St Aidan's Roman Catholic Chapel of Ease*
Served from Ampleforth Abbey by Rev. Edgar Miller, OSB01439 766435 or 766714
Masses: Sunday, 9.00 am.
Holydays, 12 noon.
Weekday Mass, as
Confessions: Before Mass.
At one time Mass in Oswaldkirk was celebrated in private houses and in the old village hall, but in about 1960 the Catholics of Hovingham, Nunnington, Oswaldkirk and Stonegrave came together to raise funds for the building of a church in Oswaldkirk. Building work began in September 1961 and the Church was solemnly blessed by Abbot (later Cardinal) Basil Hume in December 1963. According to records the Church and car park cost £11, 270 - a large sum for a small community over 50 years ago. The Architects were Blackledge and Broughton. Notable inside is the timber frieze of the Stations of the Cross across the back wall (1969), carved by John Bunting, a local resident and former art teacher at Ampleforth College.
*A chapel of ease is a church building other than the parish church, built within the bounds of a parish for the attendance of those who cannot reach the parish church conveniently.