The Avon Stour Pastoral Area

Welcome to the Avon Stour Pastoral Area – we are pleased you are here.

Just in, Summer 2021 Spirituality Newsletter from the Portsmouth Diocese Spiritual Formation Team.  Download the newsletter here: Spirituality News Summer 2021

Welcome to The Year of the Eucharist!


As we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi Bishop Philip invites you…

“… to join me, and everyone across the Diocese, in keeping from today a Year of the Eucharist, supported by our current focus on St. Joseph. I wish this Year of the Eucharist to bring about a deep spiritual renewal, a deeper love for Jesus in the Mass and in the Sacrament of the Altar. I invite you to return physically to Mass, if you haven’t already, and to attend Mass more often, keeping the feast days……..”

Extract taken from Bishop Philip’s latest Pastoral Letter, read out on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.  To read the whole of Bishop Philip’s letter, please visit the Portsmouth Diocese website here

Looking for ways to celebrate the Year of The Eucharist?  Then why not visit the Catholic Truth Society’s (CTS) website here – they’ve compiled a special page dedicated to the Eucharist, including ‘How To Pray before the Blessed Sacrament’ and ‘Is Jesus Really present in the Eucharist?’ Worth a visit.

And watch out for details in the parish newsletters for events happening in our Pastoral Area over the next 12 months to celebrate the Year of the Eucharist.

Photo of the Blessed Sacrament by David Eucaristia from Pexels

Looking for a local Mass to participate in? (updated June 2021):

Great!  Please see each individual newsletter for details of Masses available locally and details of whether you need to book a place or not.  Click on the ‘parishes’ tab above and scroll down to your nearest parish. Online Masses are still taking place too and we look forward to seeing you physically, or virtually, soon!

Do you need prayer or a listening ear?

The Avon Stour Pastoral Area

Our Pastoral Area strives to be a community of welcoming, vibrant, growing Catholic parish communities of intentional, fruitful, missionary disciples, rooted in the Father’s love, focused on and in relationship with Jesus Christ, and on fire with the Holy Spirit, united in bringing the love of God to our neighbourhoods through prayer, service and witness.

We would love you to join us!

Fr John Chadwick, Co-ordinating Pastor

Regular Mass Times across the Pastoral Area pre-Covid pandemic