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Our Lady and St Edmund of Abingdon
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This Sunday we celebrate Father's Day.  Let us pray to God for all Fathers in our community and may God’s blessing grant them health and strength.

MASSES AND OTHER INFORMATION

 

Please visit the Mass Times page for more information on Mass times and other events, or click here.

PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS

 

The parish office opening hours are from 8.15am to 12.15pm Tuesday to Friday. Closed on Bank Holidays.

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REFLECTION

 

Everyone knows that if you plant an acorn in the ground, given time it will grow into an oak tree. Yet no one knows how. And how extraordinary that a huge oak should have such humble origins. Jesus says this is how it is with the reign of God in our lives and in our world. It begins in a small way, but given time it grows into something great. Is this growth happening in my life? Am I growing into a more loving, compassionate, Christ like person? On many an idle day have I grieved over lost time? But it is never lost, Lord. You have taken every moment of my life in your own hands. Hidden in the heart of things you are nourishing seeds into sprouts, buds into blossoms, and ripening flowers into fruitfulness. I was tired and sleeping on my idle bed, and imagining all work had closed. In the morning I woke up, and found my garden full with wonderful flowers.

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PARISH DAY

 

Our Parish Day this year will be celebrated on Sunday 21st July, with the morning Mass at 10.30am in the ‘garden’ behind the parish centre. This will be followed by a barbecue and there will be activities for children as well. Cheques will also be presented to representatives from our Lenten projects – Friends of the Holy Land and Helen & Douglas House – and you will be please to know that we managed to raise a total of £13,112.03 to be shared between these two charities.

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SECOND COLLECTION THIS SUNDAY

 

This Sunday 16th June is designated as the “Day for Life”. This year’s theme is “The Lord is my Shepherd – compassion and hope at the end of Life” We reflect and pray on end-of -life care in the midst of national debates on assisted suicide. Read the Holy Father’s Special Blessing here. The second collection this Sunday is to support this work and you can also make a donation here.

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LIFTING THE FAITH SCHOOLS ADMISSIONS CAP

 

Our bishops are asking all Catholics to respond to the government's consultation on lifting the current 50% faith-based admissions cap on free schools. Go to the link here, where you can show your support for this which will allow new Catholic free schools to be founded. The consultation closes on 20th June.

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CARITAS PORTSMOUTH - REFUGEE WEEK

 

The theme for Refugee Week is ‘Our Home’ and Caritas are holding an online networking event on Tuesday 18th June from 12:30-1pm to hear from a parish project working with refugees and asylum seekers. Everyone welcome. Please register via their website here.

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ABINGDON PASSION PLAY

 

This will take place on Saturday 22nd June in the Abbey Gardens. There will be two performances: 12 noon & 5 pm. Want to get involved? We are still looking for the following: stewards, actors (to play temple guards, soldiers and crowd) and general helpers on the day. For more information, please see the website here, or contact Ralph on 07790 498718 or Anne Green 01235 520171 or email annegreenabingdon@yahoo.com

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SIGNIFICANT WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

 

Bishop Philip invites all married couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th (or longer) wedding anniversary to  join him for this year's Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass at St Bede’s Church, Basingstoke on Saturday 7th September at 2:00pm. If you would like to attend, please email for an application form at:

anniversaries@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

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GUIDE FOR THE ELECTION

 

As Catholics, we know that tackling poverty and injustice are among the most important issues politicians should act on. The St Vincent de Paul Society and CAFOD have produced a guide for Catholics for the General Election, with suggested questions to ask candidates. Please see the CAFOD information here or the SVP information here for more information. The Bishops’ Conference have also created a webpage about some of the issues and proposed legislation, which you can access here.

The Church in Abingdon invite everyone to Pre-Election Hustings for Oxford West and Abingdon at the Abingdon Baptist church 35 Ock Street OX14 5AG on Friday 21st June 2024 between 7.30pm to 9.30pm. It is our chance to meet the candidates and find out about their policies and local priorities. If you want to put a question to the candidates email: helenmac930@gmail.com or drop your question off the reception at the Baptist Church by 19th June 2024.

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CHILDRENS' MASSES

 

We will continue holding a Children's Mass on the first Sunday of every month during term-time. We hope to see many of you there!

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TAIZÉ PRAYER

 

You are invited to St Helen’s Church in Abingdon to join in Taizé prayer at 5.30pm on 14th July.

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Please continue to support the Abingdon Food Bank. However, please do not leave your contributions in our church. The collection points are at:

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GIFT AIDING YOUR MONETARY DONATIONS

 

If you aren't doing so already, please consider gift aiding your donations – it makes them all the more worthwhile, because if you tell us that you pay tax in the UK, then we can claim back 25% from the Government - that's 25p for every £1 you give! You can do so by filling in the yellow form available at the back of the church or online on our website here. Thank you.

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PARISH NEWSLETTERS

 

Items for the newsletter should be sent to the parish office (abingdon@portsmouthdiocese.org.ukby the Wednesday of each week please. Copies are available in the church and on this website here. Please keep contributions as brief as possible and please take newsletters home with you. Thank you.

DIOCESAN NEWS

To keep up to date with the news of the Diocese and the Bishop please follow on:

If you would like to share news with the rest of the Diocese, please contact: communications@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

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PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

 

Holy and provident Father, you are the Lord of the vineyard and the harvest you give each a just reward for their work. In your design of love you call men and women to work with you for the salvation of souls. We thank you for Jesus Christ, your living Word who has redeemed us from our sins and is among us to assist us in our poverty. Guide the flock to which you have promised possession of the Kingdom. Send new workers into your harvest and set in the heart of pastors’ fruitfulness to your plan of salvation, perseverance in their vocation and holiness of life. Christ Jesus who on the shores of the sea of Galilee called the apostles and made them the foundation of the Church and bearers of your Gospel in our day, sustain your people on its journey, Amen.

