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 22nd July - 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time b

Thursday 26th



Mrs Athar Nawab (John and Norma Caheny)

Patrick Joseph Meehan (RIP)



Philomena Sheahan (RIP) (Liz Woodward)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Monday 23rd

Friday 27th


Melqui Rodrigues (Thanksgiving 90th Birthday) (Blanche and Ferdie Rodrigues)


Desmond Rodrigues (RIP – 2nd Anniversary) (Blanche and Ferdie Rodrigues)

Tuesday 24th

Saturday 28th


Leonie Vegas (Wellbeing) (Patricia, Eucebeo and Dominica)



Eva Balloch (RIP) (Marshall Family)

Annie Mullen (RIP) (M.Mulkerrin)

Wednesday 25th
Sunday 29th - 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Brian Kilgannon (RIP) (Kilgannon family)



Patricia Pinto (Wellbeing)

All Parishioners


First Reading: (Jer. 23:1-6). Jeremiah promises that God will intervene and care for those who have been scattered abroad through the carelessness of their leaders. God himself will be their righteousness.

Second Reading: (Eph. 2:13-18) The death of Jesus has forged a unity between God and Man and between man and his brother. We have been brought near to God and to each other.

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 22) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

The Gospel: (Mk 6:30-34) Jesus looks with pity on the listless leaderless crowd and begins to teach them, although he has been imposed upon to such an extent that he did not have time to eat.



Please pray for Ron Fisher

(11th Anniversary RIP) who died on Saturday 28th July 2007


Youth Gather

14 young people from our parish joined Melissa, Ellie and Jacquie to consider the possibility of starting a STM Youth Group in September to enable them to meet to discuss social issues that they feel strongly about and explore different ways they can make a difference, as well as supporting each other, having fun, take time for retreats, visits and visitors, games and challenges and the odd ‘Pizza Night’. It has been decided we will begin in September with a trip to Walsingham House for the official opening of the Retreat Centre at Abbotswick where we will have Mass followed by a Fun Day. If you would like to join us, keep an eye on the newsletter for further details.


First Communion 2019

Thank you for your letter regarding your child’s First Holy Communion. Please collect the application forms from Fr John as soon as possible


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


Ladies Wednesday Club

Next meeting 5th September 7.30pm: New members always welcome. Information: Mary Kearns 0208 304 2456


St Thomas More Club: Friday Night Entertainment

3rd August 2018 8.45-11pm: A night of Singing and Entertainment with Jerry Kelly. Bring your own nibbles. Children welcome and there will be a raffle.


St Thomas More Parish Barbecue

Thank you so much for your support and generosity. Once again making our barbecue such a success. We raised £748.00 which we made up to £1000 by St Thomas More Social Club and sent to Greenwich and Bexley Hospice. A special thanks to those of you who helped and worked so hard before and on the day. Bob Penny.


Parish Memorial Book

The updated version of the memorial Book is now situated in the Lady Chapel on the stand. If you would like your deceased relatives to be added either name and/or photo please drop a copy off to Fr John or Jacquie. The photos or memorial cards will be returned immediately.


St John Bosco Summer Camp 2018

The camp provides an exciting, activity-packed week long overnight camping holiday in the Essex countryside. The boys camp 8-13 years inclusive from the 21st July -28th July and 28th July – 4th August. The girls camp 9 years – 12 years, from 4th August – 11th August. The cost of £145 is a suggested donation, some help maybe available, see Father John. The Camp is a very well run and managed event with very experienced and reliable staff, all of whom are screened through the DBS process. Apply at See poster in the porch.


Little Princess Trust Charity

On Thursday 26th July 11 year old Georgia Wilmot is having 30cms (12 inches) cut from her hair in aid of The Little Princess Trust Charity. The charity uses the hair to make wigs for children who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment. Georgia would be grateful if parishioners could sponsor her to raise money for this very worthwhile charity. If you would like to sponsor her please put your name on the sponsor form in the porch or if you prefer you can donate on line at


The Annual Parish Pilgrimage to Aylesford Priory

Organised by the Lourdes and Disabled Committee will take place on Sunday 12th August. There will be a coach leaving the Church at 9.45am arriving in good time for the Mass and Sacrament of the Sick at 12 Noon. The coach will leave Aylesford at approximately 4pm.Refreshments will be provided. If you would like to join this pilgrimage or want to know more about the pilgrimage please contact Joe Bowman on 0208 310 1770 or Kath Penny on 0208 3047909 as soon as possible and no later than the 4th August to confirm you would like to join this pilgrimage.


Parish Golf Day

Since bad shots come in groups of 3, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group of three! A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents luck! The shortest distance between two points on a golf course usually pass through the centre of a large tree. Join us for our Parish Golf Day on the 22nd September at Birchwood Park and test the truth of the above. Watch this space for further enlightenment!! But in the meantime, please


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 10.30 Mass. Thanks.


Bexley Deanery Retreat

: In April 2018, Ealing Council introduced what is called PUBLIC SPACES PROTECTION ORDER (PSPO) which criminalises any act of approval/disapproval of abortion outside Matock Lane, Abortion Clinic, including prayer, the handing out of leaflets, and the offering of help to pregnant women. This was challenged in the High Court by Alina Dulgheriu, a mother who received help outside an Abortion Clinic. The High Court accepted that the Order infringed her rights to freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly, but still upheld the PSPO Order and dismissed the challenge. Alina is presently trying to raise funds for an ongoing legal challenge against Ealing Council. She writes “ I cannot put into words the joy, the beauty and the love my daughter has brought into my life. She simply would not be with us today if vigils had been criminalised. She appeals to the public for funds to continue her legal challenge. (PS see flyers in Porch regarding another abortion clinic. For more information or help log on to


Safety Notice

The double doors leading from the porch into the main body of the Church are fire doors and are therefore to be openable at all times. So please do NOT bolt at any time. Thank you.


Mass attendence on 15th July 2018: 310

Counters -29.07.2018

Hugh Willan and Joe Bowman