Sacraments

For times of Mass, confessions and other regular services, see the Mass times page.

Hospitals and visits to the sick

Home visits for the sick

If you are ill and housebound, or have a relative or friend who is, please contact the Parish Priest, Fr Daniel Seward, who will, if you wish, arrange for one of the clergy to visit. Holy Communion can be brought regularly to those who are ill and housebound in our parish, who are unable to attend Mass.

Going into hospital?

If you are going into hospital, please contact the Parish Priest in order to receive the Sacrament of the Sick before you go in. When you are admitted to hospital, you will have to to ask explicitly to have your faith registered on your notes, and for the Catholic chaplain to be informed that you are there. For more information, see this document about going into hospital or this web page about the local hospital chaplaincy.

Interested in becoming a Catholic?

Each year, we receive a number of people into the Catholic Church. Some of them are Christians who have already been baptised and now wish to enter into full communion with the Church; others have never been baptised.

If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, one of the best first steps is to start attending Mass — you can always come to the front during Holy Communion and ask for a blessing. Find out more about the Catholic Faith — there are plenty of useful books in our Porter's Lodge. Talk with Catholic friends and colleagues, or ask to see a priest. Above all, try to pray regularly.

Instruction in the faith in our parish is usually arranged on a one-to-one basis: you would meet with a priest over the course of several months, and could arrange to be baptised and/or confirmed at the end of the course of these meetings.

Baptisms

If you would like to arrange for your child to be baptised, please contact one of the Fathers. He will usually need to meet with you at least once, to get to know you, talk about baptism, and make sure you are familiar with the rite.

If you do not live or worship regularly in our parish and would like to arrange a baptism at the Oratory, you will need to talk to your own local parish priest so that he can give permission for the baptism to take place in our church.

Full details about getting your child baptised can be found in our Baptism leaflet.

If you are an adult who has not been baptised, and are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, please get in touch with one of the Fathers.

We have separate arrangements for children needing preparation for the sacraments — please see the Parish Groups section for more information.

Weddings

Our church is popular for weddings, not least because of its location in the centre of Oxford.

If you are thinking of getting married, it is nearly always necessary to give at least three months' notice, and preferably more. This is to make sure that all the civil formalities and spiritual preparations can be completed in good time.

As part of your preparation for marriage, you will meet with the priest who will be conducting the wedding a few times, and will probably attend a marriage preparation day. This is a good way of getting to know other couples who are about to get married, as well as to draw on the experience of married couples and others who be able to help with your preparations.

More information can be found in the leaflet, Getting Married at the Oxford Oratory.

Funerals

For details of how to arrange a funeral, please see the leaflet, Funerals at the Oxford Oratory.