Painting in the Chapel of the Visitations at Paray-le-Monial. It depicts the second apparition of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary

Welcome to St Margaret Mary Catholic Church
in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth

We are still helping to keep people safe by encouraging the use of sanitisers, wearing face masks, and social distancing. These safeguards apply even when you have had the full dose of the relevant COVID 19 vaccination.
Parish volunteer stewards are there to help you in keeping yourself and others safe. They organise socially distanced access for communion and for leaving church after Mass.
The Lady Chapel and Paray Room are reserved for those who feel more comfortable with a formal social distancing approach. 

Friday 27th January 2022

The latest COVID regulations from now state it is no longer mandatory to wear facemasks inside all churches.
However Fr Rob asks you to continue to wear a facemask and to  maintain social distancing where possible, since COVID 19 Omicron is still widespread in our area. 

St Margaret Mary is a Catholic Parish serving the people of Park Gate, Locks Heath, Warsash, Sarisbury Green, Lower Swanwick, Burridge, Curbridge, Whiteley and Titchfield. It is situated to the north-east  of Fareham, Hampshire, and is part of the Solent Pastoral Area of the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth.

Our parish church is the centre of a vibrant and active Catholic community. We welcome everyone. 

Please use this website to find out about who we are and what we do. Come and see us. You will be most welcome.

Read about the parish history by clicking on the button below: 

Parish Priest: Father Robert Stewart

Father Rob is back working in the parish, full time. His day off is a Friday and he will not be available on this day.

If you need Fr Rob urgently, please phone 01489 572797

For all other enquiries, please email the parish office using:

 [email protected]

Sunday Masses are live streamed from this website. You can find more information on the Mass streamed live and on the Mass times pages.

Weekday masses are back to normal, but check timings in the newsletter for each week.  

Parish Consultation

Thank you to all of you who returned the questionnaire.
The responses have now been analysed and Fr Rob has looked through all of them.
He is immensely grateful for all your kind words and your thoughtful suggestions.

The Finance Committee has seen and considered the summary and this has helped Fr Rob and the Finance Committee to come to some conclusions about priorities and fund raising.

More about that later.

In the meantime, thank you once again for your help.

Donate to help our parish

A general online donations platform “Give as you live” has  been set up for our parish of St Margaret Mary and can be accessed by clicking the button below.

We are working on a direct donation method into the parish bank account, and will update you on this when we have made progress. In the meantime, you can find the parish bank account details and a standing order from the resources section of this website.

Contact details: 

Parish Administrator:

Claire Rumbold                

Parish Office, Middle Road, Park Gate, Southampton,  SO31 7GH

Tel: 01489 572797

Email: [email protected]

Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator:

Nick Sadler

tel: 07834 923585

Portsmouth Diocese Safeguarding Co-ordinator:

Ruth Attfield

tel: 023 9421 6486

email: [email protected]

The Bishop’s Vision

To go out on Mission to everyone.

That we enable many more to hear the Gospel and to come to know, serve and love Jesus Christ in the saving communion of His Catholic Church, so that, persevering in faith, hope and charity, they may one day reach the happiness of Heaven.

“Go, make disciples of all nations”

Matthew 28: 19

To be totally dependent on the Holy Spirit

That shifting from maintenance to mission, we trust more completely in God through prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to inspire our clergy and our laity with constant joy and creativity to develop and realise new, innovative ministries and ways of Christian living.

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you”

Acts 1:b

To convert Catholics

That we assist all Catholics, especially those who are not yet practising, to reach a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, to be more intentional disciples and, discerning their charisms, to become more actively engaged in the Church’s mission.

“He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, lives in me, and I live in him”

John 6:55

To become outward-looking servants

That all our parish and our school communities become ever more outward-facing service centres, brighter beacons of mission, dialogue and service to everyone around, especially to the poor, the homeless, those in need.

“In so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me”

Matthew 25:40


Painting of the Last Supper by Ed de Guzman

This website is under development and a number of pages and sections are not yet completed and published.

Please keep visiting to see us as we grow and develop.

And if you have any suggestions, please let the parish office know:

[email protected]

Thank you for your patience

Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust is a charity.

Registered Charity No: 246871