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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.

Please click here if you wish to place information on the main NEWSLETTER and/or your parish notice board

The Marriage Course

This will take place at Our Lady and St Edmunds, initially with an introduction evening on Friday 26th September at 7.30pm
followed by the Course start on Tuesday 14th October until Tuesday
25th November. This is a course for all married couples (or those planning marriage) which is about the special relationship between a husband and wife, which, if nurtured, can lead to a lifetime of happiness. For more information in advance of the September evening, please contact Pat Mulqueen e-mail: patjmul1949@gmail.com 

Alpha Course in Didcot

Try Alpha! A team of parishioners from English Martyrs Church will be running the well known Alpha Course starting in the week beginning 15th September.  Alpha is for anyone who is curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian Faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. Whether you have been a lifelong Church member or are completely new on your faith journey, Alpha is for you!  Typically Alpha has around 12 sessions and includes food, a short talk and a brief discussion at the end.  24 million people have tried Alpha in 169 countries and 112 languages. Why not you too? We will be offering 2 groups so either a Tuesday evening session or a Friday morning, according to which time of day you prefer.  www.alpha.org/catholic-context/home

'The Why? Course'

is taking place in the Parish Rooms at St Mary's, East Hendred, at 8pm on Wednesday 8th, 15th and 22nd October.  This  is a three-part DVD course  (‘Why God? Why Christ? Why the Church?’) devised and presented by Fr Marcus Holden and Fr Andrew Pinsent.   

Fr Andrew Pinsent is Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University.  Each evening lasts one hour.  Especially suitable for new Christians and enquirers and those building up Christian family life.  To find out more, email aburnham@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

National Justice and Peace Network
Open Network Day - Living the Gospel
Saturday 20th September, St Williams Church Annexe, Reading

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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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community activities

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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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