Future of St. Patrick's English-Language Library 

Library

From Father Greg: 

For over sixty years, the Santa Susanna English-Language Lending Library has been a part of the life of the city of Rome. This library was created as a ministry of the American parish of Santa Susanna staffed by the Paulist Fathers and most importantly has continued to exist because of the generous service of volunteers, as well as the donations of books, new and used, from members.  In September 2017, we moved the entire library (books, bookshelves, desks, tables and chairs) from Via XX Settembre 15 to Via Boncompani 31. Dedicated Library Volunteers and Parishioners worked very hard to make this transition. It became St. Patrick’s English-Language Library and is located in Tara Hall below the Church.

Unfortunately, the library has not had much use in the past two years.  We have less than 20 paying members and very few volunteers, and we lack a Library Director. In fact, the parish itself has been supplementing the library for the past few years, and more so since we moved from Santa Susanna.  With Amazon, Kindles, iPhones and other electronic means to read, we have basically become a used book store, which is not our purpose. And so the Parish Council has decided that it is time to close the library. This is very sad, but we have no other alternative. This will happen on February 29, 2020.

   

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Until then, we will have extensive Book Sales.  Our Pre-Christmas Used Book Sale will be from November 13 until December 15 during opening hours:  Sundays 10 AM to 12:30 PM, Wednesdays 3-6 PM, and Thursdays 11 AM -3.30 PM.   Of late we have not been accepting donations of used books because we are overloaded and trying to reduce our inventory.  However, if you have recently published English language books that you feel are of value, please bring them in.  We will accept donations only through December 15.

I have been involved in the library since I first arrived in August of 1996 and Fr. Sean Foley asked me to work with the volunteers.  The Santa Susanna/St. Patrick’s Library has been of great service to the larger Roman community for decades and many of you who have been here for a while have great memories, as do I.  The space will continue to be used for Religious Education classes for both children and adults. 

 

You can  reach the library through the St. Patrick's Office Number:  06.8881.8727.   Please click here for Map and Directions to St. Patrick's Church (San Patrizio).  

Mass Times and Directions

Masses in English with the American Community are now permanently at the Church of St. Patrick (Chiesa di S. Patrizio a Villa Ludovisi), Via Boncompagni 31. Click here for our New Mass schedule at St.Patrick's. For Holy Days and special Liturgies (including our Christmas/New Year's Schedule), see also special Mass times.

Papal Audiences

On most Wednesdays throughout the year, Pope Francis holds a public audience in St. Peter's Square in front of St. Peter's Basilica. To request tickets to the Wednesday Papal Audience, please click here .

Donate

To make donations to St. Patrick's American Community in Rome, you can click on the secure PayPal/Credit card "DONATE" link below. If you need a tax credit letter, it is best not to use PayPal "DONATE", but make your donations by checks made out to “Paulist Fathers”, a US entity, and Fr. Greg can issue a letter for your taxes. You can mail this check or you can give US dollars in person. We hope this inconvenience won't discourage you from donating to the St. Patrick's American Community as we are much in need of your support.

As Romans Do

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Our newest edition of As Romans Do, 2019-2020, our periodic guide for pilgrims to Rome, is now available. This 100-page guide to Rome and the Catholic American Community of St. Patrick’s Church is a real treasure. Click for more info!

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