Check this week's newsletter for up-to-date information on all groups.
Scripture Study Group
The Scripture Study Group meets regularly to examine Biblical texts together: we gather on Wednesdays at 8:00pm, usually in the Guild Room (except when there is a large-scale series of Wednesday evening meetings). Bring a Catholic Bible.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul meets regularly; members are involved in a variety of active pastoral work in the parish, including home visits, hospital visiting, and work with the poor and marginalised.
A group for oblates and non-oblates, with recreation, a talk on a chapter of the Rule of St Benedict, and ending with sung monastic Compline. Meets on Thursdays at 8pm.
The Oxford Catholic Young Professionals (OxCYP) is a group for Catholics (men and women) in their 20s and 30s who meet together to learn more about the Faith, to pray, and to socialize. The group meets every first Wednesday of the month, twelve times a year, at 8pm in the Parish Centre here at the Oratory. Typically a meeting will involve a talk or presentation about some aspect of the Faith, and a discussion, ending with Compline in the Church, followed by a pint at a nearby pub. Occasionally the meetings take a different format, and at different times during the year the group also arranges social events, days of recollections, and retreats. To find out more please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday Morning Group
The Wednesday Morning Group is for older people aged over 60. It meets for most of the year on Wednesdays after the 10am Mass for coffee and conversation, as well as hearing occasional talks by visiting speakers. There are also day trips to sites of Catholic interest from time to time.
Parent & Toddler Group
The group meets in the Parish Centre after the 10am Mass on Thursdays during term time, and offers parents the chance to meet other Catholic parents, to have a chat and make new friends, as well as providing support for parents trying to bring up their children as Catholics. We usually light a candle and say a prayer with the toddlers in Church before having a coffee and a discussion about some aspect of the Faith.
For children who have not made their First Holy Communion, and for their parents, there is a Children's Liturgy at the 9:30am Mass on Sunday.
The Children's Liturgy is structured as an act of worship, and includes prayers, a hymn and the reading of the Gospel for the day. A few minutes are spent explaining and talking about the Gospel: the older children are encouraged to take part in the discussion by answering simple questions. Pictures and colouring pencils are provided as well.
A few times a year, special events are organised, such as processions and Benediction, to tie in with important stages of the Church's liturgical year.
Children's Liturgy takes place in the Guild Room, to the right of the main entrance to the church, and lasts from the start of Mass until the Offertory.
Facilities for babies, children, and their parents in church
At all Masses, the Lodge area is available for children and their parents - a loudspeaker link from the church allows parents to continue to listen to Mass. A baby changing unit is provided in the disabled cloakroom.
Catechism classes for children are offered at the Oratory throughout the year, for a range of ages from pre-First Communion through to Confirmation and beyond. First Communion classes begin in October and continue until the First Communion Mass in June. Confirmation classes begin in January and continue until the Confirmation Mass in November near to the feast of Christ the King. Children at our parish school of St Aloysius on the Woodstock Road receive religious instruction and usually prepare for these sacraments in school time, whereas these classes are chiefly for those at non-Catholic schools who need instruction in the Faith.