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ST THOMAS MORE CHURCH, BEXLEYHEATH.

THE THIRTY- THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF HOLY SOULS


Dear parishioners,

Remembrance Sunday. Lest we forget.




PSALM 129


Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading! If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt, Lord, who would survive? But with you is found forgiveness: for this we revere you.

My soul is waiting on the Lord, I count on his word; my soul is longing for the Lord more than watchman for daybreak., Let the watchman count on daybreak

And Israel on the Lord. Because with the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption, Israel indeed he will redeem from all iniquity.


The Red Box is for Donations to The Royal British Legion.


Observing the Month of Holy Souls


Those who visit a cemetery between 1st and 8th November and pray for the faithful departed, may obtain a plenary indulgence, applicable to the Holy Souls ( and at other times a partial indulgence).


At St Thomas More Church:


  1. All Souls Day. Mass at 10.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.

  2. Blessing of Grave’s at Hillview Cemetery at 1.00 p.m., Saturday 12th November; Sidcup and Brook Street, 3.00 p.m. Sunday 13th November;

  3. Remembrance Sunday. Solemn Requiem for the dead of two world wars at 11.00 a.m., Sunday 13th November.

  4. November Masses for the Dead:

i. Saturday 5th November 10.00 a.m. ( TLM )

ii. Tuesday 15th November 11.00 a.m. Mass for deceased clergy of Bexley deanery at Our Lady of the Crays, Crayford.

iii. Thursday 17th November 10.00 a.m.

iv. Thursday 24th November 10.00 a.m.


5. Service of Remembrance with commemoration of the faithful departed, the Litany of the Sacred Heart and Benediction. Feast of Christ the King, Sunday 20th November at 4.00 p.m.

(A plenary indulgence is granted to those present, subject to the usual conditions, where are recited in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed, the consecration of the human race to Christ the King and the Litany of the Sacred Heart)



COFFEE MORNING

9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Sunday 27th November 2022

St Thomas More Church Hall

Repository with religious items, Christmas cards and Stalls with knitted jumpers and other crafts.


ARCHBISHOP’S APPEAL SECOND COLLECTION 13th November

The Archbishop’s Appeal seeks to invest faith, hope, love, and charity into three key areas of mission and ministry in the Archdiocese of Southwark.


Youth and Evangelisation

To strengthen the formation of young people in the faith within our schools and parishes, enhance the faith life of parishioners, support the work of parish catechists, enhance the faith journeys of new Catholics; and for Southwark to become an evangelising and missionary Archdiocese.


Our Faith in Action

To show compassionate and active service in the world around us through love for all people: the protection of human dignity, respect for the inter-connectedness of our world and common home, hearing the cry of the poor and the cry of the Earth. Supporting social outreach projects in parishes and schools.


Clergy Care and Formation

To care for sick and retired priests in their old age and ill health. Supporting the ongoing formation of our priests and deacons. Providing on-going formation of clergy in active ministry. Supporting the work of the vocations team and formation of seminarians and deacons.


Pooled together, your support can have significant impact in our faith community. A portion of the monies raised will be granted to parishes and Catholic schools to support local projects.


Please support the Archbishop’s Appeal today, every gift is welcome.



Or Scan QR Code using phone camera (right)

· Telephone weekdays 9 am – 5 pm:

020 7960 2504

· Cash / Cheque – please use the Archbishop’s Appeal envelopes at the back of church.



FIRST CONFESSION & HOLY COMMUNIONS 2023. Application forms are available for collection from the priest at the end of all Sunday masses and should be returned to him after Sunday mass on a following Sunday. Key dates: Closing date for applications. Sunday 13th November 2022. Parents Meeting: 7.00 p.m. Wednesday 23rd November 2022. First Holy Communion Group Christmas Choir for the Christmas Vigil Mass. 24th December 2022 First Session: 10.30 a.m. Saturday 7th January 2023. First Confessions: probably a Saturday morning in March: to be confirmed. Children’s Stations of the Cross: 10.30 a.m.

Good Friday, 7th April 2023 First Holy Communions: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2023. The fulfilment of the Sunday obligation to attend mass on all Catholics (with obvious exemptions) is required for all families with their children preparing to receive their First Holy Communion. CONFIRMATION 2023. Application forms are available for collection from the priest at the end of all Sunday masses and should be returned to him after Sunday mass on a following Sunday. Key dates: Closing date for applications: Sunday 8th January 2023 Parents Meeting: Wednesday 11th January 2023 at 7 p.m. First Session: Sunday 22nd January 2023 Confession: To be confirmed Confirmation: Sunday 23rd July 2023 at 11 a.m. The fulfilment of the Sunday obligation to attend mass on all Catholics (with obvious exemptions) is required for all those preparing to receive their Confirmation.

Message from: CARITAS. HOMES FOR UKRAINE MATCHING NETWORK.

