News Archive

Thursday 22 February 2018

Time Travel

Readers of today's Oxford Times may have noticed the photograph of a glamourous, young archaeologist taken in 1974. It is in fact none other than our own Father Jerome, shown having uncovered the skeleton of a Dominican. As he helpfully annotates the article, Fr Jerome is the one on the  left:


Friday 16 February 2018

Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2018


Full details of Masses, Confessions, the Parish Lent Project, Saturday Talks for Lent, Musical Oratories and more can be found in the Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2018 booklet. Copies of the booklet are also available from the back of church.

Lent Project: The Oxford Life House

Life exists to make abortion a thing of the past. The charity has saved thousands of lives across the UK since 1970 through prolife advocacy and practical help. The Life house in Oxford has already given hope and a future to almost 200 pregnant young women who had been homeless, escaping abuse, vulnerable or at risk, and who had previously seen no option but abortion. Life gives these woman the freedom to choose life for their children. In the Life house, they are given supported accommodation, practical aid and emotional support along with guidance and life skills aimed at equipping tenants for independent living. It costs just £11 to house a mother and her child for a day and to provide them with this dedicated support. This is our chance to do something practical to save the lives of the unborn. There will be collection boxes at the back of church to take away and a second collection on Sunday 11th March, after which there will be the opportunity to meet some of those in Life to find out more about their life-saving work in Oxford and beyond. Find out more:

Musical Oratory: The Seven Last Words
Wednesday 21 February 6:30pm


The seven last words of Christ from the Cross have been a focus of Catholic devotion for many centuries. This Musical Oratory provides an opportunity to meditate on them with the aid of congregational hymns and sacred choral music from a wide variety of the Church’s musical traditions, sung by the Parish Choir and the Oratory Young Adults’ Choir.

Musical Oratory: The Crucifixion
Wednesday 21 March 8pm


Sir John Stainer’s The Crucifixion: A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer is a choral presentation of Christ’s Passion and Death. Written in 1887, it is one of the high points in the evolution of the musical oratorio, with parts for choir, organ and congregation. Many will be familiar with the congregational hymns Stainer composed for the work, including Cross of Jesus, Cross of sorrow, Jesus the Crucified pleads for me, and All for Jesus. But most famous of all (possibly the best known of all Stainer’s compositions) is the stunning chorus, God so loved the world. Come and hear them sung in their proper context, and let the music take you back to Calvary. There meditate on the love God has shown us by sending his Son to suffer and to die for us.

Parish Day of Chant
With Fr Guy Nicholls, Cong. Orat.
Saturday 10 March


Gregorian chant is the Church’s own music, the voice with which Christ’s Bride sings his praises. The chant developed in the earliest years of Christianity and has been sung continuously to the present day. If you want to know more about the chant itself, or want to learn how to sing it, or just want to spend time singing it, this day is for you. Fr Guy Nicholls will lead a Parish Day of Chant. The day will include practical training sessions in singing, a talk on the sung propers of the Mass (as part of our Lenten series), and periods of sung prayer, finishing with a sung Mass in the afternoon. The day will start at 9:30 and finish at approximately 17:00.

Source & Summit: 
Saturday Talks for Lent
Saturdays at 11am


The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. Our Lenten series explores the history of the liturgy, music and art used to serve the Mass, the language, ceremonies and scriptural roots of the Mass. Cafe Neri will be open before each talk from 10:30.

Sunday 4 February 2018


Friday 2nd February was the feast of the Presentation of the Lord - the Purification of Our Lady or Candlemas. It was also this year the 170th anniversary of the foundation of the English Oratory by Blessed John Henry Newman at Maryvale in 1848.

Bishop Robert Byrne Cong. Orat. celebrated a Pontifical Mass in the evening with the blessing of candles and a procession.

The candles are blessed:IMG_2735 (1)IMG_2739 (3)

The Procession:

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Bishop Robert preached about Christ as the light of the world, remembering Blessed John Henry's epitaph: Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem - Out of shadows and images into the Truth:IMG_2775 (2)

Bishop Robert celebrates Mass:IMG_2789 (2)IMG_2790 (2)

Saturday 3 February 2018

Cafe Neri starts tomorrow

There is no good reason why church coffee should be anything other than the best. That is why we are revamping and relaunching our hospitality after Mass.
Cafe Neri is not like other cafes. In one sense it is not a cafe at all, but an extension of what we have just accomplished in Church; it is an ancient Christian sentiment that the Eucharist builds the Church, and as we have just celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Church, that Church-building continues when Cafe Neri opens its doors. In our open and friendly Parish Centre we serve good coffee and cakes because our people are important; we welcome everyone who comes through the door like long-lost friends, and we share in each other’s lives for a time. 
We will also now be serving Cakesmiths cakes. Hand-baked in Bristol and using only the finest ingredients, Cakesmiths’ cakes are some of the best around and won’t be beaten on quality and (most importantly) taste. There are no more poor quality biscuits at Cafe Neri, but beautiful cakes for people who matter. 
Do you think it’s “not my sort of fun?” If the thought of being stuck in a draughty church hall with a plastic cup of grey tea or instant coffee fills you with dread, then worry not. We serve lovely Bewleys’ drip coffee and Italian espresso with delicious handmade cakes just because you are important. 
More than that, our parish cafe is a place to meet others, spend time with one another and grow in fellowship and love of Christ - not by being preached at, but by meeting him in others. Hospitality is one of the greatest gifts we Catholics can share with one another, and as Saint Paul says, we might even entertain angels without knowing it.
Come along this Sunday and see what Cafe Neri is about, let us share this hospitality with you, and let’s continue to build our parish community while eating cake. 


Tuesday 30 January 2018

Pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi and the Holy House of Loreto


After last year's successful joint Oxford/York Pilgrimage to Fatima, we are planning another this year to Rome, Assisi and the Holy House of Loreto. The dates will be from 17-25 September and the cost between £745 and £792 per person (depending on the numbers booking - not including flights). Flights for the Oxford pilgrims will be from Heathrow. Further details are available by clicking here.