about us 
The Parish of St Gregory the Great - A Community of Faith and Worship 
 
In order to express our vision of ouselves as a Community of Faith, we share our dream in the form of a prayer  
"Open our eyes to the needs of all; inspire us with words and deeds to comfort those who labour and are burdened; keep our service of others faithful to the example and command of Christ. Let your Church be a living witness to truth and freedom, to justice and peace, that all people may be lifted up by the hope of a world made new. " 
The Church and the Community 
 
 
The foundation stone for the first church of St Gregory the Great – now the school hall - was laid and blessed by Archbishop Keating of Liverpool on the 26th August 1923.  
 
The Diocese of Lancaster was formed in 1924, and on Sunday 14th December 1924 the first Mass in the new parish of St Gregory the Great was celebrated by the Very Rev Dean Pyke from the English Martyrs and at an evening service Fr Prescott was inducted as Parish Priest. 
 
St Gregory’s is the first parish which was established in the then newly formed Diocese of Lancaster. The original church was a part of the present school. In the beginning there were four classrooms downstairs separated by moveable screens so that they could be drawn back and the building used for social and fundraising events.  
 
The present church building was completed in 1936 and consecrated on the 24th June the same year. The church was re-ordered after the Second Vatican Council. We have a Parish Social Centre. We are especially proud of our lively and thriving Primary School. The first presbytery was a large farmhouse standing near the site of the present grotto.  
 
The church is located the proverbial stone’s throw from Preston North End’s splendid football stadium. The Parish which was originally established for new housing development in Deepdale, then on the edge of Preston, now forms a link between the inner city and the leafy suburbs of Fulwood. 
 
 
 
The Parish Council 
 
 
 
 
The Parish Council seeks to promote and encourage the greatest possible participation and collaboration among the members of the parish community, helping everyone have an ever deeper sense of our common dignity as Baptised people, claimed for Christ and sharing in his ministry as Priest, Prophet and Servant Leader  
 
Council Members  
 
Peter Hills 
Robert Snailham 
Jiss Antony 
Martin Gee (Chairperson) 
Anne Ritchie 
Stephen Jordan 
Anne-Maria Cornwell 
Wilfred Rodrigues 
Deacon Jim Maguire  
Fr Ted Gannon 
 
Parish Safeguarding Representative 
Anne Ritchie 
 
safeguarding@stgregoryspreston.org.uk 
 
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