St John Fisher and St Thomas More
Burford Oxfordshire

OX18 4RE



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Who we are

St John Fisher and St Thomas More in Burford, Oxfordshire is a Christian congregation serving the Burford community and encouraging others through a life-changing Christian journey.

We seek to serve God by working for justice and peace, respect and learn from all the great faith traditions and desire to be known by the love we have for one another.



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St John Fisher and St Thomas More
171 The Hill
Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4RE
United Kingdom
Phone: 01993 823219
Fax: OX8 3BS
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Rev Fr Andrew Foster
Rev Fr Andrew Foster
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St Joseph's Presbytery
Arkell Avenue
Carterton, Oxfordshire
United Kingdom
Phone: 01993 842463
Fax: OX8 3BS
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John 13:35

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

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St John Fisher and St Thomas More Mass Times

Sunday Masses 9.15am, 11.30am

Holyday Masses 10.00am, 7.00pm

Confessions Saturday 10.25am

St John Fisher and St Thomas More mass times last updated on the 5th of November, 2019
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History of St John Fisher and St Thomas More, Burford Oxfordshire

In the 1930s a Mass Centre was established in the grounds of a house belonging to Mr & Mrs Littledale, whose son Arthur was ordained priest in 1935. A wooden hut served as a church for the small congregation.

In 1952 the runway at Brize Norton airfield was lengthened for a new generation of aircraft. The contractors recruited some Irish labourers, who were accommodated in huts at Bradwell Grove, about a mile away. They usually attended Sunday Mass in Carterton; but one snowy day they were unable to get there, and had to walk to Burford instead. There were too many of them to fit into the church, and after Mass Fr Littledale expressed his regret for the lack of space; so they offered to build him a new church.

This they did in their spare time, raising the walls to the level of the roof before their contract ended and they all dispersed. Fr Littledale himself funded the completion of the church, commemorated by the inscribed tablet on the wall above the door, as well as the Presbytery; after his death in 1976 his family generously bequeathed the land in his memory in order to establish the Parish.

The Church was enlarged in 2003 by the addition of two wings, the remodelling of the Sanctuary and High Altar and other changes including a w.c. and ramped side entrance for the disabled. The original nave and porch and the statue of Our Lady outside, comissioned by the Irish builders, still remain as witnesses to their charity and devotion.   Edit


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Holy Spirit of God, visit now this soul of mine, and tarry within it until the eventide. Inspire all my thoughts. Pervade all my imaginations. Suggest all my decisions. Lodge in my soul's most inward citadel, and order all my doings. Be with me in silence and in my speech, in my haste and in my leisure, in company and in solitude, in the freshness of the morning and the weariness of the evening. Give me grace at all times to rejoice in Thy mysterious companionship.
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