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'COME BACK TO ME', SAYS THE LORD
In his reflections this month, which you can read here, Bishop Philip says that "Studies show that where people do not attend Mass for five or more Sundays in a row, they lose the habit.... During the lockdown a minority of Catholics yearned for the sacraments, yet many appeared to manage without. True, many followed online and found other ways of nurturing their faith, but this is not the same as actually being with the Eucharistic community and receiving the sacraments. The sacraments are the bedrock of our faith, as essential to our spiritual and emotional life as food and water to the body, and there are no substitutes." The Bishop's pastoral letter this month can be downloaded here.
If you are able to, don't deny yourself - book a place to attend Mass in person and receive the Holy Eucharist!
A very warm welcome to the website of the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Edmund in Abingdon.
St Edmund Campion Deanery, Old Berkshire
English Martyrs, Vale of White Horse Pastoral Area
The Parish of Our Lady and St Edmund of Abingdon is a dynamic Roman Catholic community situated in the northern part of the Diocese of Portsmouth. Together with other four parishes, it belongs to the Thames Isis Pastoral Area, set up in 2006. It is also a member of “The Church in Abingdon”, an organisation which includes 14 different Christian congregations in Abingdon, and we greatly value our work together.
Pastoral care, short faith development courses, social activities and church groups are at the heart of Our Lady and St Edmund’s vibrant Church community. Whether you are new to the Parish or an existing Church member, please explore our website to find out more about how you can join in our faith celebration and get the most out of the Church community.
Our Church is dedicated to St Edmund, a native of Abingdon, whose feast day is celebrated on November 16th. We have close links with our Catholic schools in Abingdon - Our Lady’s Junior and Senior Schools and St Edmund Primary School.
BRINGING PEOPLE CLOSER TO JESUS CHRIST THROUGH HIS CHURCH
To go out on mission to everyone.
"Go, make disciples of all nations. " (Matthew 28:19)
That we enable many more to hear the Gospel and to come to know, serve and love Jesus Christ in the saving communion of His Catholic Church, so that, persevering in faith, hope and charity, they may one day reach the happiness of Heaven.
To convert Catholics.
"He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, lives in me, and I live in him." (John 6:55-56)
That we assist all Catholics, especially those who are not yet practising, to reach a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, to be more intentional disciples and, discerning their charisms, to become more actively engaged in the Church's mission.
To be totally dependent on the Holy Spirit.
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you." (Acts 1:8)
That shifting from maintenance to mission, we trust more completely in God through prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to inspire our clergy and our laity with constant joy and creativity to develop and realise new, innovative ministries and ways of Christian living.
To become outward-looking servants.
"In so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:40)
That all our parish and our school communities become ever more outward-facing service-centres, brighter beacons of mission, dialogue and service to everyone around, especially to the poor, the homeless, those in need.
Rt. Rev. Philip Egan BA, STL, PhD
Bishop of Portsmouth