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 22nd April - 4th of Easter - World Day of Prayer for Vocations b

Thursday 26th



Kenneth Ryde (RIP) (Margaret Williams)

All parishioners (see detail below)






Winnie McCauley (RIP) (Dipre Family)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Reception into Church for the late Michael Joseph Healy

Monday 23rd

Friday 27th


Tony Loftus (RIP) (M.Mulkerrin)



Requiem Mass for the late Michael Joseph Healy

Committal, Hither Green Crematorium, Verdant Lane Catford

Tuesday 24th

Saturday 28th - St Peter Chanel (Priest and Martyr)


Alfie McQuillan (RIP) (Kathleen and Des leahy)



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

All Parishioners

Wednesday 25th - St Mark, Evangelist
Sunday 29th April - 5th of Easter
George Edley (RIP) (Ellen Gilliagan)



Sadie Byrne (Wellbeing)

Christine Wilson (RIP)

2nd Collection for the maintenance of St George's Cathedral


First Reading: (Acts 4: 8-12). The name of Jesus is the only name by which we can be saved.

Second Reading: (1 John 3:1-2). We shall see God as he truly is.

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 117) The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.

The Gospel: (Jn 10: 11-18). The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.



Funeral Details for teh late Mrs Bertha Barbara O'Callahan
May 11th, 2018

The committal will be held at Eltham Crematorium West Chapel at 11.30am Funeral details for the Late Rosalie Brennan May 17th 2018 11.30am Requiem Mass. The committal will be held at Woolwich Crematorium at 1pm.


Mass for families an newly baptised

We welcome to our celebration today, those who were baptised in 2017 and 2018 and their families. The children will be presented with a commemorative certificate.


Missio - Red Box Collection

Missio – Red Box collection is now due. Please bring your box to the Repository or wait for your collector to call. Thank you. Last year’s total was £958.14. Thanks for your generosity


God I need you

Come soften my heart to love and forgive those around me.
Come inspire my work to always find a creative solution and to work with passion.
Come protect my thoughts and change the way I think from worry to hope.
Come restore my self-worth, when I am low come remind me of who I am and set me free.
Come direct my life, guide me through each situation and lead me back when I get lost.
God I need you, In every area of my life.
Soften me, inspire me, protect me, rest me, and direct me each day.


Parish Census Revisited!

We are now at the stage of labelling the envelopes for delivery, we will be appealing for your help and cooperation with the distribution, in the street/road where you live. An announcement will be made at all Masses next week. If you live outside the Parish boundary but you consider St Thomas More your parish, then please take a form with you and return it to the presbytery on completion as soon as possible by post or by hand. Thank you.


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). FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES WOULD ALSO BE VERY GRATEFULLY RECEIVED.


Ladies Wednesday Club

Information: Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456


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.


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.



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


Guides - Cake Sale

Guides – Cake Sale Sunday 29th April. The Guides will be providing their wonderful baked goods after Mass to help them raise the funds for equipment for their trip to Switzerland next year. They will also be hosting a BEETLE DRIVE on the 21st June 6pm – 8pm in the church hall. This is a fun evening, the rules will be explained on the night. The evening is always lively and there are prizes available along with refreshments and a raffle.



Parish Faith and culture day

In preparation for our ‘unity lunch’ following the Mass on Pentecost Sunday, 20th May at 11am, members of the team will be asking you to sign up to bring and share you a dish for the day. Financial contributions are welcome, but we are hoping that you could contribute food rather than money. We will also be looking for people to contribute to the Mass either by volunteering to read a bidding prayer in your native language or suggest a hymn that you think would be appropriate for the celebration which you can teach the choir.



Mass attendence on 15th April 2018: No Count Recorded

Counters -29.04.2018

Caroline Walters and Melissa Goes