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
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 13th b Thursday 17th



Wendy & Michael (Thanksgiving) (Angela Sanshall)

This mass is offered for those who died in the two World wars.



Stella Bennett (RIP)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 14th

Friday 18th



Morning Prayers

Seamas Ryan (RIP)


Peter Norton (RIP) (Helen Gilligan)

Tuesday 15th

Saturday 19th


No Mass Here today

Mass for deceased Priests of Bexley Deanery at St. Lawrence's Sidcup at 10:30



Deceased members of the Fanthome family
(J & A Fanthome)

Thanks giving mass (Rose Castanha)

Wednesday 16th Sunday 20th


Ambrose D’Souza (RIP) (D’Silva Family)



Gene Rebello (Wellbeing) (I & E Pereira)

Mr & Mrs Yeates (RIP) (Paul Yates)


First Reading: (Mal 3:19-20a). The sun of justice will arise with its healing rays.

Second Reading: (2 TheSs 3:7-12). You must be willing to work for your food, conducting yourselves with prudence and temperance.

The Gospel: (Lk 21:5-19). Persevere in faith and you will be saved.


Responsorial Psalm: The Lord comes to rule the peoples with fairness.

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 13th November - Plumstead - 13.00 Bexleyheath - 14.30 and Brook Street Erith - 15.15




Confirmation Candidates 2017

Calling all Year 10 or above students who are interested in joining the programme, which will start on November 9th. The meetings are from 7.30 – 8.30.  Please feel free to come and join us. You are welcome to speak to Jacquie or Fr. John if you wish, but if you wish you can do it on the night.




1st Holy Communion - June 2017

This is a notice for those parents who have written to Fr. John expressing the wish to receive help and support in preparing their children for First Holy Communion which will be celebrated in June 2017.  There is a special meeting for parents only on Wednesday November 16th @ 19.30 in the Church. The Commitment Mass will be on Sunday 27th November @10.30. The first preparation class for the children will be Sunday December 4th @08 in the hall. All parents must attend the meeting.




St Thomas More Parish Reader's Day
St Thomas More Church Hall & Church - Saturday 26th November

The day will begin at 11:00 and will be led by Barry Sullivan. At my request, he visited us on Sundays on a number of occasions. This has given him the opportunity to get a ‘feel’ of us and how he might help us to further enhance our (priest and people) proclamation of the Word of God in the Scriptures. So please do your best to avail of this opportunity. If not already a READER, but would like to join our rota, do come on the day. Thank-you.



General Notices

Women's Wednesday Club

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




The Co-Workers of St. Teresa of Kalkata

The Co-Workers of Saint Teresa of Kalkata are holding a coffee morning in the church this Sunday 13th of November following the 9.00am mass. Please come and support them.

On behalf of the Co-workers of St. Teresa of Calcutta and the Missionaries of Charity, I wish to thank all who generously donated gifts for t5he homeless. The response to the appeal was beyond all expectations. 

Thank you
Therese Quirke




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 only in faraway 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.




The Fr. Francis Memorial/Endowment Fund

As we approach the Fourth Anniversary of the death of Fr. Francis on 12th December 2016, we remember him with love and prayers.
Prior to his unexpected death he had expressed his desire to set up a foundation to raise funds for the education of ‘Needy female students at Ejisu University in Ghana’, where he was rector. He had suggested that we might assist him, in what he called his ‘Nobel Cause’.
Following his death, the University set up the foundation, its purpose being to raise funds, for the education of female students and in memory of Fr. Francis. In collaboration with the University – our Parish set up ‘The Fr. Francis Memorial/Endowment fund for ‘His Nobel Cause’. We do this through an envelope collection each year, around the anniversary of his death, so that parishioners can contribute. In the past the amazing amount of nine thousand one hundred and twenty three pounds has been donated through your generosity. Fr. Francis dream is becoming a reality.
Envelopes will be distributed at all masses on the weekend 26/27 November which are to be returned over the following two weekends 3rd /4th and 10th/11th December 2016.

A mass will be offered for Fr. Francis on 11th December (RIP).

Further to the above, hopefully, we will see the fruit of our efforts in August 2017, when funds will be allocated to students following a gestation period of 2 years to grow the funds, through investment.

Please see correspondence on the Notice Board relating to funds (Disbursement to students in August 2017. Following 2 years gestation period).
1) Investment details – Bank charges etc., etc.
2) Names, Telephone no, Email, Addresses of 7 members of
Trustees of the Governing Body managing funds – calls
3) Distribution – Disbursement to Students in August 2017.

Senior Citizens' Christmas Party - 8th December

This year St. Thomas More’s Parish Senior Citizens’ party will be held in the Church hall 8th December from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Music by Gerry Kelly. Invitations will be issued out in the next few days. If you would like to attend, what has already been an enjoyable event in the life of the Parish and have not received an invitation please let Joe Bowman know on 0208 310 1770 or Kathleen Penny on 0208 304 7909.

All reply slips must be returned by SUNDAY 27th November.  Please put them into the box in the porch. Thank you.




Sick and Retired Priests Support Fund Campaign

In September 2015 parishioners were invited to a presentation in the Hall on how they could lend their support to this very worthwhi8le cause. The response from this Parish has been very generous to date. In next week’s newsletter there will be a detailed update3 on the campaign and the contribution made this parish.

On Sunday 27th November, after 09.00 and 10.30 masses there will be an opportunity for those who were unable to attend the presentations last year to watch a message from Archbishop Peter Smith in a short video in the hall, explaining how you can still lend your support to the campaign.




The Trees

Last week, mention was made of the two trees in the grounds of our Church and the threat they might pose. The Parish Council decided to get them removed by KONE TREE CARE.  The total cost will be (including VAT) £2,256.00.  The break-up is as follows:
T1 Alianthus – Remove to leave a low level stump and poison £830.00
S1 Stump T1 – Remove stump using mechanical stump grinder £510.00
T2 Alianthus – Remove to leave a low level stump and poison £680.00
S2 Stump T2 – Remove stump using mechanical stump grinder £236.00




St Thomas More
Annual Christmas Turkey 25 Card Drive

The date is Saturday December 3rd and takes ‘flight’ at 20:00 (the birds are still on the bushes) but hopefully we will have a couple down for the night together with some bottles. Spread the news among friends and enjoy the ‘Craic’ bar open. If you don’t fancy the bird take the cash. See you there.




Non Eucharistic Memorial Service

You may remember that we had such a service last year. A few days ago a woman rang me to enquire about this year. I said “Yes”. And arranged the service for Sunday November 20th. 3pm. Mulligans’ Funeral Directors, will once again inform families of the service. It is open to anyone wishing to remember a loved one Catholic/non Catholic, irrespective of where the funeral took place. Light refreshments in the hall afterwards.. Do feel free to invite friends/neighbours who may not read out newsletter. Thank you.




Friday Night Entertainment

2nd December - Elevations


Mass attendence on 6th November 2016: 400

Counters -20.11.2016

Hugh Willan & Joe Bowman