59 Hollow Way, Cowley
Oxford, OX4 2ND
01865 770910
help [at] olhoccowley.co.uk

Salesians of Don Bosco in the Archdiocese of Birmingham

Welcome to our parish website. We encourage you to explore our online resources.


During the COVID-19 period when public acts of worship are suspended, Confession will be available in church on Saturdays for an extended period (4:30 - 5:30pm). A separate arrangement can be made to celebrate the sacrament in church by calling: 01865 770910

Suspension of Public Acts of Worship

Posted on Thu, 19/03/2020 - 11:19

On Tuesday 24 March Archbishop Bernard wrote to the clergy and included this message:

… As a sad but necessary consequence we must, from this morning, ensure that the doors of all churches and chapels in the Archdiocese are closed to the public and that they remain permanently locked until these restrictions are lifted. In this way we shall continue to play our part within every parish in fighting the Coronavirus and to show our solidarity with all those who are striving to overcome the current pandemic.

OLHOC - a Catholic Parish in Cowley, Oxford

What's in a name? In our case, quite a lot! Our Lady Help of Christians, the title of our parish, links us with many parishes throughout the world who have the same dedication. This title of Mary the mother of Jesus, was very dear to St John Bosco the founder of the Salesians. Wherever the title of Our Lady Help of Christians is found there is a good chance that there is a Salesian connection somewhere.

The acronym OLHOC Cowley is a handy way for us to label our presence on the web. May the guiding Help of Christians continue to help us navigate whether offline or on.

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The parish is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham: Registered Charity No. 234216