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 17th June - 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time b

Thursday 21st




Anne Hawkins (RIP) (Kathy Dersley)

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

Day of prayer for the Sacredness of Human Life. 2nd Collection Holy Hour: 4pm- 5pm


Rosette Hull (RIP)

Monday 18th

Friday 22nd - Sts John Fisher and Thomas More, Martyrs


Remdios Dias (D.D.)



Kathleen O’Hara (RIP) (Kath and Des Leahy

Mass will be celebrated in St Thomas More School at 2pm in honour of Sts John Fisher and Thomas More. The new school chapel will be blessed also.

Tuesday 19th

Saturday 23rd


Mary Woodhouse (RIP) (Kathleen McLaughlin)



Nora Brearty (RIP) (Sasha Williams)

Christine Wilson (RIP)(Doreen and Anthony Wilson)

Wednesday 20th
Sunday 24th - 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mrs Mary Campbell (RIP) (Nuala Shea)


Paraic Mulkerrin (RIP) (M. Mulkerrin)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Ezek.17:22-24). Just as a cutting from a tree will grow into a new tree when properly planted in good soil, the exiled people of Israel will take root again in good soil of the Promised Land.

Second Reading: (2 Cor. 5:6-10). Paul describes human life as an exile from our true home In death we will return to the family home.

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 91) It is good to give you thanks, O Lord.

The Gospel: (Mt 4. 26-34). Just as a tiny mustard seed grows into a mighty shrub that provides a home for many kinds of birds, the Church will grow from its small beginnings and become a home for all nations.



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


Fathers and Grandfathers Day!

Today we give thanks to God for them and for the blessings in life received through them. In some instances there may well have been hurt which calls for forgiveness and reconciliation. May the spirit in Jesus empower us to forgive and be reconciled. Amen


Fr Sean Hearty funeral arrangements.

Fr Sean’s requiem Mass will be celebrated in the Good Shepherd Church, 25 Dunley Drive, New Addington, CR0 0RG on Thursday July 5th at 12 noon. Fr Sean died on 2nd June 2018. May he rest in peace.


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


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.



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.


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.


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.


Our Lady of Grace, Charlton Job Vacancy

Teaching Assistant Required for September 2018. Grade APT&C Scale2/Scale 3 (depending on qualifications. 39 weeks per year – 5 days per week. Closing date Thurs. 21st June Interviews Tues. 26th June.


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


Ladies Wednesday Club

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


Still to be claimed: Race Night Winning Horses

Race One was won by ‘Lunar Moona’, owned by Lunar Greenfield. Please collect your prize from Fr. John. Thanks again for your support.

St Thomas More primary School Chapel Blessing Invitation

If you made a gift or a donation whether anonymously or otherwise you are invited to the Mass and the blessing of the new school chapel. Please make contact with Fr John or Mrs Doran-Hannon so that seat arrangements can be made. Weather permitting the Mass will be celebrated out of doors

Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the blind see.

Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales DAY FOR LIFE

This year the Day of Life will focus on all those who are suffering or have survived human trafficking and modern slavery. It provides an opportunity to pray, reflect and to choose the ways in which action, as well as practical and emotional support can ensure the dignity of human life is upheld at every stage of a person’s life. As Pope Francis has said, “The trade in human beings violates the God given dignity of so many of our brothers and sisters, and constitutes a true crime against humanity.” Jesus also tells us, “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” (Jn.10:10) Many people do not have life to the full because they are traded as objects and not recognised as persons. They have fallen victim to the scourge of human trafficking and modern slavery which are an assault on a person’s innate human dignity. Furth information is to be found on Santa Marta website ( ) Parishioners are asked to support the crucial work of Day for Life by your generosity to the collection which is taken today. This enables the Church to fund Anscombe Bioethics Centre (Formerly the Linacre Centre for Heathcare Ethics), as well as projects which work to protect life at every stage and in every condition. Please visit and encourage others to visit from Bishop John Sherrington. Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster


Mass attendence on 10th June 2018: 297

Counters -24.06.2018

Janette Cousins and Rukee Pereira