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 the Second Week per annum – Second Week after Epiphany
20th – 26th January 2019
Saturday 19th January, The Vigil of Sunday
Confessions, 5.15 p.m.
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. Fr Jerome
Sunday 20th January, The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time (OF) – Second Sunday after Epiphany (EF)
Holy Mass, 8.00 a.m. Celebrant’s intention
Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m. The People of the Parish
Sung Mass, 12 noon (Extraord. Form) Nick & Kerrie
Monday 21st January, St Agnes, Virgin, Martyr
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m. Fr Harry RIP, deceased Butters family
Tuesday 22nd January, St Vincent, Deacon
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m. Catherine Brown
Wednesday 23rd January, St Nicholas Owen, Religious
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m. Christine Johnson
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. (Extraord. Form) Fr Jerome
Thursday 24th January, St Francis de Sales, Bishop, Doctor of the Church
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m. Christine
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 4.00 - 5.00 p.m. NB: Later start time this week only
Confessions, 4.30 p.m., Benediction, 5.00 p.m
Friday 25th January, The Feast of the Conversion of St Paul
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m. Francesca Gibbons RIP
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. (Extraord. Form) Private intention
Saturday 26th January, SS. Timothy & Titus, Bishops
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m. Fr Cormac Rigby RIP
Holy Hour & Confessions, 10.00 - 11.00 a.m., Benediction, 11.00 a.m.
Saturday 26th January, The Vigil of Sunday
Confessions, 5.15 p.m.
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. The People of the Parish
Sunday 27th January, The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time (OF) – Third Sunday after Epiphany (EF)
Holy Mass, 8.00 a.m. Private intention
Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m. The Rossi Family
Father John writes:
Today: Second Collection for the Second Century Fund.
Advance Notice: Second Collections
There will be second collections for the Good Counsel Network on 27th January, and for LIFE on 3rd February.
Advance Notice: The Rosary for the Unborn
At the suggestion of SPUC, from 2nd March we shall be praying the Rosary for the unborn before the Blessed Sacrament exposed every first Saturday of the month between 10 and 11 a.m.
Please remember that Christmastide lasts not just for twelve days, up to the Epiphany and Baptism of Our Lord, but traditionally all the way to Candlemas on 2nd February. As the carol says, ‘Make we mirth for Christ’s birth, and sing we Yule till Candlemas’. We shall keep the Crib up, as they do in Rome, till then. So please remember to pray to the Divine Infant Jesus at the Crib throughout this holy season of forty days. We are blessed to have a relic of the Manger, which will be exposed for veneration as part of the Crib. A more complete relic of the Manger is preserved at the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.
Christmas Crib Offerings
The Christmas Crib offerings will be donated to Aid to the Church in Need, which supports persecuted Christians throughout the world, especially in the Middle East.
Special thanks to those who helped to make the church look so beautiful for Christmas, and to those who dismantled the decorations after the Epiphany. I’m glad to say that new volunteers came forward following the appeal in December. Combined with some regulars, many hands really did make light work.
Last Week’s Collection: First - £294.62; Second - £264.45 (SPUC) - 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 Agostinho Freitas and Philip Trower, who died recently, and for Ferdinand John Alfred Alexander, Tommy Nicholls, Vladis Servas, Allister Terry, James Tobert, and Father John Francis Reuel Tolkien, who have anniversaries at this time.
+ Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
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At Cana in Galilee Jesus is … the herald of the divine truth about marriage,
that truth on which the human family can rely, gaining reassurance amid all the trials of life.
Jesus proclaims this truth by His presence at the wedding in Cana,
and by working his first ‘sign’ - water changed into wine.
Jesus proclaims the truth about marriage again when, speaking to the Pharisees,
He explains how the love which comes from God, a tender and spousal love,
gives rise to profound and radical demands.
Moses, by allowing a certificate of divorce to be drawn up, had been less demanding.
When in their lively argument the Pharisees appealed to Moses, Jesus’ answer was categorical:
‘From the beginning it was not so’ (Mt. 19:8).
And He reminds them that the One who created man created him male and female,
and ordained that ‘a man leave his father and his mother and cleave to his wife,
and they become one flesh’ (Gen. 2:24).
With logical consistency Jesus concludes: ‘So they are no longer two but one flesh.’
Pope St John Paul II