About the Parish

dsc03004St. Anthony of Padua was built in 1931 and consecrated in 1958.

It has many attractive features, including a beautiful icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, stone statues of Saints, hand-carved wooden Stations of the Cross and a traditional Pipe Organ.

Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

dsc029951This Icon of Our Lady and the Christ Child, called “Christ Comes”, was commissioned for St. Anthony of Padua for the Millennium Year 2000. It depicts Our Lady of Perpetual Succour showing loving kindness at the heart of the world. The Icon was written by a Sister of the Community of Sancti Angeli Benedictine Skete based in the heart of the highlands of Scotland, in the Loch Ness area evangelised by St. Columba and his monks.

Natural Stone Statues of the Saints

dsc02996The Parish has five beautiful natural-stone statues helping us to call to mind, and invoke the prayers of, the Saints.

Stations of the Cross

station1The Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis or Via Dolorosa) is a popular devotion commemorating Christ’s suffering and death on Good Friday before His resurrection at Easter. The Stations, or Way, of the Cross was begun by St. Francis of Assisi.

station15This devotional practice extended throughout the Roman Catholic Church. It is commonly observed on Fridays and, in a particular way, during the Season of Lent and on Good Friday.

The Stations of the Cross at St. Anthony of Padua are hand-carved.

Organ

organThe Parish has a fully-functioning pipe organ made by the John Compton Organ Company Ltd. It has two manuals and pedals and has two-foot, four-foot, eight-foot and sixteen-foot stops. The organ is played at weddings and funerals. At present, we have no parish organist. If there is anyone interested in playing the organ at parish Masses please speak with the Parish Priest.