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Saturday 13th January – Saturday 20th January 2024


Second week of ordinary time. Notices & Schedule.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2024.SESSION 2 this Saturday, 13th January at 10.30 a.m. SESSION 3 next Saturday, 20th January 10.30 a.m.

BUILDING A BETTER MARRIAGE As part of the preparation for the 2025 Jubilee year, the Southwark Marriage and Family Team will be running a Building a Better Marriage Course throughout the Archdiocese from February 2024. The one-day course is for married couples (whether married for one year, 60 years or anywhere in between). It seeks to help husbands and wives to make their marriage better and to improve their communication skills. There is no group sharing and private information remains private to each couple. Couples who have attended previously have found it enjoyable, informative, and uplifting. For more information contact the Marriage and Family Life team through the Archdiocese of Southwark website:

Winter Warmer Drop-In at St Thomas More provided by the MINI- VINNIES of our Primary School. Message from Mrs Wendy McClumpha:


In a world where compassion knows no boundaries…where every act of kindness makes a difference…where hope is served alongside hearty meals…


We invite you to join us at the St Thomas More Church Hall at 6.00 p.m. on Friday 26th January 2024


We are more than just a kitchen; we are a community of caring hearts. Our Mini Vinnies prepare each meal with love and dedication. Families, children, and friends of St Thomas More Church who experience food poverty are more than welcome.


Our support to you means everything to us. So please come along!!


From the Mini Vinnies group at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School.

FOCOLARE FAMILY GET-TOGETHER Following the success of our family get-together in November in the church hall, families are invited to attend Families Get Together at the FOCOLARE CENTRE FOR UNITY, 69 PARKWAY, WELWYN GARDEN CITY AL8 6JG from 1.00 p.m. on SUNDAY 21ST JANUARY 2023. This is a family event open to children of all ages. They will play, sing and share experiences of how to create a more united world. Parents will have an opportunity to meet and spend quality time together.  Bring and share lunch. Parking available at the back and on the main road.  RSVP to Elisa at or call 0756 5613 867. Recommended.



All donations made at our crib this year will go to the Catholic Children’s Society. Your donation will help local disadvantaged children and their families. The crib will be out until Candlemas, 2nd February.

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL 2024 The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal this weekend.  SPUC’s vision is for a world where abortion is unthinkable. This year’s appeal calls for the Government to end the pills-by-post DIY abortion policy.


As well as ending the lives of precious babies, this policy lacks safeguards against illegal late-term abortions, and puts mothers at physical and psychological risk. 86% of GPs are concerned that this scheme leaves women vulnerable to coerced abortion.


Please be as generous as you can to help SPUC defend unborn babies and their mothers by highlighting this urgent crisis.



Please contact your MP and urge them to oppose Stella Creasy and Diana Johnson's amendments to the criminal justice bill. As we know the pills by post scheme has led to the death of totally viable, healthy babies outside of the provisions of the abortion act itself. Rather than scrap this flawed scheme these amendments have been tabled making a self-performed (home abortion) possible at any stage of pregnancy and removing the prohibition on hiding the body of a dead newborn baby including in circumstances where the baby has been killed by infanticide (I couldn't believe this either) Urge your MP to support Early Day Motion 131 instead. Please visit and sign up for email alerts. You'll get details about how to make a submission to the committee dealing with these amendments -

MESSAGE FROM PAX CHRISTI The work of Pax Christi is based on the gospel and inspired by faith. Our vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all its forms. Rooted in Catholic Christianity, we work with all who share our values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice’. Envelopes for cash donations are available this weekend which can be returned next week, and donations can also be made on the contactless device.

Vocations Weekend for Women (20s & 30s)

Theme: Discerning God's Call in your life

Dates: 16-18 February 2024

Location: Liverpool


The weekend is organised by the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). Jesus invites each of us to 'Come and See' - this weekend will give the opportunity to explore the vocation to religious life and to reflect on God's call to you.


