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The Roman Catholic Parish for Weymouth and Portland, Dorset, UK

Our Lady - Star of the Sea

our Church is dedicated to St Joseph

Welcome to the Parish of Our Lady, Star of the Sea which serves Weymouth and Portland, situated in South Dorset, one of the most beautiful areas of England. We hope that this site will give you an appreciation of the work being carried out in Weymouth and Portland in the witness and celebration of our Catholic Faith. If you are planning to visit this area, please take the time to visit newly extended and refurbished Church of St Joseph. The times of Masses and other services may be found here

For advice on getting the most out of this site, see here.

To view the streaming of Holy Mass click this icon below

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On this page (click the links to browse the articles)

Coronavirus News and Support Holy Mass Video Streaming (St Joseph's) Holy Mass Video Streaming from other Churches
Children's Liturgy Visiting St Joseph's Parish Contact details
Parish Groups Prayer for our Nation Our Historic Churches
Parish Register Registration for Baptism, 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)


As Covid restrictions have been relaxed, you are encouraged to think and pray about returning to Holy Mass on Sundays as your situation allows. The Parish Hall is open for tea/coffee after Mass each Sunday, and for events organised by the various Parish Groups.

Mass will continue to be streamed - if you feel you must stay at home, you can join us through this Parish Website by clicking the video camera icon at the top of this page.

It has always been the case that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason (such as ill-health, care for the sick or a legitimate fear), this would not be a breach of the Sunday obligation.


Holy Mass continues to be streamed and those who are still shielding, can find it via this link and take part in Spiritual Communion.

Other online celebrations of Mass can be found by scrolling down the page or clicking here


My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.

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The Gospel reminds me of the time when myself and an elderly priest were hearing Confessions in a school. Whilst the majority came to me, one little boy went to the elderly priest and he said can I have a chat with you.

"You are so old your mother must have died", he said. "My mother has recently died, and I’m scared I will forget her".

The elderly priest said "My mother died when I was 16 and I remember her every morning, but I then get on with my day".

The little boy went away beaming.

Jesus never asks us to do things that we can’t do.

Indeed, when we go through a tough time, he is the only one who knows what we are going through.

No-one else really does. The Gospel reminds us that no matter how tough life gets,if we focus on Jesus, he will lead us to the promised Land.

Rev Fr Anthony O’Gorman, Parish Priest

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Information about online celebrations of Masses is shown below. In this way the faithful can participate at home in the prayers of the priest at Mass.

The National shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, will continue its full liturgical programme and will be available to all on the internet at by clicking here

The 12 noon Pilgrim Mass and all major pilgrimages are available to watch LIVE each day on the internet.The link is live stream.


Aid to the Church in Need has kindly set out links to other Churches that stream Masses. Here are four of them

Click this linkBournemouth Oratory
Click this linkSt Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham
Click this linkSt Gregory the Great, Ruislip
Click this linkSt John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

You can see a more comprehensive list by clicking this link

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The RCIA is a process developed by the Church for adults attracted by Christ and his teaching. It has been designed for those interested in the Catholic Church or those who were baptised Catholic but have drifted away. Aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices are gradually introduced in informal meetings led by lay persons. There are no obligations.

RCIA supports those who seek to respond more deeply and to enter into the Communion of the Church.

If you would like to know more about the RCIA programme, please contact the Parish Office whose telephone number and email details are found in this link

To join RCIA download the application form using this link RCIA Application

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The following documents will assist parents to register their children for the Sacraments. Alternatives are given in either Microsoft Word or Acrobat PDF format

If you click on Word format document, it will be donloaded to your downloads folder. You can open it there and print it and send the completed form to the Parish Office.

If you click on PDF format document, it will be donloaded to your desktop, where you can print it straight away. You can then send the completed form to the Parish Office.

BaptismClick the linkWord DocumentPDF document
Reconciliation and First Holy CommunionClick the linkWord DocumentPDF document
ConfirmationClick the linkWord DocumentPDF document


A warm welcome from the Liturgy Team from Our Lady Star of the Sea. While we are waiting to return to our regular Children's Liturgy of the Word at our Masses we want to encourage you to hold a short liturgy session in your own home with your children.

We have put together an information sheet which you can access and download by clicking this link: Children's Liturgy.

