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Youth Ministry in the Pastoral Area


The Pastoral Area currently sees a significant drop in numbers between the number of young people making their First Holy Communion and the number of young people receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.

This drop in numbers is also seen in the number of senior school children regularly attending Mass compared to the number of junior school children regularly attending Mass.

Young people attend many different senior schools across the Pastoral Area with only a few attending the Catholic Schools of St Gregory the Great or Our Lady’s Abingdon. Therefore, support for ongoing faith formation for young people needs to be available through the parishes.

There are some groups already in place that cater for small numbers of young people, with other young people attending groups attached to other Oxford churches such as St Aloysius or Blackfriars.

In other cases young people have found a place to answer their questions within other Christian churches outside the Catholic Church.

Opportunities for training courses and activities have been opened up by the Birmingham diocese to Oxfordshire as a whole, including that part within our Diocese of Portsmouth. However more support and commitment is required from us in the Portsmouth Diocese to enable these activities for young people to continue and to be developed further.

In recognition of this, the Pastoral Area Leadership Team, representing this Parish and the others within the Thames Isis area, has decided to focus specifically on Youth Ministry across the Pastoral Area over the coming year. This will lead to the appointment of a full time Youth Worker to work with parishes to develop groups and activities across the whole Pastoral Area.

 The Leadership Team will be applying to the ‘Living Our Faith’ Fund in the Diocese for initial funding to support this initiative. In preparation for this appointment, which is expected to take around 12 months, it is proposed to build up a list of young people and their interests and also to set up a network of volunteers from each parish who would be prepared to assist a youth worker at all different levels of involvement. The key volunteers at this stage are the contact people in each parish who will promote youth events organised both within the Pastoral Area and in the wider Diocese. Both volunteers and young people are invited to complete the relevant information slips. If you have any questions please contact your parish representative or a member of the clergy.


Latest News

Bethsaida training programme 18yrs+
Starting in October - no charge - please bring food for a shared lunch
3 days of training for those who work with young people and those who desire to get involved in running youth activities in their parishes
 5th October 2013 Eynsham Church hall 
16th November 2013 Eynsham Church hall
18th January 2014 - Littlemore Church hall
Invocation  - three days in the diocese 12th October 2013

16yrs - 35yrs (14yrs+ can come with their youth group or accompanying adults)
For young people to come together to grow in faith, socialise and have time out to tune into what really matters...
Young people from the age of 14yrs are invited to join young people from across the Diocese, held in our Cathedral in Birmingham
Cost to include transport and a hot meal - £20
It is a spiritually and socially fantastic day with inspiring speakers and opportunities to get stuck in
Invocation transport
Mini Coach Two
(Deaneries Oxford N, Oxford S, Banbury, Cov, Warwick, Rugby)
Our Lady and St. Edmund Catholic Church, Abingdon 0800
St. Gregorys Catholic Church Oxford 08.30
Holiday Inn Express Banbury (M40 Jct 11) 0900
Warwick Parkway 0930
St. Thomas More Coventry 0945
St Chads 10.20

VITAL Youth Leadership training
Ages 14yrs - 19yrs
October Half-term Mon 28th October - Wednesday 30th October
Alton Castle
Trip to Alton Towers included

Further details on the BCYS Website - link below


Contact details for youth events run jointly with the Birmingham Diocese: trisha.dufficy@bcys.co.uk
Contact details for Thames Isis Pastoral Area youth events: helenhurrell@gmail.com


Click here for Birmingham Catholic Youth Service - Oxfordshire area.


Click Here for details of church Youth Groups.

Useful links aimed at young adults:

SPEC 18 to 25 year olds, based at London Colney
Sion Community  A catholic community
YMT  - Youth Ministry Team
World Youth Day  A From Toronto 2002 & onwards


Catholic Youth