Dates for your diary
CAFOD Event – All Welcome Sat 30th September Our Lady Help of Christians, 59 Hollow Way, Cowley, OX4 2ND – please see notice board. Peter Van Cauwelaert would be happy to give a lift to anyone interested in attending the Cafod event. contact Peter 07776251607 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Outreach to the homeless on Oxford
Next Sunday-1st October – Gatehouse- will gratefully receive your kind Gifts of sandwiches, cakes, fruit and warm clothing. Many thanks for your support.
Healing Mass, Friday 6th October – The Sacrament of the sick
(Holy Anointing) will be offered for our sick & frail parishioners (and/or for those who are about to undergo major surgery) during Holy Mass on 6th Oct. Please keep Fr. Martin in your prayers prior to his knee operation early in October.
There will be an Episcopal Visitation on Sunday 18th February 2018 as part of The North Oxfordshire Deanery Visitation. Bishop Kenney will be coming to St. Peter’s to celebrate Holy Mass and to meet with parishioners afterwards. There will be an opening and closing ceremony with Archbishop Bernard (dates/venue to be Confirmed) to which everyone is welcome. Please do keep this intention in your prayers. Later in the autumn we can get together to discuss how best to prepare for the visit.
THIS YEAR EVENTS
The Summer Barbecue was organised traditionally after the Sunday Mass on the 23rd July – this was our happy annual event allowing also to collect money for the church fund. And the sun was shining.
First Holy Communion Day: 2nd July – a joyful day for the whole parish.
Vivaldi ‘Stabat Mater’ concert performed by Nick Clapton and Richard Briggs on Saturday 25th March, after the 5pm Mass.
Pancake Feast on 24th February. Thank you to the ladies (and to the many other helpers) of the parish for hosting the annual Pancake Feast. It was lovely to see so many parishioners and visitors coming together for this social occasion. A wonderful day! We have collected £430 for the Church funds.
during the Sunday Massn the 11th September 2016.
Father Martin’s last Sunday Mass as the Parish Priest in charge was celebrated on the 8th May 2016.
OUR PANCAKE FEAST 2016 was once again a very happy occassion when we welcomed many visitors and raised £600 for Church Funds
As in the previous year, we continue our weekly Bible Share sessions every Wednesday at 10.30am in the Tolkien Room.
OUR SUMMER FETE and BBQ (2015) on June 21st was a very happy occasion that also raised money for the Church Funds (£902.87 in total). It began straight after our Sunday Morning Mass, as it has done every year for many years now.
ON PALM SUNDAY (2014) on the April 13th, we had our usual Outdoor Procession with Palm Branches, which was to symbolize the Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The Mass that follows included dramatised reading from the Bible of the whole of the Holy Week story.
THE CELEBRATION OF THE EASTER VIGIL (2013) by Bishop William was a very happy end to these three great days, and was followed by a bit of a party with Wine and Easter Eggs in a very full Tolkien Room. As ever some people found it disconcerting having to stumble around in the dark at the beginning of the Liturgy, but as Father Martin explained, that expressed what life is like without God, without the risen Christ.
THE REBURIAL of the EYNSHAM ABBEY BODIES took place on the Saturday 23rd June 2012. The information about this event with interview with Fr Martin Flatman was published by the Oxford Mail on the 22nd of June, please see also our June Newsletter. Eynsham Online also published a great report from the event. The Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Most Revd. Bernard Longley the Archbishop of Birmingham.
THE EYNSHAM ABBEY ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE TRAIL was opened on the Wednesday 30th March 2011. Mr Alan Hardy from The Oxford Archaeological Unit who led the Dig 20 years ago, officially open the trail. The children, all from Year Five of the Eynsham Community Primary School, and a number of guests, witnessed the opening. Following the ceremony, the children helped show people the various locations on the site, showing that they were well prepared at school for this event. One can walk the site and find out from the Plaques and the Leaflet where the two Abbeys were and can imagine the size and complexity of the buildings. The Leaflet is available inside the Church.
The Eynsham Abbey Bones (2011). The bones from 9 bodies that were dug up during the Dig by Oxford Archaeology 20 years ago were examined by Dr Simon Underdown, a Biological Anthropologist from Oxford Brookes University. These bones were in the Oxfordshire Museum Store in Standlake who had asked for this to be done before they were re-buried. Father Martin was present at the beginning of this examination and was able to assure himself that these people’s remains were being handled reverently. They were then re-buried in our Graveyard as described above and a Headstone has been placed to mark the grave.