Church reopening.

Coronavirus update.

From next Wednesday 2nd December Oxford will enter the Tier 2:High Alert category (www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know#high-alert).

Places of worship remain open but parishioners must not socialise with people from outside our household or support bubble while in
the church. Please remember to follow the safety guidelines if you are planning to come to mass, and that a mask or face covering is necessary.

Mass times and church opening. Live-streamed mass (stanthonyofpadua.org.uk/livestream/) will be at 10 am daily from Saturday 28th November until Thursday, inclusive, and also on Saturday 5th December. The first public mass at St Anthony’s will be at 9 am on Friday 4th December. Thereafter, weekend masses will resume as before (see the mass times table on the bulletin). Confessions can be arranged by appointment with Fr Pius or can be heard between 5.45 – 6.15 pm on Saturday 5th evening (during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament).

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

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Message from Fr. Pius.

As we return to Church next week and continue to follow Government directives on the reopening of Churches, I wish to joyfully welcome everyone back to Church in time for the beginning of the season of Advent. Let us not lose hearts but keep our faith alive with hope that the coming of Christ the infant King may fill us all with courage and the blessing that his coming brings. Wishing you peace and love!

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