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01235 520375



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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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Our Lady and St Edmund’s Church Parish Centre
1 Radley Rd Abingdon OX14 3PL

Starting Sunday 23rd October - THE BIG PICTURE - Part 2: THE NEW TESTAMENT
CaFE Bible Course -  A Journey through Salvation History
7:30 - 9pm in the Parish Centre every Sunday till 27th November (NB not 6th Nov). Tea/coffee at 7:15pm.
Last spring we travelled through the Old Testament, we now continue from the Incarnation.
It's not to late to start. Everyone gets a work-book and video DVD (£10).
Phone 01235 528528 for details.

Pastoral Area Youth Activities—Dates for your diary...

18th November 7-9pm - English Martyrs Didcot - Light Fever - an evening of live music, reflection, prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Reconciliation for young people, in celebration of National Youth Sunday. Come and bring a friend and we light the church with our candles and pray for our own intentions and those of young people everywhere in the world!

And for Adults...
Wednesday 12th October 7:30pm-9pm - St Edmund’s - Would you like to help with youth activities in the parish or pastoral area? Do you already offer your skills and talents to help young people in the parish through First Holy Communion preparation, Junior Liturgy, Confirmation preparation or Youth Group? Whether you're an experienced catechist or a parent who likes to be actively involved, you are warmly invited to join us on Wednesday 12th October 7:30pm-9pm, so we can meet and get to know each other better. Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday 5th October to Melanie at leadertipa@gmail.com.

19th November 7:30pm-9pm - ‘Come Follow Me’ Taster evening at St Edmund’s parish centre.
Sr Hyacinthe Defos du Rau a Dominican Sister of the Order of St Joseph will be coming to our pastoral area to introduce this fantastic programme which can be used very easily to help children and young people listen to the Word of God for themselves. Sr Hyacinthe will return to our pastoral area on 19th November to run a complete one day training course for us. Please RSVP by Thursday 13th October to Melanie at leadertipa@gmail.


Can you help us?
MARRIAGE CARE is a charitable organisation which operates with volunteers in over 50 centres across England and Wales.  Our belief is that a strong society is one built on the strong committed relationships arising out of a happy marriage
70 years ago the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council was established in response to the pressure on family relationships following the Second World War. The world has changed a lot since 1946, but the need for support, education and help in the relationship field remains as great as ever. Over the years Marriage Care has developed & grown to meet these needs
Our Values
We know that at the heart of a good marriage is a relationship of astonishing power and richness, for the couple, their children, their wider circle of friends and relations and society. We believe that all lives are enriched by healthy, joyful relationships.  So we specialise in helping couple build and sustain strong, fulfilling, healthy relationships, and in providing support in times of relationship difficulty. We believe that better relationships make for better lives, more stable families and a stronger society.
How can you help us?
 We are looking for volunteers to help us with our Marriage Preparation days; we work with local priests and bishops to help couples prepare for fulfilled & happy relationships and we do this through Marriage Preparation days. Marriage preparation is an investment in the future; amid the excitement of planning the wedding and the aim is to help couples towards a better understanding of relationships by exploring issues with each other in a safe and supportive environment.
Over the past 20 years the Oxfordshire team has prepared over 2000 couples for marriage. All of us enjoy what we do, working with engaged couples at this special time in their lives. It also enables us to think about our own relationships and keep them alive.
Would you be able to volunteer to support on a Marriage Prep day. All our days in 2015 were oversubscribed and it’s the same so far for 2016.  If you are interested in being a part of the marriage preparation team we would love to talk to you with no commitment. Marriage Preparation presenters can be couples or married individuals who are willing to offer up to 3 Saturdays a year; As volunteers we are not professional presenters,  we all bring our different experiences and insights on how relationships work.
Full training is provided and anyone who enjoys working with groups of people and facilitating discussion will find the days fulfilling and stimulating, and I say this with the experience of working as part of this team for over 5 years. If not as a presenter could you come along and be on a rota to help with the refreshments on MP days? All support is welcome.
Please contact Catherine@marriagecare.org.uk  Telephone 07470 412800 or visit our website for more detail www.marriagecare.org

St John Paul II Prayer Group at Didcot

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This new prayer group has been formed by parishioners to pray for the sick.  They meet monthly in the church, and welcome new people.  For more details please contact the parish office at Didcot on 01235 812338.

Holy Year of Mercy


In the bull of indiction Misericordiae Vultus (MV), Pope Francis decreed that the Holy Year would begin on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8, 2015, with the opening of the Holy Door in the Basilica of St. Peter at the Vatican. On the following Sunday, December 13, the Third Sunday of Advent, the opening of the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Rome, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, took place. After that, the Holy Doors of the other Papal Basilicas opened. Moreover, the Holy Father decreed that on the same Sunday, “in every local church, at the cathedral — the mother church of the faithful in any particular area —, a Door of Mercy would opened for the duration of the Holy Year.
At the discretion of the local ordinary, a similar door may be opened at any shrine frequented by large groups of pilgrims, since visits to these holy sites are so often grace-filled moments as people discover a path to conversion” (MV, 3).
Accordingly, Bishop Philip opened a Door of Mercy at St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth on Sunday 13 December 2015 at Noon. He then celebrated Mass. On the same day a similar Door of Mercy opened at Our Lady & St Edmund of Abingdon Church, Abingdon. Throughout the year, the faithful are encouraged to go on pilgrimage to either or both churches.

To arrange a pilgrimage to the Holy Door at Abingdon, please contact the parish office on 01235 520375 in good time.

Bishop Philip's latest Pastoral Letter

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




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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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