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




Month of April / May 2018 B

Sunday 29th - 5th of Easter b

Thursday 3rd - Sts. Philip and James - Apostles



Sadie Byrne (Wellbeing)

Christine Wilson (RIP)






Bridie O’Halloran (RIP)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Polling Day 07:00 - 22:00 - Enter, leave church by Side Door

Monday 30th

Friday 4th - Blessed Martyrs of England and Wales


John Kelleher (J & A Fanthome)


Cathy Dipre (RIP)(In loving memory)

Tuesday 1st May

Saturday 5th


McDonagh Family – Robert, Annie, Paraic and PJ. (M.Mulkerrin)



Francisco Vega Beauregard (RIP) (Angela and Terry)

Derek and Tracy D’Souza (Anniversary Thanksgiving)

Wednesday 2nd
Sunday 6th - 6th of Easter
Mary Clohessy(Birthday) (Maura McGilligan)



Sr. Carmel O’Shea and all the O’Shea and Cox Family

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Acts 9:26-31). After his encounter with the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus, Soul journey’s to Jerusalem, where he is accepted by the Apostles

Second Reading: (1 John 3:18-24). The writer encourages the community to have confidence in the Lord, who is greater and more understanding than they perhaps imagine.

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 21) You, Lord, are my praise in the great assembly

The Gospel: (Jn 15:1-8). Jesus presents himself as the vine and his disciples as the branches. It is the Father who looks after the vine and its branches and keeps the plant healthy and productive.



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.


Confirmation Celebration

Our Confirmation Candidates will be going on Retreat next weekend the 4th -6th May in preparation for their final celebration on Thursday 10th May with Bishop Pat Lynch at 7.30pm. You are welcome to join them.


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


Ladies Wednesday Club

Information: Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456


Even When

Even when I do not love Him, He loves me,
Even when I forget Him, He remembers me,
Even when I am angered at Him, he is patient with me.
Even when I mistreat Him, He is merciful to me,
Even when I turn my back on Him, He faces me,
Even when I do not pray to Him, He speaks to me,
Even when I am frightened, He reassures me,
Even when I die, I will live in Him in Glory
He is Jesus


Your Help is needed with the parish census!

Can you please help us to deliver the census envelopes in your street/road? They are available for you to collect in the porch area after every mass this weekend. 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.


Food Bank

Thank you for your support, it is very much appreciated. The box for the collection will only be available at the Sunday Masses at the weekend. 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.


Parish May Procession

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


Commissioning of Eucharistic Ministers

For those who have accepted Fr John’s invitation to be Eucharistic Ministers in our Parish there is a special commissioning day for you at Aylesford on Saturday 12 May 10am-4pm with the Mass and Commissioning celebrated by Bishop Paul Mason at 2.30pm. Fr John invites you to a preparatory meeting on Wednesday 9th May at 8pm in the presbytery.


Catechist's Course

A big thank you to all who attended the first night of the course, the overall consensus was that it went well and was very enjoyable. We will be meeting again on Monday 30th April, starting in the Church at 7pm.

A thought

Life is not a matter of milestones but of moments Each moment holds the possibility of a miracle


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.


London Marathon

I completed the marathon in 6 hrs 47 mins on a very hot day. Thank you all for your support. Once I have collected the sponsor money and sent it to the Bexley and Greenwich Community Hospice, I will let you know the total. Thank you again. Eileen Noble.



The 24 hour devotion

The 24 hour devotion of the Blessed Sacrament in May will be at Our Lady of the Rosary 330a Burnt Oak Lane Blackfen DA15 8LW starting on Friday 4th May, Feast of the English Martyrs, with Mass at 5.30pm followed by Exposition with sung Vespers; ending with Benediction on Saturday 5th May before 6.00pm Vigil Mass of Sunday. At 3pm on Saturday we will say the Divine Mercy Prayer


St Thomas More Club
4th May - Friday Night 20:45 - 23:00

Singing and Entertainment with Gerry Kelly. Bring your own nibbles – Raffle and children welcome


Holy Hour

Sunday 6th May at 4pm. Please do your best to attend. A good way to begin Mary’s Month in the presence of her Son.



Reflections on the Place of Mary in our personal lives and in the life of the Church. Fr John has purchased a DVD which has short inputs by very well-known Catholic speakers, male and female, among them Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Dr Sarah Boss, Dr Mary Healy, Fr Jim McManus and Mons. John Armitage Director of the Walsingham Shrine. Fr John encourages you to come along to the Church on May 8th, 15th, 22nd and the 29th starting at 7.30pm. Please spread the word and bring your friends too. A limited number of an accompanying book will be available.


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


Race Night - May 9th, 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 707016


Funeral Details for the Late Rosalie Brennan

May 17th 2018 11.30am Requiem Mass at St Dacid’s Church Abbeywood Estate. The committal will be held at Woolwich Crematorium at 1pm. 



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 today and the next 3 Sundays, to sign up to bring and share your 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. Thank you for your support and co-operation.



Mass attendence on 22nd April 2018: 409

Counters -06.05.2018

Caroline Walters and Melissa Goes