Immaculate Conception and St Joseph Catholic Church

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

Deanery: Saint John XXIII


Immaculate Conception and St Joseph
67 Purewell, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1EHLSWDFDP

Catholic Priests and People

Rev Paul Obada - Parish Priest
Ursula Cook - Finance Officer
Emma Evans - Families & Youth
Mrs Wendy Wadsworth - Administrator


Correspondence AddressThe Presbytery
67 Purewell
BH23 1EH
Phone 01202 483340
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Nearest Catholic Schools

St Joseph`s Primary School, Christchurch (1.1 miles)

Nearest Catholic Parishes/Churches

Our Lady Queen of Peace & Blessed Margaret Pole, Bournemouth (1.6 miles)
St Thomas More, Bournemouth (1.8 miles)
Holy Redeemer, Highcliffe (2.5 miles)
The Annunciation and St Edmund Campion, Bournemouth (3.6 miles)
The Annunciation and St Edmund Campion, Bournemouth (4.3 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

Christchurch Hospital - Hospital


- Christchurch Hospital

About Immaculate Conception and St Joseph Catholic Church

The Parish of The Immaculate Conception and St Joseph in the Diocese of Portsmouth. The Catholic parish church of Christchurch .

Groups active in the parish: Families & Youth Ministry - Facebook\Families & Youth Ministry at St Joseph`s and on Instagram\familiesandyouth_stjosephs. Faith Matters, Pastoral Council, Livestreaming of Liturgies, Musicians/Choir, Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary Group, Prayer Group, Catenians, Bereavement Support Group, Social Commitee, Youth Club, Welcome to Worship, Childrens Liturgy, Teen Liturgy, Welcome and Hospitality Team, Alpha, Lunch Club, Grandparents Group.

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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