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Rev Jamie McGrath
01235 520375
 Lisa Paterson

1 Radley Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire. OX14 3PL


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Learning Programmes

The Parish of Our Lady and St Edmund offers a wide range of learning programmes available including Children’s Liturgy and Catechism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation education. Please see below for details and timings of the classes available for children and youth.

If you are an adult learner interested in joining the Church and preparing for First Holy Communion and Confirmation, please contact the Parish Office.

Baptismal Programme

We offer preparation evenings followed by a Mass of Presentation prior to Baptism for new parishioners and followers of the Roman Catholic faith.

Baptisms are normally held on the third Sunday of the month. For more information please contact Therese Webster on 01235 527318.

Children’s Liturgy

Our programme of children’s liturgy runs during the 9.30am Sunday Mass, with a special children’s Mass on the first Sunday of the month during term time. Separate sessions operate for two age groups – 4-7 years and 8-9 years. Children aged 4 need to be accompanied by a parent but once they are 5 they may come unaccompanied.

For newcomers, please fill in a consent form which can be found at the back of the Church and hand it in to one of the leaders on Sunday before your child attends.

We are always in need of new leaders and helpers for our children’s liturgy rota, even if this is only for one Sunday in a term we would welcome your help. Please contact Andy or Joan Williams on 01235 554807.

Confirmation Programme

The Parish prepares adults and young people to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Young people should be at least 13 years of age and take part in a preparation programme lasting up to 6 months which includes learning sessions, one or two full days of preparation and possibly an away weekend.

For more information or to register for Confirmation please contact Celia Smith via the Parish Office on 01235 559754.

First Holy Communion

The Parish prepares children from year 3 school age upwards for First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation each year, supported by a group of catechists from the Parish.

First Holy Communion is usually celebrated in June each year and the preparation classes are held on Saturday mornings from January onwards. Parent meetings start in November and new catechists and helpers are always welcome.

Please contact Carole Sawyers on 01235 203459.

Know the Faith Group

The group is a cross between a prayer group and a discussion group. It has currently 8 members and meets in members’ homes on alternate Fridays, starting at 8 p.m. with the Evening Prayer of the Church (Vespers), continuing with a discussion on some aspect of our Catholic Faith and ending with Night Prayer (Compline).

Most members stay for coffee and biscuits. We aim to pray together and deepen our knowledge of the Catholic Faith we profess and practise, while avoiding the pitfall of becoming a mere 'academic' discussion group. The group has been in existence for many years and takes on the character and needs of the current members. At present we are studying the New Catechism.

For more information please contact Angela or Mike Moreton-Smith via the Parish Office on 01235 559754.

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation

The Journey in Faith is the way in which we introduce and welcome new adult members into the Catholic community in the Parish.

The period of inquiry normally begins in September and at Easter we celebrate adult baptism and full reception into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.

For more information please contact Father Tom Taaffe via the Parish Office on 01235 559754.


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