Our Faith

The Catholic faith is central to our worship and our continual spiritual journey as children of  God. To help our members continue their journey in faith, the Parish has a wide range of Sacramental Programmes for young and old - from Baptism to First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Called to Baptism?

I am not baptised (christened) but deep within me there is a sense that I am being drawn to something beyond myself and my present experience. Please click here if you would like to discuss this further with Father Pat – no strings.

Or if you would like to explore further online whether or not this is an invitation from God to share His life with you. In particular, if would like to know more about the Catholic Church, please click here.

To help develop your prayer life during the week, you can also access the latest Sunday Readingsand a selection of Daily Prayers.

For visitors, new members or those seeking answers, read more about the Roman Catholic faith in the Faith Overview section.

Holy Year of Mercy

Pope Francis decreed that the Holy Year would begin on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8, 2015, with the opening of the Holy Door in the Basilica of St. Peter at the Vatican. On the following Sunday, December 13, the Third Sunday of Advent, the opening of the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Rome, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, took place. After that, the Holy Doors of the other Papal Basilicas opened. Moreover, the Holy Father decreed that on the same Sunday, “in every local church, at the cathedral — the mother church of the faithful in any particular area —, a Door of Mercy would opened for the duration of the Holy Year.

At the discretion of the local ordinary, a similar door may be opened at any shrine frequented by large groups of pilgrims, since visits to these holy sites are so often grace-filled moments as people discover a path to conversion” (MV, 3).

Holy Year of Mercy

Accordingly, Bishop Philip opened a Door of Mercy at St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth on Sunday 13 December 2015 at Noon. He then celebrated Mass. On the same day a similar Door of Mercy opened at Our Lady & St Edmund of Abingdon Church, Abingdon. Throughout the year, the faithful are encouraged to go on pilgrimage to either or both churches. Click here to read more.

Holy Year of Mercy

Also click here for more about the Holy Year of Mercy across Portsmouth Diocese.