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WEEKDAY MASS TIMES change from Monday 16th May. Mass on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays will be at 9.30am and on Thursdays at 7.00pm. On Fridays the Mass will be followed by Adoration for half an hour.

THE BIBLE SHARE will continue but will now take place on Wednesdays in the Tolkien Room at 10.30am. Anyone can drop in to this. You do not need to be there every week although there is a small group of regulars. We have a cup of tea/coffee and then read together the Bible Readings for the following Sunday and then share what we make of them. This is followed by a short instruction on their background and we finish with a few prayers and the Angelus.

FATHER MARTIN continues to live in Eynsham and will be helping out in other local Catholic Churches when priests are away or unwell. Father Mark has already asked him to look after things at St Peter’s when he is away in July and October. He will also be the Chaplain of the Immigration Detention Centre at Campsfield House in Kidlington. Father Martin’s last Sunday is the 8th May when we celebrate the Ascension. There will be a Reception after Mass in the Tolkien Room.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK is the 15th-21st of May. Catherine Baker (01865 881787) is looking for people who would be prepared to deliver envelopes to streets in Eynsham and then go back and knock on those doors to see if the people living there will make a donation. If you do not live in Eynsham, do ask as we can put you in touch with those arranging the Collection in your area. Some people do not like doing this because sometimes (but rarely) people can be rude or even a bit abusive when they answer the door. We try to think of the abuse Jesus had to take as he died for us, and then be brave, as the work Christian Aid does to support the poor and starving of the world is so important.

SUPPORTING SYRIAN REFUGEES IN WEST OXFORDSHIRE. There will be a meeting about this on Friday 13th May at 7.30pm in St Leonard’s Church Eynsham when we can hear more about what is being done locally and what we can do to help.

THE CONFIRMATION OF EIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE is at Sunday Mass on 1st May. Father Martin and Ian Methley have been preparing them for the last 6 months on Wednesday nights.. Please pray for Lexy and Ollie Mohr-Knox, Matthew Jeffery, Mariana Bui, Fiona Methley, Jennifer Knox-Wells, Patrick Hull and Maks Urbaniak. Bishop William has been ill recently and is sadly still not enough recovered to come so we will be welcoming the local Dean, Father John Hancock.

SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB – Help Needed 25th – 29th July  There is going to be a Three Churches Holiday Club for 5-11 year olds at Eynsham Primary School 25 – 29th July, 9am to 12noon.  The groups will have five sessions each morning – story/ drama, DVD and Bible buddy, snacks and crafts, ending with a summing up and worship session. There is a meeting for those who wish to help on May 25th at 8pm at in the room opposite St Leonard’s Church office which is above Greens, The Funeral Directors.

OUR ACCOUNTS FOR 2015 show an Income of £65,887 and Expenditure of £57.592 so thanks to your generosity the Church is in a very sound position financially. This is why we have been able to afford to spend nearly £6000 on the new Heating for the Tolkien Room which is our small Hall with lovely grounds which is available for Hire.  Our thanks to all those who Gift Aid what they give to the Church. About £20,000 of our income was given that way in 2015 enabling us to claim around £5000 of  tax back from the government to increase our income. We also had a one-off very generous donation of £5000. Thank you.

THE EUROPEAN REFERENDUM. Philip Giddings will be speaking at St Leonard’s Church, Eynsham on Tuesday June 14th from 8pm till 9.30pm about this and will hopefully answer any questions we may have. Refreshments will be provided. “This will be an unbiased talk – but bias is as much in the ears of the hearer as the lips of the speaker!” Philip retired from the University of Reading in 2011 when he was Head of School of Politics and International Relations. He is a practising Anglican.

 

April News

OUR NEW PRIEST Father Mark Lagorio comes to St Peter’s in May when Father Martin retires from full-time work. Father Mark is at present the Catholic Priest in Thame. Father Mark will move into the Presbytery next to the Church sometime in the week beginning 9th May. So that his first weekend in charge will be 14th/15th May which is the Feast of Pentecost.
 
FATHER MARTIN will continue to live in Eynsham and will be helping out in other local Catholic Churches when priests are away or unwell. Father Mark has already asked him to look after things at St Peter’s when he is away in July and October. He will also be the Chaplain of the Immigration Detention Centre at Campsfield House in Kidlington. Father Martin’s last Sunday will be the 8th May when we celebrate the Ascension.
 
OUR ANNUAL MEETING is on Tuesday 12th April at 7.30pm. We will examine the Accounts for 2015 and talk about other aspects of Parish life including what happens when Father Mark Lagorio becomes our Parish Priest in May. By then we hope the new Heating will have been installed in the Tolkien Room which should save the Church money, as instead of the heating being provided by old Storage heaters on all the time, the new modern heaters will only come on when the Hall is being used and will heat the Hall much more efficiently. Plans are also going ahead to modernize the Tolkien Room kitchen.
 
OUR ACCOUNTS FOR 2015 show and Income of £65,887 and Expenditure of £57.592 so thanks to your generosity the Church is in a very sound position financially. This is why we can afford to spend nearly £6000 on the new Heating for the Tolkien Room. Our thanks to those of you who Gift Aid what you give to the Church. About £20,000 of our income was given that way in 2015 enabling us to claim around £5000 of your tax back from the government to increase our income. If you are a tax payer and do not yet give to the Church in this way, please ask for a form to fill in. Your giving is then recorded confidentially either because you put the money in envelopes provided or because you have set up a Standing Order with your bank to pay the Church’s bank. More details of the Accounts for 2015 are available so do please ask.
 
THERE WILL BE A BRING AND SHARE EASTER SUPPER on Friday 15th April at 7.00 for 7.30pm. People who are coming should sign up in Church to say whether they are bringing something savoury or sweet and bring their own alcohol. Tea and Coffee will be provided.
 
OUR NEXT COFFEE MORNING will be at 8 The Green, Standlake on Saturday 30th April from 10.00am.
Our thanks to Rosemary and Tony Horan for once again hosting this occasion.
 
THE CONFIRMATION OF EIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE will take place at our Sunday Mass on 1st May. Father Martin and Ian Methley have been preparing them for the last 6 months on Wednesday nights. Bishop William has been ill recently so we are hoping he will be fully recovered by then to come and celebrate this Sacrament for us. Please pray for Lexy and Ollie Mohr-Knox, Matthew Jeffery, Mariana Bui, Fiona Methley, Jennifer Knox-Wells, Patrick Hull and Maks Urbaniak.
 
