322 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7NS

Tel. 01865 515138

Priest in charge: Father John Saward (01865 764650) - Deacon: Rev. James Forde-Johnston

email:     website:

Live-Stream TV is accessible 24/7 at

SS. Gregory & Augustine Parish is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham:

Registered charity: No. 234216


Services for the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time - Eleventh Week after Pentecost

16th – 22nd August 2020

August – The Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary







 Saturday 15th August, Vigil of Sunday

            Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m.                                       Carmelite intentions

            Church open from 5.45 – 6.45 p.m.


Sunday 16th August, The Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady

                                   11th Sunday after Pentecost (EF)

            NB: No 8 a.m. Mass today

            Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m.                                     The People of the Parish

            Holy Mass, 12 noon (Extraord. Form)             Elizabeth Marie Fink RIP

            Church open from 10.00 – 11.30 a.m.


Monday 17th August, Feria

             Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m.                                       Canon John McHugh RIP                                 

            Church open from 5.45 – 6.45 p.m.


Tuesday 18th August, Feria                                                       

            Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m.                                        Colin RIP

            Church open from 5.45 – 6.45 p.m.


Wednesday 19th August, St John Eudes, Priest

Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. (Extraord. Form)               Charles & Nora Robertson RIP    

Church open from 5.45 – 6.45 p.m.


Thursday 20th August, St Bernard, Abbot & Doctor of the Church  

            Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m.                                        Ernest Newton RIP                               

Church open from 5.45 – 6.45 p.m.


Friday 21st August, St Pius X, Pope (OF) – St Jane-Frances de Chantal (EF)

             Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m. (Extraord. Form)              The Wee Family           

            Church open from 5.45 – 6.45 p.m.                  


Saturday 22nd August, The Queenship of Our Lady (OF) – The Immaculate Heart of Mary (EF)

             NB: No 9.30 a.m. Mass today


Saturday 22nd August, Vigil of Sunday

            Holy Mass, 6.00 p.m.                                       Nuala O’Riordan RIP                         

            Church open from 5.45 – 6.45 p.m.


Sunday 23rd August, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (OF) - 12th Sunday after Pentecost (EF)

            NB: No 8 a.m. Mass today

            Holy Mass, 10.30 a.m.                                     The People of the Parish

            Church open from 10.00 – 11.30 a.m.




Father John writes:


Breaking News: The Easter Flowers have arrived … in August!


General Guidelines about Mass Attendance

·        Those with health concerns should continue to stay home.

·        The Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended.

·        If you are considering returning to Church for the first time, you might like to attend a quiet weekday Mass.


Updated Guidelines for Attendance at Mass

·        Wearing a face mask in church is now mandatory.  Regulations and exemptions can be found at:

·        As everyone is now required to wear a mask in church, the social distance spacing will change to one metre plus.  This will create additional spaces for Mass attendees.  

·        Please remember to sanitize your hands as you enter and leave.  There are currently no bathroom facilities.


Aid for Beirut

The explosion in Beirut on 4th August was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history.  We are all now aware of the loss of life, the terrible injuries, and the hundreds of thousands made homeless. You may also have seen the people of Beirut out on the streets with their brooms, determined to do whatever they can to clean up their beautiful city.  This catastrophe comes at a time when Lebanon is already in a state of economic collapse. Please consider making a donation to Aid to the Church in Need (, or Caritas Lebanon ( get_involved/donate).


A Message from the Maronite Patriarch of Beirut, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi

Beirut is a devastated city … Beirut, the bride of the East and the beacon of the West, is wounded. It is like a war zone without war. [...] Dozens of citizens have been killed, thousands of people have been injured, and hospitals, churches, houses, institutions, hotels, stores, and various public and private facilities have been demolished. Hundreds of families are homeless. All this happened, and the state is in a situation of economic and financial collapse that makes it unable to face this humanitarian and urban disaster, and the Lebanese people are in poverty and need. The Church, which has put in place a relief network across all of Lebanon, sees herself today facing another major duty that she cannot fulfil on her own.



We have a safe, socially distanced way of hearing Confessions out of doors.  Please let me know if you would like to make an appointment. 


Financial Support for the Parish

·        We know that many parishioners are struggling financially at this difficult time, and pray they are getting the support they need.  At the same time our own parish income has inevitably fallen substantially during the lockdown, as there are no weekly collections.  A number of parishioners and friends have enquired about continuing to contribute to the running of the parish while the church is closed. This would, of course, be very helpful.  Here are the two ways this can be done electronically:

·        You can make a single donation or set up or increase a standing order. Our Treasurer, Captain Mike Sauvage ( and 07711578803) can provide details of the parish bank account.

·        The diocese has now set up a system so that donations can be made through its website at Click the ‘donate’ icon. Our parish is listed as Oxford – St Gregory.  These donations can be gift-aided.


Please pray for the sick and housebound

Anne-Marie, Jackie Ball, Peter de Bono, Christopher Browne, Clifford Browne, Fr Paul Chavasse CO, Maureen Dalton, Eileen Healy, Jill Kelly, Mike Lees, Emily Long, John Marsh, Elsie Maria Michaud, Anne Morris, Jill Pinnock, Joy Smith, Clare Wagstaff, and Monica Wagstaff.


Please pray for the souls of the faithful departed

Please pray for the repose of the souls of all the departed, especially Nuala O’Riordan, Gwen Sheppard, Rosemary Smyth, and Daisy Spedding, who died recently, and for Joseph de Bono, Ronald Ernest Hancock, Claude Laurent, and Ruth Peyton,  who have anniversaries at this time.

+ Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis



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.