The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

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Parish news this week

Beginning Sunday, 17th September 2017 ~ The Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Lectionary - Sundays Year A, Weekdays Year 1




The theme of this liturgy is clear and straightforward: we must forgive others if we wish God to forgive us. We know how hard it can be to forgive. At the same time we know how lovely it is to be forgiven. Let us turn to Christ who taught us in word and example.

Ecclesiasticus 27: 30-28: 7

Desire for revenge and refusal to forgive those who have hurt us make us unworthy of God's forgiveness and mercy. 

Romans 14: 7-9

The living and dying of a Christian, that is to say his entire existence, is for Christ and for others. 

Matthew 18: 21-35

This contains the story of a man who was very good at begging mercy for himself, but was very poor at extending mercy to others. .

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

June Whittall

Recently deceased

A Funeral Mass for June will be celebrated at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 12.00 on Friday, 29th September, followed by cremation at Oxford Crematorium.

May she rest in peace.

May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome you and take you to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem.  Amen.


FLOWER FESTIVAL 22nd - 24th September

 Flower Festival theme ‘Nations within our Parish Community’ to be held in the church and John Paul II Centre.

Doors will open from 10.00 am for viewing arrangements. 

Alongside flower displays other events will take place:

Friday Evening: Tickets are now on sale for the Flower Festival Cheese and Wine Evening  with light music, which will be held on the Friday 22nd September, at 7.30 pm at the John Paul II Centre. Tickets cost only £5 each and are available from Jackie Flynn or the parish office.

Saturday: An Autumn Market will be held in the John Paul II Centre. Home produce stalls and lots more.

Sunday: 11.00 am Multilingual Mass followed by ‘Food from around the Globe’ buffet. 4.00 pm: Closing of the event with ‘Songs of Praise’ with representatives from all Bicester Churches.  Please pop the dates in your diaries as this will be a spectacular weekend of flowers and events! One not to be missed! Spread the word  - everyone is welcome to come along.

Grand Raffle. Café. Free entry.

Grand Raffle tickets are on sale from this weekend. Please sell to family and friends, only 50 p a ticket! A large selection of  super prizes to be won! Raising funds for the Church Repair Fund.

Stewards and help with refreshments are needed, especially on the Friday and Saturday. If you can help in any way, please add your name to the list at the back of church if you can cover a 2 hour slot (or more!).  Thank you.


I would like to request if Parishioners can volunteer to bring their traditional food to be shared on Sunday, 24th September after 11.00am Mass. Our diverse parish consist of more than 30 nations and it is a great opportunity to come together to celebrate our faith and community. There is a list on the notice board, please write your name and what you can bring and approximately how many it will feed. Thank you.


On Sunday 24th September the whole school community will join us at International Mass at 11am. I look forward to welcoming all the pupils, staff and parents.


Is holding its annual Open Evening for Year 6s on Wednesday 27th September 2017 with the Principal’s Presentation starting at 6.30 p.m.  There is also an Open Morning on Thursday 28th September from 9.00 – 10.30 a.m.  Our Sixth Form Open Evening will be held on Thursday 19th October 2017 at 6.30 p.m.


Churches in Bicester refugee Support Group is expecting a Syrian Refugee family to arrive on the 25th of September. We are requesting items to furnish the house, please contact Janet Marshall on 07434930992 or you wish to donate.                                                 


 If any ladies wish to join the CAMEO (Come & Meet Each Other)  ladies for a meal and natter at the Red Cow in Chesterton on Friday 29th September at 7.30pm please contact Lucia at the parish office.                                                                                    


I offer my heartfelt thanks to Father Paul Lester for his ministry at Hethe and for his fellowship within the Deanery.  I would like to wish Father Paul every blessing and assure him of our prayers.

Archbishop Bernard has appointed me as Parish Priest of Holy Trinity, Hethe. I look forward to serving the community with complete dedication and devotion. None of us like change but sometimes change provides us  with new opportunities and a new vision for the parish. So let us pray that we, as a community, will grow to be faithful followers of our Lord and be a witness in the community. Father Anthony Talbot will be moving into Hethe Presbytery at the beginning of December 2017. I would like to ask all of you for your understanding with regards to Mass times and other services.

