29 September - Michael and All Angels.
Michael is not a saint, but one of God's immortal heavenly messengers. His title of "Archangel" signifies he is the leader of the angelic host which expelled Satan from heaven. His name means "who is like God".
Christian tradition is that Gabriel and Raphael are also Archangels, sometimes with Uriel and Azrael added. Biblical references are very sparse and usually do not name angels. Seven angels are mentioned in the Revelation to John and that number is celebrated in the Eastern churches.
Christians do indeed "belive in angels" : the prayer for today is:-
Everlasting God, you have ordained and consituted the ministries of angels and mortals in a wonderful order: grant that as your holy angels always serve you in heaven, so at your commend they may help and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
This reminds us that we do need spiritual defenders and helpers, even if we cannot physically see them or sometimes ignore their help.
Some good news...
We have been notified that St. Patrick's is one of 300 churches nationally recognised by the Church Buildings Council as a Major Parish Church - one of twelve in the Diocese of York. This will present us with some opportunities and challenges, which the PCC will be considering over the next few months.
And now some bureaucracy....
to the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund and to the Garfield Weston Trust for their grant aid to extensive (and expensive!) roof repairs; and to the Allchurches Trust and the Diocese of York for grants towards essential electrical repairs. More information on the Building Team pages.
Welcome to St. Patrick's.
The church is open daily from around 9am to 5pm, or until dusk if earlier.
Access for ambulatory visitors from the car park on High Street is up the steps between the handrails and direct to the north porch. Wheelchair users' access is through the gap in the east wall of the car park, through the lychgate and again to the north porch. There is a ramp for wheelchairs just inside the porch to help negotiate the entry step.
Entry to the church from Church Lane, to the south of the church, is via the kissing gates and the paths leading to the north of the church. These routes are not accessible to wheelchair users. There are some areas of the churchyard cordoned off for safety reasons pending attention from the Patrington Parish Council, who are responsible for churchyard maintenance.
If you are interested in exploring our beautiful church but do not wish to participate in a church service, we respectfully suggest you avoid service times (shown in the calendar).
If you would like to organise a group visit, please contact the PCC Secretary in advance, so that clashes with other visits or activities are avoided. We advise that a group visit covering the whole of the church will take a minimum of two hours, three hours if a tower tour is included.