Welcome to the English Martyrs Didcot and St John's, Wallingford website. We are two neighbouring parishes within the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth. We currently have about five hundred regular parishioners and many activities.
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The Six Holy Habits (1) Sunday Mass
I remember once after Mass, when during the homily I had mentioned the obligation on Catholics to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays, being asked by a parishioner: Where does this obligation come from? Ultimately, of course, the obligation comes from God. On Mount Sinai He gave us the Ten Commandments, the fourth of which is to keep holy the Sabbath.
From the very early Church, Sunday, the Lord’s Day (Rev. 1: 10) replaced the Jewish Sabbath as the day of worship. It was the day the Lord rose from the dead. Sunday was also the day God rested from the work of creation (Gen 2: 2-3) and the day the Holy Spirit came down on the Apostles (Acts 2: 1-13). It is the Day when we listen to God’s word and partake of the Holy Eucharist (‘unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you cannot have life in you’ Jn 6: 53).
The moral obligation to participate in the Eucharistic sacrifice on Sundays and to rest from work dates from the early Church, although it did not become a definite law of the Church until the fourth century.
An Hour With The Lord,
Our Church, English Martyrs Didcot will be open for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
on the altar,
Friday 2nd June, 3-4pm”
Are you registered in the parish?
If you would like to register Click Here to download
the parishioners registration form
Giving Going Digital
You will find our new
contactless terminal in the church.
Just use your contactless debit/credit card or smart phone/ device to make a donation.
It is just one more option to giving.
Simply choose the amount you wish to donate and hold your card onto the reader.
You can also opt-in for Gift Aid to increase your donation by 25%. If you are a UK taxpayer then donating with Gift Aid means that we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 received.
Contactless donations are simple to administer, secure and convenient.
Thank you for supporting our Church.
Check our Gallery page for pictures from the visit of the Bishop
on the 19th of March
English Martyrs Didcot will be open daily for private prayers between 8am and 5pm.
Where to find us
English Martyrs Church,
15 Manor Crescent, Didcot, Oxon OX11 7AJ
Telephone: 01235 812338
St John the Evangelist Church
Market Place, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 0EG
(All correspondence to English Martyrs Church, address as above please)