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Parish Diary

Please see below a list of key diary dates, activities and events that have taken place in the North Hinksey Parish . For future events, see the notice board.

July 2015

Deacon Richard Budgen celebrated his 20th anniversary of ordination last weekend. North Hinksey parish with Fr Stan put on a Mass of Celebration for him, also attended by previous Parish Priests Fr Peter Codd and Fr Paul King.

October 2014
The End of an Era...

Parishioners young and old  from all areas of North Hinksey Parish came together on 7th October to celebrate the Parish Patronal Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and to say good bye to Fr Paul King, who had served as priest in the Parish for 19 years, the last 15 of those as Priest-in-Charge.
Fr Paul concelebrated Mass with Fr Robin Saunders and Fr Chris Vimalraj Hiruthya, a visiting priest from the Beda College in Rome, in the presence of a large congregation.

This was followed by a bring and share supper, including a cake baked for the occasion. Fr Paul was serenaded by all those present with a song, before Deacon Richard Budgen expressed the Parish's thanks to Fr Paul  and presented him with a cheque on behalf of the parishioners. 

Monica White then handed over a hand-made card, which contained written notes of thanks from everyone in the Parish. Victoria Hurrell presented Fr Paul's wife, Elizabeth, with flowers, in thanks for all her commitment to our worshipping community.

On the previous Sunday, the children at Our Lady of the Rosary gave Fr Paul a scrapbook which they had made, containing photos, drawings and messages from each child in the congregation.

July 2014
North Hinksey Parish Trip to Mapledurham House

Parishioners from all parts of the Parish enjoyed an afternoon at Maple Durham House on Sunday 6th July. The weather was kind, and visitors  were able to picnic in the grounds, before visiting the hose and water mill.


We are grateful to Mr Jack Eyston for allowing to conclude our visit with Mass, celebrated by
Father Paul KIng, in the chapel.

August 2013
Celebrations at North Hinksey

Thank you to North Hinksey Parish for hosting a wonderful party to celebrate
Deacon Richard and Christine Budgen's Ruby Wedding Anniversary at the weekend.


June 2013

Many couples celebrated at the Significant Anniversary Mass at St Bede's in Basingstoke in June,

Including Deacon Richard Budgen and his wife, Chris, who have been married for 40 years in
August 2013.  Congratulations to all!

May 2012
Raising Money for CAFOD at OLoR

Our Lady of the Rosary CAFOD Fund Raising A plant sale at Our Lady of the Rosary,Noth Hinksey, on 13th May raised £128 for CAFOD. In spite of the poor growing conditions, parishioners managed to produce a large number of good quality plants, which were snapped up by the less green-fingered in the congregation.


October 2011
Rene MacDonald's 90th Birthday

Rene Macdonald, a longstanding member of the congregation at Our Lady of the Rosary, receives a bouquet from Father Paul on the occasion of her 90th birthday. At coffee after Mass the congregation  shared in a birthday cake provided by Rene's daughter.


Sponsored Walk in aid of Cafod




The children who made their First Holy Communion last June at Our Lady of the Rosary took part in July in a sponsored walk to raise money for the community of Biera in Ethiopia. This was their "Gift to God" - the final part of their Catechetical programme. They raised over £350 - well done, boys! At Mass on Sunday 9th October they were presented with badges and certificates by Christine Plews, the Parish CAFOD representative.


May 2011
Plant Sale for CAFOD at Our Lady of the Rosary

A very successful plant sale was held at Our Lady of the Rosary after Mass on Sunday 22nd May. The green fingered members of the congregation contributed a large and varied selection of plants which were sold , raising over £120. The proceeds will go to the community of Biera in Ethiopia  which the Parish has chosen to follow through the CAFOD Connect2 scheme.

April 2011
Mothering Sunday at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hinksey Parish

As is now traditional, the Fourth Sunday of Lent was celebrated at Our 
Lady of the Rosary with a special Family Mass at which the children 
made posies to present to their mothers, and other ladies in the 
congregation.Mass was followed by a special brunch, and a second hand 
book stall to raise funds for our Parish CAFOD project in Ethiopia.

December 2010
Advent at Our Lady of the Rosary

The Advent wreath on its way to be blessed, carried by two of the family who made it.

September 2010
Papal Prayer Vigil at Hyde Park

Parishioners from Our Lady of the Rosary attending the Papal Prayer Vigil at Hyde Park.

The banner carried during the Procession was created by Janet Farnsworth.

June 2010


60 Glorious? Years: Deacon Richard celebrating his 60th. Birthday on June 19 with Hinksey Parish 

To celebrate his birthday and also the 15th anniversary of his Ordination, Deacon Richard and his wife, Chris, went to see Tony Bennett in concert. 

They also had the opportunity to meet the legend himself backstage, along with members of his family, and his tour manager.

March 2010
Mothering Sunday at North Hinksey

Children at Our Lady of the Rosary proudly display their Mothers' Day cards.


December 2009

Children took part in a Christmas Workshop held at Our Lady of the Rosary on Tuesday 22nd December, when among other activities, they made Christingles.