I have already met the committee members twice to discuss practicalities and I look forward to meeting the whole Hethe parish at Masses next weekend. I will also be coming on Thursday to celebrate Mass at 7.00pm. Meanwhile let us pray for each other. Website..


II will be installed a Chapter  Canon on Friday, 8th December 2017, during Midday Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral in the presence of His Grace, the Most          Reverend Bernard Longley. A buffet lunch will be held after Mass. I would like to invite you to share in my joy as I am  being installed as Canon. Although the first coach has been filled, we will endeavour to get enough coach seats for everyone who wishes to attend, so please add you names to the list by the 24th September at the latest. 


Traidcraft is the UK's leading FairTrade organisation. Established in 1979 their mission is to support people in the developing world to trade their way out of poverty and to bring about trade justice. The parish Traidcraft stall is open after all masses on the third weekend of each month, selling tea, coffee, food items and gifts. Additional items can be ordered directly from or by placing an order with the stall holder. If you would like more information or could help manage the stall occasionally please contact Ann Poole on 07768241174


In the next 24 months I will be appealing for donations in order to raise funds for the CHURCH REPAIR WORK. At this moment in time, our target is £120,000.00. Thecost of repairs could be less or more, than our target amount. It will all depend on the expert’s analysis. I will be meeting the Structural Engineer in due course and will keep you informed of their findings. Meanwhile, I appeal for your generosity, to please start giving something towards our target. Remember, God loves a cheerful giver! 

See what we are trying to raise money for and the progress of the appeal here


  • 17th - Catholic Evamgeliation
  • 24th - Fr. Hudson's Society.


From 22nd—29th November 2017. Cost of the Pilgrimage is £879 (Half Board, flights from Luton) if you would like to join the group,  a few more places are available. So hurry up and contact me as soon as possible.      .


will be taking place at the Ibis Hotel, Rugby (Residential) 24th-26th November 2017.  They are enrichment weekends for normal, ordinary marriages (NOT counselling). ME weekends have proved time and time again to be of immense value to  couples however long they have been married.  All discussions are private to the participating couples; there is no group work. For further information go to or contact Phil & Rita Jackson on 0121 2447762.


Next year His Grace, Archbishop Longley will be the main celebrant for our Confirmation Mass, which will take place on Saturday, 17th March at 6.00 pm. First Holy Communions will be held on 2 weekends: Sunday 13th & 20th May. I would like to see all families with children who are preparing for their sacraments to attend church regularly as part of their commitment in preparation for the sacraments. Enrolment and session dates are now available at the back of the church and on our website.

Full 2017/2018 programme here.        .


I would like to encourage Children who made their First Holy Communion this year and other young people to become altar servers. Speak to Deacon Michael after one of the weekend Masses.  


I am looking for more people to volunteer to get involved in these ministries. If you would like to volunteer, please contact me via the office. Futher information here:



We will need more volunteers, and if you can assist us, contact the Parish Office: Our Monthly Lunch commence on Tuesdays on the following dates: 24th October; 28th November. Thank you.


This weekend welcomers will be giving away our Social and fundraising events dates. Please note those dates in your diaries. Also available here.


Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event. Please note these dates in your diaries, 6th October, 3rd November, 1st December.. 

Winners 100 club for August 2017: £100 Christine Tett-84, £50 Roger Mall-39, £25-Patrick Cracroft-Brennan- 93.



Saturday, 8.00 p.m. - 133

Sunday, 9.00 a.m - 162

Sunday, 11.00 a.m. - 188

Total: 483 devout Christian souls.



Come along for a coffee and meet new and old fellow parishioners after 9.00 am and 11.00 am Masses this weekend and every Sunday in the in the main hall downstairs of The John Paul II Centre. Come along...all welcome!


