Care of the Sick

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The Parish provides a range of support services for members of the pastoral community who are sick or unable to attend Mass.

Emergency Contact

For those in need of help, support and/or a visit, the Parish will try to respond as quickly as possible. This can be for visits to those in hospital, sick at home or dying, or for those who just need to talk.

Emergency Priest Contact: 023 8061 2430

Ministers of Communion

A team of Ministers of Communion are on hand to visit the sick in their homes or at the many care homes in the area to administer Holy Communion. For more information or to request a home visit, please contact:

Our Lady Queen of Apostles
Contact: Jenny Beckett
Tel: 01489 691459

St Edward the Confessor
Contact: Deacon Paul or Tony Wilson
Tel: 023 8065 8251 or 023 8026 6617

St Joseph’s and St Andrew’s
Contact: Deacon John di Meo
Tel: 01794 515688

St Swithun Wells
Contact: Trisha Holmes
Tel: 023 8069 3669

Holy Cross
Contact: Elizabeth Nash
Tel: 02380 658339

Hospital Chaplains

It is now more difficult for members of the clergy to request information regarding a parishioner's stay in hospital, including which ward you are in. This is now regarded as confidential information and will not readily be supplied to any caller without the specific permission of the patient. Also, staff on wards will no longer be allowed to say who is on their ward if people make a general enquiry. If you are admitted to hospital and would like a member of the Chaplaincy Team to visit you, please read our guidelines below.

  • Please inform the Chaplaincy Department which ward you expect to be on and when you will be there if you know in advance of an impending hospital stay.
  • Specifically inform a member of the ward staff that you would like to be visited by a Chaplain ensuring that you state which denomination you belong to. Otherwise, it could be that you may not see a Chaplain as you may be asleep, having treatment or they may not even know you are in hospital.
  • Inform your relatives about your wishes concerning visits from a Chaplain if you are taken into hospital unexpectedly. Your relatives can then notify the Chaplaincy Department should such an event take place.
  • Don’t just presume that the Chaplains will hear about your stay in hospital – they probably won’t.
  • Do not expect ward staff to automatically let the Chaplains know you are in hospital.

Southampton General Hospital

If you wish to be visited by a member of the Chaplaincy Team during your stay in Southampton General Hospital , please click here for a form and complete the tear-off slip and return to:

The Chaplaincy Department,
Mailpoint 201,
D Level,
Southampton General Hospital
S016 6YD

Tel: 023 8079 6745 or 023 8079 8517

Winchester Royal Hampshire County Hospital (RHCH)

The Chaplaincy department at Winchester Royal Hampshire County Hospital  is located on Level B of the Nightingale Wing.

Switchboard telephone number: 01962 86350
Direct line: 1962 824906

For more information about RHCH Chaplaincy  click here

Marie Louise Nursing Home, Romsey

The Parish also provides pastoral care support to the Marie Louise Nursing Home in Romsey, located next to St Joseph’s Church. A team of 6 provide Services of the Word with Communion in the home three times a week.  The Catholic residents in Marie Louise House are able to watch Masses and other services taking place in St Joseph’s Church on the TV’s in their own rooms.  During Saturday evening Masses one of a team of 8 volunteers takes Communion to each resident who wants to receive in their room while the parish are receiving Communion in the church.



Your fellow parishioners wish you a speedy return to health.  We want you to know that you have a very special place in our parish this time.