Food Bank Update

UPDATE The Food bank really needs the following please:

Tinned meat of all descriptions- eg. Hotdogs, minced beef, Fray Bentos pies, ham, corned beef, curry etc. Rice –  Long life fruit juice -Tinned vegetables – Tinned rice pudding – Cereals – Squash – Pasta – Sugar

Ann-Marie Clapp has kindly offered to sit in the St Patrick’s Church car park on Friday from 11am-12noon  with her car boot open for contactless donations of anything anyone wishes to donate. She is also happy to pick up from people’s doorsteps if they can’t get to the Church – please call her on 07515830483 to arrange a collection.

Thank you


Urgent Plea from Corsham Foodbank

The Corsham Churches Foodbank is supporting many more families than normal at the moment and are desperate for basic items.

Ann-Marie Clapp has kindly offered to sit in the St Patrick’s Church car park on Friday from 11am-12noon  with her car boot open for contactless donations of anything anyone wishes to donate. She is also happy to pick up from people’s doorsteps if they can’t get to the Church – please call her on 07515830483 to arrange a collection.

Many thanks.

Spring Blossom at St Patrick’s


Thank you to Guy Tomlinson for taking some lovely photographs of St Patrick’s in blossom. We thought it would be good to share them with all who are in lockdown at this time…Enjoy!

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A quarter of an hour with the Lord


This wonderful guide to how to pray before the Tabernacle can also be used at home before an image of Our Lord (e.g. The Sacred Heart) at home.

To please Me, dear child, it is not necessary to know much; all that is required is to love Me much, to be deeply sorry for ever having offended Me and desirous of being ever faithful to Me in future. Speak to Me of the poor you wish to comfort; tell Me all that now fills your mind and heart. Are there any you wish to commend to Me? Tell Me their names, and tell Me what you would wish Me to do for them. Do not fear, ask for much, I love generous hearts, which, forgetting themselves, wish well to others. Speak to Me of the poor you wish to comfort; tell Me of the sick that you would wish to see relieved. Ask of Me something for those who have been unkind to you, or who have crossed you. Ask much for them all; commend them all with your heart to Me.

And ask Me many graces for yourself. Are there not many graces you would wish to name that would make you happier in yourself, more useful and pleasing to others, more worthy of the love of Me, the dearest Lord, master, and Spouse of your soul? Tell Me the whole list of the favours you want of Me. Tell Me them humility, knowing how poor you are without them, how unable to gain them by yourself; ask for them with much love, that they may make you more pleasing to Me. With all a child’s simplicity, tell Me how self-seeking you are, how proud, vain, irritable, how cowardly in sacrifice, how lazy in work, uncertain in your good resolutions, and then ask Me to bless and crown your efforts. Poor child, fear not, blush not at the sight of so many failings; there are Saints in heaven who had the faults you have; they came to Me lovingly, they prayed earnestly to Me, and My grace has made them good and holy in My sight. You should be Mine, body and soul; fear not, therefore, to ask of Me gifts of body and mind, health, judgment, memory and success. Ask for them for My sake; that God may be glorified in all things. I can grant everything, and never refuse to give what may make a soul dearer to Me and better able to fulfill the will of God. Have you no plans for the future which occupy, perhaps distress, your mind? Tell Me your hopes, your fears. Is it about your future state? Your position among My creatures? Some good you wish to bring to others? In what shall I help and bless your good will?

And for Me you must have, have you not, some zeal, some wish to do good to the souls of others. Some, perhaps, who love and care for you, have ceased, almost, to know or care for Me. Shall I give you strength, wisdom and tact, to bring these poor ones close to my heart again? Have you failed in the past? Tell Me how you acted; I will show you why you did not gain all you expected; rely on Me, I will help you, and will guide you to lead others to Me. And what crosses have you, My dear Child? Have they been many and heavy ones? Has someone caused you pain? Someone wounded your self-love? Slighted you? Injured you? Lay your head upon My breast, and tell Me how you suffered. Have you felt that some have been ungrateful to you, and unfeeling towards you? Tell Me all, and in the warmth of My heart you will find strength to forgive and even to forget that they have ever wished to pain you.