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK is in mid-May, and so Catherine Baker (01865 881787) is looking for people who would be prepared to deliver envelopes to streets in Eynsham and then go back and knock on those doors to see if the people living there will make a donation. Some people do not like doing this because sometimes (only rarely) people can be rude or even a bit abusive when they answer the door. Just think of the abuse Jesus had to take as he died for us, and then be brave. Most people are welcoming and generous.

 

March News

EASTER IS EARLY THIS YEAR  Palm Sunday is therefore on Sunday 20th March when we begin our Sunday Mass outdoors and then process into Church carrying our Palms in Procession. Easter Sunday is the following Sunday ie. on the 27th March.

HOLY WEEK begins on Palm Sunday but the major three services called the Easter Triduum are at the end of the week, and everyone is encouraged to attend them as follows:

  • ON HOLY THURSDAY 24th March THE MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER is at 8.00pm. We remember the night when Jesus took the bread and wine and told us to do it in memory of him. It includes the  traditional washing of feet by the priest and concludes with the Stripping of the Altar and a Watch of Prayer till  Midnight.
  •  ON GOOD FRIDAY 25th March  THE LITURGY OF THE PASSION is at 3.00pm. We read together the whole story of the suffering and death of  Jesus and then after solemn prayers, a cross with the figure of  Jesus is placed in front of us and we all have a chance to go up  and look at the cross and, if we wish, reverence it with a kiss.
  • ON HOLY SATURDAY 26th March THE EASTER VIGIL & FIRST MASS OF EASTER is at 8.30pm. It begins outside in the dark where we light the Easter Fire. From that we light the great Easter Candle and from that  candle we light our own candles thus bringing the light of Jesus into our darkened church. After solemn readings, Easter proper begins with bells and lights and alleluias and we celebrate the risen Presence of Jesus with us always.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS is a time of prayer and song and meditation following the path of Jesus to his death on the cross  using the pictures (The Stations) around the walls of our Church. This is taking place on Tuesdays during Lent at 5.00pm preceded by Vespers and Benediction at 4.30pm. Mass follows as usual at 5.30pm.
 
EYNSHAM’S UNITED CHRISTIAN SERVICE on GOOD FRIDAY is in The Square as usual at 10.00am, Hot Cross Buns afterwards in the Baptist Church. This outdoor event is a great way to witness to our faith to those passing by on foot or by car or bus. Do try to come.
 
THE YEAR OF MERCY has seen us learning about the Works of Mercy during the Sundays of Lent as Father Martin is preaching about them. We are trying to put them into practice. They are:

  • The Corporal works of mercy – to feed the hungry – give drink to the thirsty – clothe the naked – welcome the stranger –  visit the sick – visit the imprisoned – bury the dead
  • The Spiritual Works of mercy – to counsel the doubtful – instruct the ignorant – admonish sinners – comfort the  afflicted – forgive offences – bear patiently those who do us ill – pray for the living and the dead.

 
OUR LOCAL HOLY DOOR for the Year of Mercy is at the Oratory Church of St Aloysius in central Oxford. As requested by Pope Francis, there will be a Day of Prayer there as in many other Catholic Churches all round the world on Saturday 5th March. The Procession through the Holy Door will be at 10.30am and Priests will be available to hear Confessions right through the day whilst the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Adoration. There will be a Mass at 10.00am.
 
THE WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER is on Friday 4th March. This year the Day in Eynsham will be at St Leonard Church at 2.00pm. There will be a Bread and Soup Lunch at 12.45pm for those who would like that.
 
ADVANCE NOTICE of OUR BRING AND SHARE EASTER SUPPER on Friday 15th April. Book the date now please.
 
OUR ANNUAL MEETING is on Tuesday 12th April. We will examine the Accounts for 2015 and talk about other aspects of Parish life including what happens when Father Mark Lagorio becomes our Parish Priest in May. By then we hope the new Heating will have been installed in the Tolkien Room which should save the Church money, as instead of the heating being on with Storage heaters all the time, it will only come on when the Hall is being used.

 

February News

A NEW PRIEST for the Parish –  a message from Father Martin:

Most of you know that I announced over a year ago that I would retire from being a full time priest this year. As you will hear if you are/were at Mass this Sunday, this is going to take place in May. However I had thought that there would not be a priest to replace me and that we might have to share a priest with another parish.  I am surprised but very pleased to announce that the Archbishop has appointed a priest to replace me. I can now announce, but could not say when the Newsletter was printed, that the NEW PRIEST is Father Mark Lagorio who has been the Parish Priest of the Catholic Church in Thame for the last 16 years. Thame is a lovely parish with two Sunday morning Masses and lots of families and children, and so you can be assured that Fr Mark will continue to foster this atmosphere here in Eynsham. He will however inevitably be different from me. Note that I will still live in Eynsham, but will not normally be here on Sundays, as I will help out in other parishes, but you will still see me here occasionally.

OUR PANCAKE FEAST is always a very happy event on the Saturday before Lent starts which is Saturday 6th February this year. Open from 10.30am till 1.30pm with a lovely new menu of fillings, and lovely people to meet!  Book the date now for a late Breakfast or for Lunch! Pancakes provided courtesy of Oxford Crepes. See www.oxfordcrepes.co.uk/

LENT BEGINS ON ASH WEDNESDAY : Wednesday 10th February. As usual, there will be a Mass at 10.00am and another in the evening at 8.00pm. Everyone comes forward (Catholic or not) to show their sorrow for past sins and their determination to have a good Lent by having ash marked on their foreheads. It is always amazing how popular this is!!
 
OUR LENT FAST DAY for the poor and starving of the world is on Friday 19th February when we try to eat less or go without one meal altogether, and give money saved and any extra we have for the work of the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD). We collect the money the following Sunday.  We are grateful to a new member of the Parish – Peter Van Cauwelaert – for taking on the task of our CAFOD Promoter, and note the new special CAFOD Notice Board!
  
THE LIFE OF A FAMOUS CATHOLIC.  Father Martin will give this special illustrated Lent Talk on the life of the author of The Lord of the Rings : JRR Tolkien, the father of Father John Tolkien once our Parish Priest. This takes place on Wednesday 17th February at 7.30pm in the Tolkien Room at St Peter’s. This is a slightly adapted and possibly improved version of the Illustrated Talk he gave to the Eynsham History Society last Autumn. Don’t worry you do not need to have read the Books or seen the Films, and elves will hardly be mentioned!
 
