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: NO PUBLIC SERVICES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
In response to government directives about gatherings, the Catholic bishops have decided that from Saturday 21st March onwards there will be no public Masses or other services.
Update: from Tuesday 24th March the church is closed even for private prayer. The friars, however, will continue to celebrate Mass and their daily prayers, and these will be live-streamed on this website - see below.
If you want to follow along with our prayers, Universalis is a useful website which has all the daily prayers and the readings of the Mass day-by-day.
News and useful information
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.
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 at GreyFriarsIffley@gmail.com or 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 at GreyFriarsIffley@gmail.com that you can do so; we will then be able to get in touch with you as and when help is needed.
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 men. 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.
Wash-and-pray Do you know that it takes about 20 seconds to pray the Our Father? Coincidentally, that's the same amount of time recommended to wash your hands.
Pope Francis prays in St Peter's Square If you missed the moving prayer service on Friday, here are a one-minute video summary of the event and the full text of the Pope's reflection.
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"