SS. GREGORY & AUGUSTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH
322 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7NS
Tel. 01865 515138
Priest in charge: Father John Saward (01865 764650)
Deacon: Rev. James Forde-Johnston
Live-Stream TV is accessible 24/7 at https://www.churchservices.tv/oxford
SS. Gregory & Augustine Parish is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham:
Registered charity: No. 234216
Services for Holy Week
5th – 11th April 2020
Saturday 4th April, Vigil of Palm Sunday
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. Joy & Joy-Ann
Sunday 5th April, Palm Sunday
Holy Mass, 8.00 a.m. Carmelite intentions
Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m. The People of the Parish
Monday 6th April, Monday of Holy Week
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m. Annette & Chris Carpenter
Tuesday 7th April, Tuesday of Holy Week
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m. Ann Marshall RIP
Wednesday 8th April, Wednesday of Holy Week
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m. Mary Boak RIP
Holy Mass, 6 p.m. (Extraord. Form) Derek Henderson RIP
The Sacred Paschal Triduum
Thursday 9th April, Maundy Thursday
Mass of the Last Supper, 7.00 p.m. Fr Robert Wright RIP
Friday 10th April, Good Friday
Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord, 3 p.m.
Saturday 11th April, Holy Saturday
Saturday 11th April, Vigil of Easter Sunday
Easter Vigil Mass, 7.45 p.m. Carmelite intentions
Sunday 12th April, Easter Sunday
Holy Mass, 8.00 a.m. Arthur RIP & deceased Healy family
Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m. The People of the Parish
Father John writes:
Holy Week & Easter Sunday
The celebration of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord in Holy Week and on Easter Sunday are the heart of the Church’s liturgical year, indeed of her faith. This year the liturgies will take place in unprecedented conditions, without the physical presence of Christ’s faithful. Please unite yourself in prayer with the priests offering Holy Mass in our church, and in churches throughout the world, and with Jesus, the Eternal High Priest, as through the Sacrifice of the Mass He pours out the healing power of His Precious Blood upon our poor world. If you are able, take part ‘virtually’ by means of the live-streaming. On Good Friday you won’t be able to venerate the Cross in the usual way, but venerate the Cross in your heart, and worship the Crucified Jesus, when you see the Cross held up on the live-streaming, and hear the words, Ecce lignum Crucis, ‘Behold the wood of the Cross’. Here is a prayer you can say: We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee, because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.
What to do when you cannot get to Mass
· When we cannot get to Mass, there is no substitute. There is nothing else on earth that comes close to being in church as Christ becomes present under the forms of bread and wine on our altar. We should express our sadness and our desire to be united with Jesus in our prayers to Him. This is called an act of Spiritual Communion, whether we use our own words or a prayer composed by others. An example is given at the foot of the page.
· Masses celebrated at St Gregory’s are livestreamed at www.churchservices.tv/oxford. Above all, at this time, is important that we have regular habits of prayer. Prayer should be something special because it is time spent with Someone special, not because it is something rare. Our routines and familiar prayers (such as the Rosary) should be a consolation while we look forward to getting back to Mass and receiving Holy Communion.
What to do when you cannot get to Confession
· When you can’t go to Confession, perfect contrition can also obtain the forgiveness of all sin, including mortal sins. Perfect contrition is a sorrow for sins and a repentance motivated by the love of God, not just fear of punishment. It includes within it a resolution to make a sacramental Confession at the next opportunity. Perfect contrition is a state of the soul, but we can express it in prayer through the words of the Act of Contrition we use during sacramental Confession.
· It is also important to remember that, while it is very good practice to make regular Confession of all of our sins, we are only obliged to confess mortal sins, because mortal sin separates us from the life of God. If we haven’t committed a mortal sin, then we mustn’t worry because we haven’t been able to go to Confession.
Please pray for the sick and housebound
Anne-Marie, Jackie Ball, Peter de Bono, Christopher Browne, Clifford Browne, Fr Paul Chavasse CO, Fr Antony Conlon, Maureen Dalton, Eileen Healy, Jill Kelly, Mike Lees, Emily Long, John Marsh, Elsie Maria Michaud, Anne Morris, Joy Smith, Clare Wagstaff, and Monica Wagstaff.
Please, please, pray for our doctors and nurses, for everyone working in the NHS, and for those in hospital suffering from the virus.
Please pray for the souls of the faithful departed
Please pray for the repose of the souls of all the departed, especially Helena Mary Boak, John Brogan, Charles William Lambert, Monique Maloumby, Christina McMonagle, and Povilas Remeike, who have anniversaries at this time.
+ Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
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The Act of Contrition – Some Examples
O my God, because you are so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you,
and with the help of your grace, I will try not to sin again. Amen.
I love you, Jesus, my love above all things.
I repent with my whole heart for having offended you.
Never permit me to separate myself from you again.
Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will. Amen.