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An obituary for Canon Patrick Sammon

Fr Martin Boland, Dean of Brentwood Cathedral, writes:

Canon Patrick Sammon

23 August 1948 – 16 September 2022

There is a long tradition of energetic priests with a visionary spark who are recognised for their building of churches, schools and parish centres. After forty-nine years of priestly ministry, Fr Patrick Sammon takes his place amongst this prestigious group. While he certainly leaves a legacy in stone and glass throughout the Diocese of Brentwood, he will be principally remembered as a builder of communities of faith. Inspired by the insights of the Second Vatican Council, he came to recognise the importance of “community” as one of the key ways by which people give glory of God. It was no accident that one of his favourite aphorisms was “we are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!”

Fr Pat’s commitment to building communities of Paschal hope was evident in the parishes he served in as an assistant priest and respectively at St Vincent de Paul, Becontree, Most Holy Redeemer, Billericay, Our Lady & St. George, Walthamstow and Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead as their parish priest. His attentiveness and care when celebrating the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, drew people into a closer relationship with God. At the same time, his resolve in applying the riches of the liturgical renewal and ensuring the participation of the laity at every level of parish life gave a particular dynamism to his ministry. But there were also his many “hidden” acts of pastoral care, spiritual guidance and wise counsel that countless numbers of people now recall with profound gratitude.

The gifts and vision he brought to the parishes he served were also put at the service of the whole Diocese. As Diocesan Youth Officer he laid enduring foundations for the Youth Service that has nurtured the faith of young people across the decades and he proved a key figure in the establishment of the annual Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage. In his role as Vocations Director, he helped men to discern their vocation and supported them on their journey towards priesthood. His acute mind, good humour and firm hand as a chairman greatly contributed to the Diocesan Child Protection Committee, Diocesan Finance Board and roles as a Diocesan Trustee and as Provost of the Cathedral Chapter.

Although his priestly life was spent on “mission” in England, his identity was undoubtedly shaped by County Mayo, Ireland, the place of his birth where he grew up as the eldest of five surviving siblings and another sister who died in infancy. It was at St Patrick’s Church, Louisburgh on 12 June 1973 that he was ordained by Bishop Patrick Casey and it is in County Mayo that his mortal remains are now buried alongside his parents, John and Janie Sammon. The landscape, traditions and the faith of his family were the rich seedbed of Fr Pat’s character and priesthood.

He was deeply cultured with a particular love of Irish literature and lays claim to being one of the few priests to have actually read James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. His appreciation of classical music and art were to influence his sensitivity to the beauty of the liturgy. His theological reading was broad and rich; an article or spiritual insight would often trigger in him new approaches and pastoral initiatives. Yet only those closest to him would have been aware of such cultural influences or intellectual depths. As a priest he was readily available and at the service of others, yet as a man his privacy was something that he guarded as that inner sanctuary where he stood alone before God.

As his health deteriorated and in more melancholy moments, he would openly question the value of all his efforts. He need not have done. The value was, in the words of W. B. Yeats, that he was “blesséd and could bless”.  So many people who experienced his spiritual and pastoral care knew him as a blessing from God. These Easter people now pray, Suaimhneas Síoraí tabhair do a Thiarna. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

Picture by Graham Hillman

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Further information for visiting the Relics of St Bernadette at OLOL.

The following is a guide of what to expect when you visit the Relics of St Bernadette at Our Lady of Lourdes Wanstead on 18th October

The Relics arrive at 10am on Tuesday 18th October and between 11am and 3pm on Tuesday is reserved for school parties and members of the public will not be allowed in during that time.

The Relics can be viewed by the public between 3pm and Midnight (except when Mass takes place at 7:30pm) on Tuesday 18th October and between 6am and 9am on Wednesday 19th October

Bishop Alan Willams, Bishop of Brentwood will concelebrate Mass at 7:30pm on Tuesday evening and the Mass will be all ticket, and details on how to get tickets will be available in next weekend’s newsletter (8th & 9th October 2022) and on the parish website.

On arrival at the Church, you will be directed by a steward to the queue which will start at the assessable entrance and will go along the Parish Centre and then out alone the outside wall of the Church at busy tines there could be a long wait.

The Church carpark will be closed to all vehicles accept Blue Badge holders and special arrangements are available for disabled pilgrims.

Once you enter the Church, the queue will go down the side aisle and the across the centre, where the Relics will be in front of the sanctuary.

Each Pilgrim has a maximum of 15 seconds in front of the Relics and then you will be asked to leave the Church via the other aisle immediately via the centre doors, and disabled pilgrims will leave via the accessible exit.

