Parish Groups at Saint Patrick’s
‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Matthew 25: 40
Our faith community can be nourished by active participation in parish groups that meet for prayer, social action, sacramental preparation, work with young people and the elderly and the support of others in the life the Church. To share our lives in these ways allows us to offer ourselves and draw strength from each other. There are two main categories of groups in our parish: Liturgical Groups and Pastoral & Social Groups. For Liturgical Groups please see the section on ‘Liturgical Ministries’.
Catholic Agency for Overseas Developmet is an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. St Patrick’s has a long history of supporting CAFOD , enabling the agency to reach out to people living in poverty with practical help, whatever their religion or culture. Through CAFOD’s global Church network, one of the largest in the world, there is the potential to reach everyone. CAFOD campaigns for global justice, so that every woman, man and child can live a full and dignified life.
St Patrick’s holds fundraising activities for CAFOD throughout the year, responding to emegency need through second collections and participating in Lent Fast Day and Family Fast Day in October.
Corsham Churches Food Bank Helpers
Corsham Churches Food-bank (www.corshamchurchesfoodbank.org.uk/) is a non profit making charity which relies on food donations to work, filling boxes which are then given to those who are referred to the Food-bank. Established in May 2011 it is supported by all the local churches, and run entirely by volunteers. St Patrick’s has supports the food bank through regular financial assistance and regular food donations. Recently, we have held very successful ‘safe distancing’ car boot collections in the Church car park. We thank all who have contributed and all who collect.
Support during Coronovirus emergency: The food bank is still open for business and are still getting donations from both the Co-op in Corsham and from Sainsbury’s. We’re changing our operation a little to try and distance clients from our volunteers by making use of extra rooms at St Aldhelm’s. The main problem we may have is that quite a number of our volunteers, particularly on Tuesdays are in the “over 70” group. We would welcome fit younger people coming forward to help.
Over the last couple of days the food bank have had a lot of contact from families who are self-isolating. Our stance is that if the family meets the criteria for obtaining food from us we will continue to help but ask the family to arrange for a friend or relation to come and collect for them. Self-isolation on its own isn’t a reason to get help from the food bank, though we will always listen to the circumstances. As far as food supplies are concerned, the things that we need are: cereals, jam, long life juice and bottles of squash, individual puddings, tinned fish, tinned potatoes, tinned spaghetti eg hoops or similar, tea and coffee.
If you have any questions or wish to volunteer for the Foodbank please phone 07788 115095.
The items suggested below are specific in order to meet the needs for the food boxes. Sizes are approximate and reflect the fact that they cater for single people, couples and families. Thank you.
- Fruit Juice (long life carton, 1 litre)
- Breakfast cereal (small packets, 1kg packets, variety packs)
- Soup (tinned, 400g)Baked beans (tinned, 400g and 200g)
- Tomatoes (tinned, 400g and 200g)
- Tinned Vegetables (assorted, 400g and 200g)
- Instant Mashed potatoMeat (tinned, 400g and 200g)
- Fish (tinned, 100g)
- Fruit (tinned, 400g and 200g)
- Rice pudding (tinned)
- UHT milk (long life, 1 litre and 2 litre)
- Sponge pudding (tinned, 400g and 200g)
- Pasta (various, 500g)
- Cooking Sauces (tins or packets)
- Sugar (500g)
- Tea Bags (40s,80s,160s)
- Biscuits (large packet, small packet)
- Snack Bars (e.g. cereal bars)
- Chocolate bar (single bars or multipacks)
- Baby foods (tinned, jarred)
Thursday Nights at Saint Patrick’s
Thursday night has become our regular gathering night for refreshments, films and catechesis. St Patrick’s is offering ‘Catholicism’, a series created and hosted by Bishop Robert Barron. Join us for this exploration of the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Church so you can better understand and share your faith. You will learn WHAT Catholics believe and WHY we believe it, while immersed in the art, architecture, literature, beliefs, and practices of the Catholic tradition. After lockdown, we will resume our gatherings and continue with this ‘Catholicism’ Series. – Journey around the world and deep into the Catholic Faith in all its richness, history, beauty, goodness, and truth in breathtaking, high-definition cinematography. Travel with acclaimed author, speaker and theologian Bishop Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 15 countries. You’ll be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global culture, claiming more than one billion of Earth’s people.
Come and enjoy a big-screen, pop corn and a glass or two of something!
Saint Patrick’s Care Group
This group works with the Parish Priest to facilitate pastoral care within the parish, particularly to the sick and the housebound. Many members of the group are also Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who will bring Communion to the sick.
Coronavius We have volunteers who are willing and able to give support by ensuring people have food and medication delivered and contact with the Parish or simply just a chat. For assistance, please call Mark on 07513967191, Frank on 07751484148 or Lorraine on 07767395909 and we will endeavour to provide the help or assistance that is needed. It’s also important that we keep in touch with people and the telephone may well be a real lifeline for many.
Mass and Afternoon Tea for our Senior Parishioners is held each month. This provides the opportunity for parishioners to come together and share coffee, tea and cakes in abundance after a midweek celebration of Mass. A warm and welcoming atmosphere await all who come along. Why not bring a friend? (See the newsletter for dates) Transport can be provided if required.
For more details of our care group contact Jane Wragg
Presentation Associates at St Patrick’s
The Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a congregation of women in the Church whose vowed members serve God’s people in many ministries. The Congregation was founded by Nano Nagle in Cork, Ireland, in 1775, to teach and care for the poor and oppressed. In time, Nano’s followers carried the charism to many parts of the world. Today, women and men, inspired by her charism, work to enflesh it through their prayer and service. Since Nano’s charism is a gift to the Church for the spread of the reign of God, it is something to be shared.
Christian baptism calls all people to participate in the Church’s mission of evangelization and transformation of the world. Being an Associate provides a way of living out baptismal promises by sharing in the charisma, spirituality, and mission of the Sisters of the Presentation without being a vowed member. Associates have the opportunity to extend the work of the congregation and the spirit of Nano Nagle. The Sisters share their spiritual resources with the Associates and all are enriched by the spirituality of one another. The congregation relates to the larger Christian community by this bonding of sisters and associates in spiritual growth, mutual support, and sharing in the mission of the Sisters of the Presentation.
At Saint Patrick’s, we have a small group of associates, inspired by the work of the Presentation Sisters who once served our Parish. Do contact us if you would like to learn more about this ministry.
Saint Patrick’s Church Parish Projects
Each year St Patrick’s engages in a Parish Project. This may be Social, Pastoral, Aid based, Fabric and building based.
Parish Project 2020-2022: This year we are concentrating on the mush needed architectural repairs to or grade 2 listed Church building, both inside and out.
Parish Projects 2018-2019: Two charities have been chosen as recipients for this year’s fundraising: Mary’s Meals and the Bristol Prison Ministry, Sixty One. Events are planned throughout the year, including a Parish BBQ, two Pre-loved Clothes Sales. Please watch the Newsletter for upcoming events, as well as supporting our on-going fundraising (sale of produce, refreshments after Mass, etc).
Parish Project 2014-2015: Medicins sans Frontieres has been chosen as our Parish Project for 2014-2015. Fundraising events will be planned during the year, and your prayers are asked for their valuable work which brings medical aid where it is needed most, taking no account of political or physical barriers .Further details of their work can be found at: http://www.msf.org.uk/
Parish Project 2009-2010: This year we have identified two schemes in Africa for our support: First: A Rainwater Harnessing Project in Pemba, Zambia is being organized by a colleague of Sister Stella (Presentation Sisters) Second, the Primary School in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Camp in Uganda was set up by a colleague of Fr John O’Brien.