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




Month of May 2018 B

Sunday 20th - Pentacost Sunday  - Faith & Culture Day b

Thursday 24th


Faith and Culture Mass : All Parishioners Followed by Unity Lunch in the Parish Hall






Gary Payne (Cancer Victim) (Tracey and John)

Monday 21st

Friday 25th


Wlliam McCauley (RIP) (Linda and Family)


Don Lonergan (RIP) (Nuala Shea)

Tuesday 22nd

Saturday 26th


Teresa Martin and Family (Well Being)



Michael and Damian Kirby (RIP) (Ann Kirby)

Molly and Alec Fuller (RIP) (Snashall Family)

Wednesday 23rd
Sunday 27th - Most Holy Trinity
Private Intention



Augustinho Fernandes (RIP)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Acts 2:1-11). St Luke describes the coming of the Holy Spirit that transformed frightened disciples into fearless witness as they proclaimed the Gospel to those who had come to Jerusalem on pilgrimage from other parts of the world.

Second Reading: (1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12,13). Through the gift of the Holy Spirit in Baptism, we who are many have become one body.

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 103) Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

The Gospel: (Jn 20: 19-23). The Spirit is the Easter gift of Jesus to his Church for the forgiveness of sins.




Pentecost marks the end of Eastertide and ushers in Ordinary Time. The Pascal Candle will be placed near the Baptismal Font and will be lit only for Baptisms and funerals.


Parish Faith and Culture Day

Today we celebrate our Parish Faith and Culture Day. We will be sharing prayer, song, worship and food together at the 11am Mass. There will be good weather guaranteed and a ‘Bouncy Castle’ for the children.


Parish Census – Nearly There

Many thanks to those who took away their bundles for delivery over the past three weeks. We have got a few addresses still to be delivered. We will be in the porch after each Mass this week if you could please volunteer. 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.


Catechist’s Course

Our ‘trainee catechists’ will be on Retreat in Aylesford on the 9th June. The title of the Retreat is the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Mary. If any other member of the Parish would like to avail of this opportunity, please let Fr. John or Jacquie know. More details next week.


Ladies Wednesday Club

Next meeting 23rd May at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall. New members always welcome. Information: Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456


Reflections on the Place of Mary in our personal lives and in the life of the Church

We continue our presentation on Tuesday May 22nd at 7.30pm in Our Lady’s Chapel. Thank you for the increased attendance. More are always welcome.


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.


First Communion Celebration

Our first group of 15 First Communicants will be receiving the Eucharist on Sunday May 27th at the 10.30am Mass and the second group of 14 first Communicants will receive the Eucharist on Sunday 3rd June at the 10.30am Mass. Please keep them in your prayers.


St Thomas More Club: Friday Night Entertainment

1st June 2018 8.45-11pm: A night of Singing and Entertainment with Glen Adams. Bring your own nibbles. Children welcome and there will be a raffle.


Mass of Thanksgiving
For 100 years of Columban Mission

Saturday 30th June 2018 at St. George’s Cathedral, Lambeth Road. SE1 6HR 12.30pm. Followed by refreshments in the Cathedral’s Amigo Hall. (Nearest Tube is Lambeth North on the Bakerloo Line) All Welcome (See flyers available in the porch).



Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Spirit of God, on the waste and the Darkness
Hov’ring in power as creation began,
Drawing forth beauty from clay and from chaos,
Breathing God’s life into the nostrils of man.
Come and sow life in the waste of our being,
Pray in us, form us as children in the Son.
Open our hearts to yourself, mighty Spirit,
Bear us to life in the Three who are One.


Details of the Funeral for the Late Mrs Barbara Stallard

Tuesday 29th May 4.30pm – Reception into the Church. Requiem Mass Wednesday 30th May 11.30am. Committal at Eltham Crematorium 1pm Details of the Funeral for the Late Mr Godfrey Denis Batson. Thursday 31st May 11.30 - Requiem Mass Committal at Eltham Crematorium, West Chapel 1pm


National Shrine of St Jude Summer Celebration: 26th May 2018 in Faversham

11am Devotions with Anointing
12 noon -1pm Picnic in the grounds (Bring your own) and opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
1.30pm Open air Mass
2.30pm St Jude procession.

Whitefriars, 35 Tanners Street, Faversham, Kent


A Day with Mary: St Anselm, West Hill,
Dartford Saturday 26th May 2018.

The Day begins at 10am with the Procession of Our lady, Angelus, Crowning, Sung Litany Mass in honour of Our lady. The fiver Joyful Mysteries. 12.15 Lunch break. 1.15 Exposition. 3.30 Tea break and 4.14pm Sermon by Fr. Linus Clovis concluding with Benediction and enrolment in the Brown Scapular and Miraculous Medal. See poster in the porch.


Advance Notice

The Lesnes Abbey Procession of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Sunday afternoon of June 24th at 3pm. Children who have celebrated their First Holy Communion here at St Thomas More will join with First Communicants from other parishes in the Deaneries of Bexley and Greenwich. It has been a very special day since 1970 . It takes place on the site of the ruins of an Augustinian Monastery founded in reparation for the murder of St. Thomas a Beckett in Canterbury Cathedral. It was sacked during the reign of King Henry VIII. Incidentally, the Monks were the first to try curb the flooding of the Thames River. In the woods behind the Ruins, shark’s teeth were



The Guides wish to thank you for your great support in helping to raise £170 for 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.


Bexley Deanery Retreat
Friday 28th September - 30th September 2018

It has for a number of years been a very enjoyable, restful and refreshing spiritual experience for all participants. It is highly recommended. So ‘Go For It.’ Booking forms are available in the porch.


London Marathon

Thanks to the generosity of the people who sponsored me in this year’s London Marathon, I have been able to send £1410 to the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice. Many thanks for all your support. Eileen Noble.





Mass attendence on 6th April 2018: 400

Counters -27.05.2018

Tom Breen and Mike Kearns