STATIONS OF THE CROSS is a time of prayer and song and meditation following the path of Jesus to his death on the cross using the pictures (The Stations) around the walls of our Church. This takes place on Tuesdays during Lent at 5.00pm preceded by Vespers and Benediction at 4.30pm. Mass follows as usual at 5.30pm.
 
THE YEAR OF MERCY has seen us learning the Hail Holy Queen by saying it at the end of the Bidding Prayers at Sunday Mass, and thus reminding us the Our Lady is the Mother of Mercy. This will cease when Lent begins, and we will concentrate on the Works of Mercy. We will cover some of these with our CAFOD Fast Day and Collection and by our ongoing support for GATEHOUSE that helps feed and clothe the poor of 0xford, but do you remember what they all are? Father Martin will be preaching on some of them during Lent.
 
The Corporal works of mercy – to feed the hungry – give drink to the thirsty – clothe the naked – welcome the stranger – heal the sick – visit the imprisoned – bury the dead.
The Spiritual Works of mercy – to counsel the doubtful – instruct the ignorant – admonish sinners – comfort the afflicted – forgive offences – bear patiently those who do us ill – pray for the living and the dead.
 
OUR LOCAL HOLY DOOR for the Year of Mercy is at the Oratory Church of St Aloysius in central Oxford. As requested by Pope Francis, there will be a Day of Prayer there as in many other Catholic Churches all round the world on Saturday 5th March, so do book the date now if you can make it.
 
JACK BUSS-KEATING is the young man we sponsored to go on the World Youth Day. He is now training to be a teacher but his latest news is that at the end of February he is running a Marathon for two charities that he has worked with – HCPT taking the sick to Lourdes and CLM working with the poor in Brazil. He would love your support either via Father Martin or via http://gogetfunding.com/jacks-february-marathon-for-hcpt-and-mvc/
 
NEW HEATING FOR THE TOLKIEN ROOM is being planned. The old heating had to be on all the time (even though the Storage heaters’ electricity is slightly cheaper). The new electric heaters will be on a Timer which can be controlled remotely and will only come on when they are actually needed and this should save the Church money as well as being a more responsible use of electricity. We are also looking at a modernized kitchen which is why that large fridge is sitting in there waiting to be used.
 
NEW PEOPLE have taken on new tasks recently for which we are very grateful. Maria Jeffery now does the Rotas, Eric Southworth does the Weekly Newsletter and Elaine Kealy does the Church Shop. Our new CAFOD rep has already been mentioned, but had you noticed how Coral Hart is our Saturday evening Sacristan and Amethyst Bui has joined Ann-Marie Roisin so that we have two Sunday Sacristans? Amethyst and Margaret Stevens do the Church laundry. Thank you everyone.
 
THE WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER takes place as usual on the first Friday in March with a service at lunchtime in St Leonard’s C of E Church, Eynsham. More details nearer the time.
 

 

January News

THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY is the day when we celebrate the coming of the Wise Men which, strictly speaking, is a separate Festival from Christmas. We celebrate it on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd January and throughout the week that follows. The Shepherd disappear from our Crib and it becomes a house, not a stable, with the Three Wise Men visiting with their Gifts.
 
THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY begins on the 18th January. We will have a special Mass for this on that day at 12 Noon rather than the usual Monday time of 10.00am. In Eynsham and Cassington the different churches will host a time of prayer between 12 Noon and 1.00pm during that week. Our day is Wednesday 20th January. St Leonard’s day is Tuesday, Cassington’s is the Thursday and The Baptist Church is the Friday. Why not visit one of the other Churches during this week? More on what we do together in the Gatehouse item below.
 
OUR TEENAGERS PREPARING FOR CONFIRMATION begin meeting again on Wednesday 6th January. Book Sunday 1st May when Bishop William will come to confirm them. Pray please for Jenn, Olly, Lexie, Fiona, Matthew and Patrick.
 
OUR CHILDREN PREPARING FOR THEIR FIRST COMMUNION meet next on Saturday 23rd January at 4.30pm when they will learn about Baptism and look at the Church Baptism Register where some of them will find their names. The following Day they will come forward with their parents to commit themselves fully to the process which will end with a very happy day on 3rd July!
 
SURVIVE-MIVA is a great charity that provides various forms of transport – cars, motorbikes, bikes and even boats – to poor Catholic parishes all over the world. We are looking forward to a speaker telling us more about this on Sunday 31st January at our 10am Mass.
 
OUR PANCAKE FEAST is always a very happy event on the Saturday before Lent starts which is Saturday 6th February this year. Open from 10am till 1.00pm with lots of lovely fillings and lovely people to meet!  Why not book the date now?
 
OUR CHRISTMAS SERVICES were better attended than ever this year. Father Martin thanks you all for your support especially for those who helped to prepare beforehand or at the actual Masses. He also thanks you for your very generous Christmas gifts.
 
JACK BUSS-KEATING is the young man we sponsored to go on the World Youth Day. He is now training to be a teacher but his latest news is that he is running a Marathon for two charities that he has worked with – HCPT taking the sick to Lourdes and CLM working with the poor in Brazil. He would love your support either via Father Martin or via http://gogetfunding.com/jacks-february-marathon-for-hcpt-and-mvc/
 
WE HAVE NOW BEGUN THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY so look out for a Booklet describing the different things we can do to mark this Year. Pope Francis hopes we will all make our Confession at some time, possibly associated with visiting and passing through a Holy Door. One of these will be at the Oratory Church of St Aloysius in Oxford so we do not have far to go. We are also asked to think of one thing we can do to offer mercy and support to others. We also plan to go on a short Day Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady in Evesham in May with other Catholics from West Oxfordshire.
 
GATEHOUSE IS BASED IN OXFORD providing food and friendship to the homeless and poor of that city. For many years we who go to one of the Churches in Eynsham have gathered sandwiches, cakes, fruit, and warm clothing every other month to help them, and a few people actually help out there. More information is online at  www.oxfordgatehouse.org.   Our next Collection is on January 10th.
 
