MASS DURING THE PANDEMIC
Please visit the Mass Times page for more information on how to book for Mass, or click here.
Please remember to book for Mass every Monday for the following week.
PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS
Please note that until further notice, the Parish Office opening hours will be from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Outside of these times, Fr Jamie will respond to urgent phone messages as soon as he can. Please note that the office will be closed from Friday 30th July until 13th August 2021.
On Monday 17th May you can book for Masses from Sunday 23rd May to Saturday 29th May.
MAY - MONTH OF OUR LADY
Pope Francis has asked for a marathon of prayer around the world throughout May for an end to the pandemic. The initiative, behind which the Pope has thrown his support, involves 30 Marian Shrines from various parts of the world and it takes place under the theme “The whole Church was fervently praying to God,” which recalls a verse in the Book of Acts (12:5). The Rosary will be broadcast on Vatican News daily at 6pm Rome time (5pm UK time). A link to this online site is available here.
The intention is to also pray for the following:
Protecting our families and the family of nations, especially in this Year of St Joseph
A deepening of faith, hope and love and the protection of life
Peace in the world
Deliverance from Coronavirus; for those working for a cure; for those who have died; for those who are suffering and those who care for them.
THE DIOCESE THANKS YOU
Thank you to everyone who supported the recent second collections for the Clergy Assistance Fund and the Clergy Training Fund. Your generous contributions will have a real impact on the future of our work and mission: bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through his Church. Thank you again for your continued and ongoing support.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS
At the first Pentecost the disciples changed from being fearful and looking inward to being full of joy and looking outward. The Holy Spirit gave them courage, words and great joy. Pope Francis has asked that we bring the Life in the Spirit Seminars to all, to enable us all to have a greater capacity to speak about our joy in the risen Lord. The seminars are online using Zoom, and they start after Pentecost (23rd May) on Thursday 27th May and run for seven weeks. Timing is to join from 7pm for a start at 7.15pm with an end each time at 8.45. For more information and to register see here.
One Full Time and One Part Time Teacher Vacancies
The School is looking for enthusiastic, dynamic and committed teachers, who would be supportive of their school mission statement and the Catholic ethos of the school, from September 2021. The ability to lead a core subject would be desirable in our warm and welcoming school. Calls to discuss this position further with the Headteacher, Mrs Maria Delany-White are encouraged and warmly welcomed.
Please contact The School Business Manager (01235 521558 or ) to request an application pack.
Closing date: Monday 24th May at 4pm
SPIRITUAL PROGRAMME AND RETREAT
ADoRE Online spiritual mini-retreat morning. May 22nd, 10.00-13.00 with Mass, Adoration, Reflection, Praise, Talk, Prayer and Discussion. Theme: "Praying for Baptism in the Holy Spirit" - Baptism in the Spirit re-ignites the graces already given to Christians through the Sacraments and it’s also a new, fresh experience of the Holy Spirit which brings our faith alive, inspiring and empowering us to live our Christian life to the full. Speaker: Fr Anthony Meredith. Please register in advance here. You can download a poster of the 2021 programme here.
ADoRE is also offering confidential prayer for healing by telephone - ring 07579 824523 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Experienced prayer ministers will pray with you confidentially for healing of physical, emotional and spiritual problems.
PRAYING THE ROSARY DURING MAY
The month of May is dedicated to Our Lady – a great intercessor for our prayers. Why not join the group of people who pray the Rosary on Zoom on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays each week at 8pm? Just email for the joining instructions:
Friends of the Holy Land are organising a Pentecost Challenge which consists of walking, cycling, running or swimming the 84-mile pilgrimage route from Bethlehem to Nazareth. The aim is to enable children to stay in Christian schools. If you aren’t sporty, you can just make a donation online (please don’t put it into the church collection). For more information, please click on the image above or here.
This is by appointment only for now. Please contact the parish office during opening hours to book an appointment. Tel: 01235 520375 or email the office: .
FORMATION FOR MISSION COURSES
There are a number of courses on offer. To find out all the initiatives currently offered by the Team for adult formation, visit their new website here or clicking on the image above.
WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY
Sunday 16th May 2021 is World Communications Day, when we are asked to pray for all communicators and to give generously to a Second Collection for the Holy See to support this area of work. Pope Francis has released his message for the 55th World Communications Day on the theme of “Come and See” (Jn 1:46) – Communicating by Encountering People as They Are. You can read his message by clicking on the image above. Your contributions for this Second Collection can be made here.
SPIRITUAL DIRECTION TRAINING PROGRAMME
This two-year course beginning in September, is a unique combination of online and residential learning facilitated by seasoned practitioners at the Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality in Oxford. It offers unparalleled formation in the spiritual life and training for those who wish to accompany others on their spiritual journey, while providing a forum for the mutual enrichment of Christians from different denominations. Contact, Ruth Preston () or find more information here or clicking on the image above.
CALLED TO CHANGE
The 16th -24th May is the 6th anniversary week of Laudato si’, when the Pope called all people of goodwill to change and work together to care for our common home. Across the world Catholics have been encouraged to renew our response to hear “the cry or the earth and the cry of the poor.” Much has happened, much more needs to happen. There will be announcements from the Vatican and online talks.
In our diocese Fr Mark Hogan, with CAFOD and Caritas, invite you on Friday 21st May from 1pm to 2pm to gather on Zoom to pray and share some practical ideas to motive us to action. Please join us - contact to book for a Zoom place.
TUTOR of Ancient History
Our Lady’s Abingdon seeks an experienced, committed tutor to teach the OCR Ancient History A level specification on a 1:1 basis within our Sixth Form from September 2021. The commitment is 6 x 40 minute periods per week, term time only, over a two year term. For further details and an informal chat about the position please call the school direct on 01235 524658
FUNDRAISER FOR PAX CHRISTI
In the week from 15th to 21st May, Pax Christi, the Catholic Peace organisation, will be trying to raise funds to make up for lost income due to Covid19. Fausta is having a dance-a-thon, Bruce is delivering a peace message to foreign embassies in London, Matt is cycling 50 miles visiting peace sites, Pat is going on a walk from Victoria to the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park, Rachel will be cycling for 75 miles, to celebrate Pax Christi’s 75th anniversary. More fundraisers are joining the fun. Please look here for details on how you can sponsor them.
YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST
In our Diocese of Portsmouth, we will begin a Year of the Eucharist starting on the Feast of Corpus Christi, 6th June 2021. In these years 2020 to 2022, Bishop Philip is inviting everyone in the Diocese to undertake by God’s grace a period of intense, spiritual renewal. The purpose ultimately is to help us realise our diocesan ambition of Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ through His Church. The Year of the Eucharist, which will follow on from the Year of the Word, will be a unique opportunity for the Diocese as a whole to rekindle our love for Jesus Christ really and truly present and active in the Holy Eucharist.
DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR LIFE
On Friday 21st May, the Vigil of St Rita, please pray and fast for the end of abortion and euthanasia in this Country. On this month's Day of Prayer and Fasting for Life, we are especially asking you to fast and pray for the end of DIY abortions at home. Please join in and invite others to join as well. You can read more here.
DONATIONS TO THE FOODBANK
Still urgently needed are:
Long life cow's milk - semi skimmed or whole
Tinned meat for hot meals (mince, stews, meatballs)
Dried chick peas and couscous
Bottles of squash
Small (500g) bags of sugar
J cloths (other brands are available)
Donations can be dropped off at the Foodbank on Northcourt Road
CONTINUE TO PRAY DURING THIS PANDEMIC
Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger, to whom we turn in our distress; in faith we pray, look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love, so that together we may give glory to your holy name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen
CALLED AND GIFTED - NOW ONLINE
The Called and Gifted Team is very pleased to announce that the Called and Gifted discernment process is now available ONLINE. With the support of Bishop Philip and the Catherine of Siena Institute in the US, the team has created a new C&G website with links to both the Diocesan website and the Institute's high quality teaching videos. The new website not only explains the benefits of discerning your spiritual gifts (charisms) it also includes personal testimonies for each charism and an easy-to-use booking process that enables participants to purchase access to the videos (stage 1), book their online personal discernment conversation (stage 2) and book a place on a small discernment group (stage 3). See the new website here.
For more information or to discuss what Called and Gifted could mean for you, please contact one of the C&G Core Team:
Gerry Penfold -
Anne-Marie Fletcher -
Geoff and Gina Poulter -