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North Hinksey Parish

Welcome to the Parish of North Hinksey

The Parish of North Hinksey is a Roman Catholic community based in the northern most part of the Portsmouth Diocese. There are four Churches within the North Hinksey Parish which cover a large rural area as well as part of Oxford city and its neighbouring villages. The Parish is led by
Father Stan Gibzinski.

Sunday Mass is celebrated in two our Churches – Our Lady of the Rosary, Botley (which is our Parish Church), and Holy Rood Church, Abingdon Road. There is a weekday Mass held in each of the other two chapels – the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Kennington, and the Chapel of St Thomas More, Boars Hill.

The four Churches have strong individual communities but also come together regularly to share in the whole Parish’s faith celebration and the groups, activities, and learning programmes that take place within the Parish community.

Whether you are new to the parish or an existing church member, please explore our individual Church websites to join in our faith celebration and to find out how you can get the most out of the Church community.


A Message from North Hinksey's new Parish Priest, Fr Stan Gibzinski

Prayer, listening and working together
Good morning Oxford, Botley, Hinksey, Kennington, Boars Hill and other areas of the parish! Good morning everyone! My name is Father Stan and as I believe, God has given us each other. Let me then share and assist your fascinating pilgrim’s journey of faith to our heavenly homeland. I am aware that while I’m starting a new chapter of my priestly life as your Parish Priest, you have gone through various highs and lows. So have I.     I believe you might feel unsettled after having for many years such a wonderful priest as Fr. Paul King. But even now, at this very moment, we experience the vibrating tension of faith: everything can help us to find God or distract us by focusing on unimportant details. Because of that we need to find a proper balance in our life, we need to breathe God’s presence first, we need to be in a close relationship with Him. This is achievable through prayer. This is our first task, “this is the moment of faith, of prayer, of conversation with God, in order to open our hearts to the tide of grace and allow the word of Christ to pass through us in all its power” (from St. John Paul II, NOVO MILLENNIO INEUNTE, 38). Please remember me in your prayers, and I promise to remember you in mine. The prayer will make us work together on the field of God’s matters.
I would like to say great thank you to all of you for your warm welcome, especially to Deacon Richard.   
After the prayer, the second step is communication with each other. I am open to listening to your hopes and aspirations. I desire and need to meet each group and all in positions of leadership so that together and as your new Parish Priest I can reform committees and groups and make new appointments including the Parish/Pastoral council and the finance committee. I see great possibilities to grow together in Christ.
God Bless,
Fr. Stan Gibziński



Deacon Richard Budgen

Our Lady of the Rosary
Yarnells Hill, North Hinksey, Oxford

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Holy Rood
Folly Bridge, Folly Bridge, Oxford

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St Thomas More

Grace Dieu, Foxcombe Road, Boars Hill, Oxford

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The Good Shepherd 

Bagley Wood Road, Kennington, Oxford

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All served by:
Holy Rood Lodge,
Folly Bridge,
Abingdon Road,
North Hinksey,
Oxfordshire. OX1 4LD

Telephone 01865 247986
Fax 01865 247986

Parish priest: Rev Stan Gibzinski


Deacon: Rev Richard Budgen

Telephone: 07881440305

Parish Secretary: Richard Pickett - 01865 247986