News Archive

Thursday 20 July 2017

A Pilgrimage to York

IMG_5043

Members of our Wednesday Morning over-60s group ventured north this week to stay at the Bar Convent, the oldest convent in the British Isles. We were well looked after by the Sisters of the Congregation of Jesus and learnt a lot about Mary Ward, the pioneering foundress of the Bar Convent. There is an excellent exhibition inside the Convent, and we were also able to have Mass in the beautiful chapel, with its fine dome hidden from view by a pitched roof from the street.

Other excitements in York were St Wilfrid's, the Minster and the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow. Here is the group sitting in the Chapter House of York Minster:

IMG_5044

And here in the chapel of the Bar Convent, one picture with Fr Richard, and another with Br Henry, who was a most assiduous tour-guide:

IMG_5072

IMG_5071

Sunday 16 July 2017

Religious Barbecue

The light drizzle on Saturday made it the perfect English weather for a barbecue, and we invited all the different religious communities of our city to join us. We were pleased to welcome members of the De la Salle Brothers, Holy Child Sisters, Dominican friars, Dominican sisters, the Conventual Franciscans, the Capuchin Franciscans, the Sisters of the Spiritual Family of the Work, the Carmelite friars, the Ordinariate of the Chair of Peter and a Passionist bishop.

IMG_1619

Wednesday 12 July 2017

Father Richard's Silver Jubilee

IMG_2260

11th July, the feast of St Benedict, was the Silver Jubilee of Fr Richard Duffield's priesthood. Fr Richard was ordained in our church twenty-five years ago by Bishop Terence Brain.

Fr Richard celebrated the six o'clock Mass on the day of his anniversary.

IMG_2262IMG_2263

IMG_2267

IMG_2268

After Mass, there was a celebration in the Parish Centre, when many of our parishioners congratulated Fr Richard:

IMG_2302

Fr RIchard made a speech:

IMG_2288IMG_2291IMG_2294

Saturday 24 June 2017

Canonical Visitation

Earlier this week we were happy to welcome Fr Felix Selden of the Vienna Oratory, who is the Delegate of the Holy See to the Confederation of the Oratory. Fr Felix was here to conduct our Canonical Visitation, which happens once every five years.

Image 7

Fr Felix had already been to carry out the visitations of the Oratories at Birmingham and London, and on leaving Oxford went on to visit our community in York.Image 14

Monday 19 June 2017

O Sacrament Most Holy!

IMG_1579

Many hundreds braved the sweltering heat yesterday to walk through the streets of Oxford with our Eucharistic Lord. For the first time we were able to close streets to traffic along the way, by the courtesy of Oxford City Council, and this made for a smooth procession and an excellent witness.

The Blessed Sacrament is exposed:

IMG_1545

The Blessed Sacrament is taken from the Oratory:

IMG_1574

IMG_1964a

IMG_1546

The Procession heads along St Giles':

IMG_1551

IMG_1555

The Witney Town Band performed valiantly and rousingly a selection of marches and hymns to the Blessed Sacrament:

IMG_1557

At Blackfriars, where Fr Robert Ombres O.P. preached:

IMG_1558

The Gospel is read:

IMG_2030a

IMG_1581IMG_1580

The Procession leaving Blackfriars:

IMG_1583

IMG_bbb

Archbishop Cranmer doesn't appear to approve:

IMG_2076a

In Magdalen Street:

IMG_1584

IMG_2086d

IMG_ccc

IMG_ddd

St Michael's Street:

IMG_eee

IMG_2107a

IMG_fff

New Inn Hall Street:

IMG_2119d

 

St Ebbe's:

IMG_1567

IMG_1568

Benediction was given in the Newman Rooms at the University Chaplaincy:

IMG_aaa

IMG_2199a

IMG_2213b

At last, tea!

IMG_1573