In the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, St Joseph’s Church in Lancaster are hosting an evening of praise & worship music, bringing together musicians and fellow Christians from all the surrounding area together with Bishop Paul Swarbrick, on Friday 25 January at 7.30pm. Event free of charge with donations accepted for Mary’s Meals. Tickets available on eventbrite or on the door.
Can't get to Panama for World Youth Day?! A short trip to Lancaster Cathedral will mean you can celebrate WYD from the comfort of your own city. Prayer, music, Adoration, Confession and more. A great opportunity for young people to come and celebrate their faith together.
Youth 2000 Retreat at Trinity Leeds University. A weekend youth Retreat with young people, with engaging talks, lively music, workshops, discussions, powerful prayer times, Reconciliation, Adoration and Healing, and evening entertainment. The event is donation only. Check out Youth 2000 website for details.
An opportunity to hear world-class speakers and experts on the challenges to life around the world, exploring issues of concern: genetic challenges and designer babies, abortion, euthanasia. The conference is organised by SPUC. There are some grants available if you would like to go.
Stress less and begin the Day peacefully. Meeting every Thursday in the Catholic chapel, a group of students gather to pray the Divine Mercy chaplet at 8am and then enjoy breakfast together in the Catholic Flat. It's the perfect way to start the day, and a sure way to get to your lectures on time, with a spring in your step. Everyone welcome!
Come and join us for a film, a relaxing way to ease into the new term. Refreshments and pizza in the Catholic Flat from 7pm. Everyone welcome!
We will be watching Pope Francis, A Man of His Word. Wim Wender’s 2018 acclaimed documentary on Pope Francis embarks on a personal journey to present his work of reform and answer today's global questions -- from his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality to his involvement in environmental issues, social justice and calls for peace. Join us for snacks, good conversation and an excellent film.
Our Weekly Gathering for faith exploration and catechesis in the Catholic Flat on Wednesday at 7pm.
This week we welcome a visiting speaker, Canon Luiz Ruscillo, an eminent Scripture scholar and entertaining speaker, who will be presenting a talk on the Infancy Narratives and the Birth of Jesus.
There will be food and refreshments available and everyone is welcome.
Following last year’s very successful retreat, we are offering the opportunity to join the Benedictine Monastic Community at Ampleforth Abbey for a Retreat, a weekend away towards the end of term, giving you space to pray, to make friends, to enjoy each others company, and to discover something new about yourself, your life and the world around us. Ampleforth is situated in the beautiful and wild surroundings of Yorkshire.
Some students might be interested to hear that the monks have their own brewery and produce award-winning beers and liqueurs, ensuring that we have a truly spiritual time!
A CathSoc initiative to pray for peace in our world and in our hearts, on Wednesday 28 November. There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel from around 8.00pm till 9.30pm. Silent prayer, lots of candles, people can come and go, stay for a few minutes or take the opportunity to enter into the great silence. Pizza served beforehand in the Catholic Flat from around 7pm. Everyone welcome.
This Wednesday, 28 November, Aid to the Church in Need are organising a national campaign to floodlight buildings red – including the Houses of Parliament and over thirty cathedrals – to remind people of the plight of persecuted Christians and minority groups in the Middle East. ACN are encouraging us all to wear something red on that day to show solidarity and to remind us to pray for the freedom to practise one’s faith, and for peace in the world. Come and pray in our chapel from 8-9.30pm with a candlelit vigil for peace.
An opportunity of encounter and dialogue in the Chaplaincy Centre Central Lounge in which students can share and discuss different issues facing them, drawing from their different religious backgrounds. This term's Faithshare will be exploring This week’s event looks at the question: ‘Multi-Faith Conversations - what’s the point, and how do we do it?’
Catholic Student Network Conference, the Catholic student conference bringing students together from all over the UK at London University, weekend of the 18-20 November. See here for Registration and Details. It would be great if we could get some representatives from Lancaster. I have some bursaries available.
Wednesday 31st October is All Hallows Eve (the night before All Saints Day). Traditionally this was celebrated as one of the holiest nights of the year in the Church’s calendar but has recently been hijacked by secular ghosts and ghouls and darkness. So please join us firstly for the Rosary in the Chapel at 6.30pm, followed by a celebration of “Carvings of Light” upstairs in the Catholic flat at 7pm, where we will be making Saint-inspired Catholic lanterns. (Art degrees not necessary, everything provided, just come prepared to be creative!)
The Catholic Chaplaincy will be welcoming Bishop Paul Swarbrick on Sunday 28 October to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the new Academic Year. The Mass will be followed by refreshments and drinks. All staff, students and friends and family of the Chaplaincy are most welcome.
The Persecuted Church.
Three international speakers are coming to the University to speak on the plight of the persecuted Church around the world. We look forward to welcoming the Chaldean Archbishop of Basra and Sr Luma from the plains of Ninevah, both from Iraq, and Fr Emmanuel Moussaf from Pakistan. They will all be speaking of their experiences at a special event organised by ACN at the Chaplaincy Centre at Lancaster University on Thursday 4 October, 7.30-9.30pm. All welcome, parking is free, and retiring collection for ACN.
Arriving at University can be a daunting time. But everyone is in the same boat, and there are many events through the first week, just to help you get settled and involved, and meeting all sorts of new people. It's quite a thought to think that some of the people that you will meet will become lifelong friends, and remain with you through thick and thin through your time at Lancaster and beyond.
We hope that you will meet many people and make good friendships through the Chaplaincy Centre. This is a place of encounter where people of all backgrounds and all religions and none are welcome. Fr Philip (the Catholic Chaplain) and Ruth Baker (Associate Catholic Chaplain) work with all the other chaplains at the University to help students and staff to get settled in and to get the most out of their time at the University, living life to the full.
Here are some of the events that we have organised for this first week:
12-2pm on Monday 1 October. Soup in the Chaplaincy Centre Cafe. Free lunch (soup and roll) served in Chaplaincy Centre.
6pm-7.30pm on Tuesday 2 October. Multi-Faith Meal (again Free) in the Chaplaincy Centre Cafe, with a time for welcome and prayer beforehand at 5.30pm for those who would like to join us.
8pm Quiz on Wednesday 3 October in the Chaplaincy Centre Concourse. Come alone and join a group, or bring a group of friends with you to make up your own team.
11am-4pm on Thursday 4 October. The Chaplaincy Centre will be at the Freshers Fair. Look out also for CathSoc - our student Catholic Society for Catholic students (and anyone else who is interested).
8-10pm on Friday 5 October. A Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee), Scottish Dancing, in the Chaplaincy Centre with live band. Don't worry if you don't know the moves, just shake a leg and arm around and you are half way there!
You are welcome to come to all or none of these events, or even to just part of them. You can be sure of good food, free food, and cheerful company. On top of that, you can come to the Catholic Flat at any time if you have any questions or just want to come and have a coffee.
Students from Scotland and the north of England are joining 50,000 young people from around the world at the Youth Festival next summer in Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina. If you would like to join this pilgrimage with Fr Philip, please see Fr Philip and book online as soon as possible at www.aglowpilgrimages.com/youthfest18 - seven nights in 3* hotel, with breakfast & dinner included, airport transfers, and experienced guide. Flights from Leeds at £425 or from London at £385.
Mind, Medicine & Morals: the ethics of psychiatry and mental health care, an international conference hosted by the Anscombe Centre, at St Anne’s College, Oxford, 5-7 July. Please sign up here . Discount for bookings by 1 March. Again bursaries available – see Fr Philip.
The Bigger Picture Bible Study Group. Rani is running a group whose aim is to introduce Bible stories for those who are not that familiar with the stories as well as a gathering for people who want to know about the Catholic faith regardless of their belief or background. The aim is to give those attending something practical and interesting to take away so that they can apply the stories to their everyday life. Apart from being engaging, the hope is that this group can promote interfaith dialogue. The group will meet on Wednesdays at 6.15pm for 45 minutes either in the Catholic Flat or in the Catholic Chapel. Everyone welcome. Details from Rani at firstname.lastname@example.org
March for Life UK is a National yearly event that is now in its third year. The event is a pro-life rally that is a celebration of the pro-life message. The day begins with prayer, music, song and inspiring talks from a range of pro-life speakers. This is then followed by the March! It is an organised walk of witness through London to Parliament Square. Once gathered there we finish the day with some reflection and a final motivating speech from one of our guest speakers, encouraging others to get involved with the pro-life movement in their own areas.
A coach is being organised from Manchester to enable people to join the event. The Chaplaincy can fund a few people to attend. www.marchforlife.co.uk
National Prayer Initiative - Rosary on the Coast at 3pm on Sunday 29 April. Meet at Eric Morecambe statue, Central Promenade, Morecambe LA4 5AA at 2.50pm and unite with people around the whole country in a moment of prayer for the renewal of faith in our nation: www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk Please see Fr Philip if you would like to go.
Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Initial Meeting on Wednesday 25 April at 7pm in the Catholic Flat for those who have signed up. Fr Philip will be talking about the practicalities of the walk, answering questions, and we will be planning together what to bring, what to wear, and how to survive!
This week, on Wednesday, 14 March from 1-2pm, the Reading Group will meet in Management Room 3. This week the group will be exploring Pope Benedict’s magisterial work, Jesus of Nazareth. Holy Week, which sheds light on the Passion and Resurrection of Christ. Bring your lunch with you, and be prepared to discover new and beautiful insights. All welcome, please email Felix for details: email@example.com
Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, a team will be accompanying students and staff who set aside time over a week to embark upon a journey into the depths of their hearts, to discover more clearly who they are, to ask for light in decisions and choices that need to be made, and to come to a more truthful understanding of who God is and who they are in his eyes. There will be time for personal spiritual direction and talks on prayer in the evenings each day.
The Retreat begins on Sunday 11 March with some food following Mass, and an introductory talk at 7pm. On the following days there are talks: On Monday from 5-6.30pm, a talk on prayer and ways of praying. On Tuesday a talk on Discernment. On Wednesday a talk on Creating a Rule of Life, and on Friday, the Retreat will conclude with a closing talk and prayer in the Catholic Chapel at 3pm.