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




Month of May / June 2018 B

Sunday 27th - Most Holy Trinity b

Thursday 31st - Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary




Augustinho Fernandes (RIP)

All Parishioners

First Holy Communion







Requiem Mass: The Late Mr Godfrey Denis Batson Committal at Eltham Crematorium, West Chapel 1pm

St. Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 28th

Friday 1st June - St. Justin, Martyyr


Wlliam McCauley (RIP) (Linda and Family)


Dermot O’Donoghue (RIP)

Tuesday 29th

Saturday 2nd = Ugandan Martyrs



Mary Aikohomu (Well being) (Freny)

The Late Barbara Stallard – Reception into the Church.



Amanda Coutinho (RIP) (Blanche and Ferdie Rodrigues)

Deceased members of the Fanthome Family (John and Ann Fanthome)

Wednesday 30th
Sunday 3rd - Corpus Christi
Requiem Mass: The Late Barbara Stallard Committal at Eltham Crematorium 1pm



Ruby Cookman (RIP) (Meehan Family)

All Parishioners

First Holy Communion


First Reading: (Deut 4:32-34,39-40). In his final sermon, Moses calls on the people to be faithful to the God who has freed them from slavery and to keep his commands.

Second Reading: (Rom 8:14-17). As sons and daughters of God, we are led by the spirit into a life of truth, love, holiness and repentance

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 32) Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

The Gospel: (Mt 28:16-20). Jesus sends his disciples out on mission, commanding them to baptise in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.



Parish Faith and Culture Day

The general consensus is that it was a great occasion in the life of our parish community. It was a wonderful example of what can happen when people work together each making his/hers contribution whether it be by way of prayer, song, food/drink. Dance, sharing talents, time and culture or simply the warmth of the presence. The Good Lord blessed us with beautiful weather and I am sure in many other ways also. So A BIG, BIG THANK YOU to everyone.


Parish Census - Compiling Has Started

Many thanks to Mary Hewett and Janette Cousins and the army of helps who have delivered 11000 envelopes throughout the Parish. Such a mammoth task couldn’t have been done without you. 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.


The Trinity

This mystery of God is beyond us. Our human language is inadequate to express the mystery, as TS Elliott said: Words strain, crack and sometimes break under the burden.


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.


Ladies Wednesday Club

New members always welcome. Information: Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456


Place of Mary

We finished our presentation, last Tuesday evening. It was an informative and inspiring.


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.


Mass of thanksgiving
For 100 years of columbian 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)


Southwark Helping Hands and Greenwich Catholic Fellowship for the Disabled

Monies raised excluding expenses, from the Race Night on the 19th May 2018 Amounted to £1068.00. Thank you so much for your generosity on what was a really great night of fun and laughter. Tony Brook and Jacquie


gift Aid Scheme 2018/19

Gift-aid Envelopes for the financial year 2018/19 will be distributed at all Masses this weekend. If you are currently a member of the scheme please kindly collect your box. The Gift Aid Organiser for the Parish is Prabath Fernando. If you would like to know more about the scheme and are interested in joining please let Prabath or one of the people handing out the boxes at the separate Masses know so that your enquiry can be followed up as soon as possible. For those who pay tax making your weekly offering through the gift aid scheme is a very beneficial way for the Church and the Parish receives an additional 25 pence from the Government for each £1 you donate.



First Communion

The children making their First Communion today are;

Bailey Brooks-Fisher, Sienna Correia
Dylan Delvaille-Sills, Thomas Dunworth
Luke Fernandes, William Glasson
Tom Goddard, Beniamin Haraf
Maxwell Heaney, Louis Matthews
Harrison Palmer, Ralf Pike
Finley Regan, Izabella Smith
Tyler Thompson.

Please keep them all in your prayers


National Eucharist Pilgrimage and Congress

Tom Breen and Justin Bahunga are our delegates and they will be commissioned on Corpus Christi Sunday 3rd Jume 2018 at the 9am Mass.


Parish Council Meeting

Thursday May 31st at 8pm in the Presbytery


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.


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 discovered in recent times.



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.


St John’s Seminary – Wonersh – Can you help?

The Seminary near Guildford (which as been involved in the formation of priests for over 125 years) is looking for some help with the cost of re-decoration and refurbishment of 30 of its bedrooms, which have received little or no upgrading for 40+ years. Many rooms have threadbare or no carpets, and curtains which are close to disintegration. Some of the beds and other furniture started life in the Junior Seminary at mark’s Cross, Sussex which closed in 1970. The Seminary operates on a very tight budget, and there are no funds available for this much needed work which would cost in the region of £2000 per room. If you can help in any way, please send a cheque made payable to St John’s Seminary to: Mgr Gerry Ewing, (Vice-Rector), St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, Guildford Surrey GU5 0QX.





Mass attendence on 20th May 2018: 400

Counters -27.05.2018

Dave Meehan and Joyce Minah