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!
Mass times during the Easter Holidays. The last Mass of term will be Sunday 25 March, and Masses will resume on Sunday 15 April. Through the holidays, Mass will be available in the surrounding parishes. For the Triduum Celebrations, please check the parish websites: Good Friday service is always at 3pm but the Easter Vigil Mass is at varied times (8.30pm at St Joseph’s).
· St Peter’s Cathedral, Balmoral Rd, Lancaster LA1 3BT (take bus to the Infirmary, cross the road, follow the pathway along the canal and the Cathedral is just above the White Cross pub) Saturday Vigil 6.30pm, Sunday morning 10.30am, Sunday evening 6.30pm. Weekdays at 12.15pm. www.lancastercathedral.org.uk
· St Bernadette’s, 120 Bowerham Rd, Lancaster LA1 4HT. Saturday Vigil 6.30pm, Sunday morning 11am.
· St Joseph’s, Slyne Road, Skerton LA1 2HU. Saturday Vigil 6.30pm, Sunday morning 10.00am. www.stjosephs-lancaster.co.uk
During the holidays, Fr Philip can continue to be contacted through St Joseph’s parish: 01524 32493.
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.
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.
Following a surprise take-up of interest in a possible walking pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle St James at Santiago de Compostella, we are planning a five-day walk (total distance of 100km), leaving from Vigo Cathedral (Camino Portugues) and making our way north to Pontevedra and Padron to Compostella. We will be staying in hostels along the way and living the simple life of a pilgrim. The plan is to start walking on the morning of Thursday 6 September, arriving on the evening of Monday 10 September and concluding on Tuesday 11 September. We are looking at a cost of about 150Euros per person, not including flights which you will have to organise yourselves. The closest airports for the start of the walk are Vigo or Porto, and for the end of the walk, Santiago de Compostella or Vigo. Please see Agata if you wish to sign up for the adventure of a lifetime!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Catholic Student Network Conference, the first ever Catholic student conference bringing students together from all over the UK at Birmingham University, weekend of the 9-11 March. See here for Registration. It would be great if we could get some representatives from Lancaster. I have some bursaries available.
Prepare a way for the Lord! As we go deeper into Lent, we are asked to clear our hearts so that the Lord may be born anew within us. The Church encourages us to take up the opportunity for Confession during this season. Besides the usual times before weekday and Sunday Masses, there will be an opportunity immediately after Sunday Mass this week, with visiting priests available. Here is an examination of conscience to help you to prepare to make a good confession.
A CathSoc initiative to pray for peace in our world and in our hearts, on Wednesday 28 February. There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel from around 9.15pm till 10.45pm. 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.
Our Weekly Gathering for faith exploration and catechesis in the Catholic Flat on Wednesday at 7pm.
Our speakers this week are members of the Cenacolo community. Cenacolo was established in Italy and now has over 50 houses around the world, and seeks to help young men and women to rebuild their lives and discover freedom from the enslavement of drug addiction.
There will be food and refreshments available and everyone is welcome.
Lent begins this Wednesday, opening up a period of 40 Days, remembering the time that Jesus spent in the Desert, and giving us the opportunity to prepare to celebrate His Passion and Resurrection fittingly. It is a time marked out by more intense prayer, fasting and works of charity (almsgiving). Ash Wednesday itself is a day of abstinence and fasting, where the Church invites us to deny ourselves in a spirit of sacrifice and penance. There is a soup lunch at 12.30pm in the Chaplaincy Cafe downstairs and an ecumenical service of Ashes at 1.10pm in the Anglican Chapel. There is also the opportunity for Mass with Ashes at 6pm in the Catholic Chapel.
On Tuesday we will make Pancakes in the Catholic Flat straight after lunchtime Mass. Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday - the day before Lent begins - was a time to clear the kitchen of fat, butter, eggs, etc, and so the tradition of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday began. If you miss pancakes at lunchtime, there is a further opportunity for pancakes in the Chaplaincy Café downstairs at 5pm.
Why not join young adults from across the north of England at Leeds Trinity University for the Youth 2000 Retreat, a celebration of the faith we share as the young Church? The retreat is a great way to meet new friends, open your hearts to the presence of Christ through 24-hour adoration, talks, workshops and social events. See their website for details.
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: ‘Faith in a connected world: how does the digital age affect my faith?’.
Most of us here are Roman Rite Catholics, though there are some who are Syro-Malabar Rite Catholics, and some who follow the Ambrosian Rite, etc. Within the Roman Rite, Mass can be celebrated in the familiar ‘Ordinary’ way that we are used to, or in the ‘Extraordinary’ Form which is celebrated in the ancient liturgical language of Latin. The history and the shape of this Rite has a beauty and a richness which will be explored in a short presentation this Wednesday 7 February at 6pm, followed by a celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form by Fr John Millar in the Catholic Chapel. Everyone is welcome.
An invitation to spend the weekend living with a monastic community and their life of prayer and hospitality at Hyning Hall, the weekend of 26-29 January. Contact Sr Mary Bernard on email@example.com Whilst this would be an excellent opportunity for anyone discerning a vocation, the sisters are keen to emphasise that the opportunity is for anyone who would like to get an insight into monastic life.
Michael Wee, of the Anscombe Centre, arguably the premier Christian Bioethics Institute in the world, will be addressing the issue of Three-Parent Babies, in the Catholic Flat on Wednesday 6 December at 7pm. Everyone welcome.
The Anscombe Bioethics Centre is a Roman Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in clinical practice and biomedical research. It brings to bear on those questions principles of natural law, virtue ethics, and the teaching of the Catholic Church, and seeks to develop the implications of that teaching for emerging fields of practice. The Centre engages in scholarly dialogue with academics and practitioners of other traditions. It contributes to public policy debates as well as to debates and consultations within the Church. It runs educational programmes for, and gives advice to, Catholics and other interested healthcare professionals and biomedical scientists.
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 through the busy city centre of Birmingham, witnessing to shoppers and members of the general public. It culminates in Victoria Square, right in the heart of the city centre. 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.
There is transport available from Preston. Please phone Ruth for details on 01524 840497
For the first time ever, 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!
For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part. Rosey and Jonny Featherstone, a young couple with two children, will be sharing the ups and downs of married life, and how you work out who is Mr Right or Mrs Right for yourselves. Come and enjoy a coffee on the house at Costa Coffee, Alexandra Square at 6pm on Thursday.
Why on earth in this day and age would young women sign up to be a nun for the rest of their lives? Come and find out this Wednesday at 7pm in the Catholic Flat. Sr Faustina and Sr Antonia from the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal in the Bronx, New York, will be joining us to share with us how they came to be where they are, and what their life is all about.
A week of events exploring the notion of Vocation, who we are, what we are called to. By hearing about other people's stories we can begin to understand that life-long commitment and sacrifice are still possible in our time, and reflect upon what vocation might mean in our life, and how our particular calling in life fits in with the universal call to holiness. Over the course of the week we will hear talks by the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, some married couples, monks and priests, and there will be a trip to Ampleforth Abbey. Watch this space...
This Wednesday, 22 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. There will be a Piano Concert with Fr Manny Gribben & Cameron Dickerson at Lancaster University Catholic Chaplaincy at 7pm: music from Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin & Mussorgsky. Donations to ACN.
A one day conference for juniors and students of the healthcare professions (doctors, nurses, midwives, medical students, nursing students, etc) at St Aloysius' Catholic Church, Euston, London. A celebration of inspirational Catholics in healthcare, organised by Catholic Medical Association, email firstname.lastname@example.org