Welcome To Our Church

A message from Cardinal Vincent  Nichols on our Easter Duties

This year we will follow Holy Week at home. In preparation, many would have availed themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation – Confession – to prepare for a fresh start at Easter. But what does it mean for our spiritual well-being and salvation if we can’t fulfil our “Easter Duties”? Many have asked, Cardinal Vincent Nichols answers in this video.


Welcome to the website for The Church of Our Lady of The Assumption and The English Martyrs (our full title).

This building is renowned as one of the most beautiful Roman Catholic churches in England. Consecrated on 8th October 1890, it continues to offer a place of rest, beauty and grandeur to all who pass through its doors.

It forms the heart of a busy, diverse parish set in the midst of a city known throughout the world as a centre of historic learning, contemporary research and rich artistic creativity. Our Parish also includes communities in Ditton and Bar Hill

We are truly blessed to have this sacred sanctuary and to give thanks for all the blessings that have flowed from it since 1890.

May you find your visit here warm and welcoming, spiritual and nourishing, memorable and significant



Full Closure of Catholic Churches

Following the Prime Minister’s historic announcement on 23 March, strengthening restrictions in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Churches are closed to the public at this time.

More information on the Bishops’ Council  Coronavirus (COVID-19) page

This advice will be reviewed and developed as necessary weekly.  Please also check for regular news updates on the Diocesan News and Events Page



Giving to OLEM

We have taken a massive dip in contributions to our parish funds which help us to maintain our buildings and activities. As a result, we have had to find ways of bringing this to your attention and to ask for your generosity and cooperation. We are adopting the technology already in place in many Catholic parishes around the country. We now have the facility for you to make contributions to the Parish directly from here: