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Welcome to the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church Oxford

Sacred Heart Church in Blackbird Leys, Oxford is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. We hope that you will find our website useful and enjoy searching through the various aspects of life in the parish. Here you will be able to check our weekly newsletter, news and forthcoming parish events, read about how to go about with Sacramental preparation and find out Mass times and other services.

Whatever your reason for visiting us we pray that God will bless your search and grant you many blessings

CAFOD Lent Fast Day, this Friday, 26th February.  Can you make a special effort to help others who are in need?  CAFOD are asking us to give something to help vulnerable communities around the world with water and to provide other vital support. Donate online at cafod.org.uk/lent or by using a CAFOD envelope. You can also give via text. Text LENT to 70460 to donate £10. (Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message you’ll be opting in to hear more about CAFOD’s work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text LENTNOINFO to 70460. For more info, please see CAFOD’s Privacy Policy: cafod.org.uk/Legal-information/Privacy-notice)

CAFOD’s Walk for Water Appeal.  Ask your friends to sponsor you to walk 10,000 steps a day: 10,000 steps a day – done your way. Every day. For 40 days. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just as long as you put your heart and soul into it.  Sign up now, raise money and do something different to fight poverty.  Go to https://walk.cafod.org.uk/

Congratulations to Rachel and Phoebe who are taking on the Walk for Water Challenge and have even got into the Oxford Mail, which is great.  Have a look at https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19095066.mother-toddler-go-extra-mile-water-aid-quest/ For updates and photos: https://walk.cafod.org.uk/fundraising/rachel-and-phoebe-walk-for-water.  If you are interested in doing this challenge also, email rachel.breward@gmail.com

Annual Guild of St Stephen Mass. Altar servers across the Archdiocese are invited to join the live streaming of the Guild of St Stephen Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral at 10am on Saturday, 6th March.  As part of the celebration servers (young and old, whether at home or in church, vested or not) are encouraged to send a picture of themselves holding their Guild Medal to office@vocations.org.uk so the Vocations team can create a montage poster in lieu of the annual photo at Mass. Please save the date and get involved!

Parish Penance Service.  On Thursday, 18th March, at 6.00 pm, with Mass at 7.00 pm.

Induction.  According to Canon Law, a Parish Priest should be “inducted” into his new parish.  Normally it would be a chance for a celebration in church, followed by a party.  Unfortunately, we can’t do that at present, but there will be a service of Induction at 12.00 noon on Saturday, 20th March, when the Dean, Canon Mervyn Tower, with “introduce” me to the parish.  I hope that many of you will be able to attend.

Echoes of God: Journeying with the word of God. The next chapter in our 7-week course on the Bible, written by David McLoughlin is available. to take away, or go to https://www.godwhospeaks.uk/thegod-who-speaks/focus/sunday-of-the-word-ofgod/echoes-of-god-journeying-with-the-word-of-god/

Morning Prayer.  You are welcome to join me for Office of Readings and Morning Prayer of the Church each morning (except Wednesdays and Thursdays) at 8.00 through the live streaming.

Stations of the Cross each Sunday afternoon in Lent, at 5.15, before the evening Mass.

Lectio Divina. Would you like to try “Lectio Divina” by Zoom during Lent?  It is a Latin phrase, meaning “divine reading”, and it is a way of praying with the Bible.  We shall read the following Sunday’s Gospel together and pray about it.  It will last about half an hour and anyone is welcome.  If you would be interested in trying it please let me know and make sure that I have your email address.  It will start this Monday evening, 7.00–7.30 pm.

Gift Aid Envelopes.  The new envelopes will be available in two weeks.  If your circumstances have changed in a way that affects your income tax please let Sally know (01865 779078).  Similarly, if you wish to start gift aiding your weekly donations to the church, please give Sally a call.

“Walk With Me” Booklets.  These are available in the porch, cost £1, or whatever you can afford.   The Lent calendars are free.  The daily reflections are rooted in the Gospel from the daily and Sunday liturgy to help us on a journey of prayer and contemplation.

Tailpiece: Sometimes you overhear snippets of other people’s conversation and you don’t know whether to laugh or cry.  For example, a woman was overheard in one of the City stores saying: “You know the day I mean, dear.  The one after Christmas Eve.”

May God bless you throughout the Season of Lent and all those dear to you. Fr. Harry.

Updated on Sunday, 21 February 2021; For more details please see the Newsletter for the week.