322 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7NS
Tel. 01865 515138
Priest in charge: Father John Saward
Deacon: Rev. James Forde-Johnston
SS. Gregory & Augustine Parish is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham:
Registered charity: No. 234216

Services for the Third Week of Lent
24th – 30th March 2019
The Month of St Joseph

Saturday 23rd March, The Vigil of Sunday 
            Confessions, 5.15 p.m.                        
            Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m.                                                   The People of the Parish

Sunday 24th March, The Third Sunday of Lent (OF, EF)
            Holy Mass, 8.00 a.m.                                                   Arthur RIP, deceased Healy family
            Sung Mass, 10.30 a.m.                                                 Bishop Robert
            Stations of the Cross & Benediction, 5.00 p.m.

Monday 25th March, The Solemnity of the Annunciation – Lady Day
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                                   Jeremiah RIP, deceased O’Sullivan family
Tuesday 26th March, Lenten Feria   
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                                     Thanksgiving (EH)

Wednesday 27th March, Lenten Feria   
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                                     Alan Foster
Holy Mass, 6 p.m. (Extraord. Form)                               Private Intention (P)
Thursday 28th March, Lenten Feria
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                                     John Farrow
            Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 3.00 - 5.00 p.m.
Confessions, 4.30 p.m., Benediction, 5.00 p.m.
Friday 29th March, Lenten Feria
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                                     Agnes RIP
            Stations of the Cross after 9.30 a.m. Mass                      
            Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. (Extraord. Form)                           Jack Scarr RIP
Saturday 30th March, Lenten Feria
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                                     Asta Simpson RIP
Holy Hour and Confessions, 10.00 - 11.00 a.m., Benediction, 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 30th March, The Vigil of Sunday  
            Confessions, 5.15 p.m.                        
            Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m.                                                   The Fleming sisters RIP

Sunday 31st March, The Fourth Sunday of Lent (OF, EF) – Laetare Sunday – Mothering Sunday
            Holy Mass, 8.00 a.m.                                                   The People of the Parish
            Sung Mass, 10.30 a.m.                                                 Magda Dooley RIP
            Stations of the Cross & Benediction, 5.00 p.m.

Father John writes:

This Sunday: Emergency Second Collection for Cyclone Idai
We have all been shocked by the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.  Our second collection this weekend will be sent to Cafod to assist them with their work in the area.

This Sunday: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has begun at St Gregory’s, and is suitable for children between the ages 3 - 8. Do come along. We begin at 9.30 am every Sunday morning in the church hall before the 10.30 a.m. Holy Mass. Last Sunday was the first presentation of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, who calls us to the fullness of life with Him.  If you have any questions, please contact Auguste Kelly or Veronica Smith.

This Monday: The Annunciation
This Monday, 25th, is the Solemnity of the Annunciation, ‘Lady Day’.  This glorious feast celebrates the first moment of the Incarnation of the Son of God, which took place when the Blessed Virgin said to the angel Gabriel, Be it done unto me according to thy word.  Upon the Incarnation depend all the other mysteries of salvation, especially the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord.  Holy Mass will be celebrated at 9.30 a.m.  Please make every effort to attend.

This Thursday: The Mystical Meaning of the Mass
This Thursday, 28th, at 7.30 p.m. in the Glass Room, we shall have the third of four Lenten study sessions on the spiritual meaning of the traditional rites and ceremonies of the Mass.  The aim is to help us pray the Mass with greater understanding and devotion in Lent and at all times.

Next Sunday: Spring Forward!
Please remember that the clocks go forward by an hour next weekend.

Advance Notice: Further Second Collections
There will be second collections for the Second Century Fund on 28th April and the Clergy Training Fund on 12th May.

Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving – Some Suggestions
-        Prayer: (1) Paying a visit to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament for a holy half-hour, or even for a holy-five minutes, whether here or in any other Catholic church or chapel (e.g. the chapel at the JR). (2) Praying the Rosary, or even just one decade, with the family or for the family. (3) Praying the Stations of the Cross at a public service or privately. (4) Meditating on the daily readings in your Missal.
-        Fasting/Self-Denial: How about reducing the amount of time you spend on the Internet, especially social media?  Sadly, many people would find that more of a challenge than giving up chocolate for Lent.
-        Almsgiving: Contributing to our Lenten Alms (once again, Aid to the Church in Need), and to the box for the Food Bank in the narthex.

Another Thank You
Heartfelt thanks to those who help the priest and the mission of the parish in quiet and usually unnoticed ways: key holders, collection counters, bin monitors, fixers of minor maintenance problems, and all those who look out for us.
Last Week’s Collection: 1st - £358.30; 2nd - £357.36 (Family Fast Day).  Thank you!

Please Pray for the Sick and Housebound
Fr Jerome Bertram CO, Peter de Bono, Fr Paul Chavasse CO, Maureen Dalton, Eileen Healy, Emily Long, John Marsh, Anne Morris, and Joy Smith.

Please Pray for the Souls of the Faithful Departed
Please pray for the repose of the souls of all the departed, especially for Thomas James Glover, Eileen Hutchings, Mgr Antoine Maloumby, Anthony Meade, Bridget O’Sullivan, Nora O’Sullivan, Santa Maria Peake, and Marie Riccordi,  who have anniversaries at this time.
+ Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.


The captain of the angelic hosts was sent by God Almighty to the pure Virgin,
to announce the good tidings of a strange and secret wonder:
that, as man, God would be born a babe of her without seed,
fashioning again the whole race of man.
O ye people, announce the good tidings of the refashioning of the world!

The Byzantine Liturgy, Mattins of the Annunciation of Our Lady



High Mass on Easter Sunday 2015: the first High Mass according to the older liturgical books
celebrated in Oxford since the 1960s.

Welcome to the Church of SS Gregory & Augustine,
322 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7NS 

Find us on the map here.

Priest in Charge: Fr. John Saward 


Weekend Masses & Confessions

Saturdays: Vigil Mass at 6 p.m.
Sundays: Masses at 8 a.m., 10.30 a.m., &, on Third Sundays, 12 noon (Extraordinary Form)
Confessions: Thursday 4.30 to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 - 11 a.m., 5.15 - 6 p.m.

For the restoration of the church, including the our newly painted reredos, showing Pope St Gregory the Great and St Augustine of Canterbury, see here for pictures and an interview with Fr Saward.