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 in Advent
16th – 23rd December 2018
December – The Month of Advent, the Immaculate Conception, and Christmas

 Saturday 15th December, Vigil of Sunday
            Confessions, 5.15 p.m.                                  
            Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m.                                     Ilya Lind

Sunday 16th December, The Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete Sunday
            Holy Mass, 8.00 a.m.                                     The People of the Parish
            Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m.                                   Dan Archer RIP
            Sung Mass, 12 noon (Extraord. Form)        Fr Richard Finn OP  

Monday 17th December, Advent Feria  - O Sapientia
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                      Susan Carthy RIP

Tuesday 18th December, Advent Feria – O Adonai
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                      Mary Kildunne
            Requiem Mass for Mrs Rachel Glynn, 2.30 p.m.
            Confessions (visiting priest), 8.00 p.m.

Wednesday 19th December, Advent Feria – O Radix Jesse
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                       Sheila Lynch RIP
Holy Mass 6.00 p.m. (Extraord. Form)           Kevin Smyth RIP

Thursday 20th December, Advent Feria – O Clavis David
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                      Eileen Healy & family
            Exposition 3.00 - 5.00 p.m., Confessions, 4.30 p.m., Benediction, 5.00 p.m.
Friday 21st December, St Peter Canisius, Priest & Doctor of the Church – O Oriens
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                     Tom & Barbara Joyce RIP
            Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. (Extraord. Form)         Deacon Philip RIP
            Confessions (visiting priest), 8.00 p.m.

Saturday 22nd December, Advent Feria – O Rex Gentium
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                      Fr Harry Butters RIP & Deceased Butters Family  
            Holy Hour and Confessions, 10.00 -11.00 a.m, Benediction 11.00 a.m.
Saturday 22nd December, Vigil of Sunday – O Emmanuel
            Confessions, 5.15 p.m.                                  
            Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m.                                     The People of the Parish

Sunday 23rd December, The Fourth Sunday of Advent
            Holy Mass, 8.00 a.m.                                     Graham Weston RIP
            Sung Mass, 10.30 a.m.                                   Kelly

Father John writes:

Second Collection this Sunday: Christmas Flowers

Advance Notice: Second Collections
There will be second collections for SPUC (White Flower Appeal) on 13th January, for the Second Century Fund on 20th January, and for LIFE on 3rd February.

Advance Notice: Christmas Masses
At the centre of our celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord will be the traditional three Masses of Christmas: Midnight Mass at midnight (carols at 11.30 p.m.), Mass of the Dawn at 8.00 a.m., and Mass of the Day at 10.30 a.m..  In addition, there will be a Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.  The carol singing before the Midnight Mass will give everyone an opportunity to join in, or listen to, some of the best loved music of the season as they prepare for the first Mass of Christmas.

Getting Ready for Christmas: Confession
Make sure that between now and Christmas you prepare to welcome the new-born Jesus in your Christmas Communion by making your Confession.  NB: There are additional opportunities for Confession this week with a visiting priest.

Christmas Crib Offerings
The Christmas Crib offerings will be given to Aid to the Church in Need, which supports persecuted Christians throughout the world, especially in the Middle East.

The Cupola: Reaching the Heights
Your intrepid priest, accompanied by the architect, climbed the scaffolding last week to inspect the newly restored cupola, and to look out on the rooftops and treetops of North Oxford.  Benedict Gillick has done a wonderful job of conservation.  He not only reproduced the original design, but also used the same materials and techniques as his Edwardian predecessors.

Last Week’s Collections: 1st - £396.10; 2nd - £224.34 (Poor Parishes): Thank You.

Please Pray for the Sick and Housebound
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 Rachel Glynn, who died recently, and for Philip Attridge, Victor Baker, Eileen Fleming, Luicija Remeikiene, and Aidan Sheerin, who have anniversaries at this time.
+ Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.


An unmistakable feature of Christian joy is that it can go hand in hand with suffering,
since it is based entirely on love.
Indeed, the Lord who is near, to the point of becoming man,
comes to fill us with his joy,
the joy of loving.
Only in this way can we understand the serene joy of the martyrs even amid trial,
or the smile of saints, full of charity for those who are suffering:
a smile that does not offend but consoles.
Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you! (Lk 1: 28).
The Angel's announcement to Mary is an invitation to rejoice.
Let us ask the Holy Virgin for the gift of Christian joy.

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.