171 THE HILL, BURFORD OX18 4NE
Parish Priest: Fr Andrew Foster (Carterton). Tel 01993 842463
Presbytery: Fr Bernard Garratt (retired) in residence. Tel 01993 823219
Fr Andrew will continue to celebrate Mass every Sunday at St Joseph’s, Carterton and this will be available via Zoom.
Please see the St Joseph’s website for details
The Saturday evening 6.00 pm Vigil Mass is now celebrated at Burford
Prior to the changes to the law on 19 July Fr Andrew issued the following message:
Thank God some precautions are able to be eased from after Monday 19 July. The widely recognised risk is that one may feel that precautions are no longer necessary. They are.
In church, please continue:
to wear face coverings as a courtesy to others as well as to protect oneself;
to respect social distancing;
to use hand sanitiser.
Due to the layout of our church Holy Communion will continue to be distributed after the final blessing. Please leave the church by the rear door and do not remain in the car park any longer than is absolutely necessary.
Thanks for all your help.
As attendance at the 10.00 am Sunday morning Mass has increased we have introduced an online booking system via Eventbrite . This will be used until the restrictions on numbers attending Mass are lifted. There is no need to print your tickets and if you do not book you will not be turned away but you may be asked to wait outside the church until all bookings have arrived.
There is a Saturday evening Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm and a Sunday Mass at 10.00 am. There are weekday Masses on Tuesday and Thursday at 10.00am and on Friday at 6.00 pm. Booking for the weekday and Vigil Masses is not necessary.
We must continue to adhere to the recommendations and regulations of the government and these include wearing face masks so that they cover both the nose and the mouth, the recording of contact numbers for all attendees, the sanitising of hands on entering and leaving church and most importantly there is a requirement for people to leave church immediately after communion and not congregate in groups in the car park. All doors and windows must be opened before and during all services and this includes weekday services.
The Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales have issued their advice in the light of the changes on 19 July. The Covid-19 Route Map: Step 4 Guidance can be found here.
See Covid-19: Guidance for the safe use of places of worship for the full rules that are to be followed both by those acting as stewards and for those attending Mass.
If there are any updates the information will be available here on our website and via the weekly email bulletin. If you do not yet receive the bulletin from Carolyn Walton and you would like to be added to the list of recipients please email email@example.com.
22 July 2021
Fr Andrew would like to remind parishioners that he can be contacted directly to discuss any matters of concern.
He is also very much aware that some parishioners, in following government advice, are not able to attend Mass. If you would like Fr Andrew to visit you in your home please contact him on 01993 842463 or via email.
Please see the weekly Newsletter page for updates. Links to sites that livestream Masses can be found here
One of the results of the present pandemic is that our income has been greatly reduced. If you would like to make a regular or one-off contribution to the parish please print off and complete the Standing Order form here. If you are a UK tax payer we would be grateful if you could also complete the Gift Aid section. Send the completed form to
Fr Andrew Foster
St John Fisher & St Thomas More
171 The Hill
The minutes of the latest Parish Council meeting held on 1 July are available on the Parish Council page
The readings for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time can be found on the Masses page. The recent Pastoral Letter of the Archbishop of Birmingham that was read on the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time can be found here. Free copies of the letter are available in the porch.
Guidance for Stewards can be found here
Guidance for those attending church can be found here