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 25 June 2017
Proclaim from the housetops
Fr David Sillince's homily for 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A
Sunday reading notes for 25 June 2017
Weekday reading notes for week beginning 26 June 2017

What's new

Intercessions June 25, 2017

INTERCESSIONS. 12th. Sunday in Ordinary Time [A]. June 25th., 2017. Priest: Let us pray for the Church and the world through Jesus Christ, whose love inspired Saint John to write: “Perfect love casts out fear”. Reader: For the Church, that Christians may not be afraid to reveal themselves as such, and to put the teachings […]

Intercessions June 18, 2017

INTERCESSIONS. Solemnity of CORPUS CHRISTI [A]. June 18th., 2017. Priest: Let us pray for the Church and the world through Jesus Christ, who comes to us sacramentally in his Body and Blood. Reader: For the Church, that the Eucharist, which has often been a cause of division among Christians, may everywhere be honoured with gratitude […]

Church Timeline for 2017

A CHURCH TIMELINE for 2017AD 17AD – Jesus is (probably) aged 21 and has thus received the keys of the carpenter’s shop. 117 AD – Date of the earliest known Gospel manuscript, a fragment of John chapter 18, now in the Rylands University Library, Manchester. 217AD – The first known Antipope (there would be 37 […]

We want an answer

Four cardinals, headed by Cardinal Raymond Burke, a forceful person with a love of elaborate and semi-archaic liturgical dress, have written a letter to the Pope demanding clarifications over his recent ‘Apostolic Exhortation’ Amoris Laetitia, where, they feel, certain statements do not concur with previous Papal teachings. There is no prize for guessing that these […]

Being meaningful

[from the “US Catholic Investigator”, reproduced by permission] ‘We all know the life of a Catholic priest can sometimes be very stressful, but here is a warning from Father Hank Doode (53), parish priest of Flashville, Minnesota. Father Hank is so concerned he has bravely bared his soul and told us his story more or […]

AC or DC

The fire brigade, police and ambulance all had to be summoned to last Sunday’s 11am Mass in St. Philomena’s Church, Sparksfield, W. Yorkshire, when two worshippers were electrocuted as a result of touching the altar rails. Father Jerome Retroe, aged 25, was in the process of receiving Holy Communion, while celebrating Mass in the Tridentine […]