Pauline Hanley

RCIA/or Journey in Faith, as it is sometimes known, is the way we welcome people into the Catholic church. If you are not baptised and would like to be, or if you are already baptised in another Christian tradition and are thinking of becoming a Catholic, then RCIA could be for you.  


Maybe you are already a Catholic but would like to deepen and grow in faith, or maybe you have been attending Mass or you are married to a Catholic and would like to know more? Do you have questions about the Catholic faith you would like to find answers to? We meet each Tuesday from September to Pentecost (online using Zoom for now) at 7.30pm. For further information and details, please contact our parish priest on 01235 520375.

The next programme begins on 15th September 2020 and you can view the outline here.



Barbara Habayeb

This new programme begins on Monday 14th September and runs (online for now using Zoom) from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Mondays. It is aimed at anyone who has an enquiring mind and is interested in growing their faith. This would also be a suitable programme for anyone who has completed the RCIA course.

You can view the outline of the programme here.



Catherine McFarlane

'Marriage Care' is the largest faith-based provider of marriage preparation and relationship counselling in the UK. Founded in 1946 it provides marriage preparation, information, education and relationship counselling to thousands of people each year. Near 800 highly trained practitioners and support volunteers work in 53 Centres across England, Wales and Gibraltar.


During last year over 71,500 people accessed information about marriage and relationships from Marriage Care, and 7,600 clients took part in 9,716 sessions of face-to-face marriage preparation or relationship counselling. There are regular days in Oxford for married couples, and our Parish representative would be pleased to talk to you about this.



Clare Simpson

God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do. You have received gifts in Baptism and Confirmation through which God intends his love to reach others. The Called and Gifted process is an opportunity to start to recognise your charisms (spiritual gifts) and begin to discern God’s call. Come and discover these charisms.

You can learn more and watch an introduction to the Called and Gifted programme on the Portsmouth Catholic Diocese website.


Are you interested in studying and/or understanding the scriptures a bit more? Do you have questions about the Bible? The Bible is an incredible book of history and facts that proves that there is a God that created all things. Most important of all, the Bible is the Word of God. It contains the mind of God and His will for each one of our lives. That is why the Bible was given to us. The Word of God is infallible, complete, totally authoritative, fulfills many of our needs and will accomplish what it promises. Developing a better understanding will bring us closer to God.

If you are interested in a Bible Study group, you can do any or all of the following:

  • Read the scriptures alongside Bible Alive. Copies of the latter are available at the back of our church.

  • Join the Wednesday Gospel Webinar by the Dominican Sisters of Sway where they unlock the Sunday Gospel readings every Wednesday. Find this here.

  • Fill in the form on this page to indicate your interest in our own Bible Study group.



Clare Simpson

The Alpha course explores the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. We meet once a week for 9 weeks plus a half day time away - but the start date for the next course is yet to be decided.

We normally start with refreshments and chat and get to know each other. We then have a talk, usually using the official Alpha talks on a DVD, and then we break into small groups to discuss the talk or any questions that guests have about Christianity. It is all very relaxed and informal and no question is too simple or too hostile! You can also stay completely silent if you want - no one is asked to say anything. Most people come to Alpha without knowing anyone else on the course. By the end they are often good friends and want to stay in touch.

Topics for each evening include: Who is Jesus? What is the bible and how can we use it? What is prayer? Is there evil? How does God guide us? Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Alpha course has grown over the last 30 years from one church in London to become a global course translated into nearly hundred languages! Alpha  is great for both existing Christians and Catholics and those new to the faith, as it looks at the key tenets of Christianity - who is Jesus, why did he die for us and why did he rise from the dead? Everyone who comes finds it very valuable for their spiritual growth or for knowing more about Christianity and becoming part of our friendly community.

Do come and try the course. If you don’t like it then you don’t need to return!



Mike Oliver

'Wild Goose' is the name given to the Holy Spirit by the ancient Celts because He is so unpredictable and impossible to tame!


During four Saturday afternoons in the spring of 2018 we showed four segments of the excellent 'Wild Goose' series of videos produced by the Franciscan Friars in America: God's Love Poured Out; The Breath of God; Baptism in the Spirit & Fire; The Gifts of the Holy Spirit. On the third week we offered prayers for the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

​The Videos are excellent and can be watched here.


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