A new Parish Priest has been appointed. Here is the announcement made by Bishop William to the parishioners of Our Lady, Help of Christians and to the parishioners of Sacred Heart, Blackbird Leys:
Dear Sisters & Brothers,
I am now in a position to inform you that we have been able to appoint a new Parish Priest to both of your parishes. He is Fr. Harry Curtis, who is at the moment Chaplain to Warwick University and Parish Priest of St. Joseph the Worker, Coventry. He will take up his new appointment on September 1st, and will reside at Our Lady Help of Christians.
We are not combining the parishes but there will be the same Parish Priest for both parishes.
I must particularly thank the parishioners of Sacred Heart for their patience. It has taken too long to appoint a new Parish Priest, but as you are aware we do not have an “oversupply” of priests at the moment.
I am sure that Fr. Harry will be keen to support the vibrant life of both parishes, and he will be in touch with you as soon as possible after 1st September. Until then the present arrangements will continue.
If there are any questions which you feel cannot be answered by Fr. Harry, please feel free to get in touch with me. As we go forward in this new phase of the life of the Catholic Church in south Oxford let us pray for our parishes and for one another.
(Rt. Rev.) William Kenney C.P.
Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham.
St. Hugh’s House
27 Hensington Road
Tel: +44 (0) 1993 812234
Email: bishop.wkenney [at] rcaob.org.uk