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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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CARMELITE PILGRIMAGE to the BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM
on Saturday 25 June 2016

Last year the worldwide Carmelite order celebrated 500 years since the birth of St Teresa of Avila and here in the UK, it was decided to hold an annual Carmelite Pilgrimage to Walsingham.  So this year we are hiring a coach for parishioners throughout the pastoral area who would like to partake.  
All welcome.  Please contact the parish office before 13 May if you are interested.  The cost will £25

Timetable for the day

6am Depart from English Martyrs

11amTalk by Fr Matt Blake OCD (Chapel of Reconciliation)

12 noon Pilgrim Mass (Chapel of Reconciliation)

2.15pm Silent procession to the Holy House, Walsingham Village

3.15pm Sprinkling at the well

4pm Exposition and Benediction in the Priory grounds

4.30pm Depart

9:30pm Return


 

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


 


Department for New Evangelisaion
Sharing the Joy of the Gospel
 
How often do we say, and hear other people say,  how wonderful it would be if there was an opportunity to learn more about our Catholic faith?   How many times do we hear people saying to one another that they have never had the time or opportunity to explore their faith, but would like to do so?   The good news is that after Easter, the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph, part of our Diocesan Formation for Mission Team, are coming to Abingdon to lead us in a six week specially prepared course that will enable us to learn more about our faith, to deepen our faith and to hand on our faith to others.  The sessions will run over six Tuesday evenings in St Edmund's parish centre 7.30pm-9.00pm, 12th April - 17th May inclusive.   The session titles are 1. God's Revelation 2. The Holy Trinity 3. Jesus Christ 4. Redemption 5. The Human Person 6. The Church.    We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to everybody in the pastoral area, and hope as many as possible will be able to participate.

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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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.

For more information please visit the website:

vincentianvolunteers.org