Caritas Social Action Network, in partnership with St John of God Hospitaller Services, an international Catholic charity with many services for the vulnerable in the UK and Ireland, have launched a service to bring together Ukrainian people displaced by the brutal war in their country with people in the Catholic community willing to host them in their homes for six months. Once the match is confirmed, the Ukrainian guest can apply for their visa. We know that coping with the cost of living crisis will be the main concern for many people this winter, but if you have room in your home and in your heart to consider welcoming a stranger displaced by war , then we’d love to hear from you. Please visit https://sjoq-homesforukraine.uk/ for more information. Also see the poster in the porch.


World Youth Day, Lisbon (31st July to 7th August 2023)

The Archdiocese of Southwark is taking a group of young people (aged 18-35) to World Youth Day in Lisbon from 31 July to 7 August 2023. Bookings are now open; the price is £1,295, which includes flights, 3* accommodation (shared room), transfers, WYD registration fee & meal vouchers. If you are between 18-35, you are welcome to book via https://bit.ly/WYDSouthwark . For further information, please email youth@rcaos.org.uk



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Church for Children. The ‘Children’s liturgy’ will resume on the 13/11 and will finish for Christmas on the 11/12.


FOOD BANK. Don’t forget the Food Bank collection crate in the Church Porch! People are not managing to afford the basic essentials of life. If you can contribute some long life milk, canned food, packets of pasta, toilet rolls or any other non-perishable basics, you will be helping our neighbours in great need.


THURSDAY LUNCH CLUB This Thursday, 17th November.


A DAY WITH MARY Saturday 26th November 2022 at Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon from 10.45 to 5.45. Please bring a packed lunch.


DEATHS


For all our brothers and sisters who ate the Body of Christ, the bread of Life, that they may be raised up on the Last Day. (Drawn from the intercession of the Funeral Mass)

Please pray for the souls of:


Clare Cullen who died on Friday 23rd September 2022 aged 92. Her funeral requiem was on Monday 31st October 2022 at 11.00 a.m. with committal at Camberwell New Cemetery.


Teresa Cooper who died on Wednesday 5th October 2022 aged 77. Her funeral was on Monday 7th November at 12.00 noon with committal at Eltham Crematorium at 1.45 p.m.


Denis McLaughlin who died on Tuesday 18th October. His funeral was on Friday 28th October in Belfast, Ireland.


John Maloney, 85, who died on Tuesday 1st November 2022. His funeral is on Monday 21st November 2022 at 6.00 p.m. followed by the committal at 12.00 noon on Wednesday 23rd November at St. Michael’s Church, Castletown, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.


May the divine assistance remain with them always, and may their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.


MASSES AND INTENTIONS FOR THE THIRTY- THIRD WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME.

Instaurare Omnia in Christo: "to restore all things in Christ."


Saturday 12th November St. Martin I, pope & martyr [T.C.]

9.00 a.m. Confessions.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+10.00 a.m. (Latin 1962) Bryan Sewell W.B.

1.00 p.m. Blessing of the Graves at Hillview.

6.00 p.m. Confessions.

+ 6.30 p.m. THIRTY- THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (C). Remembrance Sunday. Second collections for the Archbishop’s Fund for Diocesan Administration and The Royal British Legion. Jacob & Helen Fernandes R.I.P.


Sunday 13th November

8.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+ 9.00 a.m. SUNG. Hammond Macaulay R.I.P. (birthday anniversary)

+ 11.00 a.m. SOLEMN REQUIEM MASS (Latin with English Readings/ missa requiem). November Requiem- for the dead of two world wars.


7.00 p.m. Parish Social Evening in the Hall.

Monday 14th November feast.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary.

+10.00 a.m. Fran Olaj R.I.P.


Tuesday 15th November St. Albert the Great, bishop & doctor of the church.

The Daily Rosary at home.

+11.00 a.m. Deanery Mass at Our Lady of the Crays, Crayford. November Requiem for the deceased clergy of Bexley Deanery R.I.P.


Wednesday 16th November St. Gertrude, virgin.

The Daily Rosary at home.

NO PUBLIC MASS TODAY.


Thursday 17th November St. Hilda, religious.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+10.00 a.m. November Requiem for the recently departed in the disaster at Creeslough,

Co. Donegal R.I.P.

1.00 p.m. Thursday Lunch Club.


Friday 18th November The dedication of the basilicas of Ss Peter & Paul, apostles.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+10.00 a.m. Mary Bane R.I.P.


6.00 p.m. Choir Practice. New members welcome.


Saturday 19th November St. Elizabeth, widow. [T.C.]

9.00 a.m. Confessions.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+10.00 a.m. (Latin 1962) Octavia on her first birthday. T.G.

6.00 p.m. Confessions.

+ 6.30 p.m. OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE, SOLEMNITY (C). Rose Castanha T.G.


NOVEMBER PRAYERS FOR THE INTERCESSION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MORNING STAR & GATE OF HEAVEN.

Prayer for the deceased. In time of Bereavement


Almighty Father, O sweet mother Mary, source of forgiveness and salvation, who knew the sadness of mourning grant that our loved ones who have passed your heart, loved most from this life may, through the intercession Jesus, your Son, of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Joseph, your devoted spouse, and of all the saints, pray for us in our time of loss. come to share your Eternal happiness Amen.

through Christ our Lord. God bless,

Fr Jonathon

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