  SO LET US CELEBRATE.

Confirmation Candidates 2017:

Calling all Year 10 or above students who are interested in joining the programme, which will start in October.  Please collect a form from Fr John or Jacquie at the presbytery.

1st Holy Communion - June 2017

1st Holy Communion parents from St Thomas More Parish with children in year 3 or above in primary school who would wish to receive help and support in preparing their children for their 1st Holy Communion in June 2017 are invited to write to Fr John.  The cut-off date is Sunday 16th October which is fast approaching.

A Day With Mary - Saturday 29th October 2016

A day of instruction, devotion & intercession, based on the message, given at Fatima in 1917.



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, 12th November 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 needs to be returned by Saturday 5th November.




Parish Faith and Culture Day
Our Celebration is on Sunday 16th October 2016

Our celebration is on Sunday 16th October 2016.
As we did last year, Mass will be at 11:00.  The 09:00 mass will be cancelled.  Last year we had a great Parish day so hopefully it will be even better this year as we come together to celebrate our common Catholic Faith and our diverse cultures.  St John Paul II once said that faith which is not enculturated is no faith because it has not taken root in the people.  While our faith is common to us all, it finds different expressions in different cultures which are enriching for us all.  The Holy Spirit speaks in many languages.  Our parish evangelisation group invites you to a meeting on Tuesday 11th October at 19.30 in the Presbytery to plan and prepare for THE DAY.  So do come along and share your ideas which are your contribution.

Thank you
The food stalls now open. Yummy!




St. Thomas More Club Presents (Free)

29th October

Halloween Family Disco – from 19.30 to 23.00.
Music Mike Smith
Adults £5, Children Free under 12 years
Prize for best Children Fancy Dress.

4th November


2nd December





Year of Mercy Banner

It has presently rolled up in the sacristy, but where to display it? The Parish council addressed the issue at the recent meeting. It was noted that the painting hanging in the porch was originally within the church on the back wall. If it was re-positioned there, THE YEAR OF MERCY banner (THE PRODICAL SON) could then be displayed in the porch where the painting now hangs. How this might be best negotiated is under consideration.




Funeral Arrangements for the Late
Philthea Thearle

REQUIM MASS at St Thomas More on Wednesday 12th October at 11.30, followed by committal at Falconwood Crematorium.




St. Andrews Harvest Supper

Fr John enjoyed it greatly but was sad that he was not accompanied by any parishioners.  We must do much better on the feast of St Andrews on 30th November.

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice:
Make your Mark and volunteer.

Can you spare some time to support your local Hospice?

(See poster in porch for more details)




The Co-Workers of St. Teresa of Kalkata

As the Christmas season approaches once again The Co-Workers of Saint Teresa of Kalkata appeals to your generosity for the usual gifts for the homeless, e.g. wooley hats, scarves, gloves and socks also toiletries such as soap, face flannels, hand towels and disposable razors.  The final date for the appeal will be the 6th November.
items may be left at the repository on telephone 0208-304-7996.

Thank you for your support now and in the past
Therese Quirke




Women's Wednesday Club

For information contact:
Mary Kearns - 0208 304 2456




The Catholic Medical Association

The Beginning of Life Conference - 22nd October 2016.

A free half day conference for juniors and students of the healthcare professions (doctors, nurses, midwives, medical students, nursing students etc).  Starts at 1.30pm on 22nd October 2016 at Newman House, Gower Street, London.  An opportunity to make new friends and hear what the Catholic Church teaches.  Visit for more details.  Please email by 17th October as places are limited.




Christ The King - Sixth Form College Open day 2016

Saturday 12th November
11.00am to 14.00

Christ the King:

St Mary’s Chislehurst Road, Sidcup
Saturday 26th November - 09.30 to 12.30

Christ the King:
Aquinas, Sprules Road, Brockley

See poster in porch for more details.




St John Fisher Church Film Evening
Wednesday 2nd November

Two Jesuit SaintsOur next film evening will be on Wed 2nd November

when we will show documentaries on the founder of the Jesuits, St Ignatius of Loyola and on his “co-founder” St Francis Xavier, featuring interviews with world-renowned scholars in the fields of history and theology, as well as stunning scenery from around the world.





1. Let us see to it, that our heart is filled with God, so that we radiate his love to others.
Tecla Merlo.

2. Faith draws the future into the present.
Benedict XVI


Mass attendence on 9th october 2016: 397

Counters -23.10.2016

Dave Goode and Janette Cousins