13th 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 I am awaiting funeral details for Fr Bernard. 

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

Priests Anniversaries Thursday is the Anniversary of Fr Joppe’s death and Friday is the Anniversary of Fr Armishaw’s death. May they rest in peace. 

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 Whilst I realise lots of music isn’t everyone’s ‘cup of tea’. we shall be aiming to sing all the parts of the mass on the first Sunday of the month when we shall have an organist. On the other Sunday’s we may just sing one or two bits of it so we can learn it. 

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! 

July, Month of the Precious Blood One particular devotion in the Catholic Church connected to the Passion of Jesus Christ is the honouring of his Precious Blood. It is a recognition of Jesus’ sacrifice and how he spilled his blood for the salvation of humanity. Furthermore, this blood is made present through the gift of the Eucharist and is something we can consume at Mass, along with the body of Christ, under the appearance of bread and wine. 

Over time the Church developed various feasts of the Precious Blood, but it wasn’t until the 19th century when a universal feast was established. 

During the First Italian War for Independence in 1849, Pope Pius IX went into exile to Gaeta. He went there with Don Giovanni Merlini, third superior general of the Fathers of the Most Precious Blood. 

While the war was still raging, Merlini suggested to Pope Pius IX that he create a universal feast to the Precious Blood to beg God’s heavenly aid to end the war and bring peace to Rome. Pius IX subsequently made a statement on June 30, 1849 that he intended to create a feast in honor of the Precious Blood. The war soon ended and he returned to Rome shortly thereafter. On August 10 he made it official and proclaimed that the 1st Sunday in July will be dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. Later, Pope Pius X assigned July 1 as the fixed date of this celebration. After Vatican II the feast was removed from the calendar, but a votive Mass in honor of the Precious Blood was established and can be celebrated in the month of July (as well as most other months of the year). For these reasons the entire month of July is traditionally dedicated to the Precious Blood, and Catholics are encouraged to meditate on the profound sacrifice of Jesus and the pouring out of his blood for humanity. 

Below is the opening prayer of the votive Mass, as well as an additional prayer that can be used as our own personal meditation or prayer during July. 

O God, who by the Precious Blood of your only Begotten son have redeemed the whole world, preserve in us the work of your mercy, so that, ever honoring the mystery of our salvation, we may merit to obtain its fruits. Through our lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the holy spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 

Admitted to your sacred table, O Lord, we have with joy drawn water from the fountains of the Savior: O may his blood, we beseech thee, become within us a fountain of water springing up to eternal life. 

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