Oxford Mass Times and Catholic Communities
The Catholic Chaplaincy
The Old Palace,
Sunday 9am, 11am (sung), 5.45pm and 9pm
Spanish Mass- 1st Saturday of the month during term time at 5.30pm.
Korean Mass 4th Saturday of the Month at 4pm.
The Parish Church of St. Aloysius,
The Oxford Oratory
25, Woodstock Road.
Saturday Vigil Mass 6:30 pm
Sunday 8:00 am Latin, in the Extraordinary form
9:30 am Family Mass
11:00 am Solemn High Mass in Latin (Missa Normativa)
Cardinal Newman always wanted to establish an Oratory in Oxford. When the Jesuits handed St. Aloysius parish Church back to the Birmingham Diocese in the 1980s, the opportunity came. The Oratorian community continues to flourish under Provost Fr. Robert Byrne and Parish Priest Fr. Daniel Seward and the Church has been splendidly restored over the last year.
Priory of the Holy Spirit (Blackfriars)
St. Giles www.bfriars.ox.ac.uk
9:30 Family Mass
11:15 Polish Mass
1st Sun Month 11:15 Spanish, 12:15 Polish
6:15 Conventual Mass with sung Vespers
Blackfriars, home of the Oxford Dominicans, is one of three Catholic Permanent Private Hall and the Dominican House of studies in Oxford. Many of the senior community teach in the University as well as delivering their own ‘Studium’, a Theology course for religious and lay men and women. Blackfriars is also home to the Aquinas Institute and the newly established Las Casas Institute for social reflection and action. Fr. John O’Connor OP is prior and Fr. Richard Finn OP is the Regent.
St. Benet’s Hall,
38 St. Giles.
The Divine Office is recited daily in Chapel during termtime as follows, with the exceptions noted below.
Monday to Saturday (inclusive):
07.00 Matins and Lauds (English)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:
18.30 Vespers & Compline (English)
Tuesday and Thursday:
18.30 Sung Plainsong Vespers
21.40 Sung Compline (English)
07.30 Sung Plainsong Eucharist (Monday-Saturday inclusive)
10.00 Sunday Eucharist: Latin Plainsong, English Hymns, Homily
Arrangements for the Divine Office and Eucharist outside full term are dependent upon the availability of the resident community.
St. Benet’s is also a Catholic Permanent Private Hall of the University. It was founded by the Benedictine Monks of Ampleforth, it has a lay and religious fellowship and is home to lay undergraduates and graduates. The Master is Fr. Felix Stephens OSB.
St Edmund of Abingdon and St Frideswide
(Greyfriars – Franciscans)
Iffley Road, OX4 1SB
Saturday 6:30 pm
Sunday 9:00 am
Campion Hall and the Jesuits
The Society of Jesus been asked by the Bishops of England and Wales and the Oxford Board to provide chaplains for the Oxford Chaplaincy for the current six-year term (2007 – 2013). Along with other religious orders, male and female, Jesuits have been involved in modern Catholic life at the University since the mid-19th Century, first through their parish work, where they provided a home for the Oxford Catholic Society (later Newman Society) and then also through their house of studies (first named Clark’s Hall and eventually Campion Hall) which has been on its present site in Brewer Street since the 1930s. Members of Campion Hall have made distinguished contributions to the life of the University, and to the academic life of the Church. The Jesuits have also been involved in the founding of several of the local parishes around Oxford.
Fr. Simon and Fr. Dushan are Jesuits and members of the Campion Hall community. We draw our inspiration from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, which Ignatius wrote in the last 15 years of his life. These, and the five hundred year tradition of work in education and the development of a Christian Humanism, shape much of what we try to do.
If you want to know more about the British Jesuits, just ask. If you are curious to meet other real live Jesuits, just ask Fr. Simon or Fr. Dushan for an invitation to supper. For information about the Order, see the British Province Website www.jesuit.org.uk .
For an insight into the special relationship with the Pope and the mission of the Society in today’s Church, see the Holy Father’s address to the General Congregation in February at which the new Jesuit General, Fr. Adolfo Nicolas was elected.
For an entertaining insight into less positive perceptions of the Jesuits, there is a wealth of conspiracy theory on the internet!
The Cherwell Centre – Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus
Local religious house of an international community of Catholic women religious committed to Christ, living their consecrated life in the spirit of the Society founded by Cornelia Connelly in 1846.