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




Month of March 2018 B

Sunday 11th March - 4th Sunday of Lent b

Thursday 15th - St John of God




All Parishioners

Trish Mulvihill (RIP)

Happy Mother's Day




Liam Maloney (RIP)(Phil Maloney)

St Thomas More Lunch Club

Tom Corr’s Reception into the Church

Monday 12th

Friday 16th


William Hunter (RIP)



Mr Tom Corr Requiem Mass

Committal Eltham Crematorium (West Chapel)

Tuesday 13th

Saturday 17th - St. Patrick's Day



Mary Frances Dean Requiem Mass

Hillview cemetery



Michael Maloney (RIP) (James William)

All deceased members of the Snashall Family

Wednesday 14th
Monday 11th - 5th Sunday of Lent

Mairaid O’Sullivan (Tom and Geraldine Headon)

Confirmation Meeting 19:30



All Parishioners

Audrey Fernandes (First Anniversary RIP)


First Reading: (2 Chron 36:14-16,19-23). The kings and priests of Israel had led the people astray and their punishment was exile. But a merciful God will cause a Persian king to set them free to return to Jerusalem.

Second Reading: (Eph 2:4-10). Our salvation is not the work of our own hands, but a free gift of God’s grace.

Responsorial Psalm: (Ps. 136) O let my tongue cleave to my mouth if I remember you not!

The Gospel: (Jn 3:14-21). God sent his Son to the world not to condemn it but to save it.


St Thomas More Club

St Patrick’s Day Dance 20:00 till Late Adults £5 Children £2. Music by Anne Gee.
Information and tickets please call Bob on 0208 304 7909


Lent: 4th Week

What might I focus on for the remaining two weeks? What about Mass on a week day or two? Not as a penance, though it may mean adjusting my routine. Worth the effort because time spent with Jesus. Jesus does not call us to Mass, to harangue us, or tell us off. He doesn’t even ask for anything, he gives, not demands. Calls us so that we may rest a little while, have a little peace so that he can talk to us, assure us of his love. Allow us to lean on his breast, cry on his shoulder. Enfold us, embrace us in love and gently heal and sooth our hurts and wounds. Tenderly wipe away our tears. Calm our fears. He doesn’t break the crushed weed or quench the smoking flax. He gently takes us by the hand so that we can face tomorrow less afraid. Also I might be more reflective, being silently present with the Lord. It is not that He is more present in quiet places, as he is equally present everywhere; it is that in the quiet we are more likely to hear His voice. To hear the whisper of the Lord You must turn down the volume of the world. Find time to disconnect from everything around you and be still in his presence. We might ponder this question. If I am not as close to God as I use to be, who has moved?

Mother's Day

Today we thank God for all our mothers and for innumerable blessings we have received from them, especially the gift of life. Happy Mother’s Day to them all. 



Funeral Details For The Late Kelly Austen

The funeral will take place at Eltham Crematorium on Thursday 22nd March at 4pm.


Stations Of The Cross

This Sunday and the subsequent Sundays of Lent, there will be Stations of the Cross at 3.30pm, followed by a short period of silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


Tuesday Evening Lent Reflection Group

7.30pm in the Presbytery
Everyone is WELCOME!!


I will do more!

(Not Just For lent!!) I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And, what I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do I will do more than belong…I will participate. I will do more than care…I will help. I will do more than believe...I will practice. I will do more than be fair …I will be kind. I will do more than dream…I will work. I will do more than teach…I will inspire. I will do more than earn…I will enrich. Ii will do more than give…I will serve. I will do more than live…I will grow. I will do more than talk…I will act. I will be more than good…I will be good for someone.



A cheque for £541.78 has been sent to CAFOD headquarters. Many thanks to Lawrence our parish CAFOD representative and to all parishioners who support CAFOD’s work. Even a little goes a long way or as they say ‘many a mickle makes a muckle’!!


Parish Census Revisited!

Plans are afoot to make a new census of our parish community. The last one having been created in 2004. Obviously we will be appealing for your help and cooperation with the census information, but it will just be delivery as there will be a pre-paid envelope included in the outgoing envelope. On the last occasion you did great work in distributing the forms and I am sure it will be equally good this time, or even better.


Cakes on Palm Sunday!

The Guides will be hosting a cake stall in the Porch following the 10.30 Mass on Palm Sunday 25th March


New Sound System


The possibility of acquiring a new sound system was discussed at the Parish Council on Thursday and we are awaiting some quotes.


Funeral Details for the Late Mrs Naomi Frost

The funeral will take place at Eltham Crematorium on Friday 23rd March at 2.30

Funeral Details for the Late Mrs Naomi Frost

The funeral of Naomi Frost will take place at Eltham Crematorium on Friday 23rd March at 2.30pm

St Thomas More Club

St Patrick’s Day Dance 17th March 8pm til Late Adults £5 Children £2. Music by Anne Gee. Information and tickets please call Bob on 0208 304 7909

Improving your Marriage

A Marriage Encounter Weekend is an opportunity for a husband and wife to deepen and renew their relationship. It’s a weekend for couples with average/good marriages to help them make them a bit better. Many couples have been enriched by such a weekend. Here is your opportunity to join them: On April 28/29 there will be a marriage encounter weekend (not residential) in Purley, Croydon at St Margaret Roper primary School. More details from Philip and Mary Pond on 0208 651 2477 or

Mass in Celebration of the
Sacrament of Marriage

Mass in celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage at St George’s Cathedral on 16th June 2018. If you are celebrating your 1st/10th/25th/40th/50th/60th+ wedding anniversary this year and would like to attend the Mass then please fill in the form in the porch. Please write very clearly so that you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop.

White Flower Appeal

Thank you so much for your generous support with the White Flower appeal. The amount collected was £282.50.

Important Notice of Change
Thursday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

As lights are being installed on Thursday and Friday March 22nd and 23rd the Exposition will commence after 10am Mass on Wednesday 21st.

Guild of St Stephen
Archdiocese of Southwark

41st Altar Servers Annual Rally held at The Friars, Aylesford Priory, Kent. Monday 7th May 2018. Sung Mass 11.30am. Principal Celebrant Bishop Paul Mason. Auxillary Bishop of Southwark


Mass attendence on 4th March 2018: 426

Counters -18.03.2018

Dave Meehan and Joyce Minah



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