Patronal Festival

Patronal Festival (St Gabriel's Day)

St Gabriel's Day is kept (with the other Archangels) on 29 September. We keep our celebration on the closest weekend.


Saturday 24 September 2022 - The St Gabrieltide Dinner

On the Eve of St Gabrieltide we gather in church for a champagne reception at 6.30pm. This is our most formal social event of the year, and those attending are invited to dress smartly, to mark the occasion. At 7.00pm we move through to the dining tables, and sit down to a delicious formal dinner. It is always a very special occasion. We hope to be joined by a "Guest of Honour", details still to be announced.


Sunday 25 September 2022 - The Patronal Festival Pontifical High Mass

On the following morning (Sunday) we gather again in church, at 10.30am, for a Patronal Festival Pontifical High Mass and procession. "Pontifical" here indicates that the officiant at mass will be the Bishop. The procession comes at the end of mass, and leads us to the Gabriel Shrine in the Chapel of St Michael & All Angels (one of our side chapels) for a litany and collect before the statue of St Gabriel. The Bishop will also be the preacher for this service, which is followed by coffee and cake for everyone. Bishop Lusa will also administer the sacrament of Confirmation during mass.


In recent years our Patronal Festival preachers have been:


  • 2006 - The Reverend Father Andrew Davies (Diocese of London)

  • 2007 - The Reverend Father Keith Robus (the Vicar)

  • 2008 - The Reverend Father Keith Robus (the Vicar)

  • 2009 - The Reverend Father Keith Robus (the Vicar)

  • 2010 - The Reverend Father Callan Slipper, PhD (assistant priest)

  • 2011 - The Reverend Father Timothy L'Estrange (the Vicar)

  • 2012 - The Right Reverend Lindsay Urwin OGS (Administrator of Walsingham, Bishop)

  • 2013 - The Reverend Dr James Matarazzo (Oxford University)

  • 2014 - The Reverend Father Paul Smedley (assistant priest)

  • 2015 - The Reverend Father Timothy L'Estrange (the Vicar)

  • 2016 - The Reverend Father Justin Trevelyan Parker (Diocese of Hereford)

  • 2017 - Reader John Burnapp (Licensed Lay Minister, Diocese of St Albans)

  • 2018 - The Reverend Father Michael Scotchmer (Diocese of Chelmsford)

  • 2019 - Reader Mark Corcoran (Licensed Lay Minister)

  • 2020 - The Reverend Father Niall Johnston (Archbishops' Council, Mission & Public Affairs Department)

  • 2021 - The Reverend Father Simon Thorn, PhD (formerly Chaplain of Winchester College)

  • 2022 - The Right Reverend ✚ Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy (Bishop of Willesden)