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 15th April - 3rdd of Easter b

Thursday 19th



Ruffie Fernandes (Thanksgiving)

Thomas and Eileen Ketley (RIP)






Con Donovan (RIP) (Kathy McGowan)


St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 16th

Friday 20th


Ita McTernan (Wellbeing) (Martin and Bernadette Keaveney)


Mrs Athar Nawab (Wellbeing) (Mr and Mrs Caheny)

Tuesday 17th

Saturday 21st


George Edley (RIP) (Kevin and Cath Fitzpatrick)



Mrs Margaret Connolly (RIP) (Sean and Anne Galloghy)

All Parishioners

Wednesday 18th
Sunday 22nd April - 4th of Easter

Acne McInerney (RIP)

Confirmation Meeting - Restart



Kenneth Ryde (RIP) (Margaret Williams)

Mass for Families

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


First Reading: (Acts 3:13-15,17-19). God raised Jesus from the dead and we are the witnesses.

Second Reading: (1 John 2:1-5). Jesus takes away our sin and the sin of the whole world.

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 4) Life up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

The Gospel: (Lk 24:35-48). It is written the Christ would suffer and die and on the third day rise from the dead..



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.


London Marathon - 22nd April 2018

Eileen Noble, a parishioner of St Thomas More is running the London marathon again this year in aid of the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice. The organisers have told her she is the oldest female runner this year. Please could you consider sponsoring Eileen, the form is in the porch. Many Thanks – Fr John.


Readers Guide

Please collect your ‘Readers Guide’ from the sacristy as soon as possible.


Communion Medetation

The arms of God be about my shoulders, the touch of the
Holy Spirit upon my head,
The sign of Christ’s cross upon my forehead, the sound of
the Holy Spirit in my ears,
The fragrance of the Holy Spirit in my nostrils, the vision of Heaven’s company in my eyes,
The conversation of heaven’s company on my lips, the work
of God’s church in my hand,
The service of God and the neighbours in my feet, a home
for God in my heart
And God, the Father of all, my entire being. Amen
(Breastplate of St Fursey – early Irish)


Parish Census Revisited!

The printing and compiling of the census information in full flow and heart-felt thanks is extended to Mary Hewett and Janette Cousins and their team of willing helpers for preparing the envelopes. Very shortly, we will be appealing for your help and cooperation with the census distribution, but it will just be delivery as there will be a pre-paid envelope included in the outgoing envelope.


Mass for Migrants

In honour of St Joseph the Worker. Monday 7th May at 11am – St George’s Cathedral, Lambeth Road. London SE1. Banner Procession at 10.45. Celebrating the diversity of London, Kent, Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Essex. Everyone Warmly Welcomed If you would like to be a member of the choir, rehearsals will be taking place on 27th April 7pm – 9.30pm. Please let in advance that you are coming. Instrumentalists for the band are also being sort, so let Frances know at the above address.


Food Bank

Our Parish, at the suggestion of the Parish Council has linked up with the Baptist Church on the Broad Way. A collection box will be in the Porch on Saturday evening and during the Sunday Masses, beginning this weekend. We thank Paul Yeates for volunteering to take the donated food items to the Baptist Church on Bexleyheath Broadway. 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.

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.


House Blessing

If you have moved into a new home and would like it blessed, please have a word with Fr John. The same is true if you have been a long-time resident.


A Question for all of us

In our Parish is there someone you know, who has been forgotten or neglected in some way? If you know of anyone, please let Fr John know.


Ladies Wednesday club

18th April 7.30pm Information: Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456


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.


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 - 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


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!!



Parish Faith and culture day

Following a number of comments from parishioners, it has now been decided that we will be celebrating this event on Pentecost Sunday. We aim to have as much diversity as possible at this Mass, so we welcome your suggestions, ideas and input. Please direct them to Fr John.



Mass attendence on 8th April 2018: No Count Recorded

Counters -22.04.2018

Dawn Webb and Melissa Goes