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Welcome to Visitors – please make yourselves known.

Please check the current Newsletter for times of Mass – as we are in the holiday season.

Now that we can open all the seats in our church, we will continue in our efforts to keep everyone safe.

We will still encourage ‘signing in‘;  the use of sanitisers; the wearing of face coveringsno mingling at the entrance to the church (or within) and paying attention to physical distancing.

These safeguards apply even when you have had two doses of the vaccination.

Welcomers will assist you in keeping yourself and others safe.

The Lady Chapel and the Paray Room are reserved for those who are still vulnerable. 

‘Leave a Space’ signs are available for you to put on the bench to help everyone to be safe.

Click the link below for the latest advice for Communal Worship from the Catholic Bishops of England & Wales.

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

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

Like most of the clergy in the Portsmouth Diocese, Father Rob has other roles in addition to being our Parish Priest.

Father Rob is Episcopal Vicar for Vocation and a member of the senior clergy team, attending Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Trustee meetings. 

If you need him urgently, please call at the Parish Office which is now open Mondays to Fridays from 10 am to noon. Or you can phone and leave a message; or email him on:  [email protected]

Father Rob will get in touch as soon as possible. 

Sunday and Weekday Masses are live streamed from this website. 

If you have an urgent enquiry, please email the parish office on: 

[email protected]

 

Parish Diary

Click on the button below – Mass Intentions are listed on the last page of the current edition of the Newsletter (Resources). 

Father Rob's diary

Click on the button below

Parish Consultation

On Sunday 25th July, Father Rob started our parish consultation, to find out what you, our parishioners, are thinking about the priorities and the direction of our parish and parish life over the next five to ten years. 

A questionnaire has been prepared, together with a Finance Fact Sheet which gives you information about the parish finances, so that you can take part in the consultation. You can find them and down load them by clicking on the buttons opposite.

The questionnaire can be completed and returned either via email to the parish office: [email protected]

Or dropped off as a printed version in the box at the back of the church.

Please return your completed questionnaires by Sunday 22nd August.

Father Rob is immensely grateful to members of the Finance Committee and to the Parish Office for helping him to prepare for the consultation.

Mark Hoban, who is Chair of the Finance Committee, spoke about our parish’s finances and the  consultation at Mass last weekend. Mark’s thoughts, and more details about the parish’s financial position, are also available by clicking on the button opposite.  

The information you provide in confidence as part of the consultation will help Father Rob to make decisions about the future of our parish.
Please help him by completing and returning the questionnaire.

Donate to help our parish

The Easter Sunday Collection traditionally supports our parish priests, in recognition for all the dedication, guidance and care they give across our Diocese and in each parish. If you would like to give a gift to support Father Rob in his vocation and mission this Easter, please click on the button below:

A general online donations platform “Give as you live” has also 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