No one will be allowed to stay in the Church and all the pews will be closed off for the duration of the visit of the Relics, there are no exceptions.

The last pilgrim before the Mass on Tuesday evening will be at 7pm, and pilgrims once again be allowed to visit the relics once the Church has been cleared around 9pm till Midnight.

There will be stewards in the carpark and inside the Church and these are all volunteers, and we request that you follow their instructions, and you are respectful to them.


Last updated: 30th September 2022

Canon Patrick Sammon Funeral Order of Service

The order of service for Canon Patrick Sammon’s Funeral is available to download or view at;

Order of Service for Fr Patrick Sammon’s Funeral Mass

Parking in Dangan Road & Addison Road 29th September 2022

Following a request to Redbridge Council there will be no enforcement of the parking restrictions on 29th September in the roads surrounding the church – Dangan Road & Addison Road.

Please Note that car’s parked dangerously or causing an obstruction may still be liable to receive a PCN.

Further Details for the Funeral of Canon Patrick Sammon

The arrangements have been finalised for the Reception of Canon Patrick Sammon’s body and his Requiem Mass, concelebrated by Bishop Alan.

On Wednesday evening Fr Pat’s body will be received into Our Lady of Lourdes at 7pm and the Church will be open from 6:30pm, the car park will be open on a first come first served basis and once the spaces are full then additional spaces are available at the St Joesphs Convent in Gordon Road and surrounding streets– if you can walk or use public transport please do so.

Thursday morning Fr Pat’s Requiem will start at 11:30am and the Church will open from 10:30am, the Car-Park will be open with limited spaces and once the spaces are filled then people attending will need to find alternative parking – if you can please walk or use public transport.

Once the Church is full, people are welcome to stay outside the Church for the duration of the mass and Holy Communion will be brought to anyone who wishes to receive.

There are refreshments available after the funeral Mass in the Pastoral Centre

The Requiem Mass is being live streamed please follow the link below or via the parish website.

Fr Pat’s Funeral Live streamed

The funeral of our parish priest Cannon Patrick Sammon will be live streamed on Thursday 29th September from 11.30am via


Funeral Details: Canon Patrick Sammon RIP

The Requiem Mass for Fr Pat Sammon will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead at 11.30 a.m. on Thursday 29 September.
His body will be received into the church at 7 p.m. on Wednesday 28 September.
The funeral will be live streamed via;

Canon Patrick Sammon RIP

It is with great sadness we have to announce that our parish priest Canon Patrick Sammon passed away peacefully this afternoon.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him
May he rest in peace. Amen
Requiescat in pace.
Tomorrow morning Mass will be at 9am as usual followed by exposition of the blessed sacrament.
People may wish to come and pray silently before the Eucharist that meant so much to him

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Alan for Education Sunday

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Alan for Education Sunday can be found;

Pastoral-Letter-for-10-11-September-2022 Education-Sunday.

Prayers for the Repose of the Soul of HM Queen Elizabeth II


For the happy repose of HM The Queen

Almighty God,
You are the author and sustainer of all human life;
grant that your servant, Elizabeth our Queen,
whom you granted a long and happy reign as Monarch of these lands
may be forgiven her sins and rewarded with that eternal life
promised to all those born again
in the water of baptism and power of your Spirit.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
God, forever and ever,

Eternal rest, grant to her O Lord,
And let Perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace.

May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed,
Through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Psalm 121 – A Song of Ascents

I lift up my eyes to the mountains;
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

May he never allow you to stumble!
Let him sleep not your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,
Israel’s guard.

The Lord your guard and your shade;
at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you,
nor the moon in the night.

The Lord will guard you from evil;
he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming,
both now and forever.

Canticle of Simeon
(Luke 2:29-32)
At last, all-powerful Master,
you give leave to your servant
to go in peace, according to your promise.
For my eyes have seen your salvation
Which you have prepared for all nations,
The light to enlighten the Gentiles
And give glory to Israel, your people.

Prayer for the Royal Family

Almighty God, source of all consolation,
we pray for the members of the Royal Family who mourn the loss
of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Uphold them in your love
and pour out on them the consolation of your healing Spirit.
Let them find in your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ
comfort in their sadness,
certainty in their doubt
and courage to live through this hour.

We ask this through Christ our Lord

Prayer for the King

O God, to whom every human power is subject,
Grant to your servant His Majesty the King
wisdom in the exercise of his high office,
so that, always revering to you and striving to please you,
he may constantly secure and preserve
for the people entrusted to his care
the freedom that comes from unity and peace.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
God, forever and ever,