St John Fisher & St Thomas More RC Church, 171 The Hill, Burford, OX18 4RE
Message from Fr Mervyn Tower, Dean of Oxford (North) Deanery
“With the blessing of the Archbishop, Fr Paul Smith has now left the parish due to health reasons.
Until the diocese makes a new appointment the only Sunday Masses will be at Burford at 10.00 am and at St Joseph’s in Carterton at 11.00 am. There will not be a Saturday evening Mass at Burford and there will be no 9.00 am Mass in Bampton until further notice.
If there are urgent issues arising please contact either the Dean, Fr Mervyn Tower at Corpus Christi, Headington on 01865 762433 or Fr Pat Broun in Witney on 01993 702661. The priests of the Deanery will help as much as possible during this period. We pray for Fr Paul and for one another.”
Parish Priest: to be confirmed
Presbytery: Fr Bernard Garratt (retired) in residence.
The Church of St John Fisher & St Thomas More is the only Roman Catholic Church in Burford and is at the top of The Hill on the left-hand side going up, shortly before you reach the A40 roundabout. The building is relatively modern, having been built in the 1950s and expanded in 2003. There is a small meeting room and a good sized car park.
There is a Sunday Mass at 10.00 am. Weekday Masses are usually at 10.00 am on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday but the Friday Mass is temporarily suspended.
Please note that there will be no Saturday Vigil Masses until further notice.
On Tuesday 28 June there will be 7.00 pm Vigil Masses for the Solemnity of Ss Peter & Paul celebrated by Fr Bernard. The usual Thursday Mass will take place at 10.00 am.
Bishops’ Conference Guidance
There is still a risk associated with gathering for sustained periods in enclosed spaces and therefore there needs to be continued caution by all against infection. Whilst the reduction of restrictions brings about a more normal way of living the Covid-19 virus is still in circulation and this should be in the mind of those participating in the life of the Church holding in balance the need for personal safety and taking responsibility for that safety.
If there are any major updates the information will be available here on our website and via an email bulletin. If you do not receive the occasional bulletin from Carolyn Walton and you would like to be added to the list of recipients please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
24 June 2022
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
St John Fisher & St Thomas More
171 The Hill