If you are wondering if God is calling you to religious life and would like to find out more why not come along?  You are welcome to stay for the weekend or just come along on Saturday for the day. There will be opportunity for prayer, reflection and input, chance to ask questions and to meet others who are also wondering where God is calling them.


For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at or visit their website


1. St Anselm’, West Hill, Dartford. 27th January 2024 9.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m.

2. St Elphege, Stafford Road, Wallington. 24th February 2024 8.45 a.m.-4.15 p.m.

Bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee provided.

Parish family pilgrimage to Walsingham.

Spend some joyful time together in the beautiful surroundings of the Norfolk countryside at England’s National Shrine of Mother Mary.

29th – 31st May 2024. Please see poster in the porch for further information or contact the parish office.

Deadline for interest 31st March.


Escorted Pilgrimage to Knock & Co Mayo.

3rd March 2024.  £899.00 pps.  Price includes flight, 10kg hold luggage, 5 nights’ in 4* Castlecourt Hotel, Westport with Dinner, Bed & Breakfast. Lunch on three days.  All entertainment, excursions and transport included.  Visit Knock, Galway City, Kylemore Abbey, Croagh Patrick & Ashford Castle.  Single supplement on Enquiry.  Contact Patricia or Natali on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email

FOOD BANK. You can make your donations before any mass in the crates in the Church Porch (narthex) and they are taken to Bexley Food Bank on a Monday morning.

Bexley Food Bank Requirements



UHT Milk Tinned Meat (Hotdogs, Meatballs, etc.) Tinned Fish Tinned Fruit Sponge/Rice Puddings Coffee (small jars) Long-life Juice Pasta Sauce Spreads Tinned Meals (Spaghetti, Chicken or Veg Curry’s Chilli) Tinned Soup Jam and Spreads


Non-food Items

Shower Gel Shampoo Conditioner Deodorant Toilet rolls Washing Up Liquid Laundry Detergent Pods Shower Gel


Bexley Food Bank currently particularly requests (please notice the new items at the end: Please follow the link below to view the food donations page of the Bexley food bank site. 


 Brian William Wilson, after receiving the sacraments of Holy Church, died on Sunday 7th January 2024, aged 76. His funeral requiem is on Wednesday 31st January 2024 at 11.30 a.m. followed by committal at Hillview Cemetery at 1.00 p.m.



Second Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday 13th January The Baptism of the Lord [TC]

9.00 a.m. Confessions

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+ 10.00 a.m. Low Mass [Latin 1962] Cynthia D’Silva WB

10.30 a.m. FHC24 session 2. Church Hall.

+ 6.30 p.m. Said SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B) Joaquim D’Souza TG. White Flower Appeal at all masses. Also second collection for Pax Christi.

Sunday 14th January

8.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+ 9.00 a.m. Sung (no Liturgy of the Word for Children this week) Jovito Dias R.I.P. (month’s mind)

+11.00 a.m. Solemn Latin Mass (in Latin with English Readings. Missa de Angelis) Adejoke Williams TG


7.00 p.m. Parish Social Evening in Church Hall. All welcome.


Monday 15th January. feria.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+10.00 a.m. Albert & Annie Powell R.I.P.


Tuesday 16th January feria

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+10.00 a.m. Linda King R.I.P.


Wednesday 17th January St. Anthony, Abbot, memorial.

The Daily Rosary at home



Thursday 18th January feria

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+10.00 a.m. Joseph Rodrigues R.I.P.


No Lunch Club Today


Friday 19th January St. Wulstan, bishop.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+10.00 a.m. Alex Afonso R.I.P.

6.00 p.m. Choir Practice.


Saturday 20th January Ss Fabian, priest & Sebastian, martyrs. [TC]

9.00 a.m. Confessions

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+ 10.00 a.m. Low Mass [Latin 1962] Edward von Rencoard R.I.P.

10.30 a.m. FHC24 session 3. Church Hall.

+ 6.30 p.m. Said THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B) The people of the parish.

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