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 23rd b Thursday 27th



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

Matthew David Horne (RIP)



Captain Desmond Rodrigues

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 24th

Friday 28th



Morning Prayers

Frank Bagdanyi (RIP) (Mae & Tom McGormack)


All Parishioners

Tuesday 25th

Saturday 29th


Charlotte Cakebread (Dean & Jackie Mussett)



Ann Mullen (RIP)

Dominique & Adelina D’sa (RIP)
(Feliciano & Helen D’Souza)

Wednesday 26th Sunday 30th


Paraic Mulkerrin



Francis Joyce (B Kilgannon)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Ecc 35:12-14, 16-19).  As we search to live a good life, this reading sets out for us the importance of prayer, and not only of prayer, but of a real belief that, our prayer done in sincerity, is heard in heaven, no matter who we may be.  God is watching us so as to listen to our prayer.

Second Reading: (2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18).  This reading, written towards the end of Paul’s life, and written not to a Church or a group, but personally to his fellow-worker, Timothy.  Whatever life throws at him, God is caring for him, as he is for us, and so we need never fear.  Paul gives his own life as a witness to the unfailing care of God.

The Gospel: (Lk 18:9-14).  Jesus teaches us how to pray by means of a parable, telling us it is the person who really knows the truth about themselves, and the truth about the mercy of God who prays the most real prayer.


Responsorial Psalm: This poor man called; the Lord heard him.

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

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.

A Day With Mary - Saturday 5th November 2016

St Peter’s Catholic Church, Woolwich. See poster in porch for more details.

Deceased Knights Mass

Saturday 12th November at 2.30pm here at St Thomas More. Our celebrant is Bishop Paul Mason.

Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council is on Thursday 10th November at 20.00 in the presbytery.



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

Sunday was a great celebration of the life of our Parish Community expressed in faith, prayer, music, hymns, song, dance and lots of delicious food, all in very good company.  The spirit of the occasion was a reflection of the presence of the Holy Spirit animating and gathering us around Jesus Christ.  Thanks is due to all and sundry.  However, a special word of thanks to our Parish evangelisation group, to Phil and his team and the flag bearing little ones, to Pauline and her team for the beautiful flower arrangements, we thank the head teacher and staff and children of St Thomas More School.  Our thanks to Jacquie, the musicians and singers augmented so beautifully by the voices from KERALA.  We must not forget all who provided such a variety of food served so professionally by Anne and her team.  Our thanks to Blasco for the loan of the tent and the sturdy men who erected it and helped with the supervision of the bouncy castle, the children certainly enjoyed themselves.  A special thank you to the good Lord who gave us the good weather.  Hope nobody has been forgotten, if so apologies from Fr John.  Somebody thanked me for the beautiful day but it was not about me, it was about how great things happen when WE work together in mutual acceptance, respect and trust.

Once Again
Thanks to All




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.




Mass for the deceased priests of bexley

A mass for deceased priests of Bexley Deanery will be celebrated at St Lawrence’s Sidcup on Tuesday 15th November at 10.30.  The 10.00 Mass here at St Thomas More is therefore cancelled so all may come together at St Lawrence’s Church.

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




Christ The King - Sixth Form College Open day 2016

Saturday 12th November
11.00 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.




Cemetary Visits - November 2016

Visits to honour those at rest in our local cemeteries will be as follows:

Sunday 6th November

Sidcup - 3pm and Hillview - 15.00

Sunday 13th November

Plumstead - 14.00,
Bexleyheath - 14.30
Brook Street, Erith - 15.15



Mass attendence on 16th october 2016: 455

Counters -30.10.2016

Dawn Webb and Melissa Goes