Instruction and training for boys and girls is available once they have received their First Holy Communion. Contact Andy Jefferies if you wish to know more.
Association for the Propogation of the Faith & Mill Hill Missionaries
Parishioners support their work in developing countries by contributing through a Mission Box at home. For further details contact the church office.
If you would like your child baptised please contact Father Raphael for more information about Baptism Courses and preparation. Our preparation sessions held on the first Sunday of the month at 5pm. Please check the newsletter for the next course date. It is important to book via the Church office if you wish to attend, if there are no bookings catechists will not be there!!
Bazaars and Fayre
These are held in the Summer and towards Christmas. They are major fund raising and social events raising a substantial amount per year. Stallholders, helpers and new ideas are always welcome. Sue Poynton and the Fund Raising Committee.
Our Children’s Liturgy takes place on a Sunday morning during the 10.30 am Mass in the Prayer Room on the FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH ONLY. This is aimed at school aged children and is not a creche. The children leave Church after the Gloria and return during the offertory.
We have a beautiful Church and there are regular teams who give of their time to keep it clean, but we need new members and they are always welcome. If you would like to join a team please contact Mary Mapletoft.
Volunteers are always needed to help with the flowers. No previous experience is necessary – as long as you can put a bunch of flowers in a vase you will always be welcome! Our busiest times are Easter and Christmas and extra help is always appreciated at this time. The flowers are funded by donations and coffee mornings. Please contact Mary Mapletoft.
If you would like to help keep in our grounds please contact Fr. Raphael or Lydia Pye
St. Patrick’s is part of Anstey Churches Together and Northwest Leicester Churches Together and we all meet a various times during the year to celebrate joint Ecumenical Services. These are very enjoyable events and a great way of meeting other Christians within the community. For more information contact the church office.
If you are involved in any of the Parish activities and you wish to produce any information or have any typing, we have facilities available in the Presbytery where you can use the Parish Computer and photocopier. Please contact Katy Wadkin.
Confirmation preparation will begin in October 2019 for confirmation in May 2020, registration forms are art the back of church. If you are interested in Confirmation please contact Father Raphael.
These are organised two or three times a year in the Parish Centre – please see the weekly newsletter and posters. There is also a weekly session of Irish Set Dancing every Sunday evening in the Parish Centre. Please see Lily O’Brien or Jo Edwards.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
We have a team of Extraordinary Ministers in our Parish helping with the Ministry of taking Communion to the sick and housebound and also helping taking Eucharistic Services in the Church and assisting with the distribution at Masses. If you know of anyone who is sick and cannot make Mass because of illness, or is housebound, please see Father Raphael and it can be arranged for Communion to be brought to them at home.
A small team of parishioners support Father Raphael in all financial matters and meets 2 / 3 times a year. Individuals assist with the keeping of financial records and arrange for the completion of the annual financial return to the Diocese. The Parish Secretary is responsible for the payment of all accounts. Contact David Shoubridge or Lydia Pye for more details.
First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion. When the new programme is ready, the forms will be at the back of church. The group meets in the first half of the year on a Sunday before 10.30 mass to support the children being prepared for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, together with their parents.
If you are going on holiday, there are Directories giving details of all Catholic Churches together with Mass times in the UK available in the Presbytery.
All hospitals have a Catholic Chaplain. If you would like a Priest to visit you the hospital can arrange this for you.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
If you would like to explore the Catholic faith and are interested in being received into the church please speak to Fr Raphael.
Legion of Mary
This Organisation meets in the Prayer room on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. Weekly prayers, meetings, discussions, visits to the sick and a wide variety of other services are included in their activities.
We have an innovative and developing Liturgy Group who meet on a regular basis. We plan all our special Masses for Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas and other special Liturgies during the year. In our Liturgy preparation we involve people who help us to prepare artwork, creativity, church décor, help with the reading, music etc. If you feel you would like to be involved please contact Linda Treacy.
If you are thinking of getting married, please contact Father Raphael for details of marriage preparation.
The music group ShamRock, play every second Saturday of the month at the 6.30 pm Mass. Contact Christian O’Brien for bookings or individual requests.
Music is an integral part of our worship at the 10.30 am Sunday Mass and the choir contributes significantly to this. Singers are always welcome – please see Kath Gambin if you are interested.
Our Faith Journey
We are a small, informal group who meet on the first Wednesday of each month between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm in the Prayer Room who meet for a time of quiet prayer and reflection and a chance to explore faith in relation to the liturgical seasons and everyday life through bible and spiritual readings, reflections, discussions, music and prayer. You would be very welcome to join us.
A selection of Catholic newspapers are available. If you are interested please contact Katy via the office.
The running of the Parish Centre is overseen by the Parish Centre Committee chaired by Jo Edwards. Katy Wadkin manages the centre and bookings and Frank Moore oversees the Bar. Again, we welcome new people to give their support. Please contact Jo Edwards if you are interested.
The Parish Centre is available for functions and for family celebrations and parties. Please contact Katy Wadkin for details or click the Parish centre button on our home page.
Parish Pastoral Council
The Parish Council consists of a group of Parishioners who represent the various groups and activities taking place in the Church. Groups such as Sacrament Preparation, Fundraising, Youth, Socialising etc. are represented and the aim is to provide leadership and support to those who are active within the Parish. There are sixteen members, plus Father Raphael as President.
The Council meets four times a year. Parish Pastoral Councils are becoming increasingly commonplace within the Church and provide valuable assistance to the Parish Priest, enabling him more time for his pastoral work, as well as providing cohesion and direction for parishioners working within the Parish. The Council will endeavor to fairly represent all aspects of Parish Life. Please contact Jo Bradbury.
The Secretary of the Parish Council is Pat Dean.
Prayers of Intersession
Readers for the Prayers of Intercession during Mass are always required. If you would like your name to be placed on our rota please contact Katy Wadkin.
Protection of children and vulnerable adults
As a result of the Nolan Report there are now established Protection Procedures in our Diocese and our Protection Officer for St. Patrick’s Parish is Yvonne Fernandes. Yvonne works for Social Services within the Leicester Authority. If you have any concerns please contact Yvonne Fernandes.
Reading during the Mass is an important Ministry and are always required especially for the Sunday Masses. If you would like your name to be placed on our rota with a view to reading once every four to six weeks please contact the Church office..
A wide range of pamphlets, religious items, cards for all special occasions and Mass cards are available form the back of the Church. Seasonal cards are also available at Christmas and Easter. Special orders can be taken.
Mary Mapletoft and Lydia Pye are our Parish Sacristans.
We have two schools : St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School on Harrison Road (0116 2661149), Headteacher: Mrs Charlotte Lynch, and English Martyrs Comprehensive School (0116 2428880), Headteacher: Mr Marius Carney.
This is carried out by Tracey Diaper who liaises between the Parish and the Schools to inform them of events taking place. This builds uip a good relationship between the Parish and the Schools.