A Mobile friendly version of the Children's Liturgy web page can be found Children's Liturgy (Mobile Friendly)

We hope that you will find it useful and interesting and that it will encourage you to try.

If you need any more support or advice or give us feedback, we are still here as a team. You can either contact a member of the team via the Parish Office. All contact details are given in the Parish Newsletter.

Why not try an online liturgy via Zoom or Facetime with another family? This could give added interest to the children of both families and could be fun.

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Parish Priest: Rev Fr Anthony O'Gorman Tel No: 01305 786033
Deacon: Rev Geoffrey Carey Tel No: 01305 786033
Deacon: Rev Dr Jonathan de Kretser Tel No: 01305 832945
Parish Office: 1 Stavordale Road Weymouth DT4 0AB Tel No: 01305 786033

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Those who regularly worship at the Church of St Joseph, Stavordale Road Weymouth are members of our Parish of Our Lady, Star of the Sea. Members contribute to the life of the Parish by regular attendance at Mass, availing themselves of the Sacraments, their monetary contributions and the voluntary work they may undertake in the Ministries of the Parish, their support work for the Parish or membership of the various Parish Groups.

The Parish Priest for his part is responsible for the spiritual care of the Parishioners, with oversight of the education of children at St Augustine's School. In order to carry out these responsibilities, the Parish Priest may wish to contact parishioners from time to time on routine parish business, for example to advise parents on procedures for enrolling at St Augustine's School, First Communions and Confirmations. Accordingly, the parish needs to hold personal details of each Parishioner (name address, telephone number, email address etc).

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR Feb 2018) requires the Parish Office to inform everyone why and how we will manage their information. The above explains the need for this information and seeks parishioners' consent for this to be used in the conduct of routine Parish business. Fr Anthony would therefore be grateful therefore if members of this Parish could fill in a registration form.

It can be downloaded as a Microsoft Word Document using this link.

Once the form has been downloaded, look for it in your computer's 'Downloads' folder as a Word document with file name 'Registration_form.docx'.

It is recommended that the form is filled in at the computer using this downloaded version of the Word file.

But, to open a Word document and fill in your registration data you will need a copy of Microsoft Word or the free versions such as Open Office or LibreOffice.

Once you have filled in the form, please then save it as a Word file with your name e.g. John_Smith.docx as the file name. It can then be attached to an email and sent to the Parish Office.

Alternatively you can directly open the PDF version and download it or print it out. Every computer has the capability of opening and printing a PDF document.

It can be downloaded as a PDF Document using this link.

The form may then be filled in manually and either posted or handed in to the Presbytery, 1 Stavordale Road, Weymouth DT4 0AB.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

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Almighty God and Father, we come before You as Your children to implore Your divine assistance and intercession at this time, when our nation is moving further and further away from You and Your teachings. Its various governments are pursuing a secular agenda, enacting laws that are contrary to Your divine law and to Your law of nature, laws that would further marginalise Your Church and Your people.

Father, strengthen our faith and our willingness to be seen and counted as Your witnesses at this time. Help us to do all that we can to oppose existing and proposed legislation offensive to Your Holy Name

We ask this through Your beloved Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Prayer courtesy of Rev Fr Stephen Geddes (Parish Priest 2008-2021)

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By 1979, as a result of the unremitting zeal of Priests and Parishioners, there were no less than 7 Catholic Churches in Weymouth and Portland. However within these last 33 years, Churches have had to be closed one by one. Shortage of priests has been one reason but another is that with better transport and with parishioners being more mobile, there is not the same need to have a Church in every locality. Our many churches carry with them a rich history and this can be accessed via the 'History' button on the left hand side of this page.

The latest Church to close – 8th September 2012 – is St Augustine’s. This had originally opened for worship on 22nd October 1835 and was the first Catholic Church to be established in this area since the Reformation.

St Joseph’s Church, dedicated on 19th March 1934, is now the Parish Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea. Over the past months, it has been refurbished and extended to accommodate worshippers from the original parishes. There is a completely new parish hall. To see the various features of the refurbished Church, please click on the small arrows to the right and left of the picture above.

Photographs of St Augustine’s Church and a short description can be found by clicking this link.

Similar pages will be prepared for the Church of Our Lady and St Andrew, Portland and the other Churches in the area as information emerges.

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