Yesterday was the feast of St Frideswide, the foundress and patroness of the City of Oxford. We were happy to welcome the girls' choir, Frideswide Voices : http://frideswidevoices.co.uk, who sang at Solemn Benediction in honour of their own patron saint, and afterwards enjoyed a feast day party in our parish centre.
The Solemn Mass of the Sacred Heart on Sunday morning:
Fr Dominic preaches:
The elevation of the chalice:
The Blessed Sacrament is exposed again at the end of Mass:
Solemn Vespers of the Blessed Sacrament:
The procession around our church:
Benediction concludes the Forty Hours:
Photographs by Hannah Chegwyn
FORTY HOURS OF DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
14th -16th October 2016
Friday 14th 6pm: Solemn Mass of Exposition
11pm: Compline (Sung by the Dominicans of Blackfriars) and Benediction
Followed by a vigil throughout the night
Saturday 15th 5am: Sung Matins and Lauds
6am: Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form
10am: Low Mass
5pm: Musical Oratory "Sweet Sacrament Divine" - hymns and readings
6:30pm: Mass for Peace (with hymns)
Sunday 16th 12am: Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament
11am: Solemn Mass of the Sacred Heart
Followed by Exposition throughout the day
5pm: Solemn Vespers, Procession and Benediction
Over the last month we have been collecting clothes for Syrian refugees for this coming winter. The organisers of the appeal have written thus:
"A big THANK YOU to all those who donated clothes, time and financial support to the Winter collection for the Samara's Aid Appeal! With your help, we have reached an astounding amount of over 250 banana boxes and packages filled with aid (our goal was 100)!
Together with the other 125 collections in the UK, the Oxford community has contributed to 6 lorries of aid that will be travelling to Iraq and Syria this winter, clothing more than 22,000 displaced people. A big difference for many and a sign of hope for all.
Thank you for the support of the communities and parishes of Holy Rood and Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfriars; St Aloysius and St Mary's the Virgin (Iffley). We would like to especially thank the Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary that kindly hosted us during this collection.
Please check the website (www.samarasaidappeal.org) for further information about the appeals and the hospital projects and look forward to our next collection next year!"