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

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Month of December 2016 A
3rd Sunday of Advent

Sunday 11th - Third Sunday of Advent a Thursday 15th

09:00

10:30

15:00-16:00

Fr. Francis (RIP)

George & Rose Wright (RIP)

Holy Hour

10:00

12:00

George & Rose Wright (RIP) (Stella)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 12th

Friday 16th

09:15

09:30

Morning Prayer

Joseph Fitzpatrick (RIP)

10:00

Kieran Clarke (RIP) (Angela Sanshall)

Tuesday 13th

Saturday 17th

10:00

11:30

No Mass Today

Requiem mass for Fred O’Toole followed by cremation at Falcon wood.

09:00

18:30

Family & Friends of Margaret Meehan (Thanksgiving)

Alice Durrant (RIP)

Wednesday 14th Sunday 18th - Fourth Sunday of Advent

10:00

Dennis Knight (RIP) (Angela Harrison)

09:00

10:30

Fr. Francis (RIP)

George & Rose Wright (RIP)

 

First Reading: (Isaiah 35). The vision of Isaiah changes from declaring the certainty of God’s judgement on his people to rejoicing in the hope of God’s salvation, looking beyond the period of chastisement to the time when God would fulfil his gracious purposes to his people in their own land.

Second Reading: (James 5:7-10). At the time of James’ writing the church was expectant of the immanent coming of Jesus, and James encourages his people to be patient as they wait for Christ to return in glory, not to be blaming and judging one another.

The Gospel: (Mt 11:2-11). John had proclaimed the coming of the Messiah as one who would judge the people, but the reports of Jesus’ ministry he was hearing had little to do with judgement.  He sought reassurance that he had not been mistaken in his understanding of who Jesus was.

Responsorial Psalm: Come, Lord, and save us.

Confirmation Candidates – May 2017

Calling all Year 10 or above students who are interested in joining the programme. You are welcome to speak to Jacquie or Fr. John if you wish, but if you wish you can do it on the night.  The programme continues on Wednesdays at 18.30.

 

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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 2017This Sunday the children will have a special involvement in the 10.30 Mass.

 

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Holy Hour

Sunday 11th December 15:00 - 16:00

 

 


 

 

General Notices

Welcome to Advent Third Week

For the past two Sunday’s the emphasis has been on the second, the final coming of Jesus Christ. The ‘Parousia’ in theological speak. Then all things will be well all manner of things will be well. Perfection complete, but when will it be? Why not now? Why the delay for so long? Ever since the time of Jesus Christ there has been predictions of the end being neigh, but they turned out to be false, but still, why the delay? We don’t know God has his own timing. As St Peter says in his second letter “There is no difference in the Lord’s sight between one day and a thousand years; to Him the two are the same. The Lord is not slow to do what he has promised, as some think instead he is patient with us because he doesn’t want anyone to be destroyed, but all to come to life” (free translation).

But then, bringing all things, including us to perfection is not a solo project by God. We are his partners, are we furthering the project? Or, are we holding up the project? The truth is we are. Because of our sins, we don’t go with the flow of our lives which is ‘God-ward’. We are born with the seed of God in us. Our lives are the womb in which that seed grows. We are coded for God, programmed for eternal life and fullness. We are an incompleteness searching for completeness. We can’t be other than ‘God-bound’, but from where I now stand, how can I move towards that COMPLETENESS with the whole of creation? See you next week.

 

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Christmas Confessions

Saturday 17th December, 12:00 - 13:00 and 17.45 - 18.15
Tuesday 20th December, 19:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 21st December, 19:00 - 20:00
Thursday 22nd December, 19:00 - 20:00
Friday 23rd December, 19:00 - 20:00
Saturday 24th December, 12:00 - 13:00

 

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Christingle Makers
Friday 23rd Dec, 11:00

We are hoping once again to encourage the generosity of the children of the parish to share their good fortune with those children less fortunate by bringing a wrapped present to be presented at the offertory and as a thank-you the children will receive a Christingle.

 

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Women's Wednesday Club


14th December 19.30 FLOWER ARRANGING

For information contact: Mary Kearns - 0208 304 2456

 

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Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve, 18.30 and Midnight

Christmas Day, 09:00 and 10.30 (no evening Mass)

 

 

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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.

 

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Crib Offerings 2016

This year with the encouragement of Archbishop Peter, this parish will be donating crib offerings to Friends of the Holy Land.  Every penny will help the poorest Christian families, especially in and around Bethlehem, the West Bank, Gaza and Israel, with education, employment, health and housing initiatives.  FHL is apolitical and ecumenical.  For further information, please take a look at the poster on the notice board and please keep our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land in your prayers at this time.

The Co-Workers of St.Teresa of Calcutta

The Co-Workers of St Teresa of Calcutta are holding a coffee morning in the church hall this Sunday 11th December following the 9am Mass. 
Please come and support us.

A big thank you to the Confirmation candidates who raised £34 on Sunday for the local Hospice.

 

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A Carol Service

Presented by the Children from St. Thomas School, years three and four:
7pm on Thursday 15th December 2016. 

Parishioners are welcomed.

 

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St. Thomas More Club Presents

PARISH XMAS DANCE:

Saturday 17th December 2016, from 20:00 till late. Music by James Dee. Tickets £10 inc of a hot supper.

NEW YEARS EVE DISCO:

Saturday 31st December 2016, from 20:00 – 12.30.
Tickets – Adults £7.00, Children £2, (under 12 years)

For tickets etc. Contact Bob on 020 8304 7909

 

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RIP

Fred O'Toole

Fred O’Toole: Requiem mass on Tuesday December 13th at 11.30 followed by cremation at Falcon wood.

 

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Parish Christmas Dance - 17th December

St Thomas More Club: presents PARISH XMAS DANCE ON 17TH December 2016 at St Thomas More Hall, Long Lane, Bexleyheath from 20:00 till late. Music by James Dee. Tickets £10 inc of a hot supper.

 

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The Fr. Francis Memorial/Endowment Fund

Mass for the repose of Fr. Francis’ soul will be offered for Fr. Francis on Sunday 11th December at 09.00.    
Please return your donation envelop this weekend.

Thank-you.

 

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Christmas Vigil Mass

The time has come once again to call our budding actors and actresses to take their places in the Annual Parish Nativity Tableau:
The first rehearsal is at 11am on Saturday 17th, followed by the final dress rehearsal at 11:00 on Wednesday 23rd.  All help and support of as many parents as possible will be very gratefully accepted.

We have a number of costumes but if you can help us with any more, this would be extremely welcomed.

 

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Senior Citizens Christmas Party

A great night was enjoyed by 100 participants.  Sadly two stalwarts were absent through death, Vera Purcell and Fred O’Toole.  A very big Thank You to each and every person who worked so devotedly to prepare and make the evening such a joyful and entertaining Parish occasion.  Happy Christmas to all, very well done.

 

 

 

Mass attendence on 4th December 2016: 352

Counters -18.12.2016

Ann Burton & John Marsh