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You will find them after the information about Easter services.



Please refer to the newsletter of the individual church for details of Reconciliation services (Confession) & Stations of the Cross during Holy week.




The Easter Triduum begins with Mass on Holy Thursday evening, when Jesus sacramentally anticipated the gift he would make of himself on the cross. His command to serve others is dramatically recalled this night in the ceremony of the washing of the feet, which he performed in the supper room for his disciples.

7.30 p.m          Our Lady of Mercy & St Joseph,                                                Lymington 

7.30 p.m          St Michael’s, Hythe

8.00 p.m          St Teresa’s, Totton

8.00 p.m            Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton


The Good Friday rites centre around the reading of the Passion of Jesus. With simple dignity that story is retold, followed by prayers for the entire world, for this powerful mystery brings blessings to the world. On this day we are invited to venerate the cross. It is a day of fasting and quiet mourning.

11.00 a.m     Stations of the Cross, St Teresa’s, Totton.

11.00 a.m     Ecumenical walk of witness, Hythe                                        (outside Waitrose)

                    Celebration of the Lord's Passion

 3.00 p.m      St Teresa’s, Totton.

 3.00 p.m      St Edward the Confessor, Lyndhurst

 3.00 p.m      St Michael’s, Hythe.

 3.00 p.m      Our Lady of Mercy & St Joseph, Lymington.

 3.00 p.m      Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton

 8.00 p.m      Tenabrae       OLMSJ, Lymington


The Easter Vigil is the high point of the Easter triduum celebrating the passion and resurrection of Jesus. The vigil opens with a service of light. The lighting of the fire and the Easter candle is a sign that Christ is “the light of the world,” and celebrates the victory of light over darkness that humanity has ever longed for.

9.00 a.m.              Morning Prayers and office of readings                               Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton

10.00 a.m.            The  blessing of the Easter food,or the                                "Swieconka" Easter Basket tradition                                    dear to the heart of every Pole.                                          Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton

11.00 a.m.              The Blessing of the Easter Food                                               (Polish)            OLMSJ, Lymington. 

The Easter Vigil

7.00 p.m.              Easter Vigil     St Teresa's, Totton

7.30 p.m.              Easter Vigil,    St Bernard's, Holbury

8.00 p.m.              Easter Vigil,    OLMSJ, Lymington


9.00 a.m.              St Bernard's, Holbury

9.00 a.m.              St Edward the Confessor, Lyndhurst

9.00 a.m.              St Francis, Milford on Sea

10.00 a.m.            St Anne's, Brockenhurst

10.00 a.m.            Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton

10.30 a.m.            OLMSJ, Lymington

10.30 a.m.            St Teresa's, Totton

11.00 a.m.            St Michael's, Hythe



In most Catholic parishes around the world, a Good Friday Collection will be taken up to aid Christian parishes and their outreaches in the Holy Land. This initiative has been an annual tradition in the Church since its institution by Blessed Pope Paul VI.

According to Paul VI, the collection was created “not only for the Holy Places but above all for those pastoral, charitable, educational, and social works which the Church supports in the Holy Land for the welfare of their Christian brethren and of the local communities.”

The unforgettable faces of thousands of children and teens, fleeing violence and persecution in Syria and Iraq, continue to challenge us. The small Christian presence in the Middle East has great need of the support and attention of the entire Church.



Pope Francis



The following is the Message of the Holy Father for Lent 2018 on the theme:

“Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24: 12).


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in His providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”. Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.


With this message, I would like again this year to help the entire Church experience this time of grace anew, with joy and in truth. I will take my cue from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (24:12).


The Fire of Easter         18/3/18

Above all, I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew.


One such moment of grace will be, again this year, the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative, which invites the entire Church community to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration. In 2018, inspired by the words of Psalm 130:4, “With you is forgiveness”, this will take place from Friday, 9 March to Saturday, 10 March. In each diocese, at least one church will remain open for twenty-four consecutive hours, offering an opportunity for both Eucharistic adoration and sacramental confession.


During the Easter Vigil, we will celebrate once more the moving rite of the lighting of the Easter candle. Drawn from the “new fire”, this light will slowly overcome the darkness and illuminate the liturgical assembly. “May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds”,[7] and enable all of us to relive the experience of the disciples on the way to Emmaus. By listening to God’s word and drawing nourishment from the table of the Eucharist, may our hearts be ever more ardent in faith, hope and love.


With affection and the promise of my prayers for all of you, I send you my blessing. Please do not forget to pray for me.







“Pause  from this compulsion to a fast-paced life that scatters, divides and ultimately destroys time with family, with friends, with children, with grandparents, and time as a gift... time with God.”


“See and contemplate the real face of Christ crucified out of love for everyone, without exception. For everyone? Yes, for everyone.”


“Return without fear, for this is the favourable time to come home, to the home of my Father and your Father. It is the time for allowing one’s heart to be touched... Remaining on the path of evil only gives rise to disappointment and sadness."



 The Pope Tweets        @Pontifex    18th March  2018

Lent is the road that leads from slavery to freedom, from suffering to joy, from death to life.


Pope Francis' Prayer Intention

March 2018

Each of us is a living temple and God lives through us. Letting God steer our lives isn't easy though. It's difficult to be discerning, yet if we want faith to form us and give us wisdom, we have to be open to Jesus' teaching in all of our day to day decisions. When we allow our faith to form us, we are a shining example to others.

This month we are invited to join Pope Francis' prayer intention,

 "... That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels."





                                             Milford on Sea                                                                                 New Milton