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 First Week of Lent
18th – 24th February 2018

Saturday 17th February, Vigil of Sunday
            Confessions, 5.15p.m.                                     
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m.                                                               Guy le Percq RIP
Sunday 18th February, The First Sunday of Lent
Holy Mass, 8.00 a.m.                                                               Fr Cormac Rigby RIP
Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m.                                                             The People of the Parish
Sung Mass, 12 noon (Extraord. Form)                                     Patrizia Rossi
Stations of the Cross & Benediction, 5.00 p.m.

Monday 19th February, Lenten Feria                                         
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                                                 Andy J.

Tuesday 20th February, Lenten Feria                             
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                                                 Holy Souls (EK)
Wednesday 21st February, Lenten Feria – St Peter Damian, Bishop, Doctor of the Church
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                                                 Ruth Escritt RIP
Confessions, 5.00 – 5.45 p.m.
Sung Mass, 6.00 p.m. (Extraord. Form)                                       Rita Groh

Thursday 22nd February, The Feast of the Chair of St Peter, Apostle
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                                               Anne Best RIP
            Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 3.00 - 5.00 p.m.
Confessions, 4.30 p.m., Benediction, 5.00 p.m

Friday 23rd February, Lenten Feria – St Polycarp, Bishop & Martyr – Family Fast Day
Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m., followed by Stations of the Cross               Stanley Singleton RIP
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. (Extraord. Form)                                       Holy Souls (Montligeon)

Saturday 24th February, Lenten Feria.
            Holy Mass, 9.30 a.m.                                                                 Fr David Condron RIP                          
Holy Hour & Confessions, 10.00 - 11.00 a.m., Benediction, 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 24th February, Vigil of Sunday
            Confessions, 5.15p.m.                                     
Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m.                                                               The People of the Parish                       
Sunday 25th February,  The Second Sunday of Lent
Holy Mass, 8.00 a.m.                                                               Joe & Sabina Fernandes RIP
Sung Mass, 10.30 a.m.                                                             Br Joseph Bailham OP                      
Stations of the Cross & Benediction, 5.00 p.m.                       

Father John writes:

This Weekend: Lenten Reading
This weekend we shall be continuing our sale of books suitable for Lenten reading.  Fresh stock has been added!

This Friday & Next Sunday: Second Collection for Family Fast Day
This Friday is Family Fast Day.  Any money you save from acts of self-denial that day can be donated to CAFOD in the second collection.

Advance Notice: Further Second Collections
There will be second collections for Cathedral Maintenance on 4th March, and for Easter Flowers on 18th March.

Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving – Some Suggestions
-        Prayer: (1) Paying a visit to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament for a holy half-hour on a Thursday afternoon, 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; (5) Attend weekday Masses more regularly.
-        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) or to the box for the Food Bank in the narthex.

The Parish Hall: Applying for Use
We now have a page dedicated to the Parish Hall on our website.  You’ll find there an application form for rental.  All inquiries should be directed to our Hall Manager, Mrs Kathy Archer, at

Advance Notice: National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress
In Liverpool, from 7th to 9th September this year, we shall be having the first Eucharistic Congress in England since 1908.  Please take a copy of the leaflet in the narthex.

Last Week’s Collection: 1st – 340.39£; 2nd - £240.97 (Second Century Fund)

Please Pray for the Sick and Housebound
Deacon Philip, Peter de Bono, Fr Paul Chavasse CO, Barbara Elgar, Lázaro Garcia de Souza, John Henry, Michael Kennedy, Neville Langford, Catherine McKeown, 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 Anne Best, Maura Burden, Peter Church, John Francis O’Neill, Jack Renforth Scarr, and Richard Scicluna, who have anniversaries at this time.
+ Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.


[In the wilderness] Jesus is the new Adam who remained faithful
just where the first Adam had given in to temptation.
Jesus fulfils Israel's vocation perfectly:
in contrast to those who had once provoked God during forty years in the desert,
Christ reveals Himself as God’s Servant, totally obedient to the divine will.
In this, Jesus is the devil’s conqueror: He ‘binds the strong man’ to take back his plunder.
Jesus’ victory over the tempter in the desert anticipates victory at the Passion,
the supreme act of obedience of His filial love for the Father.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church



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.