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

Ministries

Lives of Love and Service
OLHOC Ministries

Every day we are serving others in our family, at work, among our neighbours. As members of the parish this is our main work of service and we support one another by our prayer and encouragement. Often, we are aware that we are holding together different aspects of our busy lives.

It is also our responsibility to help other parishioners, especially new members, grow in their faith and ensure the sick and elderly are affirmed. We have buildings and beautiful spaces to maintain, schools to serve and the life of prayer and church liturgy to prepare. Many value social activities not to mention the imperative of evangelisation – the call to share our faith with people in our local neighbourhood and beyond.

Please consider offering your service in one of the following ways. With each area there is an indication of the time commitment involved.

Altar Linen

Help to ensure all our church cloths and fabrics are kept clean and ready. In your own time. Please contact: Bernadette 774734

Repository shop

Help make available cards, books and devotional items by taking a turn at a Sunday Mass. Please contact: John 764636

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Building Maintenance

With large buildings comes the associated responsibility of good maintenance. Your skills and advice are invaluable in understanding and solving any maintenance issues. See an example of one current issue in this short video. Please contact: Fr Peter 770910

Sacristy

Help prepare the church and the things which need to be in place before and after Mass. Please contact: Robin 717575

Counting

The weekly financial contributions received need to be organised, counted and banked. Join a team to take a turn every two or three weeks for two hours in the daytime. Please contact: John 764636

Social Group

Help plan and organise social events and gatherings. Four evening meetings per year. Please contact: Carol 453851

Finance Committee

The parish is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, a Registered Charity. The committee meet three times a year in the evening to help monitor and manage parish income, expenditure and special projects. Members also help promotion of the Gift Aid scheme and the Annual Report to parishioners and at times of audit. If you are interested in being part of the finance team please contact: Brendan 432900

Helping children prepare for Holy Communion & Reconciliation

After school for one hour on Monday afternoons from the end of January to June. Please contact: Fr Peter 770910

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Lunch Club

Come and see and perhaps help support the Lunch Club 12-2pm on the first Friday of each month. Please contact: Bridie 771015

Musicians and Singers

Music and singing lie at the heart of our life of prayer and celebration of faith. Live music supports the singing at the 10am Sunday Mass enhancing our liturgy and leading us towards full, conscious and active participation. We try to plan for the seasons of the church year by occasional meetings and new members gain confidence by joining in at the Sunday Mass. If you play an instrument or enjoy singing please contact: Kathleen 764636

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Church Grounds and Gardens

Join a small team who keep our grounds looking good through the seasons. Occasional bursts of activity at a time of your choosing. Please contact: Fr Graham 770910

School Governance

Bring your skills and expertise to help support the education of the children in Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School. Apply for appointment as a Foundation Committee member for a three-year term of office. Termly evening meetings with some sub-committee work. Please contact: Fr Peter 770910

Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion

Help make it possible for all at Mass to receive both the Body and Blood of Christ. You may also be able to help the sick and house-bound receive Holy Communion regularly. There is a published roster for Sunday Mass where your turn comes around every two or three weeks. Please contact: Mabel 402056

Junior Club

Junior Club (8-11yrs), in the care of the Salesian Sisters and Cooperators, meets at Our Lady's School during school term time on Wednesdays 3-5pm. Extra help is always appreciated. Please contact: Jackie 776729

Helping parents prepare for baptism of children

Accompany parents as they share their faith and understanding of baptism. Two one-hour evening sessions on three occasions throughout the year. Please contact: Fr Graham 770910

Junior Church - helping children celebrate the Sunday Gospel

During the first part of the Sunday 10am Mass. Please contact: Pauline 717616

Altar Servers

Our Altar Servers work hard to help us celebrate well on Sundays, feast days, and other special occasions. If you are a young person who has made your first Holy Communion we need your help. You will enjoy being with the others too. You don’t need to be an expert – we learn as we go. Please speak to one of the priests next time you are in church.

Reading at Mass

Use your gift of proclaiming the scriptures in a way which helps others hear God’s word. There is a published roster for Sunday Mass where your turn comes around monthly or less. A little extra help is usually requested during Holy Week. Please contact: Fr Peter 770910

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Church Cleaning

Join a small team who share out the work of keeping our church clean and tidy. A turn usually comes around lasting about one hour every three weeks, at a time and day to suit the members. Please contact: Bernadette 774734

Safeguarding Representative

Safeguarding children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable, is at the heart of the mission we share with Jesus, the Good Shepherd. By promoting good practice in all our parish activities, we share responsibility for ensuring that all are kept safe. Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Liz Moran 778685

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Youth Activities

If you have a gift for working with young people and would like to help develop activities in the parish please contact: Fr Graham 770910

Hospital visiting

Hospital Visiting

Our local hospitals are well served by the priest chaplains, Fr Pius and Fr Augustus based at St Anthony of Padua.
The chaplains would like to develop a team of hospital visitors who would contact the Catholic patients on the wards and be able to offer them a word of encouragement and access to the Sacraments.
If you feel able to offer 1-2 hours per week at a time and day of your choice, please let Fr Peter or Fr Graham know and we will put your names forward to the chaplaincy who will organise training and also the necessary clearance by the hospital authorities.

Bishop Kenney

Visit by the Bishop - March 2018

Thank you to all who were able to attend the Saturday evening session with Bishop William. The summary of the contributions made to the discussion and the further points for us to consider as we move forward is available here.

The report made by Bishop William to the Deanery Parishes is also published here. It makes for an interesting read!
 

Evangelisation Team

Pope Francis has emphasised that each one of us is called to evangelise – to share the good news of the Gospel. It is only by growing in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ that the mission of the Church can be effective in our time.

The Evangelisation Team seek to provide opportunities for us to share our faith with one another and others in our neighbourhood who are thirsty for good news. Be part of a team planning and promoting evangelisation. Please contact: Fr Peter 770910

Sunday Coffee

Take a turn at serving the refreshments after Mass on Sunday. Please add your name and choice of date to the sign-up list in the kitchen.

Wedding Flowers

Flowers

Join a small team who help brighten our church for Sundays and feast days usually once every three weeks, at a time and day to suit the members. Please contact: Theresa 772699 or Jackie 776729

Helping children prepare for Confirmation

Every other Saturday afternoon 4-5:30pm from Easter until July. Please contact: Fr Graham 770910

CAFOD

Become our local parish coordinator to help build awareness of the work and mission of CAFOD. Find out more about the work of CAFOD here...

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