15 August - the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Mary was chosen by God to be the bearer of his son. When the Archangel Gabriel came to tell her of this, her answer was to do what God wished. This probably doesn't sound remarkable in 21st century UK, but then as a young woman - probably a teenager - already betrothed in marriage, she was risking being stoned to death for adultery if Joseph, her prospective husband, publicly repudiated the marriage. As we now know, Joseph heard and accepted the angelic message to him and stood by Mary - but Mary did not know this beforehand.
Having had to travel to an overcrowded Bethlehem for Caesar Augustus' census whilst pregnant, Mary had to bear her child - God's son - in a stable. After going home to Nazareth, two years later astrologers bearing kingly gifts came to worship her now toddling Jesus, swiftly followed by an angelic command to leave for Egypt as King Herod intended to find and kill him. After around another two years, the command came to go back to Israel, where the Holy Family then lived and where Jesus delivered His earthly ministry and the New Testament from God.
Throughout his early years, Mary was there for Jesus, loving and nurturing her son as his mother. And she also bore and mothered his half-brothers and sisters which she had with Joseph. Mary was there when Jesus began his minstry and was there at his crucifixion and with the Apostles after his ascension. A lifetime of faith in and service and obedience to God.
Oh - and the mother of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, chosen specifically by God! A good enough reason to celebrate her festival.
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.