Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Enjoying the benefit of the restored St Patrick's, Soho Square
We end our APGL Study Days with the Rosary and Benediction. I ask one of the priests to hear confessions during the Rosary, something that is often forgotten about on events arranged for clergy. Today we were able to use the Church of St Patrick in Soho Square. Here is the fine, restored confessional that was used today:
In April, I wrote about the transformation that was taking place at St Patrick's in the heart of Soho with some photos of work in progress but near to completion. All the work has now been finished: the formal opening took place in May, and it is now in full use for the many activities that take place in this thriving central London parish under the care of Fr Alexander Sherbrooke.
The Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the Church for adoration all afternoon during the week, so we were able to say the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament and then have short Benediction.
A special feature of the Church is that it houses the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is not just any copy: the shrine wished there to be an image in every country in the world that had been faithfully reproduced and had touched the original tilma of St Juan Diego. Our image is at St Patrick's and has been thoughtfully placed in the Baptistery, linking the sanctity of human life with the sacrament of rebirth in Baptism: