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




Month of July 2018 B

Sunday 8th July - 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time b
Apostleship of the Sea - 2nd Collection

Thursday 12th



Carole Frances Tracey (RIP) (Timothy Kay)

All Parishioners


Barbara Stallard (RIP)

Monday 9th

Friday 13th


Serafino Desouza (RIP) (D.D.)


Lucille D’Mello (RIP) (Victor D’Mello)

Tuesday 10th

Saturday 14th


Stella Meehan (RIP)



Paraic Heslin (RIP) Sean and Anne Gallogly)

Ann Hawkins (RIP) (Helen Ratcliffe)

Wednesday 11th - St Benedict: Abbot, Patron of Europe
Sunday 15th - 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

All parishioners and friends (Thanksgiving) (Nuala Shea)



Ellen and John Daly (RIP) (John and Norma Caheny)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Ezek. 2:2-5). The prophet is filled with the power of the Spirit and in that strength is commissioned to take a forthright stand in speaking to a troublesome nation.

Second Reading: (2 Cor. 12:7-10) Paul discloses some of the anguish that plagued him in his personal life under the figure of the thorn in the flesh. After his struggle he is assured of the power of God working in weakness.

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 122) Our eyes are on the Lord ‘til he show us his mercy.

The Gospel: (Mark 6:1-6) This event gives us a hint of some of the disappointment that Jesus met in his life. His own people refused to entertain the possibility that He had something to say to them.



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.


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


Thank You!

The family of the late Maurice de Silva would like to thank the Parishioners for their generous contribution of £450 towards The Little Way Association, at the celebration of Maurice's life service on the 14 June 2018. The money will go towards the Digging Wells Project in India and will provide clean water in 50 of the worst affected villages in drought affected areas.


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)


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


Employment Opportunity at SPUC

The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child wishes to recruit a full-time Income/Database Supervisor (37.5 hours p.w), whose role will be to perform all duties for processing income and to assist the IT manager in the maintenance of its membership and fundraising database as well as making data selections for large mailings. This supervisory role has charge of a small number of data entry staff and volunteers. The position, to commence on 1st August 2018 and be based in SPUC’s Kennington HQ, would suit someone with a good knowledge of accounting and data processing (CRM database). Salary determined according to relevant experience. To request an application pack please contact: Rhea Steel, SPUC, Unit B, 2 Whiteacre Mews, London SE114AB., Phone 0207 820 3147. For further details see Deadline for applications: Friday 20th July 2018. 5pm


Peter's Pence

As announced last Sunday the ‘Flower Wall safe’ near the Sacristy has been re-named “Peter’s Pence” from now until the end of Sept 2018. So that we as a parish can continue to assist Pope Francis with works of charity for the poor throughout the world.


Readers Guide

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


How God Feels in This World

Have you ever been overpowered physically and been powerless to defend yourself or fight back?... then you have felt how God feels in this world. Have you ever dreamed a dream and found that every effort you make was hopeless and that your dream could never be realised? Have you ever cried tears of shame at your own inadequacy?... then you have felt how God feels in this world. Have you ever been shamed in your enthusiasm and not given a chance to explain yourself? Have you ever been misunderstood and powerless to make others see things in your way?... then you have felt how God feels in this world. Have you ever loved someone and wanted desperately to somehow make him or her notice you and found yourself hopelessly unable to do so?... then you have felt how God feels in this world. Have you ever felt the world slipping away from you as you grow older and ever more marginalised?... then you have felt how God feels in this world. Have you ever felt like a minority of one before the group hysteria of a crowd gone mad? If you have ever felt, first hand, the sick evil of a gang rape, then you have felt how God feels in this world… and how Jesus felt on Good Friday. God never overpowers. God’s power in this world is never the power of force, of speed, of physical attractiveness, or of brilliance. The world’s power tries to work that way. But God’s power is more muted, more helpless, more shamed, and more marginalised. It lies at a deeper level, at the ultimate base of things, and it will, in the end, gently have the final say.


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


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? Those who have already expressed and interest please meet Jacquie after either 9am Mass or 10.30 Mass. Thanks.


Liverpool Eucharistic Congress 7th to the 9th of September

There was a meeting last Tuesday of Eucharistic Congress Delegates in the Deanery. The meeting was an opportunity for those delegates in the Deanery to meet each other for the first time and to get up to speed with preparations for the Congress. As part of the Congress delegates will be attending workshops on the first and second day of the Congress with a Solemn Mass on the final day in the Cathedral. The Congress themes are as follows 1.Eucharist 2.Adoration 3.Scripture 4.Music 5.Formation 6.Ecclesiology 7.Mission Delegates attending the Congress are required to produce a written report following the Congress. These reports which will hopefully collect the verbal wisdom of the different group will be considered at a meeting for Southwark Delegates in early October. There will be a gathering in November which will provided a preliminary report and explore any emerging Congress priorities.



Mass attendence on 1st July 2018: 350

Counters -15.07.2018

Pat Murphy and John Fanthome