Our Lady of Mercy and St Joseph Catholic Church

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

Deanery: Saint John XXIII


Our Lady of Mercy and St Joseph
132 High Street, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9AQLSWA

Catholic Priests and People

Rev David Adams - Parish Priest
Mrs Lisa Thurston - Secretary
Miss Linda Guilding - Health & Safety
Miss Linda Guilding - Administration
Wanda FOJT - Safeguarding


Correspondence AddressParish Office & Presbytery
132 High Street
SO41 9AQ
Phone 01590 676696
Click here to email Our Lady of Mercy and St Joseph Catholic Church
External Link to Our Lady of Mercy and St Joseph Catholic Church`s Website: www.nfwp.org.ukwww.nfwp.org.uk

Nearest Catholic Schools

Our Lady & St Joseph Primary School, Lymington (1.4 miles)

Nearest Catholic Parishes/Churches

St Francis of Assisi, Milford-on-Sea (3.6 miles)
St Anne, Brockenhurst (4.7 miles)
Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton (5.1 miles)
St Saviour, Totland (5.8 miles)
Holy Redeemer, Highcliffe (7.5 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

Parish Pastoral Council - Pastoral Council
Lymington New Forest Hospital - Hospital
Oakhaven Hospice - Hospital
Eucharistic Ministers - Eucharistic Ministers
Readers - Readers
Flower Arranging - Flower Arranging
Catholic Women`s League (CWL) - Catholic Women`s League (CWL)
Grounds Maintenance - Grounds Maintenance
Catenians - Catenians
St Vincent de Paul (SVP) - St Vincent de Paul (SVP)
Finance - Finance
Food Bank - Food Bank
Baptism Preparation - Baptism Preparation
First Holy Communion - First Holy Communion
Fundraising - Fundraising
Friendship Club & Rummikub - Friendship
Welcome & Hospitality - Welcome & Hospitality
Confirmation - Other


- Lymington New Forest Hospital

- Oakhaven Hospice

About Our Lady of Mercy and St Joseph Catholic Church

The Parish of Our Lady of Mercy and St Joseph in the Diocese of Portsmouth. The Catholic parish church of LYMINGTON .

Groups active in the parish: Pastoral Council, Finance Committee, Welcome Group, CWL, Catenians, SVP.

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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." (Vocabulary.com).

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 deanery.www.catholicculture.org

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