(Prayer of Pope John Paul II)

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LIFE IN THE SPIRIT COURSES

 

Experience the Life-Changing power of the Holy Spirit! The online seminars, with an excellent line-up of speakers, are being organised by our Diocese, and Bishop Philip hopes we all take advantage of this opportunity. The meetings are on Zoom every Thursday evening 7.30 to 9 pm for 7 weeks starting on 6th June until 18th July. There will also be an In-Person Holy Spirit Day on Saturday 29th June at 10.30am at St Bede's Church Basingstoke. Please register for the Seminars on-line here. If you register for the course of seminars, then you will be invited to attend the in-person Holy Spirit Day at St Bede's. The course is free to everyone, but to pay for the costs of the course - Zoom costs and hall hire, with a token of appreciation for our speakers, you can make a contribution here if you would like to.

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FANNING THE FLAME SUMMER CAMP

 

Bookings for the 2024 Fanning the Flame summer camp are now open for 11- to 18-year-olds. The theme this year is 'Transformed' and the week of Monday 19th - Friday 23rd August at Kintbury will be spent delving into how we are transformed through our relationship with God, Creator and Redeemer. Book early to avoid disappointment!! For booking forms and more, use the link here. You can also view the poster here.

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DON BOSCO BOYS' CAMP

 

This camp will be going ahead again this summer from Sunday 28th July to Saturday 3rd August for boys of secondary school age (leaving Yr6 to leaving Yr11) at St. Cassian’s, Kintbury. There will be plenty of sport, outings, competitions, and games to ensure that boys will have a fantastic week. This will continue to take place within the context of the celebration of the Catholic Faith, including daily Mass and morning prayer. The cost of the camp is £230 (part bursaries may be available on application). For more information please email: dbcamps@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

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CLIMATE CHANGE

 

Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford and the Lead Bishop for the Environment, has written to the leaders of the main political parties as they campaign for the 4th July election to ask them to take environmental issues seriously in their planning. Thanking the leaders for their service in public life, Bishop Arnold impressed upon them the urgent need to address global warming and its consequences as predictions now show the earth is warming at a faster rate than previously thought. You can read his full letter here.

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OPEN DOORS

 

Open Doors takes place on Mondays from 11am to 2pm in the Parish Centre and runs every Monday, except Bank Holidays. We offer tea/coffee, lunch and friendly conversation to anyone in the Parish or local community who is on their own or would like more company.

We need more volunteers to help at our Open Doors sessions.  If you can spare a few hours on Monday on a rota basis please contact Berny Pratt on 01235 525257.

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DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

 

Canon PJ Smith, Episcopal Vicar for Education and Pilgrimage Director invites you to join this year's Pilgrimage to Lourdes from Monday 22nd – Friday 26th July 2024. If you would like to know more please email: lourdes@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or you can book using the booking form link here.

Calling the young People of our Diocese.  Have you just finished your A-levels? Or about to finish Uni for the Summer...? Why not give something back by joining the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes? You could help by assisting some of our pilgrims by pushing wheelchairs, offering a steadying arm and a warm smile! The pilgrim fare is £780 but there is the potential for funding. You can contact lourdes@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk for more details of this from the Diocese. The Catenians in our parish are also offering a bursary, and you can get information on how to contact them from the leaflets at the back of our church.

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ARE YOU IN NEED OR WANT TO HELP OTHERS?

 

For nearly two centuries the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) has been seeking and finding those in need and responding in love. As well as visits, we can offer practical and financial help where possible. We always maintain confidentiality. Our SVP members meet every fortnight on a Wednesday evening. If you are in need or know someone who is, do contact our parish SVP group via the parish office and we will see what we can do to help. Equally, if you would like to get involved in any way, please do contact us.

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LITURGY WEBSITE AND UPCOMING COURSES

 

The Diocese now have a Liturgy website, which provides reflection, guidance and a chance to ask questions. You can access by clicking on the image above.

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DIOCESAN MISSION PLAN - UPDATE

 

Bishop Philip thanks everyone, clergy, and laity, for all the hard work being done in our Pastoral Areas and in individual parishes to bring to life the diocesan mission plan: You Will Be My Witnesses. He has asked every area for a first draft of their Pastoral Area plan by 26th March and says that it needs to cover the three main themes of (1) deepening faith; (2) mission and service; and (3) parish structures. Bishop Philip will then be visiting the teams in each pastoral area to hear of progress and offer support. In our own Pastoral Area, English Martyrs Vale of White Horse, each parish priest together with two lay representatives from each parish will meet on March 6th at Wantage to try to take us forward initially with the Pastoral Plan. This will be the second of such meetings and please pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us in our discussion. There are some ‘flyers’ on the table at the back of church outlining the plan. Please help yourselves to a copy.

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Abingdon Community Fridge fights food waste by redistributing surplus food from local businesses and members of the community. The Abingdon Community Fridge is open to all. For more information visit their Facebook page here, or email info@abingdoncommunityfridge.org.uk

 They are located at Hadland Road Community Centre, OX14 3YH and open on:

  • Mondays: 4.00-4.30pm

  • Thursdays: 1.00-2.00pm

  • Saturdays: 10.30-11.30am

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NEW TO THE PARISH? OR CHANGED ADDRESS?

 

We warmly welcome all new parishioners who have joined our parish in the last year. Please do make yourselves known if you have not already done so, and also let us know if you would like to contribute to parish life in any way. If you have already registered with us, but have changed your address or contact details, please also let us know. Forms and other information are available on our website here to register. Forms and other information are also available in the porch at our church.

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JOB VACANCIES IN OUR DIOCESE

 

All current vacancies in the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth can be viewed here.

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