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 - 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time a Thursday 16th



Peggy Egan (RIP) (B. Kilgannon)

All Parishioners



Patricia Robinson (RIP) (Sylvia Jennings)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 13th

Friday 17th


Augustinho Fernandes (RIP) (Ruffy Fernandes)


Vera Purcell (RIP) (Mary & Stella & Nuala)

Tuesday 14th

Saturday 18th


Timothy Caroll (RIP)



Babs Elland (RIP) (Kitty Brady)

Ethal Antao (RIP) (Phil Sheahan)

Wednesday 15th Sunday 19th - 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Funeral Mass for Laurie Liddon



Lucille D’Mello (RIP) (Muriel D’Souza)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Ecclus. 15:15-20) He never commanded anyone to be Godless. The ideal of Christian life out before us in the Gospel can seem remote, beyond our achievement. But God does not demand the impossible. We are capable of keeping the commandments, of doing God’s will, if we rely on God’s grace.

Second Reading: (1 Cor 2:6-10) God predestined wisdom to be for our glory before the ages began. There is a Christian vision and philosophy, a Christian view of this life and of the life to come. This, God has revealed to us, and this we must accept through the gift of faith.

The Gospel: (Mt 5:17-37) You have learnt how it was said to our ancestors; but I say this to you. Jesus does not set aside the commandments given by God to his people of old. Instead, he brings new meaning to them, and shows that they are positive in outlook: commandments to serve God and our neighbour and to grow ever deeper in holiness.

Responsorial Psalm: They are happy who follow God’s Law!

RIP: Laurie Liddon

Funeral arrangements for Laurie Liddon Requiem Mass at St Thomas More at 11am followed by cremation at Falconwood at 13:00




Confirmation and Holy Communion Preparations

The Confirmation Preparations and First Holy Communion Preparations are postponed until after the half term break.




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




Parish Overseas Volunteers

Quite recently Colette Adams returned from Rwanda and spoke to us at Mass about her work there. Emily Koltonicki also a parishioner will share with us her experience of volunteering in Africa on Sunday March 12th.







General Notices

CAFOD Family Fast Day

This year it falls on Friday March 10th. Lawrence Dadzie our parish CAFOD liaison person will be inviting a speaker and distributing the usual CAFOD envelopes nearer March 10th. CAFOD thanks you for your ongoing generous support.




Lent 2017 Report

Our Parish Evangelisation group have met and identified two possible dates for Parish Recollection Days based in our Parish. The dates being either the last Saturday of March or the first Saturday of April. Plans are afoot to find a Priest/ Religious or lay person to lead the day which will be open to all parishioners. We thank them for their enthusiasm in arranging this Parish Day. In you have any suggestions for topics please 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.




Find Time

“ To hear the whisper of the Lord,
You must turn down the volume
Of the world. Find time to
Disconnect from everything
Around you and
Be still in his presence.”




Women's Wednesday Club

22nd February Erith Theatre. Meet 19.30.

For further information contact Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456




Church Heating

The Parish Council would appreciate your comments/criticisms regarding the newly installed boiler which cost £4100 and has a seven year guarantee. They would also welcome your thoughts/suggestions about upgrading and insulating the church windows. It is not good economics to allow the ‘new’ heat to escape into Bostall Park Avenue.




A Prayer for the Rigid

‘Lets pray for our brothers and sisters who think that by becoming rigid they are following the path of the Lord’ Pope Francis preached. ‘May the Lord make them feel that He is our Father and that he loves mercy, tenderness, goodness, meekness, humility. And may He teach us all to walk in the path of the Lord with these attitudes.

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.




I Will Do More

I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everthing, but I can do something.
And what I can do, I ought to do.
And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do
I will do more than belong…I will participate.
I will do more than care…I will help.
I will do more than believe…I will practice.
I will do more than be fair…I will be kind.
I will do more than dream…I will work.
I will do more than teach…I will inspire.
I will do more than earn…I will enrich.
I will do more than give… I will serve
I will do more than live…I will grow.
I will do more than talk… I will act.

I will be more than good…I will be good for someone/something.




Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice

On Saturday 25th February, the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice are holding a coffee morning from 10:00 – 13:00, at 185 Bostall Hill, Abbey Wood, SE2 0GB – Free entry and parking.





A final challenge to the soul is to discern the excessiveness in our lives – our congenital drive towards acquiring more, often in a mindless kind of greed. Fr Ronald Rolheiser writes: ‘When excess enters, enjoyment departs, as does freedom. Compulsion sets in. Now we begin to seek a thing, not because it will bring us joy, but because we are driven to have it. Excess is a substitute for enjoyment.’ The story goes that Joseph Heller, author of ‘Catch 22’ was once told about a fund manager who made more money that every day than he did from all his books combined. Heller replied, ‘Then I have something he will never have. Enough.’ Spiritual writer Mary Jo Leddy insists that at some point in Lent we must say, mean and live the following; ‘It’s enough. I have enough. I am enough. Life is enough. With all my heart I thank you.’ Daniel O’Leary, Treasured and Transformed (Dublin: Columba Press p.57)


Mass attendence on 5th February 2017:

Counters -19.02.2017

Tom Breen and Mike Kearns