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 25th March - Palm Sunday b

Thursday 29th





Alex and Melita D’Mello (Thanksgiving)

Anthony Fernandes (RIP) (1st Anniversary)(Appy and Family)

Palms Blessed at all Masses. Procession at 10.30am Stations of the Cross followed by Adoration 3.30pm




No Morning Mass - No Lunch Club today


Ann Bridget Kerin (RIP) (Margaret Williams)


Monday 26th

Friday 30th - Good Friday


Ann Grisewood (RIP) (Brennan)

No Mass - Children's Stations 10:00

Walk of Witness - 12:00 Noon

Good Friday Service 15:00

Prayer round the Cross 19:00 - 20:00

Tuesday 27th

Saturday 31st - Vigil Mass 20:30


Peter Marion (RIP)(Caheny)


Paul Martin (RIP) (Ann Pike)

Wednesday 28th
Sunday 1st April - Easter Sunday

Michael Malone (RIP)

Confirmation Meeting 19:30



Lucia Zambojova (The start of her journey in Religious Life)

Gertie Prendergast (RIP)(Prendergast family)


First Reading: (Is.50:4-7). The Servant Prophet is steadfast in proclaiming the word of consolation.

Second Reading: (Phil 2:6-11). The mystery of Jesus’ Cross shows the road to universal exaltation amidst the depths of human suffering.

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 21) My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

The Gospel: (Mk 14:1-15:47). The Passion Narrative is the key stone which holds the whole Gospel story together.


Children's Statoins of the Cross

Good Friday 10am gathering. This beautiful Service is led by the children. Children of ALL ages are very welcome.


Washing of the Feet

We invite a group of parishioners, representative of our parish community, young, old, children, men, women to take part in the washing of the feet on Holy Thursday. The number is not restricted to twelve – more are welcome. Please put your name on the list in the porch Good Friday – Is a day of fasting and abstinence.


Holy Week posters are available in the porch

Please take one and place where it can be seen by the public.(Please fold back the words “He is Risen” until Easter Sunday).


Easter Offerings

The Parish Council remind you that your offerings on Ester Sunday are your gift to the priest. Those parishioners who are part of the gift Aid Scheme will have a designated envelope. For those not part of the scheme, separate envelopes are available in the porch


The Easter Triduum

During the sacred Triduum (the word comes from the Latin ‘three days), we come together to celebrate the heart of our faith – the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ came to show us the meaning and purpose of life. In his own life on earth he revealed to men and women what it is to be fully human as God created us to be. He showed us how to live, how to relate to one another, how to build a relationship with our heavenly Father. In his death, burial and resurrection, he confirmed to men and women that what he had revealed, what he had promised was true. • This is God’s world and he has power over all life and death. • Nothing that can happen to us in life or death can separate us from God’s love for us. • In death, life is changed, not ended



Requiem Mass for the Late Mrs Jean Ada Maud Glenny

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 11th April 2018 at St Thomas More Church at 10am. The committal will be held at Eltham Crematorium at 11.45am


Cakes on Palm Sunday

The Guides will be hosting a cake stall in the Porch following the 10.30 Mass on Palm Sunday 25th March for their trip to Switzerland in 2019.


Improving your Marriage

A Marriage Encounter Weekend is an opportunity for a husband and wife to deepen and renew their relationship. It’s a weekend for couples with average/good marriages to help them make them a bit better. Many couples have been enriched by such a weekend. Here is your opportunity to join them: On April 28/29 there will be a marriage encounter weekend (not residential) in Purley, Croydon at St Margaret Roper primary School. More details from Philip and Mary Pond on 0208 651 2477 or


Parish census revisited

Plans are afoot to make a new census of our parish community. The last one having been created in 2004. Obviously we will be appealing for your help and cooperation with the census information, but it will just be delivery as there will be a pre-paid envelope included in the outgoing envelope. On the last occasion you did great work in distributing the forms and I am sure it will be equally good this time, or even better.


New Sanctuary Lamp

Thanks to a generous family a new Lamp is installed in our Sanctuary at a lower level making it more visible as sign and reminder of Jesus’ presence in the Blessed Sacrament. Thank you very much for your gift to our parish.


Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress, Liverpool
7th - 9th September 2018

Our Parish delegates are Justin Bahunga and Tom Breen. They will be attending on behalf of our parish the next preparation session entitled ‘Sacred Scripture and the Eucharist’ in the Sacred Heart Church, Wimbledon on Thursday April 12th.Please keep them in your prayers and also pray our Diocese of Southwark Prayer. Copies in card


Chrism Mass

Wednesday March 28th. Fr John will be attending this Mass during which the Priests of the Diocese renew their priestly promises and the oils for Baptism, Confirmation and Ordination are blessed and consecrated. These oils will be received in every parish on Holy Thursday Night
Guild of st. Stephen
Archdiocese of soutwark

41st Altar Servers Annual Rally held at The Friars, Aylesford Priory, Kent. Monday 7th May 2018. Sung Mass 11.30am. Principal Celebrant Bishop Paul Mason. Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark .

St Thomas More Club

2018 Membership Fees £5 are now due. Some members still have not paid 2017 Fees. I am sure this is an oversight. Fees can be paid in the Club on Friday night. Many Thanks for your support. Bob Penny.

New Sound System

The possibility of acquiring a new sound system was discussed at the Parish Council on Thursday and we are awaiting some quotes.

Additional Church Lights

Four new lights have been fitted giving more light towards the back of our Church. Hopefully Fr John will be able to see all very clearly even when it is dark outside.

Advance Notice
Mass of thanksgiving

For 100 Years of Columban Mission. Saturday 30th June 2018. 12.30pm at St George’s

Lent Opportunities For The Sacrament Of Reconciliation

Friday 23rd March at 7.30pm St Mary of the Crays, Crayford. Monday 26th March 7.30pm at Our lady of the Angels, Erith. Tuesday 27th March 7.30pm at St Lawrence’s, Sidcup. Wednesday 28th March at 7.30pm St Thomas More, Bostall Park.

Commissioning Day for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Our thanks to the parishioners who have accepted to be prepared for this very important ministry in our parish. Their commissioning day is Saturday May 12th at Aylesford. Further details later.

Mass for families and Newly baptised:
April 22nd at 10:30

We are celebrating a special Mass for those Baptised in 2017 and 2018 and their families. The children will be presented with a commemorative certificate on the day. We will keep you posted for the details.


Ladies Wednesday Club

Information: Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456.


Advanced Notice Mass of Thanksgiving:

For 100 Years of Columban Mission. Saturday 30th June 2018. 12.30pm at St George’s


Mass attendence on 18th March 2018:

Counters -01.04.2018

Bernie and Brendan Fernandes