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Useful information for newbies
Newbies welcome

We Are Really Glad You are Here

It is our joy to welcome you to the Catholic parish of Gosport, a place where people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life gather in God’s name. We strive to build a Christian community through the celebration of the sacraments and providing opportunities that promote the community spirit. We would love for you to not only join this church and parish family, but to also join us in transforming our world. We look forward to praying, serving, and walking with you!

I am here because ...

I have just moved to the area and want more info

Start with the About Us page to know more about the parish: its history, what it can offer you and how you can get involved. It also has details of how you can register as a parishioner.
I am here because ...

i am a lapsed catholic and would like to return

A warm welcome awaits you at St Mary's and St Columba's no matter how long you have been away. The sacrament of Reconciliation and the other sacraments are open to you.
I am here because ...

i am thinking of joining the catholic church

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the programme for individuals who wouldl like to learn more abou the Chatholic faith and perhaps be received into the Church.

Your questions answered

frequently asked questions

Is there a dress code for attending Mass?

Feel free to wear your “normal” clothes. We want you to feel comfortable and don’t expect you to wear your best suits and dress. However, please bear in mind that you are expected to show reverence to God when in church and your attire should reflect this.

Is the church open for private prayer?

The church will usually be open. You are always welcome to come in and spend time with the Lord in private prayer.

How can I have my baby baptised or get married in the church?

We have a whole section on the sacraments giving  you  all the information you need to know about baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, marriage, anointing of the sick, RCIA, funerals. etc.

How can I get more involved in the parish?

There  are many opportunities for getting involved. We have many different parish groups to help you meet other parishioners and have fun at the same time. Or why not share your time and talents by considering one of the ministries you can take on such as altar serving, being a Eucharistic minister or being part of our music group? Contact the parish office to find out more.

Is there a mailing list that I can join?

You can sign up to our mailing list by filling in the form at the bottom of every page of the website. You can also download our newsletters on the website.

How do I get a certificate of Catholic practice?

Contact the parish office to request a certificate of Catholic practice. For Fr Matthew to issue one, he will need to be confident that you are a regular church goer.

How can I find out more about the Catholic Church?

The What We Believe page outlines the fundamental beliefs of Catholics, while the Catholic Q&A page answers specific questions about the faith. If you would like to explore more, you can consider joining our RCIA programme. You can also contact Fr Matthew for an informal chat.

I want to speak to a priest. How?

Fr Matthew is always happy to speak to parishioners. Call the parish office to make an appointment. Please note that under 18s will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.