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 18 August 2019
I have come to bring fire
Fr David Sillince's homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Sunday reading notes for 18 August 2019
Weekday reading notes for week beginning 19 August 2019

What's new

Intercessions August 18, 2019

INTERCESSIONS. 20th. SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME [C] August 18th., 2019 Priest: Let us pray for the Church and the world through Jesus Christ, who burns with zeal to present his Father’s love to the world. Reader: For all Christians, that we may not turn from the Gospel because it is difficult, but may remember that […]

Intercessions August 11, 2019

INTERCESSIONS. 19th. SUNDAY of ORDINARY TIME [C]. August 11th., 2019 Priest: Let us pray for the Church and the world through Jesus Christ, who can encounter us in many unexpected ways Reader: For the Church, that as Christians we may not be confined to the past, but may look forward in hope to Christ’s many […]

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 […]