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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.

Honouring Sunday.

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued a statement about the importance of honouring Sunday.  They have not reimposed the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays, but there is a strong request to reflect on your Sunday practices. “At this time, we recognise that for some people there may be certain factors which hinder attendance at Sunday Mass. The pandemic is clearly not over. The risk of infection is still present. For some, there is legitimate fear in gathering together. As your bishops, we recognise that these prevailing circumstances suggest that not everyone is yet in the position to fulfil the absolute duty to attend freely Sunday Mass.  We now encourage all Catholics to look again at the patterns which they have formed in recent months with regard to going to Mass on Sundays. This would include consideration and reflection about what we might do on Sundays, such as sports or shopping, or other leisure and social activities. This review, and the decisions which arise from it, fall to every Catholic and we trust this will be done with honesty, motivated by a real love for the Lord whom we encounter in the Mass.” The full statement is available at the back of the church or at http://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/News/bishops-statement-honouring-sunday

Grand Christmas Draw.  Yes, Christmas is coming!!

Raffle Tickets are now available to buy or to take away to sell to raise money for the Parish. All tickets should be returned by 27th November and the DRAW will be made on SUNDAY, 12th DECEMBER.  Each booklet costs £1 and has five tickets.  If you can and would like to donate a prize for the raffle it will be gratefully received. Thank you.

The Advent Walk With Me booklet is now available for £1, with daily and Sunday reflections.  Walk With Me can be a wonderful resource to give to relatives, friends and work colleagues who are interested in discovering the true meaning of Christmas.  There are also copies of the Advent Day by Day booklets (also £1) which have the readings used at Mass for each day of Advent

Parish Memorial Mass for those in the parish who have died, especially those whose funerals have been held here during the past year, on Saturday, 27th November, 11.00 am.  If you would like anyone’s name to be included please let me know (in writing).  All are welcome.

Wanted!!

After Christmas we shall be starting the lessons to prepare children for Reconciliation, Holy Communion, and Confirmation.  But we need people who are willing to help them.  If you would like to try this ministry, please talk to me about it.  Training will be provided.

The Diocesan Plan Zoom Meeting, Wednesday, 24th November, 7.00 pm.  You are invited to attend an online meeting at which you can hear from Eric Kirwan, the Chief Operating Officer of the Archdiocese, about the Diocesan Plan.  He will also touch on its relationship to synodality. It should be an opportunity to get a practical understanding of these two themes. Please register by emailing actabhm@gmail.com.

Message from CAFOD

“Like many women around the world, Garmah in Liberia had no legal rights to her home when her husband died. CAFOD worked with local experts to help her and now Garmah and her children live rightfully and happily together in their family home.  ‘I feel safe, my children have a place to rest their head and I can make a garden to feed them and myself.  God sent redeemers to fight for my land rights.  I am overfilled with joy.’  Thank you for your support which enables hundreds of women like Garmah remain in their homes during times of struggle.  Other examples of our work can be found in our World Gift catalogues or website worldgifts.cafod.org.uk Have a wonderful Christmas.”

May God bless you and all those you love.

Fr. Harry

Updated on Sunday, 21 November 2021; For more details please see the Newsletter for the week.