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 January 2017 A
The Epiphany of the Lord

Sunday 8th - The Epiphany of the Lord a Thursday 12th

09:00

10:30

All Parishioners

Kate Hackett (RIP) (C. Alchin)

10:00

12:00

Alex & Melita D’Mello (Thanksgiving)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 9th

Friday 13th

09:15

09:30

Morning Prayer

Paoraiz McDonagh (RIP) (Maureen Mulkerrin)

10:00

Phyllis Budd (RIP) (Meehan family)

Tuesday 10th

Saturday 14th

10:00

Phyllis Budd (RIP) (Angela Snashall)

09:00

18:30

Sister Claire & Cynthia Kalsi (RIP)

John Shea & Brian Pike (RIP) (N Shea)

Wednesday 11th Sunday 15th - Peace Sunday

10:00

Mary O’Driscoll

09:00

10:30

15:00-16:00

Chacko Joseph (RIP) (James & family)

All Parishioners

Holy Hour

 

First Reading: (Is 60:1-6). Christ is with us as a light shining in the darkness. His light is for everyone, all over the world.

Second Reading: (Eph 3:2-3, 5-6). The Holy Spirit can reveal the person of Christ to each of us. The love of God, made visible in Christ is available to anyone who is open to it.

The Gospel: (Mt 2:1-12). Like the Magi we too are drawn by the light of Christ, and guided by the scriptures to discover him for ourselves. We can worship him and hand over to h9im all that we have and are.

Responsorial Psalm: All nations shall fall prostrate before you, O Lord.

Holy Hour

As advertised last week for today (8th January) has been postponed until next Sunday January 15th from 15:00 to 16:00. It is Peace Sunday. Apologies for any inconvenience.

 

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Christian Unity Service

The Christian Unity Service will take place here at St. Thomas More at 17:00 on Sunday 29th January, we are hosting it and will be joined by our fellow Christians from St. Andrew’s put the date in your diaries please.

 

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Confirmation Preparations

Classes begin again on January 11th at 19.20 in the hall.

 

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First Holy Communion Preparations

Mass participation by the children at the 10.30am mass on Sunday 8th January and the next preparation class will be on Sunday 15th January at the usual time in the hall

 

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Bible Alive

Copies of BIBLE ALIVE are available in the repository @£2.50 each.

 

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Readers Guide

Readers Guides are available in the Sacristy, please collect your copy.

 

 

 


 

 

General Notices

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.

 

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Fr. Francis Memorial/Endowment Fund

Your contributions came to £2503.78. Thank you for your generosity. A cheque will be sent through the Spiritan Fathers based in Chester.

 

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RIP

Donald Whittaker

The funeral mass for the Late Donald Whittaker will be at 13.30 on Friday 20th January 2017, followed by cremation at Eltham Crematorium at 15.15. 

The funeral details for Laurie Liddon are being arranged.

 

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Father Reynolds

Father Reynolds would like to thank his friends from St Thomas More’s for their kind Christmas greeting and gifts. You are always in his thought and prayers.

 

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Women's Wednesday Club

11th January 19.30 Socialise and plan for 2017.

For information: Mary Kearns – 0208 304 2456.

 

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White Flower Appeal - 7th - 8th January 2017

Today is the Annual White Flower appeal organised by the Knights of St Columba on behalf of The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). Since 1967 SPUC has been working tirelessly to uphold the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. 2017 also sadly marks the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act, 8 million plus babies HAVE had their lives terminated. All parishioners are asked to give generously  to this very worthwhile cause to enable SPUC to continue its excellent work in our community which is very “HOT” on human rights, NOT VERY HUMAN.

 

Keep Telling the story

Amnesia is the loss of memory. It is a tragic loss. Not knowing who you are, not knowing your story. This is what might be called PHYSICAL AMNESIA but there is also wheat might be called SPIRITUAL AMNESIA losing the memory of our relationship  with God and His love, again a tragic loss. Lest we forget we need to keep telling the Christmas story. The following poem makes the point.

THE STORY

The story was not born with Robbie Cox
nor with his father
nor with is father’s father
but farther back than any could remember.

Cox told the story
Over twelve nights of Christmas.
It was the story
Made Christmas real.
When it was done
The new year was in,
Made authentic by the story.
The old year was dead,
Buried by the story.
The man endured,
Deepened by the story.

When Cox died,
The story died.
Nobody had time
To learn the story.
Christmas shrivelled,
The old year was dust,
The new year nothing special,
So much time to be endured.

The people withered.
This withering hardly troubled them.
The story was a dead crow in a wet field,
an abandoned house, a rag on a bush,
a sick whisper in a dying room,
The shaking gash of an old man’s mouth
Breaking like burnt paper
Into black ashes the wind scatters,
People fleeing from famine.
Nobody has ever heard of them.
Nobody will ever speak of them.

I know the emptiness
Spread by the story’s death.
This emptiness is in the roads
And in the fields,
In men’s eyes and children’s voices,
In summer nights when stars
Play like rabbits behind Cox’s house,
The house of the story
That once lived on lips
Like starlings startled from a tree
Exploding in a sky of revelation
Deliberate and free.
(Brendan Kennelly
From A Time for Voices: Selected Poems 1960-1990. Bloodaxe Books Ltd.)

Note: If you would like a copy of his poem, please see Fr. John.

 

 

Mass attendence on 1st January 2017:

Counters -15.01.2017

Dawn Webb & Melissa Goes