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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.  

If you are here with us for the first time today, welcome. If you are returning to Mass after a period of time away because of the pandemic, welcome back! It is lovely to see you again today. If you are a new student at Oxford or Oxford Brookes University, welcome to Oxford and to our parish. Welcome too to returning students whose digs this year are in our parish. We would love you to make your home with us during your time at university.

Gift Aid Donors. There are still envelopes that gift aid donors have not picked up yet.  It is essential that you use your envelopes for your offertory, otherwise we cannot claim the tax back on your weekly offerings.

Secondly, we need to know if you are no longer paying tax, so that we can take you off our records.  If you have moved house in the past 2 years, we need an up-to-date address for you. We need this information as soon as possible so that we can send in our claim for the year 2020/21.

We would like to encourage all taxpayers, who do not at present gift aid their offerings to the church, to consider doing so, please. For more information or to sign up for gift aiding, contact Sally McVeigh on 01865 779078.

CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day. Did you remember to give up something last Friday for the CAFOD Harvest Fast Day?  Well, it’s not too late if you forgot.  You can always put some money into the envelope today and then fast tomorrow!  The money that we give will help CAFOD in their work among people who do not have a choice about whether they go hungry.  Thank you. 

Your Parish Needs YOU!!  Please join in.

Thank you to those who have returned their yellow leaflets.  Please ask yourself if you would like to be part of the re-awakening of our parish and fill in the leaflet and leave it in the basket on the table.

Baptisms:  Parents, if you have been delaying arranging your child’s Baptism because of Covid you can now ask me and we can welcome your child properly into the family of the Church.

Weddings.  The same can be said about the Sacrament of Matrimony.  We can now make plans, so please come and have a chat with me.

CATHOLICISM MADE SIMPLE

We began a series of talks last Monday at Our Lady’s, Hollow Way, intended to help people who want to find out more about the Catholic Faith, either to seek Baptism or reception into the Church or simply to reinforce their understanding.  If you missed it last week you can still join this Monday, at 7.00 pm in the Don Bosco Centre.  This week we shall explore the Bible.  All welcome

The Assisted Dying Bill, 2021 and a Novena asking for the prayers of Pope John Paul II. 

The Assisted Dying Bill is due to receive its Second Reading in the House of Commons, with full debate, on Friday, 22nd October, 2021.  This means legalised assisted suicide and it is not something that, as Catholics, we should simply allow to come to pass.  There will be a national novena asking for the intercession of St John Paul II. It will run from 13th-22nd October.  Bishop John Sherrington has said: ‘Jesus told his disciples to pray at all times and not lose heart. Providentially the discussion of Baroness Meacher’s Bill in the House of Lords falls on the feast of St John Paul II on 22nd October. The novena, asking the intercession of St. John Paul II, who spoke courageously about the infinite worth of each human person and witnessed to the cross in his final illness, calls upon Catholics and all who share our view that assisted suicide is wrong, to pray with perseverance that this Bill will be defeated.  St. John Paul II, pray for us.’

The Novena Prayer: 

Merciful God, we pray with thanks and gratitude for the great spiritual gift of Saint John Paul II’s apostolic life and mission. Through his heavenly intercession we ask that the ‘Assisted Dying’ Bill be defeated and that the infinite worth of each human person is upheld through proper investment in palliative care. Grant also that we may grow in love for You and proclaim boldly the love of Jesus Christ to all people. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be….

Vacancy for a Headteacher.  The Archdiocese of Birmingham in partnership with The Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Company wish to appoint a Headteacher for Blessed George Napier School in Banbury for Easter 2022 start or January, if available.  For further information and to apply, please use this link: https://www.eteach.com/careers/bgn-oxon/

This year’s Thanksgiving Mass for Marriage at St Chad’s Cathedral is now full so if you haven’t already booked, please join online via the Cathedral Website livestream (www.stchadscathedral.org.uk). Next Saturday, 9th October, at noon, celebrated by Bishop David Evans.

May God bless you and all those you love.

Fr. Harry

Updated on Sunday, 03 October 2021; For more details please see the Newsletter for the week.