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



Month of February/March 2017 A

Sunday 26th - 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time a Thursday 2nd



Michael Reynolds (RIP)

Mary Walsh (RIP) (1st Anniversary)



Denis Smith (RIP) (Pat Tolhurst)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 27th

Friday 3rd


Desmond Rodrigues (RIP)


Agnes and Martin Braganza (RIP)

Tuesday 28th

Saturday 4th


Alex and Tessy D’Souza (RIP)



Teresa Martin (Well being) (Eileen Budd)

Abigail and Amelia D’Souza (Thanksgiving (Vincent and Helen D’Souza)

Ash Wednesday 1st March Sunday 5th - 1st Sunday of Lent



Helen Bowman (RIP) (Joe Bowman)

Mrs Annie Donnachie (Wellbeing) (Cathy Iglis and family)



All Parishioners

Catherine Meehan (RIP)


First Reading: (Isaiah 49:14-15) I will never forget you. This brief reading comes from the prophet commonly referred to as Second Isaiah. His ministry was exercised among God’s people during their time in exile. The prophet is overjoyed at God’s consolation of his people. Such a God, like a mother caring for her baby, can never forget his people.

Second Reading: (1 Cor 4:1-5) The Lord will reveal the secret intentions of men’s hearts. In this letter to the Christians in Corinth, Paul focuses on the problem of divisions within the community. Paul tells them that such factious behaviour contradicts their identity as Christians. As Christians they are meant to be the body of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Whatever is going on in their hearts cannot be hidden from God.

The Gospel: (Mt 6:24-34) Do not worry about tomorrow. From the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus highlights the all too human prejudices and attitudes that can affect people in their relationships. His disciples must not be torn between two masters, such as God and money. Nor need they worry about how they will be provided for. God will always care for them.

Responsorial Psalm: In God alone is my soul at rest.

Lenten Bible Alive

Copies of LENTEN 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

Ash Wednesday, 1st March

It is a day of fasting and abstinence that is we are to eat less than usual and abstain from meat. It is the first day of Lent which is a time of spiritual purification for the celebration of Easter – the resurrection of Jesus from death, the guarantee, the prototype of our personal resurrection from death. So Easter is about us.

On Ash Wednesday there will be Mass at 10.00 and 20.00 at which ashes will be blessed and placed on the foreheads of all present who wish to receive them. You may also take some home for those who cannot attend.

Each of us is invited to decide personally how we intend to keep the days of Lent. It would be good to give it some thought between now and Ash Wednesday. There is nothing like being prepared.




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.




Sick and retired priests support fund campaign

In September 2015 parishioners were invited to a presentation in the Hall on how they could lend their support to this very worthy cause. The response from this parish has been very generous too date and parishioners from St Thomas Mores have raised a total of over £28,000. This Sunday 26th February, after all the Masses there will be an opportunity for those who were unable to attend the presentations to receive a booklet explaining the campaign in greater detail and the ways you can lend your support. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask one of the Campaign members at any time. These are John Marsh, Brendan Norton, Tom Breen and Janette Cousins.

Getting to know people of other faiths

“Christian charity truly extends to all, without distinction of race, social condition or religion” Vat 11 ‘Ad Gentes’ n.12




A catholic approach to other faiths

Many millions of the world’s population are not Christians. They are Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs etc. What should be our attitude towards these people? What does the Church teach us? The next few paragraphs come from the documents of the 2nd Vatican Council. They show that the Church wants us to be open and to get to know people of other faiths. We should be able to talk with them about their faith and ours. This is dialogue.

The Church declares that God the father of all and that all members of the human race are called to be brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. We must love our brothers and sisters, our neighbours, as ourselves. Race, colour and different religion must not be allowed to stand in the way.

‘We cannot truthfully pray to God the Father of all is we do not treat people in a brotherly way… The Church rejects, as foreign to the mind of Christ, any discrimination against people, or harassments of them, because of race, colour, conditions in life or religion.’ Cf.Vatican II ‘Nostra Aetate’ n.5
We have been created in God’s image and likeness. We have all been called to live in a personal relationship with God and to see others as members of the one human family.

‘Since all people are created in God’s likeness, since all have been redeemed by Christ and share in the same divine calling and destiny, their basic equality must be given ever greater recognition.’ Cf.Vatican II ‘Gaudium et Spes’ n.29




Bexkey Deanery Day for Readers

Open to everyone. Led by Pierpaolo Finaldo from the Centre of Catholic Formation Saturday 11th March – 11.00 – 15.30 St John Vianney Parish Hall, Heathfield Road, Bexleyheath- Parish mass at 10am followed by Confessions Refreshments from 10.30 am. Please bring a Bible and packed lunch.




Women's Wednesday Club

For further information contact Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456



Mass attendence on 19th February 2017: 361

Counters -05.03.2017

Ann  Burton and John Marsh