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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

Welcome to Sacred Heart Church for Mass.

If you have recently moved into this parish, or if you are returning after lockdown, please come and say hello to me. Thank you.

From the Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter that was read last week: “I invite you to think about the four essential aspects of our diocesan mission:

“Evangelisation – Encouraging others to know God’s love for them by inviting them to church, to pray and to encounter Christ – inviting them to parish groups where they can learn about Our Lord – helping to form missionary disciples and missionary parishes.

“Formation – Nurturing future Catholic leaders in our churches and schools by providing both spiritual and pastoral formation and support – helping us to play an active role in the parish community – helping us to understand more about our faith so as to deepen our personal relationship with God.

“Liturgy and Worship – Invigorating and deepening our worship and sacramental celebrations so that we share in and reflect the divine life of the Trinity – encouraging others to join us in praying to our Heavenly Father.

“Social Outreach – Building up the common good through our charitable outreach – offering our time, our resources and our love to those who need them most – inviting others to join us in our charitable work.

Please remember to think about what you can do in these four areas, and what we can do as a community, as we move forward together, out of the pandemic.

Day for Life.  Today in England and Wales we are celebrating the annual Day for Life. Thisis the day in the Church’s year dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. The theme for this year centres on caring for the sick and dying.  As well as prayer it is also important to support the work of pro-life organisations as they seek to promote and protect life from conception until its natural death.  There are envelopes on your seats in church and if you wish to support the work of those organisations please put your offering in those envelopes and as you leave at the end of Mass put them into the collection baskets along with your offering for the church.  Thank you.

Congratulations to everyone – teachers, pupils, families, admin and other staff, governors – who are connected with St. John Fisher School as they celebrate their Patronal Feast on Tuesday.  May God bless them.  Happy Feastday!

Missio Red Box Appeal.  The missionaries, and the communities they serve, are living in such difficult circumstances, made even harder by COVID-19.  They have asked us to pass on their thanks for your support through prayer and generous donations, and tell us that they pray for us all.  If you have a Red Box, please bring it in to be emptied by Sunday, 4th July.

Please pray for those we know who are sick, including Jesmi Peiris, Domenico Mirto and Regina Soares.  If you are ill and you would like to ask for prayers on this newsletter, let me know.

PARISH PRAYER FOR JUNE, THE MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a well-loved Catholic practice. Rooted in Scriptures, the devotion dwells on God’s boundless love for humanity.

Father, pour out your Holy Spirit on each member of our parish.

Warm our hearts with your love, so that we can follow you more closely.

Enlighten our minds so that we can understand the truth of your word.

Protect and strengthen all marriages and family life.

Make our homes places of prayer, peace, harmony and welcome.

Inspire us to work together with enthusiasm and build our parish into a loving and caring community.

We make our prayer through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

May God bless you and all those you love.

Fr. Harry

Updated on Sunday, 20 June 2021; For more details please see the Newsletter for the week.