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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

Welcome to Sacred Heart Church.

Holidays.  I shall be back from holiday on Thursday, and the office will be closed until then.  If you need to speak to a priest, please contact Canon Mervyn at Corpus Christi, Telephone: 01865 762433; Email: corpuschristi.oxford@rcaob.org.uk.   

World Day of Prayer for the Care of CreationPope Francis has established 1st September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.  This is the start of the Season of Creation (1st September to 4th October).  To see his message and/or a summary, go to http://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/News/pope-francis-issues-message-ahead-of-season-of-creation.

Prayers for the Sick.  Please pray for Barry Holland, Betty Duff and Eileen McGarry and all those we know who are sick. 

March For Life UK.  The annual March for Life will be held in London on Saturday, 3rd September. For information go to: https://www.marchforlife.co.uk/

Future events.  There will be more information later, but please make sure you have these dates in your diaries:

  1. A CAFOD Parish Day of Recollection. Saturday 24th September, 10.30 -3.30, at Our Lady’s church, in the Don Bosco Centre.  This Day will be based on the CAFOD “Seven Station Journey” and will help us to reflect on how we use the blessings of God.
  2. A Parish day out to Douai Abbey, with Mass, a tour and a talk.  Tuesday, 11th October.  Douai Abbey is a Benedictine Abbey at Upper Woolhampton, near Thatcham, Berkshire.  It is about 36 miles from here.
  3. A Day for Parish Readers.  Saturday, 19th November, 10.00-4.00 in Our Lady’s church and the Don Bosco Centre.  During Mass it is the role of the Reader to proclaim the Word of God.  It is not like reading anything else.  This Day for Readers will give some practical help for reading, and also some spiritual input as we approach Advent.  If you are a reader or would like to be one (I should welcome new readers), please make sure this date is in your diary.

The Relics of St. Bernadette, to whom Our Lady appeared at Lourdes in 1858, will be visiting the Archdiocese and will be in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Bicester, on the 9th and 10th October.  This will be a chance to pray in the presence of St Bernadette’s relics and draw closer to Our Lady.  To book your visit: https://stbernadette.org.uk/registration/#birmingham-diocese

VISIT OF ST BERNADETTE’S RELICS:   

Programme:

Sunday, 9th October 2022

9.00 pm                        Arrival & Prayers of welcome

9.15 pm to Midnight     Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 

                                     Veneration of the Relics & Rosary 

                                     Candle-lit procession 

12 Midnight                  Holy Mass

Monday 10th October 2022

7.00 am                         Veneration of the Relics

8.00 am                         Morning Prayer

8.15 am – 9.00 am         Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Veneration of the Relics                    

10.00 am                       Rosary – livestreaming to all Catholic Schools guided by: Archbishop Bernard Longley

10.30 am to 12.45 pm   Anointing of the sick

1.00 pm                        Concelebrated Mass – Bishop David Evans

Pope’s Prayer Intention for September: For the abolition of the death penalty.  We pray that the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country. 

May God bless you and all those whom you love.

Fr. Harry

For more details please see the Newsletter for the week.