As the new Parochial Administrator of Saint Patrick’s Church and Parish Community, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you. All that we do here as a parish community is about living the Gospel of Christ and proclaiming his Good News to those who come here and all whom we encounter through the ordinary lives we lead.
Our Church is a Welcoming Community, and we will be delighted for you to join us as you come to enter into the stillness and tranquillity of the church for worship or a moment of prayer. The website and our Twitter Feed allow you to enter into the life of the Community – albeit digitally and virtually – so as to connect you with the people who use this place regularly and find their sense of peace here, too. Just check on the opening times of the Church through the newsletter.
The website and Twitter posts are not, though, just about offering information; they are about keeping people in touch with the parish community and with one another. This time of COVID-19 has seen parish boundaries stretched not just across a city but across countries. It has been so good to welcome people back to Mass across the Season of Lent and heart-warming to see so many at the Easter Vigil.
Do come and visit. You’ll find the opening times of the church on the weekly newsletter and whilst they may be limited, the Church does offer you the chance to come into the presence of God and know that he is near. As things change week by week nationally, you’ll find we are open to enable you to find something of God’s peace and presence in this beautiful place.
May the God who seeks to reveal the immensity of his love for us remind each of us – always – that he is near.
Yours in Christ
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 25 July 2021
In this Sunday’s Gospel, John’s version of the miraculous feeding reminds us of the Last Supper, when Jesus ‘said the blessing’ over the bread. Since John’s gospel has no account of the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, this feeding account is particularly significant. The feeding is also described as one of the ‘signs’ which Jesus works. The first part of the Gospel of John is often called ‘the Book of Signs’ because Jesus works a number of signs which show who he truly is. First there is the sign at the marriage-feast of Cana, where the sign of turning the water into wine is a sign of the messianic banquet. Other signs are the raising of the royal official’s son, a sign of Jesus’ gift of life, and the cure of the blind man in the temple, a sign of Jesus’ gift of light and revelation. Several of the signs are followed by an extended discourse, explaining the meaning of the sign, as this feeding sign is followed by the discourse on the Bread of Life, explaining the significance of Jesus’ gift of himself as the Bread of Life, the Wisdom of God received in the Eucharist
Saturday 24th July: Vigil 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time , 4-4:30pm Sacrament of Reconciliation, 5:00pm Holy Mass.
Sunday 25th July: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, No Mass
Monday 26th July: Ss Joachim and Anne ,No Mass
Tuesday 27th July: No Mass
Wednesday 28th July: 9.30 am Mass
Thursday 29th July: Ss Martha, Mary and Lazarus , 9:30am Mass
Friday 30thJuly: St Peter Chrysologus, 6:00pm Exposition of the Blessed
Sacrament, 6:30pm Mass
Saturday 31st July: Vigil 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 4-4:30pm Sacrament of Reconciliation, 5:00pm Holy Mass.