St Swithun Wells Catholic Church

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Deanery: Blessed John Henry Newman


Holy Cross
53 Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 9DFLSWA
Our Lady Queen of Apostles
Martin Street, Bishop`s Waltham, Hampshire, SO32 1DNLSWALSWA
St Andrew
Fleming Avenue, North Baddesley, Hampshire, SO52 9EPLSWALSWA
St Edward the Confessor
191 Winchester Road, Chandler`s Ford, Hampshire, SO53 2DULSWALSWA
St Joseph
Abbey House Drive, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8YBLSWALSWA
St Swithun Wells
Allington Lane, Fair Oak, Hampshire, SO50 7DBLSWALSWA

Catholic Priests and People

Rev Raffaele Cossa - Parish Priest
Rev Bruce Barnes - Assistant Priest
Rev Marco Vignolo - Assistant Priest
Rev Luca Speziale - Assistant Priest & Local Superior
Rev Bob Birtles - Fair Oak
Rev John Di Meo - Romsey & North Baddesley
Rev Paul Owen - Chandlers Ford and Eastleigh
Rev Paul Wilson -
Ms Sarah Goodfellow - Parish Secretary
Ms Linda Roberts - Finance Officer
Joan Leith - Safeguarding
Roger Lillie - Safeguarding
Mr Tennyson Scaria - Safeguarding
Mrs Pascale Li Voon Chong - Safeguarding
Alisha Howe - Safeguarding
Fiona Mooney - Safeguarding


Correspondence Address:53 Leigh Road
SO50 9DF
Phone 023 8027 3882
Click here to email St Swithun Wells Catholic Church

Nearest Catholic Schools

St George Catholic College, Southampton (2.3 miles)

Nearest Catholic Parishes/Churches

St Edward the Confessor, Chandler`s Ford (0.8 miles)
St Joseph, North Baddesley (2.1 miles)
St Vincent de Paul, Southampton (2.7 miles)
The Immaculate Conception, Southampton (3.2 miles)
Holy Family, Southampton (4 miles)

Nearest Schools and Churches are calculated `as the crow flies` and may not be the closest or easiest when travelling.


- Daughters of Wisdom


- Romsey Hospital

- Wessex Nuffield Hospital

About St Swithun Wells Catholic Church

Parish in the Diocese of Portsmouth

Groups active in the parish: Musicians/Choir, Prayer Group, Catenians, KSC, Communion & Liberation, Fellowship Group, Growing In Faith Together Group, RCIA Group, CAFOD Groups, Women`s Group, Toddler Group, Children & Youth Groups, Youth Club & Camp, Children`s Liturgy, Cultural Group, Afternoon Club, CAFE group, Welcome Group.

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What is a Catholic Bishops' Conference?

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Dioceses ruled by an archbishop are commonly referred to as archdioceses; most are metropolitan sees, being placed at the head of an ecclesiastical province. A few are suffragans of a metropolitan see or are directly subject to the Holy See.

The term 'archdiocese' is not found in Canon Law, with the terms "diocese" and "episcopal see" being applicable to the area under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of any bishop.[8] If the title of archbishop is granted on personal grounds to a diocesan bishop, his diocese does not thereby become an archdiocese (Wikipedia).

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The group of churches that a bishop supervises is known as a diocese. Typically, a diocese is divided into parishes that are each overseen by a priest.

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What is a Deanery?

A subdivision of a diocese, consisting of a number parishes, over which presides a dean appointed by a bishop. The duty of the dean is to watch over the clergy of the deanery, to see that they fulfill the orders of the bishop, and observe the liturgical and canon laws. He summons the conference of the deanery and presides at it. Periodically he makes a report to the bishop on conditions in the

What is a Parish?

In the Roman Catholic Church, a parish (Latin: parochia) is a stable community of the faithful within a particular church, whose pastoral care has been entrusted to a parish priest (Latin: parochus), under the authority of the diocesan bishop. It is the lowest ecclesiastical subdivision in the Catholic episcopal polity, and the primary constituent unit of a diocese. In the 1983 Code of Canon Law, parishes are constituted under cc. 515552, entitled "Parishes, Pastors, and Parochial Vicars." Wikipedia