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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

News and Events

Change of Mass Time:  Please note that the time of Mass on Sunday morning has been changed.  It is now at 9.00 am.  This is because I am also the parish Priest at Our Lady Help of Christians in Cowley and the times of Mass were clashing.  I am asking each parish to change slightly.  I hope and pray this will not be an inconvenience to you.  NEXT SUNDAY WE SHALL RESTART MASS AT 6.00 pm AS WELL AS 9.00 am.

If you cannot get to Mass – and the Sunday obligation to attend Mass has been lifted for the time being – you can still join in by watching a live Mass via the wonders of modern technology.  Here is a prayer, an Act of Spiritual Communion, which you can say as you watch a Livestream Mass:

“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.  Never permit me to be separated from You.”

People attending Mass are asked to…
+ Wear a face covering (please bring one)
+ Remain 1 metre+ apart
+ Sanitise hands on entering and leaving
+ Complete a slip for Track and Trace
At Holy Communion
+ Wait for stewards’ directions
+ Process in single file
+ Maintain social distancing
+ Face coverings to be worn
+ Receive in silence on the hand only
During Mass there will be no…
+ Holy water in the stoups
+ Hymnbooks
+ Children’s liturgy
+ Serving team
+ Collection bags
+ Offertory procession
+ Physical Sign of Peace
Please stay at home if…
+ You have a pre-existing condition or are immuno-compromised
+ You are feeling ill
+ You suspect you may be ill or have been exposed to COVID-19
+ You have a sick family member at home

PLEASE REMAIN VIGILANT. Please sit where a steward directs you. This helps us to get as many people in church as is safely possible and prevents people squeezing past others to get to their seat of choice. It also makes the task of disinfecting surfaces after Mass much more manageable. Please maintain a safe distance from other people, even while wearing a face covering. The one is not a substitute for the other. Thank you for your co-operation with these measures to help stem the spread of Covid-19 and keep those attending our church safe.

NHS Track and Trace System.  Government guidance states that churches should assist NHS Track & Trace by keeping a record of those who come to church. So, I ask you to give your name and ‘phone number. Thank you.

❖ Only a name and ‘phone number is needed.

❖ If a family come together, only one contact number is needed.

❖ Anyone is free to decline to provide details and still attend Mass.

❖ Details collected will be stored securely for 21 days. After that details collected will be securely disposed of.

❖ The legal basis on which the parish will hold this information is your consent.

❖ If NHS Track and Trace contacts the parish, details of those who attended the relevant Mass will be made available to them.

Census.  Please return your census form if you have not done so yet; if you have lost the form, email Chris Breward at sacredheart.oxford@rcaob.org.uk.

COVID 19: 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: sacredheartchurch.  oxford@gmail.com Phone: 01865 776903.

Gift Aid envelopes for the financial year 2020/21 are now available in the hall. They are laid out alphabetically by surname, with ‘A’ closest to the door between the hall and the church. Please take your box, avoiding touching any of the others.

We encourage anyone who is paying tax in the UK and not currently gift aiding their offertory gifts to contact Sally McVeigh or Chris Breward (sacredheart.oxford @rcaob.org.uk) to complete gift aid forms. The gift aid scheme allows the parish to claim back the tax you have already paid on the donations that you make to the parish, at no extra cost to you. You do not need to give a regular amount.

During the Covid pandemic, we encourage people to make their regular offertory gifts by direct transfer into the parish bank account so that we minimise the amount of cash that the counting team have to deal with. Please email Chris Breward (sacredheart.oxford@rcaob.org.uk) to request the bank account details.

Cleaners and Stewards Required.  I am very grateful to the team of cleaners and stewards who make it possible for us to have public Masses, but a few more people would make it easier for them.  If you could help, either at the 9.00 am Mass or at the 6.00 pm Mass, please contact me or Marion McCarthy.

Updated on Sunday, 13 September 2020; For more details please see the Newsletter for the week.