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



Month of October/November 2016

Sunday 30th b Thursday 3rd



Francis Joyce (B Kilgannon)

All Parishioners



Michael Buckley (RIP) (Eileen Barry)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 31st

Friday 4th



Morning Prayers

Michael Buckley (RIP) (Ann Conroy)


William McCahey (RIP)

Tuesday 1st - All Saints Day (Day of Holy Obligation)

Saturday 5th



Gertrude Hudson (RIP) (Doreen Wilson)

Kathleen MaCauley (RIP) (Angela Sanshall)



Shirley Smith (RIP)

Remedios Dias (Rose Dias & Family)

Wednesday 2nd - All Souls Day (Day of Holy Obligation) Sunday 6th



Peter Norton (RIP) (Kevin Fitpatrick)

Jenn Thornley (RIP) (Ann Pike)



Laurente & Felicidade D’Souza (RIP)
(Feliciano & Helen D’Souza)

Mr & Mrs Yeates (RIP) (Paul Yeates)


First Reading: (Wis 11:22-12:2). This reading from the Book of Wisdom, shows us how mercy is written into the very fact that we exist: God has created us because he loves us before we even existed, and he saves us by the same love when we need him to rebuild our lives. “Little by little” he guides us to become the person we should be and to trust in God.

Second Reading: (2 Thess 1:11-2:2). Many Christians today look for signs to help them understand the times in which we live, which are often times of confusion and worry. Writing to the Thessalonians, Paul reminds them that the real path to heaven is by the day to day growth in the Christian life, where God is actively helping us to gown in his likeness.

The Gospel: (Lk 19:1-10). We hear a lot this year about the mercy of God, and this Gospel story of Jesus meeting the tax collector Zacchaeus has a special place in that story of mercy.


Responsorial Psalm: I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.

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.




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)




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





Race Night - November 5th


This is organised by the Irish Association in Greenwich. Proceeds to help people who are in need. From 20:00 till late. BE AT THE RACE.





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




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.




Women's Wednesday Club

9th November 19.30 QUIZ
23rd November 19.30
7th December 13.30 CHRISTMAS LUNCH
14th December 19.30 FLOWER ARRANGING (tbc)

For information contact: Mary Kearns - 0208 304 2456

Mass for Deceased Priests Of Bexlley Deanary

Mass for deceased priests of Bexley Deanery 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.




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 Bexley

Film evening Wed 2nd November - Two Jesuit Saints.

we will show documentaries on the founder of the Jesuits, St Ignatius of Loyola and on his “co-founder” St Francis Xavier, and 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





Please pray for the  MARY KIRSOPP (late) of Long Lane. Burial at Kemnal Park Cemetery on 11th November at 14:00.

May she rest in peace.




Praying for the Others in November

If ‘Purgatory’ is simply purification through fire IN THE ENCOUNTER WITH THE Lord, Judge and Saviour, how can a third person intervene, even if he or she is particularly close to the other? When we ask such a question, we should recall that no man is an island, entire of itself. Our lives are involved with one another, through innumerable interactions they are linked together. No one lives alone. No one sins alone, No one is saved alone. The lives of others continually spill over into mine: in what I think, say, do and achieve.  And conversely, my life spills over into that of others: for better and for worse. So my prayer for another is not something extraneous to that person, something external, not even after death. In the interconnectedness of Being, my gratitude to the other – can play a small part in his purification – It is never too late to touch the heart of anther.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.


Mass attendence on 23rd october 2016: 432

Counters -06.11.2016

Pat Murphy & John Fanthome