Welcome to St Boniface, the Catholic church in Freemantle and Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire. Our red brick church, with its bell tower, is a prominent feature on Shirley High Street.

We offer a range of activities from coffee mornings to a flourishing youth club and work with other churches in Shirley to respond to the social needs of our area.

Fr David Sillince, Parish Priest

Masses and Services

  • Sat 6.30pm
  • Sun 8.30am
  • Sun 10.30am
  • Mon-Sat 10.00am
For more information, check the newsletter

How to find us

413 Shirley Road, Shirley, Southampton
SO15 3JD (map)

Telephone 023 8077 1231

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News and Notes

Newsletter for 17 March 2019
They went into the cloud
Fr David Sillince's homily for 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C
Sunday reading notes for 17 March 2019
Weekday reading notes for week beginning 18 March 2019

What's new

Intercessions March 17, 2019

INTERCESSIONS. SECOND SUNDAY of LENT [C], March 17th., 2019 Priest: Let us pray for the Church and the world through Jesus Christ, our transfigured Lord, who sheds his transfiguring light upon his Father’s Creation. Reader: For all Christians, that we may be more open to the light of Christ’s Gospel, and so live truly as […]

Intercessions March 10, 2019

INTERCESSIONS. 1st. SUNDAY of LENT [C]. March 10th., 2019 Priest: Let us pray for the Church and the world, through Jesus Christ, who entered fully into our humanity, save only in sin. Reader: For all Christians, that in our prayer we may know the Father’s nearness, in our fasting we may honour his Creation, and […]

A Church timeline for 2019

A CHURCH TIMELINE for 2019AD 19AD – Jesus (probably) aged 23 grows in wisdom if not stature. 119 AD – Hadrian (Emperor 117-138) says Christians must not be sought out but only prosecuted for specific, provable, offences. 219AD – The effeminate and possibly insane Emperor Heliogabalus persecutes Christians to divert attention away from his unpopular […]

A Poem for November

Here is a poem for November, the Month of the Dead. It is a vast improvement on some of the mawkish stuff we get presented with. It is by the Polish poet ZBIGNIEW HERBERT who died in 1998, and was, believe it or not, a descendant of our own national poet-priest George Herbert, who was […]

Confused? Jumblied?

The Jumblies. A parable for our “distracted times”, both in Church and in State. Enjoy …. The Jumblies BY EDWARD LEAR I They went to sea in a Sieve, they did, In a Sieve they went to sea: In spite of all their friends could say, On a winter’s morn, on a stormy day, In […]

Going into Hospital?

IN HOSPITAL? It is not always understood that the demands of modern Data Protection prevent Catholic clergy from ‘touting for custom’ on hospital wards in search of possible Catholics. Catholic patients in hospital need, either themselves or through those representing them, to ask for the services of the Chaplain. This can be done by asking […]