St. Joseph's and St. Edmund's Southampton

THIS WEEK (19th August 2018): 


1.    ‘I am the living bread’ says Jesus (Gospel).  In what way is Jesus ‘living bread’ for you?  How are you nourished on Jesus


2.    ‘Be careful about the sort of lives you lead’ St Paul writes (2nd reading).  What do you need to ‘alter’ in your life?                                  Vincent Harvey


Parish Theme: ‘Peace’.   November 2018 will see the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.  As the year progresses, without doubt society, civic and religious, will be focusing on world peace, maybe more needed now than ever in our world history!  PARISH THEME—AUGUST:   Peace with God’: to be ‘one’ with God do you need the ‘Sacrament of Penance’?  Avail yourself of the opportunities on a Thursday, a Saturday or by appointment.


Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 9am Mass have a break for the summer.  Thank you to Dee and the Team for the work they do in order to enable the children to celebrate God’s Word and respond to it.  Do you wish to volunteer?


City Centre Clergy Moves…………update


Father Ross moving to Jersey the first week of September

Father Jaya arriving in the Parish the first week of September

Father Elijah arriving in England the first week of September


Farewell’ to Father Ross at the 6.15pm and 10am Masses.  He is with us until the beginning of September, but rather than have ‘one big’ celebration as it were, we are creating the opportunity of say saying ‘farewell and God speed’ personally at our ‘usual’ Masses.  Refreshments after each Mass.


Farewell to Father Kenneth also as he returns to Rome to continue his studies (part of which involves a month’s biblical study in Israel during September).  Father Kenneth will preside at the 9 & 11am Masses and then depart to the airport.



World Meeting of Families is an international gathering that takes place every three years.  In 2015 it took place in Philadelphia (Father Vincent has the tee-shirt to prove it…………in fact two tee-shirts!).  It is a gathering of laity, families, clergy, organisations that promote and support marriage and family life.  There are displays, talks, discussions…………..  Pope Francis will arrive for the weekend, during which he will preside at Mass.  Pray for us (Vincent)



Pope Francis’ Intention for August:  Universal: The treasure of Families.  That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.


A PARISH MISSION IN 2019…………update……… A team of ten parishioners and clergy met last Wednesday to discuss the mission from Ascension to Pentecost 2019 (30th May – 9th June) around the theme of ‘Discipleship’: To Encounter, To Follow, To Abide and to Evangelise. A team is being set up to plan the Mission/Retreat so that as a Parish we can deepen our faith and recommit ourselves to our discipleship.    2019 is also Father Vincent’s 40th Anniversary of Ordination: a reason, if one

needs it, to celebrate and deepen that discipleship we all are called to.


All parish groups will be invited to prepare the Parish for the mission, and to be active during it and beyond it…………..


CONFIRMATION 2019: The Sacrament of Confirmation for our Parish (together with St Boniface and St Vincent de Paul) will next be celebrated by Bishop Philip Egan in June next year (exact date to be decided) in St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth.  Applications have now ceased.............if you missed the deadline contact Father Vincent Harvey immediately...............


St. Joseph's and St. Edmund's ...

is a warm, welcoming and diverse Catholic community at the heart of Southampton. People from across the globe come regularly to worship here at one of the several Sunday or weekday Masses. Catholics and people of any Christian community or faith (or none) are able to use St Edmund's Church as a place of quiet and reflection throughout the day.

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