The Avon Stour Pastoral Area

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

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 serve the communities of Fordingbridge, Ringwood, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Southbourne and Iford in Hampshire/Dorset within the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth

We would love you to join us!

Visit the Parishes page for details of what is happening in each community.

Fr John Chadwick, Co-ordinating Pastor

Looking for a local Mass to participate in? 

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!

This is the ‘Year of the Eucharist’ in our Diocese – click here for more details

Do you need prayer or a listening ear?

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


Regular Mass Times across the Pastoral Area pre-Covid pandemic