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
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
Mary Gaffey RIP The mother of five little children, Mary died suddenly on Tuesday. Please pray for her family – especially her husband and the children, but also everyone else at Redbridge who will greatly miss her. May she rest in peace.
Sunday 20 September: Collection for the Holy Places This collection would normally take place on Good Friday, but had to be postponed. In order to keep with the coronavirus safeguards, we will not hold a separate collection but will instead donate a third of the Sunday collection to
Also Sunday 20 September: First Holy Communions This afternoon, some of our children will be receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. Please pray that this will bring them closer to Him.
Wednesday 23 September: YouChat Online Our youth group is back to weekly meetings after a lighter schedule over the summer. But with the ongoing concerns over the coronavirus, the meetings are still via Zoom (so still no pizza, sorry!). The theme during this month is ‘The Holy Spirit in our lives’. Contact the parish office if you want to join in.
Thursday 24 September: Funeral of Mick Henry Mick’s requiem Mass will be at 1pm in our church, followed by a brief cremation service at 2.30pm. Unfortunately, due to current restrictions on numbers, only family and close friends will be attending the funeral.
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.
Belonging & Believing Are you interested in becoming a Catholic? In September we will begin a course for people to find out more about the faith and possibly be baptised or received into the Church at Easter (this course is sometimes called RCIA - The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). Under the circumstances, most of the course will be online. Please contact Br. Paul via the parish office to find out more and/or to register to come.
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.
Beirut Appeal After a few more donations, our parish contribution to help the people of Beirut added up to £510. And we know some people have made direct donations to the charity we’re supporting (EQUAL: https://equalngo.org/2020/08/08/1335/). Thank you again for your generosity. You can see here something of the sterling work that another Catholic charity is doing in Beirut.
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"