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.
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.
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
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
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
North Hinksey Parish Trip to
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,
Father Paul KIng, in the chapel.
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.
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
August 2013. Congratulations to
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
Rene MacDonald's 90th Birthday
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
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.
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.
Mothering Sunday at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hinksey
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
posies to present to their mothers, and other ladies
congregation.Mass was followed by a
special brunch, and a second hand
book stall to
raise funds for our Parish CAFOD project in
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.
Papal Prayer Vigil at Hyde Park
Parishioners from Our Lady of the
Rosary attending the Papal Prayer Vigil at Hyde
The banner carried during the
Procession was created by Janet Farnsworth.
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
They also had the opportunity to meet the legend
himself backstage, along with members of his family,
and his tour manager.
Mothering Sunday at North Hinksey
Children at Our Lady of the Rosary proudly display
their Mothers' Day cards.
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.
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
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.
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.
kindly gave it to the church and advised on
and partly paid for the restoration, to which the
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
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
Father Paul presents Monica Powley
with a 'thank you' bouquet
Extreme Ironing at Our Lady of the Rosary.
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.
Children in the congregation at Our Lady of the
Rosary organised a mini-fete after Mass on Sunday
There were stalls selling plants, cakes and toys
as well as several competitions for young and not so
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
Our local community already has links with both
The children at Cumnor Primary School, which a
number of our parish children attend, support
(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.
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
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.
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
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.