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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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The Called and Gifted programme is an opportunity to start to recognise your charisms (spiritual gifts) and begin to discern God’s call.
Come and discover these charisms during a two-day live presentation which includes teaching on the laity and lay apostolate, the nature of charisms,
call and vocation and how to undertake the process of discernment.
The Weekend 5-6 February in Our Lady's Abingdon will teach you:
The signs and characteristics of 24 of the most common charisms of the Holy Spirit.
How discerning your charisms can change the world and help spread the Gospel, not only in your parish but throughout your everyday life.
How discerning and using our charisms together can help transform and renew our parishes.
The Called and Gifted programme is firmly rooted in Catholic theology and ecclesiology. Bishop Philip is keen for as many people as possible to have the opportunity to start discovering their gifts.
What people are saying: The Teaching Weekend …" Absolutely LOVED the Weekend!!!" "Felt called (to come) … great to be “fed” spiritually in my Catholic faith"
The One-to-One Gifts Conversation … "My discussion took place in a very relaxed manner which meant we were both at ease immediately"
"I left with an energised purpose to follow and discern my charisms"
5th Feb 7-9pm and 6th Feb 9-4pm Book online www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/calledandgifted

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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