SS. GREGORY & AUGUSTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH
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 Easter Sunday and the Easter Octave, 21st – 27th April 2019
Saturday 20th April, Vigil of Easter Sunday
The Easter Vigil, 8.15 p.m. Holy Souls
Sunday 21st April, Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of Our Lord
Holy Mass, 8.00 a.m. The People of the Parish
Sung Mass, 10.30 a.m Anna Boxall
NB: Please note later time of weekday morning Masses
Monday 22nd April, Easter Monday
Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m. Fr Harry & Deceased Butters Family
Tuesday 23rd April, Easter Tuesday
Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m. Bill Heine RIP
Wednesday 24th April, Easter Wednesday
Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m. Fouad Aboud
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. (Extraord. Form) Anna
Thursday 25th April, Easter Thursday
Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m. George & Mary Caldwell RIP
Eucharistic Adoration & Confessions cancelled this week only.
Friday 26th April, Easter Friday
Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m. Kathleen White RIP
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. (Extraord. Form) Joy-Anne
Saturday 27th April, Easter Saturday
Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m. Marjorie Elizabeth Saward RIP
NB: Holy Hour and morning Confessions cancelled this week only.
Saturday 27th April, Vigil of Sunday
Confessions, 5.15 p.m.
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. Thanksgiving (Notre Dame)
Sunday 28th April, The Second Sunday of Easter - Low Sunday – The Feast of Divine Mercy
Holy Mass, 8.00 a.m. The People of the Parish
Sung Mass, 10.30 a.m Wendy Davidson
Father John writes:
Surrexit Dominus vere, Alleluia!
On this most glorious of days, the day Our Lord has made by rising gloriously from the dead, may He strengthen your faith and hope in Him, move you to love Him above everything else, and so fill you all with His joy and peace.
This Week: The Divine Mercy Novena
The Novena of Divine Mercy continues this week, and concludes on the Saturday of Easter Week, 27th April.
This Saturday: Mass of Thanksgiving for the Saving of Notre Dame
After courageously rescuing the Blessed Sacrament and Crown of Thorns from the fire in Notre Dame, Fr Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain to the Paris fire brigade, said this: ‘Everybody understands that the Crown of Thorns is an absolutely unique and extraordinary relic, but the Blessed Sacrament is Our Lord, really present in His body, soul, divinity and humanity, and you understand that it is hard to see someone you love perish in the blaze. As firefighters we often see casualties from fire and we know its effects. This is why I sought to preserve above all the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ.’
Next Sunday: Second Collection for the Second Century Fund
Next Sunday, 28th April, the second collection will be taken for our own parish Second Century Fund, which exists to secure the parish’s financial position for future generations. Cheques should be made out to ‘SS. Gregory & Augustine Church’.
Advance Notice: Further Second Collections
There will be second collections for the Clergy Training Fund on 12th May, the Catholic Communications Network on 2nd June, Peter’s Pence on 30th June, and the Apostleship of the Sea on 14th July.
Heartfelt thanks to all who worked tirelessly for many hours this past week to make the church and the ceremonies of the Triduum so beautiful. The beauty of a Catholic church on Easter Sunday, its decorations but above all its liturgy, bears witness to the glory of the Risen Christ. I must also thank Monsignor Vaughan, Fr Andrew, and Deacon James, who assist me so generously throughout the year, and our old friend Deacon Kevin of the North American College, who was with us during Holy Week.
The Paschal Candle
This year’s Paschal Candle has once again been beautifully painted for us by Mrs Freddie Quartley.
Eastertide Blessing of Houses
Please let me know if you would like me to bless your home during Eastertide.
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 Susannah Marion Caldwell, Theodora Iris Dare, Edward Alexander Donovan, Rosa Bertha Houser, Michael Kevin Miles, Isabelle Viviene Catherine Morey, and Edward Joseph Mullen, who have anniversaries at this time.
+ Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
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You descended into the grave, O Immortal One,
yet you destroyed the power of Hell,
and rose again as conqueror, O Christ our God.
You announced to the myrrh-bearing women, ‘Rejoice’,
gave grace to your Apostles,
and bestowed the Resurrection upon the fallen.
Kontakion of Easter Sunday in the Byzantine liturgy