St. Patrick's Church

Banbridge, County Down, United Kingdom

BT32 4DW



Who we are

St. Patrick's Church is a Roman Catholic church in Banbridge, County Down.

We are a fellowship of believers, made in God's image and called as disciples of Christ to share the Good News with everyone through learning, listening, praying and working together actively to reach out to our communities.

St. Patrick's Church is a place to believe, belong, and become!

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100 Dromore Street
Banbridge, County Down BT32 4DW
United Kingdom
Phone: 028 4062 4950

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Church Pastor

Canon Liam Stevenson
Pastor
100 Dromore Street
Banbridge, County Down BT32 4DW
United Kingdom
Phone: 02840662136

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Quote of the Day
Proverbs 31:30

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

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Canon Liam Stevenson
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I was born in a townland called Derryloiste on a farm with fields running down to the River Bann (little did I know that one day I would be working as a priest in a town upstream on the same River Bann). Derryloiste is situated in North Armagh, about a mile south of Lough Neagh – the biggest inland lake in the British Isles. I have three brothers and three sisters and, following primary school, I went as a boarder to Saint Colman’s College, Newry.

I became interested in the Priesthood and began studying for it in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 1965. I was ordained on the 18th June 1972 in St Brigid’s Church, Newry for our Diocese of Dromore. Following a free summer, I was appointed to St Colman’s College as a teacher. I was extremely happy in St Colman’s teaching Maths, Physics and Religious Education. I was appointed vice-principal in 1993 and President (Principal) the following year. I worked in that capacity until my appointment as Parish Priest of Seapatrick here in Banbridge in September 2000.

One of the advantages of working in the College was that I was free from College work for about six weeks each summer. I spent that time working with a Pastor (Parish Priest) in his Parish in the Oakland Diocese, which is administered from the city of Oakland, ten miles east of San Francisco in California. I worked in Walnut Creek (about thirty miles east of San Francisco) for many summers and whilst there I was able to help with Baptisms, Marriages, Funerals, Daily Mass and Wedding Masses. I found this experience very enlightening and now, with hindsight, very beneficial for my present work in Banbridge.

On arriving in Banbridge, I was struck by the warmth and sincerity of the welcome I received from the community and from a whole host of individuals. In that respect, nothing has changed and, indeed, it is that kindness and generosity of spirit which remains the hallmark of the Banbridge people.But, little else in life remains static and there have been so many changes which have challenged us; changes which we have embraced; changes which have hurt – deaths, illnesses, personal and family crises – and changes which have filled all our lives with joy – births, marriages, reconciliations and success for so many of our young people in their lives.

So, as we reflect upon these changes taking place in all aspects of the life of our parish community and, indeed, in local, national and world affairs, be encouraged and assured that it is all in God’s plan for us and that God is with us in it.

May God bless you all and may we all continue to enjoy His grace and goodness.
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Sunday 10.30am

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tues: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00am

Mass Times last updated on the 10th of July, 2019


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St. Patrick's Church, Banbridge, County Down, United Kingdom
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St. Patrick's Church History

The Church of St Patrick, Dromore Street, was originally completed in 1839. Planning of it began in 1835 by Rev Edmund Magennis, Parish Priest of Tullylish,Donacloney, Seapatrick and Magherally. The architect for the Church, which is of formal Gothic design, was Thomas D Duff who had recently designed Newry Cathedral and St Patrick’s Church, Loughbrickland. Work on the building had to be suspended in March 1837, due to a shortage of money, with £450 having already been spent by this date. The Church, however, was eventually dedicated on 21 June 1841 by Dr Blake. According to local memory, for several years after opening St Patrick’s still had an earthen floor. Parishioners who could afford them, brought their own kneelers, with others kneeling on the bare ground. A bell tower was erected close by the Church, on the town side in 1885.

The same tower has now been moved to the country side of St Patrick’s. In 1890 a gallery was added to St Patrick’s.

In 1910 a new high altar was constructed. A major redecoration followed in 1924. The mid 1920s saw a variety of developments in the facilities of Seapatrick Parish; the Parochial House was extended, a new Chapel came into being at Drumnavaddy, and the parish primary schools were renovated and extended.
While modifications of St Patrick’s were undertaken during the decades that followed, the most significant renovations and rearrangements came in the early 1980s under the guidance of Canon Michael O’Rourke. Altar railings were removed, the Sanctuary was extended and repositioned in accordance with the liturgical norms of the Second Vatican Council. Marble from the altar rails was used in the construction of a new lectern and celebrant’s chair. A baptistery was constructed at the edge of the extended sanctuary, embellished by a trio of stained glass windows, depicting the baptism of Christ. New seating and confessionals were also install and new sacristy facilities were built. St Patrick’s Church was solemnly rededicated and reopened by Bishop Brooks on 21 November 1982.

Mass in this Church is celebrated on: Sundays: 10:30am, Tuesdays & Fridays: 7:30pm, Saturdays: 10.00am.

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