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

THIS WEEK (14th October 2018): 


1.    ‘How hard it is to enter the kingdom of God’ Jesus says (Gospel).  Entry is dependent on God!!  God’s invitation, God’s grace, God’s gift.  All we have to do is say ‘yes’ (come, follow me…..).  How do you say ‘yes’?  When do you say ‘yes’?


2.    ‘I prayed…….I entreated………I esteemed her…….’ (1st reading).  When have you prayed, entreated or ‘esteemed’ God?  Why?  How did you feel?


3.    ‘The word of God is alive and active’ (2nd reading).  How alive is ‘the Word’ in your life?  How active in your day to day existence?  How can you make/allow it to become more alive and active?                 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— OCTOBER: Peace through Racial and Cultural Unity  Martin Luther King lived, fought and died for his ideal of the equality of mankind. He said he looked to a day “when people will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.” He also said that God was only interested in the freedom of the whole human race that “We may all have come on different ships but we’re in the same boat now….. We must learn to live together as brothers (and, by implication, sisters!) or perish together as fools.” Let us pray that this brave man’s battle is remembered as we work for the same ideals.

First Holy Communion 2019: REGISTER today after the 9am, 10am & 11am Masses

Pope Francis’ Intention for October: Evangelisation: The Mission of Religious.   That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves and be present among the poor, the marginalised, and those who have no voice.


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.


A Mission Song dedicated to Father Vincent and the Parish has been composed by Mr Paul Inwood.... ............watch this space!!


All parish groups will be invited to prepare the Parish for the mission, and to be active during it and beyond it…………..The Mission Prayer has been distributed to all groups to pray whenever they gather.



CONFIRMATION 2019: we pray for all who begin their formal preparation TODAY.  We pray for the candidates, the catechists and all involved with the process



NEXT SUNDAY: Annual ‘International Mass’ when we celebrate the universality of the Church which is reflected very much in our City Centre Parish.  This will take place on Sunday, 21st October at 7pm.  Please make a note………..bring your ‘national food dish’ to share; dress in your ‘national costume’, be prepared to carry your ‘national flag’ in procession, some people will be approached to read in their native language………………..bring 'international' food............readers from different countries/languages.........contact Tina Quinn: [email protected]  



Welcome to Father Joe McNerney the new RC Hospital Chaplain who was ‘Inducted’ last week.  Father Joe comes to us from Portsmouth where he was Hospital Chaplain and Parish Priest.  In his role here in Southampton he is part of the Chaplaincy Team with particular responsibility for Catholic Patients.  His days off will continue to be covered by the local clergy.


If a family member is going into the General Hospital please let your local priest know (in case they require ‘Anointing’ before being admitted); also inform the Hospital Chaplaincy requesting a visit by the Team and, if appropriate, Holy Communion (or to arrange to attend the afternoon Mass in the Hospital)




Welcome also to Monsignor Canon Nicholas France MBE who has retired from Jersey into the Parish here in City Centre.  Many of you will know Father Nick as a former Parish Priest and Dean of the City (before Canon John O’Shea).  As with most retired priests, Father Nick will be available for ‘supply’ work, to assist parishes in the area when the local clergy need a break, are sick etc.  Welcome ‘home’ Father Nick……………..




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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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