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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

Ashes for Ash Wednesday (17th February).  Do you know where the ashes come from for Ash Wednesday?  They are made by burning the palms that we waved on Palm Sunday to welcome the Lord into His City.  Of course, last Palm Sunday we were under lockdown and the church was closed, so we didn’t have any palms.  Nevertheless, I am hoping that we can make our own ashes for Ash Wednesday.  If you have palms from earlier Palm Sundays that we could use for this, please bring them to church over the next few weeks.

Parish Finance Committee.  There will be a meeting on Zoom of the Parish Finance Committee tomorrow at 8.00 pm.  We need to consider the annual accounts for the past year and also to look ahead towards the coming year.  I am very grateful to Rachel Breward who has been the Parish Treasurer for the last several years and who has now asked to step down from this role.  The Parish owes her a great debt of gratitude for her hard work and skills.   I am very pleased to be able to announce that Kylla Abrigo has offered to take up the reins as Treasurer.  Many thanks and best wishes to them both.

Next Sunday is Racial Justice Sunday. This year Racial Justice Sunday (31 January) is more important than ever. The effects of the pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, and the powerful message on fraternity and equality by Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti speak of the need to actively oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour. We are all children of God. The Bishops’ Conference has commissioned a series of videos to share the thoughts of Black Catholics about the events of the past year, how we can build a better society and the important role that our Church can play. These are available at: cbcew.org.uk/home/events/racial-justicesunday-2021.

Missionary Parishes, Missionary Disciples. The Diocesan Evangelisation Team is hosting a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, 26th January. for those who wish to pray, share & reflect on how God is calling us to nurture missionary parishes and disciples in this challenging new context. There is a choice of two meetings repeated during the day (1-2pm and 7.30- 8.30pm). Contact natalie.orefice@rcaob.org.uk for log in details.

Tailpiece: Now that Christmas is over for another year I hope it is safe to tell this one:  Two parents took their three-year-old daughter to church for the first time for the parish Christmas Carol Service.  The church lights were lowered, and then the choir came down the aisle, carrying lighted candles. All was quiet until the little one started to sing in a loud voice, “Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you….”

May God bless you and all those dear to you. Fr. Harry.

Updated on Sunday, 24 January 2021; For more details please see the Newsletter for the week.