St Wilfrid's Preston

Climate change, homelessness, mental health. Parishioners at St Wilfrid’s in Preston were invited to grill the local Tory, Labour, Lib Dem and Green Party candidates on these issues at a hustings event organised by the church’s Faith and Justice Group.  St Wilfrid’s is Jesuit-run and provides a drop-in for sufferers of drug addiction, as well as a hot food kitchen for the homeless. The candidates were asked what they would do to provide more services like this in the local community....
Shirley Russo and Kenny McKie with St Wilfrid in Preston
Leading lights in two of our Jesuit parishes are taking the London Marathon challenge for Jesuit Missions next month.Kenny McKie is the Chair of the parish council at St Aloysius in Glasgow and Shirley Russo is Secretary of the parish council at St Wilfrid’s in Preston. They know each other from many Jesuit parish networks and training courses.Shirley and Kenny are both new to running and are thinking of pacing each other on the day.  “We are going to try and get together for a practice...
Two Jesuit parishes came together last week as a group from SFX Church in Liverpool braved the torrential Preston rain to visit the community at St Wilfrid's Church. All received a great welcome at mass, a magnificent three-course lunch and then an informative guided tour of the Harris Museum.  This is a little known gem of Preston, currently hosting paintings from the Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte, as well as the Cuerdale Hoarde, the second largest discovery of Viking ...
Last week the universal church celebrated the feast of the radical Italian merchant’s son, Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, who abandoned a life of luxury to give his life to God and became known as Francis of Assisi.  Pope Francis has called on people of good-will to have a similar conversion away from consumerism and to become defenders of creation. On the feast of St. Francis a group of similarly minded people gathered at a controversial ‘fracking’ site outside Preston, Lancashire, to...
St Francis Xavier: the Apostle of the Missions
Jesuit parishes and communities across the world – including many in Britain – are preparing to take part in a tradition that dates back four centuries: the Novena of Grace, in which our prayers are united with those of St Francis Xavier (1506 - 1552).Although a Novena can be prayed at any time, this particular Novena of Grace is traditionally prayed from this coming Saturday (4 March) until 12 March, thereby concluding on the day Francis was declared a saint in 1622. It is also regularly...
The 'Talk English' group on their educational day out in Liverpool
A group in Preston that provides a ‘Talk English’ programme for refugees and people seeking asylum has received a boost from the Jesuit Fund for Social Justice. This community project is supported by people from many different Catholic parishes and other Christian churches in the town, including the Jesuit parish of St Wilfrid’s in Preston. The ‘Talk English’ programme is staffed by local volunteers who – after a short learning session – provide...
The interior of St Wilfrid's Church in Preston; Commons Wikimedia
The parishioners of St Wilfrid’s Church in Preston are preparing for several months of disruption, as scaffolding is erected to enable maintenance and decoration to take place in the 18th century building.  The work will also mean that the organ will not be available for services; but, once completed, it should enable the parishioners to enjoy the beauty of their church for many years to come.Writing in the weekly newsletter, parish priest Fr Stephen Patterson SJ, informed the...
Ceremony at Preston Station for centenary of the Somme
On 23rd July Fr Frank Hull SJ, a member of the St Wilfrid's Jesuit community, took part in a memorial service for the Preston Pals who had gone into action on the 23rd July 1916, in the Battle of the Somme. It was on the 22nd July 2012 that a fitting memorial to the Preston Pals was first unveiled and dedicated between platforms 3 and 4 at Preston railway station. The Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, officiated along with various senior Army officers. The Vicar of Preston...
Gerald O'Mahony's book offers daily reflections
As Christmas approaches, our thoughts may be turning to appropriate presents for people around us. And a new book by a Jesuit based at St Wilfrid’s Church in Preston could make the ideal gift that will last long after the New Year.A Daily Saying All About God is a short, thought-provoking saying about God for every day of the year in a diary format, with space for notes on each page. They have been brought together by Fr Gerald O’Mahony SJ and published by Kevin Mayhew who last year published...
Inter Faith Week, Preston
The city of Preston has come to the end of its Inter Faith Week and the Jesuits of St Wilfrid’s Church have paid tribute to the representatives of different faith communities who have shown hospitality in places of worship around Preston.“With a gentle touch they described their community, and the hope and horizon which their faith brings,” writes Fr Peter Randall SJ in this weekend’s parish newsletter (below). “The devastating events in Paris inevitably arose as each one spoke, and in a simple...

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