Men’s Group

“Love one another as I have loved you”

John 15:12

About us

We are an informal and welcoming group which promotes prayer, fellowship, friendship, and faith among men who regularly attend Mass at St Anthony’s (whether Catholic or not) and their invited guests.  

Please join us!


Our regular meeting is the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm for Eucharistic Adoration in the church, followed by a simple fellowship supper in the hall. 

See our blog at the bottom of the page!

(Please see our Event Calendar at the bottom of the page or Event’s Google Calendar here: Men’s Group (St Anthony’s) ( )

There are also ad-hoc events and activities throughout the year.

Activities include: 
• A friendship and support network 
• Discussion group for parish initiatives 
• Prayer (often informal) 
• Social gatherings e.g. pub, restaurant, walks and trips away, sports and games 
• Attending local lectures on religious matters 
• Practical help with parish events and longer term projects 


For any questions, don’t hesitate to contact  Ed Smith 
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Event Calendar 2022

12/01/2022Jan meeting – Synod – John Kirwan
09/02/2022Feb meeting
Shrove Tuesday Pancake social
09/03/2022Lent Meeting I – Ecumenical
-invitation to local Christians (no alcohol)
20/04/2022Easter Wednesday Celebration
-invitation to local Catholic Men from other parishes
11/05/2022Eastertide meeting
Pentecost Parish picnic
organised by Men’s group
08/06/2022June Meeting
13/07/2022July Meeting
10/08/2022August Meeting
14/09/2022September Meeting
12/10/2022October Meeting
09/11/2022November Meeting
14/12/2022Advent Meeting
2022 Event Calendar (last updated 8/1/22) – See our Google Calendar for the latest information Men’s Group (St Anthony’s) (

Men’s Group Blog

Lent Ecumenical Men’s group

We were lucky to be joined by three inspiring friends from the Oxford Baptist Chapel during Lent. We shared a period of reflective prayer with a Taize background following the traditional Men’s group Celtic night prayer.

We enjoyed sharing our stories of Faith over dinner with each other and were inspired by our stories of conversion and love of God, some dramatic and some quieter. A lesson in how He works differently in each of our lives.

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes Social

The men gathered at Ed’s house to flip some pancakes in hearty preparation for Lent and the great fast of Ash Wednesday. The spinach, mushroom and creme fraiche version were critically acclaimed but peanut butter was unfairly relegated to the unrepeatable experiment pile.

February Meeting 2022 – Faith and Works?

We met for Adoration in church, followed by an excellent spread, and some new and wonderfully-named beers from Manus. As usual, we had fun getting catering sorted and once again had to resort to the wok to heat the soup. An apparent dearth of bread soon became a miracle of the loaves as a penniless trip down to the Coop produced a bounty of loaves.

Tibor led us in a fascinating Biblical tour of the question of “Saved by faith alone or faith and ‘works’ – the justification of salvation”. It is too large a topic to tackle here, but the interested reader may wish to consult the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

It was great to have a familiar face join us again, and Fr Emmanuel’s company (albeit missing from the photo). Bonus credit to John K, who drove all the way down from Scotland today!

January Meeting 2022 – Synod

We met for Adoration in church followed by a great spread of soup, cheese, bread, wine and beer. John Kirwan guided us through an early introduction on the Synod and how we were going to engage in the process in the coming weeks. We were delighted to have Tibor join us for the first time!

Synod means ‘journeying together’ and it involves listening to the Holy Spirit and to each other in order to discern the path we are called to walk together. Walking together is above all a spiritual journey. We are invited to journey together while always calling upon the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. We are asked to pray constantly, and at each step to pray to the Holy Spirit. This journey is about : What is the Holy Spirit saying to our Church today?

December 2021

We met for Adoration in church, followed by soup, bread, cheese, pate and wine. Unfortunately, being somewhat disorganised, we had nothing to heat the soup in, nor sufficiently large bowls to eat if from. Thankfully, with a little ingenuity, a large wok proved successful for heating and Fr Emmanuel lent us the necessary vessels.


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