News from Waterside Catholic Parish :  St Michael's & t Bernard's

FR. RICHARD ROHR: This small lay group, supported by Fr David, resumes its meetings next month and is open to new members from all three parishes and from local churches in the New Forest. 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 in St Joseph’s Place, Our Lady of Mercy & St Joseph, Lymington (with refreshments).

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 Abraham, know first in case you/they require ‘Anointing of the Sick’ before being admitted.

If you are going into Lymington hospital, or a family member in the hospital requests a priest, please contact Fr Abraham.

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





Apostleship of the Sea/Stella Maris at St. Bernard’s, Holbury.

The Apostleship of the Sea has a Drop-in centre in St. Bernard’s to provide a welcoming place to Seafarers from Fawley.

It will be open to Seafarers on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 6-9.30 pm.



Meet Fr John Lavers, newly appointed Priest to the Portsmouth Diocese Apostleship of the Sea. Fr John will be visiting the ships in various ports along the south coast, and will also be involved with the AoS drop in centre at St Bernard's for the seafarers from Fawley refinery.

Meet Peter Morgan, Chaplain for the Apostleship of the Sea. Although Peter will be visiting ships in various ports along the south coast, he too will be involved with the AoS drop in centre at St Bernard's for the seafarers from the Fawley refinery.

Bishop Philip's pastoral visit to Waterside parish

Dear Friends,

I have been visiting Fr. Rajesh Abraham and Waterside parish this last weekend, with its two churches St. Bernard’s Holbury and St. Michael’s Hythe. Waterside is on the other side of the estuary by Southampton, adjoining the New Forest. Assisting Fr. Abraham there are two valiant parish deacons, Deacon Steven Bowler and Deacon Ian Tobin. It was a most joyful time and a great opportunity to meet the parishioners. (Bishop Philip)