Corpus Christi Boscombe

A new and exciting modular programme has been launched in Boscombe to help post-Holy Communion children, in school years 4-6, discover how to grow closer to God by deepening their relationship and friendship with Him and others. The programme has been created by the Hearts on Fire Ignatian Spirituality Team on the South Coast, in conjunction with the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart. The pilot programme was launched in Corpus Christi Boscombe and local parishes with the support of parents.The...
Fr Tony Horan SJ cuts his cake
Congratulations to Fr Tony Horan SJ who celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday.Parishioners at Corpus Christi Jesuit parish in Boscombe on the south coast held a memorable celebration in the parish coffee lounge.Parishioner and CLC member Michelle Ellison said “Fr Tony only wanted a small crowd, mostly CLC members, but also a few  friends who he’s met during his six years down here, and the spiritual director Evelyn Marolet, who made the trip all the way from Jersey.”Fr Tony, who joined...
The requiem mass of Fr Peter Hackett SJ will be celebrated at Corpus Christi Jesuit parish in Boscombe.  Fr Paul Nicholson SJ will preside.All are welcome.The service will be followed by a reception. 
First holy communion children at grotto of Our Lady
With baptisms occurring almost weekly it is perhaps no surprise that the Easter season at Corpus Christi Jesuit parish in Boscombe saw a record 81 young hearts meet Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist. There were four First Holy Communion masses over the past two weekends to accommodate all the candidates and their families.Numbers for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion programmes were up 25% on last year.  Parish priest Fr Adrian Howell SJ puts the increase down to the...
Peter Hackett SJ
Fr Peter Hackett SJ celebrates 75 years in the Society of Jesus today. He entered the novitiate on 10th January 1942, at the age of 18, and spent most of his ministry in teaching.  He was ordained in 1957 and was head master of Wimbledon College in the mid 70s and 80s.Fr Peter now lives in the Corpus Christi retirement community in Boscombe Dorset.  He will be celebrating his 93rd birthday in October.  Fr Peter’s younger brother Paul is also a Jesuit, currently serving...
Celebrating the Jubilarians in Glasgow. Photos: David Birchall SJ
There are many causes for celebration among the Jesuits in Britain this month, as several men are marking milestone Jubilees.Three months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, Michael Flannery marched into the Jesuit Novitiate in Manresa, thereby becoming this year’s most senior Jubilarian with 75 years under his belt. He is a member of the Corpus Christi Jesuit Community in Boscombe, Dorset.Yesterday (7 September), Fr Leo Arnold and Fr Paul Hackett (who started in primary...
Boscombe Angels in the Dorset town's precinct
Among the initiatives taking place for the Year of Mercy in Dorset is the Boscombe Angels. This is a group of volunteers who offer a practical caring Christian presence on the streets of Boscombe, particularly around the precinct. The project was set up by Churches Together in Boscombe in 2010 and teams of volunteers are out on the streets every Friday night and also on Saturdays when the town’s nightclub (capacity 1800) is open.“Parts of Boscombe are experiencing difficulties, largely caused...
Corpus Christi, Boscombe
Final preparations are being made at the busy Corpus Christi parish in Boscombe for the Hearts on Fire parish mission week which begins this Saturday 25 July and is part of the interprovincial summer “experiment” which sees Jesuits from the four North West Europe provinces collaborating in teams.Fr Tony Horan SJ has previously reported on how the Hearts on Fire mission was established. The final programme can be read here.There is a strong focus on spirituality for children and young people....
The Corpus Christi Parish mission week has been in the planning for nearly a year.  You can read more about the team who have been putting it together and their goals for the transformation for the parish in our news story.