St Wilfrid's

Friends of Winckley Square Guided Walk. Photo credit: Paul Rushton
The Catholic Chapel of St Wilfrid’s in Preston was once the largest in England. After works began in 1792, it was subsequently enlarged. It stands just north of Winckley Square, a Georgian square in the heart of Preston city centre. The large houses around the Square were built as homes by wealthy lawyers.The Jesuits of St Wilfrid’s were eager to have a presbytery close to the church. The aim was to purchase one of the homes that overlook the Square. In 1877 a plan to buy one was thwarted when...
Parishioners Ann and Kath signing cards
Some early Easter cards signing took place at St Wilfrid’s in Preston this weekend. The parish greetings have been sent this morning, Monday 1st of April, to the catholic parish of the Holy Family in Gaza, to show solidarity with the remaining few Christians still left in the region during this time of conflict.The Faith and Justice Group in Preston decided to take part to the Liverpool justice and peace commission’s campaign, which has been set to provide the participants with the opportunity...
Several members from the Jesuit community in Preston, staff and parishioners of St Wilfrid’s joined over one hundred people gathered at Preston Flag Market for a Vigil to remember the victims of Christchurch terrorist attack.The event was well attended by people from various parishes in the city, members of the Catholic community and of different faiths. The initiative was first organized by Preston Faith Forum, alongside with Preston City Council's Faith Covenant Group, during the weekend...
A group of parishioners from St Wilfrid’s in Preston braved the very wet weather last Sunday to pray and reflect on God’s Creation. The initiative was organised as part of a series of events, called 'Live Simply', linked to Pope Francis’s Laudato Si and our mission to care for our common home.The Creation Walk was arranged to fall in with the Season of Creation – from 1 September to 4 October – and the parish is aiming to celebrate a mass as it did  last year, later next month.Joseph...
Sixteen CAFOD Lancaster's volunteers came together last week to celebrate and cherish their support for the charity in a Thanksgiving Mass at St Wilfrid’s in Preston.The day was full with emotions, especially with gratitude for all the volunteers who generously give their time and talents to support CAFOD.Parish volunteers, School volunteers, Campaign volunteers, Area Coordinators, Office volunteers and Step into the Gap volunteers: they all came together as a community, sharing their different...
If picking up litter doesn’t sound your ideal as a suitable preparation for a feast, you may want to think again. St Wilfrid’s organised a ‘Litter Picking Novena’ leading up to the celebration of Pentecost on Sunday the 20th of May. The project was part of the parish’s Live Simply/Laudato si’ efforts.“The ‘novena’ language is partly in jest, but also suggests that attending to the needs of our polluted common ‘home’ is both a prayer and a work of mercy, if people want to make it so," explains...
Fr Eamonn Mulchay, a Spiritan Missionary based at St. Anne’s church in Manchester, has delivered a talk at St Wilfrid’s RC Church in Preston on Monday 14th May, as part of the parish’s commitment to Live Simply.Fr Eamonn gave a brief overview of the background to the writing of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato si', released three years ago on Pentecost Sunday, putting it into the context of the social teaching of the Catholic church dating back to Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum encyclical in...
Lenten journey with refugeesIn the weeks leading up to Lent, an idea emerged out of the parish Faith & Justice group to try and connect creatively with both the refugee situation and the imminent liturgical journey through Lent and Easter.A small group of us met and an idea emerged of using one of the church’s side chapels to host a scene that would gradually develop and evolve in keeping with the themes of Lent and Easter. Ignatius encourages us to use our imaginations to make the...
Old Preston Catholic College building in Winckley Square
A former Preston Catholic College student is on a quest to reunite the school’s final class before it closed its doors.  Many of this cohort are due to turn 50 this year.  The Jesuits in Britain are keen to help Jim Clune in his mission to track  down as many of his classmates, from the class of '77, as possible. Jim was part of the final first form intake at  Preston Catholic College in September 1977 and as a result, when they made it to 5th year, they were not only top of...