About Aldershot Catholic Community

Aldershot Catholic Parish covers the whole of Aldershot and comprises the congregations of St Joseph's Catholic Church, Queen's Road and St Mary's Catholic Church, Belle Vue Road and the local Catholic community, including two outstanding Catholic Schools (St Joseph's Primary Academy and All Hallows Secondary School) which were both built by our parish.

We are part of the wider Pastoral Area of North East Hampshire within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth. Registered charity no. 246871.

Our Parish Priest is Father Anthony Glaysher who came to Aldershot in September 2017. He is assisted by our two Parish Deacons, Deacon Tony D'Mello & Deacon Craig Aburn.

Aldershot Catholic Parish dates back to the 1860's when the Diocese of Southwark took over responsibilty for the Catholic population of around 1000 from the Army Chaplains who had previously cared for them. In 1867 a school room was opened in the High Street for 48 children. This increased the following year to 67. As a result, in 1869 the Bishop of Southwark, The Right Reverend Thomas Grant appointed Fr Thomas Purcell as the first Priest in Charge of the Aldershot Mission District which extended to a circumference of some 60 miles! A disused Public House on the corner of Alexandra Road and Cambridge Road (now flats) opposite the former Franciscan Convent was formally opened as a combined chapel and shool on 29th July 1869. Fr Purcell was forced to resign in 1871, his health broken by his labours, but not before he had purchased the plot of land on the corner of Queens Road and Edward Street where the current St Joseph's Church stands. In May 1882, the Diocese of Portsmouth was formed and Aldershot was moved from Southwark to become part of the new diocese. You can read more about the history of the parish here.

So, nearly 150 years later we still have a thriving Catholic Community in Aldershot with two churches - St Joseph's & St Mary's - and two schools, both built by the parish - St Joseph's Primary Academy and All Hallows Secondary School.

There is a Mass or another liturgy celebrated in the parish every day of the year and all are welcome to join us whether Catholics or not.

If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, whether you are new to the Christian Faith or wish to come into Full Communion with the Roman Catholic Church, there are annual courses, normally beginning in September for Reception into the Church at Easter.

Each year we also run a First Holy Communion programme for baptised Catholic children in year 3 and above. This is designed for practicing Catholics so that they may experience the fullness of the Holy Mass as communicant members of the Church. This programme runs from September to June.

The Parish also runs a Confirmation programme for young people, usually over 13, to complete the Rite of Initiation inh the Church - Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation. The programme runs for a year before and after the administering of the Sacrament of Confirmation by the Bishop, so we usually offer this programme every other year.

Further information about all these Sacramental Preparation programmes can be obtained from the Sacraments page.

Catholic families who wish to have children baptised or Catholics who wish to be Married should contact the Parish Office.



Parish Contacts

Parish Priest: Fr Anthony Glaysher, NCH, BTh
Contact via the Parish Office.

Parish Deacon: Rev. Tony D'Mello
Telephone: 07534 017715 or click here to e-mail.

Parish Deacon: Rev. Craig Aburn
Telephone: 07767 832000 or click here to e-mail.


Aldershot Catholic Parish Office
The Office is located in St Jospeph's Presbytery and is generally open on Weekday mornings, except Wednesdays.
Telephone: 01252 320956 or click here to e-mail.

Parish Administrator: Mrs Davina Williams

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Co-Ordinator: Mrs Alice Nixon
Telephone: 01252 504495 or click here to e-mail.