History of the Parish
When the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity arrived in Waterlooville at the beginning of the 20th century, there was one Catholic family living in the district – the Harcourt family. Their dream was to build a chapel next to St Michael’s Convent and money from running a laundry was put into a building fund.
After the First World War, plans were drawn up by the architect Wilfred C Manger, based in Preston, to build a chapel, but Bishop Cotter requested that the sisters make some provision for the increasing number of Catholics in the area until such time as a parish church could be built. This accounts for the three-aisle shape of the present church: one for The Sisters, one for those in their care and one for the parish. The new church, built in a Byzantine style, was opened on Thursday 6 December 1923 by Bishop Cotter.
On Tuesday 18 December 1973 the Community of St Michael’s Convent celebrated, together with the parish, the Golden Jubilee of the opening of the Church of the Sacred Heart. This event was marked by a concelebrated mass offered by Bishop Derek Worlock, together with the Parish Priest, Father Wilfred Baldwin, and many of the priests who had served us in the past.
On 1st July 2011, our new parish church was dedicated by Bishop Crispian Hollis and the old "church" ceased to be a place of public worship. The chapel, together with the convent, is a statutory Grade II listed building. We are still privilege to have members of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity with us in the parish. For further details click here