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 TO RESUME ON 4TH JULY
The church is open for private prayer at the following times: 3pm - 7pm, Monday to Friday
The friars continue to celebrate Mass and their daily prayers, and these are 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
Public Masses have resumed The government announced that places of worship can hold public services as from Saturday 4 July, and the bishops have issued a letter to us about this, stressing that there will still be no obligation on people to come to Mass at this stage. But for those who wish to come, Sunday Masses are at 6.30pm on Saturday, and 9am, 11am, and 5.30pm on Sunday. Weekday Masses are at 7.30am Monday to Friday, and at 8am on Saturday. 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 four 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 this Saturday, 11th July. If this is not convenient, Confession is available by appointment. Please phone the parish office (01865 256750).
Wednesday 15 July: YouChat Online Our youth group still has to gather via the internet for now. Meetings are on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. Contact the parish office for info about joining the meeting.
Thursday 16 July: Bible Study Online Our Bible study group is a friendly space to explore the word of God. No previous study is required. At the moment we are going through St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, and this week we reach chapters 10 and 11. Please contact the parish office for the link to join the meeting, which is being held on Zoom for the time being.
Thursday 23 July: Funeral of Anthony Joyce RIP Anthony died at the age of 33 on 27th June. Please pray for his wife and children and the rest of the family. His body will be received into the church at 5pm on Wednesday 22nd July and his funeral will be at 11am on 23rd July.
Donating to the parish In the absence of Sunday collections, the normal parish income has dropped; but a lot of parish expenditure continues during the lockdown, as well as extra expenses like the equipment for live-streaming. Insofar as you are able, please consider donating to the parish. You can do so 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').
CAFOD: Unite against coronavirus As we cope with coronavirus in the UK, we think of our sisters and brothers in developing countries who are facing this pandemic with fragile health systems, some of which have almost no intensive care beds or ventilators. Food prices have already risen with borders closing, the poorest are losing their jobs and income with wholesale shutdowns. Furthermore, inadequate healthcare, lack of access to washing facilities and limited ability to social distance will result in loss of life on an intolerable scale. The likely impact will be devastating. We are one global family. In order to continue protecting and improving the lives of those in poor communities, your prayers, gifts and voices are needed now more than ever. Please visit cafod.org.uk/coronavirus to find out ways you can give, act and pray in response to this crisis. Virtually attending church 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.
Trust Secretary (part-time voluntary role) The Archdiocese is seeking a voluntary part time Trust Secretary to assist the Trustees in good "corporate practices". Details can be found here.
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 email GreyfriarsIntercessoryPrayer@gmail.com or 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.
Anthony Joyce R.I.P.
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"