NEW HEATING FOR THE TOLKIEN ROOM is being planned. The old heating had to be on all the time (even though the Storage heaters’ electricity is cheaper). The new electric heaters will be on a Timer which can be controlled remotely and will only come on when they are actually needed and this should save the Church money as well as being a more responsible use of electricity. We are also looking at a modernized kitchen which is why that large fridge is sitting in there waiting to be used.
 
WE HAVE A NEW TOLKIEN ROOM BOOKINGS SECRETARY  Sadly we are losing Catherine Barton as she moves away, but thankfully Steve Rogers has taken on the job but since he lives in Freeland there will also be some keyholders in Eynsham. Thank you Catherine for all you have done for us. Steve’s contact details are on our Website on the Contacts page.
 

December News

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CHRISTMAS at ST PETER’S begins on Christmas Eve because before that it is still Advent. Our main Christmas Services are as follows,

CHRISTMAS EVE – Thursday 24th December:     

CAROLS & FIRST MASS OF CHRISTMAS at 6.00pm.  It is a good idea to get to church early for this one as the Church is usually packed. It is not much use for those who want a quiet prayerful time, as there are always lots of Children. The Christmas story is shared with them as they bring candles to surround the Christmas Crib.

OUR MIDNIGHT MASS starts at 11.30pm. 
Do not make the mistake of coming at Midnight!  It begins at 11.30pm! This is a Solemn Mass with traditional Carols and Incense, so sit at the back if it makes you cough. Incense symbolizes the presence of God, which is why it is one of the gifts of the Wise Men.

CHRISTMAS DAY – Friday 25th December:

CHRISTMAS MORNING MASS at 10.00am.
This is very similar to our normal Sunday Morning Mass, but it ends with the children gathering round the Crib to sing Away in a Manger. It tends to bring tears to the eyes of some, but they love it!

The CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY in Bethelehem brings a University education to Palestinians both Christian and Muslim. Our Collection at our Christmas Crib throughout the Christmas season goes to support them in their important work.

WE PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS by encouraging people to make their Confession and times follow, but this year we are also hosting an Advent Day of Recollection on Saturday 12th December. It begins with Mass at 10.30am followed by a Talk on Prayer at 11.15am and Rosary at 12.15pm. People bring their own lunch. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed from 1.30pm. There will be a Penitential Service at 2.30pm with two visiting priests to hear Confessions.

CONFESSIONS JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS are on Saturday 19th December at 7.00pm, Sunday 20th December after Sunday Mass, Wednesday 23rd December at 10.30am and 
Christmas Eve at 10.30am and at the Penitential Service at 2.30pm on Saturday 12th December. You can come to the Penitential Service without attending the rest of the Day of Recollection.

ST PETER’S WINTER PARTY (formerly known as the Cheese & Wine) is always a very warm and pleasant event at Allen & Margaret Steven’s Home at 51 Mill Street, Eynsham. It is on Friday 4th December and Tickets are on sale after Mass.

OUR MIDNIGHT MASS (11.30pm) attracts many visitors and therefore we need as many of our regulars there as possible please to make it a good and joyful occasion. Christmas is not just a time for ourselves and our own families, but also an opportunity to welcome others to our Church. Father Martin cannot do that alone.

THE CHRISTMAS SERVICE for the elderly led by the clergy of the three Churches in Eynsham will be at the Village Hall on Monday 7th December at 1.30pm. All are welcome.

CAROLS IN THE PUB is another event organized by all 3 churches. It is on Wednesday 16th December in The Swan in Acre End Street from 7.30pm. Father Martin leads the singing!

EYNSHAM SCHOOL will be visiting St Peter’s on Wednesday 2nd December at 6.30pm for their Annual Christmas Concert. Although this is not a Church School it has always had a good link with all three churches in Eynsham and Father Martin as well as the Vicar and the Baptist Minister are invited in to take the occasional Assembly.

A CHRISTMAS CARD for everyone on our Parish List will soon be available in Church. Please take yours and deliver others to people who live near you. An opportunity for you to spread the Faith!

OUR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS continue with a Mass every day after Christmas Day, as happens all year, but times will be different. On Monday 28th December Mass will be at 7.00am then from Tuesday to Thursday it will be 10am and on New Year’s Day the Mass will be at 12 Noon.

OUR ROTAS are now in the hands of Maria Jeffery as Glenda Boulter has moved to Norfolk. We showed our thanks to Glenda on her last Sunday by giving her a token to spend on a plant or plants for her new garden. Our thanks to Maria for taking on this task. Glenda also used to run the Church Shop. Are there any offers to do this please or it will no longer run.

WE NOW BEGIN THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY so look out for a Booklet describing the different things we can do to mark this Year. Pope Francis hopes we will all make our Confession at some time possibly associated with visiting and passing through a Holy Door. One of these will be at the Oratory Church of St Aloysius in Oxford so we do not have far to go. We are also asked to think of one thing we can do to offer mercy and support to others.

 

November News

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH when every day at St Peter’s we offer SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS DIED. Names have been put into in our Requiem Book. These names are then read out for prayer at the ALL SOULS DAY MASS which is on Monday 2nd November at 10.00am. The Requiem Book is then laid on the altar at every Mass in November as a sign that these people are still being prayed for. Do not forget that Mass is said every day at St Peter’s and in most Catholic Churches. Why not come when you are free?
 
WE MARK REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (8th November) at St Peter’s by having the 2 Minute Silence at precisely 11.00am at the end of the Sunday Mass. Father Martin also encourages those who live in Eynsham to attend the silence at the War Memorial in The Square on Remembrance Day which is November 11th at 11.00am, so there is no Adoration after Mass on that day.
 
ADULTS WANTING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FAITH are always welcome to our Bible Share. This now takes place at a new time, on Monday mornings at 10.45am in the Tolkien Room. This is a relaxed chat about the faith prompted by the Bible Reading that we will be hearing the following Sunday. You do not have to come every week, just come when  you can, nor do you need to be clever. It ends with a bit of actual teaching and a short time of prayer. Alternatively Father Martin is always willing to give people individual tuition, just ask.

WANTING A BABY BAPTISED?  Father Martin always asks parents to come to a Sunday Mass – just one Sunday Mass – and then see him afterwards, when he will begin to arrange the Baptism, as well as a Preparation Meeting usually in the parents’ home. Of course he tries to persuade them to come to Mass regularly, but even if they cannot manage that, this does not stop the Baptism going ahead. You might be surprised how many never manage the first hurdle of simply coming to one Sunday Mass!
 
