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. The memorabilia is a pictorial capture of parish events which we hope will tell the story of what is going on in the parish. You will find useful links to other websites of institutions closely linked to the parish.
Whatever your reason for visiting us we pray that God will bless your search and grant you many blessings.
Sunday Reflection from Fr. Pius Duke:
We live in a world where death is more talked about than life. Since the advent of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are tormented daily with the news of the horror and tragedy of this sickness and the rising number of deaths. Ours has become a world dominated by death. Although we believe in Christ, it is natural, right, and healthy that we should grieve when death robs us of a loved one; the tears still fall when a friend or relative dies. Yet we are not overwhelmed. We draw strength from the Gospel, and our faith in Christ sustains us. We are like people who feel sad at the onset of autumn when the world turns bare and empty, despite their sure belief that spring will renew everything once more. For us eternal life is not something that begins when we die. It begins the moment we hear the voice of Christ and believe in him. Thus, even in the midst of winter, we know that spring is already quietly at work, though its full blossoming is still in the future. By raising Lazarus to life, Jesus shows that he has power over death and life. He declares that he is the resurrection and life. Through his death and resurrection, Christ has destroyed death and restored life. He is the one who enables us to have faith and hope in the new life that will last forever and is all happiness. However, to enjoy this life, St Paul tells us to do things that are pleasing to God and shun unspiritual or carnal things that makes us materialistic, selfish, greedy, egoistic and careless. ‘Fear not that your life will come to an end; rather fear that it may never have begun’ (Thoreau).
Fr. Pius Duke
News and Events
Mass Suspension Information
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales announced that the public celebration of Mass is going to be suspended, starting from the evening of Friday 20th March, in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. This means that all services at Sacred Heart including the 9:30 am Mass and 6 pm Sunday Mass, will be suspended until further notice. If you or someone you know in the parish is self-isolating and is in need of any support, such as help with shopping or a chat on the phone, please get in touch with the Parish Office: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 01865 776903 or 01865 762964. Corpus Christi Parish in Headington will continue to be live streaming weekday and Sunday Mass, and more details can be found at https://corpuschristiheadington.co.uk.
Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2020; For more details please see the Newsletter for the week.