The Oxford Oratory Church of St Aloysius Gonzaga

The Oxford Oratory Church of St Aloysius Gonzaga

The Oxford Oratory Church of St Aloysius Gonzaga

The Oxford Oratory Church of St Aloysius Gonzaga
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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futtock21
London, UK11,100 contributions
Overlooked Treasure
May 2021 • Family
St. Giles and the lower reaches of the Woodstock Road have more than their fair share of religious institutions such as Pusey House, Blackfriars and St. Cross College. Despite having spent my three undergraduate years in Oxford and having gone back many times since I have entirely overlooked this Catholic Church built in 1875 to serve the population of Oxford and the outlying district. It was designed by J. Hanson the architect of Arundel cathedral. It was served by Jesuit Fathers until 1981, then by priests of the Archdiocese of Birmingham before being entrusted to the Fathers of the Oratory who established it as an independent house in 1993.
Written June 19, 2021
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anglicano
Knutsford, UK209 contributions
Beautiful
Dec 2019
I'd attended sung eucharist at St Giles, opposite, and a fellow Anglican showed me this beautiful church. Mass was just ending, so I was able to chat to two of the priests, who were friendly and welcoming. The interior is most attractive, and I liked the smell of incence.
Written December 15, 2019
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BeginsInWonder
Seattle, WA407 contributions
Attractive church with good liturgy
Sep 2019 • Solo
An attractive church, tucked away in central Oxford. Particularly impressive is the reredos - dozens of Stone-carved saints deck the high altar. The church is managed by priests of the Oratory which ensures Mass is celebrated with attention to detail and beautiful music at many Masses, and working people can get in an early morning weekday Mass here. I was only passing through but it seems a friendly, vibrant congregation. Fun fact: Gerard Manley Hopkins briefly ministered here - I didn’t even know the poet was a Jesuit priest until I googled it today.
Written September 29, 2019
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BrushM
Oxford, UK1,296 contributions
Just about worth a visit
Sep 2019
Don't really understand the gushing reviews about this church. In my view it's a perfectly decent little church, nothing more and nothing less. Given the wonders elsewhere in Oxford it's not a must see for me.
Written September 15, 2019
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kittyginger
Salisbury, UK672 contributions
Fabulous building, side chapel and meeting room
Jul 2019 • Couples
We did not have much time to explore the church, as we were attending a meeting in the room to the side; on arrival we were shown into a side chapel, which was peaceful and beautiful in its own right.
After the meeting, which was held in a light and airy room with big windows, we went into the church where two ladies were arranging flowers for a wedding.
The church is quite simply stunning and its high altar magnificent.
I would love to visit again when we are next in the city.
Written July 26, 2019
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Gwen P
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK212 contributions
Marvellous Church
Jul 2019 • Couples
This church is just outside the central area on Woodstock Road. It is obvious people worship here as it is in full use, open all day and has lots of services. You are welcome to go in and enjoy the peace, say a prayer or attend a service.

We loved the Mass and Rosary each morning during our holiday. It was a delight to visit. Apparently this church had 200 people going in the early 1990's and now it is packed out with around 1,000 people attending on Sundays.

It is also full of history and is very beautiful with many statues and points of interest.
Written July 8, 2019
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Micaela M
Annapolis, MD294 contributions
Happy accident
Feb 2019 • Friends
I stumbled upon this church by accident, which was a happy coincidence since I was in Oxford to visit Tolkien sites. Though not one of the architectural treasures of Oxford, it is still a lovely and peaceful church to visit, certainly worth some time. Step free entrance for wheelchair users.
Written April 24, 2019
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Erasmus16
Winchester, UK378 contributions
Serene and Peaceful
Oct 2018 • Solo
The notice outside that mentioned the association that Newman, Gerald Manley Hopkins and Tolkien had sparked my interest. A service of Solemn Benediction was about to begin so I sat at the back to observe. The service was dignified and after this short service I was able to find time on another day to get a more in depth visit, see the information about John Henry Newman though surprisingly I couldn't find one for Hopkins. There is a bookstall at the back, and if you are so minded you can light a candle as well. A fascinating church and worth visiting.
Written November 15, 2018
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Dave_Cowley_Road
Oxford, UK948 contributions
beautiful and serene
May 2018 • Solo
Oxford has a complex history of both schism and interaction between the Catholic and Anglican churches. Anglicanism is the dominant tradition now but it is worth remembering the long and continuous Catholic presence in the city.

This beautiful and serene church stands just outside of the city centre, at the far end of St Giles. Its location places it off the main tourist tracks, and this means less visitors and a more tranquil atmosphere. The church is full of Christian images that remind us of the power of faith.
Written May 9, 2018
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rayrest
London, UK7,342 contributions
Light a candle
Feb 2018 • Couples
Located in Woodstock Road in Oxford is this wonderful church where you can come in and remember those that need your support. Great place to light a candle to remember.
Written February 5, 2018
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