Our Lady of Sorrows and Saint Philip Benizi, Fordingbridge

WELCOME – you are loved!

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rake or could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti or croak like a frog. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Pope or Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been in church since little Jack’s christening. We extend a special welcome to those who are over sixty but not grown up yet and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome you if you are having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organised religion – we’ve been there too! If you blew all your money on the horses, you’re welcome here. We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell or because your grandma is in Fordingbridge or Ringwood and wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as a kid or got lost in the local one way system and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts…………and you!

(adapted from poster in Coventry Cathedral)


15 Salisbury Road
01425 653131
Email usParish Priest:
Canon Paul Townsend

Video from Bishop Philip for Sunday Sept. 13


You will be able to view the above link on Sunday and thereafter

The Church will be open for Public Mass at the following times

Sunday September 20th in Our Lady of Sorrows  Church and Hall at 9am

Tuesday September 22nd in Our Lady of Sorrows Church at 10am

Thursday September 24th in Our Lady of Sorrows Hall at 10 am 


Max capacity for Church and Hall is 40

Max capacity for the Hall is 20

Confessions on Saturday at 5:30 pm

Please bring your own mask .  Numbers are limited with in the church and all government guidance must be followed.  Stewards will be present to assist.

Corona Risk Assessment for Churches

Re-Opening Guidelines from the Diocese

Track and Trace Data Card

Gift Aid Form Fordingbridge


Canon Paul will be celebrating Mass via Zoom

Details are available for each Mass, with URLs and IDs  in the newsletters below. Please join in if you can.

Details of how to access Zoom is on the link below

How to use Zoom


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The parish newsletter below, out by email every Friday: send your email address to: shandolos@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk to make sure you receive all the news and information from the parishes.

Usual Mass times when suspension is lifted

Sunday MassesWeekday Masses/ServicesHoly Days' Mass
6.00pm (Saturday Vigil)
9.00am (Sunday)
Tuesday: 10am*
Thursday:10am* Preceded by the Novena at 9.30am
Subject to change

* Subject to alteration. Please check the Newsletter for the following weeks mass times


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Archived Newsletter






For details of our publication for families, follow the link below:

Children’s Liturgy resources on our joint Parishes site

Forty Days and Forty Nights for August

… by parishioners and for parishioners

Finance Fact Sheet January 2020

Finance Fact Sheet March 2020


Joint Parishes Welcome pack


Welcome to Fordingbridge

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