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Three Peaks for St Patrick's

5th August 2017

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It's that time of year again...when our own diocesan TV stars, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and the Friends of St Patrick’s Mission, take part in the Three Peaks Challenge: a sponsored walk to raise funds for St Patrick's Mission in Bradford.  The 26 mile walk leaves from Horton in Ribblesdale at 7.00 am on Saturday, 5th August, with registration starting at 6.30 am.


St Patrick’s Mission is based at the oldest Catholic church in Bradford, offering daily Mass celebrated by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.  They run an open-door service for the poor and destitute, feeding between 80 and 100 people daily.


The friars are working tirelessly with St Joseph’s Parish to build up local knowledge and interest to help address issues of physical and spiritual poverty.  They featured in the BBC One documentary Bronx to Bradford: Friars on a Mission which was first shown early this year on Holy Thursday.  The programme shows the brilliant work the friars are doing with the poor and vulnerable and the plans for fully reopening St Patrick's - now the last remaining Catholic church in Bradford's city centre. 


'Catholicism is here to stay and here to grow!’ said the Rt Rev Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds, ‘St Patrick’s has played an important role in the history of the Catholic Church in Bradford; my intention is for it to play an equally important role in the future of the Catholic Church in this city.’  The Bishop is committed to opening the church as a Centre for Evangelisation to serve the residents, shoppers and workers who live in or visit Bradford’s city centre.


To sponsor the walkers or make a contribution to the friars’ work please visit the just giving website and make a donation.  Or contact Matt Campbell via 07921 700176 or matthew.campbell66@ntlworld.com


With thanks in advance for all support - financial, practical or prayerful...!