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 2018 B

Sunday 25th February - 2nd Sunday of Lent  b

Thursday 1st March - St David, Bishop, patron of Wales



All Parishioners

Melba Sequeina (RIP) (Muriel D’Souza)

Please return Family Fast Day envelopes



Eileen and Joseph Marshall (RIP) (Norma and Family)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 26th

Friday 2nd - Women's World Day of Prayer


Alex and Melita D’Mello (Thanksgiving)



Dennis Burles (RIP) (Margaret and Phil Kay)

Requiem Mass for Bernedetta Maglione. 13.30 Burial at Brook Street Cemetery

Tuesday 27th

Saturday 3rd


Bob Smith (RIP) (Snashall Family)




Pat Barry (RIP) (Anniversary) (Eileen and Family)

Kathleen and Michael Reynolds (RIP) (Greta Booty)

Servers meeting 11:00 in the Church

Wednesday 28th Monday 4th - 3rd Sunday of Lent

Alex and Tessy D’Souza (RIP) (Muriel D’Souza)

Confirmation Meeting 19:30



Mrs Siobhan Moran (RIP) (Mrs Pat Walsh)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Gen 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18). Abraham’s faith is given the ultimate test in God’s mysterious call to offer his son Isaac.

Second Reading: (Rom. 8:31-34). We may put limits on love, but God did not spare his Son for us, so much did he care for us.

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 115) I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

The Gospel: (Mk 9:2-10). Peter, James and John experience Jesus as the Transfigured Messiah, and at the same time, are told of his upcoming suffering and death.


Transfiguration Sunday

Today is known as Transfiguration Sunday in the life of the Church. It’s a day when we reflect on this unique moment in the life of Christ, and it’s implications for us. This is an unusual story in the Gospels that sticks out from all others. Trans-figuration literally means “change,” “figure or form.” Jesus’ appearance changed miraculously. This carpenter’s son, this man from Galilee, this teacher, this Rabbi became something else. All through the Gospels you begin with an introduction of who Jesus is and little by little, piece by piece, parable by parable, miracle by miracle, you get a more complete picture of who He is. There are hints being dropped along the way about who He is and what He is here to do. Some people catch on quicker than others, but eventually we all see the full picture of Jesus on the cross and leaving an empty tomb. This day on this mountaintop God pulls back the curtain of our understanding for a moment and lets theses few disciples get a picture of just who Jesus is. Richard Rohr


Coffee Morning for the guides and Brownies

Will be available after both 9am and 10.30am. Please give them your support


St. Thomas More Club

St Patrick’s Day Dance 20:00 till Late Adults £5 Children £2. Music by Anne Gee.
Information and tickets please call Bob on 0208 304 7909


Lent: 2nd Week

Last week we noted how prayer i.e. time spent with God takes us out of our self-contained world and life and moves us into the world of the unlimited life of Jesus Christ in the movement of dying to one to rise into the other. Today we look at how FASTING takes us into the same rhythm of dying and rising. Food and drink are about ME, me looking after number one, myself. Yes, I have a duty to look after myself but it can become SELFISH. Instead of eating to live I live to eat. The same can happen with drink. Fasting puts a boundary around the self-satisfaction that comes from eating which is the most common of human activities. The first sin involved eating i.e. eating ‘WRONGLY’. Fasting in Lent is about getting my eating RIGHT i.e. in moderation. It’s not about losing weight but, curbing my tendency to self-indulgence which can happily result in an unsought healthy loss of weight. So we see the dying/rising movement dying in self-indulgence in order to enter into, to rise into the selfless life giving way of Jesus Christ.


Fast Day Prayer

God of Love, maker of all, Transform my heart, through my Lenten Journey Of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Help me to see the dignity In all my brothers and sisters Made in your image and likeness. Inspire me to share the fruits of your creation So that all your people can become artisans Of their own destiny.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Urban Oasis

The Sisters of St Andrew in Lewisham provide ‘a time to chill’, to pause, rest reflect in their urban oasis. Own room, use of the Chapel and gardens, with the possibility to talk to one of the Sisters (Please check availability at time of booking)(Booking essential) Each Wednesday during Lent from 10.30am-1pm, there is a Lenten Journey entitled ‘Women who inspired Jesus.’ Input using Gospel texts and works of art, person quiet time, possibility to use art and creativity. No artistic skills needed. Book for a whole series, or one or more of the mornings. Contact Sisters of St Andrew. 99 Belmont Hill, Lewisham SE13 5DY Tel.No. 0208 852 1662 or email on


Eucharistic Congress, Liverpool.
September 2018

Because, as Catholics, we believe that Christ is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament is given the same adoration and devotion that is accorded to Christ. At the beginning of the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a priest or deacon removes the sacred host from the tabernacle and places it in the Monstrance on the Altar for adoration by the faithful. "Monstrance" is the vessel used in the Church to display the consecrated Eucharistic Host, during Eucharistic adoration or benediction. The word monstrance comes from the Latin word monstrare, meaning "to expose". It is known in Latin as an Ostensorium. When a consecrated host is placed in the monstrance, It is said to be a solemn exposition. When the Monstrance contains the Sacred Host, the priest does not touch it with his bare hands, but instead, holds it with a humeral veil, a wide band of cloth that covers his shoulders (humera) and has pleats on the inside in which he places his hands. At all other times, the reserved Sacrament is kept locked in the Tabernacle, so that the faithful may pray in the presence of the Sacrament.

Stations of the cross

This Sunday and the subsequent Sundays of Lent, there will be Stations of the Cross at 3.30pm, followed by a short period of silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


Greenwich and bexley community hospice

Thank you for your generous donation of £54.94. Every year we care for over 2,500 people with terminal illness and their carers, family and friends. We support the whole family as well as the patient at what can be a very difficult time – whether this is relieving pain and anxiety, enabling people to attend special occasions, or helping families to navigate legal and financial matters. All our care is provided free of charge. You generous support helps us work with more patients.  


Funeral details for the late Mr. Tom Corr

Thursday 15th March. Tom will rest in our church St Thomas More on the night of Wednesday 14th March from 4pm onwards. The Requiem mass will take place on Thursday at 1pm followed by the committal at Eltham Crematorium, West Chapel at 2.30pm.

Funeral details for mrs. mary dean, late of brampton road

Funeral Mass on Tuesday 13th March at 10am followed by committal at Hillview Cemetery at 11.30am



Mass attendence on 18th February 2018: 359

Counters -04.03.2018

Claude L’Olive and Dorothy Nikoi