NCT Competition: we need your help!

My dear friends,

During the month of July, with the help of some of you, I completed an application to be nominated Church of the Year, receive a medal for the work undertaken and a cheque for £500. This competition is organised by NCT ( National Church Trust). We are now on a short list and an architect from NCT is coming next Wednesday to judge us against other churches.

*Why compete?*
Success would give us *excellent publicity* for further public funding.
Success will put our church and our community on the map: *evangelisation.*
Success will promote the North of England and the Catholic Church, which are not always well represented.

*I need your help!*
Can you :
Pray for this intention?
**Come to church on Wednesday morning 23rd August around 10am** and show your enthusiasm for St Walburge’s? Perhaps bring your children and family?

Thank you so much!
God bless you!

Canon Cristofoli
Rector of the Shrine

Feast of Saint Francis de Sales at St. Walburge’s

Dear Friends,
We are organising our annual festive lunch to honour the Feast of Saint Francis de Sales, one of patrons of our Institute, on Sunday 30th January 2022.
If you wish to join this festive lunch and to book your tickets please click on the below link:
If you have any questions, please contact 07778 506 832.
God bless you all
Canon G Cristofoli

The Spire at Night

People with a head for heights can climb to the top of St. Walburge’s!

One of the best landmarks of Preston, St. Walburge’s Church Spire, will be open to the general public.

From the 15th until the 22nd January, each Saturday, visitors will be able to ascend the 309 foot (94 metres) high spire.

It is the third tallest spire in the United Kingdom, and is the tallest on a parish church.

On a clear night visitors will have an excellent view of Preston, and the surrounding countryside as far as Blackpool.  The tower contains a single bell of 31 cwt (1.5 tonnes) cast by Mears and Stainbank of Whitechapel which is the heaviest swinging bell in Lancashire.

The times of access are 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm and E-tickets are £10. The online booking is required to assist in the maintenance of this magnificent structure.
After the ascent visitors will be invited to enjoy refreshments such as mince pie and mulled wine.
*** Children under the age of 8 cannot climb for safety reasons***

St. Walburge’s Christmas Carol Concert

Sincere thanks to everyone who attended St. Walburge’s Christmas Carol Concert 2021 and made this event such a success;
Lancashire County Council Chairman.
Mayor Councillor Gordon Johnson and Mrs Jackie Johnson,
Mayor and Consort of Hyndburn,
Councillor Andrea Kay, and Consort,
Councillor Phil Orme,
Mayor and Mayoress of BwD, Mayor Cllr Derek Hardman and Mrs Colette Hardman,
Mayor of Preston,
High Sheriff of Lancashire, Mr Edwin Booth CBE DL, and Mrs Anne Booth
Cty Cllr Stewart Jones,
Cty Cllr Jayne Rear,
Mayor of Garstang.

Silent Clergy Retreat: 7th – 11th October 2019

A retreat on the configuration of the priestly heart after the Heart of Jesus Christ

Preached by the Canons of the ICKSP
Secular and religious clergy welcome
Individual spiritual direction available
Comfortable, en-suite single accommodation
Full board included
Set in the peaceful & beautiful Stonyhurst Estate

Cost: £320 per person
23 places only – booking closes 30th September

Novena for the Immaculate Conception

The Novena in preparation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will begin at 6pm on Friday 30th November and will continue each evening at 6pm through to Saturday 8th December.

Daily there will be a decade of the Rosary, followed by a sermon, Benediction,  the Novena Prayer and Tota pulchra es.