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




Month of June/July 2018 B

Sunday 1st July - 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time b

Thursday 5th - St Anthony Zaccaria - Priest



All Parishioners

Mary Clancy (Mae and Tom McCormack and family)


Don Lonergan (RIP) (Des and Kathleen Leahy)

Monday 2nd

Friday 6th - St Maria Goretti - Virgin and Martyr


Requiem Mass for the late Mrs Ann Hawkins followed by committal at Falconwood Crematorium at 1pm


Michael Malone (RIP) (Lorraine D’Souza)

Tuesday 3rd - St Thomas More - Feast

Saturday 7th


Mr and Mrs Marshall D’Souza (RIP) (D.D)



John lLavene and Michael Deane (RIP) (Mary Conroy)

Barbara Stallard (RIP) (Saturday Readers Team – Lorraine, Laurence and Mandy)

Wednesday 4th - St Elizabeth of Portugal
Sunday 8th July - 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mrs Barbara Stallard (RIP) (Freny)



Carole Frances Tracey (RIP) (Timothy Kay)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Wis. 1:13-15;2:23-24). Emphasises that God destined man for everlasting life and made him in his own image; it was sin that destroyed this plan and brought suffering and death.

Second Reading: (2 Cor. 8:7.9.13-15) Paul tells the Corinthians and us that we who have received so much ought to give to those who do not have nearly as much. In this we have our best example in Christ’s own generosity.

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 29) I will praise you Lord, you have rescued me.

The Gospel: (Mark 5:21-43) Presents Jesus as having power over death and asks us to put fear aside and have faith in him. Faith alone permits the power of Jesus to flow in our lives.



First Communion 2019

If you see St Thomas More Church as your place of worship and your child is in Year 3 or above whether at St Thomas More Primary or at another Primary School, and your wish is for them to be prepared for First Communion next year, please write to Fr. John requesting an application form. Fr John needs to receive the letter before 19th July (the last day of the Summer Term)


Recently Commissioned Eucharistic Ministers

Fr John invites the recently commissioned Eucharistic Ministers to meet him on Wednesday 4th July at 7.30pm in the Presbytery.


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 in the porch of our church. For further info. Contact 0207 403 0888


Peter's Pence (or Denarii Sancti Petri
and "Alms of St Peter")

By reason of the bond of unity and charity, the bishops of the Church with their people, joined together to produce those means which the Holy Father and the Apostolic See need to exercise works of mercy and charity and its service of the Universal Church. The faithful’s offerings to the Holy Father are destined to church needs, humanitarian initiatives and social promotion projects, as well as to the support of the Holy See. The Pope, being Pastor of the whole Church, is attentive to the material needs of poor diocese, religious institutions and faithful in grave difficulties: the poor’ children, the elderly, those marginalised and the victims of war and natural disasters. Concrete aid is thus made available to bishops or diocese in need, to catholic education, assistance, to refugees and immigrants etc. So that we as a parish can help, the wall safe near the entrance to the sacristy which at the moment is marked ‘Flowers’ will be re-named “Peter’s Pence” from now until the end of Sept 2018. Thanks for your generous support.


Marriage Care

Marriage Care is a national Catholic organisation specialising in Marriage Preparation and Relationship Counselling. . If you are interested in joining our friendly team in Blackheath to support couples and individuals in your community we are looking to fill the following roles: Receptionists/Chaperones: We need volunteers who can spare a couple of hours on a weekday evening to meet and greet clients and remain in the venue during counselling sessions. Marriage Preparation Course Facilitators: We will train you for this exciting and fulfilling role. Qualified relationship counsellors: Are you a qualified relationship counsellor with over 150 hours of relationship counselling experience? Would you like to help us in our mission to support clients in distress? You will be part of a team of counsellors and have opportunities to increase your professional knowledge and skills. For more information please go to our website To talk about volunteering at Blackheath Centre please call Diane on 07958 585202. To book counselling or a Marriage Preparation course please call 0800 389 3801.


Readers Guide

Please collect your copy of the July-September from the Sacristy.


Apostleship of the Sea

A Catholic Charity supporting seafarers worldwide. They provide practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality or belief. Port chaplains and volunteer ship visitors welcome seafarers, offer welfare service and advice, practical help, care and friendship. The AoS is Great Britain is part of an international network known to the maritime world as Stella Maris, working in more than 250 ports around the world. 90% of world trade is transported by ship, however the life of a modern seafarer can be dangerous and lonely. They may spend up to a year at a time away from home, separated from their family and loved ones and often working in harsh conditions. The AoS relies wholly on voluntary contributions, and can only continue its work through the generous donation of its supporters, particularly this collection.


St Thomas More Parish Barbecue Saturday 14th July – 7.30pm In Aid of Greenwich and Bexley Hospice

We are looking for sponsors and donations for the barbecue. Raffle Prizes will also be gratefully received and of course your presence is essential to make this a wonderful event. Thank you in advance for your generosity.


A Programme of Healing

Grief to Grace is a specialised 5-day programme of spiritual and psychological healing for anyone who has suffered sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse in childhood, adolescence or adulthood, including those who are the victims of rape, incest or abuse by a member of the clergy. We call it a retreat because for five days you will be in a safe, protected environment and because the process is grounded in the Scriptures, the Sacraments and prayer, enabling you to open your deepest wounds to the healing power of Christ the Divine Physician. However, this retreat programme has also been expertly and lovingly designed to make a path for that healing using therapeutic tools from the most up-to-date psychology and treatment of trauma. The human science of psychology is integrated into a Christian view of the person whose meaning and dignity is deeper than the psyche. Body, mind and spirit are all engaged and cared for. Contact : 0207 937 4297 / 07715647120 or See leaflets in porch


Ladies Wednesday Club

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


Final Call: 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.



Children’s Choir

Parents would you like your child to be part of a parish children’s choir with a view to developing them so they may lead the singing at Mass once a month? Please contact Fr John or Jacquie


Daughters of the Divine Love

Many thanks for your generosity in response to Sr. Kosi’s appeal. The sum of £505.23 was collected and will be forwarded as soon as possible.


Eucharistic Congress Delegates

Tom Breen and Justine Bahunga our delegates will be joining those of the other parishes in St. Stephen’s on Tuesday 3rd at 7.30pm

By Joseph Mary Plunkett

I see his blood upon the rose
And in the stars the glory of his eyes,
His body gleams amid the eternal snows,
His tears fall from the skies.

I see his face i every flower;
The thunder and the singing of the birds
Are but his voice - and carven by his power
Rocks are his written words.

All pathways by his feet are worn,
His strong heart stirs the ever-beating sea,
His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn
His cross is every tree.


Mass attendence on 24th June 2018: 330

Counters -08.07.2018

Dawn Webb and Melissa Goes