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

Services for the Third Week of Advent
17th – 23rd December 2017

Saturday 16th  December, Vigil of Sunday
            Confessions, 5.15p.m.                                     
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m.                                       Teresina Chiri RIP

Sunday 17th December, The Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete Sunday - O Sapientia
            Holy Mass, 8.00 a.m.                                       The People of the Parish
Sung Mass, 10.30 a.m.                                     Peter & Valerie, and Eileen
Sung Mass, 12 noon (Extraord. Form)             Susan Carthy RIP

Monday 18th December, Advent Feria – O Adonai
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                         Derek Parker    

Tuesday 19th December, Advent Feria O Radix Jesse
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                         The Bournemouth Oratory                    
Confessions, 8.00 – 8.30 p.m. (visiting priest)

Wednesday 20th December, Advent Feria – O Clavis David
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                         Holy Souls
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. (Extraord. Form)                         
Thursday 21st December, St Peter Canisius, Priest & Doctor – O Oriens
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                         Deacon Philip & family
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 3.00 - 5.00 p.m.
Confessions, 4.30 p.m., Benediction, 5.00 p.m

Friday 22nd December, Advent Feria – O Rex Gentium
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                         Charles & Nora Robertson RIP
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. (Extraord. Form)               Kathleen White RIP
Confessions, 6.45 p.m. – 7.15 p.m.                   

Saturday 23rd December, St John of Kanty, Priest  ­O Emmanuel
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                         The Bournemouth Oratory                    
Confessions, 10.00 – 10.30 a.m.                                   
Holy Hour & Confessions, 10.00 - 11.00 a.m., Benediction, 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 23rd December, Vigil of Sunday
            Confessions, 5.15p.m.                                      
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m.                                       Thanksgiving for conversion

Sunday 24th December,  The Fourth Sunday of Advent
            Holy Mass, 8.00 a.m.                                       Marie Robin Wynn RIP
Confessions, 10.00 - 10.30 a.m. (visiting priest)
Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m.                                     The People of the Parish

Sunday 24th December, Christmas Eve
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. (Extraord. Form)                       The People of the Parish
Confessions, 10.45 – 11.15 p.m. (visiting priest)
Carol singing, 11.15 p.m.
Midnight Mass of Christmas, 12 Midnight       Christmas intentions
Father John writes:

This Sunday: Second Collection for Christmas Flowers

This Week: Confessions
This week we have several additional times for Confessions in preparation for welcoming the Infant God into your heart on Christmas Day.

Next Sunday: Two Obligations
Catholics have an obligation to attend Mass every Sunday and every holyday of obligation.  Now this year Christmas Eve, 24th, is also the Fourth Sunday of Advent, so in many parishes, including ours, there will be a first Mass of Christmas Day, a holyday of obligation, on the evening of Sunday 24th (in our case, at 6 p.m.).  Does attendance at such a Christmas Eve Mass fulfil the two obligations, of the Sunday and of Christmas Day, together?  The answer is No: it fulfils only the Christmas Day obligation.  There are two distinct obligations, and so between the evening of Saturday 23rd and the evening of Christmas Day 25th we need to attend two Masses, one for Advent 4 and one for Christmas Day.  The Midnight Mass belongs, of course, to Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve: Carols Before Midnight Mass
Do please come and sing carols, and listen to some lovely pieces performed by the choir, at 11.15p.m. on Christmas Eve before the Midnight Mass.

American Visitors for Christmas
This Christmas we shall once again have a visiting priest and seminarians from the North American College in Rome.

Advance Notice: Further Second Collections
There will be second collections for the Oxford Winter Night Shelter on 24th December, and for the White Rose appeal (SPUC) on 31st December.

Pastoral Letter
Photocopies available in the narthex.

Last Week’s Collection: First - £241.8; Second - £219.32 (Poor Parishes of the Archdiocese)

Please Pray for the Sick and Housebound
Deacon Philip, Peter de Bono, Fr Paul Chavasse CO, Barbara Elgar, Lázaro Garcia de Souza, John Hamilton, John Henry, Michael Kennedy, Neville Langford, Anne Morris, Salume Odoi, Heather Oliver, Sylvia Parkes, Paula Stainer, Viktor Thaller, Joan Ward, and Barbara Whitehead.

Please Pray for the Souls of the Faithful Departed
Please pray for the repose of the souls of all the departed, especially for Henrietta Christine East, Eileen Mary Fleming, and Aidan Joseph Sheerin, who have anniversaries at this time.
+ Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.


The one who accepted Life in the name of all and for the sake of all was Mary,
the Virgin Mother.
She is thus most closely and personally associated with the Gospel of Life.
Mary’s consent at the Annunciation and her motherhood
stand at the very beginning of the mystery of life
which Christ came to bestow on humanity.
Through her acceptance and loving care for the life of the Incarnate Word,
human life has been rescued from condemnation to final and eternal death.

Pope St John Paul II



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.