14th 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. Recently Deceased Maria Gomes Jacinto RIP Funeral at South Oxfordshire Crematorium on Wednesday 12th at 2pm 

Fr Bernard Garrett RIP Fr Bernard’s mortal remains will be received into church at Burford at 7pm on Monday 24th July. His Grace the Archbishop will preside at his funeral mass the following day at 11.30 on Tuesday 25th July. Fr Bernard will then be cremated. 

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 

Church Choir Rehearsals 7-8pm on Tuesday evenings. 

Red Missio Boxes ‘Thank you to those who have returned their red boxes. Last Sunday I came upon quite a few more that have been stored in a locked cupboard on Church premises, amongst these are a few unnamed ones so I would ask anyone who handed in an unnamed box (possibly just before covid years), to please let me know so that I can record the donation appropriately and ensure they get a replacement box if they wish. 

When counting of donations is complete, a notice will be placed on the noticeboard at the back of the Church displaying the total. 

*Thanks to you, Missio, which supports the outreach of the Church in South Africa and 156 countries across the world, is working hard to bring people together and build a better world for all God’s children. Your prayers and your gifts enable the long-term support of 

missionaries and communities overseas, which are bringing people together in Christ. (*taken from a letter from Missio May 2023). 

Eileen Wojciechowska 07854731061 email: [email protected] 

Due honour to the Blessed Sacrament Reserved Thank you for this, the last couple of weeks have been much better. What provoked my comment was that one week I was stood in the porch at the end of mass and the noise of chatter coming out of the church was significantly higher than the chatter coming from the hall, and I could see some people were kneeling trying to pray and offer their act of thanksgiving in competition with the chatter. So on their behalf, thank you! 

Sacrament of Confirmation We finished the preparation for this Sacrament this week. The date we have been given by Canon Paul is Thursday October 12th at 7pm. Please remember our younger parishioners who are preparing to take this important step in their lives of faith. 

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. 

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. Sea Sunday 2023 Jesus offers rest to those who are burdened and weary. Sea Sunday Gospel Meditation: Matthew 11:25-30 
There are times when many of us feel overburdened in our daily life. There can be so many demands, so much to do.  For seafarers, life at sea can be extremely challenging. They are often far from their families and loved ones for long periods of time, working long hours, and facing the threats of accidents, piracy, and harsh weather conditions.  And when they come into port in a foreign land, they know no one.  Amid these challenges, Stella Maris provides a beacon of hope and support to seafarers. Its chaplains and volunteers offer the hand of friendship and listen to the concerns of the seafarers they meet.  They help seafarers to contact their families back home, take them to Mass, or arrange for a priest to come on board, provide transport to local shops, and help to resolve problems of missing pay or sub-standard conditions. Just as Jesus offers rest to those who are burdened and weary, Stella Maris offers refuge and support to seafarers who are facing the challenges of life at sea.  Its chaplains and volunteers are the hands and feet of Jesus in this world, bringing comfort to seafarers. Sea Sunday is Sunday 9 July

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