The mission of St Patrick’s is that of the whole Church and therefore that of Jesus Christ himself. Indeed the universal Church herself exists as an extension of Christ’s mission from the Father, “who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
At the heart of our Parish life is the celebration of Holy Mass and the Daily Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from which flows all the various parish activities and makes the Church a spiritual oasis in what is probably the busiest part of one of the busiest cities in the world.
Every weekday we unite ourselves with the Church all over the world in praying morning and evening prayer from the Church’s Divine Office. This is the age old prayer not only of the clergy but of the whole People of God, by which we hope, therefore, that the command of our Lord Jesus Christ to his Church to pray without ceasing will be fulfilled (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
We’d love for you to join us for morning and/or evening prayer in the front of the Church at 8 am and 5:45 pm respectively, just turn up and someone should give you a prayer book to use.
When the Divine Office is said,
our voices re-echo in Christ and his in us.
It is necessary that that warm and living love for Scripture
which emanates from the Liturgy of the Hours
shall be renewed among all.
The life of Christ in his Mystical Body
perfects and elevates the personal life of each of the faithful.
Pope Paul VI
Every weekday from 1:30 pm till 6 pm and Saturday nights from 7 pm till 9 pm (after the 6 pm vigil Mass) we have a time of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. As Catholics we take Christ at his word when he said “This is my body, which is given for you” (Luke 22:19). The patron saint of parish priests, the holy Cure D’Ars puts it well:
Our Lord is hidden there, waiting for us to come and visit Him, and make our request to Him. …When we are before the Blessed Sacrament, instead of looking about, let us shut our eyes and our mouth; let us open our heart: our good God will open His; we shall go to Him, He will come to us, the one to ask, the other to receive; it will be like a breath from one to the other. What sweetness do we not find in forgetting ourselves in order to seek God! The saints lost sight of themselves that they might see nothing but God, and labour for Him alone; they forgot all created objects in order to find Him alone. This is the way to reach Heaven.
St Jean-Marie Vianney
St Patrick’s seeks to foster a strong sense of Catholic identity, a sense which has unfortunately been largely lost in many parts of Western society. Many Catholics fail to realise the beauty and richness of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic faith into which they have been baptised. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, has told us that his “heartfelt wish” is that we “study the Catechism” with “passion and perseverance.” Although our Catholic faith “speaks to us of our very destiny and therefore concerns each of us intimately,” it “does not offer easy solutions; it demands a new life on [our] part; it presents you with the message of the Gospel like the "pearl of great price" (Matthew 13:45) for which everything must be given.” We “must be much more deeply rooted in the faith than the generation of [our] parents, in order to be able to resist forcefully and decisively against the temptations of this time.”
Excerpts taken from the Holy Father’s preface to the YOUCAT, 2011
In 1983 and again at the turn of the millennium, Blessed Pope John Paul II implored us to "look to the future with commitment to a New Evangelization, one that is new in its ardour, new in its methods, and new in its means of expression."
This New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our Catholic faith in response to the God who lovingly comes down to us in Christ, and to go forth to share this it with the world. Pope Benedict XVI has called for the re-proposing of the Gospel "to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization" (Homily of First Vespers on the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul). In response to this new evangelization St Patrick’s has a number of outreach activities and parish events and volunteers are always welcome. Our prayer for you is that you may come to know the Truth who sets us free (cf. John 8:32; 14:6).