Parish Priest: Canon Desmond Berry
St. Joseph and St. Patrick’s is a Roman Catholic community of faith seeking to live the presence of Jesus Christ by the way we worship God, celebrate the sacraments, proclaim the Gospel, and serve one another and our neighbours.
Parish Meeting Thursday
In connection with the above a Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd February at 7pm
Mgr Denis Carlin, the Diocesan Lead for the 2023 Synod, will lead the discussion and hopefully answer any queries you may have.
This meeting will be subject to the ongoing Covid guidelines and will be live streamed for anyone wishing watch from home.
SYNOD 2023 – Responses Required
Building on the guiding principles of his papacy, Pope Francis has invited Catholics both in the mainstream of church life and on the margins to express their dreams, ideas and concerns in preparation for the Synod of Bishops in 2023. The pope's invitation to discern a path forward for the church stems from his belief that the Holy Spirit inspires all members to be missionary disciples, sharing core Christian beliefs by going out to the world.
The diocese wants to hear YOUR views, and a consultation document with questions that may help direct your response can be downloaded/viewed by clicking on the image below. Please send any responses to Synod23@rcdop.org.uk before 8th April 2022 – all responses will be acknowledged.
Mission of the Church
The Mission of the Church is given by Our Lord Jesus Christ, as recorded at the close of the Gospel of Matthew; Our Lord says; "go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19)
The Mission of the Church therefore informs every aspect of the work of the Parish. 'Making Disciples' has to therefore be the reason behind all that we do.
Pope Francis states in his Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel" the following words;
"I dream of a 'missionary option', that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelisation of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation. The renewal of structures demanded by pastoral conversion can only be understood in this light."