Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Fareham & Portchester
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Bishops` Conference of England and Wales (Cymru) Diocese of Portsmouth

Deanery: St Wilfrid


Sacred Heart
42-43 Portland Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0NQLSWDFDP
St Philip Howard
Bishopsfield Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO14 1NDLSWDFDPLSWDFDP

Catholic Priests and People

Rev Canon John Cooke - Parish Priest
Miss Holly Mackenzie - Secretary
Stephanie Campbell - Safeguarding


Correspondence AddressThe Presbytery
43 Portland Street
PO16 0NQ
Phone 01329 318869
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External Link to Sacred Heart Catholic Church`s Website:

Nearest Catholic Schools

St Jude`s Primary School, Fareham (1 miles)

Nearest Catholic Parishes/Churches

St Columba and St Mary, Gosport (1.9 miles)
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and St John the Evangelist, Stubbington (2.6 miles)
St Colman and St Paul, Portsmouth (3.7 miles)
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and St John the Evangelist, Lee-on-the-Solent (4 miles)
St Margaret Mary, Park Gate (4.2 miles)

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

Catholic Groups/Organisations/Religious Orders

Park Place Pastoral Centre - Pastoral Centre
Franciscan Sisters of Saint Mary of the Angels - Religious House
Men`s Prayer Group - Mens Group
Altar Servers - Altar Servers
Church Flowers - Flower Arranging
Readers - Readers
Eucharistic Ministers - Eucharistic Ministers
Baptism Preparation - Baptism Preparation
Children`s Liturgy - Children`s Liturgy
First Eucharist Preparation - First Holy Communion
RCIA - RCIA/Adult Formation
Church Cleaners - Church Cleaners
Site Maintenance - Grounds Maintenance
Parish SVP - St Vincent de Paul (SVP)
UCM - Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM)
PEG (Parish Ecology Group) - Laudato Si
Welcomers - Welcome & Hospitality
Hospitality (Tea & Coffee after Mass) - Welcome & Hospitality
Bethany Group - Bereavement
`Chosen` Confirmation Group - Youth
EST - Parish Council
OFS (Secular Franciscan Order) - Scripture
Teams of Our Lady - Teams of Our Lady
Toddler Group - Youth


- Franciscan Sisters of Saint Mary of the Angels

About Sacred Heart Catholic Church

The Parish of Fareham and Portchester in the Diocese of Portsmouth. The Catholic parish church of FAREHAM AND PORTCHESTER.

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Useful Definitions of the Structures in the Catholic Church

What is a Catholic Bishops' Conference?

An episcopal conference, sometimes called a conference of bishops, is an official assembly of the bishops of the Catholic Church in a given territory. ... Individual bishops do not relinquish their immediate authority for the governance of their respective dioceses to the conference (Wikipedia).

What is an Archdiocese?

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).

What is a Diocese?

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.

The original dioceses, in ancient Rome, were political rather than religious. Rome was divided into dioceses, each of which was made up of many provinces. After Christianity became the Roman Empire's official religion in the 4th century, the term gradually came to refer to religious districts. The Catholic Church has almost 3,000 dioceses. The Greek root of diocese is dioikesis, "government, administration, or province." (

As of April 2020, in the Catholic Church there are 2,898 regular dioceses: 1 papal see, 649 archdioceses (including 9 patriarchates, 4 major archdioceses, 560 metropolitan archdioceses, 76 single archdioceses) (Wikipedia).

What is the difference between a Diocese and an Archdiocese?

Each diocese is within a Province - a group of Dioceses - the Archdiocese is the main Diocese within that Diocese. The bishop of that Archdiocese is therefore automatically an Archbishop. If a bishop has been made an Archbishop personally is referred to as an Archbishop but it does not make their Diocese an Archdiocese.

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. 515–552, entitled "Parishes, Pastors, and Parochial Vicars." Wikipedia