Fr Vincent Omokpakpo Msp, will be joining us in the Parish this week. He is a Priest of the Missionary Society of St Paul of Nigeria. He is to take up the full responsibility as an Assistant Parish Priest. He will be joining the Chaplaincy team in the John Radcliffe Hospital. We welcome him and wish him a happy stay in our Parish.
Ecumenical quiet day for churches together in Marston and Northway led by David and Hilary Blair on Thursday 15th November 2018. 12 noon to 4.00pm at Marston United Reformed Church, 352, Marston Road, Oxford OX3 0JB All are welcome, please bring a packed lunch.
The Archdiocese hearing in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) begins in London on Monday 12 November, and runs until Friday 16 November.
The Archdiocese believes that the work being done by IICSA is of great significance and supports the aim of strengthening and improving safeguarding practices and cultures within the Church.
The welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is a fundamental priority for the Archdiocese. Fostering a culture which has safeguarding at its very heart remains a key part of our work.
If you would like to speak to someone about safeguarding and the Church’s work, please call 0121 230 6240.
If you would like to speak to someone independent of the Church you can contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
Please pray with us for all victims of abuse, and for all those involved in the work of this important Inquiry.
Last weekend’s Pastoral Letter on this matter can be found on the Archdiocese website https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/
‘Hostia’ – Evening Discussions in November. Informal evening discussions about matters of faith, with two sessions on the place of the Eucharist. Holy Communion is the source and summit of Catholic belief, why? Refreshments from 7.15pm, sessions run from 7.30pm-to 8.30pm on Thurs 15th and 22ndNovember. All are very welcome, do bring a friend.
Christmas Bazaar – Sunday December 2nd 11.30-2pm
The main raffle tickets are now available to buy and to sell to your friends and family. Please take a few books after mass.
- Bottles for the bottle stall
- Unwanted and unused gifts for the gift stall and to use in the hampers
- Nearly new children’s toys, books and good quality bric a brac
There will be boxes available at the back of church for these, on a Saturday evening and Sunday morning. If you are bringing items in at any other time of the week please leave them with Father Pius. We also need cash donations to help with the running of the bazaar which you can give to Penny or Father Pius. Thank you to those who have already offered their help. Any further offers of help, for running stalls or preparing hampers would be gratefully received. Penny Jenner – Tel: 07810893011
- The First Holy Communion Mass will be on Sunday 9th June NB: not in May as the current application form states.
- There will be a Parents Meeting on Thursday 18th October 8pm to discuss the course in detail.
- Completed application form + copy of Baptismal certificates to Father Pius via the Church office by 30th Sept.
First Holy Communion Form can be downloaded here First Holy Communion Form 2
Sick List Notice: If your name or the name of a friend/relative is on the parish list of prayers for those who are sick, and would like the name to remain on the list, would you please print and then complete a copy of the Sick List Form which can be found here: Sick List Form 2018 . The completed form should be handed to the parish priest or delivered to the parish office please.
We need to make sure that you or your friend or family member has consented to their name being on the list. This is because the list can be seen by a lot of people, as it is available for anyone to pickup in the church and is also published on the internet through the parish website. In a couple of weeks’ time, the list will be restarted with the names of all for whom the parish have consent. This is necessary to make sure the church take proper care of your information and complies with current data protection law.
Fr. Pius has been appointed as the new Parish Priest of St Anthony of Padua by the Archbishop Bernard Longley
A message from Fr. Pius: I will like to thank all parishioners who have sent their best wishes to me on my appointment as the Parish Priest of St Anthony of Padua by the Archbishop Bernard Longley. May you continue to pray for me and our Parish. Looking forward to a collaborative ministry.
Father Augustus – leaving celebration – Sunday 22nd July after Mass. We will be celebrating with tea/coffee and cake to say farewell to Father Augustus. We are asking for contributions of cakes for this celebration. Please bring them along before mass to the hall on the 22nd July. Thank you.
Parish Guide: this has been updated and is now available as a download on the parish website. A reference copy has also been placed in a binder at the back of the Church. If you would like a paper copy please sign the list at the back of the Church.