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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 Fr Stan....

Christ – Anointed Servant of the Father by the Holy Spirit and sent to the world

In the documents of The Second Vatican Council the image of Christ as the Servant is dominant. This image expresses self-awareness of the Church and Her role in the world. It is an important statement as it entails a very specific attitude of the Church towards everyone and contradicts attitudes of two typical postures: ‘service’ versus ‘triumphalism’. Words need explanation, since words could be misunderstood or misinterpreted. The word ‘triumph’ was associated with ‘triumphalism’ and was limited to a material or physical interpretation. The word ‘service’ was also limited. It often means “to please the audience” on one hand, and to various charity humanitarian actions on the other. It looks like limitations and misinterpretations have influenced all of us. On the contrary, documents of Vatican II have reminded us of the mystery of the power of the Christ the Servant and the fact that Christ's mission as Priest, Prophet (Teacher) and King continues in the Church. The whole Church shares in this threefold mission. The Lord's plan for his Church, is then to exercise the "sacred power" in order to serve in a very specific way: to take part in the threefold mission of Christ and always remain under the power of the Lord.
A power that has its source not in the powers of this world but in the mystery of the Cross and Resurrection. As St John Paul II said in 1978: ‘The absolute and yet sweet and gentle power of the Lord responds to the whole depths of the human person, to his loftiest aspirations of intellect, will and heart. It does not speak the language of force but expresses itself in charity and truth.’ In the same spirit Benedict XVI reminds us that the most unique place where the action of salvation is revealed, is the liturgy. The liturgy uncovers the fundamental and humble service of the Saviour of the world and submits all its participants to the obedient Christ, with Christ to the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit. From the liturgy we are sent to the world. In the same spirit Francis says: “I dream of a ‘missionary option,’ that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelisation of today’s world rather than for her self- preservation.”               

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