As Catholics, we encounter the real presence of Jesus Christ through the Eucharist or Holy Communion.  We believe that Jesus Christ is truly present in our midst.

The celebration of the Eucharist is not a private devotion but rather a communal gathering. We come together at the same time and in the same place so that we can take part in a common action.  It is often referred to as “communion,” a joining together of the members of the community, not only with God but also with each other.

You can read more about the Eucharist here

Any who has been received into the Catholic Church and is over the age of 7 can receive Holy Communion once they have been through a preparation programme.  Please see programme details below:

First Holy Communion for Children

First Holy Communion Programme and the next stages for 2021.


All of those who are on our current First Holy Communion Programmes have been contacted by Angela, Emily, Kat, Lana and Fr Ross as to the best way we can move forward and complete those two programmes and for those who are on those programmes to receive their First Holy Communion.


As a Pastoral Area and in discussions with all the Clergy we have decided that from now on our First Holy Communion preparation will begin for children in YEAR FOUR.   This allows us the time to complete the current programmes and for those on them to receive their Holy Communion before accepting a new cohort of children.


Details of when a new First Holy Communion programme begins and how to apply will appear in the coming months, so keep an eye on the newsletter and the parish web site. 


We still need volunteers to help with the running of these programmes and we cannot offer these programmes unless we get more volunteers stepping up to the plate to help.   So please have a think about helping out with the running of the FHC Programme.   We currently have a number of roles that need to be filled for these programmes to run in future, they don’t all involve teaching, have a look and contact the Parish Office if willing to help!




Roles to be filled include:


Administration; registration, email contact, resources – payment of.


Accompanying support; welcoming parents at sessions, refreshments.


Supporting catechist sessions both for parents and children


Catechists – both parents and children (training will be given = Catechist Certificate).

Adult Reception into the Catholic Church

The Catholic Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a programme for anyone over aged 18 who would like to be received into full communion with the Catholic church, whether or not they have previously been baptised in a Christian church.  We currently plan to run the next programme once we are over the COVID pandemic restrictions. 

 The next programme will hopefully start in September 2021 and candidates are received into the Church the following Easter.  More information can be found here.

The parish is part of the Diocese of Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust

Registered Charity 246871.

Contact Parish Office

Marion Patient

Parish Secretary

St Patrick's House

45, Portsmouth Road


SO19 9BD

Call: 023 8044 8671


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