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Thames Isis Coordinating Pastor:
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The COMBINED NOTICE BOARDS for parishes of the Thames Isis Pastoral Area

Browse through forthcoming activities taking place in your Parish and across the whole pastoral area.

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Volunteering for Catholic Marriage Care: Marriage Preparation Days

Catholic Marriage Care is looking for volunteers to support and present Marriage Preparation days; these are days organised for engaged couples who are planning to get married in a Catholic Church. It is a day that they spend talking to each other about their expectations and hopes for their relationship as they embark on this new stage of their lives together. Volunteers should be either married couples or part of a married couple who are prepared to talk to groups and facilitate discussion between the engaged couple
The majority of volunteers become involved with Marriage Care either by talking to other volunteers after Mass, or being directly asked by either the Priest or another member of the congregation to help.  Our  volunteers often remain with us for several years and find that they feel rewarded by their own spiritual development and the benefits to their own relationship that come from the time that they give.
Engaging with couples to help them build strong, healthy relationships is an extremely rewarding process;   Father Martin Flatman from St Peter’s Church in Eynsham explains his commitment, “I have worked with the organisation for 16 years and think it is very important to prepare couples for their marriage.  It makes couples more aware of the meaning of a committed marriage, producing good, strong marriages.  I enjoy meeting the couples and being involved in their commitment to each other and all that entails”.      
Marriage Preparation days are held on a Saturday and normally finish with Mass. We are looking for couples who can commit to 3 days training (1 weekend & a follow up day) and to observe a day run by an experienced couple – after this we would hope that you would be able to offer 2 Saturdays in a year. The Marriage Preparation days are planned well in advance to give everyone the chance to plan their diary.
If you are interested in hearing more please email oxford.centre@marriagecare.org.uk addressing your mail to Catherine MacFarlane, or ring Marriage Care National office on 0800 389 3801
Catholic Marriage Care – www.marriagecare.org.uk  Company: 417528 Registered Charity: 218159

Lectio Divina has been used by the church for centuries as a tool for deepening prayer life.  Meaning 'Spiritual Reading' it is a way of reading the bible, making your reading a prayer.  It helps you to see how the Holy Spirit , speaking to you through the bible, has something to say about your life.

Click here for guide to Lectio Divina for individuals

and here for guide for leaders


Missio is the name for the Pontifical Mission Societies.
The Pope has asked Missio to care for, and support the younger Churches across the world until they are able to be self-sufficient.
Missio is therefore the Church’s official support organisation for overseas mission; raising awareness and funds for missionary and pastoral work worldwide.

The generosity of Catholics, primarily through the red APF mission boxes in this country, means that Missio is able to respond in faith and love to the needs of our brothers and sisters in over 1000 mission Dioceses around the world.

Please contact our Portsmouth Diocesan Directors:
Deacon David Morgan or Deacon Richard Budgen (North Hinksey parish) to learn how you can help.
Missio website: www.missio.org.uk


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Benediction and Exposition
of the Blessed Sacrament

Wednesdays after
9.30am Mass
English Martyrs Church, Didcot

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament also at St Amand's Chapel, Hendred House, every Friday 2-4pm.

Rosary St Armands Chapel - 1st Tuesday of month - 7.00pm

Vincentian Volunteers

A positive opportunity for young people to have a challenging experience in serving vulnerable people, and living in a community with other like-minded volunteers. Accommodation and living expense provided.

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