And what fears have you, My child? My providence shall comfort you. My love sustains you. I am never away from you, never can abandon you. Are some growing cold in the interest and love they had for you? Pray to Me for them; I will restore them to you if it be better for you and your sanctification.”


SYCAMORE starting Monday 27th April, 10.30am and 4.00pm each day. How can we find happiness? What’s the meaning of life? Is there a God? Does prayer make a difference? Sycamore is an informal course about the Christian faith and its relevance for life today. It gives you space to meet other people, share ideas, explore your beliefs, and think about questions that really matter. The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham is very grateful to Fr Stephen Wang for allowing them to use his Sycamore Program. The Shrine will be showing the 20 half hour videos, starting on Monday 27th April. They will be shown at 10.30am and 4.00pm each day. To stream, see For more info on the course, see

Giving to St Patrick’s at this time just got easier!

SUPPORT THE PARISH THROUGH ON LINE OFFERTORY VIA PAYPAL We have just enabled a way to support St Patrick’s Church through online giving. We have added a PayPal button to the front of our web page (below the Calendar). This now allows you to direct your donation to the parish as a one-time or recurring monthly gift. Donations can also be made via this PayPal button. It is very easy to use. Parishioners do not need to have a PayPal account to use this feature, PayPal accepts all major debit and credit cards. Donations via PayPal can be Gift Aided like any other donation – PayPal will make the claim and the funds will be paid over to the parish. It’s that easy! Thank you very much for any contribution you make, it will play a vital part in keeping the parish functioning at this difficult time.


Live streaming reminder from Clifton

Live Streaming from Clifton Cathedral:

  • Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8.00pm
  • Good Friday: Stations of the Cross at 12noon
  • Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm
  • Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil at 8.00pm
  • Easter Sunday: Mass at 9.30am

These liturgies can be can be accessed through the diocesan website ( or through
Also on Easter Sunday Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ celebration of Easter Mass next will be broadcast on all local BBC Radio Stations across Britain at 8.10am.

Domestic Violence Help

We have all heard that there is an increase in Domestic Violence due to the current  situation, with particular regards to people being  indoors with each other far longer than  normal.  People living in enforced close proximity will lead to increased  tensions in some cases. Although it’s something we would like to hope is not too prevalent within our parishes, unfortunately there are likely to be families and partnerships  who are in  challenging, and in some cases abusive and or  violent  relationships. Please pray for any who are vulnerable at this time.


Here are some helpful numbers.  They might just be a lifeline for someone in need.

WomansAid –  National  Domestic Violence Helpline  – 0808 2000 247

The mix – Advice  for the under 25yrs. – 0808 808 4994

Advice for Male Victims of  Domestic Violence  – 0808 8801 0327

Childline – Deals with a vast variety of children concerns including Domestic Violence. 0800 1111

CSAS website.

Journeying through the Triduum to Easter – Source and Summit of the Liturgical Year

As we journey through the Triduum at home this year, Father Michael gives us a description of our usual journey through Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil in the hope that it will enable us to meditate on the great events of our Salvation.


Our long Lenten journey leads us from dust and ashes to the living waters of the baptismal font. Our journey culminates in the three days of the Easter Triduum. This one liturgy with three parts celebrated over three days, is not a historical re-enactment of something that happened over 2000 years ago but an actual participation in the events themselves. These mysteries are timeless and made present in our liturgical celebrations. The Triduum immerses us into the Paschal Mystery of the saving life, suffering, passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ TODAY. It is the effectual making present and celebration NOW of our Passover in light of the resurrection. We pray especially at this time for all throughout the world who will celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation at the great Easter Vigil.

HOLY THURSDAY Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Tonight, the Church inaugurates the Triduum. We recall that last supper, when Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, loving those who were his own in the world until the very end, offered his Body and blood under the species of bread and wine to God and gave them to his Apostles that they might eat and drink. He commanded them and their successors in the priesthood to offer them. Tonight, we rejoice in the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood, as well as Jesus’ command of love and service. The Tabernacle is empty at the beginning of the celebration. We receive communion this night from the fruits of the sacrifice we have just offered, a pattern for the rest of the year.

The Exodus account of the Passover tradition reminds us of the exit, the liberation, of the people in slavery in Egypt, and the meal that commemorates it. “This day is to be a remembrance for you, and you must celebrate it as a feast in the Lord’s honour.”

