IOW & Portsmouth Mission (part of the South Pastoral Area, along with the Bournemouth, Oxford, Reading and Salisbury Missions).
The IOW & Portsmouth Mission began as a "Group" at the outset of the Ordinariate provision, with 17 Anglicans from the Isle of Wight, led by the former Vicar of Ryde (Jonathan Redvers Harris), together with 5 on the mainland. They were all received into full communion with the Catholic Church, in the Ordinariate, at Easter 2011, and Fr Jonathan’s was ordained as a Catholic priest in June 2011. At that time the diocesan parish of Ryde St Mary's hosted the weekly Ordinariate Masses.
Within months, a regular Ordinariate Mass was also begun on Saturdays at St Agatha’s, Landport (at that stage still being used by a congregation of the Traditional Anglican Communion). These gatherings in Portsmouth, together with visits to the Island by some of the mainland members, helped both to strengthen relations across the Solent and also to give the TAC people and clergy at St Agatha’s an opportunity to discern the way forward. At Epiphany 2012, Robert Mercer, formerly the Anglican bishop of Matabeleland and afterwards a TAC bishop, was received into the Catholic Church at St Agatha’s where he had been worshipping in recent years. This was followed by Fr Robert’s ordination to serve as a priest of the Ordinariate in March 2012 – by which time a group of 20 from St Agatha’s, including their clergy, John Maunder and Philip Penfold, had been preparing to join the Ordinariate. They were received and confirmed in Holy Week, at St Agatha’s (no longer then a home for the TAC). Others, both on the mainland and on the Island, had also been travelling with the Mission, attending Mass, and contemplating entering into full communion. John Maunder was ordained to the priesthood in September 2012, and Philip Penfold, by then part of the Eastbourne Mission, was ordained deacon in July 2013 and priested in September 2013 just days before falling asleep in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mission Masses – details and contacts below – are offered on a regular weekly basis on both sides of the waters. Both the community at St Agatha's and the Island contingent of the Mission use the eucharistic "Divine Worship" liturgy, the use specifically authorised for the Anglican Ordinariates around the world.
St Mary's Catholic Church and St David's Catholic Church
High Street Connaught Road
Ryde East Cowes
Isle of Wight PO33 2RE Isle of Wight PO32 6DP
Mass according to the Ordinariate liturgy is offered as a Saturday "Vigil" (ie First Mass of Sunday) mass 5pm (weekly): St David's, East Cowes (but not the Saturday immediately before the third Sunday in the month, when a "Roman Missal Mass" is offered)
Sunday mass 5pm (monthly) 3rd Sunday in month: St Mary's, Ryde
St Agatha's Portsmouth
Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday Masses - all at 11am