OUR NOVEMBER TEA PARTY AND SING SONG  is on Saturday 14th November. This year we hope to have someone accompanying us on a keyboard, and the cakes will be as delicious as ever. We sing some Childrens favourites plus some songs from the Music Hall, but this year we have been asked to include a few patriotic songs like Land of Hope and Glory. Money raised will be added to our Special Collection for the Refugees flooding into Europe that we will take that weekend.
 
FATHER MARTIN’S TALK ON TOLKIEN takes place on the 5th November at 7.15pm in St Leonard’s Church in Eynsham, at the Eynsham History Group’s monthly meeting. Anyone can come provided they pay a small visitors fee at the door. His illustrated talk on the life of this famous author is subtitled “How a poor Catholic orphan made good” – because that is what Tolkien was. As many of you know, Father John Tolkien who was Parish Priest in Eynsham in the 1980’s was the author’s oldest son. If enough people from St Peter’s are interested Father Martin would be willing to give the talk again in the Tolkien Room at St Peter’s after Christmas.
 
TEENAGERS BETWEEN 12 and 16 are meeting now on Wednesday Evenings in the Tolkien Room from 7.pm till 8.30pm. Some are preparing for Confirmation but anyone is welcome to drop in and join us if they are that age and are interested in talking about the Catholic Faith.
 
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN WITNEY is celebrating its 40th Anniversary on Friday 20th November with a Mass at 7.00pm. Do pray for their work whether you can be there or not.
 
EYNSHAM SCHOOL will be visiting St Peter’s on Wednesday 2nd December at 6.30pm for their Annual Christmas Concert. Although this is not a Church School it has always had a good link with all three churches in Eynsham and Father Martin as well as the Vicar and the Baptist Minister are invited in to take the occasional Assembly.
 
DENIS CALLOW left St Peter’s a generous legacy in his Will. We will offer Mass for him on Sunday 6th December and on the actual 1st Anniversary of his death Tuesday 8th December. Have you thought of leaving something to St Peter’s in your Will?
 
THOSE WHO ARE RE-MARRIED AFTER DIVORCE and would like to seek the recognition of that Marriage by the Catholic Church are encouraged to speak to Father Martin about the possibility of getting this done. As has been announced on the News this is much simpler than it used to be, but he would need to explain the process to you. Some people prefer not to go through with this, but do what quite a few people do, and just come up and ask for a Blessing when others come up for Communion, or simply stay and pray quietly in their seat. 
 
THE YEAR OF MERCY for all Catholics all over the world begins on December 8th. One suggestion to prepare for this is to commit to memory the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. They are:

  • The Corporal works of mercy – to feed the hungry – give drink to the thirsty – clothe the naked – welcome the stranger – heal the sick – visit the imprisoned – bury the dead
  • The Spiritual Works of mercy – to counsel the doubtful – instruct the ignorant – admonish sinners – comfort the afflicted – forgive offences – bear patiently those who do us ill – pray for the living and the dead.

 

October News

CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY when we raise money for the poor and starving of the world is on Friday 1st October. It is then collected as the Second Collection the following weekend. CAFOD (Catholic Fund for Overseas Development) is the British arm of a worldwide Catholic movement called Caritas International which is doing much work with the Refugees coming into Europe at the moment.

SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS DIED can always be offered at St Peter’s. Ask Father Martin to dedicate one of his weekday Masses to that person and he will do so. This is called offering a Mass for that person, and you can also send a Mass Card to the bereaved. During October there is also the opportunity to put the name of some loved ones in our Requiem Book. These names are then read out for prayer at the ALL SOULS DAY MASS which is on Monday 2nd November at 10.00am. The Requiem Book is then laid on the altar at every Mass in November as a sign that these people are still being prayed for.

A TEENAGE ENQUIRY GROUP begins its meetings on Wednesday early evening in October for anyone who is between Year 7 and Year 11 at school.  An Application Form is now available with the dates of these Meetings through to next Spring. This would include people who are thinking that they might be confirmed but would also include those who simply want to know more about Christianity and how to defend their faith when questioned at school.

ADULTS WANTING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FAITH should think about coming to the Thursday evenings in Father Martin’s house at 7.30pm. This is a relaxed chat about the faith prompted by the Bible Reading that we will be hearing the following Sunday. It ends with a bit of actual teaching and a short time of prayer so that everyone is leaving just after 9.00pm. Alternatively Father Martin is always willing to give people individual tuition, Just ask.

WANTING A BABY BAPTISED?  Father Martin always asks parents to come to a Sunday Mass –just one Sunday Mass – and then see him afterwards, when he will begin to arrange the Baptism, as well as a Preparation Meeting usually in the parents’ home. Of course he tries to persuade them to come to Mass regularly, but even if they cannot manage that, this does not stop the Baptism going ahead. You might be surprised how many never manage the first hurdle of simply coming to one Sunday Mass!

THE ONE WORLD WEEK SALE  will be held on 24th October 2015 at Eynsham Baptist Church Hall from 10a.m.-12 noon. There will be stalls selling goods on behalf of Traidcraft, Oxfam, Save the Children, Sobell House, Helen and Douglas House and for Baphumelele children’s home in South Africa. Refreshments will also be available.

ANYONE CAN GO ON RETREAT. Such times are not just for priests, nor just for Catholics, and there are many laid on at weekends for working people, as well as longer ones during the week for those who have more time or want to take time as part of their holiday. Father Martin is happy to give more details and advice, or you can try the Website  http://www.retreats.org.uk/  Parishioners from St Peter’s have been to Douai Abbey near Newbury, The Carmelite Retreat Centre at Boars Hill just south of Oxford, and Worth Abbey down in Sussex, and would recommend them.

ALL SAINTS DAY is actually on a Sunday this year – November 1st – when we praise and thank God for all the many faithful Christians down through the ages who were an example when alive and are now with God and supporting us with their prayers. We are looking forward to welcoming Fr. Richard Biggerstaff from the St Barnabas Society as our preacher on that day. The St Barnabas Society used to be called the Converts Aid Society and is the Catholic Charity that supports clergy from other Christinan churches who lose their income because they have become Catholics. Father Martin was given much support by them when he first became a Catholic way back in 1994.

