Church reopening.

In light of the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has decided to re-start limited congregational Masses with certain restrictions in place. Please click here to see the letter from the Bishop’s Conference.

From Sunday 5th July Mass will now be said in St. Anthony’s by the parish clergy with a congregation on Sunday at 10.00am and on Saturday at 6.30pm (Vigil). Click here to see guidance for visitors attending public Mass at St Anthony’s. Download the bulletin for this week’s intentions.

It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.

In the meantime St Anthony’s will open for private prayer.
This weekend the church will be open from 11am – 1pm on Saturday 4th July. Please do NOT attend if you have any symptoms of coronavirus (in particular a fever or cough), and please follow the instructions given by the stewards. Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult. A message from the Catholic Archbishops of England regarding the reopening of churches for collective worship can be found here on the website, or www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/news/reopening-our-churches-for-collective-worship.

My dear Parishioners

Although live streaming and Zoom have allowed us to join together online to pray, I am sure you will agree that the ability to open the church building for private prayer is a tremendous step forward in easing the lockdown process, and being able to pray in front of the altar in St Anthony’s  is something that will provide many people with tremendous comfort at this difficult time.

As you will remember from last weeks bulletin, I was hoping to open the church this week, but this plan was dependant on having sufficient volunteers to do so safely. I would like to thank those who have already offered their help, but as yet we don’t have enough people to set up a rota so that the commitment is not too onerous – I was hoping that each person would only have to be on duty every four weeks or so.

I would like to open the church at the weekends, ideally on both Saturday and Sunday for two hours, so please give some thought as to whether you could help me do this. Fr Vincent and myself will be part of the rota, but we need additional responsible adults (18-70 yrs) to come forward. As outlined last week, PPE and training will be provided, and a minimum of two people will be on duty at any one time, so maybe couples or friends would like to volunteer together.

If you feel you could help me make this partial reopening  a reality, please contact me at the presbytery or email jane.kennett@googlemail.com.
God bless you all and keep you safe in the week to come,
Fr Pius.

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Dear all,

In line with the Government regulations the Church building will now be closed until further notice to protect ourselves and the vulnerable. The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays is also suspended

Masses will continue to be said in private by the Parish Clergy for the scheduled Mass intentions, and new Mass intentions can still be made on request.

In case of urgent need due to illness, whether Coronavirus-related or otherwise please get in touch with the Parish Office by emailing stanthonyop.oxford@rcaob.org.uk, or phoning 01865 762 964. 

If you or someone you know in the parish is self-isolating and is in need of any support, such as help with shopping or a chat on the phone, please get in touch with the Parish Office by emailing stanthonyop.oxford@rcaob.org.uk, or phoning 01865 762 964. 

It is anticipated that Corpus Christi Parish in Headington will continue to be live streaming weekday and Sunday Mass without a congregation, and more details can be found at https://corpuschristiheadington.co.uk

As Cardinal Vincent Nichols writes today, ‘During these disturbing and threatening times, the rhythm of the prayer of the Church will continue. Please play your part in it. The effort of daily kindness and mutual support for all will continue and increase. Please play your part in this too. For your commitment to this, we thank you. “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.”‘

Fr. Pius Duke