English Martyrs Church organised
the Churches Together Didcot and District Walk of
Witness on Good Friday, in Didcot's Orchard Centre.
Thank you to all those who gave their time to help
at this event.
On 18th October, a Civic Service was held at
English Martyrs Church to welcome the new Mayor
of Didcot, Des Healy, who is a parishioner.
A wonderful day of celebrations
took place in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary
of the Consecration of St Mary's Church in East
Deacon Richard Budgen celebrated his 20th
anniversary of ordination last weekend. North
Hinksey parish with Fr Stan put on a Mass of
Celebration for him, also attended by previous
Parish Priests Fr Peter Codd and Fr Paul King.
Congratulations to Des Healy, parishioner at
English Martyrs, Didcot, on his inauguration as
Mayor of Didcot. Our prayers and best wishes
go with Des as he undertakes his new
Women's World Day of Prayer
The theme of
this year's Women's World Day of Prayer was 'Jesus
Said to Them "Do you know what I have done for
you?". Services held throughout the pastoral area
on 6th March. This photo shows St John the
Evangelist Church, Wallingford.
The End of an Era...
Parishioners young and old
from all areas of North Hinksey Parish came together
on 7th October to celebrate the Parish Patronal
Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and to say good bye
to Fr Paul King, who had served as priest in the
Parish for 19 years, the last 15 of those as
Fr Paul concelebrated Mass
with Fr Robin Saunders and Fr Chris Vimalraj
Hiruthya, a visiting priest from the Beda College in
Rome, in the presence of a large congregation.
This was followed by a bring and
share supper, including a cake baked for the
occasion. Fr Paul was serenaded by all those present
with a song, before Deacon Richard Budgen expressed
the Parish's thanks to Fr Paul and presented
him with a cheque on behalf of the parishioners.
Monica White then handed over a
hand-made card, which contained written notes of
thanks from everyone in the Parish. Victoria Hurrell
presented Fr Paul's wife, Elizabeth, with flowers,
in thanks for all her commitment to our worshipping
On the previous Sunday, the
children at Our Lady of the Rosary gave Fr Paul a
scrapbook which they had made, containing photos,
drawings and messages from each child in the
North Hinksey Parish Trip to
Parishioners from all parts of the
Parish enjoyed an afternoon at Maple Durham House on
Sunday 6th July. The weather was kind, and visitors
were able to picnic in the grounds, before visiting
the hose and water mill.
We are grateful to Mr Jack Eyston
for allowing to conclude our visit with Mass,
celebrated by Father Paul KIng, in the chapel.
Thank you to RISE Theatre for providing over 200
people with their wonderful thought-provoking
performance of 'Soldier to Saint' on 10th April at
English Martyrs Church. A great evening was
had by all.
Supper and Marriage celebration at Our Lady and
St Edmund of Abingdon
More than 30 people turned up to
evening Mass on 14th February 2014 and
then enjoyed a Valentine’s Supper in the Parish
The purpose was to celebrate marriage but also to offer a
new course to couples, the Marriage Course, produced
by Relationship Central at Holy Trinity Brompton,
London. While couples enjoyed their meal in a
dramatically changed parish centre (thank you,
Sylvia Nelson!), they were treated to a highly
amusing and insightful video on the differences
between the brains of men and women.The
laughter in the room indicted that many could
associate with the descriptions!
There then followed an
introduction to the Marriage Course (again by
video). This course will run at St Edmunds from 3rd
March for seven weeks.
The organising team (Catherine
McFarlane, Maureen Cash, Mary and Pat Mulqueen)
welcomed as special guests, Rev Keith Dunnett
and his wife, Lynne, from the nearby Christchurch
parish who had offered guidance and advice about the
course in the preparation for the evening and the
An amusing and informative evening
with good food and conversation was had by all.
Thank you also to the many who helped to provide
food for the evening.
Many couples celebrated at the Significant
Anniversary Mass at St Bede's in Basingstoke in
Including Deacon Richard Budgen and his wife,
Chris, who have been married for 40 years in
August 2013. Congratulations to all!
The St Vincent de Paul Society of St John's,
Wallingford hosted a lovely parish tea party in an
English country garden.
Everyone enjoyed wonderful weather, cakes and
whilst raising money for the SVP.
Thanks to the Pidgeon family for the use of their
house and garden, and for all their hard work.
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
the nationwide 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 9th
She's making her list, she's checking it
twice, 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 18th
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. A
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 congregationshared 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:
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 made
posies to present to their mothers, and other ladies
in the 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 John Henry
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,