FATHER MARTIN’S TALK ON TOLKIEN takes place on the 5th November at 7.30pm in St Leonard’s Hall in Eynsham, at the Eynsham History Group’s monthly meeting. Anyone can come provided they pay a small visitors fee at the door. His illustrated talk on the life of this famous author is subtitled – How a poor Catholic orphan made good – because that is what Tolkien was. As many of you know, Father John Tolkien who was Parish Priest in Eynsham in the 1980’s was the author’s oldest son.  If enough people from St Peter’s are interested Father Martin would be willing to give the Talk again in the Tolkien Room at St Peter’s after Christmas.

SHALL WE HAVE ANOTHER TEA PARTY AND SING SONG in November? A few people have asked for this so we are aiming to go ahead on Saturday 14th November. This year we hope to have someone accompanying us on a keyboard, and the cakes will be as delicious as ever.

FATHER MARTIN WRITES  “Sadly I had to tell off a parishioner very firmly recently for being rude to a parent with a noisy child. I assured the parent that most people at St Peter’s welcomed little children, and hoped he and his wife would not be put off St Peter’s by this unfortunate lapse!  Parents have a hard time teaching their little ones to be quiet, and we must support and pray for them, and maybe make helpful and kind suggestions of how to cope, not aggressive criticism that may drive them away. Those of you who find the noise difficult should try one of these suggestions. 1. Move nearer the front. 2. Concentrate harder 3. Come to Sunday Mass to be part of the family of God, and come to a quieter Mass on Saturday night or a weekday for your own spiritual needs.”

 

September News

PRAYER IS AT THE HEART OF OUR ACTIVITY which is why we have a Mass every day. Sunday Mass is always a bit noisy with all the people and the children, and it is easy to forget that it is essentially a time of prayer, so it is a pity more people do not pop in to one of the weekday Masses which are inevitably quieter, and can be combined with some quiet time in church either before or after the Mass. There are also a few people who cannot come to Mass on a Sunday for one reason or another who regularly use one of these weekday Masses as an alternative, as could you if you are in this situation.

OUR DAY OF PRAYER takes place once a year, and this year is on Tuesday 8th September. There will be two Masses on that day, one at 10am followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament till 12 Noon, and after a break for lunch, Exposition will begin again at 3.00pm concluding, as usual on a Tuesday, with Evening Prayer and Benediction at 5.05pm and Mass at 5.30pm. It is the day when the Church celebrates the Birthday of Our Lady.

A TEENAGE ENQUIRY GROUP begins its meetings in October for anyone who is between Year 7 and Year 11 at school.  This would include people who are thinking that they might be confirmed but would also include those who simply want to know more about Christianity.

OUR THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY and THURSDAY EVENING BIBLE SHARE  begin again on Thursday 3rd September. Both take place at Father Martin’s Home to which he moved last February. This is 54 Hazeldene Close, Eynsham OX29 4AD. The Morning group meet at 10.30am and are working their way through the Gospel of St John led by Frances Flatman. Only those who can attend regularly should come.  The Evening Group at 7.30pm is more informal.  So anyone can turn up occasionally, as we chat together about the Readings for the next Sunday Mass. This is also a chance, for anyone interested, to see what Father Martin’s House is like!

FATHER MARTIN is away on RETREAT during the last week in September so we will be welcoming a visiting priest – Father Sumeth Perera – a Jesuit from Campion Hall in Oxford. Is there someone who could go and pick him up by car and/or take him back afterwards please, or the Church will have to pay his taxi fare. Father Martin will be staying as usual with the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph in the New Forest near Lymington.  See their Website www.dominicansistersofstjoseph.org/

ANYONE CAN GO ON RETREAT. Such times are not just for priests, and there are many laid on at weekends for working people, as well as longer ones during the week for those who have more time or want to take time as part of their holiday. Father Martin is happy to give more details and advice, or you can try the Website  address http://www.retreats.org.uk/.  But note, not all on this Website are Catholic. Parishioners from St Peter’s have been to Douai Abbey near Newbury, The Carmelite Retreat Centre at Boars Hill just south of Oxford, and Worth Abbey down in Sussex, and would recommend them.

STILL LOOKING FOR ADVICE on new electric heating for our Hall. Any ideas?

THE SPONSORED RIDE AND STRIDE round the Churches takes place on Saturday 12th September so if anyone wants to do this for St Peter’s they should contact Father Martin. St Peter’s will be open all day to welcome the riders. See their Website http://ohct.org.uk/ride-stride/. You could also be sponsored as a Welcomer, and see how long you can sit in church welcoming people. How about it? 

HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW WINDOW IN THE SACRISTY?  Anyone is welcome to pop into the Sacristy to see the new window giving us real daylight at last. This is especially true after Sunday Mass when you will also see the people who count the money hard at work. We could do with more people to do this job on a rota basis, so what about volunteering? We could do with some more people to clean the Church too! 

THANKS TO OUR MUSICIANS You may have noticed some new faces in our Choir in the last couple of years and we all appreciate the increase in the support they give to our singing. Our thanks to Jane Shaw for all she does to organise this. They always welcome new people to join them. You may also have noticed that, much to her relief, Jane does not always have to play the organ, as Richard Briggs, and more recently Nick Clapton and Maria Jeffries are helping out on a regular basis. Thanks to them

WANTING A BABY BAPTISED?  Father Martin always asks parents to come to a Sunday Mass –just one Sunday Mass – and then see him afterwards, when he will begin to arrange the Baptism, as well as a Preparation Meeting usually in the parents’ home. Of course he tries to persuade them to come to Mass regularly, but even if they cannot manage that this does not stop the Baptism going ahead. You might be surprised how many never manage the first hurdle of simply coming to one Sunday Mass! 

CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY when we raise money for the poor and starving of the world is on Friday 1st October. It is then collected as the Second Collection that weekend. CAFOD (Catholic Fund for Overseas Development) is the British arm of a worldwide Catholic movement called Caritas International. Please be as generous and sacrificial as you usually are.

 

August News

OUR SPECIAL FESTIVAL IN AUGUST is the celebration of the day the Blessed Virgin Mary went to heaven. It is called the Feast of the Assumption and in most of Europe it is so important it is a Public Holiday. In England we often transfer the celebration to a Sunday, so we will celebrate it on Sunday 16th August the day after the official date. Mass as usual at 10am.

