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



Month of February 2017 A

Sunday 12th - 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time a Thursday 9th



Mrs I. Leitas (RIP) (Freddie and Blanche Braganza

Irene + Sebastian Martyres (RIP) (Muriel)



Mar O’Driscoll (RIP)

No St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 6th

Friday 10th


Patrick Sheahan (Phil & Dan Sheahan)


Adam sean O’Driscoll (RIP)

Tuesday 7th

Saturday 11th


Richard Marshall (RIP) (Norma)



Dr & Mrs Oluyemisi (Ogunnaike & Fly)

Liz Woodward (Wellbeing) (Phil Sheahan)

Wednesday 8th Sunday 12th - 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Jerome Braganza (RIP)



Peggy Egan (RIP) (B. Kilgannon)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Isa 58:7-10) Then will your light shine like the dawn

Second Reading: (1 Cor 2:1-5) During my stay with you, the only knowledge I claimed to have was about Jesus as the crucified Christ.

The Gospel: (Mt 5:13-16) You are the light of the world.

Responsorial Psalm: A good man is a light in the darkness for the upright

Christian Unity Service

Christian Unity Service took place here at St. Thomas More on Sunday 29th January, a fair smattering of our parishioners were joined by our fellow Christians from St. Andrew’s. It was a beautiful experience, enjoyed by all.




Confirmation and Holy Communion Preparations

The Confirmation Preparations and First Holy Communion Preparations continue as planned 2017 Diaries are now available in the porch (Free) if you wish to make a donation the proceeds will go to the local Hospice. Thank you




Bible Alive

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




Prayer Requested

Please remember in your prayers and Masses baby HUGO JOHN GALLAGHER and his parents




HCPT Dance

HCPT Dance in aid of the sick and disabled – Saturday February 18th 20:00 – 23:00 Music by Dave White Good music, good company …. Raffle!! Contact Tony Brook 07833 707016.    Tickets £3.00




Attention all Parish Readers

Please use in the Bidding Prayers the introductory formula to the Hail Mary as given in Newsletter last week which is as follows: We ask Mary Our Mother to join with us as we say Hail Mary...

Thank you.







General Notices



Church Heating

After considering three quotations. The Parish Council decided to accept the £4100 quote for the installation of a new 40kw Worcester Commercial Boiler. It will be operational mid week. Thank you for your patience.




Light of Christ must break out in the darkness

Jesus came among us as light to scatter the darkness of a fallen world.
As his disciples, we too are called to be “light of the world”, he tells us in the Gospel this Sunday.
All three images that Jesus uses to describe the Church are associated with the identity and vocation of Israel.
God forever aligned his Kingdom with the Kingdom of David and his sons by a “covenant of saqlt”, salt being a sign of permanence and purity.
Jerusalem was to be a city set on a hill, high above all nations towards the glorious light streaming from her Temple.
And Israel was given the mission of being a light to the nations, that God’s salvation would reach to the ends of the earth.
The liturgy shows us this week that the Church and every Christian, is called to fulfil Israel’s mission.
By our faith and good works we are to make the light of God’s life break forth in the darkness, as we sing in this weeks Psalm. This week’s readings remind us that our faith can never be a private affair, something we can hide as if under a basket.
We are to pour ourselves out for the afflicted as Isaiah tells us in the first reading. Our light must shine as a ray of God’s mercy for all who are poor, hungry, naked, and enslaved.
There must be a transparent quality to our lives. Our friends and family, our neighbours and fellow citizens should see reflected in us the light of Christ and through us be attracted to the saving truths of the Gospel.

So let us pray that we, like St Paul in the Epistle, might proclaim with out whole lives, “Christ and him crucified.

Dr Scott Hahn: St Paul Centre of Biblical Theology.



Fr John on Holiday

Fr John goes on Monday January 30th and returns Thursday February 9th. During your break Fr Des Doherty will be in residence. Fr Des may be helping out in another parish and in that case may need to change Mass times during the week. I am sure you will give him your usual warm welcome, aided by the NEW BOILER




Lent 2017

A parishioner kindly reminded me that Lent is coming down the road rapidly. How do we as a Parish respond? Should we have some occasion of a spiritual nature? Should we invite a speaker on a chosen topic? Plan a day’s retreat based in the parish? Arrange a penitential service with opportunity for confession, with visiting priests available? You ideas are very welcome. Pass them to the Evangelisation group via Lawrence, Mary Bass, Justin and Nonoj. They can be contacted on 07983592184. Hopefully there will be a meeting in the coming week to discuss the suggestions.




SPUC: White Flower Collection

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, writes to thank you for your generous donation of £360.78 – see poster in church porch.




Memo from CAFOD

Aged 18-30, passionate about global justice, and looking to put your faith into action? Or do you know someone who is? Step into the Gap is an opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit CAFOD partners overseas. Applications are now open for 2017/18 with eight opportunities available across five placements. Visit to find out more.



Mass attendence on 29th January 2017:

Counters - 12.02.2017

Claude L’Olive and Dorothy Nikoi