The Gospel proclaimed tonight is not the Institution of the Eucharist but the foot-washing. The model of service instituted by Jesus is firmly rooted in the mandatum, the humble actions of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Jesus’ words are strong “As I have done for you, so you should also do.” This action of humility and service expresses the responsibilities of those who share the Eucharist. According to the Talmud the washing of feet was forbidden to any Jew except those in slavery. Peter’s defiant response shows that Jesus’ action was culturally shocking and challenging from the beginning. The sign expresses the profound drama of Jesus’ action when the presider gives the example to others by falling to his knees to serve those in the community and service expresses the responsibilities of those who share the Eucharist. In the washing of the feet and in the bringing of the gifts for the poor at this Mass, the presence of God is recognised and proclaimed. “Where charity and love are found, there is God.”

At the conclusion of Mass the Blessed Sacrament is transferred to the Altar of Repose so that we might continue to be nourished with this Sacrament on Good Friday. The chapel altar and sanctuary are stripped bare in silence and without ceremony. The Paschal Triduum continues with the solemn watch until midnight. (During this time you might like to read the Gospel of John, chapters 13—17)

GOOD FRIDAY The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord

On this day, we gather to prayerfully recall the death of Jesus “in the sure hope of the resurrection” (Prayer over the People, Good Friday). Because his resurrection is inseparable from his death, the Lord’s Passion is truly celebrated. We remember last night’s Entrance Antiphon, “We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered.” On this day, when Christ our paschal Lamb was sacrificed, the church contemplates and adores the Cross of her Lord and Spouse, commemorating her own coming forth from the side of Christ as he slept on the cross, and interceding for the salvation of the world. According to a most ancient tradition the Church does not celebrate the Eucharist today.

The celebration begins in silence. The priest and deacon wear red chasuble and dalmatic. This is the only occasion on which a chasuble is worn outside of Mass. It signifies the unity of this liturgy with yesterday’s Eucharist and the one tomorrow.

The celebration begins with the act of prostration. This signals the seriousness of today’s prayer. “This act of prostration, which is proper to the rite of the day, should be strictly observed, for it signifies both . . . abasement . . . and also the grief and sorrow of the church” (Paschale Solemnitatis, 65).

What is striking is how today’s first reading portrays the Suffering Servant: before him the crowds are ‘astonished’ and kings stand ‘speechless.’ The first reading from Isaiah is known as the Fifth Gospel in the way that the significance of the Suffering Servant is fulfilled in Jesus’s suffering and death. The solemn proclamation of the narrative of the Passion from the Gospel of John lies at the heart of the celebration.

The Solemn Intercessions conclude the Liturgy of the Word. These are unique as the oldest example of the era when intercessions were a regular part of the western liturgy. These prayers express the full scope of the universal effects of the Passion of Christ: through his sacrifice on the cross, salvation has been won for the whole world.

We now adore the Cross of Christ. The new missal uses the term ‘adoration of the cross’ for the first time. The faithful adore CHRIST not the wood of the cross. The community does not adore the cross as if it were God; the community adores the risen Christ, of whom the cross is a most sacred symbol. “This is the wood of the cross, on which hung the Saviour of the world.” The cross becomes for us the tree of life, undoing the sin of Adam.

Although we fast from celebrating the Eucharist today, we re-connect with our celebration of the Lord’s Supper by receiving Holy Communion. This is the bread that gives life.  This is Christ’s self-giving love for us.  This is our nourishment for our mission and food for the journey.

This part of the liturgy of the triduum concludes with the Prayer over the People. No further dismissal is given. Our leaving in silence links this celebration to the Easter Vigil, as our beginning in silence connected us with Holy Thursday.


The Missal now mentions the descent into hell and the anticipation of the resurrection. This is influenced by the Eastern Rites, which honour the descent intensely on this day. In the Office of Readings we read “Something strange is happening–there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.” It depicts Christ’s triumphant descent into Sheol, his meeting with our first parents, and the beginning of the great victory procession by which the souls of the just are liberated by the conquering saviour, King Jesus. One imagines, as many icons have depicted, Jesus pulling Adam and Abraham and many others by the hand, leading them out to the consternation of the disbelieving devils! “Awake sleeper and arise from the dead.”


