Pastoral Area Past Events and Photos
Beautiful Easter flowers at our churches throughout
the Pastoral Area.
Bishop Phillip's visit to Abingdon
We welcomed Bishop Phillip to Abingdon to give a
seminar to a full auditorium on
Vatican II: The
Year of Faith.
The seminar was held on 26th January, with Mass
at Our Lady and St Edmund's Church,
con-celebrated by the priests in our Pastoral Area.
Children enjoyed a craft workshop
at North Hinksey's Reconciliation Service during
Christmas Carol Concert at St John's combining
Guinness World Record Attempt at
the most carol singers singing at any one time
Nearly 100 people turned out to listen to and
sing carols on 16th December.
St John's Choir in action.
Although the nationwide record attempt wasn't
broken, everyone had a great time singing and
enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies afterwards,
thanks to the SVP.
Thanks to Tony Shields for the
use of his photos
Chidlren's Christmas Party at St John's
Enjoyed by over 30 children, Phyllis' team laid
on yet another successful Christmas party on
She's making her list, she's checking it
she's going to find out who's naughty or
Santa Claus is coming to town!
Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust Ride and
The big thank you to all who took part in the
recent Ride and Stride event across the area.
Thank you not only to those who cycled/walked,
but also to welcomers and sponsors.
English Martyrs, Didcot, and The Quaker
Meeting House, Wallingord
Outside St John the Evangelist, Wallingford.
With thanks to Vince Buckley
for the use of his photographs
Raising Money for CAFOD at OLoR
Our Lady of the Rosary CAFOD Fund
Raising A plant sale at Our Lady of the Rosary,
North Hinksey, on 13th May raised £128 for CAFOD. In
spite of the poor growing conditions, parishioners
managed to produce a large number of good quality
plants, which were snapped up by the less
green-fingered in the congregation.
Inaugural Recital of Holy Rood's New Organ
The inaugural recital of Holy Rood's new organ
was given by Clive Driskill-Smith, Sub-organist of
Christ Church Cathedral, on Friday 27 April.
The programme included music from Bach to Dupre.
The 'Foster-Carrington Organ' was
built by Roy Foster, assisted by Derrick Carrington,
over a period of ten years. The instrument
incorporates parts from 22 redundant organs. A
booklet called 'A Labour of Love: The tale of the
making of the organ at Holy Rood Church, Oxford' is
available from Hinksey Parish Office, price £2.
Traditional Polish Blessing of Easter Food at
Parishioners gathered for this traditional
blessing on Holy Saturday, bringing food which made
for a colourful display.
English Martyrs and St John's Parishes Retreat
Parishioners from our parishes attended a
spiritually refreshing retreat weekend at the
Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill. Thanks go to the
Friars for hosting a wonderful weekend, and to
Barbara Thacker for organising this worthwhile
Pastoral Area Day of Recollection
A Day of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers
of Holy Communion in the Pastoral Area was held on
3rd March at St Amand's School, East Hendred.
It was led by Sister Catherine OSB from Holy Trinity
Monastery, and was very well attended and much
appreciated by those taking part.
The Holy Rood Children's Choir
singing carols at the Carol Concert on
Mary and child from the Nativity
Tableau performed at the concert.
Children's Christmas Nativity Play at St John's
The children of St John the Evangelist Church
re-enacted the Christmas story on Christmas Day,
complete as always with a recent addition to the
parish playing the part of Jesus.
Seniors' Christmas Lunch at English Martyrs
A wonderful Christmas Lunch was prepared by the
Fundraising Team at English Martyrs, especially for
the senior members of the parish. Many thanks
to all involved in the preparations.
great time was had by all.
English Martyrs and St John's Day of
Parishioners enjoying a Day of Recollection for
Advent at Littlemore, run by Fr Kevin Delaney.
Fr Bob's 80th Birthday Celebrations
Congratulations to Fr Bob as he celebrated his
80th birthday with parishioners at East Hendred.
Mass of Thanksgiving on the occasion of Bishop
Deacon Richard Budgen from North Hinksey was
privileged to be asked to help celebrate Mass at
Portsmouth Cathedral on 19th November.
Rene MacDonald's 90th Birthday
Macdonald, a longstanding member of the congregation
at Our Lady of the Rosary, receives a bouquet from
Father Paul on the occasion of her 90th birthday. At
coffee after Mass the congregation
shared in a birthday cake provided by Rene's
Sponsored Walk in aid of Cafod
The children who made their First
Holy Communion last June at Our Lady of the Rosary
took part in July in a sponsored walk to raise money
for the community of Biera in Ethiopia. This was
their "Gift to God" - the final part of their
Catechetical programme. They raised over £350 - well
done, boys! At Mass on Sunday 9th October they were
presented with badges and certificates by Christine
Plews, the Parish CAFOD representative.
Parish Welcome Weekend
English Martyrs and St John's held
their annual Welcome Weekend on 23rd and 24th
September, celebrating the diverse range of culture
in our communities.
Congratulations to the winners of
the competitions held, as follows:
Winning Entries -
Misbehaving Altar Servers
Salt and Vinegar Lips
Winning Entries -
Thames Water Scene
After the Harvest
The Twelve Apostles
Sisters of Mercy leave Abingdon
Many thanks to Anne-Marie
Bromley for the use of her photos
The children enjoyed climbing Jacob's Ladder
together, along with a family treasure hunt, and
Mass celebrated by Fr Liam from the Carmelites.
Fun and games at the joint parish
BBQ for English Martyrs and St John's on 3rd July
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Plant Sale for CAFOD at Our Lady of the Rosary
A very successful plant sale was held at Our Lady
of the Rosary after Mass on Sunday 22nd May. The
green fingered members of the congregation
contributed a large and varied selection of plants
which were sold , raising over £120. The proceeds
will go to the community of Biera in Ethiopia
which the Parish has chosen to follow through the
CAFOD Connect2 scheme.
Constructing the organ at Holy Rood Church,
Under the direction of Roy Foster,
the organ builder, Hinksey parishioners clean and
polish some of front pipes for the Great Organ which
is nearing completion in the gallery of Holy Rood
Church. The three-manual organ is being constructed
from parts of twenty redundant organs from around
at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hinksey Parish
As is now
traditional, the Fourth Sunday of Lent was
celebrated at Our
Lady of the Rosary with a
special Family Mass at which the children
posies to present to their mothers, and other ladies
congregation.Mass was followed by a
special brunch, and a second hand
book stall to
raise funds for our Parish CAFOD project in
Thank you to Deacon Stephen Morgan for giving an
enlightening and informative talk on
Newman to parishioners from the whole Pastoral Area
on 30th March at English Martyrs Church, Didcot.
On Friday 4th March over forty young people
between the ages of 10 and 18 years met at Abingdon
Parish Centre for a successful Quiz Night.
Those attending came from all the churches in the
Pastoral Area, and enjoyed an evening of interacting
with and meeting other Catholics from the area.
Thanks to all those who helped with organising a fun
evening for everyone.
On the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, 2
February, Vera Fanning was presented with a Diocesan
Medal for her long and devoted service to the
community of the Good Shepherd Church, Kennington.
Current building works taking place at St Mary's,
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