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£1.3 Million St Patrick’s Development Project


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Photo by Nigel Williams, Black Iris Images - used with permission.

The parish church is currently undergoing dramatic changes. The project scheduled for completion later this year is in three parts:

Church extension

A new extension is doubling the length of the main nave area and providing an additional 120 seats for the expanding congregation. St Patrick’s had 400 people attending Sunday Mass after the new church opened in 1995. This number has swelled to 650 and is expected to increase.

The extension will house the Baptistry and the Columbarium and will be known as The Chapel of the Resurrection.

The Narthex

The entrance to the church is also doubling in size and parishioners will enter the building though a new 14 metre wide glass screen with artwork depicting The New Creation. The Narthex will be flanked by the new parish office on one side and a new sacristy on the other.

The Shore Gallery

This popular downstairs function room will increase in size by 50% allowing banqueting seating for 80 – 100 guests! There will be a new kitchen and toilets.

Progress of the Development

A photograhic record of the development project can be viewed here and here.

The Artwork

St Patrick’s is famous for its fabulous eclectic artwork reflecting the fact that people from more than 40 countries worship here. New additions are planned to decorate the expanding interior. The parishioners responded enthusiastically to an appeal for prayer and sponsorship for individual items ranging in cost from £800 to £20,000. It took less than four weeks for over 50 items to find sponsors who donated in excess of £150,000.

Father Gregory said “I am overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity which is a witness to their love of their church and parish”.

The Artwork for 4 Stained Glass Windows

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Images from left to right:
The Resurrection - sponsored by the People of the Parish
Pentecost - sponsored by the Anstey & Hemmings families
The Ascension - sponsored by Jo & Denis Deasey
Our Lady, Untier of Knots - sponsored by Denise & Paul Gaiger

Greek Icons

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A series of beautiful handmade icons will be included in the Baptistry, courtesy of Fr Greg's family, Glen and Pat Grant and their children, Alec, Fiona and Michael.

The Columbarium

A unique feature of the new development is The Columbarium. Cabinets housing The new Stations of the Cross also contain over 400 vaults for the internment off cremated remains. Even before advertising or promotion many parishioners are reserving their future final resting place.

Father Gregory says “It will be one of the most beautiful resting places for loved ones anywhere in the world. It will be available to people of all faiths and those who want to gift their loved ones with a special place that is holy and dignified. The Columbarium will prompt us to keep the church open each day of the week. It will facilitate an atmosphere of prayer and love.

Stations of the Cross

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These cameo glass Stations of the Cross are being made by master craftsman Stephen Bradley at his studio in Devon.

Fundraising

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Altar server Jismon Jose came up with a unique way to boost the fundraising of the Come and See Group - he raised an amazing £1,800 by dyeing his hair white! The group is planning other fundraising activities including hosting the St Patrick's Summer Ball on 14th July.

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