The Patronal Page
For over a century, the people of St Faith's have marked
October 6th as a red-letter day in our church's year.
It is the feast day of Saint Faith, Virgin and Martyr, patron of
our church since our founder, Douglas Horsfall, named her as
such for the church's consecration in 1900.
In recent decades, October 6th or, depending on the calendar,
October 5th, the Eve of the Feast, has been marked by a High Mass
celebrating our foundation and our patron, while the days within
the Patronal Octave have also been marked by special events:
liturgical, musical and social.
The links below record, in words and pictures, the
celebrations of recent years. There are also links to a
range of other pages, featuring information (and legends) about
Saint Faith and her shrine at Conques, in France and details of
all the other churches (and places) associated with or dedicated
to her in the UK and throughout the world - or at least the ones
we know of!
So let us celebrate
Sunday, October 6th - the Feast Day of Saint
Faith, Virgin and Martyr.
11.00 am HIGH MASS, followed by parish lunch.
We welcome as our visiting preacher Fr Grant Holmes.
click HERE for
the pictures from the
St Faith's Eve High Mass ... and HERE
for Fr Richard Capper's sermon
2012 Patronal Festival weekend
Friday, October 5th (Eve of the Feast of
7.30 pm Procession and
Patronal High Mass.
Celebrant and preacher: Canon Richard Capper, Canon Pastoral,
Norwich Cathedral and one time Vicar of St Faith's. Followed by
Saturday, October 6th (Feast of Saint
Faith, Virgin and Martyr)
10.30 am Eucharist,
followed by Bucks Fizz and nibbles.
Sunday, October 7th (Dedication
11.00 am Family
Eucharist and Parade service
6.00 pm Festal Evensong,
Procession and Te Deum (no sermon!).
Lord, for a century of praise
this holy ground;
For Faith in whose strong
Our watchword still is found,
We give you thanks, and ask
For holiness like hers:
To serve your world and keep
Throughout the turning years.
we celebrated our Patronal Festival
Here is the illustrated
EVE OF ST FAITH'S DAY
9.15pm Vigil of the Resurrection
6th October: Saint
Faith, Virgin and Martyr ST. FAITH’S DAY
Lunchtime Recital: Neil Kelley (organ)
Patronal Festival Procession and High Mass.
Preacher: The Revd Dr Jennifer Cooper
Tutor in Theology, College of the Resurrection, Mirfield)
Sunday 9th October
Sung Eucharist of Dedication
and in 2010
6.00pm Festal Evensong,
Procession and Te Deum
Glory of Faith the sermon preached on the Eve of
St Faith's 2010 by the Dean of Worcester
Tuesday 5th October – The Eve of Saint
Faith, Virgin & Martyr
Faith's Day 2010 a page of pictures of the High Mass
on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
8.00pm Procession and Solemn High Mass
Music: “A little Jazz Mass” – Bob Chilcott
(with piano, drums and bass)
Preacher: The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, Dean of
Worcester, followed by buffet supper in the Parish Hall
October – Saint Faith’s Day
11.00am Church open for light refreshments and
12noon Midday Recital of popular organ classics –
7.00 – 9.00pm ‘Open House’ cocktail party in the
Vicarage (please come and go as you are able)
9.15pm Night Prayer and concluding devotions to
10th October - Dedication Festival
11.00am High Mass followed by lunch
in the Parish Hall (in aid of the Waterloo Partnership)
6.00pm Festal Evensong
Links to other pages.....
Saint Faith and Saint Faith's
information about Saint Faith and her connection with our church
Saint Faith's elsewhere
a list of more than 50 other churches and establishments in the
United Kingdom and worldwide dedicated to our patron saint; with
features and website links
Saint Faith's Day 2007 reporting
our 2007 Patronal Festival celebrations, with links to reports
from 2006 and 2005
Saint Faith's Day 2008 reporting
the High Mass and associated junketings
Saint Faith's Day 2009 reporting
the Patronal Festival celebrations of St Faith's Night
The Way of Faith - pages on the
other major festivals of the church's year as celebrated at St