• Matthew the Apostle - 21 September.

    Matthew was a tax collector for the Roman occupation forces:  this would make him an outcast from Jewish society, despised as a collaborator with the hated Romans.  It would also have made him a wealthy man - Roman tax collectors were entitled to set and take their own cut, provided they delivered what was expected.  It also meant he would be literate in Aramaic and Greek, and possibly Latin.

    Matthew was called by Jesus whilst collecting taxes in Capernaum.  Jesus was later eating in Matthew's house, with other tax collectors and society outcasts present, which was probably unsurprising as Matthew would be ostracised by "respectable" Jewish society.  Some Pharisees saw this and asked why Jesus ate with such people, eliciting the response that He had come to call sinners to repentance, not the righteous; and that God desired mercy, not sacrifice.

    The Gospel attributed to Matthew is anonymous, with his name added in the second century.  It goes into  more biographical detail than the other Gospels, beginning with Jesus' lineage.  It is generally accepted that it was written in Greek rather than translated from Aramaic.  Matthew the Apostle may or may not have been the original writer or compiler.

    What do we know about Matthew?  Not much - other than he left a lucrative occupation to follow Jesus, exchanging one outcast role for another (which was not lucrative!), and followed Jesus through His ministry and witnessed Jesus' ascension.  He followed Jesus  - we can do the same.   

    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.

    We do have a toilet, but unfortunately space and access constraints mean it is not suitable for people with disabilities.  It is available for church services, all church events, organised parties and whenever the church is stewarded.  It is NOT available for use by casual visitors other than by prior arrangement with one of the Church officers.      

     Safeguarding vulnerable people.

    St. Patrick's Church takes very seriously our duty to safeguard vulnerable people.  More information is available from the PCC's Safeguarding Officer (see the "Contact us" page) or from the Diocese of York at https://dioceseofyork.org.uk/safeguarding.


    We began preparing our Conservation Management Plan (essential for all Major Parish Churches)  in March and began community consultations at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 30 April.  Results from a local questionnaire indicate responders would like to see more major events in church and the PCC is considering where this leads.  An inital draft of the Plan has now been sent to statutory bodies for comment and will be available for wider public consultation shortly.


    We now have a Facebook page -  St Patricks Church Patrington - authentic page  - to keep everyone in touch.  The title is a bit longwinded as there were already other pages about the church which aren't ours.  If you like what you see, whether on Facebook or on this website, please tell your friends.  Better still, come and visit our lovely church - visitors always welcome, but if you want to see it all, it will take a couple of hours.  


  • More CMP...

    Heritage information is a crucial part of conservation for future generations.  As is the case with many medieval churches, much of St. Patrick's Church's heritage data has vanished into the mists of time.  We are fortunate in having some historic pamphlets, usually by Victorian clergy, but these sometimes lead to more questions than answers. 

    If you have knowledge or views (please say which!) on the questions set out below, we'd love to hear from you, either via the Facebook page or by email to the CMP Project Manager or PCC Secretary (details on the "contact us" page). 


    Is there evidence that the original grant of Patrington to the Archbishops of York was from King Athelstan, or from King Cnut in 1033?

    Robert Thergolts (Precentor of York Minster) requested he be buried in St. Patrick's chancel:  is one of the large unnamed grave slabs his?  If so, which one?

    Did the later Robert de Patrington, Master Mason at York Minster, also work on St. Patrick's?  If he did, which came first?

    Is there any evidence of the locations of testamentary burials identified by Poulson?

    There are three piscinas in each transept:  were they for separate chapels?  If so, what were the dedications of the five other than the Lady Chapel and what were their purposes?

    Is the older part of the present chancel screen a remnant of the former rood gallery and screen, or was it originally elsewhere?

    There are many more questions we want to follow up, but six at a time will give us enough to think about!