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




Month of April 2018 B

Sunday 8th April - 2nd of Easter - Divine Mercy b

Thursday 12th - St Martin I Pope and Martyr



Desmond Rodrigues (RIP) (Ferdie and Blanche Rodrigues)

Kathleen Fitzpatrick (RIP) (Fitzpatrick Family)






No Morning Mass
No Lunch Club today - Lunches restarts 12th April

Edward Ryde. The committal will be at Eltham Crematorium

Monday 9th - Annunciation of the Lord

Friday 13th - Our Lady


Charles Goddard (RIP)(Sylvia Jennings)


Bridie Curran (Wellbeing) (Kathy McGowan)

Tuesday 10th

Saturday 14th


Packie Sweeney (RIP)(In loving memory)



Maureen Grace (RIP) (Ann Kirby)

Kathleen Penny(Wellbeing) (Linda Penny)

Wednesday 11th
Sunday 15th April - 3rd of Easter


Requiem Mass for the late Mrs Jean Ada Maud Glenny

The committal will be at Eltham Crematorium 

No Confirmation Meeting - Restart 18th April



Ruffie Fernandes (Thanksgiving)

Thomas and Eileen Ketley (RIP)

1st Communion Meetings Restart - 09:00-09:15


First Reading: (Acts 4:32-35). The Christian Community is one in heart and soul.

Second Reading: (1 John5:1-6). Anyone begotten by Christ has overcome the world.

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 117) Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

The Gospel: (Jn 20:19-31). The risen Lord and God appears again.



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.


St George's Dance - 21st April 2018

St Thomas More Church Hall. 8pm until late. Tickets £5 Music by Glen Adam – Bring your own nibbles.


Message from Fr. John

I wish to thank you all for your participation in the Holy Week services. My thanks to all who helped prepare the Liturgy, thanks for the Servers, the musicians and the choir and not forgetting Mrs Pauline Lord and the flower arrangement team and Rebecca who singlehandedly cleans our Church every week. Once again Happy Easter.


I am the great sun
From a normandy crucifix of 1632 - Charles Causley

I am the great sun, but you do not see me,
I am your husband, but you turn away.
I am the captive, but you do not free me,
I am the captain but you do not obey.
I am the truth, but you do not believe me,
I am the city where you will not stay.
I am your wife, your child, but you will leave me,
I am that God to whom you will not pray.
I am your counsel, but you will not hear me,
I am your lover whom you will betray.
I am the victor, but you will not cheer me,
I am the holy dove whom you will slay.
I am your life, but if you will not name me,
Seal up your soul with tears, and never blame me.


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.


Mass in celebration of the sacrament of marriage

Mass in celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage at St George’s Cathedral on 16th June 2018. If you are celebrating your 1st/10th/25th/40th/50th/60th+ wedding anniversary this year and would like to attend the Mass then please put your name on the form in the porch. The cut-off date for registering is fast approaching!!


Food Bank

Our Parish, at the suggestion of the Parish Council has linked up with the Baptist Church on the Broad Way. After Easter, a collection box will be in the Porch on Saturday evening and during the Sunday Masses. We thank Paul Yeates for volunteering to take the donated food items to the Baptist Church on Bexleyheath broad Way The food items that are being asked for particularly are SQUASH DRINKS; TINS OF TUNA; NOODLES (ALL KINDS); SPONGE PUDDINGS; PASTA SAUCES (ALL FLAVOURS). Next weekend at all Masses, there will be a box in the porch to receive your food donations.

Message from Fr. John

I wish to thank you all for your participation in the Holy Week services. My thanks to all who helped prepare the Liturgy, thanks for the Servers, the musicians and the choir and not forgetting the flower arrangement team and Rebecca who singlehandedly cleans our Church every week. Once again Happy Easter.


Catechist's Course

We are beginning our course for those interested in becoming catechists on Monday April 23rd @ the Presbytery. The course will consist of 4 sessions concluding with a mini retreat. If you are interested, no previous experience is necessary nor preferred age group, as the course is to help discover both our own faith and to whom we may feel enabled to pass it on to.


Guild Of St Stephen Archdiocese Of Southwark

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 .


Parish May Procession

Sunday 13th May in conjunction with the 10.30am Mass.


Race Night - May 19th, 20:00 - Till Late

In support of the Parish HCPT Group led by Tony Brook and Southwark helping Hands who take people with all forms of life limiting conditions to Lourdes at Easter and in the Summer Your support over the years has been invaluable and both groups are extremely grateful because without your generous support, those for whom this ‘Holiday with Mary’ is so valued may not be able to enjoy. Tickets, horses etc can be got from Tony Brook nearer the date. If you have a small business or restaurant etc and wish to purchase advertising space on the programme Tony can be contacted on 07833


New Pascal Candle Stand

Created from wood salvaged from the trees that were cut down in the church grounds, will be used for the first time this Easter. The older stand which has served the purpose for many years is in need of some repair. Have you seen it? What do you think of the craftsmanship from a lump of home-grown timber?


A day for singers and musicians at
Hartley Hall, Catford
Saturday 28th April - 10:00 - 16:00

An invitation has been extended to all our parish singers and musicians at all Masses to join the Lewisham choir for a day of liturgical music lead by the SE catechetical advisor from the Diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation. All are welcome even if you aren’t yet a member of the Parish Choirs, but are interested in learning some new music and skills. There is also a shared lunch. Please speak either to Jacquie or Fr John if you are interested. Transport can be arranged as parking in Catford is horrendous so please let us know ASAP to allow for a little forward planning.



Parish Faith and culture day

last year 2017, we celebrated our DAY on Sunday October 8th with Mass at 11am. It was a great day in the life of our Parish. Some weeks later it struck Fr. John that really Pentecost Sunday is the ideal day for such a celebration as on that day there were many nationalities together in Jerusalem, Greeks, Romans, Cretans, and Elamites etc. So, the proposal is that for 2018 we celebrate our Parish Faith and Culture Day on Pentecost Sunday May 20th with Mass at 11am. Fr John would welcome parishioner’s views.



Mass attendence on 1st April 2018:

Counters -15.04.2018

Antonio Andrade Dave Goode