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




Month of March 2018 B

Sunday 4th March - 3rd Sunday of Lent b

Thursday 8th - St John of God



Mrs Siobhan Moran (RIP) (Mrs Pat Walsh)

All Parishioners



Mrs Peggy Brennan (Wellbeing) (Mae and Thomas McCormack)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 5th

Friday 9th - St Francis of Rome


Catherine Meehan (RIP)


Pat and Geoff Oldroyd 55th Wedding Anniversary

Tuesday 6th

Saturday 10th


Veronica Clarke’s Mum (RIP) (Margaret and Phil Kay)



Fr Christopher Basden (Wellbeing (D’Silva)

Abigail and Amelia D’Souza (Thanksgiving)

Wednesday 7th - Sts Perpetua and Felicity Monday 11th - 4th Sunday of Lent

Molly and Alec Fuller (Snashall Family)

Confirmation Meeting 19:30



All Parishioners

Trish Mulvihill (RIP)


First Reading: (Ex 20:1-17). The 10 Commandments form part of God’s covenant given to Moses for the Jewish people. Its challenge begins with the first commandment to avoid any false gods in their lives.

Second Reading: (1 Cor 1:22-25). With the death of God’s son on a cross as a common criminal, God’s foolishness is proved its wiser than human wisdom

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 18) You Lord have the message of eternal life

The Gospel: (Jn 2:13-25). Jesus has come to embody the New Covenant, now centred on his person.


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: 3rd Week

Almsgiving the third spiritual growth promotor. Here the dynamic is the same. Dying to my tendency to hoard, to surround myself with “things”. Consumerism in the TV ads tells me I owe it to myself to have this or that. It is not that I need it; I am told I should have the newest. I get it and then in a short time I forget I have it and then I go out and get more of what I don’t need and so it goes on. Almsgiving is not about making myself destitute it is about sharing with the person who is in need. If we all do this we will all have enough, all having what we need. Almsgiving helps us to die to “The wanting more” selfish syndrome that may grow into sharing, giving life lived by Jesus. Again DYING to LIVE. Lent is a time for noticing; noticing what is going on in my life. To notice I need to slow down, to “stop and stare” at my life. To try to see myself as God sees me. This suggestion might seem scary, being before the gaze of God, who sees me as I am. His focus is always what is good in me. He sees the potential. He wants to release. Yes, he sees my sins such as they are, whatever He sees, He sees in Love. Fear not I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name. You are mine.

Reflection Day for Ministers of the Word and of the Eucharist

This will take place at St Stephen’s Church, Welling on Saturday 10th March at 10am-4pm. From 12-1pm there will be Eucharistic Adoration with opportunity for Confession and there will be Mass at 3pm celebrated by Bishop Pat Lynch, though it is lent, you may bring your own lunch!! All ministers are requested to make a special effort to be present. 


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


Funeral Details For The Late Kelly Austen

The funeral will take place at Eltham Crematorium on Thursday 22nd March at 4pm.


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.


When I say, "I am a Christian"

I'm not shouting, "I’ve been saved!"
I'm whispering, "I get lost!
That's why I chose this way".

When I say, "I am a Christian"
I don't speak with human pride
I'm confessing that I stumble -
Needing God to be my guide

When I say, "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong
I'm professing that I'm weak
And pray for strength to carry on.

When I say, "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success
I'm admitting that I've failed
And cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say, "I am a Christian"
I don't think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
Asking humbly to be taught.

When I say, "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are all too visible
But God believes I'm worth it.

When I say, "I am a Christian"

I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache,
Which is why I seek His name.

When I say, "I am a Christian"
I do not wish to judge
I have no authority...

I only know I'm loved

By Carol Wimmer



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 7pm 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 the Late Mrs Naomi Frost

The funeral of Naomi Frost will take place at Eltham Crematorium on Friday 23rd March at 2.30pm

St Thomas More Club

St Patrick’s Day Dance 17th March 8pm til Late Adults £5 Children £2. Music by Anne Gee. Information and tickets please call Bob on 0208 304 7909

Oxfam Crisis
The Attack of Overseas Aid

A quarter of a million poor people paid the price within a few days after THE TIMES published its expose of parties with prostitutes held by a few OXFAM aid workers in disaster torn Haiti in 2011. OXFAM’s partner The SWEDISH INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AGENCY swiftly announced it was suspending funding for a joint project which benefits 250,000 people in Iraq, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo…. OXFAM made serious mistakes. Its peers in other aid agencies accept that. Yet, they are also convinced that the timing and the ferocity of the criticism of the charity is a deliberate strategy, and is part of a wider attack on overseas aid. Half a dozen senior figures in the ‘Aid’ world told me that OXFAM was being attacked because of its political campaigning. “The ‘Right’ hates OXFAM and this is because it is a voice for the voiceless”. “It doesn’t just help poor people, it asks why they are poor”. The first TIMES story – one in no fewer than 50 anti-OXFAM articles it published over just 10 days – came just as the new ‘darling of the Conservative Right’, the prominent parliamentarian Catholic, Jacob Rees-Mogg presented a petition to Downing Street on behalf of a Daily Express ‘crusade’ entitled “Stop the foreign aid madness” – a sentiment that runs counter to decades of Catholic Social Teaching on Aid endorsed by Popes Paul VI, John Paul 11 and Benedict XVI. Pope Francis has preached “responsibility for the poor and the marginalised must be an essential element of any political decision.” By contrast, the Tory Right wants, under cover of ‘austerity’, to slash the Aid budget and the commitment enshrined in Law by David Cameron to give 0.7% of our national income to help the world’s poorest people. Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State for International Development, says she will suspend new funding to OXFAM until it demonstrates that it is capable of exhibiting “moral leadership”. That notion brought a wrye smile to aid workers like Maggie Black, the author of the official history of OXFAM, who pointed out the irony of a demand for moral behaviour from a Government which supplies the ‘made in Britain’ bombs currently raining down on OXFAM’s work with the poor people of Yemen. Extract from article by Paul Vallely in The Tablet Feb 24th 2018


Mass attendence on 25th February 2018: 410

Counters -11.03.2018

Tom Breen and Mike Kearns