 September 2009
North HInksey Parish Patronal Feast – Our Lady of the Rosary

The Parish celebrated its patronal feast day with a special Mass on Tuesday 6th October, the Vigil of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  As well as giving thanks for 55 years of blessings received, and praying for parishioners past and present, the congregation witnessed the blessing of the newly restored statue of Our Lady, which has been placed in the Lady Chapel.  The new statue was rescued in a damaged state by Cate Elwes, a local Botley resident, from the deconsecrated chapel of her old school, which had closed.  She  kindly gave it to the church and advised on and partly paid for the restoration, to which the Parish  also contributed.  After Mass there was a celebratory supper and entertainments, supplied by the younger musicians in the congregation, which all enjoyed.

Two friends of Deacon Richard's - Brother Martin Sanderson and Brother Martin Mikuskiewicz - made their Perpetual Profession as Capuchin Franciscan Friars at Greyfriars Capuchin Friary in Oxford on Saturday 12 September 2009.

They made their Profession during a Mass of thanksgiving to Brother James, the Minister Provincial, at which Deacon Richard assisted as the Deacon.

They are pictured with the Minister Provincial, cutting a celebratory cake, and with Deacon Richard.


Deacon Richard Budgen, in his role as Director of Mission Together, assists
Archbishop Vincent Nichols during Mass at Westminster Cathedral on 9th September.

The Mass was to celebrate Missio - the new name for Missions in England and Wales.

The Mother of the Bride warmly thanks Deacon Richard for the homily he preached at her daughter's Wedding at Our Lady of the Rosary on Saturday 5th September.


May 2009

safeguarding meeting

Group discussion with some of our Children's Liturgy leaders. 

The safeguarding training sessions at Our Lady of the Rosary on Saturday 9th May were attended by over forty parishioners. The sessions were informative and thought provoking, and the group discussion proved particularly lively and fruitful. Indeed some topics were still being discussed over coffee after Mass the following morning.  

thank you

Father Paul presents Monica Powley with a 'thank you' bouquet

Extreme Ironing at Our Lady of the Rosary.
A remarkable achievement was recognised at Mass on Sunday 17th May at Our Lady of the Rosary in North Hinksey Parish, when Father Paul King presented Monica Powley with a bouquet of flowers as a thank you for having laundered the altar cloths and priests' albs from the church for fifty years. In his short speech, Father Paul spoke of her faithful quiet service, of which many people were unaware. 
Just for the record, Monica has ironed over a mile and a half of altar cloth in that time, and enough albs to vest a Vatican of priests.
Monica has now stepped down from her duties, and has handed over to another Monica - Mrs Monica Callan.

April 2009

Children in the congregation at Our Lady of the Rosary organised a mini-fete after Mass on Sunday 26th April.

There were stalls selling plants, cakes and toys as well as several competitions for young and not so young.

The children raised £103.79 which will be shared between two charities - Helping Hands (building a school in Uganda) and the Kenyan Orphan Project. Congratulations to our young people for this successful venture!

Our local community already has links with both these charities.
The children at Cumnor Primary School, which a number of our parish children attend, support Helping Hands (www.helpinghandsworldwide.com), a charity which exists to help disadvantaged people throughout the world. The children are working to raise money to build a school in Uganda.

The Kenyan Orphan Project (www.kopafrica.org) was started in 2001 by medical students with the vision to fight against poverty, disease, social exclusion and injustice and to help improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya.
Katie Ayres, a second year medical student, who is well known in the parish, as are her parents and grandparents, is going to work on placement in the Kadinda Health Centre in July. Katie has already organised a very successful Quiz Night in the local area which raised over £1000 for KOP. The children's contribution will be added to this and the money will be donated to the Health Centre via the charity.

Just a few of the army of parishioners who gave their time to get our church and grounds ready for Easter.
[although someone is camera shy :) ]

Saturday 4th April had been nominated Spring Cleaning Day at Our Lady of the Rosary. Spiders were made homeless and the depths of cupboards plumbed; floors and brass were polished; Stations of the Cross were dusted; hymn books mended; candles counted; and at the end of the day, clutter was taken off to the charity shop or recycling centre. The volunteers were fortified with home made cake and cups of coffee, a cheerful atmosphere prevailed throughout the day, and our church is ready for the celebration of Easter.

December 2008

The Monday before Christmas was the occasion of our Children's Workshop at Our Lady of the Rosary. The morning included a suitable Service of Reconciliation, opportunity for private confession, and the making of Christingles. The children also made Christmas cards and assembled Christmas baskets to take to housebound parishioners, who are unable to join at church at this time.

October 2008
Harvest 2008 Joy and Kindness at Our lady of the Rosary
Harvest 2008 Joy and Kindness at Our lady of the Rosary

At Our Lady of the Rosary the last Sunday in September is always celebrated with a Family Harvest Mass, followed by brunch. Money is raised to support the local Porch Steppin' Stone charity, with which the congregation has links. This charity provides day long support for homeless and vulnerably housed people who want to move forward in their lives away from street-life and addiction. Here we see one of our young people holding the Harvest basket which was raffled for the charity.