Latest Diocesan Report

As published in Mass of Ages

Summer 2019

The big news this quarter is the establishment of a new every-Sunday Traditional Mass in Oxford: at 5pm in Holy Rood, Abingdon Road, thanks to the parish priest, Fr Daniel Lloyd. This is in Portsmouth Diocese, a stone’s throw from the diocesan boundary, which is the River Thames, and easily accessible from the centre of the city. Holy Rood has a car park, and I hope this new Mass will prove convenient for many. It is currently Low, but will become Sung in September.
Other Sunday Masses, in the Oratory and (monthly) in SS Gregory and Augustine, continue as before.

In the coming quarter, as well as the usual Sunday and holy day Masses, there will be a Missa Cantata at Holy Trinity Hethe on Sunday 6th October, for Our Lady of the Rosary; the annual LMS Oxford Pilgrimage on Saturday 19th October in Blackfriars; and the annual Requiem in St Benet’s Hall, 38 St Giles in the centre of Oxford, on Saturday 9th November. See the Mass listings for full details.

I would particularly encourage supporters to join the Pilgrimage on 19th October. As well as a very beautiful High Mass in the Dominican Rite, with polyphony, we always have a procession through the streets to honour the five men who died for the Faith in our city, and to honour God who infused them with invincible courage. This year we will be visiting the place of martyrdom of Bl George Napier, who was hanged, drawn and quartered on the Castle Gallows in 1610, having minstered in the Oxford area as a priest for a decade.

Finally, we are planning server training for Saturday 10th August in SS Gregory & Augustine’s, Woodstock Road, Oxford: contact me for more details.

Joseph Shaw