News from St Anne's.

Dedication of England as Mary’s Dowry: With the support of the Bishop’s Conference, every Catholic in England is being invited to participate in the public rededication of our country to the Blessed Virgin Mary as Mary’s Dowry. This will be by a solemn act on Sunday 29th March 2020, the Fifth Sunday of Lent, the Sunday nearest to the Solemnity of the Annunciation. In preparation for this, everyone is encouraged on each of the three days leading up to 29th March to recite once a day a special form of the Angelus. These will be available in the parish on the weekend 21st/22nd March.

WOOL OR YARN NEEDED: The Knit & Stitch group from Our Lady of Mercy & St Joseph church, Lymington, will be holding a sale of work in aid of the Building Fund later in the year on Oct 30th.

Have you any wool/yarn that you could donate for us to make up into items we could sell. Any colour or ply, even unfinished projects can be utilised. Also, if you are a craftsperson could you contribute some of your work to the sale? Anything hand made. Please email Jill Heneghan

FR. RICHARD ROHR: This small lay group, supported by Fr David, has resumed its meetings and is open to new members from all three parishes and from local churches of other denominations. We read and share reflections on Fr Rohr’s writings & have a period of silent prayer, meeting at 7pm for 90 minutes on some Thursdays(with refreshments) in Joseph’s Place, Our Lady of Mercy & St Joseph, Lymington .

Fr Rohr is a forward looking Franciscan Catholic theologian in America with a very large international following.

Please phone 01590-645521 if you would like more information.


If you, or a family member, are going into hospital, please let your priest, Fr David, know first in case you/they require ‘Anointing of the Sick’ before being admitted: Tel: 01590 676696.  

If you are going into Lymington hospital, or a family member in the hospital requests a priest, ring Fr David on the above number.

If you are going into Southampton General or Princess Anne hospital:

Father Joe McNerney is the new R.C. Hospital Chaplain.

Father Joe comes from Portsmouth where he was Hospital Chaplain at Queen Alexander hospital and Parish Priest in the area.

In his role at Southampton General Hospital he is part of the Chaplaincy Team with particular responsibility for Catholic Patients.

The Catholic Chaplain is no longer automatically told there are Catholics on the ward, so you must request a visit.

The Chaplaincy Centre


For non-urgent requests, ring 023 8120 8517. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message on the answerphone stating your name, the ward you are on and that you are a Catholic. They will try to respond to your request within 24 hours unless otherwise negotiated with you.

Urgent requests are usually only referred by staff, and these are made via the switchboard. They will need to ask the operator to page the Catholic duty chaplain.


The Chaplaincy Centre, D level, Centre Block, Southampton General Hospital


Pastoral Visitation of Lymington,

Milford on Sea and Brockenhurst:

This last weekend, I undertook the Pastoral Visitation of three parish communities in the New Forest joined together under the pastoral care of one parish priest, Fr. David Adams: Our Lady and St. Joseph’s, Lymington (a fine Victorian church tucked away on the High Street between the shops), St. Anne’s Brockenhurst (where they have to close the gates during Mass in case animals wander in from the forest) and St. Francis of Assisi, Milford on Sea (a pretty village church just along from the green). The first thing that strikes me is the energy of Fr. David Adams! He has both Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses in Lymington, plus a 9 o’clock Mass in Milford and a Sunday evening Mass in Brockenhurst, in addition to weekday Masses and the care of three distinctive communities with their particular needs and a primary school. The parishes are small, yet vibrant and full of enthusiasm. I met with parochial representatives on Saturday evening after Mass to talk about mission and evangelisation. On Sunday afternoon, we had a holy hour of prayer with Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction for vocations. I then met with twenty young adults from across the parishes to talk about the future. The Pastoral Visitations follow the same template, which includes Sunday lunch with the clergy - always a great moment to share together. Linda, Fr. David’s housekeeper, looked after us royally and we had a lively time! There is now a deacon in Lymington, Deacon Anthony Cairns, who moved into the area with his wife just before Christmas and also two retired priests, who help out, Fr. Peter Ryan and Fr. David Quarmby.

(Bishop Philip)