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




Month of June 2018 B

Sunday 10th June - 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time b

Thursday 14th




All Parishioners

Stephen Lynch (RIP- Anniversary) (Geraldine and Tom Headon)

The Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Peter for Corpus Christi will be read this Sunday.









Requiem Mass for the late Maurice de Silva. Committal at Hither Green Crematorium

Committal at Hither Green Crematorium


Sorry, No Lunch Club today

Monday 11th - St. Barnabus - Apostle

Friday 15th


Barbara Stallard(RIP) (Liz Woodward)


Don Lonergan (RIP)

Tuesday 12th

Saturday 16th


Ruby Cookman (RIP) (Kath McGowan)



Barbara Stallard (RIP) (Mary and Richard Shortall)

David Doherty (RIP) (Elizabeth Worsley)

Wednesday 13th - St. Anthony os Padua
Sunday 17th - 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Albert Goddard (RIP) (John and Tracey James)

Reception into the Church for the Late Maurice de Silva.



Tom and Rose Loughnane (RIP) (Meehan Family))

Maurice de Silva (RIP) (Muriel D’Souza)

Day of prayer for the sacredness of human life


First Reading: (Gen.3 9-15). Adam and Eve fear to meet God face to face

Second Reading: (2 Cor. 4:13-5:1). Paul reminds us that our life is as fragile as a tent in a high wind, but there is a heavenly dwelling waiting for us at the end.

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 129) With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

The Gospel: (Mt 3:20-25). Jesus rejects the charge that it through the agency of Satan that he casts out demons.



Requiem Mass for the late Mrs Rosette Hull

Requiem Mass for the late Mrs Rosette Hull Friday 29th June at 12.30 followed by burial at Plumstead Cemetery 2pm. Requiem Mass for the late Mrs Anne Hawkins Monday 2nd July at 11am followed by committal at Falconwood Crematorium at 1pm.



Realising that I will be 82 on September 4th, I wrote to Archbishop Peter, expressing my desire to retire from parish duties. In due course he wrote saying he was happy for that to happen, adding that a Priest would be coming to take my place. He has since written to say that he has appointed Fr. Jonathon Routh as Parish Priest of St Thomas More Parish. Fr Jonathon is currently Chaplain to St George’s Hospital, Tooting. He will take up his new post on October 2nd 2018 and he plans to visit the Parish sometime over the coming months. I will not be taking holidays until the end of September.

Fr. John


Children’s Liturgy Helpers Needed

We are still in need of people who can help set up for the ‘Children’s Liturgy at the 9am Sunday Mass. You would be needed once a month from 8.45am. If you think you would like to help please speak to Fr. John or a member of the team or contact Cecilia on 07930 658785


Food Bank

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.


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)


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.


Still to be claimed: Race Night Winning Horses

Race One was won by ‘Lunar Moona’, owned by Lunar Greenfield. Race Four was won by ‘Precious’ owned by Charles Ogazi; Race Five was won by ‘Abimill’ owned by Tracy D’Souza. Please collect your prize from Fr. John. Thanks again for your support.


Parish Memorial Book

Jacquie has been compiling the Memorial Book and the Parish Council commissioned Fr John and Michael Kearns to create a stand within the church, where it could be permanently positioned. If you have a family member who was part of our Parish who died in the past or recently and you would like that person to be included, please give their name to Jacquie or Fr. John, accompanied with a photograph or memorial booklet, if possible. Following consultation, the Book will be positioned permanently on the Altar in the Lady Chapel.



The Co-Workers of St. Teresa of Calcutta

The Co-Workers of St. Teresa of Calcutta –are holding a coffee morning in the Church hall this Sunday 3rd June 2018 after the 9am Mass. Please come and support us.


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

As you will no doubt know the above ‘kicked in’ on May 25th. It affects the way in which personal data may or may not be stored, managed and protected. For example, we may not ask for prayers for a sick person without first having got the consent of the person in question or the consent from an authorised person. Consent is also needed with regard to putting in the newsletter information that Mass or prayers are being offered for the wellbeing of a named person. Consent is not required for people already on our sick list and if Mass or prayers are offered for somebody who has died, the name of the person can be published. Fr. John is considering how he can best give you the opportunity to express your consent if you wish to give your consent. Further clarification to come.



The Guides will 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. We thank you for your ongoing support.


Advanced 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 .


Al-Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. A Meeting will be held every Wednesday at 7pm starting on June 20th in the porch of our church. For further info. Contact 0207 403 0888


Bexley Deanery Retreat
Aylesford 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.


Reverence in Church

Fr John wonders if there is a danger that we might be losing it a bit. He asks ‘are conversations becoming frequent before Mass?’ Perhaps the following might be a helpful guide:

Before Mass; speak to God.
During Mass; Allow God to speak to you.
After Mass; Speak to one another.


Ladies Wednesday Club

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


Daughters of the Divine Love

The Sisters are visiting our Parish on the weekend of the 23rd/24th June to give a short reflection on the vocation of being a missionary that belongs to us all by virtue of our baptism and the implications of that. See poster in Church Porch.


Communion Reflection:
Extract from the Litany of the Sacred Heart

Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High
Heart of Jesus; full of goodness and love.
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love.
Heart of Jesus, King and centre of all hearts
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received.




Mass attendence on 3rd June 2018: not recorded

Counters -17.06.2018

Bernie and Brendan Fernandes