Welcome to St Wilfrid's Parish in the Heart of Preston

Welcome to St Wilfrid's

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

'This is what the Kingdom of God is like …’

Our readings this week are full of hope and confidence.  May we grow in joyful hope as we pray and ponder them.  The theme of growth, seeds, and trees winds in and out of these readings.  So does the notion of universality: God’s kingdom is for the whole of humanity.

In the First Reading, God, through the prophet Ezekiel, promises the tiny remnant of Israel that they will grow into a new people, just as the cedar grows from a small shoot.

The Psalm is a song of thanksgiving to the Lord who enables the just to grow and flourish like a cedar.

St Paul, in the Second Reading, reminds the Corinthians of the confidence they have, despite the tensions of living while waiting for the Lord.  This fills them with the expectation of being with him one day.

The Gospel contains two parables of the Kingdom: that of the seed, growing secretly; and the parable of the mustard seed.  Both parables reveal God working continuously for the growth of his kingdom.

As we go about our lives this week, we may find other metaphors for the God who works secretly for his kingdom in all those around us, in our surroundings and in all events.

(With thanks to St Beuno's Outreach)

(Click on the links below for more information)

The Sower at Sunset

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

Pope's June Prayer Intention

For Those Fleeing Their Own Countries

Let us pray that migrants fleeing from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys fraught with danger and violence, may find welcome and new living opportunities in their host countries.



St Wilfrid’s is an active Catholic parish. in the heart of Preston, served by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), with a history going back over 200 years. As Parish Priest I am delighted to welcome you to St Wilfrid’s.  This website gives you details of the many activities of our dedicated parishioners as well as the history of this church.  Please contact us for more information or if there is anything we can do.

Wishing you every blessing.

Chris Pedley, S.J.

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Northern Jesuit Parishes Group Photo for the Feast of St Ignatius 31 July at Stonyhurst
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