This “mother of all vigils” (St Augustine) is the “greatest and most noble of all solemnities and it is to be unique in every single Church” (Missal). On this holy night, the Church keeps watch, celebrating the resurrection of Christ in the sacraments and awaiting his return in glory. It is the turning point of the Triduum, the Passover of the new covenant, which marks Christ’s passage from death to life. This is the night the Church awaits in vigil the Resurrection of the Lord, celebrating it with the sacraments of Christian initiation.

Darkness is the first movement of the liturgy tonight. Shattering that darkness, the great paschal candle is lighted with the blazing Easter fire, five incense grains are imbedded, and it becomes the symbol of the crucified Christ. The Paschal Mystery, already celebrated in various ways since the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, is clearly and joyfully announced from the very beginning of the Vigil liturgy. It is in the light of the Easter candle that the liturgy continues to unfold. The Easter Vigil is the most noble of all liturgies.

The Four Parts of the Easter Vigil move us through a gradual unfolding of the Paschal Mystery of Christ. The Fire rite immediately dispels the gathering gloom. The Liturgy of the Word reveals the path of God’s plan throughout salvation history and we respond with thanks and praise. We see the return of the Alleluia, solemnly intoned after the glorious Epistle that compares Baptism to resurrection.   The Liturgy of Baptism draws the elect through the baptismal waters into the promise of eternal life and renews the baptismal belief of the faithful.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist brings the celebration to the climax of the Banquet of the Lamb, as we experience the presence of the Risen Christ in our midst. The tomb is empty. There is Light in the midst of our darkness. We’ve been fed by the Word and given new life in the waters of baptism. Now we eat his Body and drink his Blood and receive the life in him that he promises. “Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us, come let us keep the feast.” Alleluia, Alleluia!

Pope Francis sends message before Holy Week

Pope Francis has issued a video message – before the start of Holy Week. The official translation of the Pope’s video message is below:

Dear friends, good evening!

This evening I have the chance to enter your homes in a different way than usual. If you allow me, I would like to have a conversation with you for a few moments, in this time of difficulty and of suffering. I can imagine you in your families, living an unusual life to avoid contagion. I am thinking of the liveliness of children and young people, who cannot go out, attend school, live their lives. I have in my heart all the families, especially those who have a loved one who is sick or who have unfortunately experienced mourning due to the coronavirus or other causes. These days I often think about people who are alone, and for whom it is more difficult to face these moments. Above all I think of the elderly, who are very dear to me.

I cannot forget those who are sick with coronavirus, people who are in hospital. I am aware of the generosity of those who put themselves at risk for the treatment of this pandemic or to guarantee the essential services to society. So many heroes, every day, at every hour! I also remember how many are in financial straits and are worried about work and the future. A thought also goes out to prison inmates, whose pain is compounded by fear of the epidemic, for themselves and their loved ones; I think of the homeless, who do not have a home to protect them.

It is a difficult time for everyone. For many, very difficult. The Pope knows this and, with these words, he wants to tell everyone of his closeness and affection. Let us try, if we can, to make the best use of this time: let us be generous; let us help those in need in our neighbourhood; let us look out for the loneliest people, perhaps by telephone or social networks; let us pray to the Lord for those who are in difficulty in Italy and in the world. Even if we are isolated, thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love. This is what we need today: the creativity of love. This is what is needed today: the creativity of love.

We will celebrate Holy Week in a truly unusual way, which manifests and sums up the message of the Gospel, that of God’s boundless love. And in the silence of our cities, the Easter Gospel will resound. The Apostle Paul says: “And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him Who died for them and was raised again” (2 Cor 5:15). In the risen Jesus, life conquered death. This Paschal faith nourishes our hope. I would like to share it with you this evening. It is the hope of a better time, in which we can be better, finally freed from evil and from this pandemic. It is a hope: hope does not disappoint; it is not an illusion, it is a hope.

Beside each other, in love and patience, we can prepare a better time in these days. Thank you for allowing me into your homes. Make a gesture of tenderness towards those who suffer, towards children, and towards the elderly. Tell them that the Pope is close and pray, that the Lord will soon deliver us all from evil. And you, pray for me. Have a good dinner. See you soon!


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