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




Month of July / August 2018 B

Sunday 29th July - 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time b

Thursday 2nd - St Eusebius of Vercelli Bishop



Patricia Pinto (Wellbeing)

All Parishioners



Dympna McDonald (RIP – 20 Year Anniversary) (Cousins Family)

NO Lunch Club today

Monday 30th - St Peter Chrysologus Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Friday 3rd


Nora McBrearty (RIP) (Eileen Budd)


Nora McBrearty (RIP) (Meehan Family)

Tuesday 31st - St Ignatius of Loyola - Priest

Saturday 4th - St John Vianney, Priest


Maurice de Silva (RIP) (Rohini and family)



Ann and David Evans (Wellbeing) (John and Tracy James)

John Asuen (Thanksgiving 16th Birthday)

Wednesday 1st AUGUST - St Alphonsus Liguori
Sunday 5th - 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Kate McIntyre (RIP) (Burland family)



Ann Hawkins (RIP) (Meehan Family)

Thank you for Parishioners love and support (Rohini de Silva and Family)


First Reading: (2 Kings 4:42-44). God miraculously feeds one hundred soldiers with twenty barley loaves through the instrumentality of Elisha.

Second Reading: (Eph. 4:1-4) All Christians have been given the gift of unity in our one Lord; we are called upon to live out that unity in our daily lives.

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

The Gospel: (Jn. 6:1-5) Today we hear the story of Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the crowd and the people’s misunderstanding of this sign.



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.


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 an interest. Rehearsals will begin in September. Look forward to see you all then.


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



Last Year 2017 marked the quin-centenary of Martin Luther (Who triggered the Reformation in 1517) and it was also the year when Brexit was much discussed (still ongoing). Mary Kenny, who has a ‘Comment Page’ in the Catholic Herald paper wrote the following piece: According to Peter Marshall, a professor of History at Warwick University, the two are connected. The ENGLISH REFORMATION according to Professor Marshall was a kind of ‘Tudor’ Brexit. “A large international institution straddling Western and Central Europe and promoting the idea of a Pan European identity.” This is how he describes the papacy of Tudor time. Even to its adherents “It appears overly hierarchical and top heavy and riddled with endemic corruption”. A political crisis arises and as it escalates “the arcane rules and complex doctrines of the institution prove no match for the punchy, vernacular slogans and eye-catching propaganda of its critics”. Henry the V111’s break with Rome was but a Brexit before its time And he could not have done it without Martin Luther’s initial challenge to Rome. Professor Marshall admits that the parallel is a little strained, but that there is some similarity is inescapable. Henry the V111 was a kind of ‘Nigel Farage’ of his time. There is also a parallel as between Britain and Ireland. While the ‘Tudor Brexit’ quickly moved toward a protestant state, Ireland remained aligned with Catholic Europe, notably France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Ireland’s adherence to that European tradition remains pretty solid. History is a cycle and the same patterns often repeat themselves. Consolingly, time also brings healing and reconciliation. Martin Luther’s quin-centenary was in many ways marked as respectfully by Catholics as by Lutherans. A hopeful outlook for BREXITEERS and REMAINERS 500 years hence.


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 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.


Ladies Wednesday Club

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


Little Princess Trust Charity

On Thursday 26th July 11 year old Georgia Wilmot had 40cms 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 has raised over £1500 so far for this very worthwhile charity. A BIG thank you from Georgia.


St Thomas More Club: Friday Night Entertainment

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


Thursday Lunch Club

The Club is having a well-earned break for two weeks from the 2nd August to 9th August and will resume on Thursday 16th August at 12 Noon. If you would like to join this wonderful group of people either as a helper or a participant please come along and bring a friend.


Golf (Continued AGAIN)

Hazards attract- Fairways repel! You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of the time!! A good grip is essential, especially at the 19th hole! 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 contact Tony Brook on 07833 707016 to book in for the day.


The Death of Loneliness

I was lonely then,
With only my own whistle
Threading down this lane,
For company.It was then that he came, Stealthy as a rising breeze. We walked together. I was in his company.


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


Bexley Deanery Retreat

As announced in June, it will be in Aylesford from Friday Sept 28th -30th. It has been for a number of years a very refreshing time both spiritually and physically. If you missed out on booking in June or you have recently joined our parish and you wish to take part please see 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


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.


Mass attendence on 22nd July 2018: 341

Counters -05.08.2018

Claude L’Olive and Dorothy Nikoi