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




Month of December 2017 B

Sunday 17th - 3rd Sunday of Advent b

Friday 22nd



All Parishioners

Andrew Fernandes (Thanksgiving) (Apy Fernandes)


Deceased Relatives of the Wright Family

Monday 18th

Saturday 23rd - St. John of Kanty


Thanksgiving to the Sacred Heart (D’Silva)



Monica Carrasco (Ferdie and Blanche Rodrigues

Sally Searle and Veronica Littlewood (RIP)

Tuesday 19th

Sunday 24th - 4th Sunday of Advent


Sister Mary Cuddy (RIP)




John Flewitt (RIP)

Vigil Mass Gerard Donnachie (RIP) (Cathy Inglis and Family)

Midnight Mass - All Parishioners

Wednesday 20th Monday 25th December - Christmas Day


Francis Lai (RIP)



Stella Bennett

Andrew Fernandes (Thanksgiving) (Apy Fernandes)

Thursday 21st - St. Peter Canisius and Doctor of Church



Dorothy O’Hagan (Peggy Hagan)

Silent Adoration 10.30-11.30


First Reading: (Is.61: 1-2,10-11). An identikit for the coming Messiah is outlined in this familiar passage. God’s anointed one will exult for joy in the Lord and the wonders he will work.

Second Reading: (1Thess. 5:16-24). Joy marks this Sunday of Advent. In what might be Paul’s earliest letter he concludes with the assurance that who live and die in Christ will be saved. God will not fail those who have been called.

Responsorial Psalm: (Luke 1:46-50,53-54) My soul rejoices in the Lord

The Gospel: (Jn 1: 6-8. 19-28). John’s Gospel opens with a poetic prologue that presents Jesus as the Word of God made flesh. Who is Jesus? And what does his appearance mean is now answered by the witness of John the Baptist


Today we welcome

Fr Kevin Alban, a Carmelite Priest from Aylesford will speak at all masses on the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and there will be 5 priests available for Confession on Sunday 17th @ 3pm. There will be a number of priests available. This is a special opportunity to prepare for the feast of Christmas.

Advanced Notice Of Mass Time Changes

Christmas Eve is on Sunday this year. Fr John is combining the Sunday 9am and 10.30 Masses so there will be ONE Sunday morning Mass at 10am. The Vigil Mass of Christmas will be at 6pm on Sunday evening and Midnight Mass beginning with carols at 11.30. Christmas Day Masses will be at 9am and 10.30



St. Thomas More Club

Christmas Dance 16th Dec. Music by Gerry Kelly. Tickets £6 incl. refreshments, For tickets contact Bob penny on 0208 304 7909. St Thomas More’s Social Club wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. A BIG thank you to those who gave items for the Club’s raffle prizes. These have been a very big help and have helped to raise funds for the club and the charities we support. Thank you again. Bob Penny

Further Opportunities for CONFESSION

Tuesday 19th December – 10.30-11.30am
Wednesday 20th December 10.30-11.30am;
Friday 22nd December 7.30-8.30pm
Saturday 23rd - 12.30-1pm and 6-6.30pm


Christmas Vigil Mass Rehearsals

On 16th and 23rd Dec at 11am. Parts will be allocated to those who wish to take part in the Nativity on the 16th, followed by a dress rehearsal on the 23rd. Everyone is welcome. There is no age limit.!


Ladies Wednesday Club

Christmas Lunch. 20th Dec. @ 7.30pm Info: Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456 Reconvening January 10th 7.30pm



Fr John would like to invite anyone who will be alone on Christmas Day to join him for lunch at the presbytery 2pm. If you would like to do so could you please let Fr John or Jacquie know by 20th December.




Christmas Musicians

Rehearsal Wednesday 7pm. Singers and musicians welcome!! Practices for all Christmas Masses.




Gathering in Liverpool 2018

The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in the Echo Arena, Liverpool, 7-9 September, 2018. Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church The Congress themes:

1. Eucharist
2. Adoration
3. Scripture
4. Ecclesiology – the Church
5. Formation
6. Music
7. Mission

These 7 themes all linked to the centrality of the Eucharist, provide a very rich reservoir of material for reflection and discussion. They can be adapted by parishes so that the prime focus remains at parish community level. The impact of this Congress needs to be absorbed and consolidated in each of our parishes and schools because that is where it matters to every individual person. Congress Prayer Cards have been sent to each parish and are available at the back of the Church, so please take one and keep this Congress in your prayers.

Archbishop Peter Smith


Each Parish in the Deanery will take it in turn to host a 24 hour Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in preparation for the Congress. The Adoration begins at 10am on the First Friday of every month and continues until 10am on Saturday morning. The time of ‘watching’ is arranged in hourly slots. St John Fisher, Bexley has hosted the December Adoration. St John Vianney will be hosting the January Adoration; Blackfen are hosting in February and St Thomas More, Bostall Park is hosting on the First Friday of March. Each Parish is requested to help the ‘hosting’ Parish by volunteering to go to that Parish and watch and pray before the Blessed Sacrament at a chosen time slot. The time slots for St John Vianney are available in the Porch. Do please volunteer for a PRAYER SLOT




Mass attendence on 10th December 2017: 340

Counters -24.12.2017

Tom Breen and Mike Kearns



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2nd-3rd December 2017
9th-10th December 2017
 23rd-24th January 2016