31 October to 2 November - All Hallows Eve, All Saints day and All Souls Day.
These three festivals fit together. They are the three days on which Christians celebrate and remember the faithful departed.
All Hallows' Eve - the day before All Hallows (All Saints) Day has nothing to do with the present secular activities of witches, ghouls and "trick or treat" - it was the evening before an important Christian festival. Celebrating All Saints on 1 November may be traced to Pope Gregory III's (731-741) founding of an oratory in St. Peter's in Rome for the relics "of the holy apostles and of all saints, martyrs and confessors". In 835, All Hallows' Day was officially switched to 1 November, the same date as the Celtic Samhain festival, at the behest of Pope Gregory IV. Some suggest this was due to Celtic influence, while others suggest it was a Germanic idea, although it is claimed that both Germanic and Celtic-speaking peoples commemorated the dead at the beginning of winter.They may have seen it as the most fitting time to do so, as it is a time of 'dying' in nature.
These celebrations are not just for those Christians noted as specific saints and martyrs - they commemorate all the faithful departed, including those of our own familes "called to higher service". Please spare a prayer for those you have known and loved but no longer see in this life during these three days.
More Good news...
We have now received a copy of Vivienne Cooling's dissertation upon the significance of St. Patrick's, which will be helpful in taking forward opportunities and challenges arising from our Major Parish Church status.
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.