Sacred Heart Oxford


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. The memorabilia is a pictorial capture of parish events which we hope will tell the story of what is going on in the parish. You will find useful links to other websites of institutions closely linked to the parish.

Whatever your reason for visiting us we pray that God will bless your search and grant you many blessings

News and Events

Return to worship

The parish 09:30 mass has resumed on Sunday 2 August (all other services, including the 6 pm mass on Sundays will currently not take place face-to-face). If you intend to come to mass, please aim to arrive between 09:10 and 09:25; please do not come if you or someone in your household are unwell. On arrival you will need to answer a few questions and have your contact details taken to assist with Track and Trace, so please allow sufficient time. Please remember that face coverings must be worn, and that social distancing must be observed. Please follow the instructions by the stewards. The changes to mass are indicated in the document below. Live streaming of the 9.30 mass will continue via zoom. Please contact Chris Breward if you would like the details.

As we return to face-to-face worship, we will be making bespoke rotas for readers, stewards/cleaners, and counters. If you would like to be included in these rotas, please speak to Fr Pius (readers), Marion McCarthy (stewards/cleaners) or Chris Breward (counters).


Masses and programs in Sacred Heart Church

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 359 337 4415

Passcode: 331883

Topic: Mass at Sacred Heart Parish

Time: Sunday August 09, 2020 09:20 AM London

Start Time: 9:30 am


Appointment of the new Parish priest for Sacred Heart

New Parish Priest_Announcement
Sunday Reflection (09, August 2020)
Our lives are full of challenges and many a time we tend to despair. In the words of the gospel today we hear Jesus telling the apostles “Courage, it is I. Do not be afraid” Jesus is real in all generations for he is eternal. After Elijah dealt mercilessly with the prophets of Baal he ran from Israel for fear of Jezebel. He ran for his dear life. Unsure of what awaits him. He found himself in a cave. And God sent him a sign that he is not abandoned through the passing of a gentle breeze. God found him in a cave and asked him to go back to Israel and “…. stand before me” to act again as Yahweh’s servant. (cf 1kg. 17: 1; 18:15). Such is God’s intervention in our lives especially when we think that all hope is lost. There are many Christians today who have lost bearing and forgotten where they began the journey of faith and join the path that leads to doom. They follow all sorts of strange doctrines, thereby endangering their faith due to seeking short-cuts and an easy way out of their problems. Yet Jesus refuses to abandon them high and dry. In the gospel we saw how he fed the people and manifested his glory before his disciples when he walked on the sea. We must be aware of the presence of Jesus which brings us peace even in the wildest storms of life: the storms of anxiety and worries about the future we are suffering now in the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, storms of sorrow, storms of doubt, tension and uncertainty, storms of anger and despair, storms of temptations, and storms in family relationships. Jesus assures us of the special peace that comes from a personal relationship with God, enhanced through prayer, meditative reading of Scripture, and active participation in the Holy Mass and reception of the Sacraments.

Fr. Pius Duke

Updated on Sunday, 9 August 2020; For more details please see the Newsletter for the week.