Welcome
Sep
30
to Dec 20

Welcome

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A special welcome to new students to the University and also to all those returning to continue their studies. A new academic year, and a new beginning with lots going on. We hope that you will come and be part of all the goings-on in the Chaplaincy Centre and meet lots of new people and make new friends. Just some of the things going on this term…

Michaelmas Term Programme for Catholic Chaplaincy

 Thursday 4 October                         ACN Rebuilding faith and life on the Ninevah Plains with Sr Luma Khudher OP & the Chaldean Archbishop of Basra

Wednesday 10 October                  Welcome Party

Wednesday 17 October                  Games Night, organised by CathSoc

Wednesday 24 October                  Fr Lawrence Lew OP: The Power of Prayer: the Rosary

Sunday 28 October                         Mass of the Holy Spirit with Bishop Paul Swarbrick, praying for God’s blessing on the new academic year.

Wednesday 31 October                  Hallowe’en Fun & Pumpkins

Saturday 3 November                     Trip to Liverpool

Wednesday 7 November                CathSoc Film Night

Wednesday 14 November              Michael Wee (Anscombe Centre): Introduction to Catholic Bioethics

Wednesday 21 November              Piano Concert in aid of Mary’s Meals.

Wednesday 28 November              Light in the Night prayer vigil, part of the ACN ‘Red Wednesday’ initiative.

Fri 30 Nov – Sun 2 Dec.                 Ampleforth Retreat

Wednesday 5 December                Canon Luiz Ruscillo: Advent and Nativity in the Scriptures

Wednesday 12 December              Meal of All Nations celebration

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Catholic Student Network Conference
Nov
18
to Nov 20

Catholic Student Network Conference

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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.

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Piano Concert
Nov
21
7:30 PM19:30

Piano Concert

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A piano concert with Fr Manny Gribben, & Cameron Dickason. Music from Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn & Mussorgsky. ALL WELCOME FREE entry, donations to Mary’s Meals, refreshments available.

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Ampleforth Retreat
Nov
30
to Dec 2

Ampleforth Retreat

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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.

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We will join the monks for the celebration of the Office of Hours and for Mass

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!

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Breakfast Club
Nov
15
8:00 AM08:00

Breakfast Club

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!

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Soulfood
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Soulfood

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Our Weekly Gathering for faith exploration and catechesis in the Catholic Flat on Wednesday at 7pm.

This week we welcome a visiting speaker, Michael Wee, from the Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Oxford, will be giving a talk on “An introduction to Catholic Bioethics”.

There will be food and refreshments available and everyone is welcome. 

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CathSoc Trip to Liverpool
Nov
3
8:30 AM08:30

CathSoc Trip to Liverpool

CathSoc are organising a trip to Liverpool in search of the Beatles. There will also be an opportunity to visit the historic docks, the beautiful cathedrals, and some free time to shop and to explore. £10 for CathSoc members, £12 for anyone else. Places only confirmed with payment.

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Oct
31
6:30 PM18:30

Hallowe'en Light

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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!)

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Oct
28
5:30 PM17:30

Mass of the Holy Spirit

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.

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Persecuted Church
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

Persecuted Church

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.

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Freshers Week
Oct
1
to Oct 7

Freshers Week

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.

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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!

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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. 

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Jul
31
to Aug 7

Medjugorje Youth Festival

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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.

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Minds, Medicine & Morals
Jul
5
to Jul 7

Minds, Medicine & Morals

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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.

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The Bigger Picture
Jun
27
6:15 PM18:15

The Bigger Picture

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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 m.hariga@lancaster.ac.uk

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Talk on the Eucharist
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Talk on the Eucharist

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In the run-up to the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool in September, Fr Philip will be giving a talk this Tuesday 26 June, at 7pm in the Catholic Chapel. The theme of the talk is ‘The Eucharist: a new heavens and new earth’. All welcome.

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March for Life
May
5
8:00 AM08:00

March for Life

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

You are called to stand up for life! To respect and to defend the mystery of life, including the lives of unborn children, giving real help and encouragement to mothers in difficult circumstances
— St John Paul II
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Camino Initial Meeting
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Camino Initial Meeting

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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!

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Mar
14
1:00 PM13:00

Reading Group

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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: f.martin2@lancaster.ac.uk

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Retreat in Daily Life
Mar
11
to Mar 16

Retreat in Daily Life

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.

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Reconciliation
Mar
4
6:15 PM18:15

Reconciliation

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.

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Light in the Night
Feb
28
to Mar 1

Light in the Night

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.

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Ash Wednesday
Feb
14
1:00 PM13:00

Ash Wednesday

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.

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Shrove Tuesday
Feb
13
1:30 PM13:30

Shrove Tuesday

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.

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Youth 2000 Retreat
Feb
9
to Feb 11

Youth 2000 Retreat

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.

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