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Thames Isis Coordinating Pastor:
Rev Jamie McGrath
01235 520375


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OX14 3PL

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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.



Contact details for Thames Isis Pastoral Area youth events: helenhurrell@gmail.com


Click here for Birmingham Catholic Youth Service - Oxfordshire area.


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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