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
34th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 20th - Christ the King b Thursday 24th



Gene Rebello (Wellbeing) (I & E Pereira)

Mr & Mrs Yeates (RIP) (Paul Yates)



John Flewritt (RIP) (Flewritt family)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 21st - The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday 25th - St. Catherine of Alexandria



Morning Prayers

Michael & Mary Barry (RIP) (John & Ann Fanthome)



Robert McDonagh (RIP) (Maureen Mulherin)

The funeral mass of Pamela Lilian Ann Paisely
with take place at STM church followed by cremation
at Eltham Crematorium at 15:15.

Tuesday 22nd - St. Cecilia

Saturday 26th


Maureen McGurk (Intentions) (John & Ann Fanthome)



Paraic Mulkerrin (RIP)

Bruno Castanha (RIP) (Rose Castanha)

Wednesday 23rd Sunday 27th


Josephine Mac Millian (Bowman family)



Desmond Rodrigues (RIP)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (2 Sam 5:1-3) David will be the shepherd and king of Israel

Second Reading: (Col 1:12-20) In Christ all things in heaven and earth were created.

The Gospel: (lk 23:35-43). Jesus, remember me when you come into you kingdom.


Responsorial Psalm: I rejoiced when I heard them say; ‘Let us go to God’s house’.

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


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.  The Commitment Mass will be on Sunday 27th November @10.30. The first preparation class for the children will be Sunday December 4th @08:45 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.




True Wisdom

True Wisdom in this world amounts to putting ourselves in God’s hands, and not trying to look too far ahead. God doesn’t tell us his secrets beforehand but unfolds them little by little when we are secure in the knowledge that we can trust him entirely.
Mother Cecile Bruyer




I Wonder

I have been wondering if there might be one word I would most want you to remember when you finish reading all I wish to say. Over the past year, that special word has gradually emerged from the depths of my own heart. It is the word “Beloved”, and I am convinced that it has been given to me for the sake of you and your friends. I first learned this word from the story of the baptism of Jesus. “No sooner had Jesus come up out of the water then he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you”.

....The words, “You are my Beloved” revealed the most intimate truth about all human beings..... All I want to say to you is “You are the Beloved”, and all I hope is that you can hear these words as spoken to you with all the tenderness of force that love can hold.
Henri Nouwen





General Notices

Women's Wednesday Club

7th December 13.30 CHRISTMAS LUNCH
14th December 19.30 FLOWER ARRANGING (tbc)

For information contact: Mary Kearns - 0208 304 2456




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.

Reply slip must be placed in the box in the porch and Returned by no later than Sunday 27th of November




Baptism with a message

Pope Francis wants the Church to be an inverted pyramid: where those supposedly “at the top” are the ones serving others.
This is the lens through which to view the baptism he performs for the son of his friend Sergio Sanchez, the leader of the waste-pickers cooperative in Argentina.

Sanchez told the Argentinian newspaper La Nacion that Pope Francis baptising his son was an “encouragement for the excluded, for the popular economy, for the waste-pickers, the street-sellers, the recyclers, the peasants, and the indigenous people.”




A Corol Service

A Carol Service being presented by the Children from St. Thomas School, years three and four: On Thursday 15th December 2016.  Parishioners are welcomed.

Sick and Retired Priests Support Fund Campaign

There is a separate attachment with this newsletter inviting those parishioners who were unable to attend the presentations last year, to a video in the Hall on Sunday,27th November, after 09:00 and the 10.30 Masses.




The Trees

The two trees will be removed on the 13th and 14th of December 2016. Please be aware there may be some parking restrictions as the area will be condoned off.




St. Andrew's

We are invited to St Andrew’s on their feast day for a service (a none Eucharist service) at 19.00 followed by a shared meal in the hall on 30th November 2016.




Lourdes and Disabled Committee Meetting

There will be a meeting on Sunday 27th November at 6pm to finalise arrangements for the Senior Citizen Christmas party.




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




The Art of Dying Well

This is a new website launched that offers help and support to those grappling with issues around the meaning of dying and death.
Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about dealing with the journey through death to eternal life.
The Catholic church has a rich treasury of resources and reflections that the Bishops of England and Wales would like to open up to everyone. To achieve this, they have developed a resource call The Art of Dying Well (or Ars Morendi) for the digital age.

Expert advice for The Art of Dying Well has been sought from professionals in palliative care, ethics, chaplaincy, history and media. The website is




Mass attendence on 13th November 2016: 377

Counters -27.11.2016

Claude L’Olive and Dorothy Nikoi