Parish Team

The Right Reverend Canon Gregory Grant

The Right Reverend Canon Gregory Grant

Canon Gregory Grant was ordained for the Diocese of Clifton in 1977 in Clifton Cathedral, Bristol. He has worked as a curate in Corpus Christi parish in Weston-Super-Mare and in St Osmund‘s, Salisbury, before taking up a four year appointment with the Catholic Missionary Society preaching parish missions around England and Wales. In 1988, he was appointed parish priest of St Patrick’s and began the redevelopment and reorganisation of the parish. Canon Gregory celebrated his 70th birthday on 2021 and enjoys having spent almost half of his life as parish priest of St Patrick’s.

Deacon Robert and Kath Easton & Deacon Denis and Jo Deasey

Deacon Robert and Kath Easton & Deacon Denis and Jo Deasey

Permanent Deacons and their Wives

Deacon Robert Easton is married to Kath and was ordained in 2010. He is a hospital chaplain at Southmead and in the parish conducts baptisms, weddings and funerals.

Deacon Denis Deasy is married to Jo and was ordained in 2010. He is a hospital chaplain at the B.R.I and in the parish conducts baptisms, weddings and funerals.

Amelia Dunford

Amelia Dunford

Pastoral Assistant

Amelia Dunford has worked for the parish office full time for over 30 years in many roles and responsibilities and has a great personal knowledge of all the parishioners. Amelia is responsible for co-ordinating and promoting catechetical programmes, organising baptisms, weddings and funerals and all parish activities that involve parishioners promoting church events.

Tracy McNama

Tracy McNama

Parish Secretary

Tracy McNama moved in to the role of parish administration following a successful career in teaching. Most recently, teaching in St Patrick’s school. Tracy works out of the parish office and deals with all the practical day to day secretarial and administrative operations of the parish and in addition is the director of St Patrick’s Choir.

Fiona Bradley

Fiona Bradley

Parish Treasurer

Fiona Bradley has been parish treasurer for 25 years. A qualified accountant, Fiona works voluntarily in the parish office dealing with matters of financial record keeping and processing of income and expenditure. Fiona is also chair of Governors at St Patrick’s school. Fiona is a founding Trustee of Th Grant Bradley Charitable Trust.

Jismon Jose and Jeril Laiju

Jismon Jose and Jeril Laiju

Administrative Assistants

Jismon and Jeril are university students in Bristol and work part-time in the parish office assisting Amelia and Tracy. Their technological expertise on the computer makes the office operate efficiently and their involvement in so many areas of parish life as altar servers, Eucharistic Ministers, founders of the Come and See Group and fundraisers keep them connected to and respected by all parishioners.

Office Secretarial Volunteers

Office Secretarial Volunteers

The parish is blessed with several part time office volunteers who assist Tracy and Amelia in the many routine and day to day tasks that require time and practical help.

The Salvatorian Sisters

The Salvatorian Sisters

The Sisters of the Divine Saviour (The Salvatorians) moved to St Patrick’s in 1990 and live in a purpose-built convent adjacent to the church. They assist in the pastoral and catechetical activities of the church and also work in neighbouring parishes.

Robert Moloney

Robert Moloney

Health & Safety Officer

Robert Moloney is fully qualified in all matters of Health and Safety and is the caretaker of St Patrick’s school. Robert spends time each week in the parish office and visiting the many church buildings to ensure that all policies and procedures are adhered to and recorded accurately.

Pauline Humphrey

Pauline Humphrey

Safeguarding Officer

Pauline Humphrey has been our voluntary safeguarding officer in St Patrick’s for 15 years. She ensures that all personnel and activities in the parish are operating compliantly according to church guidelines, policies and procedures.

Roy Joseph

Roy Joseph

Gardener

Roy Joseph is the gardener for Dillon Court and St Patrick‘s Church and keeps the site looking tidy in the winter and beautiful in the summer. Roy and his wife live adjacent to the St Patrick’s site and worship at St Patrick’s. Roy does the live streaming each day and he and his wife Recsy run the Vianney Prayer Group. They have two sons, Noel and Leon, who play and sing at church services.

Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee

The Music Group Leader

Andrew Lee has led St Patrick’s Music Group since September 2002. Andrew also sings bass in the choir at St Patrick’s Church. He also plays the cornet in both Portishead Town Band and Filton Concert Brass Band and has a full-time job within an architectural practice.

The Music Group

The Music Group

Under the direction of Andrew Lee, the music group leads the congregation in worship on two Sundays each month. Their repertoire is constantly revised and updated to bring leadership and variety to the congregational singing.

Tracy McNama and Steve Clarke

Tracy McNama and Steve Clarke

St Patrick’s Choir Leaders

Tracy McNama directs our four-part choir. She has conducted the choir for 9 years, taught at St Patrick’s Primary School and led their choir for 6 years and is now parish secretary and personal assistant to Canon Gregory.

Steve Clarke is the choir’s accompanist on piano, he arranges 4-part pieces for the choir and writes his own psalms for our use. He is Head of Music at Bristol Brunel Academy.

St Patrick’s Choir

St Patrick’s Choir

In the autumn of 2004, Saint Patrick’s organist David Forde created a mixed voice, four-part choir. Since then, the choir has gone from strength to strength with as many as 27 members. In 2008, the choir was privileged to sing at Galway and Waterford Cathedrals. They have sung at a number of Diocesan Events including The Glastonbury Pilgrimage, Clifton Cathedral events and an appearance on the BBC Radio Bristol Carol Service. In 2012, Tracy McNama and Steve Clarke became Musical Director and Pianist respectively. The choir continues to develop its repertoire by leading music at Mass once a month and are heavily involved at Christmas and Easter Masses and special liturgical occasions..

St Patrick’s School

St Patrick’s School

St Patrick’s infant and primary school were opened in 1933. The full cost of the construction was paid for by parishioners. In 2013, the school became and academy. The school is rated outstanding in all areas by Ofsted. More than 50% of the 210 pupils come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and have English as an additional language. The school and parish church share the same site and are integrated into a collaborative vision and approach to faith growth and development.