12th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2023


Welcome to the celebration of Holy Mass. If you are visiting our parish you are most welcome, do feel free to introduce yourself and join us for coffee/tea in the church hall after mass. 

Please pray for the sick, housebound and those in the armed forces suffering mentally and physically from the effects of war: Deacon Bernard Curtin, Justin Family members & Jessica, Maureen McDonnell. 

Fr Bernard Garrett RIP Sadly Fr Bernard, the retired priest who lived in the presbytery at Burford died sometime on Tuesday evening. Please keep him and his family and the Parishioners at Burford in your prayers at this sad time. 

Confessions are available during exposition at St Joseph’s on Friday mornings in the sacristy, At Bampton in the Lady Chapel 4.30-4.50, and of course on request 

Church Choir Rehearsals 7-8pm on Tuesday evenings. 

Red Missio Boxes Thank you to the parishioners who have contacted me and also those who have given me their boxes. I am hoping to make a payment to Missio in early July so this is a gentle reminder to contact me before then if you still have a red box at home. I am willing to collect if it’s easier. Many Thanks. Eileen Wojciechowksa 07854731061. 

Due honour to the Blessed Sacrament Reserved if you feel an hello is going to develop into a full blown conversation please can you take it through to the hall please! Thank you! 

11am Mass at St Joseph’s Technology willing our newly formed choir will lead us in a sung mass setting this weekend. I thank them for their enthusiasm in all we have undertaken so far! 

Bampton Saturday Evening Mass Advanced Warning There will be no mass at Bampton on Saturday 22nd July because of the church being used for other purposes. Likewise there will be no mass on the 5th August because of the Bampton Beer Festival. On these evenings the Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 5.15pm to allow anyone turning up at Bampton to get to Carterton before Mass starts. Looking forward we will be adopting a summer and winter schedule. May until the last week in October when the clocks go back the 5pm Mass will be at Bampton unless otherwise announced. From November until the end of April the 5pm Vigil Mass will be at St Joseph’s. 

Pilgrimage to Walsingham I have enquired into the possibility of a parish pilgrimage to Walsingham. I used to take a group every October half term however that seems to be booked up. The choice we were given seems to be 28-30 August or 30Oct-1st November. We were always blessed with amazing weather in the October half term but tipping over into November we might be pushing it for the weather?! I will put up a sign up sheet in the porch for anyone expressing an interest in coming. We tried to keep costs to a minimum but I am awaiting costings from the Coach company. It used to cost £200ish I seem to remember for the three days that included everything except food on the journey and lunch on the Tuesday when we would often go to Wells Next the Sea for fish and chips! 

Sts Peter and Paul On June 29 the Church celebrates the feast day of Sts. Peter & Paul. As early as the year 258, there is evidence of an already lengthy tradition of celebrating the solemnities of both Saint Peter and Saint Paul on the same day. Together, the two saints are the founders of the See of Rome, through their preaching, ministry and martyrdom there. Peter, who was named Simon, was a fisherman of Galilee and was introduced to the Lord Jesus by his brother Andrew, also a fisherman. Jesus gave him the name Cephas (Petrus in Latin), which means ‘Rock,’ because he was to become the rock upon which Christ would build His Church. Peter was a bold follower of the Lord. He was the first to recognize that Jesus was “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” and eagerly pledged his fidelity until death. In his boldness, he also made many mistakes, however, such as losing faith when walking on water with Christ and betraying the Lord on the night of His passion. Yet despite his human weaknesses, he was chosen to shepherd God’s flock. The Acts of the Apostles illustrates his role as head of the Church after the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ. Peter led the Apostles as the first Pope and ensured that the disciples kept the true faith. St. Peter spent his last years in Rome, leading the Church through persecution and eventually being martyred in the year 64. He was crucified upside-down at his own request, because he claimed he was not worthy to die as his Lord. He was buried on Vatican hill, and St. Peter’s Basilica is built over his tomb. 

St. Paul was the Apostle of the Gentiles. His letters are included in the writings of the New Testament, and through them we learn much about his life and the faith of the early Church. Before receiving the name Paul, he was Saul, a Jewish pharisee who zealously persecuted Christians in Jerusalem. Scripture records that Saul was present at the martyrdom of St. Stephen. Saul’s conversion took place as he was on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christian community there. As he was traveling along the road, he was suddenly surrounded by a great light from heaven. He was blinded and fell off his horse. He then heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He answered: “Who are you, Lord?” Christ said: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” Saul continued to Damascus, where he was baptized and his sight was restored. He took the name Paul and spent the remainder of his life preaching the Gospel tirelessly to the Gentiles of the Mediterranean world Paul was imprisoned and taken to Rome, where he was beheaded in the year 67. He is buried in Rome in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. In a sermon in the year 395, St. Augustine of Hippo said of Sts. Peter and Paul: “Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles’ blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labours, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith.” 

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