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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 Parish Priest, Fr Stan Gibzinski

At the beginning of Advent

At the time when Our Mother conceived, she protected alone the Lord close to her heart.  After her 90 miles journey from Nazareth to Ein Karem (‘Spring of the Vineyard’), St. Elizabeth and St. Zechariah joined her and shared her hope and faith.  The same happened to St. Joseph who came to fully embrace Mary and reorganized his life for the sake of love of his beloved wife and her child, and decided to travel 90 miles with her to Bethlehem and further more.  In different ways all of them participated in protecting the unborn King of the Universe.  Their Advent was marked by physical, mental, emotional and spiritual efforts as well as joyful assistance of the Lord, enabling Him to arrive and dwell among us.  Their ‘Good News’ remained hidden from others and not understood by many.  However, in that sacred time of their lives they were given many graces. God’s Providence was remarkable.

In the centre of our Advent, is the same Jesus Christ, who had lived in the heart of Our Lady during the first Advent. Now, He is hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament. He is quietly and penitently amongst us in the tabernacles of our churches and He needs our time shared with Him along, like baby who needs an open heart and arms of its parents. This kind of attention to Him is called Adoration. He also arrives on the Altar when the Eucharist is celebrated and we can share our time with Him in the same way as Saints Mary and Joseph and other people of whom we have learnt from Holy Scripture.

Advent is the time when we are in the school of Mary. Being immersed in prayer, in her Immaculate Heart, we can hear the rhythm of Love and we can awake our hearts so that they beat for the Lord more eagerly. Being in the heart of Mary our small or bigger worlds are given the message of hope. 

At the beginning of our Advent it is good to entrust ourselves, like St. Joseph did at the beginning of his Advent, to Our Mother and through her to the Lord. Let us express that dedication by praying The Angelus before all Sunday Masses followed by a moment of prayer in silence. In this way we will prepare to the Most Holy Mass, where we listen to the Lord and receive Him in Holy Communion.

Fr. Stan




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