Have you thought of including the parish in your last will? In the past Parishes were left with legacies. If you would like to leave a legacy to the parish, please contact Fr. John. The large statue of the Immaculate Conception that adorns the front of the church, Bicester's first piece of public Sculpture was paid for by a legacy left to the parish. May the donor rest in peace.


If you are a parishioner who currently comes into contact with children or vulnerable adults as part of your voluntary work in the parish , for example with the youth group, children's liturgy, sacramental programme catechists, baby and toddler group or as an Extraodinary Minister taking Holy Communion to the sick and housebound, etc.,and have not been DBS (CRB) checked, please contact our safeguarding reprasentative, Elizabeth Green, right, as soon as possible. E-mail. safeguarding@immaculate-conception

Elizabeth Green


The votive lights in Our Lady's Chapel are now £1 each. Those in front of the statues of the Sacred Heart and St. Joseph are now 50p.  For health and safety reasons, we request that only those candles provided by the parish are used. Thank you for your co-operation.


Fr. John would like to meet all parents requesting the Sacrament of Baptism for their children. An application form is available for download here or can be collected from the Parish Office. Please e-mail Fr. John or the Parish Office to arrange an appointment.


If you are planning to get married either within The Parish of the Immaculate Conception or elsewhere, please use the form below to make contact with the Parish Office. Thank you.

Sacrament of Matrimony application form 


This is a charity started by Rev. Fr. John Batthula to raise funds to help poor families in India. The funds are used for a wide range of activities such as building homes for a Leper colony, purchasing books and educational equipment for impoverished schools, helping the aged and much more. More on their Website.


Please note that the deadline for notices to be included in the weekly bulletin is 3.00 pm of the Thursday of each week.


The Pope's official charity for overseas mission. We share the hope of the Gospel where there is turmoil, poverty and uncertainty in the world, and where the Church is new, young or poor. Missio empowers local people to form and sustain communities of faith and trains future leaders so that the vital work of the Church in the world can take place. Please could all Red Mission Box holders empty and return the contents of their boxes to the parish office/piety shop. Please remember to include your name when deliveing your donation. Empty boxes are available at the back of church, please take one with you!


Please use the Mass offering envelopes at the back of the church. These can be posted through the door of the presbytery or given to the welcomers. Please be sure to give plenty of notice if specific dates are required.


The parish office is located on the first floor of The John Paul II Centre. If the main doors are closed, then please press the buzzer located near the doors and wait for a member of staff to respond. When you exit the building please ensure that the door is fully closed. Office hours are 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, Monday to Friday. The telephone number is 01869 253 277.


Do you have any old photographs of parish life, the church (Priory Road or The Causeway), St. Mary’s School, etc. that could go into a parish archive? If so, please could you deliver these to the parish office marked with your name. These will be scanned and returned to you. Thank you. A selection of older photographs can be seen here


This website has been set up by a parishioner. Please take a look on which takes you to a quiet place within; away from the noise and din of life, and all its distractions into the presence of God.


Is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the web-site or email


Please leave donation in sacristy kitchen. Please, no alcohol or anything containing alcohol, no perishable foodstuffs and nothing past its use by/sell by date. More about the work of the Bicester Food Bank here.


Still a few remaining for the next financial year, please collect them as you leave. Anyone wishing to join, please pick up a leaflet and return to the clergy or office.


Your Traidcraft stall now has Christmas cards, Advent calendars and gifts for sale. Please take a look after all Masses this weekend, in the hall or at the back of church. There is a catalogue if you would like to place an order, or you can order online at Traidcraft was established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, working with producers and supporting people to trade out of poverty.


If you would like to but a brick in remembrance of a loved one, family, friends, as a Christmas gift or for any occasion please complete a form which is available at the back of church and deliver to parish clergy or the office. Bricks cost £250 each. The wall of bricks can be viewed in the John Paul II Centre.


Located in the former Lady Chapel this will be open after most weekend Masses. Rosaries, CTS books, sympathy, mass, baptism, holy communion, confirmation cards, other items of piety also on sale..