Bishop's Mass at St Patrick's Mission
9th March 2017
Friday, 17th March is St Patrick's Day and in honour of the Patron Saint of the Irish, Bishop Marcus is to say Mass at St Patrick’s Mission: the oldest Catholic church in Bradford’s city centre.
Opened in 1853, the church was built by Irish immigrants who had fled from the potato famine. To this day, it's believed that more Irish people have immigrated to the city than any other group. As well as celebrating the history and heritage of Catholic Bradford, the newly-launched Friends of St Patrick's Mission are raising funds to help support the work of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, who have refurbished the presbytery and convent on site as their Friary and from where they run a dining room and clothes-swap visited by around 80 homeless people each day.
The Friends enjoy the Bishop's full support and encouragement to re-establish St Patrick's Mission as a centre for evangelisation and a place of worship and of retreat. The aim is to raise enough money to open St Patrick’s Mission Church permanently to serve the residents, shoppers and workers that live in or visit Bradford city centre. Watch this website for more information about the Friends: how to join and forthcoming events.
As to the Big Event on the Saint's Feast Day, the Bishop will be celebrating Mass in the church itself at 12:15 hrs and ALL are welcome at: St Patrick's Mission, Sedgefield Terrace, Westgate, Bradford BD1 2RU.