EVERYONE SEEMED TO ENJOY our BBQ Lunch and Fete the other Sunday. Our thanks to the many people who came, even our local Catholic Policeman with his wife and son, and his Sergeant! Special thanks to Mark Hull, Margaret Stevens and Catherine Baker who organised this for us. We made just over £900 for Church Funds.

THE HOMILIES FOR AUGUST are a series on the Meaning of the Mass. The topics are as follows:
26th July: The Mass as God’s Presence; 2nd August: The Mass as a Memorial bringing the past into the present; 9th August: The Mass bringing us the strength and healing of the Holy Spirit; 16th August: The Mass as a Sacrifice that Mary draws our attention to; 23rd August: The Mass as an Offering of God to us to which we respond by offering ourselves back to him.

THE ALTAR CLOTHS need to be washed about four time a year to keep them looking beautiful. This includes the small cloths on the table and the large cloth on the main altar. The material is modern so does not crease. Offers please to take on this work previously done by Margaret Blackman. 

HOLIDAYING AWAY IN ENGLAND AND WALES?   You can get a full list of Catholic Churches near where you are staying by putting the Postcode into this website. Remember to bring back the Newsletter for Father Martin to see!

OUR CAKE SALE FOR LIGHT IN AFRICA raised over £500. Margaret Stevens wrote from Africa where she is now using the money raised “On Thursday (16th July) we managed to take two children who have HIV aids and who were suffering from pneumonia to hospital. I thought the baby (weighing 13kg and who turned out to be 7!) would die on the way. His temperature was 40 when we arrived but having got a doctor and several hours later IV antibiotics he is now much better. The hospitals don’t always have basic drugs so we had to go to the local pharmacy to buy them. Thank God for Cake sales in Eynsham! Impossible to get to church today, but we have got internet so have just read your sermon Father! Here at Light in Africa we are seeing to the most disabled children you can imagine. They have little in the way of treatment but they do have love and care from the most amazing people. Mamma Lynn saves them from the witch doctors who would kill them, or from their own families who just abandon them.”

MARGARET LUSINSKA (Ruzia Calley and Tres Cantwell’s Mum from Standlake) who was a regular at St Peter’s for many many years, died on 22nd June having received the Last Rites. Her Funeral Mass was on Friday 3rd July at 3.00pm and Ruzia and Tres are very grateful to those who organized  the magnificent Tea that followed the Funeral . Father Martin as able to give her the Last Rites before she died, and Deacon Chris wrote: “Margaret always gave me a warm welcome whenever I visited her with Holy Communion whether it was at home, at Tres’s, in hospital, or Meadowview Care Home. It was my privilege to pray with her, which always included her extended family and friends. She always received Holy Communion most reverently. She was a great credit to her family, whom she loved dearly, and also a good role model for us all who struggle with our faith sometimes. May she rest in peace.”

OUR THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY and THURSDAY EVENING BIBLE SHARE will not take place in August. They begin again on Thursday 3rd September. Both take place at Father Martin’s Home which is 54 Hazeldene Close, Eynsham OX29 4AD. The Morning group meet at 10.30am and are working their way through the Gospel of St John led by Frances Flatman. Only those who can attend regularly should come.  The Evening Group at 7.30pm is more informal.  So anyone can turn up occasionally as we chat together about the Readings for the next Sunday Mass. This is a chance, for anyone who wants, to see what Father Martin’s House is like! 

AUGUST OASIS is 3 Days of Activities for the over 60’s organised by the 3 Churches of Eynsham. You can go for one day or all three as you prefer. It runs from Tuesday 18th August – Thursday 20th August. It includes a full lunch and tea and cakes in the afternoon, Details and Application Forms are at the back of Church as pre-Booking is essential. St Peter’s provide the cakes and Father Martin does the Epilogue on the Wednesday. The other Churches do the same one the other days.

TWO IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR BUILDINGS are in process over the next few months. First, a window has been put into the Sacristy to bring natural light (and air in the summer) into the room thus making it more pleasant as a place for our Priest to meet and talk to people now he no longer lives on site. We are also planning to remodel the Tolkien Room Kitchen so that it has better facilities for those who have to cater for some of our events. Margaret Stevens will be asking suggestions from those interested once she returns from Tanzania in August.

IN HIS ENCYCLICAL POPE FRANCIS has spoken about the little things we can all do to care for our planet, as well as the big things politicians should do. This includes using less electricity by turning off lights and other appliances when not in use. The Finance Committee recently discussed the old electric heaters in the Tolkien Room, and how the Storage Heater element in them has to be on permanently for more than 7 months each year, despite that fact that the Hall is only used about 3 or 4 times per week plus Sundays after Mass. We are therefore considering the possibility of installing modern electric heaters on some sort of timing system. If you know of anyone who could help Father Martin work out which system might be best for this, please let him know.

 

July News

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH takes very seriously what Jesus said at the Last Supper as he handed the disciples the bread and then the wine. He said “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood”. We therefore treat the bread and wine once blessed like this with great reverence, for we believe that Jesus is present within this bread and wine just as he promise to be. This year from late July for a month we will be reading the 6th Chapter of the Gospel of St John, where clearly some people found this truth difficult to accept even then. The Homilies during this period will explain in more detail what this belief means.

THE ENCYCLICAL BY POPE FRANCIS on our relationship with the natural world which came out on the 18th June has been summarised by the Catholic News Service and copies of this summary were sent to all on our Parish email List. Hard copies are also available at the back of church.

JULY 2015 IN EYNSHAM is clearly an Ecumenical Month. We are having a joint service in St Leonard’s  Church on Sunday 5th July at 6.00pm. This is the weekend of the Eynsham Carnival and Father Martin is the preacher.  Then on the following Sunday there will be a Celebration of Flowers in Eynsham Baptist Church, Lombard Street between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 .p.m. Special floral arrangements will be on display. The monthly Songs of Praise service will take place at 3.00pm as it does on 2nd Sunday of each month. This one will use the Hymns suggested by the various flower arrangements and will be led by – guess who? – yes Father Martin again! This service will be followed by tea in the Baptist Church Hall.

EVERYONE SEEMED TO ENJOY our BBQ Lunch and Fete the other Sunday. Our thanks to the many people who came, even our local Catholic Policeman with his wife and son, and his Sergeant! Special thanks to Mark Hull, Margaret Stevens and Catherine Baker who organised this for us.

