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 16 June 2019
All the Father has is mine
Fr David Sillince's homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year C
Sunday reading notes for 16 June 2019
Weekday reading notes for week beginning 17 June 2019

What's new

Intercessions June 16, 2019

INTERCESSIONS. Solemnity of the MOST HOLY TRINITY [C]. June 16th., 2019 Priest: Let us take inspiration from the Holy Spirit, to pray in the name of Christ the Son of God to our heavenly Father, the creator of all that is. Reader: For the Church, that we may be an image of the Holy Trinity, […]

Intercessions June 9, 2019

INTERCESSIONS. Solemnity of PENTECOST [C]. June 9th., 2019. Priest: Let us pray for the Church and the world through Jesus Christ, who offers the gift of the Holy Spirit to renew our lives every day. Reader: For the Church, that Christians may remember that they are not isolated beings, but are held together in the […]

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 […]