This Roman Catholic Church, the smallest (Parish and Church) in the whole Archdiocese of Southwark, is close to the River Thames on the South Bank, a stone’s throw away from Waterloo Station and from the London Eye. It rubs shoulders with illustrious buildings, such as the Festival Hall, the National Theatre, the Old Vic, the Hayward Gallery.
The church has been around for centuries, continuously remodeled in order to preserve it and keep it functional as a church. It’s earliest version was built during Tudor times. it survived the dissolution of the monasteries because the monks took up maces (maces were a popular weapon with medieval clergymen as they got around the Bible’s teachings against swords and bladed weapons) and defended the church against a mob of angry protestants.
The church is served by the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor Conventual [OFM Conv.], whose Greyfriars’ community friary is diagonally opposite the Church. This central London Church is the Spiritual home of an ethnic variety of parishioners, as well as a spiritual oasis for office workers and other commuters passing through Waterloo.
We have also been a popular recruiting ground for the Holy Mother Church in Rome. The Vatican has recruited a number of our young priests to work in its offices carrying out important tasks. We are the only Catholic church in England to have had one of our clergymen called up to the Vatican’s exorcism academy and trained to be an exorcist.
The Acorn Allsorts Club
The Acorn Allsorts Club is St. Patrick Waterloo School’s out of school club. It caters for children aged 4 – 11 in its own dedicated club room in the Acorn Building situated on the school’s large and beautiful playing field. The Club offers structured and free play giving the children a choice of activities in a calm, caring and safe environment.
The school’s on-site canteen is able to offer a tasty and healthy tea for the children or they may bring their own packed tea.
In addition to catering for infant and primary school aged children, it also does work to help teenage boys and girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to find employment and get enrolled into vocational training courses. They have links with training providers in a number of industries, including plumbing apprenticeships, Discovery Fitness Instructor Courses and Network Rail engineer training.
“Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”
~ Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