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



Month of November 2016
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 6th b Thursday 10th - St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church



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

Mr & Mrs Yeates (RIP) (Paul Yeates)



Bartholomew Surgue (RIP)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 7th

Friday 11th - St.Martin of Tours, Bishop



Morning Prayers

William McCahey (RIP)


Budd & Martin families (Wellbeing) (Eileen Budd)

Tuesday 8th

Saturday 12th


Peter Norton (RIP) (Eileen Edley)




No 09:00 Mass Today

Deceased Knights mass, celebrated by
Bishop Paul Mason

Deceased members of D’Souza & D’Lima Families.
(Vincent & Helen D’Souza)

Wednesday 9th Sunday 13th


Desmond Rodrigues (RIP) (The Caheny Family)



Wendy & Michael (Thanksgiving) (Angela Sanshall)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (2 Macc 7:1-2, 9-14). Do not fear suffering in this life. But fidelity to God will allow us to be raised to new life in eternity.

Second Reading: (2 Tess 2:16-3:5). Be encouraged and hopeful, for God will strengthen you as your persevere in all your good words and deeds.

The Gospel: (Lk 20:27-38). God is not God of the dead, but of the living.


Responsorial Psalm: I shall be filled, when I awake, with the sight of your glory, O Lord.

Month of the Holy Souls: We are encouraged to pray for the lost and forgotten souls.


Cemetary Visits - November 2016:

Visits to honour those at rest in our local cemeteries will be as follows:
Sunday 6th November - Sidcup - 15.00 and Hillview - 15.00
Sunday 13th November - Plumstead - 13.00 Bexleyheath - 14.30 and Brook Street Erith - 15.15




Next Parish Council Meeting

Thursday 10th November at 20.00 in the presbytery




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. These classes begin at 7.30pm this Wednesday November 9th, in the hall. Programme of preparation classes being planned. Watch this space.



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 10.30. For more information please see Fr. John and collect the form which needs to be returned by Saturday 5th November.




Church Repairs - Report

The gutters have been cleaned and sealed with pitumen and the exterior painted.
Asbestos downpipes have been replaced with good quality pipes not needing painting or maintenance.
That leaves the church windows to be attended to which will be quite expensive depending on what option is chosen.

The TWO TREES in the church grounds whose roots could undermine the church foundations and possibly also those of the nearest household in Bostall Park Avenue are being reviewed and looked at by the Parish Council. Should they be trimmed or removed. More information later.




St. Thomas More Club Presents
2nd December





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.


Praying for 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.




CAFOD Speaker
(Catholic Agency of Overseas Development)

Marina says a very sincere thank-you for her welcome to the parish and for the attention and generous response. Our thanks also to LAWERANCE - our parish CAFOD Rep.
What follows is a very brief resume of CAFOD’s engagement with problems of hunger, disease and injustice in so many locations.

CAFOD is the official international development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England & Wales, and is part of the Caritas International Federation, a worldwide network of Catholic development and relief organisations. It builds long-term partnerships with local organisations in more than 50 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, supporting them to build a better world for people living in extreme poverty, whatever their race, nationality or religion. It focuses on creating sustainable livelihoods, combating HIV and AIDS, and peace-building. In emergencies it provides immediate relief and support long-term programmes to rebuild people’s lives. CAFOD also works to persuade governments and institutions, in the UK and overseas, to change unjust policies that trap people in poverty.




Human Trafficking

For criminals it is now more lucrative than drug trafficking. The Medaille Trust was founded ten years ago in an attempt to respond to this scourge not put in far away places but right here at home.




The Vision

The Medaille Trust desires a world where the trafficking of human beings for sexual, economic and labour exploitation has been eradicated.




The Mission

The Medaille Trust is a charity founded by Catholic Religious Congregations to work for the eradication of human trafficking and to offer support to those who have been trafficked. Believing in the intrinsic dignity we provide safe housing and specialist services for rehabilitation and raise awareness of these modern forms of slavery.
For more information to go:

A few copies of this booklet are available in the porch. Please help yourself.




Sunday Readers Guide

Some still not collected. Is this yours? If not, why not? over to you.



Mass attendence on 30th october 2016: ?

Counters -13.11.2016

Caroline Walters & Melissa Goes