The Catholic Church of St Edmund of Abingdon and St Frideswide
More commonly known as 'Greyfriars', St Edmund and St Frideswide is a Roman Catholic Church located on Iffley Road, Oxford. The church and parish fall within the Archdiocese of Birmingham, and the church is home to a large number of active parishioners. On this website, you can find out about who we are, when we meet and what we can do for you. Do not hesitate to get in contact by phone (on 01865 256750), by email, or by visiting us in person at: The Friary, 182 Iffley Road, Oxford, OX4 1SB.
CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS: PUBLIC SERVICES RESUMED ON 4TH JULY
Sunday Masses: 6.30pm on Saturday and 9am, 11am, and 5.30pm on Sunday Weekday Masses: 7.30am Monday to Friday, and 8am on Saturday
Changes at Greyfriars Every three years the Capuchin friars have a reshuffle and some brothers move to different friaries. These are the moves affecting Greyfriars… Leaving: Brothers Loarne Ferguson, Michael Pooley, and Paul Coleman. Arriving: Brothers Patrick Mulligan, Michael Hargan, and Martin Mikuskiewicz. Br. Martin will be the guardian of the friary and also the new parish priest. He will arrive on Monday 9 November and Br. Paul will leave about a week later.
Br. Martin, who will be parish priest from 9th November
Confirmations 2021 On the same day that our 2020 candidates receive the sacrament of Confirmation, we invite young people to register for next year’s Confirmations. Candidates should be in Year 6 or above. Registration forms are available at the back of church, or you can register by emailing the parish office:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 21 October: YouChat Online (7.20–8.30pm) Our youth group currently meets on the internet via Zoom. The theme this week is ‘Called to Be’. Contact the parish office if you want to join in.
Thursday 22 October: Belonging & Believing (7.30pm) This mostly online course (also known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for people to find out more about what Catholics believe, and possibly be baptised or received into the Church at Easter. It would also suit people returning to the Church after a long time. Please contact Br. Paul to find out more and/or register to come.
Sunday 25 October: Collection for CAFOD On Family Fast Day we were invited to give up something and contribute what we save for the work of CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. You can make contributions at Masses on 24 and 25 October. You can also text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10. Or you can donate online by going to https://cafod.org.uk/give.
Coronavirus safeguards Although we can welcome people for Mass and other services, the coronavirus has not gone away, so there are still precautions in place. Everyone attending Mass will be required to keep at least one metre away from other people (except members of their own household) and to wear a face covering. It is good to bring your own face covering, but we will supply a face mask to anyone who turns up without one. Further precautions include: no sign of peace, no singing, and no offertory collection (there will instead be a retiring collection). After each Mass the church has to be closed and cleaned.
Volunteers needed To maintain social distancing during Mass, especially during the time of communion, we need the help of stewards - preferably at least three per Mass. We also need volunteers to clean the church afterwards. You can sign up using this form: https://forms.gle/gouVpw3LYw9pALFDA.
Confessions The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be available in the church between 5.30pm and 6.15pm on Saturdays. If this is not convenient, Confession is available by appointment. Please phone the parish office (01865 256750).
Virtually attending church People who are of vulnerable health or who otherwise need to be extra careful will still be staying away from church; but they can continue to join in via our live stream. It’s helpful when watching Mass on the internet to set up some kind of ‘altar’ e.g. with candles, a crucifix, and a Missal or a Bible in front of the screen you’ll be streaming it on. Rather than sitting on the sofa, consider sitting on a hardback chair and using cushions as kneelers, to enter more prayerfully into Mass. At the time of communion, it's helpful to say a prayer of 'spiritual communion'; e.g. My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Donating to the parish Now that Sunday Masses have resumed, so have Sunday collections, and many people have been generous in making up for lost donation time. But for those who are not yet returning to Mass, or who just prefer to donate in other ways, you can support our work either by posting donations to the friary (cheques payable to 'Capuchin Oxford Parish') or online at the diocesan website (when asked which church you're donating to, please select 'Oxford: St edmund'). And if you want to set up a regular donation by standing order, please email the parish office.
Greyfriars Community Support If you need to be at home for an extended period in the coming weeks and need help with shopping or an errand, please email us atGreyFriarsIffley@gmail.comor call 01865 256750 or 07917 562661 to let us know. To reduce any risk of infection, shopping etc. would be left on the doorstep rather than handed over in person. If you are not in a vulnerable group and want to help, please let us know by email atGreyFriarsIffley@gmail.comthat you can do so; we will then be able to get in touch with you as and when help is needed.
Oxford Together A wider range of support options are available through Oxford Together, which is a community-led response to Covid-19 coordinated by Oxford Hub. Via their website you can sign up either to get support or to help in giving support.
Intercessory Prayer Group Intercessory prayer is the act of praying for other people. The Lord instructed us to pray not only for our personal needs but to reach out and pray for others as well. We find this in 1 Timothy 2:1-6 where we are told to pray and to make intercession for all people. We have started a parish Intercessory Prayer Group. If you would like us to pray for somebody, please emailGreyfriarsIntercessoryPrayer@gmail.comor phone 07384116920. All requests will be treated in strictest confidence.
Resources for Catholic parents Stuck at home with your children? Their schools will be providing material to continue their education during these uncertain times; but what about their Catholic upbringing? Here are some links recommended by Catholics who have been schooling their children at home for a long time. Prayers for Homeis provided by Ten Ten, a Catholic professional theatre company that works with schools around the UK. Kidz Zone: explore CAFOD (a Catholic charity that works in poorer countries) and the wider world with online games for kids, films and prayers for children, as well as printable activities to do indoors or outdoors. CathFamily (an Australian organisation) is offering free access to CathKids until 30th June. Colour and Shape is a Facebook page giving ideas for at-home children's liturgies and prayers.
Disclaimer on Photographs
Unless otherwise stated, all photographs are courtesy of Ed Webster. His work is licenced under Creative Commons v2.0 and can be found here. No changes, unless otherwise stated, have been made to his original photographs. The church accepts that it holds no copyright over his photos. The exact licence of the photographs can be found here. All of Mr Webster's photos used here, are from his flikr account, and his album, 'Oxford Open Doors 2012'. The author of this website, and the church would like to thank Mr Webster for uploading his beautiful photos under the CCv2.0 licence. The title for all of the photos used on this website are: 'St Edmund and St Frideswide Church, Oxford'. Photos that were not taken by Mr Webster are indicated as such underneath the photograph, by the footer 'courtesy of '. These photos have been kindly allowed to be used on the website by members of the parish, however the author of this website and the church would like to note that the website, and the church makes no claim to owning the copyright to any photos on the website. Once again, the author of this website would like to thank Mr Webster & everyone who contributed to the photos on this website.
"Where a man's heart is, there is his treasure also"