Welcome To Our Church



The ruling by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to which our Bishop is adhering for his Diocese is that we are Dispensed from the Sunday Obligation of assisting at Holy Mass for the present moment and that we can fulfil our obligation by assisting at any Mass during the week.

To ensure your safety and to prevent overcrowding, as a short term measure, we are operating a free online reservations system for all Sunday Masses. There will also be some seats available for each Mass, for those who have not registered. In accordance with GDPR, we will not save any of your personal information.

Taking into consideration social distancing, we have a capacity for 180 people in our church. 110 tickets can be booked on line  and 70 on the door (on a first come, first served basis). There will be a steward on duty to count you in.


Please contact

Robert Culshaw  robert.culshaw@me.com if you would like to join our volunteers                               


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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


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: