There is an old Mexican tradition called ‘Posada’.

A young man and a young woman from the Parish are selected to dress up as Mary and Joseph and then spend the days of Advent travelling from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling their hosts about the imminent arrival of Jesus at Christmas.

Modern day ‘Posada’ uses a statue of Mary and Joseph and the donkey instead of a young couple to travel from home to home.

This Advent, parishioners from all three churches in the All Saints Parish will have the opportunity to sign up to host our Posada statue for one evening in the days leading up to Christmas.

As the statue makes its way around the Parish, with one host family taking it to the next, there is the chance to pray together, perhaps share a cup of tea and a cake or even a simple meal, and thing about what we’re looking forward to at Christmas.

So look out for the Posada rota and sign up to be a host. You’ll be given a pack with suggested prayers and scripture readings for the ‘hand-over’.

It is up to you how you offer hospitality and then you just give the statue pride of place in your home for a night.

To be real evangelists, why not invite round some neighbours or those non-church-going members of your family?


A new look at Evangelisation for our Parish.

Jesus sent the early Church to proclaim and share the good news with all peoples. We are an essentially missionary Church. This means our very essence is mission through discipleship. However if we take an honest look at our parish life today, it seems we may have lost our way. So much of the blame is being placed on various crises, but the real issue may be an identity crisis.

In this book, Divine Renovation, author Father James Mallon confronts the luke-warmness that exists in many parishes and further, calls out the clericalism that we have become all too comfortable with in our parish life.

Divine Renovation may make you feel a bit uncomfortable but the many practical points and applications that Fr. Mallon provides will help you in the challenging work of conversion and rebuilding.

We are the Church and the Church needs to be busy doing the mission work that Jesus sent us to do!

Are you interested in helping us talk about and think about these issues?

We meet on Wednesdays from 7:15pm to around 8:00pm. Ten people enjoyed a lively and interesting discussion in our first session. AND it’s not too late to join the group!

Session 1 Wednesday 27th June 7.15 – 8.15pm

Session 2  Wednesday 4th July 7.15 – 8.15pm

Session 3  Wednesday 18th July 7.15 – 8.15pm

Session 4  Wednesday 25th July 7.15 – 8.15pm

Session 5  Wednesday 8th Aug 7.15 – 8.15pm

Session 6  Wednesday 15th Aug 7.15 – 8.15pm

To find out what we’ll be talking about each week, CLICK HERE to see the discussion schedule.

This book offers questions that are both a work of study, personal reflection, and helpful for group discussion. We really hope you enjoy taking a deeper look at parish life and prayerfully reflecting on how we can all work together to bring our parish from maintenance to mission!

A copy of the book is available in the Narthex Library area of Our Lady and St Patrick Church, which you are welcome to read. Please do not take the book away, so that it can be there for others. If you wish to purchase your own copy, it is available in paperback on Amazon, currently priced at £14.94.

Some Suggestions for our book discussion group time:

  • Begin each session with a brief time for reflection and then open with a prayer. Pray for an open heart for honest observations of our parish life. Then pray for our parish, priests, leaders, parishioners and new members who have yet to join our parish community. Give praise and thanksgiving for being fed spiritually with the nourishment of the Eucharist and supported by the sacraments of the Church. 
  • Each week, give the group members a chance to share experiences from their actual time in prayer and their personal reflection on the life of the parish. What inspirations or insights have they been given? 
  • At the end of each session allow for 5 minutes of silence and invite every member of the group to reflect on one thing they are going to take away from the session. Some examples: a commitment they are making; a truth they want to remember; or an action they want to take.