A LITTLE PRAYER BOOKLET  is now available in Church with prayers that you can say before and after Mass. These have been made available through the generosity of one of our Parishioners. Do take a copy and take for others as well, and please use the prayers.

MARGARET LUSINSKA (Ruzia Calley’s Mum) who was a regular at St Peter’s for many many years, died on 22nd June having received the Last Rites. Her Funeral Mass is on Friday 3rd July at 3.00pm and she will be brought into Church at 5.00pm the night before. Do come to either of these occassions speed her on her way, if you can. 

AUGUST OASIS  is three Days of Activities for the over 60’s organised by the three Churches of Eynsham. You can go for one day or  all three as you prefer. It runs from Tuesday 18th August – Thursday 20th August. It includes a full lunch and tea and cakes in the afternoon, details and Application Forms are at the back of Church as pre-Booking is essential. St Peter’s provide the cakes and Father  Martin does the Epilogue on the Wednesday. The other Churches do the same one the other days.
 
AWAY ON HOLIDAY IN JULY OR AUGUST?  Nowadays it is fairly easy to find the nearest Catholic Church on the Internet, but if you need help, Father Martin would be only too pleased to look this up for you.  Remember too that if you cannot get to Mass at Eynsham, there are lots of other Catholic Churches in Oxford with Mass at various times that might suit you.
 
TWO IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR BUILDINGS are in process over the next few months. First, a window is being put into the Sacristy to bring natural light (and air in the summer) into the room thus making it more pleasant as a place for our Priest to meet and talk to people now he no longer lives on site. We are also planning to remodel the Tolkien Room Kitchen so that it has better facilities for those who have to cater for some of our events. Margaret Stevens will be asking suggestions from those interested in August once she returns from Tanzania.
 
IN HIS ENCYCLICAL POPE FRANCIS has spoken about the little things we can all do to care for our planet, as well as the big things politicians should do. This includes using less electricity by turning off lights and other appliances when not in use. The Finance Committee recently discussed the old electric heaters in the Tolkien Room, and how the Storage Heater element in them has to be on permanently for more than 7 months each year, despite that fact that the Hall is only used about 3 or 4 times per week plus Sundays after Mass. We are therefore considering the possibility of installing modern electric heaters on some sort of timing system. If you know of anyone who could help Father Martin work out which system might be best for this, please let him know.

 

June News

OUR PARISH LUNCH and ANNUAL FETE is on Sunday 21st June and begins straight after Mass from about 11.15am until about 2.00pm. We serve a great but very cheap lunch with all sorts of yummy Home-made desserts, and anyone is welcome to come and eat and to visit the Stalls and spend some money. Just turn up from 11.30am onwards if you haven’t come to the Mass. Weather permitting, the Grounds and Gardens make a lovely place to sit and eat whilst the children run round having fun.

OUR PATRONAL FESTIVAL of SS.PETER & PAUL  is being marked by the visit of one of our Bishops. Bishop Robert Byrne is special for us since he was one of the priests at St Aloysius in the centre of Oxford for many years and knows St Peter’s well. It will be lovely to welcome him back in all his Bishop’s finery to our Sunday Mass at 10.00am on Sunday 28th June.

THE CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION through the streets of Oxford takes place on Sunday 7th June starting from St Aloysius Church at 2.30pm and from Blackfriars at 3.00pm. It ends at the Catholic Chaplaincy in St Aldate’s with Benediction and then Tea is available.

THE FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART is on Friday 12th June and has been declared a Day of Prayers for the Sanctification of all Priests. We will be celebrating that at the Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Hugh, Witney. Mass is at 9.00am and will be followed by a Holy Hour of Adoration till 10.30am. Please pray for your priests especially on that day!

EYNSHAM COMMUNITY DAY is on Saturday 6th June 10.00am – 4.00pm in the Village Hall. It is an event to provide information on village organizations. The three churches of Eynsham will have a Stall so do come and say hello if you are there.  The Three Church do various things together and a Leaflet is available detailing these events. The next event after this is a Service together at St Leonard’s Church, Eynsham on Sunday 5th July at 6.00pm.  The Baptist Chapel also hosts a Songs of Praise Service on the 2nd Sunday each month at 3.00pm to which we are always invited. Father Martin will be leading the one on the 12th July. There are refreshments afterwards.

HELP FOR CHRISTIAN REFUGEES in SYRIA is largely channelled through the Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need. There is a meeting in the Anglican Church of St Mary’s Charlbury on Thursday 18th June at 7 for 7.30pm. There will be a Speaker who is know to be excellent followed by a Concert. All money raised will be for Aid to the Church in Need’s work in Syria.

OUR SPECIAL CAFOD Collection for THE NEPAL DISASTER on Sunday 10th May raised just over £1100. What a great result!  CAFOD is one of the agencies that is part of the Disasters Emergency Committee that has launched this big national Appeal. See cafod.org.uk/Nepal  

A LITTLE PRAYER BOOKLET is now available in Church with prayers that you can say before and after Mass. These have been made available through the generosity of one of our Parishioners. Do take a copy and take for others as well, and please use the prayers.

MARRIAGE CARE If you are facing stressful times in your marriage they may help. Marriage Care is the largest faith-based provider of marriage preparation and relationship counselling services in the UK. Oxford Marriage Care has professionally trained volunteer counsellors in Headington, Abingdon and Wantage. Call their telephone appointment service (0800 389 3801) to make a local appointment. Their  belief is that professional support should be more widely available and there is no set fee for their service.  As a registered charity they ask clients for a contribution to support the work they do, so that all can benefit: www.marriagecare.org.uk 

ST PETER’S HOUSE is now occupied by Alastair and Denise Ferguson who are at Mass with us every Sunday. This is being handled for us by a professional Estate Agent. Look out for them and for other new members of our Church. There seems to be someone new every week!

THE PRESBYTERY GARDEN will be open during the BBQ and FETE on Sunday 21st June, so do take the opportunity to stroll round or to sit and relax. It may not be quite as tidy as usual as Father Martin now looks after it from a distance but the rumour spread by one person that he has removed lots of the plants will be shown to be nonsense! The flower bed by the Patio has new shrubs because it had to be dug up for the new sewers. Thanks to Alistair and Denise for the lovely plants in pots and the cleaned up and oiled garden furniture.

AN UNDER SURFACE FREEZER is for sale and a LARGE FRIDGE. Contact Father Martin.