The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

Telephone: 01869 253277

Parish news this week

Beginning Sunday, 15th July 2018 - The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Lectionary - Sundays Year B, Weekdays Year 2.



SPUC has launched a petition asking the Home Secretary to oppose the introduction of "buffer zones" around abortion clinics to prevent peaceful prayerful, pro-life vigils, where help and support can be offered to vulnerable women under pressure to abort their babies. They are a denial of our democratic right to freedom of expression and there are moves to bring them in across Britain. Petition forms and leaflets are at the back of church and you are urged to sign. Online version here.

Petition closing date - Friday, 27th July.

The apostles were very ordinary men. In no sense could they be called specialists. Yet Christ involved them in his own work of teaching and healing. Christ wants us to be part of his work too. Each of us is responsible for a small corner of the world where it is up to us to make the influence of Christ felt. But often we leave Christ's work to others to do.

(Amos 7:12-15) Here we see how that great champion of justice, Amos, is faithful to the task God gave him, even though he is rejected by those to whom he is sent.

(Ephesians 1:3-14) (Shorter form recommended). This is a hymn of thanksgiving to God for the great spiritual gifts he had given us through Christ.

(Mark 6:7-13) The time has come for Jesus to involve the twelve apostles in his own work. Accordingly, he sends them out in twos as his representatives..

 God Bless You.                                                 

Canon John Y Batthula.   

Please pray for the soul of 

Mary Ross

Recently deceased.

Her Funeral Service will be celebrated at 2.00 p.m. on  Tuesday, 17th July 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.



Saturday, 21st July from 11.00 am-4.00 pm. Grimshaw Room, St Chad’s Cathedral , Birmingham.  A day for women of all ages to be inspired, reflect  and pray. See poster at the back of church for more details or speak to Jo Hurst.


Please note that the Causeway will be closed on Saturday, 21st July from 06.00 hrs-16.00 hrs as the Town council are honouring the Freedom of Entry for 1 Regiment RLC. A parade will take place from St Edburg’s towards Garth Park at 15.00 hrs.


Due to the New Data Protection Regulations  anyone wishing to be listed here will need to contact the Parish Office personally by email to:  or  if you are  unable to email then by phone: 01869 253 277                                                                                                                                


As we are coming to the end of the School Year and I have had meeting with Miss Pickering & Mrs Clare St John  in  view of Sacramental Preparation for the next School Year.  I have explained to them that there is a need to  Catechise parents as well as young children in preparing them for the reception of the Sacraments.  Therefore there will be 2 extra sessions for the parents of the Children who will be receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation, First Holy Communion and First Confessions. In the next couple of weeks  all dates will be given and I therefore request the parents to take note of those dates. It is my hope that together we will grow in knowing Jesus Christ and  being his disciples.


I am grateful to those who have responded to my request in support of the youth Worker. I still do hope and pray that others also  will be able to support  to my appeal generously.  In the next couple of weeks I will be providing you with more information with my vision for the stated project. Keep praying .


It is an opportunity to pray for priests you have encountered in your life and some of them might have become friends. Please pray also for vocations to the priesthood. There will be ample of opportunities to pray as a community with the Eucharistic Lord, and I hope to invite priests who ministered here at Bicester and Hethe. 

OHCT RIDE & STRIDE - SATURDAY - 8 SEPTEMBER - 10.00 AM TO 6.00 PM         

Sponsorship Forms are now available. If you are able to Ride, Stride or Welcome visitors from other churches and parishes for an hour or two please contact Tim Lane on 01869 277523. 50% of all sponsorship raised is passed on to Parish Funds, so please enjoy some exercise and support this terrific day if you possibly can.


It's at this time of year that Catholics on holiday look to the internet for local churches and Mass times, only to find there isn't one definitive site. aims to be that definitive resource, hosting and sharing the most comprehensive database of Catholic churches and worship times in existence. Dioceses, parishes, and many volunteers help keep the database current, but the site is always looking for more volunteers. You could consider adopting a city a diocese or even a country! If you are able to spend a few hours a month researching and updating church and worship time information for a country, or a diocese the Mass Times Trust would like to hear from you. They are particularly in need of more volunteers with language skills other than English. Instructions and advice will be provided asneeded. If you are interested, email the saying which territory you are interested in and which language skills you possess.


Coffee at the Kings Arms 10.30 am  Saturday 28th July, Saturday 25th of August, September 22nd . Ladies of all ages welcome!


Thank you to everyone who came along, £223.17 was raised for parish funds.


This event  last Saturday raised £1319. Thank you to all involved!


The Annual Publication of the Retreat Association Going on a retreat is a must for anyone who feels they need to find new energy and focus. Getting away from it all can bring a different perspective to your life and encourage you to make time for the things you love. The Retreat Handbook amongst other things contains information and programmes for over 230 Christian retreat centres in the UK and beyond. For more information visit


More welcomers are needed for all Masses  to warmly welcome parishioners and visitors at the start of Mass and store hymn books and leave the porch tidy after.  Please contact the parish office.  It’s a great way of getting to know your fellow parishioners!


Any children (who have received their First Holy Communion) who wish to become altar servers please speak to Canon John or Deacon Michael after Masses. Any altar servers who are no longer serving ~please return your clean albs to the sacristy.


Please note there will be no children's liturgy during the summer holidays.  Last one this term: 15th July.



Winners 100 club for June 2018:  £100 Michael & Jane Waine -34, £50 Dina Zanré -1, £25 John Hanna -57. Many thanks for taking part.  Some numbers still available.  Contact Tim Lane or Paul Cousins.                               


We are looking for volunteers to help with church linen washing and ironing to cover times when the current ladies are away. If you can help please speak to Canon John or contact the Parish Office.                                    d.


Syrian Refugee Family Please see the notice board to see if you can help with items needed for the family due to settle in Bicester.  Add you name and contact details next to the items you can provide and Janet will then contact you. Janet:07434930992.


Mission Boxes: Time to be emptied! Please bring donations to the piety shop or to the parish office - thank you.


Reconciliation, birthday, and occasional cards. Communion ties together with Holy Communion items now available.  


The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool from 7th to 9th September 2018.  Flyers were distributed last weekend  and I hope that you have had the opportunity to read and perhaps made a decision whether you would like to participate in this event. If you are interested, we have 5 tickets (individuals will need to pay for the tickets and arrange own travel)available between our 2 parishes and I will offer them to the first 5 interested parishioners to contact me.  Therefore, please do not delay if you are interested


We have 6 fantastic cleaning teams that clean the church on a rota system throughout the year. We are always on the look out for new volunteers who can join the teams to share the load. If  you can spare a couple of hours every 7 weeks please contact the parish office or, if you happen to know any of the cleaners please speak to them to ask what the job entails. 


 Dates for the rest of the year: 10th August; 14th September; 12th October; 9th November and 14th December.


Our monthly Lunches  will be held on every 4th Tuesday of the month. Dates for the rest of the year as follows: ; 24th July; 28th August; 25th September; 23rd October; 27th November.


I appeal to your generous donations towards the CHURCH REPAIRS. So please give as much as can. Remember, God loves a cheerful giver! Target amount  £ 120,000.00

So far donations/funds raised £25,846.98.   

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



Read the full report here.



7.30 pm 100

9.00 am 178

11.00 am 146

Total 424



All for parish maintenance


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.



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


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..