Assisting with music and choir in our liturgies, taking part in the ministry of reading or of Holy communion, and being altar servers, are some of the ways in which students support the parish community in worship. Metanoia services of prayer and worship, as well as outreach to the homeless, have been greatly assisted by students.
Ministry to students
There are no formal Catholic Ministries involving clergy on the UCLan campus. However, St Wilfrid's and other parishes proximate to the University do, of course, wish to support students in pastoral ways. Pastoral conversations and the Sacrament of Reconciliation are available from the priests that celebrate the weekday and Sunday Masses. Any student who wishes to know more about Christianity and the Catholic Church should contact Fr Chris Pedley.
Liturgy and Gathering
Every second Saturday of each month the 5.35pm Vigil Mass is for Young Adults, with pizza and discussion time afterwards in the Parish Centre, led by the Metanoia Project team.
If you are a student newly arrived in Preston, do make yourself known to the priests. There’s usually one or two present before and after Sunday Masses. Giving your name and contact details to Fr Chris Pedley in person, or via this website,or using his contact details, is very useful. Please indicate if you give permission for these details to go on our parish database.
Gathering in the parish
In the last few years there have been about 14 students coming to Sunday Masses on any given Sunday. Meeting each other outside the church after Mass or having refreshments in the parish Centre makes a real difference to the parish community, and to levels of student -student support in faith and fellowship.
Time to be together
Each year the student group will, of course, be different. There is always potential for some specific student activities at St. Wilfrid's and also on the UCLan campus. On campus, such activities must have the support of CathSoc.